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Massachusetts

  • August 27, 2018

    Mass. Transit Workers End Travel-Time Row With $3M Deal

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a class action lodged by a transit workers union alleging members weren’t properly paid for time they spent traveling between work locations in the middle of their shifts, according to a federal court filing Friday.

  • August 27, 2018

    Boston Scientific Hit With Robocall Class Action In Mass.

    A Texas man who believes Boston Scientific Corp. has been blowing up his phone with automated invitations to sales events filed a class action in Massachusetts federal court over the weekend claiming he’s far from the only person the medical device manufacturer has been robocalling this year.

  • August 24, 2018

    Contractor Can't Dodge Insurer's Claims In Tribal Pipeline Row

    A Washington federal judge rejected a bid by Reece Construction Co. to shake Zurich American Insurance Co.’s request for a determination that it needn’t indemnify the contractor or a subcontractor for claims stemming from a tribal water pipeline project, saying the Tulalip tribes aren’t a necessary party.

  • August 24, 2018

    Ex-Insys Execs Press Gov't For RICO Indictment Details

    A group of former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives say they are tired of waiting around for the federal government to specify and explain the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act indictment they face, telling a Massachusetts judge on Friday that she should set a deadline for a bill of particulars as the winter trial date looms.

  • August 24, 2018

    ERISA Claims Cannot Be Decided By A Jury, MIT Argues

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday that employees accusing the renowned university of mismanaging its retirement plan must have their claims decided from the bench, arguing the U.S. Supreme Court has held Employee Retirement Income Security Act cases like this one are not entitled to jury trials.

  • August 24, 2018

    AGs Seek Quick Win In Association Health Plan Rule Suit

    A group of states and the District of Columbia have urged a Washington, D.C., federal judge to give them a quick win in their suit challenging the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule on association health plans, saying the rule breaches the Affordable Care Act.

  • August 24, 2018

    Trump's ICE Must Face Suit On Spousal Separations

    A Massachusetts federal judge refused from the bench Thursday to toss a proposed class action seeking to prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from deporting undocumented immigrants seeking citizenship through their U.S. citizen spouses.

  • August 24, 2018

    Womble Nabs Ex-Nutter IP Leader To Continue Boston Growth

    The former group leader of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP’s intellectual property department has jumped to the Boston office of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, a growing team mirroring the city's startup culture where he'll offer insight on patents and engineering.

  • August 23, 2018

    Investors Need New Leader For Biotech IPO Suit, Judge Says

    A Massachusetts federal judge dismissed two claims that ReWalk Robotics Ltd. lied to investors ahead of its initial public offering, which would have ended the securities class action if not for an opportunity he gave shareholders Thursday to choose a new lead plaintiff.

  • August 23, 2018

    DePuy Hit With $8.2M Verdict In Implant Patent Fight

    A Wisconsin federal jury has found that DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. should pay $8.2 million for willfully infringing an Acantha LLC orthopedic implant patent, Acantha’s attorneys said Thursday.

  • August 23, 2018

    DOJ Urges Toss Of FCA Suit Targeting Opioid Sellers

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday pressed a Massachusetts federal judge to end a False Claims Act suit targeting prescription opioid sellers, a move that comes amid heightened government scrutiny of FCA cases filed by whistleblowers.

  • August 23, 2018

    IRS Proposes Killing SALT Cap Workarounds

    The IRS proposed on Thursday to disallow states' attempts to work around the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions by using charitable funds residents could donate to in exchange for a state tax credit and a federal deduction, while also limiting deductions for charity donations in which the taxpayer gets a state tax credit.  

  • August 23, 2018

    Fintech-Focused VC Firm Closes $59M Fund

    Fintech-focused venture capital firm Vestigo Ventures on Thursday said it closed a $58.9 million fund aimed at investing in early-stage companies.

  • August 23, 2018

    Rising Star: Kirkland & Ellis' Stephanie Berdik

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Stephanie Berdik has handled a multitude of major matters since joining the firm last year, and her expertise in structuring credit funds landed her the lead advisory role on the largest European direct lending fund ever raised, earning her a spot as one of five private equity attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • August 22, 2018

    Robbins Geller, Monteverde Fight To Lead Analogic Suit

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and Monteverde & Associates PC filed competing bids Tuesday to lead a securities class action against Analogic Corp. attempting to block its planned $1.1 billion merger with private equity firm Altaris Capital Partners LLC.

  • August 22, 2018

    Pfizer Chips Away At State Claims In Lipitor Antitrust MDL

    A New Jersey federal judge has found that state antitrust claims against Pfizer Inc. and Ranbaxy Inc. tied to sales of the blockbuster cholesterol medication Lipitor aren’t preempted by federal patent law, but that several antitrust and consumer protection claims can be cut on other grounds.

  • August 22, 2018

    Opioid Cos. Slammed With More Suits Over High Health Costs

    Opioid makers and distributors, including Purdue Pharma and McKesson Corp., on Tuesday were hit with proposed class actions in federal courts in eight states alleging that they caused health insurance premiums to soar by fueling the "deadliest drug crisis in American history.” 

  • August 22, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Aramco, VW, Apple

    State-run oil giant Saudi Aramco scrapped plans to list at home and abroad, Volkswagen AG recently made a bid to buy self-driving startup Aurora Innovation, and European antitrust regulators are set to approve Apple’s bid to buy Shazam.

  • August 22, 2018

    Kokesh Does Not Bar SEC Disgorgement Orders, Judge Says

    The U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2017 Kokesh decision does not bar the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from collecting disgorgement payments, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday as he dismissed a putative class action claiming the SEC had reeled in nearly $15 billion in illegal disgorgements.

  • August 22, 2018

    Health Service Must Face Claims It Let Judge Harass Clinician

    A Western Massachusetts health service cannot escape hostile work environment claims brought by a former employee who alleges she was sexually harassed into an affair with the ex-judge who oversaw the drug court where she worked as a clinician, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying a fact-finder could infer the company knew at least some of what was going on and failed to investigate.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • A Win For Immigrants And Cloud Over Chevron At High Court

    Rachel Rosenbloom

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Pereira v. Sessions hands a victory to immigrants at a time when the executive branch is aggressively seeking to dismantle existing protections within immigration law. It also includes intriguing hints about the court’s waning affection for Chevron deference, says professor Rachel Rosenbloom of Northeastern University.

  • Energy Storage: Are We There Yet?

    Paul Kraske

    2018 has proven to be a turning point for energy storage in the U.S. Affordable, reliable batteries, ambitious state capacity goals and a major policy shift from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have created an ideal environment for energy storage to grow at a fast rate, say Paul Kraske and Zahir Rahman of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • Life Sciences Cos. Should Assess Charitable Donations Programs

    Gary Giampetruzzi

    This year, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts has investigated several life sciences companies for their donations to independent copay assistance charities. As the list of investigations grows longer, life sciences companies should reassess their policies, procedures and monitoring regarding donations, say attorneys at Paul Hastings LLP.

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Insights From State AG Coordinated Opioid Investigation

    Richard Lawson

    Much ink has been and will be spilled over the merits and complexities of the lawsuits brought against opioid manufacturers by 23 state attorneys general. However, for any company engaged in a consumer-facing industry, the progress of the recent multistate investigation offers lessons on what to expect when subject to this type of inquiry, says Richard Lawson of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.