A former leader of the Massachusetts Senate denied any wrongdoing on Friday after prosecutors unsealed a 113-count federal indictment charging him with peddling public policy and using his private firm and a shell company to take in about $1 million in bribes, kickbacks and free coffee.
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Former Mass. State Lawmaker Indicted On Corruption Charges

A former leader of the Massachusetts Senate denied any wrongdoing on Friday after prosecutors unsealed a 113-count federal indictment charging him with peddling public policy and using his private firm and a shell company to take in about $1 million in bribes, kickbacks and free coffee. Read more »

Mayors Urge FCC To Keep Net Neutrality Rules

Nearly 60 elected municipal officials from coast to coast, including the mayors of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston, asked the Federal Communications Commission in a Thursday letter to preserve its Obama-era net neutrality rules. Read more »

Mass. Man Detained On Investment Fraud Charges

A Massachusetts resident was arrested and detained this week on charges that he ran a Ponzi-style investment fraud scheme for years, prosecutors announced Thursday. Read more »

Prince's Estate Sues YouTuber Who Posted Songs

The estate of the late artist Prince claimed Thursday in Massachusetts federal court that video recordings of six songs by Prince were posted to YouTube without the estate’s permission, infringing their copyrights. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

EPA Awards $1.3M In Wetlands Preservation Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England arm on Wednesday said it’s awarded $1.345 million in grants to 10 projects that focus on restoring and preserving wetlands, spreading the wealth across state agencies and researchers. Read more »

DEALS

Real Estate Brokerage Leads 3 IPOs Set To Raise $762M

Three companies are set to raise about $762 million combined from initial public offerings during the week of Dec. 11, led by a commercial real estate broker, private equity-backed cable equipment maker and biotechnology company, a small lineup that marks the start of a year-end slowdown. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Assessing New Cybersecurity Regs For Defense Contractors

With a new set of cybersecurity compliance requirements for defense contractors and subcontractors becoming effective at the end of this month, now is the time to review and update cybersecurity programs and incident response plans, say Theodore Augustinos and Berne Kluber of Locke Lord LLP. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

9th Circuit's Kozinski Accused Of Showing Staffers Porn

After reports surfaced claiming Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski had showed female clerks pornography and engaged in other misconduct, the high-profile jurist told Law360 on Friday it was “regrettable” if he had offended any of his staffers. Read more »

Fla. Justices Stay Case To Mull Judge's Facebook Friendship

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday paused lower court proceedings in a suit seeking to get a judge disqualified for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, indicating the court might take up the case. Read more »

Legal Sector Picks Up 600 New Jobs In November

U.S. legal services jobs climbed by 600 jobs in November, marking four consecutive months of job growth and the second-highest total for the sector so far in 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday in its latest jobs report. Read more »

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Law360's Pro Say: Kennedy Torn In Masterpiece Cakeshop

On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, the team discusses Justice Kennedy's swing vote in a case pitting religious freedom and free speech against gay rights, a bizarre trial over a scheme to skirt sanctions on Iran, and Katy Perry's win in a suit over her purchase of a convent. Read more »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Legislators introduced a bill to prevent businesses from enforcing mandatory arbitration agreements in instances where employees allege workplace sexual harassment, and a credit union sued President Donald Trump to block Mick Mulvaney from leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. These are some of the top stories in corporate legal news you may have missed this past week. Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

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