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Massachusetts

  • November 16, 2018

    NY Says Funding Ban For Sanctuary Locales Unconstitutional

    The state of New York, along with several other jurisdictions, pressed a Manhattan federal judge Friday to issue a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration from cutting off law enforcement funding for so-called sanctuary jurisdictions, arguing new conditions for the funds are unlawful and unconstitutional.

  • November 16, 2018

    SEC Provides ‘Path To Compliance’ For Unregistered ICOs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settled two actions involving initial coin offerings Friday by levying its first fines against unregistered ICOs and requiring the companies to properly register the tokens as securities, outlining what the regulator later referred to as “a path to compliance with the federal securities laws going forward.”

  • November 16, 2018

    Dem AG Gains May Spur State Financial Services Action

    Democrats have strengthened their presence in state-level law enforcement after flipping the attorney general's office in several state in the midterm elections, gains that some financial services experts say could make for a tougher enforcement landscape for banks and other financial services firms.

  • November 16, 2018

    Power Co.’s Bid To Shield Assets From Mass. Put On Hold

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday postponed action on Starion Energy Inc.’s attempt to bar Massachusetts from potentially retaining millions of dollars of its assets as the state pursues a consumer protection action against the company for alleged deceptive marketing practices.

  • November 16, 2018

    12 AGs Call For End Of Policy Slowing Family Reunification

    Attorneys general from 12 states have urged the Trump administration to promptly reverse a policy that has allegedly impeded the release of unaccompanied immigrant children from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services custody to their family members or designated sponsors in the U.S.

  • November 16, 2018

    Reinsurance Award Over Boy Scouts Molestation Cases OK'd

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday confirmed a confidential arbitration award to certain Lloyd's of London underwriters following a reinsurance dispute with Century Indemnity Co. that stemmed from decades-old sexual molestation allegations involving the Boy Scouts of America.

  • November 16, 2018

    Bill Would Give FCC More Power To Punish Robocallers

    A bipartisan pair of senators introduced legislation Thursday aimed at staunching the flood of robocalls to consumers’ phones, laying out harsher penalties against marketers and scammers who use automatic dialing devices and giving the Federal Communications Commission more power to go after lawbreakers.

  • November 16, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Tesaro, Eli Lilly, Technicolor

    Tesaro is reportedly considering a sale, Eli Lilly and Co. is mulling selling off a Chinese off-patent drug portfolio, and Technicolor SA is weighing options including selling off part or all of the business.

  • November 16, 2018

    13 States Urge 1st Circ. To Back Massachusetts' AR-15 Ban

    The attorneys general for 13 states and the District of Columbia have filed an amicus brief with the First Circuit supporting Massachusetts' long-standing ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, saying states have the right to pass gun restrictions to protect their residents. 

  • November 16, 2018

    Limiting Cable Fees Is Harmful, Cities And Towns Tell FCC

    A slew of large cities and small towns submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday opposing a new proposal to limit in-kind contributions to local franchising authorities, saying it violates the language of the Cable Communications Policy Act that allows localities to collect fees.

  • November 16, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Jones Day, Simpson, Gibson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, SAP SE inks an $8 billion cash deal for Qualtrics International Inc., Veritas Capital and Elliott Management affiliate Evergreen Coast Capital takes Athenahealth private for $5.7 billion, and Johnson Controls sells its power solutions business to Brookfield Business Partners for $13.2 billion.

  • November 15, 2018

    Power Retailer Seeks Del. Ch. 11 To Ward Off Mass. Suit

    Massachusetts retail electricity supplier Starion Energy Inc. sought refuge in Delaware bankruptcy court late Wednesday, saying it needed a Chapter 11 shield while battling a Commonwealth consumer protection action that threatened the business and more than $30 million of its cash.

  • November 15, 2018

    Pulling Up Stakes: White & Case, Hinckley Allen, Goodwin

    In our latest roundup of deal makers on the move, a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission veteran joins White & Case LLP's capital markets team, Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP added a new M&A and corporate pro in Boston, and Goodwin Procter LLP snagged a Gunderson Dettmer initial public offering specialist.

  • November 15, 2018

    Investors Challenge $4.7B REIT Merger, Citing Filing Flaws

    Shareholders in a real estate investment trust want to put the brakes on a proposed $4.7 billion merger with another REIT, filing suit in Boston federal court Thursday saying the companies left out key information in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ahead of an upcoming board vote.

  • November 15, 2018

    FYE Must Face The Music For Bogus 'Free' Offers, Suit Says

    The parent company of music and movie retailer FYE and a Meredith Corp. subsidiary were hit with a proposed class action in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday alleging they duped consumers into signing up for “free” offers that actually led to monthly charges.

  • November 15, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Centrexion, Dayco, JD Group

    Centrexion Therapeutics Corp. has reportedly decided to postpone its plans to go public, Apollo Global Management and Gores Group have lobbed bids for engine parts maker Dayco Products, and JD Group is selling FTLife Insurance Co Ltd.

  • November 15, 2018

    Sexy Hair Gets Initial OK For $2.3M Deal Over Labeling

    A shampoo labeling flap appears headed for a $2.33 million settlement after a Massachusetts federal judge gave his preliminary stamp of approval late Wednesday in a dispute involving a proposed class suing beauty products retailer Ulta and shampoo maker Sexy Hair Concepts LLC.

  • November 15, 2018

    Insys Sales VP To Plead Guilty In Opioid Kickback Case

    A major player in an alleged conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe fentanyl-based drugs from the company Insys Therapeutics is prepared to plead guilty, prosecutors said Wednesday in a filing in Boston federal court.

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-BofA VP Spared Long Sentence For Nonprofit Kickbacks

    The one-year prison term U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs imposed Wednesday on a former Bank of America executive who embezzled $2.7 million by hoodwinking nonprofits was not the sentence she originally had planned.

  • November 14, 2018

    DraftKings Expands With 2 Land-Based Retail Sportsbooks

    DraftKings this week said it will open a pair of retail sportsbooks in New Jersey and Mississippi, continuing its expansion from a daily fantasy sports app company into a full sportsbook as states begin to legalize sports betting.

Expert Analysis

  • A Year-End Refresher On Laws Banning Pay History Inquiries

    Amy Traub

    A recent wave of state and local legislation aims to correct the disparate impact of a seemingly innocuous interviewing practice — asking a candidate about his or her salary history, say Amy Traub and Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo of BakerHostetler.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • State Net

    Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

    Rich Ehisen

    Thanks to the passage of ballot measures in this month's elections, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan have joined 13 other states that use independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • State Trust Taxes Ripe For Constitutional Challenges

    Toni Ann Kruse

    Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue is the most recent in a series of cases that have used the U.S. Constitution to curtail the ability of states to impose their income taxes on nongrantor irrevocable trusts. Toni Ann Kruse and Melissa Price of McDermott Will & Emery LLP discuss the implications of this trend.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • The Latest On State And Federal Paid Family Leave Programs

    Kathryn Barcroft

    Only four U.S. states currently require paid family leave programs, leaving private employers across most of the country with the decision of whether to provide such leave to their employees, says Kathryn Barcroft of Solomon Law Firm PLLC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.