Massachusetts

  • August 23, 2022

    Ex-EBay Execs To Be Sentenced Same Day At Victims' Behest

    A pair of former eBay Inc. executives who admitted to taking part in a cyberstalking campaign will be sentenced on the same day to prevent their shaken victims from having to come into court twice, a Massachusetts federal judge said Tuesday.

  • August 23, 2022

    These Firms Have The Most Women In Equity Partnerships

    Law firms still have a long way to go when it comes to closing the gender gap, particularly at the top. But at these firms, women have made inroads into the upper ranks, and are smashing the glass ceiling that has long kept women from making it into leadership roles.

  • August 22, 2022

    Goodwin Guides PE Firm Ampersand To $1.2B Fund Closing

    Private equity firm Ampersand Capital Partners, led by Goodwin Procter LLP, said Monday that it has closed its latest fund after securing $1.2 billion in commitments, with plans to target investments in new, founder-owned health care and life sciences companies.

  • August 22, 2022

    1st Circ. Says BIA Didn't Explain Seriousness Of Weed Crime

    The First Circuit has told the Board of Immigration Appeals to have another look at a Haitian man's asylum request, saying the board did not adequately explain why his marijuana offenses made him ineligible for asylum.

  • August 22, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Benmark, Longpoint

    Blackstone Group is reportedly in talks to buy a mall in Delhi, Benmark Capital is said to have loaned $40 million for an Atlanta project, and Longpoint Realty is said to have paid $16 million for six acres in Miami.

  • August 22, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Shareholders of Santander Consumer USA, La Jolla Pharmaceutical, Nektar Therapeutics and Inovalon Holdings filed new suits in Delaware's Court of Chancery last week, and attorneys for billionaire Elon Musk and Twitter Inc. deforested a small hillside to document an increasing number of discovery disputes.

  • August 22, 2022

    AMC Barred Medic After Reporting Producer To HR, Suit Says

    AMC Networks sought to blacklist a set medic who accused a producer of making derogatory comments about her looks by falsely claiming she had broken COVID-19 protocols, according to a suit filed in Boston federal court.

  • August 22, 2022

    Getting To Know The Mass. AG Hopefuls: Quentin Palfrey

    A veteran of the Massachusetts attorney general's office and both the Obama and Biden White Houses, Quentin Palfrey is one of three candidates seeking to capture the Democratic nomination for state AG during the Sept. 6 primary.

  • August 22, 2022

    Justices Again Nix Boston Housing Court Officer's Bias Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review a former Boston Housing Court worker's racial discrimination suit for a second time, leaving in place a First Circuit determination that he was instead fired for insubordination.

  • August 22, 2022

    A Deep Dive Into The Glass Ceiling Report: Women In Law

    Law firms are working to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in their ranks. But Law360 Pulse's Glass Ceiling Report: Women in Law shows only modest growth in the number of female lawyers in private practice in the U.S.

  • August 19, 2022

    ICE Officials Were Told To Wipe Cell Phones, Agency Says

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had a Trump administration-era practice of instructing its personnel to delete all text messages from their agency-issued phones when they left their jobs, ICE said Thursday in Massachusetts federal court.

  • August 19, 2022

    Stockholder Sues Pharma Co. For Docs On $149M Merger

    A La Jolla Pharmaceutical Inc. stockholder has sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery for books and records on the company's soon-to-close $149 million merger with asset and royalty manager Innoviva Inc., saying he is "justifiably concerned" that the board's approval of the deal "was tainted by conflicts of interest and/or coercion."

  • August 19, 2022

    Goodwin-Guided Kymera Raises $150M With Share Sale

    Clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Kymera has raised $150 million through a securities purchase agreement advised by Goodwin Procter LLP, with existing and newly accredited investors, according to a Friday announcement.

  • August 19, 2022

    Ex-US Atty Joins FTI Consulting's Cybersecurity Practice

    Financial consulting firm FTI Consulting has added a former U.S. attorney as a director in its cybersecurity practice in Los Angeles.

  • August 19, 2022

    Getting To Know Mass. AG Hopeful Shannon Liss-Riordan

    Labor attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten and Liss-Riordan PC is touting her civil litigation chops as she looks to capture the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts attorney general in the Sept. 6 primary.

  • August 19, 2022

    1st Circ. Won't Revive Challenge To RI Benefits Law Changes

    The First Circuit refused to reopen a suit alleging Rhode Island violated retirees' constitutional rights when it amended its retirement benefits plan as part of a class settlement agreement, ruling that doing so would ultimately mean reconsidering a decision made by the state court.

  • August 19, 2022

    1st Circ. Revives Challenge To IRS Seizure Of Crypto Records

    A New Hampshire man's challenge to the IRS' procurement of his cryptocurrency records can be heard by a federal court after the First Circuit concluded that his case wasn't barred by a law prohibiting suits that can restrain tax collection.

  • August 19, 2022

    Feds Defend Crypto Biz Owner's $6M Fraud Conviction

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday defended the conviction of the owner of a defunct cryptocurrency business, saying the jury properly found his lies and half-truths about his company bilked investors and customers out of more than $6 million.

  • August 18, 2022

    1st Circ. Affirms CVS Win In Investor Suit Over Omnicare Deal

    The First Circuit on Thursday held that a Rhode Island federal court was correct to toss a putative investor class action against CVS over its acquisition of Omnicare, agreeing with the lower court that the shareholders hadn't pointed to any false statements made by the pharmacy chain.

  • August 18, 2022

    Male Product Manager Sees Parental Leave Suit Trimmed

    A Massachusetts federal judge threw out several claims from a former product manager's suit alleging that he was fired by a lighting company for taking parental leave after his child was born, saying he complained to state and federal enforcement agencies too late.

  • August 18, 2022

    State Cannabis Regulations In Question After 1st Circ. Ruling

    States' ability to regulate cannabis by restricting certain licenses to locals and social equity candidates will be diminished now that a split First Circuit affirmed that the Constitution's dormant commerce clause applies to the industry, experts told Law360.

  • August 18, 2022

    Biden Admin. Floats Offshore Wind Development In Maine

    The Biden administration on Thursday continued its aggressive push to expand U.S. offshore wind development by putting out feelers for any interest in building floating wind farms in the Gulf of Maine.

  • August 18, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Essential Growth, Blackstone, Barings

    Essential Growth Properties has reportedly landed $62.4 million in financing for a retail portfolio, Blackstone is said to be in talks to buy several under-construction projects in India, and Barings and Cambridge Savings Bank have reportedly loaned $53.5 million for a Boston multifamily project.

  • August 18, 2022

    Nuance Loses Unfair-Conduct Claim In Voice Tech IP Spat

    A Massachusetts federal judge Thursday rejected Nuance Communications Inc.'s claim that the named inventor of a disputed patent on voice recognition technology had access to a manual owned by the software giant when he submitted to the patent office.

  • August 18, 2022

    Getting To Know The Mass. AG Hopefuls: Andrea Campbell

    Fresh off a failed mayoral bid, former Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell is hoping a reform-minded agenda and coveted endorsements from Bay State political heavyweights vault her past two other candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts attorney general in the primary on Sept. 6.

Expert Analysis

  • As Cyber Risks Surge, Remember Attorneys' Ethical Duties

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    The prevalence of remote work and a greater threat of Russian cyberattacks should serve as a stark reminder of a lawyer's professional obligations to guard against unauthorized disclosure of client information and to protect client interests in the event of a cyberattack, says Alvin Mathews at Ulmer & Berne.

  • Rethinking E-Discovery Readiness Amid Rise Of Collab Tools

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    Online collaboration platforms and instant messaging tools are quickly becoming the primary mode of internal business communications, leading to disputes around discoverability of data on these platforms and underscoring the need for new preservation processes to ensure compliance with discovery obligations, say Jay Carle and Ryan Tilot at Seyfarth.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Uber Counsel Talks Safety Standards

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    Katie Waitzman at Uber discusses how in-house counsel can use environmental, social and corporate governance principles to bridge risk and innovation, as exemplified by the company’s recent women’s safety initiatives.

  • Opinion

    Prospectively Appointing Jackson To High Court Is Unlawful

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    President Joe Biden should rescind his prospective appointment of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court as the decision contradicts the court's reasoning in Marbury v. Madison, raises gravely troubling issues regarding presidential discretion and brings a serious question about her legitimacy as a justice, says attorney John Reeves.

  • Perspectives

    Time To Fix Legal Industry's Environmental Pro Bono Problem

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    As we observe Earth Month, it's sobering to note that pro bono environmental law work lags behind other practice areas — but the good news is that there are numerous organizations that can help lawyers get connected with environment-related pro bono projects, says Matthew Karmel at Riker Danzig.

  • 'Take Home' COVID And Emerging Liability Insurance Issues

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    Plaintiffs may face an uphill battle in take-home COVID-19 suits — cases filed against employers when employees contract the virus at work and then infect their family members — but insurers could still be on the hook for defense costs in protracted litigation, say Melissa D'Alelio and Michael Collier at Robins Kaplan.

  • Remembering An Underappreciated Legal Skill — Listening

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    Education around listening skills is often neglected amid the dominance of visual media and written communication, and failed lawyering often comes down to an inability to listen accurately, so educators and law firms must prioritize the skill in their training programs, says James Flynn at Epstein Becker.

  • DOJ Kickback Concerns Extend Beyond Federal Funds

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    The U.S. Department of Justice's growing interest in using the Travel Act and the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act reflects a wider enforcement priority to address kickbacks in the health industry, meaning that companies need to reassess referral-based arrangements even when federal programs are not involved, say Jaime Jones and Brenna Jenny at Sidley.

  • Attorneys Can Promote Trade, Security Amid Global Conflict

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    As nations take sovereign action to fight Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the international rule of law, attorneys can combine their legal and business tools to help the global systems of trade and security in these troubled times, say Thomas Grant at Cambridge University and Scott Kieff at George Washington University.

  • Series

    The Future Of Legal Ops: Reining In Outside Counsel Costs

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    In-house legal departments are under increasing pressure to control spending on outside counsel, but traditional cost-cutting methods — law firm panels, alternative fee arrangements and alternative legal service providers — are limited, making it necessary to establish a more competitive law firm engagement process, say John Burke and Vincenzo Purificato at UBS.

  • When Congress Seeks Cos.' Nonpublic Info From Regulators

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    Increasingly, congressional investigators seek out private parties' confidential documents from the federal agencies that regulate them — and because Congress is uniquely empowered to override nondisclosure protections surrounding nonpublic information, companies must understand the rules and risks involved, say attorneys at Covington.

  • In Early Mediation, Negotiate With Empathy, Not Threats

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    With courts encouraging early settlement conferences to tackle the COVID-19 backlog, parties should consider that authenticity, honesty and the ability to see beyond one's own talking points are far more persuasive tools than threats of a distant possible determination by a court or arbitrator, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • Addressing Problematic Drinking In The Legal Profession

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    To curb problematic drinking, on the rise during the pandemic, legal employers should implement comprehensive responsible drinking policies that are taken seriously by firm leadership, and provide alternatives for creating a healthy workplace culture, says Anne Brafford at the Institute for Well-Being in Law.

  • Transforming Law Firms' Diversity Intent Into Real Progress

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    In order for law firms to convert their diversity and inclusion activity into lasting advancements, they must prioritize accountability and transparency when crafting policies, and take steps to engage with attorneys and staff at all levels, say Jacqueline Simonovich at Weintraub Tobin and Lindsey Mignano at Smith Shapourian.

  • Mass. 7-Eleven Ruling May Threaten Some Franchise Models

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    A recent ruling by Massachusetts’ highest court in Patel v. 7-Eleven — holding that franchisees can be classified as employees entitled to wage and hour benefits — may hint at the future of U.S. franchise law, and means that control exerted over franchisees must be carefully scrutinized going forward, say Peter Loh and Betsy Stone at Foley & Lardner.

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