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Massachusetts

  • September 12, 2018

    Boston DA Exits Post Early For Mintz Levin Gig

    Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, the top cop in four Massachusetts communities, including Boston, announced Wednesday he would be leaving his post three months ahead of schedule for a job at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and its lobbying arm, ML Strategies LLC.

  • September 12, 2018

    1st Circ. Questions BioChemics Strategy In SEC Probe Case

    The First Circuit prodded BioChemics Inc. on what it felt was an inconsistent argument Wednesday as the pharmaceutical company tried to flip a district court order denying coverage by Axis Reinsurance Co. for defending against a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and enforcement action.

  • September 12, 2018

    Mass. Amends Manufacturing Co. Classification For Fed. Code

    The Massachusetts Department of Revenue adopted emergency regulations Tuesday that explain the tax treatment of corporations that apply for manufacturing corporation classification to account for changes by the federal tax overhaul last year.

  • September 11, 2018

    How A 'Lost Generation' Of Associates Bounced Back

    Caught in a whirlwind of firm dissolutions and layoffs, thousands of associates were thrust into one of the worst job markets in history a decade ago. While some have rebounded, others are still feeling the lingering effects of the financial crisis on their careers.

  • September 11, 2018

    CRISPR Patent Ruling May Push Warring Sides To A Deal

    The Federal Circuit’s decision Monday rejecting the University of California’s efforts to secure control over patents on the breakthrough gene-editing system CRISPR in a fight with the Broad Institute leaves an unsettled patent landscape for the technology that could spur the parties to strike a deal, attorneys say.

  • September 11, 2018

    Ameriprise Must Pay Former Broker $675K For Termination

    Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. must pay a former employee $675,000 for wrongful termination under an arbitration that found "no credible proof" she directed an assistant to make unauthorized trades, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday in upholding the award for termination without cause.

  • September 11, 2018

    ASBCA Won't Reconsider Raytheon Allowable Cost Ruling

    Neither Raytheon nor the Defense Contract Management Agency showed any clear error in a decision that had found that most of Raytheon’s disputed contract cost reimbursement claims were not expressly unallowable, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals ruled recently, refusing to reconsider its earlier decision.

  • September 11, 2018

    Atty's Sickly Brother Gets 9 Mos. For Role In Pump-And-Dump

    The brother of the California attorney convicted in a pair of pump and dump schemes the government says cost investors $1.5 million was sentenced in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to nine months in prison, despite a plea to avoid jail time due to serious health issues.

  • September 11, 2018

    BioChemics Claims It Can Pay Chunk Of $17M SEC Judgment

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a Massachusetts federal judge appeared skeptical Tuesday of BioChemics Inc.'s claims that it can show, within three weeks, an ability to pay down a “seven-figure” chunk of the $17.2 million it owes the SEC.

  • September 11, 2018

    FINRA Lodges First Crypto-Related Enforcement Action

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed its first disciplinary action involving cryptocurrencies on Tuesday with a claim that a former Massachusetts broker skirted registration requirements and committed fraud to sell an unregistered security called HempCoin.

  • September 11, 2018

    Tyco, 3M, Others Want Out Of Foam-Contaminated Water Suit

    Tyco Fire Products LP, 3M Co. and other companies that produced a fire suppressant foam have told a Massachusetts federal court that a suit filed by a group of Cape Cod residents claiming the product caused illnesses should be tossed, arguing the allegations couldn’t properly be connected to specific manufacturers.

  • September 10, 2018

    DOI Says Mass. Tribe Can't Have Land In Trust For Casino

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has rejected the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's bid to have tribe-owned land in Massachusetts held in trust by the government for a proposed casino project, reversing an Obama-era decision by finding that the tribe didn't qualify to have the land taken into trust under the Indian Reorganization Act.

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

  • September 10, 2018

    Exxon Presses High Court To Halt Mass. AG Climate Probe

    Exxon Mobil Corp. on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review Massachusetts' top court's decision not to stop the state attorney general's probe into the company's climate change statements, arguing its tenuous business links to the Bay State aren't enough to give the AG jurisdiction.

  • September 10, 2018

    MIT Workers Nod To Cornell In Bid For Jury Trial In 401(k) Suit

    A proposed class of Massachusetts Institute of Technology employees accusing the school of mismanaging their retirement savings urged a Massachusetts federal judge to let them take their claims before a jury, one day after Cornell University workers won the right to a jury trial on part of their similar benefits suit.

  • September 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs Harvard, MIT Over UC In CRISPR Patent War

    The Federal Circuit on Monday rejected the University of California’s bid for broad control over patents on the breakthrough gene-editing system CRISPR, holding that a research institute associated with Harvard and MIT is entitled to some patents on the technology.

  • September 10, 2018

    Calif. Atty Makes Behind-Bars Plea To Toss SEC Fraud Case

    A California attorney, pilot and yachtsman convicted of running a $1.5 million pump-and-dump scheme wrote from prison to ask a Massachusetts federal judge to dismiss a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission complaint against him, or continue to stay the enforcement action until his criminal appeal is complete, according to a motion filed Monday.

  • September 10, 2018

    Mercedes Driver Fights To Keep Radiator Defect Suit Intact

    A Mercedes-Benz driver urged a Massachusetts federal court Friday to keep intact his proposed class action claiming the automaker hid a radiator defect from consumers, arguing that the company's dismissal bid is “nothing more than advocacy” that the court must ignore.

  • September 10, 2018

    Saul Ewing Lands 2 Defamation, Media Pros In Boston

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is continuing its Boston expansion and launching its national First Amendment and media practice with the addition of a pair of partners from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC who have defended newspapers, journalists and businesses alike in defamation cases for years, the firm said.

  • September 7, 2018

    Measuring The Recession’s Toll On The Legal Industry

    For starting attorneys, the financial crisis casts a long shadow, even though the worst is past. Here’s our breakdown of the data showing its impact and where the industry’s headed.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • New Mass. Law Would Make Enforcing Noncompetes Harder

    Bret Cohen

    Massachusetts recently passed comprehensive noncompete legislation, which will become effective on Oct. 1, 2018, assuming it is signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. The new law would place significant limitations on the scope of enforceable employee noncompetes, say Bret Cohen and Michael Steinberg of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • 'Ban The Box' Turns 20: Decoding The Current Framework

    Stephen Woods

    Twenty years ago, the first state "ban the box" law crystallized a movement that, in time, would yield similar background check restrictions across the U.S. The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants in different jurisdictions, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Federal Inaction And State Activity: Student Loan Edition

    David Gettings

    As a result of waning federal involvement, states have increased their roles in the regulation and litigation of private student loans, and servicers and lenders now confront an amorphous environment policed by a diverse cast. And with student loan defaults rising, state enforcement activities may not be the only increase in litigation the industry sees, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.