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Massachusetts

  • May 17, 2016

    Mass. Top Court Says State GHG Rules Not Good Enough

    Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's decision backing the state's approach to greenhouse gas regulations, saying the state's climate change law requires officials to craft rules that establish annually decreasing limits on multiple greenhouse gas emissions sources and the state's use of other emissions reduction programs isn't sufficient.

  • May 16, 2016

    Comcast Beats Spurned NBC Affiliate's Antitrust Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday tossed an antitrust and breach-of-contract suit that a spurned Boston NBC affiliate brought against Comcast Corp., ruling Comcast didn't break any laws when it chose to drop the station starting next year.

  • May 16, 2016

    Mass. AG Hits Back At CSX, Amtrak In Suit Over Sick Time Law

    Massachusetts’ attorney general insisted Monday that CSX Transportation Inc. and Amtrak are not exempt from the state's new paid sick time law and urged a federal court not to let the rail companies "undo the results of the democratic process.”

  • May 16, 2016

    Restaurant Chain Wants EEOC Expert's Computer Program

    Texas Roadhouse asked a Massachusetts federal court to make the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hand over a computer program used by an expert in the agency’s age-discrimination suit against the restaurant chain, saying it won’t otherwise be able to analyze the data before taking his deposition in June.

  • May 16, 2016

    Gannett Asks 1st Circ. To Rethink USA Today Privacy Ruling

    Gannett on Friday urged the First Circuit to reconsider its revival of a USA Today smartphone app user's putative class action alleging Gannett, the paper's parent, illegally collected his browsing data to sell to advertisers, arguing the panel wrongly interpreted a federal privacy law.

  • May 13, 2016

    Indicted Ex-State Street Exec Faces SEC Suit In Fee Row

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission hit an indicted former State Street Global Markets LLC executive with a civil suit Friday over an alleged scheme to charge customers at least $20 million in hidden markups on trading in U.S. and European securities.

  • May 12, 2016

    DOI Looks To Trim Challenge To Mass. Tribal Land Decision

    The federal government urged a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to trim claims from a suit brought by residents challenging a decision to take roughly 321 acres of land into trust for a Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe casino project, saying it was done according to current regulations.

  • May 11, 2016

    Intercontinental Buys Beacon’s Massachusetts Tech Park

    Boston-based real estate investment firm Intercontinental Real Estate Corp., in its second big buy this month, said Tuesday it has acquired Canal Park, a three-building office complex in Cambridge, Massachusetts’ technology corridor, from another Boston-based real estate investment firm, Beacon Capital Partners.

  • May 11, 2016

    Immigration Cases 'Seem Never To Die,' 1st Circ. Says

    "Immigration cases — like old soldiers — seem never to die,” begins a First Circuit ruling issued Monday finding that the Board of Immigration Appeals did not abuse its discretion in denying a motion to reconsider its decision refusing a Dominican Republic citizen’s request to reopen a 2009 deportation order.

  • May 11, 2016

    Ocean Spray Growers Denied Cert. In Phony-Auction Suit

    A bloc of cranberry growers for Ocean Spray and other “handler” companies was denied class certification on Tuesday in their suit accusing the juice and snack company of pushing down their prices to favor other growers, when a federal judge ruled that the class failed many of the basic tests for certification.

  • May 10, 2016

    Hedge Fund Priest Hits Bloomberg With $100M Libel Suit

    A Greek Orthodox priest and hedge fund manager on Tuesday slammed Bloomberg LP with a $100 million defamation suit in Massachusetts state court, alleging the company falsely reported that his small hedge fund was being probed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • May 10, 2016

    Child Care Workers Want High Court Review Of Union Law

    A group of Massachusetts at-home child care workers last week urged the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on their challenge to a 2012 state law that gives their collective bargaining rights to the Service Employees International Union, arguing that it violates their right to free association.

  • May 10, 2016

    Hospitals Can't Blame Gov't In Meningitis MDL, Judge Told

    Consumers in multidistrict litigation over a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak told a Massachusetts federal judge Monday that a group of Tennessee hospitals shouldn’t be allowed to lay blame at the doors of state and federal government agencies during trial.

  • May 10, 2016

    SEC Says Newman Doesn’t Apply In Mass. Insider Trading Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said the higher bar for insider trading claims set in the Second Circuit’s Newman decision doesn’t apply to a suit alleging a day trader acted on a tip provided by his then-girlfriend, a former Wells Fargo analyst, because the case is in Massachusetts court.

  • May 9, 2016

    Developer Gets 2 Years For Trading On Golfing Buddy's Tip

    A real estate developer was sentenced Monday by a Boston federal judge to two years in prison following his January conviction of profiting off an insider tip from an ex-bank executive golfing pal concerning Eastern Bank's planned acquisition of Wainwright Bank.

  • May 9, 2016

    Tenn. Hospitals Want Discovery Stays Lifted In Meningitis MDL

    With civil trials stemming from a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak now slated to start before related criminal trials, orders staying certain depositions must be dissolved or else a Tennessee health network won’t be able to sufficiently defend itself, the provider told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday.

  • May 9, 2016

    Health Care Funds Push For Class Cert. In Celexa Drug MDL

    Health care fund providers seeking to recover money lost because of Forest Laboratories’ allegedly fraudulent promotion of its drugs in treating pediatric depression pressed a Massachusetts federal judge to certify their portion of the multidistrict litigation as a class, saying previous court rulings and common issues called for it.

  • May 6, 2016

    Biolitec Can't Re-Litigate $70M Contempt Order, 1st Circ. Says

    The First Circuit on Friday upheld a Massachusetts federal court’s order setting possible contempt sanctions against Biolitec AG in a patent dispute at $70 million, finding its untimely challenge to overturn the order “reeks of an attempt at re-litigation.”

  • May 6, 2016

    Macy's Rejects NLRB's Bid To Cite 4th Circ. Union Ruling

    Macy’s urged the Fifth Circuit Friday to ignore the National Labor Relations Board's attempt to cite a recent Fourth Circuit union-case ruling in the retailer's dispute involving cosmetics and fragrance employees who wish to create a separate bargaining unit at a Massachusetts store.

  • May 6, 2016

    Limelight Aims To Turn Loss To Advantage In $17M Dispute

    A Massachusetts federal judge's decision that Limelight Networks Inc. can't wedge new precedents into its $46 million patent battle with Akamai Technologies Inc. should also mean that Akamai can't pile $17.3 million worth of interest onto the eight-year-old judgment, Limelight argued Thursday.