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Massachusetts

  • July 12, 2018

    Segal Roitman Can't Get Attys' Fees For Setting Precedent

    A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday that partners at Segal Roitman LLP cannot recover attorneys' fees despite their precedent-setting 2014 U.S. Supreme Court victory that allowed a whistleblower retaliation suit to proceed against Fidelity Investments because the tipster ultimately lost her case.

  • July 12, 2018

    Indigo Didn't Take Raytheon Trade Secrets, Fed. Circ. Says

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday upheld an Eastern District of Texas jury verdict that Indigo Systems did not misappropriate trade secrets relating to infrared imaging technology owned by Raytheon.

  • July 12, 2018

    Labaton Asks 1st Circ. To Remove Judge In $75M Fee Fight

    Labaton Sucharow LLP has asked the First Circuit to force a Massachusetts federal judge to step down, claiming that is the only way it can get a fair shake in a $75 million attorneys' fee fight following a $300 million State Street Corp. settlement, according to a brief made public Thursday morning.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kavanaugh Splurged On Baseball Tix, Reports Say

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh racked up steep credit card debt in 2016 to pay for Washington Nationals tickets, according to Wednesday news reports and disclosures by the U.S. Supreme Court nominee that also show he coaches kids’ basketball and contributed to a law book without pay.

  • July 11, 2018

    Dialysis Co. To Pay UnitedHealth $32M To End Fraud Suit

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. has agreed to drop fraud accusations against Massachusetts-based American Renal Associates LLC in exchange for $32 million and discounted dialysis services for its customers, bringing ARA’s tab to at least $36 million to end lawsuits surrounding an alleged overbilling scheme.

  • July 11, 2018

    4 Kavanaugh Arguments You Gotta Hear

    President Donald Trump's nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has sent everyone scrambling to read what the jurist has written, but how about what he's said? Here, Law360 presents an interactive audio tour of four key Judge Kavanaugh arguments.

  • July 11, 2018

    FCC Needs More Info Before Gutting Kids' TV, Sens. Warn

    Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal warned Wednesday that the Federal Communications Commission is taking a step toward rolling back rules governing children’s educational TV programming without adequately sussing the impact of such a change on young minds and low-income households.

  • July 11, 2018

    Kennedy's Legacy Remains Alive In Kavanaugh’s Nomination

    Over his four decades on the federal bench, there was one clerk U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy always praised effusively. Now, that clerk could be replacing the retiring justice on the high court.

  • July 11, 2018

    Senate Panel Gearing Up For Kavanaugh Vetting Fight

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has already begun what will be a lot of heavy lifting to get ready for a confirmation hearing on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which could come before September, by staffing up and preparing to review hundreds of thousands of documents.

  • July 11, 2018

    Bill Roundup: Improper Entry, TPS, Family Reunification

    House lawmakers introduced several bills Tuesday that would increase the minimum prison sentence for improper entry to the U.S., extend temporary protected status designation for certain countries and require the reunification of immigrant families. Here, Law360 delves into their proposals.

  • July 11, 2018

    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Buys Mass. Biotech For $430M In Cash

    Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. has agreed to buy private equity-backed, Massachusetts-based clinical stage biotechnology company Visterra Inc. for $430 million in cash in a deal already approved by both their boards of directors, the companies jointly announced Wednesday.

  • July 11, 2018

    What Civil Rights Rulings Could Look Like Under Kavanaugh

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's record on immigration, employee rights and health care suggests he could side more closely with high court conservatives than civil rights advocates would like, paving the way for closely watched rulings on some of the nation's most controversial issues.

  • July 11, 2018

    Shire Gets $1M Less In Atty Fees Than Sought In Drug Win

    A Massachusetts federal judge awarded $1.5 million in attorneys' fees to Shire PLC on Wednesday, more than $1 million less than corporate counsel originally sought for prevailing in a patent bench trial that included a five-month intermission after the company's opponent unveiled corrected drug tests central to the case.

  • July 11, 2018

    Pepper Hamilton Adds Health Care, White Collar Pro In Boston

    Pepper Hamilton LLP announced its seventh lateral partner hire of 2018 on Tuesday, adding a former Barrett & Singal partner with a focus on health care and white collar criminal defense to the firm’s Boston office.

  • July 11, 2018

    Mass. 3D Metal Printer Rivals Face Off As IP Trial Opens

    A Massachusetts federal jury heard two rivals' differing accounts of who was the first to come up with a method for creating three-dimensional metal printing as a patent case that raced to trial in just four months opened Wednesday in a downtown Boston courtroom.

  • July 10, 2018

    'Not A Complicated Case': Kavanaugh's Straightforward Style

    There's no argle-bargle in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's opinions. Instead, he's made a name for himself on the D.C. Circuit with clear, concise writing.

  • July 10, 2018

    Puerto Rico Fights Special Revenue Bond Insurer Appeal

    Puerto Rico and its federally appointed financial restructuring advisers urged the First Circuit on Monday to affirm a decision that has freed the commonwealth from an obligation to pay special revenue bondholders while it winds its way through bankruptcy-like proceedings, saying a reversal would “undermine critical infrastructure.”

  • July 10, 2018

    Rockport Opens Del. Ch. 11 Suit To Block $54M Claim

    The Rockport Co. LLC opened a Chapter 11 adversary suit against former owners Adidas AG and Reebok International Ltd. on Tuesday, aiming to shut down claims that entities created after the company's bankruptcy sale are jointly and severally liable for up to $54 million in post-closing adjustments.

  • July 10, 2018

    Nix Doc Bid In $507M Award Row, Kazakh Bank Tells 1st Circ.

    Kazakhstan's national bank urged the First Circuit to reject a bid by two Moldovan oil and gas investors to pin down evidence to use abroad as they look to enforce a more than $506.7 million arbitral award against Kazakhstan, saying the petition is an attempted end-run around problematic English litigation.

  • July 10, 2018

    VC-Backed Biotech Co. Leads 2 IPO Launches Totaling $139M

    Venture capital-backed biotechnology firm Replimune Group Inc. launched an initial public offering estimated to raise about $101 million on Tuesday, joined by a Washington state community bank planning a $38 million IPO, adding to a packed lineup of deals scheduled to price next week.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Massachusetts Patent Litigation Is Speeding Up

    Aaron Jacobs

    The District of Massachusetts recently issued an updated rule for scheduling and procedures in patent infringement cases, to make the district a more convenient venue. Perhaps the most important change is the newly accelerated litigation timeline, says Aaron Jacobs of Prince Lobel Tye LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Is It Time For A Challenge To Chevron Deference?

    Joseph Diedrich

    In a recent concurring opinion, outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed some skepticism over the scope of the "Chevron deference" doctrine, which requires federal courts to defer to an administrative agency’s "reasonable" interpretation of an ambiguous statute. Overturning or limiting Chevron could have a profound effect on the power of federal agencies, says Joseph Diedrich of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Mass. Companies Have Little To Fear From Baker's Budget Bill

    Douglas Stransky

    Gov. Charlie Baker's newly proposed budget bill addresses hot tax topics such as foreign income provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. in a business-friendly way, say attorneys at Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

  • A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

    Joe Jacquot

    While appealing to voters this election season, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with promises of using their state enforcement powers. AGs are also increasingly defining themselves publicly by reacting to the federal government, whether by filing a lawsuit against the president or opposing congressional acts, says Joe Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • A Cloud On The Horizon: Trade Secret Theft In The Cloud

    Amy Van Zant

    Although courts and companies have at times struggled to keep pace with the rapidly evolving challenges surrounding the use of cloud-based software, some best practices have emerged from the body of case law addressing claims of cloud-based appropriation of trade secrets, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Opinion

    Mass. Bill Would Shift Too Much Control To Condo Boards

    Angel Kozeli Mozina

    Massachusetts' House Bill No. 4325 attempts to vitiate any prerequisite unit owner consent in any and all contexts and essentially throws the baby out with the bathwater. The bill will have a chilling effect on residential condominium developments and the broader need to address housing shortages, says Angel Mozina of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster PC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.