• June 29, 2022

    Feds Scrap Trade Secrets Case Against Ex-ADI Worker's Wife

    Federal prosecutors in Boston dismissed charges against the wife of a former Analog Devices Inc. engineer after the husband largely beat a case alleging he stole company trade secrets to jump-start his own computer chip business.

  • June 28, 2022

    1st Circ. Affirms Whole Foods Win In Workers' BLM Mask Case

    The First Circuit on Tuesday said a Massachusetts federal court was correct to throw out Whole Foods workers' discrimination claims stemming from the disciplining of employees who wore Black Lives Matter face masks to work, holding there could plausibly be non-race-related reasons for the dress code enforcement.

  • June 28, 2022

    1st Circ. Sends Union's Pension Dispute To Arbitration

    The First Circuit granted on Tuesday a United Steelworkers local's bid to make National Grid and its benefits committee arbitrate a pension dispute, saying the pension plan's governing documents direct cases like this one to arbitration. 

  • June 28, 2022

    State AGs Press FDA To Cut Toxic Metals In Baby Food

    Attorneys general from 22 states have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to step up efforts to eliminate toxic metals in baby food, chiding the agency for missing an April deadline to propose limits for lead.

  • June 28, 2022

    Ex-Mass. AG Returns To Foley Hoag As AG Practice Co-Chair

    Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has rejoined Foley Hoag LLP after a stint with embattled e-cigarette maker Juul and will be co-chairing its state attorney general practice, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2022

    DraftKings' Site Inaccessible To Visually Impaired, Suit Says

    DraftKings Inc. was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the sports betting giant is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because its website is inaccessible to blind individuals.

  • June 28, 2022

    Mass. Gas Plant Pays $44M To End FERC Payment Probe

    A bankrupt Massachusetts gas-fired power plant has agreed to pay a $17.1 million fine and disgorge $26.7 million in profits to resolve Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allegations that it improperly reaped over $100 million in electricity market payments despite not yet being in service.

  • June 28, 2022

    Calif. Couple, Coach Avoid Prison For 'Varsity Blues' Bribes

    A California couple and a former soccer coach who were among the first to plead guilty in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case all avoided prison time Tuesday after cooperating with prosecutors, even as a judge said the parents' remorse "doesn't wipe the slate clean."

  • June 28, 2022

    Feds Drop Haitian Bribe Case After Discovering New Evidence

    Federal prosecutors in Boston dropped a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case against a former U.S. Army colonel and a lawyer just days before they were set to be tried for a second time, after the FBI unearthed text messages suggesting the two were innocent.

  • June 27, 2022

    Regal Ordered To Pay Rent Despite COVID Theater Closures

    A Delaware state judge on Monday ruled that Regal Entertainment Group must pay $5.5 million in unpaid rent and other charges stemming from leases with Simon Property Group, finding that the pandemic doesn't excuse Regal from its rent payment obligations under the leases.

  • June 27, 2022

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: NJ Sen. Eyes Legalizing Hallucinogen

    A leading New Jersey state senator has introduced a new bill to legalize the hallucinogen psilocybin for adults 21 and over, while lawmakers pitched bills on Capitol Hill to help cannabis companies access capital and veterans use medicinal marijuana. Here are the major legislative moves in cannabis and drug reform from the past week.

  • June 27, 2022

    Boston Schools Want Out Of Union's Remote Work Suit

    Boston Public Schools asked a Massachusetts federal judge Monday to scrap a teachers union's COVID-19 lawsuit, saying the union would have to prove each of its members suffered discrimination when they were required to return to work in person despite their health conditions and concerns about the coronavirus.

  • June 27, 2022

    Google Fights App Users' Class Cert. Bid In Antitrust Row

    A month after announcing a settlement to resolve app developers' antitrust claims, Google wants to escape allegations that its policies inflate the cost of apps on its Play Store, accusing a group of consumers seeking class certification of "misconstruing evidence and brushing aside competitive realities."

  • June 27, 2022

    Longtime Verrill Dana Partner Takes Over As Leader

    Verrill Dana LLP partner Scott Anderson was named as the firm's managing partner after Keith "K.C." Jones announced he was leaving the role earlier this year, Verrill Dana said Monday.

  • June 27, 2022

    GCs Wrangling With Tangled Fallout Of Roe's Demise

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow states to ban abortions — fraught with all the raw emotions attached to this issue — is also fraught with a multitude of legal risks for general counsel and their companies, ranging from possible criminal prosecution to civil suits to high-pressure proxy fights over political spending.

  • June 27, 2022

    Justices Say Courts Must Consider Rehab In Resentencing

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that district courts must look at defendants' rehabilitation and updated sentencing guidelines when considering a reduction of their sentences. 

  • June 27, 2022

    Prescriber Intent Matters In Opioid Cases, High Court Rules

    Prosecutions under the Controlled Substances Act for the excessive prescribing of opioids and other addictive drugs must show that doctors knew they lacked a legitimate medical purpose, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in a defeat for the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • June 24, 2022

    Dems Call For FTC Probe Of Mobile Tracking By Apple, Google

    Four members of Congress on Friday urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how Apple and Google track mobile phone users, saying they're particularly concerned about third parties' ability to access this location data in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.  

  • June 24, 2022

    'Varsity Blues' Feds Seek 4 Years For Ex-Georgetown Coach

    Prosecutors in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case asked a federal judge on Friday to send the former head tennis coach at Georgetown University to prison for four years for accepting more than $3.5 million in bribes as part of the wide-ranging scheme.

  • June 24, 2022

    Architect Says Gov't Can't Back Up Casino Bribery Conviction

    An architect convicted of giving bribes to the leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has pressed a Massachusetts federal court to overturn his conviction, saying the federal government wants the court to back a jury's guilty verdict "almost solely on the basis of acquitted conduct."

  • June 24, 2022

    NH Medical Society Denounces Insurers' COVID-19 Science

    The New Hampshire Medical Society blasted arguments from insurers that COVID-19 can be easily removed, telling the state's high court that the arguments amount to "junk science."

  • June 24, 2022

    Roe Reversal Leaves States To Make Own Abortion Rules

    State and local lawmakers now have new powers to outlaw abortions and punish those who seek or perform the procedure under Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned abortion as a constitutional right.

  • June 24, 2022

    Mass. Atty Charged In Pot Shop 'Pay-To-Play' Scheme

    A Massachusetts attorney floated an illegal "pay-to-play scheme" to bribe a local police chief for his vote of approval for a proposed marijuana store in the city, federal prosecutors said Friday.

  • June 24, 2022

    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

  • June 23, 2022

    White House, East Coast States Work To Boost Offshore Wind

    The Biden administration on Thursday announced a partnership with 11 East Coast governors to work through manufacturing, supply-chain and labor logistics in an effort to use offshore wind energy to power 10 million homes in the United States by 2030.

Expert Analysis

  • Beware Arbitration Clauses That May Bar Inter Partes Review

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    Recent decisions show that the Federal Circuit and district courts are moving toward recognizing that standard arbitration clauses can bar inter partes review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a new landscape that will require careful consideration for parties negotiating patent-related contracts, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Opinion

    Now's The Time To Address Archaic Law School Curricula

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    With law school enrollments jumping significantly ahead of a potential recession and more students graduating than the market can absorb, law schools should turn to creative solutions to teach students how to negotiate, work with clients, specialize and use technology to practice their craft more efficiently, says University of Colorado adjunct professor Jason Mendelson.

  • Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

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    The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

  • LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Highlights Pass-Through Tax Issue

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    A Virginia bankruptcy court's recent ruling in the case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan shows there may be serious tax consequences for pass-through entity partners who give up their ownership interest without following operating agreement exit provisions and updating bankruptcy court filings, say Edward Schnitzer and Hannah Travaglini at Montgomery McCracken.

  • 8 Steps To Creating A Legal Ops Technology Road Map

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    Legal departments struggling to find and implement the right technologies for their operations should consider creating a road map that summarizes their approach to technology changes, provides clearly defined metrics for success, and serves as the single source of truth for stakeholders, says Melanie Shafer at SimpleLegal.

  • 2 Years Since Liu, Disgorgement Case Law Is Favoring SEC

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    In the two years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Liu v. the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, circuit courts have weighed in to answer the decision's open questions, and recent cases suggest that courts are unwilling to disrupt disgorgement orders, even where the awards would not survive Liu scrutiny, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • The Importance Of Data And Data Analysis In Litigation

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    Understanding, analyzing and effectively presenting large data sets is an increasingly important skill in litigation as it allows plaintiffs to dramatically scale up the scope of cases and is often critical to defeating motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, says David Burnett at Motley Rice.

  • Why Medical Product Cos. Must Watch Dobbs Decision

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    The U.S Supreme Court's pending Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health decision, which may reverse Roe v. Wade, could cause a broad range of medical product companies to become targets for civil or even criminal litigation, says Eric Alexander at Reed Smith.

  • Takeaways From 1st Circ.'s Tribal Sovereign Immunity Ruling

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    The First Circuit's recent decision in Coughlin v. Lac du Flambeau, finding that the U.S. Bankruptcy Code unequivocally strips tribes of their sovereign immunity, disregards extensive case law to the contrary and may make it easier for litigants to pursue claims against tribes under laws with similar immunity waivers, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Steps Companies Can Take To Mitigate Privilege Labeling Risk

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    Although Google prevailed on a recent privilege labeling sanctions motion, an important takeaway from the decision is that companies should assess their in-house procedures and employee training programs regarding privileged communications to mitigate risks of the potential appearance of bad faith privilege claims, say Gareth Evans at Redgrave and e-discovery attorney James Hertsch.

  • What Litigation Funding Disclosure In Delaware May Look Like

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    A standing order issued by Delaware's chief federal judge requiring litigants to disclose whether their cases or defenses are being financed by third parties is unlikely to have onerous effects but may raise questions regarding potential conflicts of interest and access to justice, say Cayse Llorens and Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • Ch. 11 Trustee Fee Ruling Leaves Remedy Challenges

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision this week in Siegel v. Fitzgerald concerning quarterly fees payable by Chapter 11 debtors to fund the U.S. Trustee Program offloads the determination of remedies to the courts below, raising questions such as whether there is a sound legal basis for foisting fees onto North Carolina and Alabama, says Sasha Gurvitz at KTBS.

  • How In-House Legal Leaders Can Drive Corporate Growth

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    Today, more executives are seeking legal leaders who are strategic, adaptable thinkers, making it essential that in-house counsel get out of their comfort zone of legal advice and take several steps to contribute toward revenue growth and raise their profile, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

  • Mass. Bills Will Have Broad Impact On Cannabis Industry

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    Legislation recently passed by both chambers of the Massachusetts Legislature will make sweeping changes to the commonwealth’s cannabis industry, altering everything from municipal agreements to on-site consumption, and improving social equity while reducing businesses' tax burdens, says Cloe Pippin at Foley Hoag.

  • Attorneys Should Tread Carefully On Job Counteroffers

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    Promises of more compensation to keep attorneys from leaving their jobs have become commonplace in today's hot job market, but lawyers should weigh their options carefully as accepting a counteroffer can negatively affect their reputation, says Leeron Molloy at VOYlegal.

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