A coalition of 19 attorneys general and others urged the U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday to reject the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census, arguing it would undermine the accuracy of the population count and violate the census’ obligations under federal law.
Nestlé USA Inc. was slapped with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court Monday alleging that the food and beverage giant doesn’t inform consumers that it sources chocolate products from areas in West Africa that are known for relying on forced child labor.
A former executive at a Siemens AG financial firm claimed in a lawsuit transferred on Monday to Massachusetts federal court that his bosses pushed him out after he relayed a potential client’s concern about “an incident of extortion.”
Attorneys general in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several U.S. territories told Congress on Monday that it’s time to prohibit employers from keeping claims of sexual harassment hush-hush with forced arbitration.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday tapped Scott & Scott Attorneys at Law LLP and Levi & Korsinsky LLP to guide investors who have accused Genocea Biosciences Inc. of hiding its inability to finance ongoing trials for a genital herpes immunotherapy and thus blindsiding them when deciding to halt its drug development plans.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday rejected 1-800-Flowers.com Inc.’s attempt to escape a lawsuit alleging its websites are not accessible enough to blind and visually impaired customers, finding its arguments failed to hold water.
Acacia Communications Inc. on Friday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to toss a proposed shareholder class action over poor second-quarter results in 2017, arguing its optimistic outlook was soured by an unexpected drop in market demand and that a contractor’s manufacture of defective products had nothing to do with the company’s stock tumble.
Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts is questioning the heads of the U.S. Departments of State and Treasury about whether Russian companies are skirting U.S. sanctions, citing the fact that Boston Harbor recently fielded a shipment containing liquified natural gas from sanctioned producer OAO Novatek.
A former McDonald’s manager charged with posing online as a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official can return to his ill father and current job as a waste collector in central Pennsylvania while the case proceeds in Boston, a federal magistrate judge decided Friday.
The Maryland surgery center facing the last standing case in the multidistrict litigation over a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak told a Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday that the suit, set for trial in April, should be sent back to Maryland state court.
Insulet Corp. has agreed to a $19.5 million settlement of a proposed class action alleging the medical device maker misled investors about the success of a new insulin infusion pump system it launched in 2013 and manipulated a critical performance metric to mask declining new patient growth, according to filings made Friday in Massachusetts federal court.
A Brazilian national who led federal agents to $17 million linked to TelexFree Inc.'s massive Ponzi scheme was sentenced to nearly three years by a Massachusetts federal judge for his role.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday dismissed a proposed class action against Toyota Motor Sales USA and Colonial Imports Corp., ruling that the buyer failed to show he was harmed when he purchased three tires, which he claims were deceptively marked up, in order to get the fourth tire for one dollar.
A company that operates several mental health centers in Massachusetts has agreed to pay $4 million to settle accusations that it improperly billed the state Medicaid program for services provided by unlicensed, unqualified and unsupervised employees, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Thursday.
A trio of congressional representatives Thursday urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request by General Electric for local disposal of contaminated soil dredged from the Housatonic River after an agency appeal board threw that section of the cleanup plan into question.
A federal magistrate judge in Boston on Friday ordered the former chief medical officer at Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc. to pay a $50,000 civil penalty to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, one-third of what the agency sought, to end claims that he misled investors in a 2012 conference call.
Yahoo has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide what should happen to our email accounts when we die, arguing that a ruling by Massachusetts’ top court “effectively eliminates personal privacy in email content after death” and needs to be corrected.
A provision of Massachusetts' overtime law that exempts employees of state-licensed charter bus operators from extra pay applies even if those workers also provide school bus service, which is typically not exempt from overtime requirements, the state's Supreme Judicial Court said Thursday.
Counsel for a fired pharmacy executive argued before the First Circuit on Thursday that health care providers that establish contracts through anti-competitive practices should be held liable for false claims charged to government insurance programs under those agreements.
The First Circuit on Wednesday revived a man’s lawsuit accusing Omni Hotels of negligence in connection with an assault he suffered in the lobby of one of its properties in Rhode Island, finding he had backed up his allegations.
Last year, courts issued numerous health care-related decisions interpreting the legal standards under the False Claims Act and assessing the viability of a multitude of FCA liability theories. These decisions will affect the prosecution and defense of FCA cases for years to come, says Brian Dunphy of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of the Cole memo does not change federal law, negative response to the rescission across the cannabis sector and political landscape was strong, swift and bipartisan, which may lead to congressional action in the future, say Jonathan Robbins and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.
The volume of health care-related qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act remained robust last year. In the first of four articles on health care enforcement in 2017, Kevin McGinty of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC discusses the important takeaways from a number of trends.
Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.
Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.
The pace of U.S. Department of Justice settlements with life sciences companies slowed in 2017, suggesting a potential change in enforcement approach. It remains to be seen whether U.S. attorneys in key districts will take the reins and reverse this slowdown, say John Bentivoglio and Jennifer Bragg of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
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.
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.
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.