An agriculture biotech company on Tuesday urged the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate a patent related to gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 that is held by the Massachusetts-based Broad Institute, arguing that the asserted claims are either indefinite or obvious.
Third-party releases proposed under the Chapter 11 plan of Herald Media Holdings Inc. aimed at protecting reporters and other editorial employees from defamation and libel suits failed to gain court approval Wednesday when a bankruptcy judge determined the employees weren’t contributing enough to the case to justify the releases.
Rubius Therapeutics Inc., which is raising money to develop therapies based on red blood cells, raised $241 million in an upsized initial public offering advised by Goodwin Procter LLP, the biggest of three deals to come to market since Tuesday during a busy week of IPOs.
A longtime union organizer cannot avoid prison by blaming painkiller manufacturers and a national opioid epidemic for the five years he spent embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from Boston's service industry union, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday.
The Massachusetts Port Authority will have to face part of a $2.7 million lawsuit claiming it breached its contract with Deutsche Lufthansa AG when allegedly shoddy runway snow removal led to a 747 striking a snowbank at Boston’s Logan International Airport, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
A former cook sued a Wegmans supermarket in Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday for allegedly firing her in retaliation for taking time off work under the Family and Medical Leave Act to treat her chronic anxiety and depression.
The federal government’s attempt to withhold public safety funds from so-called sanctuary communities is unconstitutional and should be permanently barred, New York City and five states — including Massachusetts and New Jersey — told a New York federal court Wednesday in two separate complaints.
In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a Massachusetts federal judge for a final default judgment totaling $19.7 million against a defunct bio-security firm it accused of peddling unregistered securities to pour cash into its executives’ coffers, according to a corrected document filed Tuesday.
A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday that Santander Group cannot escape the fallout of a First Circuit opinion finding that the company formerly known as Sovereign Bancorp. appears to have operated a trust with the makings of a tax shelter in the U.K. from 2003 to 2005.
A Massachusetts lawyer known for his workers’ compensation practice gave his own employee a sweeter contract than he intended, state appellate judges ruled Tuesday, affirming that his law office owes a former associate $55,000 from settlements reached a year after the associate quit.
A trio of former corporate executives at the proxy solicitation firm Georgeson LLC charged with bribing a shareholder representative for voting data told a Massachusetts federal judge Tuesday that double jeopardy prevents them from being tried again after the government refused to finish their first trial with a shorthanded jury the day before closing arguments.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Boston-based public interest law firm and an app developers’ group urged the First Circuit on Monday to rethink a recent ruling rejecting the legality of Uber’s terms of service containing an arbitration provision, saying it creates enforceability problems for online contracts.
The First Circuit on Monday ruled that a failed condominium developer did not receive proper notice of a belated claim in a creditor's bid to stop him from discharging multimillion-dollar debts, reversing the ruling against him and sending the case back to Massachusetts bankruptcy court.
The federal government has reunited a Brazilian immigrant with her 9-year-old son after immigration authorities split the family at the border and detained the boy separately from his mother for more than a month, the immigrants’ attorneys announced Monday.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday appeared befuddled by the government's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act indictment charging former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives with multiple schemes to bribe doctors to prescribe the company's pricey fentanyl spray, saying the allegations are confusing and fail to establish a common link in the alleged conspiracy.
A courier service that uses a mobile app to pair bicyclists and drivers with people who request a delivery argued Monday that its workers operate under federal, not Massachusetts, labor laws and must lose their class action seeking a piece of the company’s delivery fees.
The $150 million asset sale of The Rockport Co. LLC received bankruptcy court approval Monday in Delaware, but issues over liability for a $54 million claim from debtor’s former parent company Adidas AG could threaten the Aug. 13 closing of the transaction and derail the Chapter 11 case.
The NCAA has called on a New Jersey federal court to toss claims against it from the parents of a Massachusetts college football player who died after a workout, arguing in part that a state law shields the organization from certain liability.
Blackbird Technologies, a Boston patent litigation company founded by former BigLaw partners, notched a victory at the Federal Circuit on Monday, when the court revived infringement lawsuits it brought against companies over a patent related to energy-efficient lighting.
People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.
An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.
As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.
Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.
This article by attorneys at Reed Smith LLP outlines tax implications for the cannabis industry in California, the largest state to legalize medical and recreational adult-use cannabis, and other states where marijuana is legally sold.
Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.
The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.
In a June 20, 2018, decision the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ended a three‑year effort to amend the Massachusetts Constitution and impose an additional tax on individuals with income exceeding $1 million, David Nagle and Joseph Donovan of Sullivan & Worcester LLP analyze the history of the litigation, the decision and its implications.
Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.
The newly introduced STATES Act would alleviate most of the issues that financial institutions face in providing services to marijuana-related businesses, say attorneys with Dykema Gossett PLLC.