Massachusetts

  • April 11, 2018

    Massport Says Much Of $2.7M Lufthansa Runway Suit Barred

    The Massachusetts Port Authority told a federal judge Wednesday its lease agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa AG and state law bars most of the airline's claims in a $2.7 million suit alleging shoddy runway clearing led to a 747 striking a snowbank while taxiing, damaging the engine.

  • April 11, 2018

    DraftKings, FanDuel Users Want MDL Halted For Deal Talks

    Daily fantasy sports players, DraftKings, FanDuel and their payment processors asked a Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday to pause the multidistrict litigation in which the players accuse the companies of operating an illegal online gambling enterprise while the parties pursue settlement talks.

  • April 10, 2018

    Device Cos., Hospital Sue 18 Cos. Over Anti-Aging Microneedles

    An Israeli medical device company and Massachusetts General Hospital filed suits against 18 manufacturers and distributors on Tuesday in Massachusetts federal court and the U.S. International Trade Commission, accusing them of infringing two patents for an anti-aging treatment using microneedles.

  • April 10, 2018

    DOJ Assists Ex-State Street Exec Chasing Foreign Evidence

    The U.S. Justice Department has come to the aid of a former State Street executive charged with securities fraud who was struggling to get evidence from the overseas clients he allegedly swindled, a prosecutor said Tuesday in a show of sportsmanship two months before the case is scheduled for trial in Boston.

  • April 10, 2018

    Mass. Nurses Union Seeks Toss Of Hospital's Suit Over Strike

    The Massachusetts Nurses Association on Tuesday asked a federal judge to toss a suit by a Pittsfield, Massachusetts, hospital seeking to block a one-day strike, arguing the strike was not going to be caused by any disputes the MNA had agreed to arbitrate.

  • April 10, 2018

    Dialysis Co. Agrees To Boost Compliance Dept. In Billing Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge signed off Tuesday on a settlement mandating changes in the corporate governance at American Renal Associates Holdings Inc. after shareholders accused its officers and directors of artificially raising the company’s revenue by inducing patients to swap their Medicare or Medicaid coverage for health plans with higher reimbursements.

  • April 10, 2018

    Harvard Can File Admissions Info Under Seal, Judge Rules

    A Massachusetts federal judge said Tuesday she won’t deviate from common court practices to prematurely unseal details about Harvard University’s admissions process in a discrimination suit concerning Asian-American applicants that the U.S. Department of Justice wanted to see while it considers taking a stance in the dispute.

  • April 10, 2018

    Taxi Cos. Cry Foul On Uber's Bid To Toss Antitrust Suit

    Hundreds of Boston-area taxi companies late Monday hit back against a bid by Uber Technologies Inc. to escape an antitrust suit, arguing they have done enough to show the ride-hailing service has unfairly priced its service in an effort to wipe out competition from traditional taxis.

  • April 9, 2018

    Boston Ignored 'Duck Tour' License Applications, Suit Says

    A businessman who’s been trying for 15 years to enter the “duck tour" industry has sued the Boston police commissioner and a lieutenant for allegedly ignoring his application for a sightseeing license needed to guide tourists through the city’s streets and waterways with amphibious vehicles.

  • April 9, 2018

    California Attorney Denied New Stock Fraud Trial

    A California attorney convicted of helping two stockbrokers conduct a pump-and-dump scheme cannot redo his 2016 trial in light of potential violations of a plea agreement since revealed about the co-conspirator who flipped on him, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled in court Monday.

  • April 9, 2018

    Dell's Pivotal Software Leads 4 IPO Launches Totaling $909M

    Pivotal Software Inc., a cloud software services business owned by Dell Technologies Inc., on Monday set a price range for an initial public offering estimated to raise $555 million, marking the largest of four deals totaling $909 million that also include three IPO launches by life sciences companies.

  • April 9, 2018

    Mass. Justices Say Passive Debt Buyer Doesn't Need License

    Massachusetts' top appellate court on Monday ruled debt buyer LVNV Funding LLC is not a licensed debt collector in the state, throwing out a summary judgment ruling in a suit that accused the so-called passive debt buyer of unlicensed debt collection.

  • April 9, 2018

    Ex-Teamsters Blast Feds Over Tossed Extortion Convictions

    A pair of former Teamsters imprisoned on extortion convictions that were later overturned lashed out at federal prosecutors Monday in Massachusetts federal court, calling them "evil" in an emotionally charged hearing where they were sentenced for a relatively minor conviction that still stands.

  • April 9, 2018

    Cancer-Focused Biopharma Co. Snags $100M From Investors

    A host of private equity and investment firms poured $100 million into Massachusetts-based Constellation Pharmaceuticals Inc., the biopharmaceutical company announced Monday, as it looks to advance several candidates in its cancer-focused treatment pipeline.

  • April 9, 2018

    1st Circ. Reverses Retirement Fund Transfers Ruling

    A split First Circuit panel reversed a U.S. Tax Court ruling on Friday, finding that two brothers accused of exceeding contribution limits on their retirement accounts had engaged in legal transactions, holding that the IRS can't recharacterize account transfers that the agency argued flouted congressional intent.

  • April 6, 2018

    Medical Device Cos. Deny FCA Suit's Excess Blood-Test Claim

    Six medical device companies specializing in at-home blood testing on Friday blasted a False Claims Act suit in Massachusetts federal court, saying the government and its relator have failed to show that the companies’ mandatory weekly tests excessively billed Medicaid and Medicare.

  • April 6, 2018

    2 Firms To Guide IPOs Totaling $170M Led By Tech Startup

    Two firms will guide companies scheduled to price initial public offerings projected to raise about $170 million during the week of April 9, representing a venture-backed software startup and a biotechnology firm developing treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

  • April 6, 2018

    DOJ, Free Speech Groups Want Harvard Bias Suit Public

    The Trump administration joined a group of First Amendment and free press advocates who asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Friday to keep summary judgment filings public in a long-running suit against Harvard University by an anti-affirmative action group claiming the Ivy League school discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

  • April 6, 2018

    Trump Aims To Simplify Offshore Wind Regs, DOI Sec. Says

    U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told global leaders in the offshore wind sector on Friday that the Trump administration aims to simplify the industry’s regulatory process, given its key role in building the nation’s renewable energy portfolio and independence.

  • April 6, 2018

    Polsinelli Adds Seasoned Sports Atty From Ropes & Gray

    Polsinelli PC on Thursday said an attorney whose practice centers on guiding his sports industry clients through licensing, sponsorship, broadcasting and other deals has joined the firm as a shareholder in Boston after more than a decade at Ropes & Gray LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 2

    Michael Littenberg

    Increasingly, corporate social responsibility must be on the radar screen of in-house counsel. Investors are paying more attention to environmental, social and governance issues, and a growing number of shareholder proposals on these subjects should be expected, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hardiman Reviews 'Without Precedent'

    Judge Thomas Hardiman

    In his new book, "Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times," professor Joel Richard Paul ably explains more than a dozen of Marshall’s most significant opinions, which comes as no surprise​. ​What is a surprise — a pleasant one — is the book's readability, says Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third Circuit.

  • Keys To Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance: Part 1

    Michael Littenberg

    2018 may be the year that corporate social responsibility compliance becomes a core duty of in-house legal departments. Not only have legal requirements proliferated in recent years, but new disclosure requirements and more regulation are on the horizon, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Condo Developers Must Understand Building Defect Claims

    Johanna Schneider

    Massachusetts courts have shown a desire to ensure that owners of newly constructed condominiums have the ability to pursue the same construction defect and warranty claims as new single-family home owners. Just as real estate developers should be cognizant of their duties concerning alleged building defects, condominium developers should be as well, say attorneys with Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • How State AGs Can Fight Student Loan Crisis The Right Way

    Douglas Gansler

    For both consumer protection and political reasons, state attorneys general desperately want to assist constituents who have taken out federal student loans and are now struggling with repayment. However, state AGs will undoubtedly fail in the courtroom if they attempt to do so through litigation, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.