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  • October 06, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Ascentris, Charlesbank, Bridge Industrial

    An Ascentris venture has reportedly sold a Florida office campus for $77.3 million, Charlesbank Capital Partners is said to be leasing 15,475 square feet in New York, and Bridge Industrial is reportedly buying 175.2 acres in Florida and is hoping to rezone the property.

  • October 06, 2021

    In 'Varsity Blues' Closings, It's 'Common Sense' Versus 'Setup'

    A prosecutor urged a jury to use "common sense" to convict two parents on trial in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, while the defense claimed during closing arguments Wednesday that their clients were "set up" by investigators and the scheme's corrupt ringleader.

  • October 06, 2021

    Prosecutors Back Boston US Atty Pick Amid GOP Opposition

    A group of 66 prosecutors urged the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to confirm Rachael Rollins, President Joe Biden's pick for U.S. attorney in Massachusetts, defending her approach to criminal justice reform and slamming Republican lawmakers for holding up the appointment with "fearmongering."

  • October 06, 2021

    RA Capital Lands $880M Fund For Medical Biz Investing

    RA Capital, which invests in companies developing drugs, medical devices and diagnostics, said Wednesday it raised $880 million for its oversubscribed third venture fund.

  • October 06, 2021

    Boston Scientific Boosts Heart Biz With $1.75B Baylis Buy

    Boston Scientific, advised by Shearman & Sterling, has agreed to pay $1.75 billion to pick up Montreal-based Baylis Medical, represented by BCF Business Law and Cooley, in a deal that serves to strengthen the buyer's portfolio of heart-related products, the companies said Wednesday.

  • October 05, 2021

    Workers Cleared To Sue Over Pension Funds They Didn't Buy

    A Massachusetts federal judge has ruled workers for a health care company can pursue federal benefits law claims over the alleged mismanagement of retirement funds those workers didn't sink their own savings into.

  • October 05, 2021

    AOP Orphan Seeks Sanctions On Taiwanese Pharma Co.

    Austrian pharmaceutical company AOP Orphan is seeking sanctions against Taiwanese pharmaceutical company PharmaEssentia, saying the latter has so far ducked the former's efforts to establish jurisdiction in litigation to enforce a more than €142 million arbitral award that arose from a soured licensing deal.

  • October 05, 2021

    Fitbit Persuades PTAB To Ax Most Of Health Monitoring Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated most of a Philips medical device communication patent challenged by Fitbit Inc., saying those claims were either obvious or anticipated by earlier patents.

  • October 05, 2021

    Zurich Says Hospital Tried To Bypass Flood Coverage Limits

    Zurich American Insurance Co. asked a federal court to sink a hospital's claim that it is entitled to more than $250 million in coverage for flood and storm damage, claiming it is attempting to modernize its facility "under the guise of a property insurance claim for flood damage."

  • October 05, 2021

    SharkNinja Gets PTAB To Nix 2 IRobot Vacuum Patents

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has struck down two iRobot Corp. patents covering its Roomba line of products, handing victories to rival SharkNinja in the companies' dispute over robot vacuum technology.

  • October 05, 2021

    Tax Charge Off Limits In Tribal Bribery Trial, Court Hears

    An architect accused of paying bribes to keep a design contract for a Massachusetts tribal casino urged a federal judge Monday not to muck up his upcoming trial with a co-defendant's tax charges that were previously split off into a separate proceeding.  

  • October 05, 2021

    Warren Criticizes 'Corruption' At Fed Over Stock Trades

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., criticized a "culture of corruption" among top officials at the Federal Reserve and reiterated her calls for changes to its leadership in a heated speech on the Senate floor Tuesday.

  • October 04, 2021

    Facebook Says FTC's Antitrust Suit Should Be Tossed Again

    Facebook urged a D.C. federal court Monday to throw out the Federal Trade Commission's latest antitrust complaint accusing the social media giant of monopolizing personal social networking, calling the suit "an attack on pro-competitive acquisitions the FTC itself cleared more than a decade ago."

  • October 04, 2021

    1st 'Varsity Blues' Trial Nears End As Parents Rest

    Two parents fighting charges in the first "Varsity Blues" college admissions case rested their defense case Monday after three days of testimony, teeing up closing arguments and deliberations in the high-profile prosecution for later this week.

  • October 04, 2021

    Warren Asks SEC To Probe Potential Insider Trading At Fed

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., urged the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday to investigate potential insider trading by top Federal Reserve officials, including Vice Chair Richard Clarida and the heads of two of the Fed's regional banks who have since resigned.

  • October 04, 2021

    Mass. Justices Doubt Contractor Test Fits For Joint Employers

    Massachusetts' top appellate court on Monday seemed skeptical that marketing company Credico LLC could be considered a joint employer along with one of its subcontractors, pushing back against applying the same test used to determine independent contractor status.

  • October 04, 2021

    Uber Must Face New Class Members' Claims In IPO Suit

    A California federal judge rejected an attempt by Uber to dismiss a consolidated proposed class action against it that alleges the ride-sharing company duped shareholders about numerous corporate scandals and downplayed risks ahead of its May 2019 initial public offering.

  • October 04, 2021

    Coding Platform Leads 6 IPO Launches That Could Top $1.8B

    Coding platform GitLab launched plans Monday for an estimated $598 million initial public offering, one of six companies to set price ranges on offerings that could potentially exceed $1.8 billion combined and ignite October's IPO market.

  • October 04, 2021

    Mass. US Atty Nominee: 'Won't Be Silent' On GOP Opposition

    Embattled U.S. attorney hopeful Rachael Rollins took to the Boston radio airwaves Monday to defend her work as a progressive district attorney, pushing back on Republican opposition to her criminal justice record in an unusually blunt public statement for a pending nominee.

  • October 04, 2021

    IndyCar Promoter To Plead Guilty In Fraud, Tax Case

    An IndyCar race promoter who has been fending off fraud, identity theft and money laundering counts tied to a failed Boston event and an alleged hockey rink financing scheme will make a U-turn and plead guilty later this month, according to a filing in Massachusetts federal court Monday.

  • October 04, 2021

    Kirkland-Led Summit Partners Closes $8.35B Investment Fund

    Summit Partners, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, said Monday it clinched its 11th growth equity fund that targets investments in growth-stage U.S. companies at $8.35 billion just a few months after launching it in June.

  • October 01, 2021

    Goodwin Adds Industry Vet, Wilson Attys To Privacy Bench

    Goodwin Procter LLP is adding to its privacy and data protection capabilities with the addition of the vice president of the industry's leading membership association and a Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC attorney who's well-versed in advising clients on cutting-edge privacy issues in the European Union.

  • October 01, 2021

    Supreme Court's Return Could Deliver Conservative Windfall

    The Supreme Court returns to the bench Monday for its first in-person arguments since the pandemic began, but the moment feels anything but normal. The courtroom is still closed to the public as the justices consider major cases involving abortion, gun rights and religious freedom under a cloud of scrutiny from lawmakers and activists.

  • October 01, 2021

    Nichols Kaster, Block & Leviton Get $3.5M For Hancock Deal

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday granted attorneys from Nichols Kaster PLLP and Block & Leviton LLP the $3.5 million they requested for their work reaching a settlement for John Hancock Life Insurance Co. employees who claimed in a class action that the firm mismanaged their retirement funds, costing them tens of millions of dollars.

  • October 01, 2021

    Pro Say: A Supreme Court Term Packed With Landmark Cases

    A new U.S. Supreme Court term is upon us, with the justices set to tackle a slew of lightning-rod cases in the coming months, including a referendum on abortion rights and the court's first major gun rights case in over a decade.

Expert Analysis

  • Despite Giuliani's Assertion, Lawyers Cannot 'Throw A Fake'

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    A new transcript reveals Rudy Giuliani telling federal agents in 2018 that it was permissible to "throw a fake" during a political campaign, but the notion that lawyers can commit acts of dishonesty without consequence as long as they do so outside their professional practice is belied by the rules of professional conduct and case law, says Hilary Gerzhoy at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Upgrade Our Attorney Licensure Rules

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    The bar exam does a poor job of testing the skills employers expect from new lawyers, and those who pass the bar can practice indefinitely without independent oversight, so states should consider alternative means for assuring competence and personal stability for new as well as experienced lawyers, says David Friedman at Willamette University.

  • Data-Based Predictions On Case Timelines After Pandemic

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    Richard Finkelman and Karl Schliep at Berkeley Research Group analyze state and federal court data to pinpoint trends and predict changes in case resolution time frames after the COVID-19 pandemic upended judicial proceedings across the country, and they explain how parties can use these analytics to inform litigation decisions.

  • Roundup

    Embracing ESG

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    In this ongoing Expert Analysis series, in-house counsel share how they are adapting to the growing importance of environmental, social and corporate governance factors.

  • Retention Is Key To Meaningful Diversity At Law Firms

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    Minority attorneys leave their law firms earlier and at higher rates than their peers, so firms must deemphasize their diversity programs' focus on recruitment and rethink the ways they support and advance attorneys from underrepresented groups, say Shilpa Coorg and David Ramírez-Gálvez at DTO Law.

  • Avoiding Unauthorized Practice Of Law In Remote Work

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many lawyers to telecommute, potentially from home jurisdictions where they are not admitted, raising questions about compliance with states’ unauthorized practice of law mandates — but attorneys can look to rules, advisory opinions and case law for clarity, say Lauren Snyder and Amy Richardson at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Opinion

    State Utility Regulators' Climate Mandates A Hopeful Trend

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    Laws passed in Maine, Massachusetts and Maryland this summer to expand state utility regulatory bodies' priorities to include consideration of climate impacts are a positive sign in the fight against climate change — and are likely just the beginning of a trend, say Joshua Rosen and Seth Jaffe at Foley Hoag.

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Courts' Clashing Standards For Evidence At Class Cert.: Part 2

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    While federal circuits continue to split on whether to approach fact and expert evidence differently at class certification, and there is no sign of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to resolve the issue, applying an admissibility standard to one and not the other appears illogical, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

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