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Massachusetts

  • April 5, 2016

    Health Network Wants Bellwethers Paused In Meningitis MDL

    A Tennessee health network is fighting for a delay in bellwether trials stemming from a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak, saying July-slated civil trials shouldn't start until after criminal trials scheduled for the fall have played out.

  • April 5, 2016

    Patriots Fans Sue Over Draft Pick Lost In ‘Deflategate’

    A group of New England Patriots fans asked a Massachusetts federal court on Monday to issue a temporary restraining order that would save a first-round draft pick revoked by the NFL in connection to the Deflategate scandal, saying the punishment is unfair and discriminates against Pats fans.

  • April 4, 2016

    Fabric Co. Says Sacked Consultant Must Arbitrate In London

    A supplier of fabrics to high-end apparel makers like Patagonia and North Face asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to make a sales consultant who claims he was unjustly fired end his lawsuit in Spain and arbitrate in London.

  • April 4, 2016

    Dunkin' Donuts Franchisee Fights Consolidation Of OT Suit

    A Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee and two former managers suing it for allegedly misclassifying them as overtime exempt continued to spar in Massachusetts federal court Monday, with the company asking a judge not to consolidate the matter with another overtime suit naming the franchisee.

  • April 1, 2016

    CSX, Amtrak Say Fed Law Preempts Mass. Sick Time Regs

    CSX Transportation Inc. and Amtrak asked a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday to declare them exempt from the state's new paid sick time law, arguing the federal Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act expressly bars states from foisting their own statutory sickness benefits requirements on railroads.

  • March 31, 2016

    Smokers Try To Keep Last Claim Against Philip Morris Alive

    A class of currently healthy smokers seeking to force Philip Morris to pay for their annual health screenings urged a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday to rule in their favor on a consumer protection law claim after jurors rejected the rest of their case.

  • March 31, 2016

    USPTO Chief Says Patent Abuse Not Limited To Trolls

    The director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denounced the use of abusive patent litigation Thursday, not just from so-called patent trolls looking to score a quick settlement but also from well-financed defendants who needlessly drag out the litigation.

  • March 31, 2016

    1st Circ. Says Ex-Telecom Head Can't Escape IRS Summonses

    The First Circuit unanimously rejected arguments from the former head of a defunct telecommunications company to quash summonses from the Internal Revenue Service, ruling Wednesday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision did not materially change the law applied to his case.

  • March 31, 2016

    Power Cos. Will Cop To Air Pollution Crimes, Pay $7.25M

    The companies running a Massachusetts power plant have agreed to plead guilty to felony Clean Air Act criminal offenses and cough up $7.25 million to resolve a case that includes the first-ever criminal charge for false statements to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • March 30, 2016

    Barclays Settles MassMutual Suit Over $175M RMBS Buy

    Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. and a Barclays unit said they have reached a deal to resolve the insurer's claims against the lender in a suit alleging widespread lies about the quality of $175 million worth of residential mortgage-backed securities.

  • March 30, 2016

    Enviros Take FERC $971M Pipeline Approval Fight To DC Circ.

    Environmental groups and other opponents of a $971 million gas pipeline project that will run through New York and New England urged the D.C. Circuit on Monday to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of the project, two months after the commission refused to reconsider its decision.

  • March 29, 2016

    Aveo Pays $4M To End SEC Claims It Misled Investors

    Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc. will pay $4 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's allegations it hid from investors the Food and Drug Administration's concerns over its flagship kidney cancer drug, the SEC said Tuesday.

  • March 28, 2016

    AIG Can Add New Cosby Defamation Claims In Coverage Row

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday said that four women who have joined others in claiming that Bill Cosby defamed them after they came forward with rape allegations can be added to AIG's suit seeking to get out of defending the comedian.

  • March 28, 2016

    Dunkin' Donuts Franchisee Slams Cert. Bid In OT Fight

    A Dunkin' Donuts franchisee struck back at a bid for conditional certification by two former managers, who claim they were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay, telling a Massachusetts federal judge Monday that the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their class claims and never reasserted them.

  • March 28, 2016

    FERC Rejects NY Bid To Block $971M Pipeline Project

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Friday it will not stand in the way of a $971 million gas pipeline project that will run through New York, despite the state’s insisting it needs to evaluate the project’s safety risks, especially near the Indian Point nuclear plant.

  • March 28, 2016

    Mass. AG Issues Final Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday published final regulations for daily fantasy sports, setting up a number of consumer protection-oriented rules that have been embraced by the industry.

  • March 28, 2016

    Holland & Knight Says Inofin Is Liable For Its Own Losses

    Holland & Knight LLP asserted Friday that it cannot be held liable for the business decisions of its onetime client Inofin Inc. when the now-bankrupt motor vehicle finance company in 2009 prolonged its existence by taking on loans while it was $20 million in debt and flouting securities laws.

  • March 28, 2016

    Real Estate Rumors: CIM, WeWork, Yeung Property

    CIM Group has reportedly paid $43 million for a Boston property, while WeWork is said to have leased nearly 62,000 square feet in New York, and Yeung Property Holdings has reportedly dropped $9.5 million on a Florida Walgreens property.

  • March 24, 2016

    Williams-Sonoma Sued For Collecting Customer ZIP Codes

    A Massachusetts woman on Wednesday hit Williams-Sonoma Inc. with a proposed class action in federal court, alleging that the home goods retailer unlawfully collects ZIP codes from customers making credit card purchases, in “callous disregard” for their privacy rights.

  • March 24, 2016

    Prince Lobel Brings 2 Litigators From Boston Boutique

    Prince Lobel Tye LLP has brought on as partners two litigators with hospitality and intellectual property experience who previously formed a Boston-based boutique, the firm has announced.