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Massachusetts

  • November 8, 2018

    McCarter & English Adds IP Duo In Boston

    McCarter & English LLP has added a pair of attorneys experienced in life sciences as intellectual property partners in its Boston office, the firm has announced.

  • November 8, 2018

    Blood-Pressure Drug Cos. Hit With Suit Over Contamination

    The makers of a generic blood-pressure drug that was recalled due to contamination by a carcinogen "willfully ignored warning signs" about poor safety procedures in a laboratory in India and should have known their drugs were tainted years before testing revealed it this summer, according to a putative consumer class action filed Wednesday in Boston federal court.

  • November 7, 2018

    Ex-Lawmaker Could Be Asked To Testify In State Street Row

    A Massachusetts federal judge overseeing an investigation into improper billing practices by three law firms said Wednesday that he is considering asking Garrett Bradley, the managing partner of Thornton Law Firm LLP and a former state representative, to testify in the case.

  • November 7, 2018

    DOL Gets Support In Bid To Nix Association Health Plan Suit

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management have thrown their support behind the U.S. Department of Labor's bid to nix a lawsuit challenging the agency's association health plan rule, saying the rule would help small-business employees have greater access to affordable care.

  • November 7, 2018

    Health In The Voting Booth: How 10 Ballot Proposals Fared

    Voters in states across the nation weighed in Tuesday on a variety of ballot measures dealing with issues including health care provider reimbursement and staffing, potential Medicaid expansions and abortion rights. Here's a look at the outcomes for 10 proposals with implications for the health care sector.

  • November 7, 2018

    Feds OK Employers' Right To Skirt ACA Birth Control Mandate

    Employers that oppose the use of birth control will be able to stop paying for workers’ contraception under newly finalized regulations the Trump administration plans to publish in the Federal Register on Nov. 15.

  • November 7, 2018

    Ponzi Investors Seek Final OK For $4.6M Deal With JPMorgan

    A proposed class of investors asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday to grant final approval of a $4.6 million settlement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, resolving claims that the bank aided and abetted the $150 million Millennium Bank Ponzi scheme.

  • November 7, 2018

    Investors Sue Infertility Co. OvaScience To Stop Merger Plan

    Stockholders challenged a proposed reverse merger in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday that would take biopharmaceutical company Millendo Therapeutics public as it acquires the fledgling female infertility treatment firm OvaScience.

  • November 6, 2018

    Kavanaugh Fallout Fuels GOP's Senate Expansion

    A backlash over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's bitter confirmation battle played a key role in Republicans adding to their Senate majority, as so-called “Trump state” Democrats who opposed confirmation fell to GOP challengers in Tuesday’s midterm elections.

  • November 6, 2018

    Dems Pump Brakes On Trump Agenda With House Win

    Democrats won back the House on Tuesday night and with it divided the chambers of Congress, putting them in position to step up investigations into President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and to run interference on his conservative agenda.

  • November 6, 2018

    Senate Republican Win Cements Trump's Judicial Makeover

    With Senate Republicans returning from a slew of victories at the ballot box, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks to continue a two-year project to remake the federal courts by confirming waves of conservative judges to the bench.

  • November 6, 2018

    Voting Machine Critics Tout Low-Tech Fix For Hacking Fears

    Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election pushed U.S. voting security into the spotlight, leaving officials scrambling to shore up the infrastructure before midterms. But efforts remained uneven two years later, with a number of states on Tuesday shirking the surprisingly low-tech fix touted by election-integrity experts: paper ballots.

  • November 6, 2018

    Baker Wins 2nd Term As Mass. Gov., Healey Back As AG

    Republican Charlie Baker comfortably won a second term as Massachusetts governor Tuesday, soundly defeating Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez with over two-thirds of the vote, while Maura Healey, an unabashed critic of the Trump administration, cruised to another four years as attorney general with an even more lopsided win over challenger Jay McMahon.

  • November 6, 2018

    Papa Gino's To Pursue Sale Of 141 Remaining Restaurants

    Bankrupt pizza parlor chain Papa Gino’s told a Delaware judge Tuesday that it hopes to close on a sale of its 141 remaining sandwich and pizza shops by January 2019 and received authority to access a portion of its $13.8 million post-petition financing package to fund that sale process.

  • November 6, 2018

    1st Circ. Bristles At Cushman Bid To Ax $1.3M Firing Verdict

    An argument that New York law protects Cushman & Wakefield Inc. from a $1.28 million jury verdict for firing an employee after he moved away was met with skepticism from a First Circuit panel Tuesday, as it suggested the worker was tricked into relocating out of state so he could be fired.

  • November 6, 2018

    Cell Cos. Push For Discovery Seal In Trade Secrets Suit

    American Tower Corp. and a small company that claims the cell tower giant poached its proprietary technology filed a joint motion in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday requesting that some documents obtained in discovery be kept under seal, including source code that would be viewable only on a single computer inside a locked room in an attorney's office.

  • November 6, 2018

    Aveo CFO Told Investors 'Half The Story,' Jury Hears

    The former chief financial officer for Aveo Pharmaceuticals "hid" from investors that a government agency had recommended a new clinical trial for the company's prize kidney cancer drug, an attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a jury Tuesday in Boston federal court.

  • November 6, 2018

    1st Circ. Mulls Boston NPR Push For Release Of Juror IDs

    The First Circuit on Tuesday pondered whether the names and addresses of jurors must be immediately released following a trial, as a Boston member station of National Public Radio argued a federal judge erred in withholding the addresses of the panel that convicted a pharmacist tied to a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

  • November 6, 2018

    OSHA Fines Mass. Construction Co. Over Fall Hazards

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday it has slapped Massachusetts construction company Northeast Framing Inc. with $311,330 in penalties for exposing its employees to falls and other hazards after a worker fell to their death at an East Boston job site in May 2018.

  • November 5, 2018

    Papa Gino's Parent Co. Closes 95 Restaurants, Enters Ch. 11

    The parent company of New England pizza chain Papa Gino’s hit Chapter 11 on Monday, filing its bankruptcy petition in Delaware a day after closing 95 of its restaurants and with an offer in hand to sell its assets to its secured lender.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • Opinion

    AGs Are Now The 1st Round Draft Picks Of American Politics

    Joshua Spivak

    Given their recent track record and growing policy power, state attorneys general should be the group everyone is watching on Election Day. Chances are the winners of these races will move to higher offices soon enough, says Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College.

  • Appraising Property Taken By Eminent Domain In Mass.

    John Bowen

    When the government seizes property by eminent domain, Massachusetts compensation rules are favorable to property owners, but appraisal will require consideration of many hypothetical factors, as well as all three time frames — the past, the present and the reasonably foreseeable future, says John Bowen of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster PC.

  • How FERC Aims To Change Transmission Rate Setting

    James Hoecker

    Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission set out a new proposed methodology for setting electricity transmission rates. The commission is asking diverse stakeholders to vet the new methodology, which may avert the pitfalls of its previous approach, say James Hoecker and Sylvia Bartell of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • State Anti-SLAPP In Federal Court: An Update From Texas

    April Farris

    Can litigants use the powerful Texas Citizens Participation Act in the Fifth Circuit? The upcoming decision in Klocke v. Watson is likely to resolve this question, but that answer could be short-lived if the U.S. Supreme Court resolves the circuit split over state anti-SLAPP applicability, say April Farris and Matthew Zorn of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • Protecting Law Firm Talent At Both Ends

    Susan Blakely

    By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.

  • Q&A

    Wendy Olson Talks Twin Falls, Tribes, Private Practice

    Wendy Olson

    Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In A Divided Post-Election Congress

    Evan Migdail

    The outcome of next week's election remains uncertain, but it is possible to predict some of the policy changes and legislative initiatives likely to arise during lame duck and 116th congressional sessions if Democrats regain a majority in the House of Representatives, say Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.