President Donald Trump’s announcement of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night quickly generated strong reactions across Capitol Hill as senators on both sides of the partisan divide braced for a battle over the future of the Supreme Court.
President Donald Trump called Judge Brett Kavanaugh a "judge's judge" when he named him Monday as his pick to succeed retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As all eyes turn to the Senate for what is expected to be a bruising confirmation process, here are the opinions to know.
President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a 12-year veteran of the D.C. Circuit, to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
A pair of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nurses hit the agency with a proposed class action alleging that Massachusetts and Rhode Island VA medical staff have been unlawfully stiffed on required locality pay adjustments.
A Massachusetts town on Monday urged a federal judge to end a suit accusing it of improperly denying T-Mobile and another company the right to build a cellphone tower, arguing that officials' determination that the project was too close to residential neighborhoods was evidence-based.
An Iranian-American woman is suing the U.S. government in Massachusetts federal court on claims it has unreasonably delayed her brother-in-law's visa application for over a decade, and arguing that her family has suffered as a result of the Trump administration's "confusing" immigration policies.
Unchecked power imbalances at law firms are the most common factors that lead to negative and inappropriate workplace behavior, according to a survey released Monday by the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts in partnership with the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership.
A Massachusetts man admitted in federal court on Monday that he overcharged a Cushman & Wakefield Inc. unit $4 million while he led its specialty services division in greater Boston, inflating bills for snow-shoveling and other labor-intensive property services using his own contracting company.
Nine companies, including a private equity-backed energy equipment provider, a clean energy power generator, a Canadian medical cannabis company, plus several biotechnology firms, launched initial public offerings on Monday estimated to raise more than $1.2 billion.
Prosecutors told a federal jury that a Massachusetts’ sheriff’s captain helped a notorious fishing magnate known as “the Codfather” smuggle huge sums of cash out of the U.S., but the captain claimed to be an unwitting pawn in the scheme as his trial began Monday.
The former owner of a North Shore roast beef and seafood restaurant admitted to a Massachusetts federal judge Monday that he failed to report nearly $1 million in income to avoid paying taxes for his partially cash-driven business.
Web hosting company Endurance International Group Holdings Inc. and two executives have agreed to pay investors $18.65 million to end claims the company padded subscription numbers in public filings to boost its financial performance, according to documents filed Friday in Massachusetts federal court.
A group of 11 attorneys general announced Monday that they have asked eight fast-food franchises to provide documents on noncompete clauses in their contracts, saying such clauses can be harmful to workers who want to move from one job to the next.
A former biostatistician at Akebia Therapeutics Inc. said Friday at his insider trading trial in Boston that prosecutors have failed to show he purchased stock based on positive results of the company’s anemia treatment.
Ocular Therapeutix Inc. and its executives moved Friday to toss a proposed investor class action alleging that the biopharmaceutical company misled them about receiving federal approval for an eye pain reliever, telling a Massachusetts federal judge the suit rests on statements that were true or protected from fraud claims.
President Donald Trump is expected Monday night to name his choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. The nomination will give the president his second chance to name a justice to the high court in less than two years, setting up a high-stakes political battle likely to consume the legal world and the nation in the months to come.
A former State Street Corp. executive was called out Friday for his looming presence on a social media account of one of the jurors who recently convicted him of hiding fees in multibillion-dollar securities transactions, with a Massachusetts federal judge issuing a verbal warning against any further interaction with the panel.
A California federal judge said Friday he would probably trim several patents from Nevro’s suit claiming Boston Scientific infringed its spinal cord stimulation technology for pain treatment, saying the patents’ vagueness was either “sloppy drafting” or a deliberate effort to “grab anything that comes close to the invention.”
Upending decades of case law, a recent ruling by Massachusetts’ high court is likely to change how construction contract breaches are litigated now that contractors have been provided a path toward payment for completed work even if they’ve intentionally broken agreements, experts say.
Wolf Popper LLP and Monteverde & Associates PC asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Friday to certify a class of shareholders and allow them to lead a suit along with Berman Tabacco claiming two brothers enriched themselves to the detriment of shareholders in the 2016 merger of energy-technology companies American DG Energy Inc. and Tecogen Inc.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
A recent survey of companies in the consumer products space reveals caseloads and issues of concern, the growing influence of the Federal Trade Commission, and trends in corporate legal departments’ budgeting, say Erin Bosman and Julie Park of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Running a successful consumer products company has never been easy. Rapidly evolving technologies, an uncertain economy and changing government regulations appear primed to complicate the already challenging task of navigating legal issues, say Erin Bosman and Julie Park of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
Climate resiliency measures to abate future disasters in coastal cities like Boston need to be taken now to avoid disasters and save hundreds of billions of dollars in the future. But climate change needs a master plan; it cannot be left to thousands of cities to coordinate efforts — that is what our federal system is for, says Michael Parker of Rackemann Sawyer & Brewster.
Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
As renewable energy and energy storage drive electricity prices down, generation revenues should further decline, which should lower the valuation of coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants. Yet assessments of fossil fuel generation assets have generally remained steady, suggesting they are being significantly overvalued, says Mark Lansing of Dickinson Wright PLLC.
"Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.
It should come as no surprise that state securities administrators have boosted their cryptocurrency enforcement efforts. Because while cryptocurrency promoters can find easy prey in today’s excitable retail investor marketplace, initial coin offerings and digital trading platforms are also easy to surveil and easy to charge, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.