Massachusetts

  • June 27, 2019

    Mass. AG Fines Nursing Home Operators For Wage Violations

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday announced that the owners and operators of five nursing homes in the state have been hit with nearly $85,000 in penalties for allegedly failing to pay their workers.

  • June 27, 2019

    Ex-USC Coach And Accountant Plead Guilty In 'Varsity Blues'

    The former head women's soccer coach at the University of Southern California and an accountant both pled guilty in Boston federal court Thursday to conspiring with William "Rick" Singer in the so-called Varsity Blues bribery scheme to secure college admissions spots for the children of wealthy parents.

  • June 26, 2019

    EQT Overstated Benefits Of Rice Energy Buy, Investors Say

    A Massachusetts retirement fund said EQT Corp. executives overstated the benefits of the gas producer's $6.7 billion acquisition of Rice Energy, leading to increased costs and a steep stock drop, according to a proposed shareholder class action filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • June 26, 2019

    States 'Stepped Into The Breach' As Crypto Market Exploded

    While the eyes of the investing public have been trained on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s efforts to police the nascent cryptocurrency market over the past 18 months, New York’s attorney general turned heads in April when she accused digital currency trading platform Bitfinex of hiding the loss of $850 million by tapping into the reserves of an affiliated cryptocurrency.

  • June 26, 2019

    Labaton Chair Decries 'Unfair' Criticism Of Firm's Political Ties

    Scrutiny of campaign contributions and other political connections that may have helped Labaton Sucharow secure clients has been "extraordinarily unfair," the firm's chairman testified in Boston federal court Wednesday at a hearing about allegedly improper practices by it and two other firms in a class action against State Street.

  • June 26, 2019

    Mass. Justices Urged To Restore Judge's Pay During ICE Case

    The attorney for a Massachusetts state judge charged with helping an immigrant escape U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody urged the state’s highest court on Wednesday to reinstate her pay while she’s suspended from judicial service, contending that the justices could avoid a constitutional quandary by doing so.

  • June 26, 2019

    Nelson Mullins Lures Transactions Pro To Boston Office

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has beefed up its Massachusetts presence with the addition of a transactional attorney to its corporate finance group, saying he has made the move over from alternative credit investment manager THL Credit.

  • June 26, 2019

    4 Benefits Policy Developments To Watch In 2nd Half Of 2019

    In the coming months, lawmakers and regulators will be working on proposals that could rescue the ailing multiemployer pension system, let small businesses band together to buy retirement and health care plans, and allow workers to fund parental leave using their Social Security accounts. Here, Law360 tracks four policy developments benefits attorneys should watch in 2019's second half.

  • June 26, 2019

    High Court Nixes State Residency Reqs. For Liquor Licenses

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a Tennessee law that requires businesses to maintain residency for two years before receiving a liquor license, saying the requirement violates the Constitution’s commerce clause.

  • June 26, 2019

    Feds Dragging Feet On Loan Cancellation Bids, Students Say

    The U.S. Department of Education is violating federal law by refusing to make decisions on applications to cancel federal loans from more than 158,000 students who attended for-profit colleges, a new proposed class action claims. 

  • June 25, 2019

    Appeals Court Revives Malpractice Suit Against Mass. Attys

    A Massachusetts appeals court on Tuesday revived a legal malpractice suit claiming two attorneys at a Gloucester firm specializing in personal injury cases negotiated poor settlements for a man who suffered a brain injury after an incident while working at a light tower.

  • June 25, 2019

    Thornton Atty Admits To 'Stupid Mistake' In State Street Case

    The managing partner at Thornton Law Firm testified in Boston federal court Tuesday that he signed a false declaration in support of attorney fees without ever reading it in full, saying he made a "stupid mistake" in a $300 million class action settlement with State Street in which the billing practices of three firms have been called into question.

  • June 25, 2019

    DOL Joint Employer Plan Sells Out Workers, Blue States Say

    The U.S. Department of Labor's proposal to narrow the circumstances in which workers can hold two employers jointly liable for the same pay violation exposes millions of workers to wage theft, a blue-state coalition said Tuesday ahead of a deadline for comments on the so-called joint employer rule.

  • June 25, 2019

    Womble Bond Nabs Privacy Partner In Boston

    Womble Bond has added a former Burns & Levinson attorney to its privacy and cybersecurity practice group, bolstering its growing Boston office that opened its doors in late 2017.

  • June 25, 2019

    BCBS Mass. Can't Evade Mental Health Suit, Parents Say

    The parents leading a proposed class action accusing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts of wrongly denying claims for certain inpatient mental health treatment have urged a Massachusetts federal judge not to toss their suit, arguing the dispute shouldn't be resolved at this stage.

  • June 24, 2019

    $75M Fee Award In State Street Row Faces Judge's Scrutiny

    A Boston federal judge heard arguments Monday on whether to reduce a $75 million attorney fee award for three firms that brokered a $300 million class action settlement with State Street Corp., saying the firms may have misled him about how fees are typically calculated in massive deals like this one.

  • June 24, 2019

    Abiomed Asks 1st Circ. Not To Revive Exec's $5M Bonus Suit

    A former Abiomed executive didn’t come close to achieving a career milestone worth $5 million in shares, the medical implant maker has told the First Circuit, saying the company wasn’t "on the brink" of a key regulatory approval when it canned him.

  • June 24, 2019

    Boston Firm Gets $1.2M In Trade Secret Dispute With Ex-Attys

    A Massachusetts law firm specializing in asbestos and toxic tort litigation has won nearly $1.2 million in its suit alleging that several former attorneys stole its trade secrets and started a rival firm, after a state jury returned a verdict in its favor.

  • June 24, 2019

    5 Cos. Heat Up July IPO Pipeline With Filings Totaling $547M

    Five issuers, all health care- or technology-related companies, filed initial public offerings late on Friday that are preliminarily expected to raise about $547 million, a sign that the IPO market should remain humming well into July.

  • June 24, 2019

    Cancer Center Claims Drug Cos. 'Robbed' It Of IP Revenue

    Boston-based Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says it should get a cut of more than $1.6 billion in licensing revenue Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Ono Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. have raked in from immunology patents the institute says it co-owns, according to a new lawsuit.

  • June 24, 2019

    Drugmakers' Emails, Calls Show Price-Fix Coverup, AGs Say

    Unredacted emails and phone records show Teva Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc. and 18 other major U.S. drug manufacturers conspiring in an industrywide price-fixing scheme to keep the cost of hundreds of generic drugs artificially high, according to a complaint unsealed Monday by the Maryland attorney general's office.

  • June 21, 2019

    Nantucket Ferry Co. Can't Sink $225K Injury Verdict

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday rejected a Cape Cod ferry operator's bid to overturn a jury's finding that its negligence was to blame for a ferry passenger having her fingers nearly severed when a restroom door closed on them.

  • June 21, 2019

    Police, Firefighters Must Stay In Spectrum's T-Band, GAO Says

    Law enforcement and emergency services should not be booted from the slice of radio spectrum known as the T-band when it gets auctioned off in 2021, because some major metropolitan cities don’t have an alternative, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Friday.

  • June 21, 2019

    Biggest Health And Life Sci Rulings Of 2019: Midyear Report

    The first half of 2019 saw an extraordinary eruption of important court decisions likely to leave lasting marks on the opioid crisis, the False Claims Act, the Affordable Care Act and Medicare reimbursement. Here, Law360 takes stock of consequential health care and life sciences rulings that lawyers need to know.

  • June 21, 2019

    Dozen Firms Guide 9 IPOs Exceeding $2B To End June

    Twelve firms will steer nine initial public offerings that could surpass $2 billion during the coming week, potentially ending June with a bang as a wide gamut of issuers seeks to capitalize on a vibrant IPO market.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Ways State AGs Are Targeting Energy Sector

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    State attorneys general are playing an increasingly prominent role in regulating energy and environmental activity within their states. Energy sector participants should note AG priorities and take a proactive approach, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • Opinion

    Keep Increasing Pressure Against Noncompetes

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    Arguments made by defenders of noncompetes are based on old assumptions about labor markets that economists have begun to abandon, says Eric Posner of MoloLamken.

  • Keeping Up With A Changing Worker Classification Landscape

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    In light of the of the U.S. Department of Labor's new guidance on worker classification and states' adoption of so-called ABC classification tests, companies operating in multiple states will need to weigh the costs of maintaining workforces composed of both contractors and employees, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner.

  • The 'Varsity Blues' Sentencing Battles To Come

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    Of the seven factors federal judges consider when sentencing defendants, three will be particularly interesting to watch in the college admissions bribery case, says Brooklyn Sawyers Belk of Weinberg Wheeler.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.

  • Nuclear Power In The Age Of Decommissioning

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    U.S. nuclear power plant operators are increasingly seeking to transfer responsibility for decommissioning to new specialist entities — and early examples suggest that regulatory authorities will allow and support these transfers, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • State Net

    Evicting Rent Control Bans: Some State Proposals To Watch

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    Oregon's new statewide rent control statute is the first in the country, but it may not be the last — there are at least 129 rent control-related bills currently pending across 10 states, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Preparing For PFAS Scrutiny: Part 2

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    If the flurry of developments around per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the last six months is any indication, new regulatory proposals and new lawsuits could soon be springing up on an almost weekly basis, say William Tarantino and Megan Ault of Morrison & Foerster.

  • Preparing For PFAS Scrutiny: Part 1

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    While debate continues over the precise environmental and health effects of PFAS — or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — companies must be ready for heightened standards now being developed by Congress and federal agencies, say William Tarantino and Megan Ault of Morrison & Foerster.

  • How To Identify And Deal With Narcissists In Law

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    Given that a large swath of the legal profession may display some narcissistic tendencies, it is important for lawyers to know how to address the narcissist in the room — and it may be you, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle.

  • The Latest Trends In Multiforum Securities Litigation

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    The intent and purpose of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 continue to be eroded as plaintiffs exert pressure on defendants by filing parallel securities actions in both federal and state courts, often simultaneously, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Cleary Chief Talent Officer Hy Pomerance

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Amanda Brady and Dustin Laws talk with Hy Pomerance, chief talent officer of Cleary.

  • Prepping For New Mass. Paid Family And Medical Leave Law

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    Although employees will not be entitled to take leave under Massachusetts' new paid family and medical leave law until 2021, employers face upcoming 2019 deadlines for compliance with key aspects, say attorneys with Goodwin.

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