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Massachusetts

  • May 17, 2019

    Trump’s Border Wall Faces Skeptical Calif. Judge

    A California federal judge appeared open Friday to blocking the Trump administration from repurposing defense funds to build a wall along the southern border, saying he doesn't know if it is right to let the government build the wall before legal challenges to it are resolved.

  • May 17, 2019

    Wynn In Talks With MGM To Sell $2.6B Mass. Casino Resort

    Wynn Resorts is considering cashing out of its roughly $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor casino that is still under construction, noting in a joint statement with MGM International that the two resort casino operators are in the early stages of negotiating a sale.

  • May 17, 2019

    CBP Outlines Futile Hunt For Wall Contract From Trump Tweet

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has received a declaration under oath from U.S. Customs and Border Protection outlining the agency's fruitless search for evidence of a supposed "115-mile long" border wall contract that President Donald Trump referenced in a tweet on Christmas Eve.

  • May 17, 2019

    Raytheon Tank-Sighting Design Suit Remains Intact For Now

    It seemed for a moment Friday that BAE Systems would escape a trade secrets suit aimed at its subsidiary over the design of a tank-sighting system for the military, but a Virginia federal judge changed her mind mid-hearing and decided to hold off.

  • May 17, 2019

    FEC Chair Rips Peers For Nixing Thornton Donation Inquiry

    The Federal Election Commission came up two votes shy of moving forward with an investigation into whether Boston-based Thornton Law illegally reimbursed partners for campaign donations, frustrating the commission's chair who worried that FEC inaction could spawn more unlawful activity.

  • May 17, 2019

    American Researchers To Be Added To Nobel-Related Patents

    Two American scientists will be added to patents involved in Nobel Prize-winning cancer research, a Boston federal judge ruled Friday, handing a victory to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Foley Hoag LLP.

  • May 17, 2019

    New England Couples Win Cert. To Fight Spouse Deportations

    A Massachusetts federal judge certified a class of U.S. citizens and their undocumented spouses in a ruling from the bench Thursday in Boston, opening the door for potentially thousands of New England couples to sue the federal government for deporting an undocumented spouse. 

  • May 16, 2019

    Hot Dog Maker To Pay $140K In Clean Air Act Settlement

    Hot dog maker Kayem will pay nearly $140,000 to settle several alleged Clean Air Act violations at its factory in Chelsea, Massachusetts, including failing to take steps to shield the public from dangerous levels of ammonia, according to a complaint and settlement terms filed Thursday in Boston federal court.

  • May 16, 2019

    New Leader Can't Save Biotech IPO Suit, Judge Rules

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday dismissed a proposed class action claiming ReWalk Robotics Ltd. lied to investors ahead of its initial public offering, rejecting the class' bid to switch out a plaintiff who doesn't have standing for one who does.

  • May 16, 2019

    Tribal Bills Win House Passage Despite Trump Tweet

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a pair of tribal bills favoring Native American land rights, including legislation reaffirming the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation as trust land in Massachusetts, after the bills were delayed last week when a tweet from President Donald Trump sparked Republican opposition.

  • May 16, 2019

    Fee Bid Was Within Precedent In ERISA Suit, 11th Circ. Told

    A woman in a benefits dispute with Liberty Life Assurance Co. of Boston told the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday she can't be subject to sanctions for seeking attorney fees after losing the case because her suit raised significant questions of law under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • May 16, 2019

    Pyrinas-Aeneas JV Eyes $120M Biotech Real Estate Fund

    A joint venture of Pyrinas Real Estate and Aeneas Capital is seeking up to $120 million for a new fund that will invest in health care and life sciences properties in a handful of North American cities, Hong Kong-based Pyrinas said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2019

    Staffing Agency Settles Birth Injury Case Jury Tagged At $31M

    A staffing agency settled claims that one of its nurses failed to properly monitor a baby during his delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital just moments before a jury returned a $30.55 million verdict Wednesday finding the agency responsible for the now-6-year-old's severe brain damage.

  • May 15, 2019

    OCC Will Review Wells Fargo's CEO Selection

    Wells Fargo & Co.'s pick for its next CEO will have to be personally reviewed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, but the results of that review will likely be kept confidential, the head of the national bank regulator told senators on Wednesday.

  • May 15, 2019

    AGs Jeer Proposed Changes To Consumer Contract Guide

    The attorneys general of 23 states and Washington, D.C., have urged the American Law Institute to reject proposed changes to the guidelines set by the organization to help courts deal with consumer contract cases, arguing that consumers would be harmed by what the officials perceive as a loosening of standards.

  • May 15, 2019

    Feds Not Throwing Away Shot To Seize Stolen Hamilton Letter

    The government filed a civil forfeiture motion Wednesday in Boston federal court to recover a letter written by Alexander Hamilton in 1780 that surfaced at a Virginia auction house in November, eight decades after it was purportedly stolen from the Massachusetts state archives.

  • May 15, 2019

    Uber Drivers' Attys Seek $5M In Fees In Classification Deal

    California and Massachusetts drivers who aren't bound by Uber’s arbitration agreement asked a federal judge Tuesday to sign off on $5 million in attorney fees after they reached a $20 million deal to end long-running claims the ride-hailing giant wrongly classified drivers as independent contractors.

  • May 15, 2019

    Mass. Health Firm Owner Convicted In $2.5M Medicaid Fraud

    After a two-week trial, a jury has convicted the owner of a Massachusetts home health agency accused of stealing $2.5 million from the state’s Medicaid program. But the woman’s attorney said Wednesday the case presents several issues of first impression that the state’s top court should eventually decide.

  • May 15, 2019

    3 Firms Steer New Takeda, Frazier Biopharma Venture

    Pharmaceutical giant Takeda on Wednesday said it is teaming up with Frazier Healthcare Partners to create a biopharmaceutical firm focused on gastrointestinal issues, with the Gunderson Dettmer-led venture capital firm leading the way on a $90 million financing for the new venture.

  • May 15, 2019

    Georgetown Dismisses 2 Students Tied To 'Varsity Blues'

    Georgetown University said it dismissed two students Wednesday in connection with the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal, just hours after one of the students filed a lawsuit against the school.

Expert Analysis

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    IRS Should Use Tax Law To Combat The Opioid Epidemic

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    The IRS, which enforces anti-trafficking tax laws against state-regulated cannabis businesses, should be fair and apply the same policy against pharmaceutical companies that illegally market their opioids, says Kat Allen at Wykowski Law.

  • State Net

    Why States And Cities Are Concerned About Census Accuracy

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    The 2020 census will impact every state, city and county in the United States, because population is a major factor in how the federal government distributes funds. Despite apprehensions about an undercount, there are reasons for optimism about the accuracy of the census, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Evolution Of Software As A Service Taxes Post-Wayfair

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    Due to the expanded nexus provisions following South Dakota v. Wayfair, software as a service providers need to be especially aware of the recent — and, at times, divergent — state law developments in SaaS taxation, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Don't Let License Rules Snuff Out Your Fire Expert

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    Lawsuits involving property damage due to fire often require the retention of an expert to investigate the fire, but testimony can be excluded if the expert lacks the required licenses. Attorneys at Tucker Ellis break down the different licensing requirements for fire scene inspection in all 50 states.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Stepping Up Fight Against Insurance Fraud

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    Insurance fraud costs insurers and their policyholders tens of billions of dollars a year. With insurance fraud-related bills introduced in 40 states and enacted in 14 so far this year, state lawmakers seem to agree with the industry that fraud is a major problem, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • 4 Ways State AGs Are Targeting Energy Sector

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    State attorneys general are playing an increasingly prominent role in regulating energy and environmental activity within their states. Energy sector participants should note AG priorities and take a proactive approach, say attorneys at WilmerHale.