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Massachusetts

  • July 9, 2018

    Senate Battle Lines Drawn With Kavanaugh As Trump's Pick

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    5 Kavanaugh Opinions You Need To Read Right Now

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For Supreme Court

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    VA Accused Of Stiffing Staff On Locality Pay Adjustments

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    Mass. Town Defends Refusal of Too-Close T-Mobile Tower

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    Iranian-American Sues Gov't Over 'Confusing' Visa Delays

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    Power Imbalance Causes Harassment At Firms: Women's Bar

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    Contractor Cops To Overcharging Cushman & Wakefield $4M

    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. 

  • July 9, 2018

    9 IPO Launches Exceeding $1.2B Rev Up July Pipeline

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    Mass. Captain Unwittingly Smuggled For 'Codfather,' Atty Says

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    Mass. Restaurant Owner Cops To Filing False Tax Returns

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    Web Co., Investors Settle False Metrics Claims For $18.7M

    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.

  • July 9, 2018

    State AGs Take Aim At Fast Food Noncompete Clauses

    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.

  • July 6, 2018

    Ex-Akebia Employee Denies Trading On Drug Trial Results

    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.

  • July 6, 2018

    Ocular Looks To Kick Investor Suit Over Eye Drug Approval

    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.

  • July 6, 2018

    What You Need To Know For The Supreme Court Nomination

    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.

  • July 6, 2018

    Convicted State Street Exec Warned Against Tweeting Jurors

    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.

  • July 6, 2018

    Nevro Patents Likely Nixed From Row With Boston Scientific

    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.”

  • July 6, 2018

    Mass. High Court Ruling May Alter Breach Litigation

    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.

  • July 6, 2018

    Energy Investors Seek Class Cert. In Mass. Fiduciary Case

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    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.

  • Legal Risks For Consumer Products Cos. In 2018: Part 2

    Erin Bosman

    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.

  • Legal Risks For Consumer Products Cos. In 2018: Part 1

    Erin Bosman

    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.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    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.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Federal Plan To Combat Sea Level Rise

    Michael Parker

    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.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    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.

  • Why Fossil Fuel Generation Facilities May Be Overvalued

    Mark Lansing

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "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.

  • States' Crypto Enforcement Onslaught Has Only Just Begun

    John Reed Stark

    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.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    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.