Massachusetts

  • August 25, 2020

    Goodwin Nabs Ex-HHS Atty From Bass Berry

    Goodwin Procter LLP has snapped up a former Bass Berry & Sims PLC attorney with years of experience working on transactions in the health care field and issues related to the False Claims Act.

  • August 25, 2020

    Semiconductor Cos. Restart FTC Clock For $21B Tie-Up

    Analog Devices Inc. has withdrawn and plans to refile a notification with the Federal Trade Commission for its proposed $21 billion merger with fellow semiconductor and technology company Maxim Integrated Products Inc.

  • August 25, 2020

    'Varsity Blues' Parents Get An Earful, But No Long Jail Terms

    While U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton hasn't doled out any long prison terms to parents in the "Varsity Blues" case, he has dealt a number of tongue-lashings that seemed to channel the widespread public anger and condemnation that erupted after the scandal broke in March 2019.

  • August 25, 2020

    Honda To Pay $96M To Resolve States' Air Bag Defect Probe

    American Honda Motor Co. Inc. announced Tuesday that it will pay $96 million to 46 states, three U.S. territories and Washington, D.C., to resolve a probe related to allegedly defective air bags in the company's vehicles, which have also been the subject of extensive civil litigation.

  • August 25, 2020

    Wind Developers Try To Duck Mass. Lobster Fishing Row

    Two wind energy companies have told a federal court they should be untangled from an activist's suit seeking to force Massachusetts to change lobster fishing regulations to prevent the use of certain equipment that can harm endangered right whales, saying they are "mere surplusage" in the litigation.

  • August 25, 2020

    1st Circ. Says Courts Can't Oversee Union Election Battles

    The U.S. Department of Labor, and not the courts, has authority to run a new union election if there are irregularities, the First Circuit has ruled, overturning a lower court's decision in a suit over allegations of vote dilution.

  • August 25, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    State governors implemented COVID-19 relief efforts with autumn in mind over the past week, with more funding for increased internet connectivity on the way for schools in Delaware and Texas, and a call for legislative action this fall to help workers and families in Pennsylvania. 

  • August 24, 2020

    Ex-Speaker Paul Ryan's Blank-Check Outfit Files $300M IPO

    Former House Speaker Paul Ryan is joining the blank-check bonanza, taking part in a $300 million initial public offering filed on Monday by Executive Network Partnering Corp. with legal guidance from Kirkland & Ellis LLP and underwriters counsel Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • August 24, 2020

    Regeneron Says Feds' Kickback Suit 'Defies Common Sense'

    Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts can't prevail in their suit accusing Regeneron Pharmaceuticals of paying tens of millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks through a foundation to get doctors to prescribe its injectable eye disease drug, the biotechnology company has told a federal judge.

  • August 24, 2020

    Sun Pharma Unit Pays $21M To End Whistleblower Suit

    A Sun Pharma unit will pay $20.75 million to settle a whistleblower's suit claiming it overcharged the government by pushing doctors to use a skin treatment in a less effective way than approved, according to a Monday announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • August 24, 2020

    Challenge To Mass. Eviction Halt Will Play Out In 2 Courts

    Massachusetts landlords seeking to end a moratorium on most evictions during the pandemic can keep making their case in both federal and state courts, as a federal judge on Monday rejected a forum-shopping claim and continued to hear his part of the challenge to the novel law.

  • August 24, 2020

    Justices Add House Dems To ACA Args Over GOP Protest

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to lengthen newly scheduled oral arguments in litigation over the Affordable Care Act's validity and allocated varying amounts of time to state attorneys general, the Trump administration and House Democrats who fought to participate.

  • August 24, 2020

    Mass. Defends Mail-In Ballot Deadline Against Court Challenge

    Lawyers for Massachusetts' top elections official told the state's high court Monday that voters aren't disenfranchised if they don't get their mail-in ballots with enough time to send them back through the U.S. Postal Service to meet the deadline to be counted in the state's Sept. 1 primary election.

  • August 24, 2020

    Exec Who Intro'd Loughlin To 'Varsity' Scam Pleads Guilty

    The private equity and insurance executive who introduced actress Lori Loughlin and her clothing-designer husband to the mastermind of the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scheme has agreed to plead guilty to paying $40,000 in bribes to improve his own daughter's exam scores.

  • August 21, 2020

    1st Circ. Revives O'Reilly Auto Parts Manager's ADA Suit

    The First Circuit granted a new trial Friday to a former O'Reilly Auto Parts manager in a mental health discrimination suit, saying a jury that found in favor of O'Reilly was incorrectly instructed on the standards requiring employers to provide accommodations.

  • August 21, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Urbin Miami Beach, Pink Stone, Lola.com

    Urbin Miami Beach Partners is reportedly going forward with a mixed-use project in South Florida, Pink Stone Capital is said to have landed $87 million in financing for a New York development site, and Lola.com is reportedly paying $100,000 a month to sublease 28,000 square feet in Boston.

  • August 21, 2020

    Legend In Law: Liberty Mutual Insurance's James Kelleher

    Kelleher, chief legal officer for one of the largest U.S. insurers, has been named a Burton Awards Legend in Law, a distinction reserved for the top general counsel in the nation.

  • August 21, 2020

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Sullivan, Hogan

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Johnson & Johnson snaps up biotech company Momenta for $6.5 billion, American Express acquires "substantially all" of fintech company Kabbage, and government services firm KBR acquires defense contractor Centauri for $827 million.

  • August 21, 2020

    Loughlin Gets 2 Mos., Husband 5 Mos. In 'Varsity Blues' Case

    Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion-designer husband Mossimo Giannulli were sentenced Friday to two months and five months in prison, respectively, for their roles in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal after admitting to paying bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake rowing recruits.

  • August 20, 2020

    9th Circ. Amazon Ruling Opens New Driver Exemption Battles

    A Ninth Circuit decision cementing that Amazon delivery drivers are exempt from mandatory arbitration gives workers new leverage to keep their legal battles in court, making it more difficult for transportation, logistics and gig-economy companies to dismantle class or collective actions.

  • August 20, 2020

    Atlantic Lobster Fishing OK'd Despite Risk To Whale Species

    Lobster fishing that poses a threat to a whale species on the cusp of extinction won't be interrupted this year despite a ruling that the U.S. government ignored the risks when drafting rules for the operations six years ago.

  • August 20, 2020

    Trump Rips Census Exclusion Claims As 'Speculative'

    President Donald Trump has blasted as "speculative" the claims from states, cities and nonprofits that his push to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the 2020 census count would lead to reduced federal funding and lost congressional representation, saying it remains unknown whether his directive may even be carried out.

  • August 20, 2020

    State AGs Sue Over FDIC's Valid-When-Made Rule

    Attorneys general from New York, California and several other states sued the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Thursday over its recent rule addressing the transferability of interest rates on loans originated by state-chartered banks, alleging the agency is giving cover to predatory lenders and overstepping its authority.

  • August 19, 2020

    Fla. Can't Use Prostitution Sting Video In Robert Kraft Case

    A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that the state cannot use video evidence collected by police in the day spa prostitution sting that ensnared New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft because it violates the Fourth Amendment.

  • August 19, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Bristol-Myers, WeWork, Kaizen

    Bristol-Myers Squibb is reportedly leasing 360,000 square feet at a new Boston-area development, WeWork is said to be calling off two Chicago leases, and a Kaizen Development Partners venture is reportedly planning to build a 200,000-square-foot Dallas-area office building on spec.

Expert Analysis

  • 5th Circ. PPP Ruling Doesn't Doom Debtors Seeking Loans

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    Despite the Fifth Circuit’s recent ruling in Hidalgo County Emergency Service Foundation v. Carranza barring debtors from receiving Paycheck Protection Program loans, this financial assistance is still available by filing in other circuits and through further workarounds, say Shane Ramsey and John Baxter at Nelson Mullins.

  • Litigation Strategies For When Trade Secret, Patent Converge

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    As statistics reveal that in recent years, the number of patent infringement lawsuits has decreased while the number of trade secret cases has risen, Vincent Ling at Munger Tolles offers key considerations for asserting or defending these overlapping IP rights during the pleading, discovery and trial stages.

  • Pa. Ruling Shows Limits To Worker Free Speech Rights

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    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Carr v. Pennsylvania proves that public sector employees’ First Amendment rights are not ironclad, and could trigger an accountability standard for their off-duty social media comments, says Mathew Parker at Fisher Phillips.

  • Inclusivity Considerations For Law Firms Reopening Offices

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    While most law firms will focus on ensuring physical office spaces are as safe as possible for attorneys and staff members, it's equally important to consider the impact office reopening decisions will have on a firm's culture of diversity and inclusion, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Opinion

    State AG-Private Atty Alliances Must Be Put To The Lucia Test

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    In view of recent decisions using the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 opinion in Lucia to examine the propriety of local officers, it makes sense to question — under states' appointments clauses — the now-common practice of private attorneys prosecuting civil enforcement actions on behalf of state attorneys general, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • States Could Use Wayfair Laws To Fix Depleted Budgets

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    As states grapple with filling revenue shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 health crisis, they may look to expand laws stemming from the U.S. Supreme Court's Wayfair decision to reach more taxpayers, says Jennifer Karpchuk at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

  • NY High Court Case Could Upend Litigation Finance Industry

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    A ruling in favor of the defendant in Fast Trak Investment v. Sax, a case recently accepted by the New York Court of Appeals, could enable borrowers to avoid repaying litigation funders by claiming state usury law violations, say attorneys at MoloLamken.

  • Associates Can Prioritize Biz Development Despite Pandemic

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    Although many traditional business development activities are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, associates should seize the unique opportunities of this time to cultivate business by strengthening their personal and professional relationships, and developing new ones, says Jeremy Schneider at Jackson Lewis.

  • Opinion

    Let's Create An Ethical Obligation For Attys To Fight Racism

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    In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.

  • New Pharma Co. Defenses For 'Innovator Liability' Claims

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    Under the so-called innovator liability theory, a handful of states have permitted plaintiffs who took generic medication to sue the manufacturer of the branded form of the drug — but pharmaceutical companies have recently had success fighting such claims with three key strategies, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Mask-Wearing Prosecution Witnesses May Face Roadblocks

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    When in-person criminal jury trials resume, witnesses wearing masks as protection against the coronavirus will almost certainly lead to a new line of cases weighing public health against a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to confront prosecution witnesses, says Scott Grubman at Chilivis Grubman.

  • 6 Considerations When Shopping For Legal Tech Software

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    When evaluating the vast range of legal technology options available today, law firms will want to make sure that firm intellectual property and client data stored in the software are encrypted, isolated, protected through backups and in compliance with the ever-growing list of data regulations, say Eric Tucker and Dorna Moini at Documate.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Publicizing Laterals Amid Lockdowns

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    With business development dinners and social events no longer viable for new lateral hires, law firms need a refreshed game plan — one that fully exploits the digital landscape, say Andrew Longstreth and Jesse Dungan at Infinite Global and Michael Coston at Coston Consulting.

  • Are Your Slack Communications Primed For E-Discovery?

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    With the increasing use of channel-based platforms such as Slack, Messenger and Teams in the work-from-home era, companies should assume they may be compelled to produce channel-based data in litigation and take proactive steps to protect sensitive information, say Jessica Brown and Collin James Vierra at Gibson Dunn.

  • Mass. Solar Incentive Restrictions Make Site Scrutiny Crucial

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    In light of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' recent rule changes restricting incentives for solar development on ecologically sensitive greenfield sites, landowners and solar developers should assess target properties carefully before building, say attorneys at Beveridge & Diamond.

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