Massachusetts

  • November 8, 2017

    ABA Launches Initiative To Retain Senior Women

    The American Bar Association called on the nation’s largest law firms Wednesday to help it discover why it appears a substantial number of women are leaving the legal industry at what should be the prime of their careers.

  • November 8, 2017

    DOJ Wins Bid To Halt Insider Trading Suit Against Doc

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday allowed the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene in a Securities and Exchange Commission insider trading suit against a doctor who is married to an ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc. employee, pausing the suit until the DOJ concludes its own criminal case.

  • November 8, 2017

    Panera Buys Au Bon Pain Nearly Two Decades After Split

    Private equity-owned Panera Bread Co. said Wednesday it will add Au Bon Pain to its ranks in a deal that will reunite the two restaurant brands nearly 20 years after Panera sold the Boston-based bakery and cafe chain.

  • November 8, 2017

    Gov't Opposes States' Intervention In Travel Ban Appeal

    The federal government on Tuesday opposed a group of states’ motion to intervene in the Ninth Circuit appeal over President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban blocking nationals from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., pointing out that the states didn’t participate in the lower court proceedings.

  • November 8, 2017

    Toyota Made Trucks With Faulty Rear Bumpers, Driver Says

    Massachusetts-based Toyota dealer Ira Automotive Group LLC sold a consumer a truck with a faulty rear bumper that detached while the driver was attempting to mount the cargo bed, causing him to fall and break two bones, according to a suit filed in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday.

  • November 7, 2017

    Florida Time Share Co., Others Launch IPOs Totaling $336M

    Florida time share company Bluegreen Vacations Corp., a bank and a biotechnology firm launched initial public offerings on Tuesday that could raise a combined $336 million, adding to a growing IPO calendar.

  • November 7, 2017

    Mass. High Court Mulls MIT Liability In Student Suicide

    Justices on Massachusetts’ high court on Tuesday weighed whether the Massachusetts Institute of Technology should be the first post-secondary school to be held liable by a court for failing to prevent a student’s suicide.

  • November 7, 2017

    2 Seasoned IP Litigators Join Fish & Richardson

    Fish & Richardson PC boosted its ranks recently by bringing onboard a pair of experienced intellectual property and patent trial attorneys as the two new principals of its litigation groups in the firm’s Boston and Houston offices, according to a statement on Tuesday.

  • November 7, 2017

    3 Get Probation In Sale Of $200K In Stolen Gillette Razors

    Three men were sentenced by a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to three years of probation stemming from the online sale of more than $200,000 in Gillette razor blades stolen from the company's manufacturing facility in south Boston.

  • November 7, 2017

    Sens. Ask New NLRB Member To Disclose Conflicts

    A coalition of U.S. senators on Monday called on former Littler Mendelson PC shareholder and recent National Labor Relations Board addition William Emanuel to identify any possible conflicts of interest that could come from his representation of former clients.

  • November 7, 2017

    Cranberry Farmers Claim New Evidence In Ocean Spray Row

    A group of cranberry farmers asked a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday to reconsider denying them a partial win in their suit against Ocean Spray over its alleged violation of the state’s unfair trade law when conducting online auctions for cranberry concentrate, arguing that newly discovered evidence warrants their request.

  • November 7, 2017

    Great Divide Nabs Win In Trash-Truck Crash Coverage Dispute

    Great Divide Insurance Co. scored a quick win Monday when a Massachusetts federal judge found it is only liable for one-eleventh of any settlement reached in a suit over a garbage truck accident that killed a bicyclist, while fellow excess insurer Lexington Insurance Co. is liable for the other ten-elevenths.

  • November 6, 2017

    Taxi Cos.' Plan For Uber Suits Misses The Mark, Judge Finds

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday rejected a plan by nearly 800 Boston-area taxi companies for the prosecution of seven recently consolidated lawsuits in which they accuse Uber Technologies Inc. of competing unfairly by failing to comply with local taxi rules, saying the proposal fell short.

  • November 6, 2017

    VC-Backed Stitch Fix Joins 6 IPO Launches Totaling $855M

    Venture-backed online retailer Stitch Fix Inc. on Monday set terms on an estimated $190 million initial public offering, one of six companies to launch IPOs totaling about $855 million, keeping the near-term pipeline brimming with deals.

  • November 6, 2017

    Tribe Rips Protest Of Martha's Vineyard Casino At High Court

    A Native American tribe asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reject bids from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a town and a community group to hear their appeal of a decision that paved the way for the tribe to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard.

  • November 6, 2017

    Genocea Hit With Securities Suit After Herpes-Drug Flop

    Genocea Biosciences Inc. hid its inability to finance ongoing trials for a genital herpes immunotherapy, according to a proposed class action filed Friday in Massachusetts by investors who said they were blindsided by the company’s decision to halt its drug development plans, which triggered a 76 percent stock drop.

  • November 6, 2017

    Who’s Repping Whom? Law360’s Guide To The Mueller Probe

    As Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign draws a slew of corporate attorneys to the scene, here’s a look at the legal firepower representing figures in the special counsel’s inquiry.

  • November 6, 2017

    Mass. Firm Wants Russian Tech Co. Award Vacated

    The former business partner of a Russian nanotechnology company asked a Massachusetts federal court on Friday to vacate an international arbitration award against it over a contract dispute between the companies, saying it was never told of the Moscow proceedings in the first place.

  • November 6, 2017

    Mass. Panel Reverses Boston Globe's Win On Police Data

    A Massachusetts appeals court on Friday reversed an order requiring the Department of State Police to hand over state troopers’ birthdates to the Boston Globe, saying the department should be allowed to present its case in light of a recent state high court ruling addressing a public safety exemption to public records law.

  • November 6, 2017

    Families Want Zofran MDL Paused To Beef Up Suit

    Families suing GlaxoSmithKline for allegedly marketing to pregnant women a nausea treatment linked to birth defects urged a Massachusetts federal judge Friday to pause a dismissal bid while they file an amended complaint reflecting more than 1 million pages of documents produced in the fourth phase of discovery.

Expert Analysis

  • East Coast Medical Marijuana Lessons For Nev. Employers

    Laura Jacobsen

    Recent court decisions from the East Coast have held that medical patients terminated for positive medical marijuana test results have valid causes of action against their employers for disability discrimination. Because Nevada law provides some protection for employees who engage in off-duty medical marijuana use, Nevada employers should take important lessons from these cases, says Laura Jacobsen of McDonald Carano LLP.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 3

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In the final installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig concludes his deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • Sorting Out Teamsters Acquittal In ‘Top Chef’ Case

    Michael Abcarian

    A federal jury recently acquitted four Teamsters on charges of criminally threatening the host of the popular cooking competition show “Top Chef." Michael Abcarian of Fisher Phillips examines how the dispute escalated into a criminal extortion prosecution and where the line is drawn between criminality and lawful conduct when union members threaten an employer who uses nonunion workers.

  • The Top Employment Cases Of 2017, So Far

    Nonnie Shivers

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in the class action waiver case it will hear this October represents unequivocally the biggest thing 2017 will see in terms of employment law, several other cases and developments so far in 2017 are also worthy of discussion, says Nonnie Shivers of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • A Closer Look At EPA's Approach To CPP Rollback

    Paul Tanaka

    While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps toward withdrawing the Clean Power Plan, the question remains whether and how the EPA will regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in its place. Attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP discuss various options and their potential impact.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

  • 8 Years Of Health Care Enforcement: Doing Less With More

    Michael Loucks

    Despite the allocation of an additional $708 million in health care enforcement resources between 2008 and 2016, increases in financial recoveries and the prosecution of individuals never materialized. Attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP explore what happened and what can be changed.

  • The Law Of Lis Pendens In Massachusetts And Rhode Island

    Christopher Blazejewski

    The recording of a notice of lis pendens is a powerful tool in real estate litigation, but it is not without procedural hurdles and risk. It is important to know how to obtain, attack and defend such a notice if you are involved in a real estate dispute in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, say Christopher Blazejewski and Ronald Ruth of Sherin and Lodgen LLP.

  • Dual Boston Blazes Prompt A New Look At Construction Risks

    Kristin Suga Heres

    In recent weeks, massive conflagrations destroyed two Boston-area residential developments in the midst of construction. While it remains to be seen whether the losses will have an impact on building codes, construction policies or the underwriting of construction risks, ignoring the blaring alarms would be both foolish and costly, says Kristin Suga Heres of Zelle LLP.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 2

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In the second installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig continues his deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.