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Massachusetts

  • August 31, 2018

    Massachusetts Powerhouse: Ropes & Gray

    With recent mega deals like the $18 billion purchase of Toshiba and Aegerion's $40 million settlement with the federal government, Ropes & Gray LLP — one of Boston's largest employers perched atop one of the city's tallest buildings — exudes “dominance” in a variety of ways.

  • August 31, 2018

    DraftKings Files Suit To Unmask Perps In Cyberattack

    Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings Inc. on Thursday filed suit in Massachusetts federal court seeking to unmask and punish the parties linked to 10 IP addresses that they say carried out a cyberattack on the website, resulting in a 26-minute denial of service.

  • August 30, 2018

    Siemens Must Face At-Will Exec's Wrongful Discharge Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday that a former at-will investment executive at Siemens AG can continue to pursue the manufacturing giant for wrongful termination after he reported a perceived incident of extortion in 2017.

  • August 30, 2018

    1st Circ. Rejects Priest's $100M Bloomberg Defamation Suit

    A Greek Orthodox priest who also runs a hedge fund lost his First Circuit appeal in a $100 million defamation case against Bloomberg LP on Thursday when a panel ruled that he failed to show the news agency acted with actual malice when it reported in 2016 that he was under investigation for stock manipulation.

  • August 30, 2018

    1st Circ. Backs Toss Of RI Tribe's Bridge Construction Suit

    A First Circuit panel on Thursday backed a lower court's decision to toss a lawsuit from the Narragansett Indian tribe against the federal government and the state of Rhode Island that sought to halt construction on a Providence, Rhode Island, bridge project.

  • August 30, 2018

    DOJ Slams Harvard's Alleged Admissions Racial 'Balancing'

    The Trump administration rebuked Harvard University’s race-conscious admissions process Thursday and called its class makeup suspiciously “balanced,” inserting the executive branch into an ongoing bias suit filed by a group of rejected Asian-American applicants in Massachusetts federal court.

  • August 30, 2018

    Appeals Court Flips Enviro Dredging Suit For Cape Cod Town

    A Cape Cod town is under no obligation to nourish a private beach with debris dredged up from the mouth of a tidal river, according to Massachusetts’ top appellate court, which Thursday reversed a Superior Court judge the appellate panel said misapplied state environmental law.

  • August 30, 2018

    Massachusetts Powerhouse: Mintz Levin

    Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC has been representing sex trafficking survivors pro bono in Massachusetts for eight years and pushed post-conviction relief for survivors across Gov. Charlie Baker's desk in April, demonstrating that the firm has kept the Bay State close to heart as it racked up clients on the Fortune 500 list.

  • August 30, 2018

    Hospital Seeks Arbitration Flip To Fire Nurse In Abuse Of Teen

    A Boston hospital urged a federal judge to reverse an arbitrator's ruling so it could fire a nurse who allegedly mistreated a teenage transgender patient by letting a colleague yank a chair out from under her, saying the galling facts alleged are grounds for a rare arbitration flip.

  • August 29, 2018

    3 Small Mass. Firms Get $475K In Deal With Auto Insurer

    A Massachusetts federal judge granted final approval Wednesday to a settlement between Amica Mutual Insurance Co. and car insurance policyholders that could surpass $27 million but is on track to net a fraction of that figure, including $475,000 for three small Massachusetts law firms that hammered out the deal resolving a coverage dispute over medical expenses.

  • August 29, 2018

    1st Circ. Says Asylum Seeker Didn't Suffer Past Persecution

    The First Circuit rejected an asylum bid Monday from an El Salvadoran woman and her children, saying prior death threats from gang members in the Central American nation and her fear of gang violence in the future did not entitle them to remain in the U.S. after having entered the country illegally.

  • August 29, 2018

    Mass. Justices Clarify Strict Time Bar For Construction Suits

    Massachusetts' highest court ruled in a split decision Wednesday that consumers are limited to six years to sue over unfair business practices relating to shoddy construction work, a window beginning as soon as the work was substantially completed, not the moment the issue was discovered.

  • August 29, 2018

    4 Health Care Cos. Escape Mass. FCA Suit Over Blood Tests

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday released four home health care companies from a False Claims Act suit alleging they received Medicare payouts for unnecessary blood testing kits, ruling there wasn’t any proof they accepted reimbursements for tests they knew weren’t needed.

  • August 29, 2018

    Massachusetts Powerhouse: Goodwin Procter

    Goodwin Procter LLP has grabbed the reins of Boston's innovation economy in the past year, capitalizing on a tech explosion in the city it has called home for more than a century with everything from major initial public offerings guided by its life sciences practice to the ideas incubator it runs in its cutting-edge building on Boston's waterfront.

  • August 29, 2018

    BJ's Hits Tyson, Perdue And Others With Price-Fixing Suit

    BJ’s wholesale club alleged Tyson, Perdue and other chicken producers inflated broiler chicken prices and overcharged consumers by over $3 billion per year over an eight-year period, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Illinois federal court.

  • August 28, 2018

    Nautilus Solar Energy Acquires Mass., NY Portfolio

    Nautilus Solar Energy LLC on Tuesday announced the acquisition of a 13.5-megawatt community solar portfolio from Clean Energy Collective for projects in Massachusetts and New York.

  • August 28, 2018

    Judge Blocks State Dept. Policy On 3D-Printed Gun Plans

    The states challenging a U.S. Department of State policy change effectively allowing a defense research firm to publicly post 3D-printing plans for guns online, the result of a contentious recent settlement, have shown likely harms from the change, a Washington federal judge ruled, issuing an injunction.

  • August 28, 2018

    Massachusetts Powerhouse: Foley Hoag

    Foley Hoag LLP is distinguished as a trusted, familiar confidant to Massachusetts’ most prestigious institutions, a Boston Red Sox firm of choice and the driving legal force behind the just-announced move of its minor league affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, from Rhode Island to the Bay State.

  • August 28, 2018

    Shipping Co. Can't Nix Suit Over Kickback Payments

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday denied a shipping company’s bid to escape a suit brought by a Bay State pharmaceutical company claiming one of the shipper’s sales agents made kickback payments to a lab employee, ruling that whether the lab suffered any harm is an issue still in dispute.

  • August 28, 2018

    F-Squared Was Wrong Test Case For SEC Disgorgement

    A recently dismissed putative class action was the wrong test case to challenge the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's ability to seek disgorgement penalties, according to securities attorneys, who say a set of facts that fits more closely with the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Kokesh decision could still deal a blow to the SEC's disgorgement power.

Expert Analysis

  • Get Your Mass. Brownfields Tax Credits For 5 More Years

    Ned Abelson

    With the finalization of the Massachusetts housing bond bill at the end of last month, the brownfield tax credit is now available for an additional five years to certain taxpayers who clean up qualifying sites. This article, from attorneys at Goulston & Storrs, provides a brief summary of the Massachusetts brownfields tax credit and the requirements to obtain it.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Massachusetts Patent Litigation Is Speeding Up

    Aaron Jacobs

    The District of Massachusetts recently issued an updated rule for scheduling and procedures in patent infringement cases, to make the district a more convenient venue. Perhaps the most important change is the newly accelerated litigation timeline, says Aaron Jacobs of Prince Lobel Tye LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Is It Time For A Challenge To Chevron Deference?

    Joseph Diedrich

    In a recent concurring opinion, outgoing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed some skepticism over the scope of the "Chevron deference" doctrine, which requires federal courts to defer to an administrative agency’s "reasonable" interpretation of an ambiguous statute. Overturning or limiting Chevron could have a profound effect on the power of federal agencies, says Joseph Diedrich of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Mass. Companies Have Little To Fear From Baker's Budget Bill

    Douglas Stransky

    Gov. Charlie Baker's newly proposed budget bill addresses hot tax topics such as foreign income provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the U.S. Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. in a business-friendly way, say attorneys at Sullivan & Worcester LLP.

  • A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

    Joe Jacquot

    While appealing to voters this election season, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with promises of using their state enforcement powers. AGs are also increasingly defining themselves publicly by reacting to the federal government, whether by filing a lawsuit against the president or opposing congressional acts, says Joe Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • A Cloud On The Horizon: Trade Secret Theft In The Cloud

    Amy Van Zant

    Although courts and companies have at times struggled to keep pace with the rapidly evolving challenges surrounding the use of cloud-based software, some best practices have emerged from the body of case law addressing claims of cloud-based appropriation of trade secrets, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.