Massachusetts

  • December 4, 2017

    Janssen Rips Patent Owner's Bid To Appeal Mid-Case

    Celltrion Inc. shouldn’t be allowed to appeal a Massachusetts federal court’s decision not to dismiss Janssen Biotech Inc.’s patent lawsuit over Pfizer Inc.’s biosimilar of anti-inflammatory biologic Remicade, Janssen said Monday, arguing there was nothing extraordinary about the ruling and that an appeal now would only delay the case.

  • December 4, 2017

    Real Estate Broker Leads 2 IPO Launches Totaling $749M

    Two companies eager to seal deals before the year-end holiday break launched initial public offerings on Monday, led by commercial real estate broker Newmark Group Inc.’s estimated $615 million IPO, followed by private equity-backed cable equipment maker Casa Systems Inc.’s approximate $134 million offering.

  • December 1, 2017

    Store Fights Fee Award In Creek Cleanup Suit At 1st Circ.

    A Massachusetts federal judge erred when he “drastically” reduced a supermarket’s request for $3 million in attorneys’ fees from a remediation partner in a lawsuit over the environmental cleanup of a Boston brook, the store told the First Circuit on Thursday, arguing it deserved the money even if its lawyers’ work benefited other parties.

  • December 1, 2017

    Mass. AG, Medicaid Billing Co. Reach Deal Over Data Breach

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has announced a deal with a company that processes Medicaid bills for school districts to resolve allegations that it flouted state consumer protection and data security laws in connection with a breach that put children at risk for identity theft and fraud.

  • December 1, 2017

    Biotech Cos. Among 5 IPOs That Could Surpass $580M

    Five firms are slated to lead five issuers set to raise nearly $581 million in initial public offerings during the week of Dec. 4, anchored by three venture-backed life science companies joined by a bank that specializes in real estate lending and a payday lender.

  • December 1, 2017

    Sprint Hit With Sexual Harassment Suit By Ex-Employee

    An ex-Sprint employee filed suit against the company on Thursday in Massachusetts federal court, alleging her former supervisor at a Kansas-based Sprint store sexually harassed her in various ways, including making repeated attempts to ask her out, using derogatory language toward women, groping her and sending inappropriate text messages.

  • December 1, 2017

    Pfizer, Dana-Farber Win Bid For Bristol-Myers Docs In IP Suit

    Pfizer Inc. and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were allowed access on Friday to what a Boston federal judge described as critical information guarded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and development partner Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. in a claim seeking to add two American researchers to six cancer immunotherapy patents.

  • December 1, 2017

    Warren Demands Probe Of Mulvaney's 30-Day CFPB Freeze

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called Thursday for an investigation into Mick Mulvaney’s order halting all new rulemakings, hirings and payments generated from enforcement actions at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for 30 days, warning that the agency’s new acting director has effectively ordered a monthlong “shutdown.”

  • December 1, 2017

    Sidley Snags 2 Latham & Watkins PE Partners In Boston

    Sidley Austin LLP announced it has bolstered its global private equity practice by adding two partners from Latham & Watkins LLP to its Boston office.

  • December 1, 2017

    HFF Advises $144.5M Sale Of Boston Apartment Complex

    Real estate investment manager New Boston Fund Inc. sold a 217-unit apartment building in downtown Boston for $144.5 million, commercial real estate broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP said Thursday.

  • December 1, 2017

    Union Rep Embezzled To Feed Opioid Addiction, Atty Says

    A longtime organizer of Boston's service industry union pled guilty on Friday to embezzling more than $170,000 over five years to satisfy what his attorney called a "raging" addiction to opioid pills.

  • November 30, 2017

    Postmates, Drivers Seek Pause Of Tips Row Till Justices Rule

    Postmates Inc. and two delivery drivers who accuse the company of cheating them out of tips asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday to pause their dispute pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the legality of class action waivers in arbitration agreements.

  • November 30, 2017

    Nutter McClennen Nabs Former Comptroller Of The Currency

    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP said Tuesday that it has brought aboard one of the nation’s former top banking regulators to co-lead the firm’s banking and financial services practice group as a partner.

  • November 30, 2017

    Harvard, Micron Tech IP Suit Moved In Light Of TC Heartland

    A Boston federal judge on Thursday relocated Harvard College's suit against Micron Technology over computer technology patents after a Federal Circuit ruling tossed his earlier decision and resolved a jurisdictional debate nagging judges nationwide.

  • November 30, 2017

    Keurig Rival Ordered To Return Docs In Trade Secrets Row

    Appliance company SharkNinja must get rid of any documents that its workers allegedly took from Keurig Green Mountain Inc. before they left to work at the rival appliance company, a Massachusetts federal judge ordered on Thursday in a month-old trade secret row filed by the coffee maker giant.

  • November 30, 2017

    Georgeson Agrees To Pay $4.5M To Resolve Bribe Charges

    Proxy solicitation firm Georgeson LLC agreed to pay $4.5 million to end the government’s lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court, admitting that it used prestige concert and sporting event tickets as bribes to obtain confidential shareholder voting information, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • November 30, 2017

    Judge Skeptical Of Exxon's Fight Against AG Climate Probe

    A New York federal judge on Thursday appeared skeptical that ExxonMobil could make a case that climate change probes launched by the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts violate its free speech rights, though she gave the energy giant a chance to convince her otherwise through additional briefing.

  • November 30, 2017

    Mass. DA Wants 134 Tainted Drug Convictions Thrown Out

    The Massachusetts district attorney whose county includes Boston said on Thursday that he’s looking to vacate and dismiss 134 drug convictions that featured evidence by a since-convicted state drug lab chemist who got high almost daily on the job.

  • November 30, 2017

    Mass. Wind Turbine Project No Longer Viable, DOI Hears

    Opponents of the proposed 130-turbine Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts have appealed the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to uphold the issuance of a 25-year commercial lease for the wind farm, saying the project should have submitted a completely new report about its potential environmental impact.

  • November 30, 2017

    Ariad, Investors Strike $3.5M Deal Over Cancer Drug Outlook

    Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. unit Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to pay a proposed class of investors $3.5 million to settle claims it lied about the labeling prospects of its leukemia drug ponatinib, the investors told a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

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    Ira Bogner

    A recent complaint filed by Trilantic Capital Partners shows that after Sun Capital, multiemployer pension funds and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. are continuing to assert controlled group liability claims against private investment funds. The complaint also offers insight into how a private investment fund may try to rebut those arguments, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Trump’s Tweets Stymie Trans Military Ban In Lower Courts

    Bryan Jacoutot

    Last week, a D.C. federal judge halted much of President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on transgender military service, which he first announced via Twitter. The use of the president’s own (albeit, unofficial) statements against him marks an emerging theme in litigation challenging the president’s agenda, says Bryan Jacoutot of Taylor English.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Stats On How TC Heartland Is Affecting Patent Litigants

    Chase Perry

    When the U.S. Supreme Court decided the now-famous TC Heartland case in May 2017, a robust discussion began regarding how significant its effects would be. Chase Perry of Ankura examined statistics from recent months in search of changes in case filing patterns and patent holder success metrics.

  • Misclassification Claims Threaten Gig Economy Business

    Tracey Diamond

    Recent gig economy cases in New York and California are either pending or were settled before the court could issue a determinative judgment as to the proper classification of workers. But the facts of the cases and the settlement details provide valuable insight into the potential risks and exposure for gig economy companies, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • How Mass. Can Prepare For Cannabis Industry Energy Use

    Caitlin Beresin

    Massachusetts' legalization of recreational marijuana is creating a new industry, but given the amounts of energy and water needed to cultivate the crop, significant environmental impacts are anticipated. The state's new Cannabis Control Commission would be wise to take note of the practices adopted in pioneering states such as Colorado and Oregon, say consultants with ML Strategies LLC.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.