Massachusetts

  • November 27, 2017

    Ropes & Gray Hires Investment Funds Counsel From Harvard

    Ropes & Gray LLP’s Boston office has bolstered its private investment funds practice with the addition of a counsel who previously helped manage private funds at an investment management company owned by Harvard University.

  • November 27, 2017

    3 Life Sciences Cos., 1 Bank Launch IPOs Totaling $481M

    Three venture-backed life sciences companies and a California bank launched initial public offerings on Monday that could raise a combined $481 million, setting the stage for an upturn in deals following a Thanksgiving pause.

  • November 27, 2017

    Mark Fidrych's Widow's Wrongful Death Suit Nixed

    The Massachusetts Appeals Court on Monday cemented wins for Mack Trucks Inc. and Parker-Hannifin Corp. in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the widow of former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark S. Fidrych after he was accidentally asphyxiated while working on a dump truck that he owned.

  • November 22, 2017

    NH Hospitals Fight To Keep CMS Suit Win At 1st Circ.

    New Hampshire hospitals pressed the First Circuit to uphold a ruling against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for altering a reimbursement policy in a frequently-asked-questions document, telling the appeals court that the agency flouted the normal rulemaking process and exceeded its legal authority.

  • November 22, 2017

    State AGs Grill Uber Over Theft Of Data On 57M Riders

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday on Twitter that she is investigating Uber Technologies Inc. for last year’s cyberattack, while New Mexico Attorney General Hector H. Balderas demanded answers to a list of questions he sent to the company about the breach, in which Uber said hackers stole personal data on 57 million riders.

  • November 22, 2017

    Cities And States Brace For Loss Of SALT Deductions

    As the work of reforming the federal tax code took a temporary timeout for Thanksgiving, opponents of legislation that would fully or partly eliminate deductions for state and local taxes didn’t let up in their fight, despite increasingly long odds they would succeed in changing lawmakers' minds when they return from their break.

  • November 22, 2017

    Medicis, Solodyn Buyers Duel For Quick Wins In Antitrust MDL

    Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. and two classes of Solodyn buyers have each asked a Massachusetts federal court for quick wins to end the buyers’ pay-for-delay suit accusing Medicis of paying generic-drug makers to stay off the market for the acne medication, with the parties fighting over how much competition exists.

  • November 22, 2017

    NFL Stifles Competition With 'Sham' Rules, Ex-Agent Says

    A sports agent who once represented 53 aspiring National Football League players hit the NFL and the NFL Players Association with an antitrust suit in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday, accusing the league of stifling competition and implementing a "sham" three-year agent certification rule to keep new agents out of the industry.

  • November 22, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: P3 Investments, Diamond Sinacori, Swire

    Florida developer P3 Investments has reportedly sold a development site for $20.5 million, Boston developer Diamond Sinacori is said to have purchased and subsequently sold a property in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and Swire has reportedly leased space in Miami to Interaudi Bank and KPMG.

  • November 21, 2017

    Mass. Home Health Co. To Pay $1M For OT, Record Issues

    A Lawrence, Massachusetts-based home health care company will pay more than $1 million for its failure to pay overtime and keep proper payroll records, the state’s attorney general’s office announced Tuesday.

  • November 21, 2017

    9th Circ. Blocks 6 States From Hawaii Travel Ban Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday blocked Massachusetts, California, New York and three other states from intervening in Hawaii’s challenge to the Trump administration’s third travel ban, telling the states to make their case in amici briefs instead.

  • November 21, 2017

    Customs Violated 2 Travel Ban Orders, Gov't Watchdog Says

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection was “very aggressive” in blocking certain travelers to the U.S. in violation of two court orders from Massachusetts and California, according to a letter on Tuesday hinting at the results of a government investigation that’s still under wraps.

  • November 21, 2017

    Dialysis Patients Face Undoing By Experts In Fresenius MDL

    Attorneys for about a dozen dialysis patients argued in Boston on Tuesday that, although their own experts say otherwise, they should be allowed to seek a jury's opinion on claims that they were gravely injured on the watch of leading kidney clinician Fresenius Medical Care.

  • November 21, 2017

    Mass. Governor Signs Law Protecting Birth Control Coverage

    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law Monday a bill that ensures copay-free access to contraception in the state regardless of policy changes at the federal level.

  • November 20, 2017

    Ice Cream Co. Denies Attempt To Freeze Out Legal Rival

    Ice cream maker Mister Cookie Face LLC and parent Fieldbrook Foods Corp. rebuffed a Boston federal judge's comments Monday that they appear to have perpetuated a lawsuit knowing the costly process could hobble their family-owned opponent.

  • November 20, 2017

    Hernandez CTE Suit Should Stay In Mass., Court Hears

    Counsel for Aaron Hernandez’s daughter fired back at the NFL’s bid to pause her lawsuit that blames his violent behavior on late-stage chronic traumatic encephalopathy while it attempts to include the suit in ongoing multidistrict litigation, telling a Massachusetts federal court that the case is unrelated and should immediately continue in state court.

  • November 20, 2017

    Mass. Pushes Justices To Hear Martha's Vineyard Casino Row

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a town and a community association continued to press the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to weigh in on a decision that paved the way for a Native American tribe to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard.

  • November 20, 2017

    GE Faces Suit Over Fukushima Nuclear Plant Design

    Residents and companies of Fukushima, Japan, on Friday filed a putative class action lawsuit against General Electric Co. in Massachusetts federal court, accusing the company of negligence that led to a catastrophic meltdown when a 2011 tsunami hit a nuclear power plant it built.

  • November 20, 2017

    Deal Expected In Insurer's Actos Cancer Suit Against Takeda

    Dozens of claims from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts alleging that a link between diabetes treatment Actos and bladder cancer was long known to drug manufacturer Takeda are expected to head for arbitration separate from a $2.4 billion settlement with patients, a Boston federal judge said Monday.

  • November 20, 2017

    Hulu's Services Exclude Blind, Visually Impaired, Suit Says

    Video streaming giant Hulu LLC was hit with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court on Monday alleging its services exclude the blind and visually impaired.

Expert Analysis

  • Trending In Telehealth: Behavioral Health Services

    Amy Lerman

    An increasing number of behavioral health care professionals are becoming more and more interested in using telehealth platforms to connect with their patients, and there is much new and updated guidance from states regarding the practice of providing such services in this space, says Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Testing Judicial Control Over Attorney Conduct At Depositions

    Mark Shifton

    While few depositions feature such entertaining colloquies by counsel as are found in Corsini v. U-Haul, obstructive conduct at depositions continues to run rampant in many circles. And courts are increasingly open to taking a greater role in policing improper conduct, say Mark Shifton and Mila Shtelmakher of Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP.

  • Building A Diverse Bankruptcy Bench Is Critical

    Judge Frank Bailey

    The bankruptcy court bench is the least diverse bench in the federal court system, which is curious given that diversification of the Article I benches is within the control of other federal judges, says U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Bailey of the District of Massachusetts.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • 'Double-Breasted' Operations Face Criminal Risk

    Benjamin Wish

    The potential civil liability exposure for "double-breasting" — when union and nonunion companies share ownership, equipment, facilities or other features — has been well-established for some time. Now, in the wake of a recent case in the District of Massachusetts, the risk of criminal prosecution is apparent, says Benjamin Wish of Todd & Weld LLP.

  • Addressing Pay Equity In The US And Around The World

    Cynthia Jackson

    Even though the U.S. Equal Pay Act is over 50 years old, the U.S. census released in September still finds that women make 80.5 cents to the dollar that men make. Cynthia Jackson and Sarah Beeby of Dentons review recent legislation addressing pay inequity in the U.S. and globally, and discuss recommendations for employers confronting these developments.

  • Navigating The Pitfalls Of Civil Investigative Demands

    Chris Browning

    In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • The Rise Of Employee Religious Discrimination Claims

    Barbara Hoey

    Many employers are seeing an increase in requests for religious accommodations. Several recent court decisions and statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provide insight into the rise in claims related to these requests, and the importance of employers understanding their obligations to accommodate, say Barbara Hoey and Alyssa Smilowitz of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • A Big Drone Victory For FAA

    Kenneth Quinn

    A Massachusetts federal judge's recent decision in Singer v. Newton showed substantial deference to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, highlighting the tension between local, state and federal governments over drone regulation. It may impact the consideration of bills pending before Congress, say attorneys with Baker McKenzie.