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Massachusetts

  • July 1, 2014

    DOE Makes ‘Conditional’ $150M Pledge To Cape Wind Farm

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday pledged a "conditional commitment" of $150 million to help fund the construction of the controversial Cape Wind offshore wind farm in Massachusetts, moving the project one step closer to becoming a reality.

  • June 30, 2014

    Bingham Snags Trio of Life Science Pros From Cooley

    Bingham McCutchen LLP has added to its Boston office a partner and two associates from Cooley LLP who specialize in patent counseling and procurement, particularly in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and nanotechnology, the firm announced recently.

  • June 30, 2014

    Sullivan & Worcester Snags Edwards Wildman Trademark Pro

    Sullivan & Worcester LLP has deepened its intellectual property team in Boston with the addition of a trademark and copyright specialist with a focus on technology companies from Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP.

  • June 27, 2014

    J. Crew Settles ZIP Code Collection Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday granted preliminary approval to a settlement in a putative class action accusing retailer J. Crew Group Inc. of unlawfully collecting customers' ZIP codes during credit card purchases and using the information to send unsolicited marketing materials.

  • June 26, 2014

    Mass. Justices Say Atty's Encrypted Files Not 5th-Protected

    Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Wednesday that a police order forcing an attorney accused of criminal mortgage fraud to decrypt his computers didn't violate the constitutional right against self-incrimination because requiring the decryption of a file isn't equivalent to compelling testimony.

  • June 26, 2014

    Mass. Throws Open Door To Hopefuls For Last Casino License

    Despite the looming possibility that Massachusetts won't be able to hand out its casino licenses after a November ballot vote, state gambling regulators on Thursday voted to open up the race for its last license to new applicants and change its minimum capital investment rules.

  • June 26, 2014

    Supreme Court Nixes Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously knocked down a Massachusetts statute creating a 35-foot "buffer zone" around abortion clinics, saying the law violated First Amendment free speech protections.

  • June 25, 2014

    Partners HealthCare, Mass. AG Strike Antitrust Deal

    Partners HealthCare System and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley on Tuesday reached a final agreement in which the nonprofit's market power will be curbed, putting to rest an antitrust investigation, which has gone on since 2009, of Partners' alleged demands on insurers.

  • June 25, 2014

    Casino Hopefuls Face Tough Road After Mass. Repeal Ruling

    A Massachusetts court's decision on Tuesday to allow a ballot vote on repealing a gambling expansion law is a hard blow to casino hopefuls, requiring the companies to make heavy investments in campaigning against the measure and creating the prospect of messy litigation if it passes, experts say.

  • June 25, 2014

    Mass. Gov. Signs Biologic Substitution Bill Into Law

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday signed a bill into law to allow the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines in prescriptions in the state, drawing praise from two industry groups.

  • June 24, 2014

    Mass. Court Says Voters Can Repeal Casino Expansion Law

    Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday ruled that an anti-casino activist group can force a November ballot measure to repeal the state's gambling expansion law, tossing arguments that the effort could violate the property rights of gambling license applicants.

  • June 23, 2014

    Federal-Mogul Bankruptcy Trust Wins $9.3M Asbestos Verdict

    The asbestos trust created by auto parts maker Federal-Mogul Corp.’s reorganization won a $9.3 million wrongful death verdict Friday against defunct spray insulation manufacturer and Federal-Mogul subsidiary T&N Ltd., bringing the trust closer to tapping a wealth of prebankruptcy insurance.

  • June 23, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: Mondrian Soho, Bryant Park Hotel

    Manhattan's luxury Mondrian Soho hotel was reportedly sold for $205 million, while the debt on the landmark Bryant Park Hotel was sold to a financial services firm at a discount in the day's wrap-up of notable real estate deals.

  • June 20, 2014

    Zoll Can't Use Double-Patenting Defense In Philips IP Spat

    A Massachusetts federal judge refused Friday to block Philips Electronics North America Corp.'s claims that Zoll Medical Corp. infringed three patents for an external defibrillator, rejecting Zoll's double-patenting defense because the patents expired the same day as other Philips patents they allegedly invalidate.

  • June 20, 2014

    Taxation With Representation: Tax Counsel On The Deal

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Milbank works Man Group PLC's bid for a Boston-based investment fund, and Skadden helps SanDisk buy Fusion-io Inc.

  • June 19, 2014

    Boston RE Execs Accused Of $9M Fraud On Investors

    The Massachusetts secretary of state’s office accused a Boston real estate investment firm and two of its executives of misappropriating over $9 million in investments and defrauding 513 investors, many of them elderly, according to an administrative complaint filed Wednesday in the office’s securities division.

  • June 19, 2014

    Chinese Auto Firm, Director Settle SEC Claims For $4.5M

    A Chinese commercial vehicle company and one of its directors have agreed to pay $4.5 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's claims that the company engaged in a scheme to create the illusion of an active market in its stock in order to obtain financing, according to court documents filed Thursday.

  • June 18, 2014

    Bain Capital Ventures Raises $850M Across 2 Funds

    Boston-based Bain Capital Ventures has raised $850 million across two funds, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday, highlighting continued investor interest in injecting startups and small businesses with cash.

  • June 18, 2014

    Mass. Launches Electric Car Rebate Program

    Massachusetts has begun accepting applications from drivers purchasing or leasing new electric vehicles for up to $2,500 worth of rebates through a statewide program aimed at increasing the number of electric cars on the road, according to a Wednesday statement by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration.

  • June 18, 2014

    Petco Hit With Class Action Over ZIP Code Collection

    Petco Animal Supplies Store Inc. was hit Tuesday with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court alleging the retailer violates state law by requiring customers to divulge their ZIP codes when making credit card purchases.