The Massachusetts city of Somerville has become the second U.S. city to ban government use of facial recognition, in an effort by privacy advocates to tamp down on the embattled technology weeks after San Francisco passed the nation’s first prohibition.
On-demand delivery app Postmates and its Massachusetts drivers and riders settled a federal class lawsuit Monday over allegations that the company failed to pass along delivery fee tips, ending the latest skirmish on the sprawling gig economy battlefield.
Two Democratic lawmakers are asking the Federal Communications Commission for wide-ranging information about industry’s role in a key agency advisory council, suggesting that telecom companies and trade groups wield outsize influence on the panel to sway policy in business interests’ favor.
Eleven attorneys general said Monday that they have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rejection of their call for stricter reporting requirements for the import and use of asbestos.
A coalition of states challenging the merger of mobile telecom giants T-Mobile and Sprint have told a New York federal judge that they won't be able to commit to a trial date until several issues are resolved.
A Massachusetts investment adviser agreed Monday to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $1.3 million to settle charges that he leveraged $7 million of his clients' money to avoid repaying a personal loan.
Partners Healthcare, the largest health care network in Massachusetts, uses a 60-year-old mortality table to calculate retirement benefits for some former employees, robbing them of thousands of dollars in defiance of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, according to a proposed class action in Boston federal court.
A retired judge and former chief justice of the Massachusetts trial court has been hit with a $2.85 million civil suit by two former probation department officials who claim they were forced out and faced criminal charges due to a personal grudge and a desire to control department hiring.
When a slim U.S. Supreme Court majority blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the census because the government hadn't been forthcoming, the justices gave litigants an irresistible precedent to cite in future policy fights with federal agencies, experts said.
Members of the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court had some surprises for court watchers this term, with one of the newer — and generally most conservative — justices becoming a particularly strange bedfellow to liberals.
Two Democratic lawmakers, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, want to know why JPMorgan Chase brought back a policy of forcing its millions of credit card users to arbitrate any disputes, saying the plan would exploit customers.
The dozens of dissents the U.S. Supreme Court issued this term outpaced those in the prior term, and their tone is growing harsher as justices vie for control of a court that is still reeling from the retirement of swing Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Raytheon Co. and its benefits committee have been hit with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court alleging that they shortchanged retirees and violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by using outdated mortality rates to calculate retirement benefits.
The First Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of an investor lawsuit alleging biopharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. downplayed the impact a patient death had on sales, saying the supposedly misleading statements weren't made with intent or knowledge of wrongdoing.
On the U.S. Supreme Court's famously "hot" bench, Justice Sonia Sotomayor stood out once again as the most active questioner this term, speaking up more often than any of her colleagues.
Federal prosecutors in Boston filed charges Friday against a parent in the "Varsity Blues" scandal for the first time since the case against 50 defendants was announced in March, saying a California man will plead guilty to paying bribes to secure his son's admission to the University of Southern California.
A Boston federal court has awarded Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and Johnson Fistel LLP over $5.6 million in attorney fees for their work securing an $18.7 million settlement in an investor class action alleging biopharmaceutical company Chiasma misrepresented a drug's chances for winning FDA approval.
While general audiences may have a hard time finding the humor, there were several moments of legal levity in the Supreme Court this term that made the justices and the courtroom laugh.
Chief Justice John Roberts is presiding over the most conservative Supreme Court in years. But as the 2018 term showed, the reality is more complicated and the new majority is far weaker than expected.
A new junior justice. A growing number of dissents. Tough talk on overturning precedent. Unusual lineups in 5-4 rulings. This term left court watchers wondering: “What’s next?”
Several parents caught up in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal told a Massachusetts federal court Thursday they want to keep their counsel from Latham & Watkins, Nixon Peabody and Ropes & Gray despite federal prosecutors’ concerns about the firms' potential conflicts.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission leveled civil securities fraud allegations Thursday against five people, including four attorneys, who allegedly helped facilitate a sham merger and unlawful public stock sales involving embattled Massachusetts biotech PixarBio.
BridgeBio Pharma priced shares in a $348.5 million initial public offering steered by Goodwin Procter LLP, leading the way as three biotechnology firms hit the market Thursday after raising a combined $749 million.
Arguing one Supreme Court case is no mean feat, and only a handful of law firms tackled at least three during the latest high court term. Here’s a look at those high-profile battles, and which firms emerged victorious once the dust settled.
State Street Bank and Trust Co. reached an $88 million settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday for allegedly overcharging clients $170 million for the costs of financial transactions.
There are a number of ways that attorneys can ensure their summer associates successfully manage critical writing assignments and new types of professional interactions, says Julie Schrager of Schiff Hardin.
Today’s law firm leaders are pretty good at developing a strategic vision for the enterprise, but there is often a disconnect between that road map and the marketing department’s rank and file, leading to a deliverable that does little to differentiate the firm, says José Cunningham, a legal industry consultant.
Massachusetts is considering a consumer data privacy bill with a private right of action that could become the broadest in the country, creating the potential for a surge of data privacy class actions in courts across the state, say attorneys with Pierce Atwood.
The remarkably public fight between the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Congress over allowable levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in groundwater means businesses will likely not see uniform nationwide standards on PFAS anytime soon, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Clynton Namuo at Alston & Bird.
Over a dozen major law firms have joined our effort to overcome the legal obstacles that states, cities and businesses face in fighting climate change. But more lawyers are needed, say Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School and John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
Retailers exploring the cashless option should carefully consider the customer experience, as well as legislation being advanced by numerous state and city governments to require businesses to accept cash, say Meegan Brooks and Douglas Kantor at Steptoe & Johnson.
The IRS, which enforces anti-trafficking tax laws against state-regulated cannabis businesses, should be fair and apply the same policy against pharmaceutical companies that illegally market their opioids, says Kat Allen at Wykowski Law.
The 2020 census will impact every state, city and county in the United States, because population is a major factor in how the federal government distributes funds. Despite apprehensions about an undercount, there are reasons for optimism about the accuracy of the census, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.
Due to the expanded nexus provisions following South Dakota v. Wayfair, software as a service providers need to be especially aware of the recent — and, at times, divergent — state law developments in SaaS taxation, say attorneys at Pillsbury.
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.
My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.
Lawsuits involving property damage due to fire often require the retention of an expert to investigate the fire, but testimony can be excluded if the expert lacks the required licenses. Attorneys at Tucker Ellis break down the different licensing requirements for fire scene inspection in all 50 states.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.
Insurance fraud costs insurers and their policyholders tens of billions of dollars a year. With insurance fraud-related bills introduced in 40 states and enacted in 14 so far this year, state lawmakers seem to agree with the industry that fraud is a major problem, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.
If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.