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Massachusetts

  • October 25, 2018

    Skanska Sells New Boston Office Tower For $455M

    A joint venture of Norway's Norges Bank Real Estate Management and American Realty Advisors has purchased a new office and retail tower in Boston's Seaport district from Skanska USA for roughly $455 million, according to an announcement on Thursday.

  • October 25, 2018

    Harvard Data Reveals Asian 'Penalty,' Expert Testifies

    Asian-Americans face a statistically significant penalty and discriminatory treatment as a result of their race when applying to Harvard University, a star expert witness said Thursday in testimony for the group suing over the prestigious university's affirmative action admissions policies.

  • October 25, 2018

    Calif. Atty Gets 5 Years For Pump-And-Dump Schemes

    A California lawyer convicted of directing two pump-and-dump schemes by selling off millions of shares in shell companies he secretly owned was sentenced to five and a half years in prison Thursday by a Massachusetts federal judge who said the defendant "absolutely perverted your oath as an attorney."

  • October 25, 2018

    1st Circ. Revives Honda Faulty Loan Notice Case

    The First Circuit has revived a consumer’s proposed class action claiming American Honda Finance Corp. violated Massachusetts consumer protection laws by sending her inadequate loan-deficiency notifications after she fell behind on her car loan payments.

  • October 25, 2018

    Private Equity Investor Says Partner Tricked Him Into Quitting

    The co-founder of a health care venture fund that teamed up with a Harvard teaching hospital says his partner double-crossed him by falsely suggesting a major foreign investment was contingent on his resignation, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • October 25, 2018

    Veteran Litigator Joins Goulston & Storrs In Boston

    Goulston & Storrs PC has added a former Massachusetts assistant U.S. attorney with more than 40 years of experience to its litigation group as counsel in Boston, the firm has announced.

  • October 24, 2018

    Judge Queries Bias Data As Ex-Harvard Researcher Testifies

    The federal judge tasked with deciding whether Harvard University intentionally discriminates against Asian-American applicants questioned a university researcher on whether a 2013 internal report showed a negative effect for being Asian in the Ivy League school's admissions process, as the potentially wide-ranging affirmative action trial continued Wednesday.

  • October 24, 2018

    Ex-NFL Agent Wants Antitrust Suit Against League Revived

    A former player agent for the National Football League urged a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday to reconsider its dismissal of his suit alleging the league and the NFL Players Association unfairly enforce and deny appeal for a rule requiring agents to sign one player every three years, arguing the court did not fully consider his allegations and misinterpreted his complaint.

  • October 24, 2018

    State St. Row Shows Flip Side Of ABA's Special Masters Push

    An ongoing squabble about an eight-figure bill for a special master who put under a microscope a $75 million class action fee award comes as the American Bar Association mulls new guidelines that encourage courts to use masters more often, largely as a cost-saving measure.

  • October 24, 2018

    Immigrant Class May Proceed With Mandatory Detention Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday maintained a class of detained immigrants with criminal histories, allowing the class to proceed with its claims that the immigrants have the constitutional right to some type of review after prolonged periods of mandatory detention.

  • October 24, 2018

    Boston Blockchain Payments Co. Nabs $62M In Equity

    Boston-based blockchain payments platform Algorand on Wednesday said it reaped a $62 million equity investment from investors in the cryptocurrency, venture capital and financial services industries and additionally named both a new CEO and chief operating officer.

  • October 24, 2018

    Bose Headphones Don't Resist Sweat, Buyers Say In Suit

    A proposed consumer class sued Bose Corp. in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday, saying that despite the company's promotional material showing images of "sweat-drenched athletes" wearing its wireless Bluetooth headphones, the products are not sweat-resistant as advertised and have insufficient battery life.

  • October 24, 2018

    Suspended Atty Seeks Sanctions On Ex-Partner In Fee Fight

    A lawyer suspended from the Massachusetts bar after being convicted of assaulting his girlfriend said in a court filing Tuesday that his former partner is refusing to pay him fees for previous work in contempt of a federal judge’s order.

  • October 24, 2018

    Bank Misinterpreted Overdraft Fee Rules, 1st Circ. Told

    Citizens Financial Group Inc.’s banking unit misread the federal regulations it cited in arguing that sustained overdraft fees are not interest, a bank customer told a First Circuit panel in her fight to revive a proposed class action challenging the legality of the fees.

  • October 23, 2018

    Race-Blind Harvard Class Is Lower Rated, Deans Testify

    Adopting an admissions model that favors a boost for poorer students instead of considering race in order to achieve diversity would result in a Harvard University class that is rated lower academically, according to a pair of the Ivy League school's deans who testified Tuesday in the landmark affirmative action trial.

  • October 23, 2018

    Basic Cable Rate Regs In Mass., Hawaii To Get FCC Review

    The Federal Communications Commission kicked off a rulemaking on Tuesday aimed at clarifying and paring down the basic-tier cable rate regulations, even though they are only now applied in some areas of Massachusetts and Hawaii.

  • October 23, 2018

    CRT Purchasers Defend $6M Carveout For Excluded Buyers

    A class of indirect purchasers of cathode ray tubes defended its bid to award $6 million of a $577 million bundle of antitrust settlements to buyers from three states who were excluded, saying Monday that the objectors' attempts to claim more money are based on an unrealistic analysis.

  • October 23, 2018

    Puerto Rican Board Fights Creditors' Collateral Bid At 1st Circ.

    The government agency representing Puerto Rico's largest public pension fund has asked the First Circuit to uphold a ruling denying bondholders' claims to the fund's collateral under the island’s bankruptcy process.

  • October 23, 2018

    UK Broker Indicted In $164M Global Fraud Scheme

    A Massachusetts federal grand jury has indicted the head of a Swiss asset management firm for allegedly orchestrating a global pump-and-dump securities scheme worth $164 million over three years, prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • October 23, 2018

    BCBS Mass. Looks To Drop Wilderness Therapy Coverage Suit

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts urged a Massachusetts federal judge Monday to toss a proposed class action alleging the insurer wrongly refused to cover wilderness therapy treatment for policyholders’ children, arguing that their health plans explicitly excluded the programs.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Key Employment Law Issues To Keep An Eye On

    Lovita Tandy

    Employment lawyers dare not turn away from their news feeds lest they miss the next critical case law update. Lovita Tandy of Tandy Legal and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC review the latest on sexual orientation discrimination, employee arbitration agreements and joint employer liability.

  • SEC Fires Warning Shot Against 'Short And Distort' Schemes

    Perrie Weiner

    Unscrupulous short sellers who post false or distorted news have gone largely unchecked — until now. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently filed case against a Massachusetts hedge fund adviser opens the way for civil claims, say attorneys with DLA Piper.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Navigating The New Mass. Noncompete Morass

    Erik Weibust

    Massachusetts' new noncompete law will take effect on Oct. 1. Erik Weibust and Robert Fisher of Seyfarth Shaw LLP address some of its more confusing provisions and how employers can comply without major disruption to how they are currently doing business.

  • Legal Pitfalls To Avoid In Social Cause Marketing Campaigns

    Russell Stein

    In recent years, businesses have increasingly teamed up with charities to promote products or charitable causes. However, if these campaigns are not executed properly, they can lead to civil and criminal penalties, taxes and bad publicity for all parties involved, says Russell Stein of Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Signs Of Renewed SEC Interest In Key Performance Indicators

    Brooke Clarkson

    Key performance indicators have been a topic of concern for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for some time, but enforcement actions have been less prevalent. Recent actions coupled with statements by commission officials, however, suggest that KPIs may become more of a focus for the current SEC, say Brooke Clarkson and Jessica Matelis of Foley & Lardner LLP. 

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.