• February 23, 2018

    Aaron Hernandez's Daughter Sues For Piece Of Home Sale

    The mother of Aaron Hernandez’s daughter is suing the estates of the three men the former NFL star was accused of murdering to ensure the 5-year-old receives up to $500,000 from the sale of the deceased Pro Bowler’s Massachusetts home.

  • February 23, 2018

    Feds Look To Nix Challenge To Naturalization Oath's 'God'

    The federal government pressed a Massachusetts federal court on Thursday to toss a lawsuit in which an atheist French citizen who is seeking U.S. citizenship challenges the inclusion of the phrase “so help me God” in the naturalization oath and asks to have its usage prevented in future ceremonies.

  • February 23, 2018

    Licensee Wants Out Of Stolen-Car Tech Arbitration Row

    South African company Tracker Connect Ltd., which sells technology used to recover stolen vehicles, urged a Massachusetts federal court Thursday to toss a suit brought by the owner of the technology, LoJack Corp., over arbitration proceedings that allegedly violated the companies’ licensing agreement.

  • February 23, 2018

    Mass. Justices Revive Long Row Over Computer Contract Tax

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down a ruling Thursday concerning a long-running putative class action by purchasers of computer service contracts who asserted the imposition of taxes on the contracts was unlawful, unfair and deceptive.

  • February 23, 2018

    NY, Others Back Chicago In Sanctuary City Battle With Feds

    New York, California, 13 other states and the District of Columbia urged an Illinois federal court Thursday to deny the federal government’s bid to toss Chicago’s lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold federal public safety grant funds from so-called sanctuary cities, saying the move is unlawful.

  • February 23, 2018

    Lowe’s Wants Burned Breast Suit Moved To Federal Court

    Lowe’s Companies Inc. on Friday asked to move to Massachusetts federal court a lawsuit brought by a woman who says a personal heater she purchased from the retail home improvement chain severely burned her breast.

  • February 23, 2018

    Goulston & Storrs Grows Corporate Team With Boston Hire

    A former Pepper Hamilton LLP partner has joined Goulston & Storrs PC in its Boston office, adding even more depth and experience to the firm’s corporate practice with a specialist in the middle-market mergers and acquisitions and private equity spaces.

  • February 22, 2018

    Atty Who Missed Deposition In Prince TM Spat Told To Comply

    A federal judge in Massachusetts said Thursday there was no excuse for a Boston attorney to skip a deposition in a trademark dispute over unreleased Prince songs and ordered compliance from the lawyer, who the singer's estate says may have a stake in the tracks’ release.

  • February 22, 2018

    Omni Urges 1st Circ. To Rehear Suit Over Hotel Lobby Assault

    Omni Hotels asked the First Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider the court’s decision to revive a man's suit accusing the company of negligence in an assault he suffered in a hotel lobby, saying circuit judges erred in accepting "inadmissible hearsay" and speculation about Omni’s standard of care.

  • February 22, 2018

    Ga. Man Charged In $2M Lottery Scam Targeting Elderly

    Boston prosecutors charged a Georgia man Thursday with helping to steal $2 million from elderly people across the country in a fake-lottery scheme that has already landed one alleged co-conspirator behind bars.

  • February 22, 2018

    End Of Protected Status Based On Racial Bias, Suit Says

    The Trump administration’s decision to terminate temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador and Haiti is unconstitutional and “tainted by racial animus,” a Boston-based immigrant advocacy group said in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • February 22, 2018

    DOJ Fights Ex-State Street Exec's Bid To Sever New Charge

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday not to split a freshly filed charge against a former State Street executive into a separate trial, saying the new charge goes after the same scheme only targeting a different victim.

  • February 22, 2018

    Plastic Pumpkin Leads To Fraud Charges For Trolley Driver

    A trolley driver for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was indicted on Wednesday in Boston Superior Court on fraud charges for allegedly paying an associate to attack him while the assailant-for-hire wore a Michael Myers-style Halloween mask and carried a plastic pumpkin.

  • February 22, 2018

    Boston DA Wants Successor To Press Ahead On White Collar

    Outgoing Boston District Attorney Daniel F. Conley touted the rebuilding of his office’s white-collar crime unit as one of the highlights of his tenure, telling Law360 on Wednesday that he hopes his successor keeps the same focus on financial crimes.

  • February 21, 2018

    Pa. Man Gets 1 Year For Aiding Tobacco Tax Evasion

    A Pennsylvania distributor was sentenced to a year and a day behind bars in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday after pleading guilty to helping a Bay State wholesaler avoid paying more than $9.6 million in taxes on massive shipments of tobacco products.

  • February 21, 2018

    Conagra Looks To Bury ‘Natural’ Labeling Suit At 1st Circ.

    Conagra Brands Inc. asked the First Circuit on Tuesday to uphold the dismissal of a proposed class action alleging its Wesson brand cooking oils are misrepresented as "natural," arguing the labeling is in fact consistent with decades-old federal policy about the use of the term.

  • February 21, 2018

    Mass. US Atty Hails Values Over Washington’s ‘Latest Memo’

    Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling used his ceremonial oath of office on Wednesday to distance himself slightly from the White House and Justice Department that backed his nomination last year.

  • February 21, 2018

    1st Circ. Affirms Fidelity's Win In Workers' ERISA Suit

    A First Circuit panel on Wednesday upheld a Massachusetts federal judge’s decision to grant Fidelity Management Trust Company an early win in a proposed class action that accused the company of violating Employee Retirement Income Security Act duties by mismanaging an employee benefit pension fund, saying the workers’ arguments make “little sense.”

  • February 21, 2018

    Mass. Court Says Med Mal Suit Properly Nixed As Untimely

    A Massachusetts appellate court ruled Wednesday that a lower court was correct to toss a medical malpractice suit accusing a doctor of botching a woman’s colon removal surgery, finding that the patient was made aware of her injuries more than three years before filing suit.

  • February 21, 2018

    Ex-Boston Guitarist Asks 1st Circ. For Redo In Bandmate Row

    A former guitarist for the band Boston urged the First Circuit on Tuesday to revive his breach of contract and abuse of process allegations against the band’s founder, as well as his bid for hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs and attorneys' fees, in their protracted dispute over use of the band's name, among other things.

Expert Analysis

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • The Most Important State And Local Tax Cases Of 2017

    Jeffrey Friedman

    This year, states and taxpayers sought guidance from state courts on some of the most contentious state tax issues, including attacks on the physical presence nexus requirement, aggressive application of economic nexus principles and continued uncertainty around related-party addback exceptions and retroactive tax legislation, say Jeffrey Friedman and Stephanie Do of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • The 10 Most Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions Of 2017

    Randy Maniloff

    For the 17th consecutive year, Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP takes a look at this year's most notable insurance coverage decisions, based primarily on the cases' potential to influence other courts nationally, and discusses the potential impacts of these important cases.

  • SEC's F-Squared Trial Win Offers A Cautionary Tale

    Ian Roffman

    After more than three years of litigation and a four-week trial, a federal court in Boston is expected to enter final judgment for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in its high-profile case against F-Squared founder Howard Present. As the dust begins to settle, there are some lessons to be learned from the saga, says Ian Roffman of Nutter McClennen and Fish LLP.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

    Kristi Kung

    As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service to a value-based health care system, telemedicine is viewed by many as the solution for achieving access to care and cost-efficiency. Kristi Kung and Matthew Shatzkes of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP look back on some of the telemedicine-related legal and regulatory changes that occurred in 2017 and discuss potential areas of interest in 2018.

  • How Not To File A Successful Rule 29 Motion

    Daniel Wenner

    A defendant in a federal prosecution who argues that he or she did what the government says, but that the actions weren't a crime, may then be able to pursue a motion under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29. But a recent case in the First Circuit underscores the difficulty of this strategy, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court


    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.