Massachusetts

  • February 02, 2024

    Med Biller Who Posed As NBA Star, NFL Atty Gets 12 Years

    A Long Island medical biller was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday after being convicted of bilking over $600 million from insurance companies through fraudulent billing submissions and impersonating NBA star Marcus Smart and the NFL's general counsel.

  • February 02, 2024

    Attorneys Want $21.5M In GE Retirement Funds Suit

    Attorneys representing current and former workers who reached a $61 million settlement in their lawsuit accusing General Electric of mismanaging their retirement savings asked a Massachusetts federal court to greenlight their request for $21.5 million in fees and expenses, citing their commitment to six years' worth of litigation.

  • February 02, 2024

    New England Patriots App Harvests Users' Data, Suit Claims

    A Massachusetts man has hit the New England Patriots with a proposed class action alleging the team's app surreptitiously tracks and shares users' personal information, including location data accurate to within 40 feet, in violation of federal video privacy laws.

  • February 02, 2024

    New Fanatics Exec Sues To Block DraftKings Noncompetes

    A DraftKings executive who left to accept a position at rival Fanatics has sued his former employer, claiming his noncompete agreements contain provisions that are illegal and unenforceable.

  • February 02, 2024

    UK Regulator Examining Thermo Fisher's $3.1B Olink Buy

    The U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority said Friday that it is looking into American biotechnology company Thermo Fisher Scientific's planned $3.1 billion purchase of Swedish biotech business Olink to determine whether it will result in reduced competition.

  • February 02, 2024

    Mass. Justices Affirm Time Limits In Trials, For Some Cases

    Massachusetts' highest court ruled Friday that trial judges may consider flexible time limits for the presentation of evidence and arguments, but only after what it characterized as an "informed analysis" of the specifics of the case, with input from the parties.

  • February 02, 2024

    2 Biotech Firms Tap Thawing IPO Market To Raise $239M Total

    Shares of drug developers Fractyl Health Inc. and Alto Neuroscience Inc. began trading with mixed results on Friday after the life sciences startups raised nearly $239 million combined in initial public offerings, guided by three law firms.

  • February 01, 2024

    DOJ Tells 1st Circ. Not To 'Rush' JetBlue, Spirit's Appeal

    The U.S. Department of Justice pushed back Wednesday on JetBlue and Spirit Airlines' bid for the expedited treatment of an appeal that seeks to preserve their $3.8 billion merger after it was blocked by a Massachusetts federal court, telling the First Circuit it has no obligation to meet the airlines' "self-imposed deadline."

  • February 01, 2024

    Warren Slams Prison Health Co.'s Revised Ch. 11 Plan

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren is urging the U.S. Trustee's Office to oppose a revised bankruptcy plan filed by a prison healthcare provider, saying it includes nonconsensual nondebtor releases and offers insufficient recovery for prisoners who sued the contractor alleging it harmed them. 

  • February 01, 2024

    Keller Williams OKs $70M Deal To Exit Broker Commission Suit

    The home-sellers who alleged the National Association of Realtors and several brokerages artificially increased costs by requiring them to pay buyer-brokers' commissions said Thursday that Keller Williams Realty has agreed to a $70 million settlement.

  • February 01, 2024

    5 Mass. Rulings You Might Have Missed In January

    Massachusetts justices in Suffolk County's Business Litigation Session weighed in on the impact of a major ruling involving Robinhood Financial, a proposed class action on overdraft fees charged by a credit union, and two pandemic-related cases. Here are five January decisions that might have flown under the radar.

  • February 01, 2024

    IRS Violated Rights In Coinbase Doc Seizure, 1st Circ. Told

    The IRS violated an investor's property rights when it seized his financial records from the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, he told the First Circuit on Thursday, saying the government defended the violation by wrongly focusing on what it claims are the investor's lack of privacy protections.

  • February 01, 2024

    UFCW Backs Injunction Bid In Pot Co. Union Fight

    A United Food and Commercial Workers local has urged a federal judge to order a Salem, Massachusetts, cannabis shop to recognize and bargain with it, saying a court order is needed while the shop appeals a bargaining order issued by a National Labor Relations Board judge.

  • February 01, 2024

    Spinal Implant Maker Eyes Ch. 11 Wind-Down In Del.

    Biotechnology firm InVivo Therapeutics Corp. petitioned for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware's bankruptcy court Thursday, saying it intends to wind down after abandoning the development of its primary product, an implant to treat spinal cord injuries.

  • February 01, 2024

    Publicis Reaches $350M Opioid Settlement With All 50 States

    Publicis Health LLC settled a lawsuit on Thursday with all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories for $350 million over claims that it helped exacerbate the opioid crisis through its work with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer behind OxyContin.

  • February 01, 2024

    Atty Reprises Entrapment Claim As Pot Bribe Sentence Looms

    A lawyer convicted of bribing a Massachusetts police chief working on local marijuana licensing approvals asked a Boston federal judge Thursday for a sentence of no more than a year and a day in prison, citing his "imperfect entrapment" defense and insisting that the conduct was permissible lobbying. 

  • February 01, 2024

    Ex-Boston Globe Exec Loses Wage Claim In Suit Over Ouster

    A Massachusetts judge has trimmed a former Boston Globe executive's suit over his ouster, tossing a claim under the state's Wage Act after finding that an annual incentive payment based on a percentage of the newspaper's profits is not a commission subject to the law.

  • January 31, 2024

    DraftKings Hacker Sentenced To 1½ Years In Prison

    A Manhattan federal judge hit a 19-year-old man with a year-and-a-half-long prison sentence Wednesday for hacking DraftKings user accounts in a cyberattack that ultimately cost the sports-betting site more than $1 million, calling the case a "tragedy."

  • January 31, 2024

    Carbonite Inks $27.5M Deal To End Stock-Drop Investor Suit

    Data backup provider Carbonite Inc. has agreed to pay $27.5 million to a certified class of investors alleging the company overhyped a product that was later pulled from the market, according to a motion to approve the deal filed in Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2024

    Solar CEO Says Feds Skimped On Offshore Wind Farm Review

    A solar developer fighting federal approvals for an offshore wind project taking shape off Massachusetts told the First Circuit the government took an improper "slice and dice" approach to conclude that construction would not significantly harm endangered North Atlantic right whales.

  • January 31, 2024

    Boston Seeks Pretrial Win In Fired Top Cop's Defamation Suit

    The city of Boston sought a pretrial win Wednesday in a suit brought by its fired former police commissioner, arguing that he was afforded every chance to clear his name publicly in the face of domestic violence allegations that preceded his dismissal.

  • January 31, 2024

    Architect Says Steward Owes $2M For Work On Mass. Hospital

    Financially troubled Steward Health Care and its landlord owe nearly $2 million for architectural and other professional services on a project to replace one of its Massachusetts hospitals after a 2020 flood, according to a lawsuit filed in state court.

  • January 31, 2024

    Hub Hires: Quinn Emanuel, ArentFox, Verrill, The SJC

    Boston firms hit the ground running in 2024 with numerous additions in a wide array of practice areas. Quinn Emanuel added a lawyer with decades of experience in the technology industry, ArentFox snagged a former Troutman managing partner, and the state's newest top court justice officially started her new gig.

  • January 31, 2024

    Widow Of Nelson Mullins Partner Says Firm Owes $2M

    The widow of a Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP partner who died last year of brain cancer says the firm has refused to pay an estimated $2 million in compensation and a bonus for his final year of work there, according to a complaint filed Wednesday in Massachusetts state court.

  • January 31, 2024

    Errors Tank $10K Sanction In Deutsche Bank Foreclosure Row

    The First Circuit vacated $10,000 in sanctions against a Massachusetts attorney who sued Deutsche Bank and its outside counsel over the foreclosure of his home, finding that the sum was only won thanks to a "string of procedural errors."

Expert Analysis

  • California's Offshore Turbine Plans Face Stiff Headwinds

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    To realize its innovative plans for floating offshore wind farms, California will face numerous challenges as companies investing in the industry will be looking for permitting transparency, predictable timelines, and meaningful coordination between jurisdictions, agencies, and stakeholders, say David Smith and David McGrath at Manatt.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Mass. Bill May Alter Deals Involving Both Goods And Services

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    Massachusetts' proposed H.B. 1112 would adopt several model Uniform Commercial Code amendments, including a new rule for hybrid transactions that could affect risk assessments made by lenders in determining whether to make loans that involve materials and equipment, especially in the context of construction projects, say attorneys at Barclay Damon.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Calif. Right To Repair Law Highlights A Growing Movement

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    New legislation in California is a comprehensive victory for the "right to repair" movement — signaling that this push for legal reform represents a multifaceted challenge to the status quo not only on the consumer rights front, but also in the fields of copyright, software, antitrust and warranty law, says Courtney Sarnow at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    In Focus At The EEOC: Advancing Equal Pay

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan expresses a renewed commitment to advancing equal pay at a time when employees have unprecedented access to compensation information, highlighting for employers the importance of open communication and ongoing pay equity analyses, say Paul Evans at Baker McKenzie and Christine Hendrickson at Syndio.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Why Standing Analysis Is Key In Data Breach Mediation

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    Amid a growing wave of data breach class action litigation, recent legal developments show shifting criteria for Article III standing based on an increased risk of future identity theft, meaning parties must integrate assessments of standing into mediation discussions to substantiate their settlement demands in data breach class actions, says Abe Melamed at Signature Resolution.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Series

    Mass. Banking Brief: The Notable Compliance Updates In Q3

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    Among the most significant developments in the financial services space in the third quarter of the year, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down a stunning endorsement of the state's fiduciary duty rule, and banking regulators continued their multiyear crackdown on unregistered entities, say attorneys at Mintz.

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