Massachusetts

  • May 22, 2018

    Couples Can't Win Injunction In Deportation Suit, Gov't Says

    The federal government fought a bid Monday from a group of married couples to protect their noncitizen spouses from future deportation and detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, arguing that the agency has ultimate discretionary authority to enforce removal proceedings.

  • May 22, 2018

    Homeowners Say JPMorgan Forecloses Without Proper Notice

    A class action bumped up to federal court on Tuesday claimed JPMorgan Chase & Co. has foreclosed on “hundreds” of houses after homeowners missed three mortgage payments without attempting to confer with the owners as required by federal regulation.

  • May 22, 2018

    Ex-Insys Execs Rail Against 'Inflammatory' RICO Indictment

    Former executives at Insys Therapeutics Inc. blasted “inflammatory” drug-enterprise charges against them on Monday in a bid to dismiss a lengthy indictment claiming they bribed doctors to prescribe the company’s expensive fentanyl spray, calling the allegations “ugly insinuations about lawful business practices.”

  • May 22, 2018

    Candy Co. Necco Set For Ch. 11 Auction With 4 Bids In Hand

    Bankrupt candy manufacturer Necco is set to sell its line of sweets and other assets to one of four qualified bidders at a Chapter 11 auction scheduled to take place Wednesday in Boston, all but ensuring the estate nets at least $15 million from the deal.

  • May 22, 2018

    Groups Back Trucking Co.'s High Court Arbitration Bid

    A trucking industry lobbying group, a D.C. think tank and a Boston public-interest law firm urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to compel arbitration in a class action accusing New Prime Inc. of failing to pay independent contractor truck-driver apprentices a proper minimum wage.

  • May 22, 2018

    Poor Families Need 'Kid Vid' Programming Rules, Dems Say

    A group of Democratic senators has urged the Federal Communications Commission to keep intact its rules governing children's educational programming, saying that low-income households still rely on the free, over-the-air "kid vid" content amid a proliferation of streaming services and other online video sources.

  • May 22, 2018

    GSK Gets Generic Suits Tossed From Zofran MDL

    Three women who took a generic version of a nausea treatment developed by GlaxoSmithKline LLC can’t sue the branded drugmaker for injuries allegedly caused by a generic product, a Massachusetts federal judge said Monday when dismissing their allegations from multidistrict litigation.

  • May 22, 2018

    FDA Warning Wire: Rodent Feces At Mass. Candy Plant

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was sour on rodent feces found at a historic Massachusetts candy maker, issued slap-downs on kratom distributors and blasted companies that claimed that their dietary supplements could protect skin from the sun.

  • May 22, 2018

    New Era Hit With TM Suit Over 'Fear Of God' Cap Line

    New Era Cap Co. Inc. was hit with a trademark suit on Tuesday in federal court by a Massachusetts religious apparel company started by a college student who says the baseball hat maker, which provides caps for Major League Baseball and recently released its Fear of God cap line, is illegally blocking her trademark petition.

  • May 22, 2018

    Seaport Hotel Says Newbie Is Ripping Off Its Prestigious Name

    Boston's Seaport Hotel late Monday hit a soon-to-be competitor, a planned $550 million, 1,055-room hotel to be styled the Omni Boston Seaport Hotel, with a trademark suit in Massachusetts federal court, saying the similar name infringes on its well-established brand.

  • May 21, 2018

    1st Circ. Says Food Stamp-Fraud Proof Burden Is On Grocer

    In a case of first impression, the First Circuit ruled Monday that the burden of proof for rebutting food stamp fraud allegations falls on a grocer, in a case against a store that claimed to sell pricey goat and camel meat and catered to Somali immigrants.

  • May 21, 2018

    Jury Convicts Calif. Atty In $1.5M Pump-And-Dump Scheme

    A federal jury in Boston convicted a California attorney Monday of assisting his two brothers and a handful of others in a 2012 pump-and-dump scheme that reaped at least $1.5 million.

  • May 21, 2018

    Mass. Tech Co. Says Ex-Employees Gave Secrets To Rival

    A Massachusetts semiconductor maker on Monday sued a Bay State competitor, claiming three former employees who had jumped ship brought with them trade secrets that have led to two different patents being infringed.

  • May 21, 2018

    Jones Day, Davis Polk Guide $11B Wabtec, GE Rail Tie-Up

    Rail products and services firm Wabtec Corp. will combine with General Electric Co.’s transportation unit in a deal valued at $11.1 billion, with Jones Day and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP guiding Wabtec and GE, respectively, the companies announced Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    Fugitive Atty’s Ex-Wife Avoids Jail For Lying To The FBI

    A Florida woman who lied to federal investigators to help cover the tracks of her ex-husband, a disbarred Hunton & Williams LLP attorney on the lam for 20 years, avoided jail time for the crime on Monday even as a Massachusetts federal judge questioned her level of remorse.

  • May 18, 2018

    CFTC Tells Fraud Suit Judge It Can Regulate Cryptocurrency

    Cryptocurrency is a commodity that can be regulated by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the regulatory watchdog agency told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday as it fights a cryptocurrency company's bid to dismiss a $6 million fraud suit.

  • May 18, 2018

    Wynn Pays $68M For Chemical Cleanup At Mass. Casino Site

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. has shelled out $68 million to remove roughly 1 million tons of toxic sediment from a former chemical plant site where it’s now building the $2.5 billion Encore Boston Harbor hotel and casino, according to a news report.

  • May 18, 2018

    US Sen. Candidate Ends Free Speech Suit Against Mass. City

    A Massachusetts man challenging Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her U.S. Senate seat has agreed to drop a lawsuit that alleged the city of Cambridge violated his right to free speech when he was told to remove a campaign sign on a bus that read “Only A Real Indian Can Defeat The Fake Indian.”

  • May 18, 2018

    Mass. Pension Plans Part Of $2.1B Tax Fraud, Denmark Says

    The agency tasked with collecting taxes in Denmark filed three suits in Massachusetts federal court on Friday claiming Bay State-based pension plans were part of a massive multinational fraud scheme to dupe the Danish government out of $2.1 billion in reimbursed taxes.

  • May 18, 2018

    Mass. City Says 3M Foam Contamination Suit Should Proceed

    A western Massachusetts city told a federal judge on Friday its lawsuit claiming that a fire suppression foam manufactured by chemical companies including 3M Co., Chemguard Inc. and Tyco Fire Products LP contaminated its water supply should go forward, saying the companies' claims that the suit is improper don't hold up.

Expert Analysis

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Out-Of-State Companies Beware Mass. 'Manufacturer' Tag

    Philip Olsen

    As a result of recent cases, non-Massachusetts corporations, which may outsource certain operations and not consider themselves engaged in manufacturing in their home state, could nevertheless be found to be manufacturers in Massachusetts, say Philip Olsen and Michael Penza of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 1st Circ. ADA Decision Turns On 'Essential Function' Doctrine

    John Calhoun

    Initially, the First Circuit’s recent decision in Sepulveda-Vargas v. Caribbean Restaurants — a case involving claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act — may seem counterintuitive. But understanding the court's treatment of two features of the ADA’s "essential function" doctrine will help parties navigate the nuances of these types of lawsuits, says John Calhoun of Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Defenses For Using Contractors In A Post-Dynamex World

    Samantha Rollins

    While the revamped test for independent contractor status under the California Supreme Court's recent decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court raises new questions under state law, it also presents opportunities for companies to present new legal arguments (and take new proactive steps) in defense of independent contractor relationships, say Samantha Rollins and Andrew Murphy of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.