Massachusetts

  • March 23, 2018

    Doc Lands 8 Years, Owes $9M For Shady Medicare Billing

    A Massachusetts doctor who pled guilty last year to defrauding Medicare and other insurers at his pain management practice to fund a cushy lifestyle was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $9 million in restitution, U.S. Department of Justice officials said.

  • March 23, 2018

    Dem AGs Urge 6th Circ. To Back Coal Ash Disposal Ruling

    Four Democratic attorneys general on Thursday urged the Sixth Circuit to uphold a lower court's ruling ordering the Tennessee Valley Authority to move coal ash waste to a lined impoundment area, arguing that a reversal could encourage polluters to skirt Clean Water Act discharge regulations.

  • March 23, 2018

    Ex-Linklaters Atty's Husband Deserves Prison, DOJ Says

    A Massachusetts Institute of Technology quantum computing whiz who traded on information he gleaned from his wife, a former Linklaters LLP associate, deserves prison for brazen insider trading, prosecutors told a Manhattan federal judge Friday.

  • March 23, 2018

    Legally Blind Mass. Resident's ADA Website Suit Can Proceed

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday said a legally blind Bay State resident has standing to bring suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act against a Seattle-based sportswear company over claims its website is not accessible for the visually impaired.

  • March 22, 2018

    Witness Issues Won't Delay Mass. Boeing Airplane Hole Trial

    Boeing Co. will face a trial next month in Massachusetts federal court for a long-running suit brought by six passengers who say they suffered serious injuries after a two-foot hole opened up at 32,000 feet on a 2010 flight from Miami, but on Thursday the two sides still had unresolved issues over witnesses.

  • March 22, 2018

    Creditor Loses Bid For Nearly $4M Of BioChemics-SEC Deal

    A Florida private equity firm cannot take priority over the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to recover nearly $4 million it was owed by a cash-strapped company being turned over to the government to satisfy a court judgment, a federal judge in Boston ruled from the bench Thursday.

  • March 22, 2018

    Boston City Hall Aides See Extortion Case Thrown Out

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday dismissed the case against two Boston City Hall aides accused of pressuring a music festival into hiring unneeded union labor, saying prosecutors could not meet the court’s standard to prove extortion.

  • March 22, 2018

    FTC Sues Security Co. Again Over Do-Not-Call List Violations

    The Federal Trade Commission accused a home security systems company of calling numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry and collecting credit scores in violation of an April 2014 court order, which settled similar allegations in a separate suit by the government, on Thursday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • March 22, 2018

    Shire Wins Adderall Suit While Loser Gets Sanction Request

    Shire PLC prevailed on patent claims Thursday over a small pharmaceutical company that withheld data until midtrial showing how closely its generic product resembled hit hyperactivity treatment Adderall XR, misconduct that led a Massachusetts federal judge to take the unusual action of asking regulators to sanction the company.

  • March 22, 2018

    Mass. Panel Revives Janitor Co.’s Bid To Arbitrate Wage Suit

    The Massachusetts Appeals Court held Thursday that a janitorial services company was wrongly denied its request to arbitrate a franchisee’s misclassification claims, saying a lower court incorrectly concluded the company waived its arbitration right by raising certain arguments on the merits of those claims.

  • March 22, 2018

    Tech Cos. Want Security Cameras Supplier Held In Contempt

    A pair of technology contractors asked a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to hold in contempt a company they accuse of breaching a contract to provide security camera systems for the Iraqi government, saying the business and its manager aren’t complying with subpoenas, continuing their trend of not participating in the litigation.

  • March 22, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: MetLife, Beckam, Valley National Bank

    MetLife has reportedly loaned $277 million for a Boston office tower; David Beckham is said to be considering sites near a casino, hospital and golf course as possible locations for his Miami soccer stadium project; and Valley National Bank has reportedly loaned $13 million for a Florida self-storage construction project.

  • March 22, 2018

    Transport Co. Owner Charged With Fraud, Laundering Millions

    The owner of a Massachusetts-based transportation company, already facing an indictment for allegedly running a $19 million Medicaid false claim scheme, was indicted on Wednesday by a Bay State grand jury on additional charges claiming he laundered millions of dollars, according to the state's attorney general.

  • March 21, 2018

    Feds To Pursue Retrial Of 4 Corporate Advisers In Fraud Case

    Federal prosecutors have signaled they intend to retry a group of former Georgeson LLC advisers after a mistrial was declared when a juror left the fraud case and one defendant balked at a proceeding with a short-handed panel, a Massachusetts federal judge said Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    Puma Biotech Insider Trader Pays Penalty, Can Go Home

    A former executive at Puma Biotechnology Inc. who admitted to insider trading has paid a chunk of the $1.16 million he owes the government and can return to his home overlooking California's San Fernando Valley, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    Boston City Hall Trial's Start Axed Over Extortion Definition

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday canceled the scheduled start of the trial of a pair of Boston City Hall aides accused of pressuring a music festival to hire unneeded union labor as prosecutors indicated they are open to dismissing the case, as long as a judge agrees to preserve their rights to appeal his definition of extortion.

  • March 21, 2018

    Meningitis Pharmacist's Direct Victims Were Providers: Judge

    A former New England Compounding Center pharmacist convicted of racketeering only has to provide restitution to hospitals and doctors that purchased his contaminated drugs, not patients and other victims of a subsequent meningitis outbreak, a Massachusetts federal judge said Tuesday.

  • March 21, 2018

    Atty's Widow Says Mass. Court Buoys Her $3M GSK Verdict

    The widow of a Reed Smith LLP attorney who committed suicide after taking a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s antidepressant Paxil told the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday that a decision last week by Massachusetts’ top appellate court torpedoes the company’s appeal of her $3 million jury verdict.

  • March 21, 2018

    Calif. Medical Supplier Fights DOJ’s Entry Into FCA Suit

    A California medical products supplier on Tuesday panned the federal government’s attempted insertion into a False Claims Act suit alleging it received inflated reimbursements from the state’s Medicaid program, telling a Massachusetts federal judge the Justice Department’s interest in its motion to toss the suit is too late and out of line.

  • March 21, 2018

    Hubby Says He Spied On Linklaters Over Wife's WFH Weekend

    A Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist who traded on information he gleaned from his wife, a former Linklaters LLP associate, claims he peeked at merger documents as she worked from home in 2016, according to a memo filed ahead of his sentencing in Manhattan federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Steps To Complying With New Mass. Labor Laws

    Paul Holtzman

    With new Massachusetts statutes addressing pay equity and pregnant workers taking effect this year, companies in the state should take extra care to ensure that all guidelines, policies and procedures are not only established and documented, but also clearly communicated to and understood by all employees, says Paul Holtzman of Krokidas & Bluestein LLP.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: Materiality Under FCA

    Laurence Freedman

    As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar decision triggered a spate of litigation over how to apply the materiality standard in False Claims Act cases. Throughout 2017, the lower courts built upon the standard, but we expect courts to continue to grapple with the issue through 2018, say Laurence Freedman and Jordan Cohen of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • What It Means If States Can Set Medicaid Work Requirements

    Caroline Brown

    In a long-anticipated move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that it will allow states to implement Medicaid work requirements, representing a major shift in the agency's policy. However, the move will only impact a small percentage of the Medicaid population, say Caroline Brown and Philip Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: FCA Case Law

    Brian Dunphy

    Last year, courts issued numerous health care-related decisions interpreting the legal standards under the False Claims Act and assessing the viability of a multitude of FCA liability theories. These decisions will affect the prosecution and defense of FCA cases for years to come, says Brian Dunphy of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • America's Shifting Views On Marijuana Post-Cole Memo

    Jonathan Robbins

    Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of the Cole memo does not change federal law, negative response to the rescission across the cannabis sector and political landscape was strong, swift and bipartisan, which may lead to congressional action in the future, say Jonathan Robbins and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: Trends In FCA Cases

    Kevin McGinty

    The volume of health care-related qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act remained robust last year. In the first of four articles on health care enforcement in 2017, Kevin McGinty of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC discusses the important takeaways from a number of trends.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • LGBTQ Protections And Best Practices Under Title VII

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Darrell VanDeusen

    Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Will Life Sciences Companies Face More Scrutiny In 2018?

    John Bentivoglio

    The pace of U.S. Department of Justice settlements with life sciences companies slowed in 2017, suggesting a potential change in enforcement approach. It remains to be seen whether U.S. attorneys in key districts will take the reins and reverse this slowdown, say John Bentivoglio and Jennifer Bragg of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.