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Massachusetts

  • 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.

  • July 10, 2018

    Dems Need Unified Front To Combat Trump's High Court Pick

    U.S. Senate Democrats have launched their drive to block President Donald Trump's choice of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, but the math indicates they must make sure their party ranks hold together.

  • July 10, 2018

    5 Tips For Kavanaugh As Confirmation Gets Underway

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, has publicly shared his view that being a judge means following the law — not making it — being impartial and not acting like a jerk. Here, experts share with Law360 five tips for how he can adhere to that philosophy while navigating confirmation hearings.

  • July 10, 2018

    DOJ Must Give Harvard FOIA Docs On For-Profit College

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Department of Justice must turn over some of the documents a Harvard Law School legal clinic had sought from a whistleblower lawsuit over a struggling Pittsburgh-based for-profit college provider’s student recruitment and loan policies.

  • July 10, 2018

    With Kavanaugh's Nomination, Chevron's Future Looking Grim

    Confirmation of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit jurist and conservative all-star Brett Kavanaugh, would spell further trouble for federal agencies and so-called Chevron deference, but experts predict that the pro-regulation judicial doctrine is unlikely to be overturned completely in the near future.

  • July 10, 2018

    Google Privacy Deal Is 'Clear Abuse,' High Court Told

    Challengers to an $8.5 million settlement resolving claims that Google shared user search histories urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the deal, saying the agreement — which provides millions to class counsel and the rest to third parties, including organizations tied to class counsel and the tech giant — is "clear abuse."

  • July 10, 2018

    Mass. Doctor Sues Delta For $1M Over 'False Imprisonment'

    A noted Newton, Massachusetts, neurosurgeon says he was illegally detained and marched by Delta employees through a London terminal after falsely being accused of stealing a flight attendant’s bag, according to a $1 million lawsuit removed Tuesday to federal court.

  • July 10, 2018

    Restaurant Tech Co. Toast Raises $115M In Funding Round

    Restaurant management platform Toast Inc. said Tuesday it has secured $115 million in a recent funding round that values the Boston-based startup at $1.4 billion, with the money earmarked to help boost research and development, recruitment and the company’s market presence.

  • July 10, 2018

    Mass. Biz Exec Cops To $2.7M Spending Spree On Co.'s Dime

    The comptroller of an unnamed Massachusetts business admitted Tuesday in federal court to duping her employer out of more than $2.65 million by using a company credit card to fund personal spending that included purchases of expensive furs, dresses and jewelry.

  • July 10, 2018

    Ex-Akebia, Merrimack Analysts Found Guilty Of Insider Trades

    A Massachusetts federal jury debated for less than an hour Tuesday before convicting two former biostatisticians at Akebia Therapeutics Inc. and Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. of swapping confidential information on their companies’ investigational drugs to make illegal trades.

  • July 9, 2018

    How Kavanaugh’s Conservative Cred, DC Ties Won The Day

    In D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump turned to a U.S. Supreme Court nominee who built a reputation on the court for fighting government overreach — making him the favorite of the Republican legal establishment.

  • July 9, 2018

    Senate Battle Lines Drawn With Kavanaugh As Trump's Pick

    President Donald Trump’s announcement of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night quickly generated strong reactions across Capitol Hill as senators on both sides of the partisan divide braced for a battle over the future of the Supreme Court.

  • July 9, 2018

    5 Kavanaugh Opinions You Need To Read Right Now

    President Donald Trump called Judge Brett Kavanaugh a "judge's judge" when he named him Monday as his pick to succeed retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As all eyes turn to the Senate for what is expected to be a bruising confirmation process, here are the opinions to know.

  • July 9, 2018

    Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

    President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a 12-year veteran of the D.C. Circuit, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • July 9, 2018

    VA Accused Of Stiffing Staff On Locality Pay Adjustments

    A pair of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nurses hit the agency with a proposed class action alleging that Massachusetts and Rhode Island VA medical staff have been unlawfully stiffed on required locality pay adjustments.

  • July 9, 2018

    Mass. Town Defends Refusal of Too-Close T-Mobile Tower

    A Massachusetts town on Monday urged a federal judge to end a suit accusing it of improperly denying T-Mobile and another company the right to build a cellphone tower, arguing that officials' determination that the project was too close to residential neighborhoods was evidence-based.

  • July 9, 2018

    Iranian-American Sues Gov't Over 'Confusing' Visa Delays

    An Iranian-American woman is suing the U.S. government in Massachusetts federal court on claims it has unreasonably delayed her brother-in-law's visa application for over a decade, and arguing that her family has suffered as a result of the Trump administration's "confusing" immigration policies.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • A Win For Immigrants And Cloud Over Chevron At High Court

    Rachel Rosenbloom

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Pereira v. Sessions hands a victory to immigrants at a time when the executive branch is aggressively seeking to dismantle existing protections within immigration law. It also includes intriguing hints about the court’s waning affection for Chevron deference, says professor Rachel Rosenbloom of Northeastern University.

  • Energy Storage: Are We There Yet?

    Paul Kraske

    2018 has proven to be a turning point for energy storage in the U.S. Affordable, reliable batteries, ambitious state capacity goals and a major policy shift from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have created an ideal environment for energy storage to grow at a fast rate, say Paul Kraske and Zahir Rahman of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Life Sciences Cos. Should Assess Charitable Donations Programs

    Gary Giampetruzzi

    This year, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts has investigated several life sciences companies for their donations to independent copay assistance charities. As the list of investigations grows longer, life sciences companies should reassess their policies, procedures and monitoring regarding donations, say attorneys at Paul Hastings LLP.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.