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  • March 21, 2019

    College Bribery Defendants Tap Quinn Emanuel, Dentons

    Attorneys from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Dentons and Greenberg Traurig LLP have been added to the ranks of defense counsel in the college admissions fraud scheme federal prosecutors revealed last week.

  • March 21, 2019

    Willkie Boss' College Bribery Scheme Appearance Delayed

    Gordon Caplan, the co-chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP who was suspended from the firm following charges that he paid a college admissions consultant to bolster his daughter’s test scores, will make his first appearance in Massachusetts federal court five days later than planned.

  • March 21, 2019

    Investor Wants Civitas Records To Probe $1.4B Sale

    A pension fund that invested in Civitas Solutions filed a complaint in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday seeking access to records related to the health company’s $1.4 billion sale, saying the deal was seemingly inadequate and served as a needed quick cash-out for the company’s controlling private equity fund.

  • March 21, 2019

    Two Advisers 'Gambled Away' $11M On High-Risk Investments

    Two Massachusetts investment advisers and their firm "gambled away" more than $11 million of their clients' money on high-risk oil and gas investments, according to state regulatory authorities who launched an enforcement action against the men and their company Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Victims Decry $38M Fraud As Fund Manager Gets 14.5 Years

    A Boston-based fund manager who pled guilty to a scheme the government says cost investors $38 million was sentenced to about 14 years in prison Thursday as his victims wept and vented their anger during an emotional hearing in federal court.

  • March 21, 2019

    1st Circ. Loss Dooms New Asacol Buyer Class, Allergan Says

    Allergan PLC said a group that claims the company's anti-competitive methods caused it to overpay for its ulcerative colitis drug should not get a second chance at class certification after the First Circuit knocked down its first attempt.

  • March 21, 2019

    Foreclosure Firms Get High Court Help, But Questions Remain

    Lenders and the law firms they hire to perform nonjudicial foreclosures can take some comfort in the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act doesn't broadly apply to these out-of-court proceedings, but the ruling still leaves some questions to sort out, experts told Law360.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    States Join Push For DC Circ. To Rehear FERC Dam Dispute

    Several states, including Oregon, New Jersey and Massachusetts, have urged the D.C. Circuit to reconsider its determination that the one-year time limit for states to act on Clean Water Act permit requests doesn't reset if applications are withdrawn and resubmitted.

  • March 20, 2019

    Wells Fargo Settles Bond Sale Case With SEC For $812K

    Wells Fargo Securities has agreed to pay $812,500 to settle a government civil action claiming the bank misled investors in a $75 million bond offering involving a Major League Baseball pitcher's video game company, according to an order signed in Rhode Island federal court Tuesday.

  • March 20, 2019

    Insys Founder's Atty Seeks Mistrial Over Addiction Testimony

    An attorney for Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor asked a judge for a mistrial in Boston federal court Wednesday, saying a witness should not have been allowed to testify about how a heavy prescriber of Insys' fentanyl spray was also addicted to opioid painkillers himself.

  • March 20, 2019

    New Mass. Top Court Favors Tough Queries, Long Arguments

    In their year and a half together, the seven justices of Massachusetts' top appellate court have formed a hot bench that should have attorneys expecting deep questions on legislative history and longer oral arguments than in the past, experts say.

  • March 20, 2019

    Nelson Mullins Adds Pair Of Ex-Pepper Hamilton IP Partners

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has added a pair of intellectual property attorneys from Pepper Hamilton LLP as partners in its Boston office.

  • March 20, 2019

    Harvard Accused Of Profiting From Slaves' Images

    Harvard University has profited from the oldest known image of slaves, including through the cover image on a $40 book, while ignoring requests from those slaves' descendants to hand over the nearly 170-year-old photos, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Massachusetts state court.

  • March 20, 2019

    'Seaport Hotel' Too Generic For Fidelity TM Claim, Omni Says

    The term “seaport hotel” is too generic for Fidelity Investments Inc. to claim trademark protection, a planned Omni hotel in Boston's swanky Seaport neighborhood argued Tuesday as it sought to put an end to a dispute between the existing and future establishments.

  • March 19, 2019

    Raytheon Can't Block BAE From Sharing Tank Sight Design

    Raytheon can’t get a preliminary injunction in its intellectual property suit against BAE Systems over the design of a tank sighting system, a Virginia federal judge ruled Tuesday, adding that the companies would be better off settling their differences out of court.

  • March 19, 2019

    ‘In A Timely Manner’: Three Decades Of Judgeship Bills

    Partisanship has played a large role in the small passage rate of new judgeship bills since 1990. New judgeships create new vacancies, and neither party wants to give the other the upper hand.

  • March 19, 2019

    From Showdowns To Hotlines, Frazzled Judges Get Creative

    Using magistrate hotlines, “showdown” hearings and extra mediation, many courts with heavy dockets have pioneered methods for moving cases along. But not every program succeeds, and the techniques have their detractors.

  • March 19, 2019

    Dem State AGs Threaten Action Over CFPB Payday Rule Delay

    Democratic attorneys general from New York, California, Massachusetts and more than 20 other states have warned the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that they will “consider taking legal action” if the agency presses ahead with its bid to delay the compliance date for the payday lending underwriting standards that it has proposed scrapping.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • State Net

    Federal, State And Local Governments Vie For Control Of 5G

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    The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, could bring major advancements in everything from entertainment to public safety. But federal, state and local governments are at odds over how 5G should be deployed and who should regulate it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • States Face Many Hurdles On The Way To Legal Sports Betting

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    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, it is possible that almost every state will legalize sports betting. But political and economic factors seem likely to delay legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Weinberg Gonser LLP.