• March 20, 2018

    Firms Clamor To Lead Cancer Drug Stock-Drop Suit In Boston

    Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, Pomerantz LLP and several other law firms have jumped at the opportunity to lead a proposed securities class action in Massachusetts federal court against Tesaro Inc. in the wake of a national safety alert issued on its anti-nausea drug for cancer patients.

  • March 20, 2018

    F-Squared Founder Hit With Securities Ban, $12.4M Penalty

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday ordered the founder of defunct stock-picking company F-Squared Investments Inc. to pay the federal government more than $12.4 million and never again work in the securities industry after a federal jury decided he was liable for misleading investors.

  • March 20, 2018

    Allergan Drug Buyers Urge 1st Circ. To Keep Class Cert.

    A class of purchasers of an anti-inflammatory drug made by Allergan PLC told the First Circuit on Tuesday that a Massachusetts federal judge was right to grant them class certification in their suit claiming the pharmaceutical company illegally stifled generic competition in an effort to keep prices high.

  • March 20, 2018

    Walgreens Strikes $5.5M Drug Overcharge Deal With Mass. AG

    Walgreen Co. will pay $5.5 million to settle claims that the pharmacy chain routinely overcharged the Massachusetts workers' compensation insurance system for prescription drugs, the state’s attorney general revealed Tuesday.

  • March 20, 2018

    Momenta, Sandoz Can’t Dodge Amphastar Antitrust Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge Monday declined a bid by Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sandoz Inc. to toss a suit by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, ruling that the plaintiff company had made a reasonable case that it was harmed by their alleged stifling of competition for a generic anticoagulant.

  • March 20, 2018

    EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Downfall Of Latham's Chairman

    Before his sudden departure Tuesday, Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior starting with sexually explicit messages sent to a woman he approached on behalf of a Christian men’s group and culminating in threats to her husband to have her thrown in jail.

  • March 19, 2018

    Mass. Court Ruling Eases Way For Brand Drug Label Claims

    The Massachusetts high court’s ruling that Merck & Co. and other name-brand drugmakers can be liable under state law for mislabeled generics as long as consumers claim that a company acted recklessly in not updating the drug’s label opens up a new path for consumers to bring claims against brand manufacturers in the state.

  • March 19, 2018

    Roche Bros. Not Covered For Snow Removal, Court Says

    Continental Casualty Co. doesn't have to cover Roche Brothers Supermarkets Inc.'s costs to remove snow from the roofs of several Massachusetts stores following record-breaking winter storms in 2015, a state judge ruled Friday, holding that the grocery chain's policy doesn't apply to preventative measures taken to avoid property damage.

  • March 19, 2018

    Canada Asks 1st Circ. To Affirm Sovereign Consulate Benefits

    Canada pressed the First Circuit on Monday to affirm that its foreign consulate in Boston should be free to operate its own benefit programs outside of Massachusetts state law.

  • March 19, 2018

    'China's Netflix' Leads 6 IPO Launches Exceeding $3B Total

    Chinese video-streaming giant iQiyi Inc. has launched an estimated $2.3 billion initial public offering, leading six companies that set price ranges on Friday and Monday for IPOs estimated to raise nearly $3.1 billion combined and hit the market later this month.

  • March 19, 2018

    Former Georgeson Advisers Get Mistrial After Juror’s Exit

    A Boston juror’s family emergency led to a mistrial Monday in a bribery case against four former corporate advisers at Georgeson LLC, despite calls from both sides to move forward with a smaller panel.

  • March 19, 2018

    Feds Must Meet High Extortion Bar In Boston City Hall Case

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday ruled federal prosecutors will have to prove a pair of Boston City Hall aides directly benefited when they allegedly pressured a music festival to hire unneeded union labor, upholding a high standard prosecutors have said they likely cannot meet.

  • March 19, 2018

    Taxation Group Opposes Daily Sales Tax Settlement In Mass.

    The Council on State Taxation has joined the protest against a bill in Massachusetts that would require retailers and credit card processors to submit daily sales tax receipts, arguing the measure would be costly to administer and harmful to business and would offer no financial gain.

  • March 19, 2018

    1st Circ. Won't Rethink Revival Of Omni Hotel Assault Suit

    The First Circuit on Monday declined to reconsider its decision to revive a man’s lawsuit accusing Omni Hotels of negligence during an assault he suffered in the lobby of one of its properties in Rhode Island, ruling that there is enough evidence to suggest Omni didn’t adhere to the proper standard of care.

  • March 19, 2018

    Acne Med Pay-For-Delay Deal Sped Up Generic, Exec Says

    One of the architects of an Impax Laboratories Inc. deal panned as a pay-for-delay scheme by big retailers and a class of consumers told a Massachusetts federal jury Monday that the 2008 agreement with Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corp. actually rushed the generic version of an acne medication to the market ahead of schedule.

  • March 19, 2018

    Health-Focused PE Firm Scores $450M For New Fund

    Massachusetts-based private equity shop Ampersand Capital Partners on Monday said its latest fund notched $450 million in commitments as it looks to continue making investments in growing health care-sector companies.

  • March 19, 2018

    1st Circ. Rejects Racial Argument, Upholds Fraud Sentences

    A pair of grocery store employees face three-year prison terms after a First Circuit panel on Friday held race was not a factor behind the government rejecting a potential juror in a tax fraud case involving hundreds of bogus tax refunds and more than $2.6 million.

  • March 16, 2018

    Alleged Ponzi Promoters Can't Nix $340M SEC Suit In Mass.

    A Massachusetts federal judge denied bids by two alleged former promoters of TelexFree LLC to escape a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit on Friday, saying the government had identified specific statements both had made to members of the state’s Dominican community urging them to invest in a company authorities have called a $340 million pyramid scheme.

  • March 16, 2018

    Pharma Cos. Liable For Generic Labels, Mass. Top Court Says

    Name-brand drugmakers can be held liable for mislabeled generic equivalents under state law in Massachusetts, home of the nation’s largest bio-pharmaceutical hub, the commonwealth’s top court ruled on Friday in a loss for Merck & Co. and the industry groups watching.

  • March 16, 2018

    Optical Co. Says Ex-Biz Partner's IP Suit Too Late

    A Japanese optical manufacturer on Friday asked a Massachusetts federal judge to toss a suit filed by a startup claiming its onetime partner was responsible for a loss in business after it patented technology they both developed, claiming the statute of limitations had run out and the complaint is based on hearsay.

Expert Analysis

  • The Role Of State AGs In Solving Student Loan Crisis

    Douglas Gansler

    For both consumer protection and political reasons, state attorneys general desperately want to assist constituents who have taken out federal student loans and are now struggling with repayment. However, state AGs will undoubtedly fail in the courtroom if they attempt to do so through litigation, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

    Ashley Taylor

    Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • A Guide To Anti-Trafficking Compliance For Food Cos.

    Markus Funk

    Despite the 2016 dismissal of federal human rights cases against food companies in California, a similar class action — Tomasella v. Hershey Co. — was recently filed in Massachusetts federal court, and it’s one that companies in the sector should watch closely, says Markus Funk of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • 3 Lessons From Sinovel's Trade Secret Theft Conviction

    Justus Getty

    One of the key takeaways from a Wisconsin federal court's recent decision in U.S. v. Sinovel Wind Group is that the most serious threats to a company’s trade secrets can often be internal rather than external, says Justus Getty of Duane Morris LLP.