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  • September 29, 2021

    AgTech Co. Raises $100M In Morningside-Led Round

    Semios, a Canadian agriculture technology company, announced Wednesday that it raised $100 million in a second funding round led by Boston-based venture capital and private equity firm Morningside Group, bringing its overall fundraising to $225 million.

  • September 28, 2021

    Jury Told 'Varsity Blues' Honcho Claimed Steve Jobs As Client

    Lawyers for two parents accused of bribing their children's ways into college sought to show a Boston jury Tuesday that their clients were duped by the ringleader of the "Varsity Blues" scheme, who falsely claimed he had worked with Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs and NFL legend Joe Montana.

  • September 28, 2021

    'Overheated': How A Chinese-Spy Hunt At DOJ Went Too Far

    A Trump-era program was intended to root out Chinese state-sponsored economic espionage. Instead, critics say, it stirred up a toxic mix of racial profiling and prosecutorial misconduct, leaving innocent scientists to suffer the consequences.

  • September 28, 2021

    Debevoise Leads PSG To $4.5B Tech-Focused Fund

    The growth equity business of Providence Strategic Growth Capital Partners, advised by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, said Tuesday it has clinched its fifth flagship fund after securing $4.5 billion from limited partners, with plans to target middle market investments in areas such as software and payment technology.

  • September 28, 2021

    Drug Cos. Say DA's Opioid Settlement Objections Are Unripe

    Three of the drug companies signing a $26 billion multi-state opioid settlement said the time isn't yet ripe for local district attorneys to sue over their qualms with the settlement, according to objections the companies filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • September 28, 2021

    Blue AGs Tell 9th Circ. Climate Deceit Suits Are States' Turf

    Democratic attorneys general from 13 states and the District of Columbia have urged the Ninth Circuit to uphold a ruling that Maui's and Honolulu's suits seeking climate change-related infrastructure damages from Chevron, ExxonMobil Corp. and other energy producers belong in state court.

  • September 28, 2021

    3M Settles Patent Dispute With Dictation Service Rival

    Two 3M subsidiaries and affiliated entities have settled their dispute with a rival dictation system company over patents for medical transcription services, telling a Georgia federal court they plan to dismiss all claims within a month.

  • September 28, 2021

    Mass. Top Court Says Sheriffs' Virus Response Met Legal Bar

    Massachusetts sheriffs have done enough to meet the needs of inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state's top court said Tuesday, rejecting arguments by public defenders and the ACLU that jails were indifferent to the health concerns of prisoners and their lawyers.

  • September 28, 2021

    Warren Won't Back 'Dangerous' Powell For 2nd Term At Fed

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday that she opposes reappointing Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to another term at the central bank's helm, arguing that his support for loosening big bank rules during the Trump administration shows he is too "dangerous" to be kept in place.

  • September 28, 2021

    Apple Slips Wrongful Arrest Suit But Can't Get Sanctions

    Apple Inc. and its retail security contractor on Monday escaped a lawsuit brought by a New York man who was misidentified and arrested by police for thefts at the tech giant's stores, but a federal judge declined to levy sanctions for what Apple called "egregious misrepresentations" in the case.

  • September 27, 2021

    1st Circ. Backs Convictions Of NECC Execs In Meningitis Case

    The First Circuit on Monday reinstated the convictions of two New England Compounding Center executives for defrauding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a case related to a deadly nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak, rejecting the pair's defense that their guilt was "legally impossible."

  • September 27, 2021

    Brown Rudnick Seeks $8M For Work On Industrial Plant Fight

    Brown Rudnick LLP has sued Christof Industries GmbH for more than $8 million, claiming that the Austrian industrial plant company duped the firm into continuing to represent it in a multimillion-dollar arbitration over an ill-fated construction project after falling behind on its legal fees.

  • September 27, 2021

    NBA Player's 'Scary' Use Was Fair Use, Judge Says

    Former Boston Celtics point guard Terry Rozier scored a fair use win on Monday when a New York federal judge ruled that his use of the iconic mask from the movie "Scream" was "a means of satirizing and ridiculing the perception of ruthless high-scoring athletes in the NBA."

  • September 27, 2021

    Sens. Applaud Facebook's Pause Of Instagram For Kids Plan

    Lawmakers applauded Facebook's decision Monday to pause development of a version of Instagram for kids under 13, urging the company to go even further and abandon the project entirely amid ongoing concerns over social media's impact on children and teens' mental health.

  • September 27, 2021

    Markey Seeks White House Answers On DOD Official's Ouster

    Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., asked President Joe Biden to clarify whether the U.S. Department of Defense's elimination of a nuclear defense policy official's position was motivated by her willingness to challenge the nuclear status quo.

  • September 27, 2021

    Insys Manager Asks Full 1st Circ. To Review 'Pill Mill' Guilt

    Former Insys Therapeutics Inc. manager Sunrise Lee has urged a full First Circuit to rethink a panel decision upholding a landmark verdict convicting her and four others of a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe opioids through a sham speaker program, arguing the panel's opinion relied on racist testimony and conjured her knowledge of the scheme "out of thin air."

  • September 27, 2021

    Tearful Coach Tells 'Varsity Blues' Jury Of Loughlin Fakery

    A former soccer coach at the University of Southern California told a Boston jury on Monday that she created fake athletic profiles as part of the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal, including one for Lori Loughlin's daughter and another for the daughter of a former casino executive on trial.

  • September 27, 2021

    Boston US Atty Pick Gets Hearing As GOP Prepares For Fight

    A Senate panel has set a Thursday hearing to weigh Rachael Rollins' nomination for U.S. attorney in Massachusetts, setting the stage for a rancorous debate over her record on criminal justice reform one week after a Republican opponent delayed a vote.

  • September 24, 2021

    Jury Hears USC Coach Never Heard Of 'Varsity Blues' Recruit

    A former assistant coach for the University of Southern California's women's basketball team told a Boston jury Friday she never heard of a purported recruit who prosecutors say got into the school as part of the "Varsity Blues" admissions scheme.

  • September 24, 2021

    SEC Sues UK Father And Son, 2 Others In Microcap Scam

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed two separate complaints in New York federal court on Thursday alleging that four individuals and five entities ran a fraudulent transatlantic microcap scheme that generated more than $10 million in unlawful stock sales.

  • September 24, 2021

    Sen. Warren Reintroduces Bill To End Ch. 11 Forum-Shopping

    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren reintroduced a bipartisan bill Thursday intended to curb the practice of forum-shopping in corporate bankruptcy cases so that large companies can't hand-pick the judges who oversee their insolvency cases.

  • September 24, 2021

    California AG Announces Appeal Of Purdue Ch. 11 Plan

    California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Friday became the latest attorney general to announce an appeal of the approval of Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan, saying the OxyContin maker's former owners in the Sackler family must be held accountable for their part in the opioid crisis.

  • September 24, 2021

    Biden Taps Migrant Advocate To Helm ICE's Prosecution Arm

    President Joe Biden has appointed a longtime immigrant rights lawyer as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new top prosecutor, the agency confirmed to Law360 on Friday.

  • September 24, 2021

    Cruise Co. Sails To Victory In Ship Breakdown Class Action

    Passengers who sued a tour company after a broken-down ship halted their European river cruise lost the remaining claim in their class action Friday, with a Boston federal judge dinging the vacationers for failing to give clear notice of their claims prior to filing suit.

  • September 24, 2021

    Mass. Police Union Can't Halt Vax Mandate For Bargaining

    A Massachusetts state court judge on Thursday denied a bid by the state's police union to block Gov. Charlie Baker's vaccine mandate for executive branch employees, saying the public health benefits outweigh any need to stay the policy pending further bargaining.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Talent Must Reflect Shifting US Demographics

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    Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks and Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan analyze and project U.S. demographic trends to show that law firms that hope to succeed long-term must recruit, retain and advance female lawyers and lawyers of color, and they outline six steps for meeting these goals.

  • Baby Food Contamination Cases Face Class Action Hurdles

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    Claims of adulterated baby food products have led to putative class actions around the country, but they involve different products, different companies, different state laws and different specific allegations, creating significant obstacles to class certification, say attorneys at Phillips Lytle.

  • Opinion

    Judges Should Foster Diversity In MDL Leader Appointments

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    Through their powerful function as gatekeepers, judges should open the gate to minority practitioners when appointing leadership positions in widely influential multidistrict litigation and begin to correct the disparities that have long plagued the legal industry, say Majed Nachawati and Michael Gorwitz at Fears Nachawati.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • US Offshore Wind Poised For Growth, But Challenges Remain

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    Recent Biden administration policy moves signal strong support for offshore wind power development on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but wind projects will need to overcome a number of logistical hurdles to achieve emissions reduction goals, says Tyler Williams at Covington.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

  • Opinion

    It's Time For States To Enact Effective Marijuana DUI Laws

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    The increasing legalization of recreational marijuana spotlights the need for states to safeguard the public by developing laws to curb driving under the influence of drugs with uniform bright-line rules, along with more accurate testing and increased law enforcement training, say Laura Sedrish at Jacoby & Meyers and Victor Schwartz at Shook Hardy.

  • Firms Should Use Surveys To Make Smart Legal Tech Choices

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    The utility of legal technology innovations may be limited without clear data and objectives from the outset, but targeted surveys can provide specific insights that enable law firms to adopt the most appropriate and efficient tech solutions, says Tim Scott at Frogslayer.

  • Mass. Ruling Highlights Exec Employment Pact Pitfalls

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    A Massachusetts court’s recent decision that a job offer letter was not enforceable as a contract in Moore v. LGH Medical reminds employers and executives to avoid reliance on ambiguous representations in written or oral negotiations, say Brian MacDonough and Nancy Shilepsky at Sherin and Lodgen.

  • Don't Forget Due Diligence In Race For Lateral Associate Hires

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    Amid high demand for associates and aggressive competition to attract talent, law firms should take three key steps to conduct meaningful prehire due diligence and safeguard against lateral hiring mistakes that can hurt their revenue and reputation, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

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