Massachusetts

  • February 13, 2018

    19 AGs Blast 2020 Census Citizenship Question

    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.

  • February 12, 2018

    Nestlé Faces Child Labor Claims Over Chocolate Sources

    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.

  • February 12, 2018

    Ex-Siemens Exec Claims He Was Ousted For Extortion Report

    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.”

  • February 12, 2018

    AGs Back Ban On Sex Harassment Arbitration Clauses

    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.

  • February 12, 2018

    Investors In Genocea Herpes-Drug Row Get Lead Counsel

    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.

  • February 12, 2018

    1-800-Flowers Can't End Suit Over Accessibility To Blind

    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.

  • February 12, 2018

    Acacia Communications Says Stock Drop Was A Surprise

    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.

  • February 9, 2018

    Sen. Markey Asks Tillerson, Mnuchin About Novatek Shipment

    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.

  • February 9, 2018

    Ex-McDonald's Manager In SEC Impersonation Trial Gets Bail

    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.

  • February 9, 2018

    Hospital Wants Last Meningitis Case Back In Md.

    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.

  • February 9, 2018

    Insulet Agrees To Pay $19.5M To End Investor Suit

    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.

  • February 9, 2018

    Brazilian Gets 3 Years For TelexFree Money Laundering Role

    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.

  • February 9, 2018

    Toyota Beats Suit Over Special Tire Pricing

    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.

  • February 9, 2018

    Mental Health Centers Strike $4M Deal In Medicaid Fraud Row

    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.

  • February 9, 2018

    Mass. Sens. To EPA: Make GE Send River Waste Out Of State

    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.

  • February 9, 2018

    Former Aveo Chief Medical Officer Ordered To Pay SEC $50K

    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.

  • February 8, 2018

    Yahoo Asks Justices To Shield Privacy Of Emails After Death

    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.

  • February 8, 2018

    Drivers Subject To Charter OT Exemption: Mass. Justices

    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.

  • February 8, 2018

    Ex-Shields Pharmacy Exec Asks 1st Circ. To Allow FCA Claim

    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.

  • February 8, 2018

    Omni Must Face Suit Over Hotel Lobby Assault, 1st Circ. Says

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: FCA Case Law

    Brian Dunphy

    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.

  • America's Shifting Views On Marijuana Post-Cole Memo

    Jonathan Robbins

    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.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: Trends In FCA Cases

    Kevin McGinty

    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.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • LGBTQ Protections And Best Practices Under Title VII

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Darrell VanDeusen

    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.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    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.

  • Will Life Sciences Companies Face More Scrutiny In 2018?

    John Bentivoglio

    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.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    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.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    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.

  • 3 Enforcement Priorities For State AGs In 2018

    Joe Jacquot

    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.