A federal judge in Massachusetts said Thursday there was no excuse for a Boston attorney to skip a deposition in a trademark dispute over unreleased Prince songs and ordered compliance from the lawyer, who the singer's estate says may have a stake in the tracks’ release.
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Atty Who Missed Deposition In Prince TM Spat Told To Comply

A federal judge in Massachusetts said Thursday there was no excuse for a Boston attorney to skip a deposition in a trademark dispute over unreleased Prince songs and ordered compliance from the lawyer, who the singer's estate says may have a stake in the tracks’ release. Read more »

Boston DA Wants Successor To Press Ahead On White Collar

Outgoing Boston District Attorney Daniel F. Conley touted the rebuilding of his office’s white-collar crime unit as one of the highlights of his tenure, telling Law360 on Wednesday that he hopes his successor keeps the same focus on financial crimes. Read more »

End Of Protected Status Based On Racial Bias, Suit Says

The Trump administration’s decision to terminate temporary protected status for immigrants from El Salvador and Haiti is unconstitutional and “tainted by racial animus,” a Boston-based immigrant advocacy group said in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Massachusetts federal court. Read more »


Ga. Man Charged In $2M Lottery Scam Targeting Elderly

Boston prosecutors charged a Georgia man Thursday with helping to steal $2 million from elderly people across the country in a fake-lottery scheme that has already landed one alleged co-conspirator behind bars. Read more »

Plastic Pumpkin Leads To Fraud Charges For Trolley Driver

A trolley driver for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority was indicted on Wednesday in Boston Superior Court on fraud charges for allegedly paying an associate to attack him while the assailant-for-hire wore a Michael Myers-style Halloween mask and carried a plastic pumpkin. Read more »

DOJ Fights Ex-State Street Exec's Bid To Sever New Charge

The U.S. Department of Justice urged a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday not to split a freshly filed charge against a former State Street executive into a separate trial, saying the new charge goes after the same scheme only targeting a different victim. Read more »


Omni Urges 1st Circ. To Rehear Suit Over Hotel Lobby Assault

Omni Hotels asked the First Circuit on Wednesday to reconsider the court’s decision to revive a man's suit accusing the company of negligence in an assault he suffered in a hotel lobby, saying circuit judges erred in accepting "inadmissible hearsay" and speculation about Omni’s standard of care. Read more »


Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Gets 3 Years For Insider Trading

Former Foley & Lardner LLP real estate partner Walter “Chet” Little was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison for insider trading, following his admission that he cashed in on confidential merger information about the law firm’s clients. Read more »

Calif. Panel Says Ex-Perkins Coie Atty Must Arbitrate Claims

A former Perkins Coie partner must arbitrate claims the law firm dipped into his wages without permission, a California appellate court said Wednesday, reversing a lower court's ruling that his work contract was unconscionable and its arbitration provision wasn't binding. Read more »

White House Atty: Chevron Deference A Priority For Judges

President Donald Trump has prioritized rolling back the "administrative state," White House Counsel Don McGahn said Thursday, and part of that is looking at potential judicial nominees' experience with government regulation and major guideposts like Chevron deference. Read more »


SEC Case Exposes Justices' Rift Over 'Legislative History'

The Supreme Court’s long-running tensions over the use of legislative history as a way to interpret law broke out into public view Wednesday in a case over the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions, as Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas clashed over the value of a Senate report. Read more »


How Cannabis GCs Are Leading The Way In A Legal Gray Area

As a once black-market industry continues to grow in both legitimacy and size, and with it, a corresponding surge in legal needs, the first generation of general counsel at state-legal U.S. marijuana companies are on the front lines of the new and volatile field of cannabis law. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Williams & Connolly earned a spot on this week's legal lions list after the law firm secured a U.S. Supreme Court opinion in favor of its client narrowing the definition of the term "whistleblower," while Jones Day ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge dismantled its client's $2.5 billion jury verdict in an infringement suit over a hepatitis C drug patent. Read more »

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