Massachusetts

  • October 11, 2017

    SEC Wants Insider Trading Penalty 'With Sobering Message'

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to impose a substantial civil penalty against the last remaining member of a "golfing group" accused of cashing in on stock tips, hoping to "send a loud and sobering message to other would-be insider traders."  

  • October 11, 2017

    Top Mass. Court Rules Dechert 'Plainly Negligent' In $2M Suit

    Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday revived a seafood company’s $1.8 million malpractice claim against Dechert LLP, ruling that the firm couldn’t escape liability for its “plainly negligent” work by alleging a Tahitian court erred in handling the underlying dispute.

  • October 11, 2017

    FDA Expert Testifies Of Unparalleled Contamination At NECC

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert told jurors Wednesday that contamination in steroid injections prepared by a New England pharmacist charged with murder over a deadly meningitis outbreak was the worst he had seen in his 27-year career.

  • October 11, 2017

    Eversource, Avangrid Squeezed NE Pipelines, Report Says

    New England utilities Eversource Energy and Avangrid have artificially constrained the region's natural gas pipeline capacity, leading to $3.6 billion in inflated gas and electricity costs between 2013 and 2016, according to a report published Wednesday by the Environmental Defense Fund and several university researchers.

  • October 11, 2017

    AGs Tell Experian, TransUnion To Halt Fees Post-Equifax

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan led a coalition of 37 attorneys general Tuesday urging Experian and TransUnion to stop charging fees to consumers seeking to put a credit freeze on their accounts following the massive Equifax data breach.

  • October 11, 2017

    DC Circ. Eyes Pols, Enviros' Right To Pursue Pipeline Suit

    The D.C. Circuit has asked for supplemental briefs on whether a group including Boston Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh, environmental groups and landowners has standing to bring a legal challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a $971 million pipeline that runs through New England and New York.

  • October 10, 2017

    Trump's Clean Power Plan Repeal Will Face Legal Gantlet

    The Trump administration on Tuesday took the first step to unwind former President Barack Obama's signature climate change action by formally proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan, but CPP supporters have already vowed to fight any repeal in court. Here are four legal issues to watch as the proposed repeal moves through the rulemaking process, and toward the courtroom.

  • October 10, 2017

    Enbridge Unit Says Mass. Town Preempted In Pipeline Battle

    An Enbridge Inc. unit urged a Boston federal judge on Tuesday to rule that federal energy law preempted Weymouth, Massachusetts' decision to deny the Enbridge unit permission to build a gas compressor station in the town as part of a $1 billion Atlantic Bridge pipeline expansion project.

  • October 10, 2017

    Vietnamese Man Extradited Over Role In Shopping Scam

    A Vietnamese national appeared in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday to face charges of participating in a scheme to use stolen credit card data and personally identifiable information to buy and then resell approximately $500,000 worth of goods online, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

  • October 10, 2017

    3 Meningitis Pharmacy Workers Must Face FDA Fraud Claims

    Three employees of the drugmaker connected to the fatal 2012 meningitis outbreak will have to face a jury over allegations that they tried to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday, rebuffing their dismissal effort.

  • October 10, 2017

    Boston-Area Robotics Company Wins $100M Army Contract

    Chelmsford, Massachusetts-based Endeavor Robotics, which builds unmanned ground vehicles, has been awarded a $100 million contract to provide military robots to the U.S. Army, the company announced.

  • October 10, 2017

    Mass. Hospitality Group Refinances 3 Boston-Area Hotels

    A Massachusetts-based hospitality firm has refinanced a three-property hotel portfolio totaling 623 rooms in the Boston-area towns of Natick and Somerville, commercial real estate broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP said Monday.

  • October 10, 2017

    NLRB Clears Nonunion Hiring Rule After 1st Circ. Flip

    A Massachusetts hospital group can keep a rule favoring the hiring of nonunion workers for nonunion positions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Friday, reversing its original decision on orders of the First Circuit.

  • October 10, 2017

    Ulta, Shampoo Maker Must Face 'Sulfate-Free' Labeling Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday kept alive a proposed class action against beauty products retailer Ulta and shampoo maker Sexy Hair Concepts LLC over allegedly misleading “sulfate-free” labeling on shampoo bottles, saying the consumer sufficiently alleged deception and economic injury.

  • October 10, 2017

    Mass. AG Runs Point As Top Trump Critic

    A hotbed of the opposition to President Donald Trump’s administration is here in a corner office on the 20th floor of Ashburton Plaza in Boston, surrounded by dazzling views of the Charles River and a basketball signed by Celtics legend Bob Cousy.

  • October 6, 2017

    Benefits Portal Biz Wants Derivative Suit Cut Short

    A Massachusetts lawyer and his father-client are using a federal suit, recently filed amid a protracted battle for control of an internet employee-benefits company, as “leverage” against a $1.5 million verdict springing from the same dispute, the company's executives said Thursday.

  • October 6, 2017

    Pharmacist In Meningitis Trial Ignored Drug Recipe, Jury Told

    A former Massachusetts pharmacist failed to follow a recipe for sterile drugs he made in 2012 that infected hundreds of people with fungal meningitis, and then gave conflicting and unfounded answers about his procedures, a federal investigator said Friday at the pharmacist’s second-degree murder trial.

  • October 6, 2017

    Generic Cos. Say Mass. Ruling Foils 3rd Circ. Eye Drop Case

    Three generic-drug makers including Sandoz Inc. told the Third Circuit on Friday that a recent Massachusetts federal court ruling bolsters their preemption defense to a suit alleging the drugmakers boosted prescription eye drop sales by using bottles that dispensed bigger-than-needed drops.

  • October 6, 2017

    Collegium Infringing OxyContin Patents, Purdue Says

    Collegium Pharmaceutical Inc. is infringing two of Purdue Pharma LP's patents tied to the opioid painkiller OxyContin when making and selling its painkiller Xtampza ER, Purdue alleged on Friday in Massachusetts federal court, as part of a long line of similar suits.

  • October 6, 2017

    Psychic Cops To Hiding $3.5M In Exorcism Income From IRS

    A Florida woman who claimed to be a psychic pled guilty Thursday to hiding more than $3.5 million that she earned performing exorcisms on an elderly woman seeking to rid herself of demons, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced.

Expert Analysis

  • A New Kid On The Block For Massachusetts Insurers: ORSA

    Richard Glovsky

    Though Massachusetts' adoption of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' model Own Risk Solvency Act earlier this year was a watershed moment for Massachusetts insurers' risk management framework and processes, the act is not as ominous as it might appear, say Richard Glovsky and William Primps of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Extreme Weather Fuels New Climate Change Litigation Trend

    Michael McDonough

    As federal efforts to roll back environmental regulations from the Obama era continue, environmental groups have been increasingly filing lawsuits against industry alleging damages related to climate change impacts. The most recent lawsuits show that extreme weather events such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma likely will intensify this trend, say Michael McDonough and Stephanie Amaru of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Alarming Trend Continues With Weymouth Condo Fire

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    It remains to be seen whether the recent triumvirate of devastating fire losses in Massachusetts will have an impact on building codes, construction practices or the underwriting of construction risks. However, at the very least, a commission should be formed to investigate why these fires are occurring with alarming frequency, says Kristin Suga Heres of Zelle LLP.

  • Preparing For New Mass. Pregnancy Accommodations Law

    Mehreen Rasheed

    Massachusetts is the latest state to pass a pregnancy accommodation law, joining 21 other states and Washington, D.C. Like many of the similar state laws, the recently enacted Massachusetts law will expand protections for pregnant employees beyond those available under federal law, say Mehreen Rasheed and Carolyn Wheeler of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Mass. Clean Energy Standard Reshapes Energy Landscape

    Eric Runge

    With the regulations it issued last month, Massachusetts maintains its leadership position among states seeking to achieve ambitious clean and renewable energy goals. The Clean Energy Standard will create major new investment opportunities and impact the wholesale power markets in significant ways, says Eric Runge of Day Pitney LLP.

  • Are Opioids The New Tobacco?

    Richard Scruggs

    Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."

  • East Coast Medical Marijuana Lessons For Nev. Employers

    Laura Jacobsen

    Recent court decisions from the East Coast have held that medical patients terminated for positive medical marijuana test results have valid causes of action against their employers for disability discrimination. Because Nevada law provides some protection for employees who engage in off-duty medical marijuana use, Nevada employers should take important lessons from these cases, says Laura Jacobsen of McDonald Carano LLP.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 3

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In the final installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig concludes his deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • Sorting Out Teamsters Acquittal In ‘Top Chef’ Case

    Michael Abcarian

    A federal jury recently acquitted four Teamsters on charges of criminally threatening the host of the popular cooking competition show “Top Chef." Michael Abcarian of Fisher Phillips examines how the dispute escalated into a criminal extortion prosecution and where the line is drawn between criminality and lawful conduct when union members threaten an employer who uses nonunion workers.