Massachusetts

  • October 2, 2017

    AIG Needn't Cover Talbots In Wage Abuse Suit

    AIG does not have to cover a proposed class action against The Talbots Inc. for alleged labor violations, because an “employment practices violations” exclusion clearly applies in this instance, a Massachusetts federal court ruled Friday in dismissing the case.

  • October 2, 2017

    Feds Ask 1st Circ. To Revive Meningitis Outbreak Charges

    Federal prosecutors on Monday told the First Circuit that a trial judge improperly tossed charges against three Massachusetts pharmacists who are accused of participating in blatant fraud at the company linked to the 2012 meningitis outbreak.

  • October 2, 2017

    Pharmacist In Meningitis Trial Says He Never Tried To Run

    A Massachusetts pharmacist Monday disputed FBI testimony suggesting he was trying to flee the United States when he was arrested inside an airport in connection to his alleged role in a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak.

  • October 2, 2017

    Supreme Court Turns Down Trio Of Antitrust Appeals

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down appeals concerning alleged antitrust schemes in the polystyrene container recycling, maritime vehicle shipping, and medical-surgical supply industries, leaving wins in place for the defendants in each case.

  • October 2, 2017

    Mass.' Pregnancy Bias Law: What Employers Should Know

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in July, expanding state protections for women and setting new rules for employers. Here, experts run down three things businesses should know to avoid getting tripped up when the law takes effect next year.

  • September 29, 2017

    Mass. Hospital Loses Bid To Block Nurses' Upcoming Strike

    A federal judge on Friday rejected Berkshire Medical Center Inc.’s efforts to block an upcoming one-day strike planned by the Massachusetts Nurses Association after the hospital argued that the nurses are bound by a contract that contains a no-strike provision and subjects the underlying disputes to arbitration.

  • September 29, 2017

    Boston Doctor Charged With Medicaid 'Double Dipping'

    A doctor in Boston’s largest neighborhood was indicted on Thursday on charges that he illegally asked patients to pay cash for opioid addiction treatment that was already covered by the state’s Medicaid program, then “double dipped” by seeking reimbursement for the same services, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said.

  • September 29, 2017

    Democrats Propose $40B Rural Internet Access Plan

    Democratic lawmakers on Thursday revealed a $40 billion plan to deliver high-speed internet service to rural and underserved communities across the U.S., calling it a critical tenet of their “Better Deal” economic agenda.

  • September 29, 2017

    Generator Maker Must Face Suit Over Dodging EPA Regs

    A generator maker that converts gas engines to run on alternative fuels must face a competitor’s suit claiming the generator maker has been selling the engines without a certificate required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a Massachusetts federal court said Friday.

  • September 29, 2017

    Boston Boomtown: Life Sciences Driving Firm Expansions

    Law firms around the country are looking at Boston, and its burgeoning life sciences and health care industries, as a market ripe for expansion opportunities.

  • September 29, 2017

    F-Squared CEO Tells Jury He Didn't Lie To Investors

    Amid a barrage of questions from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week, the former head of defunct stock-picking company F-Squared insisted over and over at his civil fraud trial that he didn’t lie to the market about his flagship product.

  • September 29, 2017

    Cape Wind Project Lease Again Gets Fed. Approval

    More than a year after the D.C. Circuit ruled that more study was needed on the proposed 130-turbine Cape Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts, federal regulators again reached their original conclusion: the $2.6 billion project should move forward.

  • September 29, 2017

    Ex-Investment Adviser Arrested On Fraud, Perjury Charges

    An ex-investment advisor was arrested on Thursday in connection to an indictment accusing him of swindling former clients and lying to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts announced.

  • September 29, 2017

    Health Hires: Jones Day, K&L Gates, Pierce Atwood

    Jones Day has brought on a transactions partner from DLA Piper, K&L Gates LLP has hired a pharma litigator focusing on intellectual property from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, and Pierce Atwood LLP has expanded its intellectual property practice with an attorney from a boutique firm. 

  • September 28, 2017

    Abbott, Alere Settle Watchdogs' Issues With $5.3B Deal

    U.S. and Canadian antitrust regulators revealed Thursday that pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories and diagnostic service provider Alere Inc. have settled the agencies’ concerns over Abbott’s $5.3 billion bid for Alere.

  • September 28, 2017

    TV Streamer Roku Leads 4 IPOs Raising $522M Combined

    Digital streaming pioneer Roku Inc. raised $219 million after pricing its initial public offering at the high end on Thursday, joining three clinical-stage biotech companies that raised an additional $303 million in offerings priced during the final week of what has been a busy month for deals.

  • September 28, 2017

    NJ, Calif. Eyed For MDL Over German Auto Antitrust Cases

    German automakers including BMW AG, Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG and a group of drivers who claim the automakers worked together to choke off automotive technology competition urged the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday to move their cases to New Jersey, while other buyers said California made more sense for an MDL.

  • September 28, 2017

    Accountant Pleads Guilty In Seafood Co. Tax Scheme

    An accountant for a large seafood processor pled guilty Thursday in Massachusetts federal court to conspiracy to commit tax and wire fraud in an alleged scheme to defraud the processor and its majority shareholder by illegally diverting money to the company’s president.

  • September 28, 2017

    Santander Pushes For Deduction In Foreign Tax Credit Row

    Santander Group’s U.S. unit told a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday that a Minnesota court’s recent decision denying Wells Fargo’s tax deduction bid tied to an international securities transaction has no bearing on Santander’s similar request in this case, despite what the U.S. government has argued.

  • September 28, 2017

    EEOC Slaps Seafood Co., Staffing Firm With Sex Bias Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused a Fall River, Massachusetts-based seafood processor and its staffing firm on Wednesday of allowing Spanish-speaking female workers to be sexually harassed and firing some of them after they complained about the situation.

Expert Analysis

  • Suffering Withdrawal: The Post-Paris Energy Outlook

    James Hoecker

    The Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord has not deterred a number of U.S. states, municipalities and technology companies from their clean energy plans. But in a competitive world, weak government support for new technologies and industries may have substantial commercial consequences, says James Hoecker of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • What Counsel At Retailers Should Know About Data Breaches

    Donald Houser

    Just last week it was announced that Target reached a record $18.5 million settlement with 47 states and Washington, D.C., in its data breach case. Unfortunately, Target was not the high-water mark for data breaches: They will continue, and the cost of responding to them will continue to rise, says Donald Houser of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Employers Beware: What Not To Ask During A Job Interview

    Amy Puckett

    For many employers it may seem like second nature to ask about a job applicant’s salary history. However, what was once a seemingly innocuous question will soon get an employer in deep water in Massachusetts, Philadelphia and New York City, says Amy Puckett of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Noncompete Agreements Under Siege At The State Level

    James Hammerschmidt

    Compared with many other areas of employment law, the law of noncompetition agreements has been relatively static. More recently, however, many states have turned their attention to noncompetes and considered significant changes in how they are used and enforced, say attorneys with Paley Rothman.

  • The Next Steps For Biometrics Legislation Across The US

    Justin Kay

    This month, Washington became the third state after Illinois and Texas to enact its own legislation generally governing the collection, use and retention of biometric data. As biometric information becomes more commonplace, there appears to be a renewed focus on the Illinois law, as well as a new impetus in other states to pass similar laws, say Justin Kay and Brendan McHugh of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • DC Circ. Raises Bar For Utility Rate Complaints

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    In a recent ruling, the D.C. Circuit held that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must explain why the existing return on equity for a group of utilities is unjust and unreasonable before moving to set a just and reasonable rate. But the question left unanswered is what additional showing is necessary to overturn an existing rate, say attorneys with Jones Day.

  • Workplace Marijuana Accommodations: The Road Ahead

    Ruth Rauls

    As the number of states legalizing marijuana use continues to grow, the federal government maintains — and indeed perhaps may soon begin to strengthen — its stance of illegality. Therefore, employers will continue to face more issues and uncertainties, say Ruth Rauls and Jason Ross of Saul Ewing LLP.

  • Nonsolicitation Agreements In The Social Media Age

    James Patton Jr.

    As social media continues to expand, the legal issues that inevitably follow growth have begun to arise, and courts have found themselves struggling to adapt. One new challenge facing employers, employees and courts is the effect of social media on the traditional nonsolicitation agreement, say James Patton Jr. and Tae Phillips of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Cybersecurity Is The Next Frontier Of State Regulation

    David Forscey

    States considering whether to enforce existing cybersecurity rules more aggressively, or else pass standards of their own, should carefully consider the policy rationale and potential pitfalls of existing frameworks and collaborate with private experts to determine what works and what does not, say David Forscey of the National Governors Association, and Steven Cash and Benjamin Nissim of Day Pitney LLP.

  • Solving The Uninsured Driver Conundrum With Technology

    Kymberly Kochis

    Nearly a century after Massachusetts enacted the first law mandating the purchase of auto insurance, and despite laws on the books in almost every state, 12 percent of drivers are still uninsured. Kymberly Kochis and Veronica Wayner of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP explore why uninsured driver rates are so high, how states are addressing the issue, and consider prospects for future solutions through technological advances.