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Massachusetts

  • 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.

  • March 24, 2016

    Suspended Atty Disbarred For Using Fake Name To Practice

    A New York appellate court on Wednesday disbarred an attorney who admitted to practicing at a personal injury law firm while suspended and holding himself out to be an attorney using a fake name.

  • March 23, 2016

    Mass. Jury Rejects Truckers' Bid For Share Of Fuel Charges

    A Massachusetts federal jury has rejected a putative class action by truck drivers who alleged that J.P. Noonan Transportation Inc. broke oral agreements to pay them a share of the freight fees it collected from its clients.

  • March 23, 2016

    FERC Judge Says Transmission Rates Need Revamp

    A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission administrative law judge said Tuesday that rates charged by New England transmission companies unreasonably enriched their investors and overcharged ratepayers, handing a victory to consumer advocates challenging the rates, including state attorneys general and utility regulators.

  • March 23, 2016

    Ex-Warner Chilcott Exec Denied 'Early Preview' Of Trial

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday refused to let a former Warner Chilcott PLC executive charged with conspiring to pay doctors kickbacks have what prosecutors called an “early preview,” of the trial, by handing over all evidence that may be used at trial for one out-of-town deposition.

  • March 22, 2016

    Dunkin' Donuts Ex-Managers Want Bigger Class In OT Fight

    Former Dunkin’ Donuts store managers suing over a franchisee’s alleged misclassification of them as exempt from overtime wages asked a Massachusetts federal judge Monday to allow for the conditional certification of similarly situated employees, arguing the First Circuit has already ruled their claims are viable.

  • March 22, 2016

    Ex-Warner Chilcott Exec Asks To Limit Scope At Kickback Trial

    The U.S. government is trying to proceed with an “impossible” case accusing a former Warner Chilcott PLC executive of conspiring to pay doctors kickbacks when there is no evidence against him, the former pharmaceuticals division head has told a Massachusetts federal court, asking for certain claims to be barred.