Massachusetts

  • January 16, 2018

    Mass. Fed. Judge Bemoans 'Megatrials' As Resource Drain

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday criticized the increasing phenomenon of monthslong “megatrials” that clog up courts and drain resources from taxpayers and defendants alike, and refused to reconsider time limits in an upcoming bribery trial of former employees of proxy solicitation firm Georgeson.

  • January 16, 2018

    Vistaprint Sent Anti-Gay Pamphlets On Eve Of Wedding: Suit

    A recently married gay couple sued Vistaprint in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday, claiming that the custom printing company sent them copies of a pamphlet containing passages “equating their relationship to Satan’s temptation” rather than the wedding programs they had ordered.

  • January 16, 2018

    Senate Dems Unite On Effort To Reverse Net Neutrality Order

    With one GOP senator on board, Senate Democrats Tuesday voiced unanimous support for legislation to reinstate so-called net neutrality rules barring internet service providers from throttling delivery speeds for web content based on corporate deals.

  • January 16, 2018

    Purdue's ‘Duplicative’ Suit Over OxyContin Generic Gets Ax

    Tweaks to a generic opioid’s labeling did not warrant OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP to file a separate lawsuit repeating extant patent infringement claims, a federal judge decided in a Boston court hearing Tuesday.

  • January 16, 2018

    5 Cos. Launch IPOs Surpassing $1B As January Gains Steam

    An Argentine airport retailer, a private equity-backed gaming machines company and three venture-backed life science firms launched initial public offerings surpassing $1 billion on Tuesday, adding to a growing stack of deals set to price in late January.

  • January 16, 2018

    Avid's $1.3M Deal With Investors Over Stock Drop Gets OK

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday preliminarily approved Avid Technology Inc.’s $1.3 million settlement resolving a securities fraud class action over the rollout of one of its products after both sides in the suit agreed to tweak the deal in response to concerns from the judge.

  • January 16, 2018

    Exxon Insists Climate Change Speech Claims Are Valid

    ExxonMobil told a judge Friday it has made its case that climate change probes launched by the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts violate its free speech rights, documenting meetings between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and climate activists to bolster its argument.

  • January 12, 2018

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2017 Practice Group of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.

  • January 12, 2018

    The Firms That Dominated In 2017

    Law360’s Firms of the Year rose above the competition with a combined 24 Practice Group of the Year awards after helping their clients win game-changing judgments and close record-breaking deals in 2017. Here’s a closer look at how they landed at the top.

  • January 12, 2018

    1st Circ. Sends 3 More Meningitis Pharmacists To Trial

    The First Circuit on Friday decided federal prosecutors can move forward with charges against three former pharmacists who allegedly prescribed drugs to “Wonder Woman,” “Chester Cheeto,” “Filet O'fish” and other fake patients from a Massachusetts compounding facility linked to a fatal meningitis outbreak.

  • January 12, 2018

    Coastal Senators Seek Ban On Drilling In Northeastern US

    A bipartisan congressional delegation representing the northeastern U.S. this week mounted legislative action aiming to shield the nation’s pre-eminent fishing region from a White House plan that would open nearly all American waters to oil and gas drilling next year.

  • January 12, 2018

    Justices To Hear Immigrant’s Appeal Over Removal Condition

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear the appeal of a Brazilian native seeking the resolution of a circuit split surrounding the implementation of the so-called stop-time rule, which relates to the period an immigrant must continuously reside in the U.S. to be eligible for removal cancellation.

  • January 12, 2018

    Ex-Stockbroker Gets 2 Years Over Microcap Manipulation

    One-half of a two-person team that allegedly pumped and then dumped for $1.6 million a waste-processing company's penny stock was sentenced Thursday to two years, according to court records.

  • January 12, 2018

    Fracking Co., Industrial REIT Price IPOs Raising $696M

    Private equity-backed fracking company Liberty Oilfield Services Inc. said Friday it raised $216 million in an upsized initial public offering, preceded Thursday by a $480 million deal from Industrial Logistics Properties Trust, marking the first two IPOs of 2018.

  • January 12, 2018

    Investors Want Abbott To Explain Delay In Alere Deal

    Abbott Laboratories must turn over documents related to its motive for balking at and then renegotiating its $5.3 billion purchase of Alere Inc., Alere investors said Thursday in Massachusetts federal court, arguing that Abbott’s reasoning is key to their stock drop lawsuit against Alere.

  • January 12, 2018

    Seafood Co., Staffing Firm Can't Dodge EEOC Sex Bias Suit

    A Massachusetts-based seafood processor and its staffing firm lost their bid to shake a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission action alleging that Spanish-speaking female workers endured harassment and discrimination and were fired after complaining, with a federal judge holding Thursday that the agency met its obligations before filing suit.

  • January 11, 2018

    TiVo Launches 2 More Patent Suits In Comcast IP Battle

    TiVo Inc. on Wednesday filed two separate lawsuits in Boston and Los Angeles accusing Comcast Corp. of infringing its patents for interactive programming technology, marking the latest salvo in a dispute that has already seen the U.S. International Trade Commission ban the import of certain Comcast products.

  • January 11, 2018

    Ex-State Street Exec Can Try To Depose Clifford Chance Atty

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday granted a former State Street Global Markets LLC executive’s motion to depose a Clifford Chance attorney in the Netherlands before his trial on securities fraud charges, agreeing with the executive that the attorney’s testimony could swing his defense.

  • January 11, 2018

    NOAA Seeking $1M Penalties Against Jailed 'Codfather'

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday accused a New England fishing industry giant known as "the Codfather," 28 businesses that belong to him and two of his scallop boat captains of flouting the Magnuson-Stevens Act, saying it will seek nearly $1 million in penalties.

  • January 11, 2018

    MetroPCS Ducks Suit Over Data Given To Law Enforcement

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday sided with MetroPCS by nixing a man’s claims that it illegally gave state law enforcement his subscriber information and data about his cellphone usage, which he asserted resulted in his arrest, conviction and incarceration for assault with a dangerous weapon.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 3 Enforcement Priorities For State AGs In 2018

    Joe Jacquot

    State attorney general campaigns will be in full swing with 31 elections this year. In addition to three top substantive areas, campaign issues themselves will influence how state attorneys general prioritize enforcement, says Joe Jacquot, former chief deputy attorney general of Florida, now with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • A Look At Recent Efforts To Contain Health Care Costs

    Andrew Bab

    At both the federal and state levels, government payors and other entities have developed initiatives to contain costs and promote accessibility to reasonably priced health care, while private payors are pursuing similar objectives through vertical integration, say attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

  • The Broader Implications Of Sessions’ Marijuana Move

    Markus Funk

    Beyond what it heralds for the marijuana industry, Jeff Sessions’ memo on marijuana enforcement signals a new era of increasingly decentralized federal prosecutorial power, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP, including former Colorado Chief Justice Michael Bender.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Massachusetts Marijuana Regulatory Scheme Takes Shape

    Robert Munnelly Jr.

    Massachusetts' emerging regulatory program for both recreational and medical use marijuana, supervised by its new Cannabis Control Commission, will serve as a national model for cannabis industry players and regulators, say Robert Munnelly Jr. and Shawn McCormack of Davis Malm & D'Agostine PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 4 Ways Tax Reform May Affect The Sports World

    Michael Rueda

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local income, sales and property taxes up to $10,000 per year. This new limitation may provide certain sports teams, particularly those in states like Texas and Florida, an advantage in attracting and signing talent, say Michael Rueda and David Lehn of Withers Bergman LLP.