• March 13, 2018

    Patriots Defensive End Sues Over Unpaid College Injury Policy

    A defensive end for the New England Patriots is claiming in a Texas state court suit that The Professional Athlete Insurance Group PLLC misled him about the terms of a “loss of value” policy and has wrongfully failed to pay a claim after he was injured during his last year of collegiate play.

  • March 13, 2018

    Daily Mail Owner Nabs $205M In Sale Of Real Estate Data Biz

    Media conglomerate Daily Mail and General Trust has agreed to sell its real estate data and software business to technology-focused investment firms Silver Lake and Battery Ventures for $205 million, the company said Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2018

    Mass. Court Dismisses ‘Speculative’ Toyota Cover-Up Suit

    A Massachusetts Appeals Court on Monday dismissed a “speculative” lawsuit filed in state court by a woman who alleges Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. conspired to cover up perilous defects in her Corolla before lying and defrauding her in court.

  • March 12, 2018

    Santander Fights 1st Circ. ‘Tax Shelter’ Designation, Fines

    Santander Group continued on Monday to deny having operated a tax shelter in the United Kingdom over a year after the First Circuit ruled the questionable trust's “whole function” was generating foreign tax credits.

  • March 12, 2018

    $40M Acne Med Pay-For-Delay Trial Kicks Off In Boston

    A rare pay-for-delay trial kicked off Monday in a Massachusetts federal court with classes of consumers and big retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Safeway hammering Impax Laboratories Inc. over claims that it agreed to hold off on launching a generic version of acne medicine Solodyn in exchange for a $40 million payoff.

  • March 12, 2018

    Photog Fights Quick Appeal After Embedded Tweet Ruling

    A photographer who won a controversial copyright ruling last month against Time Inc. and other news outlets over embedded tweets is fighting their bid for an immediate appeal, saying “unhappiness” with the ruling is not enough for such “extraordinary relief.”

  • March 12, 2018

    Mass. AG Loses Fight Against Trump Contraception Rules

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday rejected the state attorney general's challenge to the Trump administration’s decision to let more employers deny women contraceptive coverage, saying Massachusetts may have hurt its own case by passing a law to reduce the decision’s impact.

  • March 12, 2018

    Feds Mount Last-Ditch Effort To Save Boston City Hall Case

    Federal prosecutors are set to mount a last-ditch effort on Wednesday to persuade a Massachusetts federal judge to rethink a jury instruction the government says makes it almost impossible to prove a pair of Boston City Hall aides committed Hobbs Act extortion by allegedly pressuring a music festival to hire unneeded union labor.

  • March 12, 2018

    EPA Must List Areas Not Meeting Smog Standards By April

    A California federal judge on Monday told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it has until the end of April to publish a complete list of areas in the country that either do or don’t meet national ambient air quality standards for ozone.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

  • March 9, 2018

    Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

    More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Far Right Can The President Pull The Courts?

    Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.

  • March 9, 2018

    Impax Heads To Rare Trial In Pay-For-Delay Case

    Impax Laboratories Inc. is set to face a Massachusetts jury Monday over allegations it received illegal reverse payments from Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. to delay a generic form of acne medication Solodyn, one of just a handful of pay-for-delay cases to approach a verdict since the Supreme Court’s landmark Actavis ruling in 2013.

  • March 9, 2018

    Estee Lauder To Repay Workers For Sick Leave After Probe

    More than 500 part-time employees at Aveda, MAC, Origins and other Estee Lauder brands in Massachusetts will receive back pay in the form of restitution for sick leave that, under state law, should have been compensated but was not, state officials announced Friday.

  • March 9, 2018

    IRS, Howard Stern Shake Most Of Suit Over Aired Tax Call

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday axed the bulk of a suit brought by a woman whose private tax return information disclosed during a conversation with an Internal Revenue Service agent was broadcast without her knowledge on Howard Stern's radio show, ruling that the IRS had broad immunity from her claims and that the radio show hadn't intentionally invaded her privacy.

  • March 9, 2018

    Vigilante Hacker To Face Trial, Lawyer’s Dismissal Bid Denied

    A Somerville, Massachusetts, hacker who allegedly attacked computer systems at the renowned Boston Children’s Hospital in an bid to save a teenage patient he claims was tortured by her caretakers will face trial in April, after a federal judge on Friday denied his attorney’s bid to leave the case.

  • March 9, 2018

    Mass. Gov's $610M Bill Extends Fantasy Sports Gaming

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker released a new economic development framework and legislation Friday that commits $610 million to various infrastructure projects and will allow fantasy sports gaming to continue in the state through the July deadline.

  • March 9, 2018

    Mass. Seafood Co. Manager Avoids Jail For Tax Evasion

    The former manager of a Massachusetts-based seafood processor avoided jail time on Friday after admitting he failed to report about $80,000 he netted, and will instead face home confinement, probation, and as many Uber rides as it takes to pay back the government.

  • March 9, 2018

    FTC Materials Barred In Imminent Solodyn Pay-For-Delay Trial

    An antitrust trial set to kick off Monday in Boston will not include Federal Trade Commission studies on the importance of generic brands to competition, a federal judge ruled days before jury selection, in a win for the one drugmaker still fighting the pay-for-delay case.

  • March 8, 2018

    Bagel Chain Ex-CEO Wants Bankruptcy Court To Rule On Pay

    A man who led Boston’s square-bagel restaurant chain the two years before it filed for Chapter 11 insisted Wednesday that a bankruptcy judge in Massachusetts has the authority to — and should — order the company to prioritize his severance pay ahead of many other debts.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • 'Throw' Your Mini-Opening To Get The Best Jury Possible

    Christina Marinakis

    In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire. You can use this as an opportunity to identify your worst jurors and get them removed from the panel — by previewing your case weaknesses and withholding your strengths, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.

  • Eminent Domain In The Wake Of Natural Disasters

    Briggs Stahl

    When states and municipalities rebuild permanent infrastructure following disasters, they may be able to reduce the damages caused by eminent domain by planning carefully. In particular, examining preventative solutions allows more time for planning and designing projects to reduce future damages to owners, says Briggs Stahl of RGL Forensics.

  • Your Case Was Remanded By The MDL Court — Now What?

    Brandon Cox

    Multidistrict litigation is an ever-expanding driver of product liability litigation, but when the MDL process runs its course there is often still a trial to be had, and there are strategic and practical decisions to consider once a case has been remanded. Brandon Cox and Charissa Walker of Tucker Ellis LLP offer tips on how to navigate the remand process.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • A Look At Air Rights In Boston, San Francisco And New York

    Lawrence DiCara

    Though allowing the transfer of unused development rights carries some disadvantages, it has encouraged developers to utilize air rights and improve upon some of America's largest cities, say attorneys with Nixon Peabody LLP and Katherine Soule of the Northeastern University School of Law.

  • Tackling NFL Trademarks: IP Fights Since Last Super Bowl

    David Kluft

    In case someone at the Super Bowl party you attend wants to talk about legal issues, here are some recent NFL-related intellectual property disputes to discuss, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.