Massachusetts

  • September 23, 2019

    Lyft Drivers Seek Injunction In Mass. Misclassification Suit

    A proposed class of Lyft drivers on Monday asked a Massachusetts federal court to block Lyft from classifying its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, arguing drivers struggle to earn a living wage under the ride-hailing giant's "misclassification scheme."

  • September 23, 2019

    Mass. Resort, Enviro Group Clash Over Groundwater Liability

    A Massachusetts resort said it shouldn't have to face water pollution claims under the Clean Water Act, arguing that because pollutants from its sewage system passed through groundwater before entering a harbor it's not subject to federal environmental law.

  • September 23, 2019

    Mass. Hospital Can't Nix Arbitrator's Reinstatement Of Nurse

    An arbitrator acted within his authority by reinstating a fired nurse accused of mistreating a transgender teenage patient, a Massachusetts federal judge has ruled, saying the arbitrator was empowered to decide whether the firing had been for just cause.

  • September 23, 2019

    Mass. Nonprofits Fight Rule Expanding Faster Deportations

    Two Massachusetts nonprofits and a group of asylum seekers have urged a D.C. federal court to block the Trump administration from carrying out a new policy that would sweep more immigrants into fast-tracked deportation proceedings.

  • September 23, 2019

    Purported Metals, Real Estate Co. Must Repay Investors

    A pair of investment firms will get their money back from a California-based company that claimed to have interests in residential properties and silver stockpiles but was actually buying cryptocurrency before defaulting on a loan, according to a Massachusetts federal judge's order on Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Disclosures Let Keryx Escape Kidney Drug Stock Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge handed Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. a win in a proposed shareholder class action on Monday, ruling that the sole remaining plaintiff bought his shares of the company after vital information about its kidney drug had already been disclosed.

  • September 23, 2019

    NH AG Raises Red Flags Over Planned Hospital Merger

    New Hampshire’s attorney general is raising red flags about the planned purchase of a hospital system by the owner of Massachusetts General Hospital, saying the move could hurt competition in the Granite State and result in higher costs for health care.

  • September 23, 2019

    4 Biotech Firms Freshen Pipeline With IPOs Totaling $526M

    Four biotechnology companies set price ranges Monday on initial public offerings that could raise a combined $526 million to develop drugs that fight cancer and other diseases, signaling a busy start for October’s IPO market.

  • September 23, 2019

    Aptiv, Hyundai Form $4B Self-Driving Joint Venture

    Ireland-based auto parts maker Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group on Monday said they have agreed to form a $4 billion joint venture that aims to further develop self-driving vehicles.

  • September 23, 2019

    Hunton's Boston Office Adds Its First Environmental Lawyer

    The former in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 natural gas company joined Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP this month, becoming the first environmental lawyer in the firm's Boston office.

  • September 23, 2019

    Mass. Top Court Denies Hospital's Anti-SLAPP Appeal Again

    Massachusetts' highest appellate court on Monday gave a group of nurses the green light to sue a hospital for defamation based on public statements by its president, saying the suit squares with a previous top court ruling narrowing the anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation statute.

  • September 20, 2019

    Constangy Adds Ex-Foley Hoag Immigration Atty In Boston

    Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP has recruited a former Foley Hoag attorney who has 20 years of experience helping companies of all sizes across various industries secure visas for international workers.

  • September 20, 2019

    Facebook Suspends 'Tens Of Thousands' Of Apps

    Facebook said Friday it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps that may have misused its members' information, a far higher number than the social giant has previously disclosed amid fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data-harvesting scandal.

  • September 20, 2019

    Similarities To MIT 401(k) Case 'Superficial,' Ivies Insist

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's failed bid for an early exit from an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit should not doom efforts by Cornell and Columbia to escape retirement plan mismanagement suits, the Ivy League schools told a New York federal court.

  • September 20, 2019

    Construction Co. Slams Worker's 'Ploy' To DQ Judge

    A former Day & Zimmermann worker concocted a conflict to try to disqualify a federal judge overseeing his suit claiming the company failed to pay overtime, claiming Thursday that he does not like the judge's decisions on conditional certification of collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • September 20, 2019

    1st Circ. Revives Georgeson Tix-For-Votes Fraud Case

    A wild fraud case involving three former Georgeson LLC advisers was revived Friday by the First Circuit, which said a lower court dismissed the case improperly on double jeopardy grounds after their first trial abruptly ended on its next-to-last day because of a shorthanded jury.

  • September 20, 2019

    13 Months Sought For 'Varsity Blues' Parent Who Sued School

    Federal prosecutors said late Thursday a business executive who paid $400,000 to have his son fraudulently admitted to Georgetown University and then sued the school for kicking his son out when the "Varsity Blues" scheme unraveled deserves 13 months in prison.

  • September 20, 2019

    Drugmaker Amag Under Pressure From Activist Investors

    Camber Capital Management on Friday became the second activist investor this month to seek a shake-up at Amag Pharmaceuticals Inc., saying in a securities filing that the Massachusetts-based drugmaker’s stock is undervalued and suggesting board changes may be appropriate.

  • September 20, 2019

    FDCA Doesn't Apply To Convicted NECC Workers, Judge Told

    The law under which a Massachusetts federal jury convicted two pharmacists at the New England Compounding Center actually didn't apply to their responsibilities at the company, their attorneys told a Massachusetts federal judge in court Friday as they moved for acquittal.

  • September 20, 2019

    New England Patriots Player Wants Out Of ‘Trash Talk’ Suit

    New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung has asked a California federal judge to throw out claims by a former Los Angeles Rams employee that Chung defamed him by posting a “trash talk” text message online, arguing the posts contained nothing untrue or defamatory.

  • September 20, 2019

    States Launch Challenge To Trump Auto Emissions Policy

    California and 22 other states sued the Trump administration in D.C. federal court Friday over its elimination of the Golden State's right to create its own greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and other vehicles, the opening salvo in what will be a long and bitter legal fight.

  • September 19, 2019

    Cynosure Says Mass. Law Allows No 'Re-Do' Of False Ad Suit

    Buyers of Cynosure Inc.'s fat-reduction tool who say the company misled them missed their chance to amend a proposed class action before a Boston federal judge dismissed it with prejudice, Cynosure said in a court filing Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2019

    Purdue Files Ch. 11 Suit Seeking Stay Of Opioid Litigation

    Bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma LP filed an adversary complaint late Wednesday in New York court seeking a stay of the pending litigation brought by various states, Native American tribes and individuals who did not agree to a settlement framework reached before the company filed for bankruptcy.

  • September 19, 2019

    Sens. Call On FCC To Abandon Plan For Overall Subsidy Cap

    A group of influential Democratic senators asked the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday to halt a plan that would impose an overall budget cap on the agency's Universal Service Fund subsidy programs, saying the move would fundamentally put connectivity at risk.

  • September 19, 2019

    Atty Can Sue For Fees In BNY Mellon Settlement, Judge Rules

    A dispute between Bailey & Glasser LLP, the Howard Law Firm and McTigue Law LLP over a $3 million fee following a $10 million settlement with Bank of New York Mellon Corp. sounds like a breach of contract case to a Massachusetts judge, who invited McTigue on Thursday to sue if it wanted.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • State Net

    Comparing States' Preparations For An Economic Downturn

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    Statistics indicate that many states have learned lessons from the Great Recession, and are better prepared for the next recession. Those that are not setting aside money to see them through the inevitable fiscal crisis would be wise to start saving for a rainy day, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • Searching For A Legal Pathway For CBD Products

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    Sales of products containing CBD are booming, but companies selling them are still faced with a regulatory quagmire, struggling to understand how to legally promote, label and distribute CBD consumables in light of gridlock at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and inconsistent state laws, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • State Net

    How Online Wagers Are Shaping States' Sports Betting Regs

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    Just over a year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting nationwide, the industry is seeing an explosion of activity online, but the influence of entrenched gambling interests means that some states are only allowing bets to be placed in person at casinos and racetracks, says Dave Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • Opinion

    NFL Discipline Process Shouldn't Apply To Off-Field Conduct

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    This week, the NFL opened an investigation into New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown after he was accused of sexual assault in a Florida federal court case, but the NFL should get out of the business of discipline for off-field behavior — for five reasons, says Ronald Katz at GCA Law Partners.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Expanding The Meaning Of Diversity

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    My conservative, Catholic parents never skipped a beat when accepting that I was gay, and encouraged me to follow my dreams wherever they might lead. But I did not expect they would lead to the law, until I met an inspiring college professor, says James Holmes of Clyde & Co.

  • Opinion

    Consumers Deserve Retail Electric Power Competition

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    A recently updated report from the Massachusetts attorney general's office asserts that retail electric competition has led to nothing but losses — but this does not take into account that some consumers are willing to pay a premium for certainty in electric rates, or for a generation mix that includes renewable energy, says John Shope of Foley Hoag.

  • State Net

    Ransomware Poses Tough Choices For State, Local Gov'ts

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    This year, more than 70 state and local governments have been targeted by ransomware attacks. Despite a flood of legislation aimed at the problem, many state and local government information technology leaders still lack the funding and cybersecurity talent they need, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.