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Massachusetts

  • April 18, 2016

    NFL Seeks To Toss Fans' 'Frivolous' Deflategate Suit

    The NFL asked a Massachusetts federal court Friday to toss a "frivolous" suit by a group of self-described New England Patriots fans claiming they were wronged by the league’s handling of the Deflategate scandal, saying their complaint doesn’t meet the bar for federal jurisdiction, let alone advance a reasonable argument.

  • April 14, 2016

    Immigrant Ex-Cons Can Be Held Past 6 Mos., 1st Circ. Says

    The First Circuit ruled Wednesday that there's no hard, six-month deadline to hold a bond hearing for an immigrant who's been detained pending deportation proceedings after serving a criminal sentence, saying courts should individually consider whether the length of a detention is reasonable.

  • April 14, 2016

    Judge Won't Snuff Last Marlboro Healthy Smoker Class Claim

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday kept alive the remaining consumer protection law claim in a class action suit brought by healthy Marlboro smokers seeking to bill tobacco giant Philip Morris for annual health screenings, after the plaintiffs lost the rest of their claims in a jury trial.

  • April 14, 2016

    Court Rulings Put FERC Enforcement Bull's-Eye On Individuals

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's ability to prosecute individuals for alleged energy market manipulation got another thumbs-up from a federal court this week, but a larger legal battle looms over whether their trading activities are actually manipulative, experts say.

  • April 14, 2016

    States Push DC Circ. For More Say In Capital-Raising Rules

    The states of Montana and Massachusetts urged a D.C. Circuit panel to overturn U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules on Regulation A securities, arguing the measures improperly stripped states of their ability to add additional disclosure and other requirements to protect small investors.

  • April 14, 2016

    Panera Says Slogan Trademark Suit 'Should Be' In Mass.

    Panera Bread Co. on Wednesday urged a North Carolina federal court to move to Massachusetts a Montana-based bakery chain's trademark lawsuit alleging Panera's "food as it should be" campaign infringes its slogan "Bread. The way it ought to be," saying the people responsible for the tagline are based near Boston.

  • April 13, 2016

    FedEx Drivers Lose Bid For 1st Circ. Rehearing

    FedEx drivers who claim the company misclassified them as independent contractors lost their bid Tuesday for the full First Circuit to reconsider the court’s finding that one prong of a three-part test to determine contractor status under Massachusetts state law was preempted by federal law.

  • April 13, 2016

    Blackstone Secures $335M Loan For Club Quarters Deal

    A Blackstone Group LP affiliate will pay for the acquisition of four Club Quarters hotels with a $335 million loan financed by global real estate investment manager Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC, Cornerstone said Wednesday.

  • April 13, 2016

    Janssen Seeks Patent Trial To Halt Celltrion Biosimilar

    Janssen Biotech told a Massachusetts federal judge that it has “powerful evidence” showing patent infringement involving Celltrion’s newly approved biosimilar Inflectra and wants a trial later this year to block the drug's debut.

  • April 13, 2016

    Comcast Says NBC Station's Contract Sinks Antitrust Suit

    Comcast Corp. urged a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to dismiss an antitrust and breach-of-contract suit brought by a spurned Boston NBC affiliate, saying the station failed to bargain for extension rights in its contract and now claims rights it’s not entitled to.

  • April 12, 2016

    1st Circ. Won't Review Class Denial In Defective Decks Suit

    The First Circuit on Tuesday declined to review a Massachusetts federal judge’s denial of class certification for a group of consumers alleging their Oasis brand wood-plastic composite decks were defective, saying they hadn't shown the judge’s analysis was sufficiently questionable.

  • April 12, 2016

    CVS Shoppers Ask 1st Circ. To Reverse Vitamin E Label Ruling

    A proposed class accusing CVS of misleading shoppers about the heart health benefits of its vitamin E supplements on Monday urged the First Circuit to reverse a Rhode Island court’s dismissal of the suit, arguing several studies contradict the retailer’s health claims.

  • April 12, 2016

    VC-Backed Biotech, Midsize Bank Boost Growing IPO Pipeline

    Venture-backed gene-editing biotech Intellia Therapeutics Inc. and middle-market bank Midland States Bancorp filed initial public offerings Monday, each seeking to raise $120 million, adding to a growing pipeline of IPO candidates.

  • April 12, 2016

    Skanska Sells Boston Property To Union Investment For $452M

    Swedish developer Skanska AB has sold a Boston office and retail building for $452 million to German real estate firm Union Investment Real Estate GmbH, according to separate announcements from the companies on Tuesday.

  • April 11, 2016

    Mass. Companies To Appeal $7.2M Notre Dame U. Ruling

    A real estate developer and a construction firm are taking their dispute with the University of Notre Dame (USA) in England over allegedly botched student housing in London to the First Circuit after a Massachusetts federal judge last week backed an English liability ruling and awarded the college a $7.2 million attachment.

  • April 11, 2016

    Bone Stimulator Co. Beats FCA Doc-Coaching Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday axed a whistleblower’s long-running False Claims Act suit against medical device maker DJO Global Inc., finding that alleged coaching of doctors on treatment lengths was irrelevant to Medicare reimbursement for bone growth stimulators.

  • April 11, 2016

    Foley Hoag Nabs Capital Markets Pro From Locke Lord

    Foley Hoag LLP added a former Locke Lord LLP practice leader with expertise steering capital markets and other transactions for life sciences companies in an effort to further grow its strength in the securities and mergers and acquisitions spaces, the firm said.

  • April 11, 2016

    Philip Morris Urges Quick Ruling In Healthy Smoker Trial

    Philip Morris pressed a Massachusetts federal judge Monday for judgment on the remaining consumer protection law claim in a class action suit brought by healthy smokers seeking to bill the tobacco giant for annual health screenings, saying the judge can’t ignore a jury’s previous conclusion that its cigarettes weren’t defective.  

  • April 11, 2016

    Mass. Bumps Net Metering Cap To Spur Solar Projects

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday signed into law a bill raising the state’s net metering caps, allowing more electric customers with their own solar panels to take advantage of rate incentives to sell power back to the grid.

  • April 11, 2016

    Pats Fans Lose Bid To Restore Draft Pick In Deflategate Fight

    The New England Patriots will not be returned the first-round pick they were docked in Deflategate before the 2016 NFL Draft later this month after a Massachusetts federal judge said Friday a suit claiming the team and league breached an implied contract with fans over their handling of the scandal is doomed to fail.