Massachusetts

  • January 24, 2018

    CFTC Announces 3rd Cryptocurrency Fraud Suit In 1 Week

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Wednesday said it had sued and frozen the assets of the creators of a supposed cryptocurrency called “My Big Coin” who allegedly took $6 million from unwitting buyers and used it to fund shopping sprees and pay off earlier investors.

  • January 24, 2018

    DOJ Wants Sanctuary Cities' Immigration Compliance Docs

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday told 23 recipients of a federal public safety grant to turn over documents showing whether they're violating funding conditions by blocking police officers in their jurisdictions from sharing information with federal immigration authorities.

  • January 24, 2018

    Hernandez Brain Injury Suit Paused For Possible MDL Transfer

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday stayed a suit by the daughter of late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez over the NFL’s alleged contribution to his traumatic brain injury while the court awaits a ruling that could combine the case with wider concussion litigation.

  • January 24, 2018

    Allergan Vies For Insurance Coverage Lists In Asacol Trial

    Allergan and Warner Chilcott on Tuesday asked a Massachusetts federal court for an order stating that lists of prescription drugs covered by insurers are admissible evidence during an antitrust trial brought by a class of organizations that purchased ulcerative colitis drug Asacol.

  • January 24, 2018

    DoorDash’s Arbitration Try Barred By State Law, Drivers Say

    A proposed class of drivers suing online food delivery app DoorDash Inc. urged a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to reject the company’s move to compel arbitration, claiming that state law in their case prohibits enforcement of arbitration agreements that contain class action waivers.

  • January 23, 2018

    Scientists Sue EPA Over Trump Admin.’s Expert ‘Purge’

    A group of scientists sued the Environmental Protection Agency in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday, claiming the Trump administration’s directive barring scientists who receive EPA grants from serving on the agency’s advisory committee is a “purge” intended to delegitimize scientific research.

  • January 23, 2018

    Feds Say Pair Impersonated SEC Officials In Fee Scam

    Federal prosecutors charged a Boston resident and an Orlando fast-food worker on Tuesday with posing for the last three years as U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission officials in an attempt to revictimize dozens of people who were recouping investments from an unregistered broker.

  • January 23, 2018

    1st Circ. ‘Reluctantly’ Nixes Sanctions In $70M Fine Appeal

    A First Circuit panel on Tuesday rejected an admittedly copied-and-pasted argument in Biolitec AG's fifth appeal of a $70 million contempt order stemming from a decade-old patent settlement, while also “reluctantly” denying opponent AngioDynamics Inc.’s bid for sanctions.

  • January 23, 2018

    Mass. Judge Sexually Coerced Court Worker, Suit Says

    A former Massachusetts state court employee filed a graphic complaint in federal court Monday accusing a state court judge of sexually harassing her and repeatedly coercing her to perform sex acts.

  • January 23, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Hires Ropes & Gray Litigator In Boston

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has hired a Ropes & Gray LLP commercial litigator who has scored big wins in disputes over fraud claims, data breaches, employment contracts, securities and product defects, Quinn Emanuel announced Tuesday.

  • January 23, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Facebook, Deutsche Telekom, ComScore

    Facebook has reportedly snapped up a Boston-based ID authentication company, Deutsche Telekom held unsuccessful deal talks with French rival Orange SA last year, and media analytics company ComScore Inc. is eyeing options for the business that could include a sale.

  • January 23, 2018

    Fugitive Atty's Ex-Wife Admits Lying About Contact With Him

    A Florida woman pled guilty in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to lying to investigators about being in contact with her former husband, a disbarred Hunton & Williams LLP attorney, during the 20 years he ran from authorities.

  • January 23, 2018

    Revere Sues Pharma Cos. Over Opioids, Boston Might Follow

    Revere on Monday joined a growing chorus of Massachusetts cities to accuse several drug manufacturers and distributors of deceptively marketing and illegally diverting prescription opioids, while Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced that the city is considering bringing its own such litigation.

  • January 23, 2018

    Chinese Woman Admits Immigration Fraud In Exam Trade

    A Chinese woman pled guilty Tuesday to using fake immigration documents to take a college entrance exam for another Chinese national in the latest admission in Massachusetts federal court involving the selling of exam scores to international students.

  • January 23, 2018

    Mass. State Senator Proposes Daily Fantasy Sports Tax

    A Massachusetts state senator introduced legislation Tuesday that would make the online games known as daily fantasy sports permanently legal and subject to a 15 percent tax.

  • January 22, 2018

    1st Circ. Tosses Unions' Challenge To RI Pension Changes

    The First Circuit on Monday nixed a lawsuit in which unions representing firefighters and police officers employed by the city of Cranston, Rhode Island, challenged modifications to state-run pension plans for government employees on the grounds that they rescinded their members’ contractually owed retirement benefits.

  • January 22, 2018

    Attorneys Squabble Over Cut Of $785M Pfizer FCA Deal

    Attorneys who were fired less than halfway into a whistleblower case against a Pfizer subsidiary went to trial Monday to bicker over who should get credit for resolving the False Claims Act lawsuit and $21 million in outstanding attorneys’ fees that go with its $785 million settlement.

  • January 22, 2018

    1st Circ. To Rehear Ex-Maine Speaker's Suit Against Gov.

    The full First Circuit said Friday it will reconsider the dismissal of former Democratic Maine House Speaker Mark Eves’ lawsuit accusing Republican Gov. Paul LePage of threatening to withhold state funding from a nonprofit that operates a school for at-risk children after the nonprofit hired Eves as its president.

  • January 22, 2018

    Exxon Climate Speech Claims Are Empty, AGs Say

    ExxonMobil has provided no plausible evidence that climate change probes launched by the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts amount to a politically motivated conspiracy to deprive the oil giant of its free speech rights on climate issues, the prosecutors told a New York federal judge Friday.

  • January 22, 2018

    Sanofi Buys Hemophilia Drugmaker In $11.6B Deal

    Sanofi has agreed to buy Bioverativ, a biopharmaceutical business focused on developing treatments for hemophilia and other rare blood disorders, for about $11.6 billion, the companies announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Natural Gas Market Design May Be Failing Consumers

    Levi McAllister

    Domestic energy producers face challenges in predicting consumer demand for electricity and natural gas, and in responding to daily fluctuations in consumption. A recent academic paper highlights design characteristics of the natural gas market that may contribute to these challenges, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Core Functions And Cooperative Federalism At The EPA

    Dan Jordanger

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released draft strategic plan for 2018-2022 starkly narrows the items on which the EPA will focus its resources and turns the agency’s back on many objectives contained in the previous plan — things that the Trump administration and Administrator Scott Pruitt believe should not be done at all, says Dan Jordanger of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Get Real, But Get It Right

    Dawn Reddy Solowey

    At my first job out of law school, I handled prepublication review of stories for local TV news and newspapers. With little time for legal research, I had to know the rules cold, how to apply them, and how to make judgment calls when the answer was more gray than black or white, says Dawn Reddy Solowey of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • Controlled Group Liability Post-Sun Capital

    Ira Bogner

    A recent complaint filed by Trilantic Capital Partners shows that after Sun Capital, multiemployer pension funds and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. are continuing to assert controlled group liability claims against private investment funds. The complaint also offers insight into how a private investment fund may try to rebut those arguments, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Trump’s Tweets Stymie Trans Military Ban In Lower Courts

    Bryan Jacoutot

    Last week, a D.C. federal judge halted much of President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on transgender military service, which he first announced via Twitter. The use of the president’s own (albeit, unofficial) statements against him marks an emerging theme in litigation challenging the president’s agenda, says Bryan Jacoutot of Taylor English.