Massachusetts

  • October 15, 2021

    Retiring Mass. Trial Court Chief Says Virus Sped 'Innovation'

    Paula Carey, who is set to retire in January as chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court, said it had been a wild but in many ways fruitful last 19 months navigating the state's nearly 100 courthouses, 385 judges and 6,300 staff members through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • October 15, 2021

    UK Watchdog Probing Thermo Fisher's $21B PPD Deal

    The United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority announced on Friday that it's considering a probe of lab equipment company Thermo Fisher's $20.9 billion acquisition of pharmaceutical research organization PPD Inc.

  • October 15, 2021

    Jones Day Derides Paralegal's 'Excuses' On Serving Bias Suit

    A fired Jones Day paralegal's "feeble justifications" shouldn't win her a second chance to serve the international law firm with her discrimination and harassment suit, the firm told a Boston federal judge Friday.

  • October 15, 2021

    Convicted Insys Founder Seeks Deep Cut To Restitution

    The convicted founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc. on Thursday asked a Boston federal judge to cut $24 million from what he owes victims, saying the First Circuit's instructions after overturning the initial restitution sum requires a new number more closely tailored to the alleged fraud.

  • October 15, 2021

    Vote On 1st Circ. Pick Tees Off Week's Action On Judges

    Democrats have teed up Senate floor and committee action on several judicial nominees the week of Oct. 18 as they seek to maintain the quick pace of confirmations for President Joe Biden's court picks.

  • October 14, 2021

    Cookware Firm Says Warranties Should Block Defect Suits

    A Pennsylvania-based cookware company pointed repeatedly to its "lifetime warranty" Thursday as reason to dismiss several cases from federal multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective pots and pans.

  • October 14, 2021

    Lawmakers Say Moderna Deal May Let Gov't Share Vax Recipe

    A collection of federal lawmakers wrote to President Joe Biden's COVID-19 officials, saying Moderna's vaccine contract with the U.S. might let the government share the recipe with others in an attempt to increase access to vaccines across the world.

  • October 14, 2021

    1st Circ. Tosses Dispute Over Nonprofit's Housing Credit Deal

    A suit from an investment group contesting an affordable housing not-for-profit's efforts to purchase a housing tax credit project was properly dismissed by a Massachusetts federal court, the First Circuit said, ruling the lower court lacked jurisdiction.

  • October 14, 2021

    Abrams & Bayliss 'On The Line' In Biogen Fee-Shift Request

    Pharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. narrowly avoided a shareholder's demand that it pay for driving up litigation costs in a Delaware Chancery books and records case, but its counsel Abrams & Bayliss LLP nevertheless left court Thursday with a stern warning that the firm was right "on the line" of breaking the rules.

  • October 14, 2021

    Lantern Appoints GC Amid Spinoff From Drizly Group

    Lantern, an on-demand cannabis e-commerce marketplace that operates a home-delivery platform, announced changes to its leadership team on Wednesday, including promoting a former Greenberg Traurig LLP lawyer to be the company's general counsel.

  • October 14, 2021

    Purdue Ch. 11 Plan Challenges Won't Hit 2nd Circ. Right Away

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday denied a motion from parties appealing the confirmation of Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan to bypass the normal appellate channels and bring their arguments directly to the Second Circuit.

  • October 13, 2021

    Sen. Brown Says Tenure Of Fed's Quarles Was 'Failure'

    Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has called for the Federal Reserve to refrain from loosening any banking regulations before President Joe Biden makes his own appointments to the central bank's governing board, slamming the record of its outgoing top bank oversight official as a "failure that must come to a close."

  • October 13, 2021

    Biden Admin. Plans 'Ambitious' Wind Farms On US Coastline

    U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Wednesday said her agency is working on an "ambitious roadmap" to develop wind farms along almost the entire U.S. coastline, as part of the Biden administration's goal to increase renewable energy production.

  • October 13, 2021

    Chinese Tourism Biz Can Glimpse Hot Air Balloon Co.'s Taxes

    A Massachusetts magistrate judge has allowed a Chinese tourism company to take a partial look at a now-dissolved hot air balloon manufacturer's tax returns in its suit to confirm a $1.4 million foreign arbitration award, saying it can see filings from 2018 and 2019 only.

  • October 13, 2021

    GOP Sens. Warn Of Political Bias In Fed Bank President Picks

    The Senate Banking Committee's Republican members are urging the Federal Reserve's Boston and Dallas banks to keep politics out of their ongoing searches for new presidents, lamenting that "policymakers in Washington, D.C." are trying to influence the decisions after Fed Chair Jerome Powell pledged to fill the vacancies with "diverse candidates."  

  • October 13, 2021

    EPA Takes First Step Toward Ethylene Oxide Reporting

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking its first step toward broadening chemical reporting requirements for substances like ethylene oxide and announced Wednesday that it has notified 31 facilities that they may soon need to report those releases.

  • October 13, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Judge Splits Trials For Ex-USC Coach, Official

    "Varsity Blues" prosecutors will have to try a former coach at the University of Southern California separately from a onetime official at the Pac-12 school, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that lumping them into one trial could be unfair.

  • October 13, 2021

    Ex-NBA Player Tony Allen Pleads Not Guilty In Fraud Case

    Retired NBA shooting guard Tony Allen, one of 18 former players charged with defrauding the league's health care plan through fake medical treatments, pled not guilty Tuesday and said through a lawyer he will "prepare his defense."

  • October 13, 2021

    ​​​​​​​Philips Hit With $200M Suit By CPAP Cleaner Co. Over Recall

    A manufacturer of ozone gas cleaner for sleep apnea and respiratory machines sued Koninklijke Philips NV for at least $200 million in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday alleging the company misled consumers by suggesting ozone cleaners were partly responsible for a major product recall, harming its business in the process.

  • October 13, 2021

    Prison Must Wait For Pot Bribe Appeal, Ex-Mayor Says

    Former Fall River, Massachusetts, mayor Jasiel Correia has asked to delay the start of a six-year prison sentence until his appeal of fraud and corruption convictions is resolved.

  • October 13, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Trez Capital, ICapital Network, AEW

    Trez Capital has reportedly loaned $78.2 million for a Florida multifamily project, iCapital Network is said to be taking another 35,186 square feet in New York, and AEW Capital Management has reportedly dropped $123 million on two South Florida apartment complexes.

  • October 13, 2021

    Justices Torn On Boston Bomber's Unfair-Trial Claim

    A seemingly divided U.S. Supreme Court considered Wednesday whether jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing case should have been pressed about what they knew of the attack, with the court's liberal wing suggesting the perpetrator's death sentence may be tainted by pretrial publicity.  

  • October 13, 2021

    Pfizer Gives Gov't More Time To Study $2.3B Trillium Deal

    Pfizer Inc. has voluntarily provided the Federal Trade Commission an extra 30 days to review its planned $2.3 billion takeover of blood cancer drugmaker Trillium Therapeutics Inc. for antitrust issues.

  • October 13, 2021

    Jury To Hear Harvard Prof's FBI Tape After Miranda Claim Fails

    A Harvard professor indicted on grant fraud and tax charges didn't make it clear enough that he wanted a lawyer present for his post-arrest interview when he told FBI agents, "I guess I think probably I should have ah, an attorney," a Boston federal judge said Wednesday.

  • October 13, 2021

    Atty Fired After Parental Leave Must Arbitrate, 1st Circ. Told

    A Maine law firm accused of firing an associate for taking parental leave told the First Circuit on Tuesday that a Boston federal judge was right to shuttle the sex discrimination case into arbitration earlier this year.

Expert Analysis

  • Proposed Mass. Enviro Regs Prompt Compliance Questions

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    The proposed amendments to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act would introduce new assessments for determining unfair or inequitable environmental burden on marginalized populations, but the lack of guidance and a looming implementation deadline leave developers in the dark on how to apply new regulatory concepts, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    No Signs Of Turning, Tide Of Insurer COVID Wins Persists

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    The trend of COVID-19 business interruption decisions favoring insurers continues to hold strong — any commentary to the contrary is striking a narrative that is not borne out by reality, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • Why The Future Of Telehealth Parity Remains Murky

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    Though the federal government, states and private insurers have united during the pandemic in recognizing the value of expanding telehealth access, there is no consensus on the merits of long-term telehealth parity, say Adriana Riviere-Badell and Alexandria Swette at Kobre & Kim.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • What Mainstreaming Of Litigation Finance Means For Industry

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    The rush of new capital and investors into the litigation funding space is expected to bring heightened competition on price and other key deal terms, but litigants will need to be more in tune with individual financiers' proclivities, says William Weisman at Therium Capital Management.

  • Lifting The Veil On The Supreme Court's Shadow Docket

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    Following headline-making U.S. Supreme Court emergency orders on Texas’ new abortion law, COVID-19 restrictions and more, Vetan Kapoor, counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, examines the court's so-called shadow docket and its decision-making procedures, including questions around transparency, timing and precedential effect.

  • Series

    Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: DC On Long-Term Care

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    Washington, D.C., Insurance Commissioner Karima Woods outlines the development of insurance coverage for older adults' long-term care benefits and how regulators and the industry are attempting to resolve issues with the popular product.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: United Natural Foods GC Talks Bottom Line

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    In prioritizing environmental, social and governance initiatives as strategic value drivers, corporate general counsel can leverage meaningful ESG progress to benefit both the business's bottom line and the wider world, says Jill Sutton at United Natural Foods.

  • Perspectives

    One-Subject Rule Strategy Can Defeat Dangerous State Laws

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    Attorneys at Ulmer & Berne explain how single-subject rule violation claims can thwart certain unconstitutional or controversial state statutes and protect civil rights in the face of state governments under one-party rule.

  • 3 Attorney Ethics Considerations For Litigation Funding

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    The growth of the litigation finance industry has generated questions on the obligations of counsel when their clients are seeking outside capital to fund litigation, which litigators must understand when providing information to a third-party funder and discussing legal strategy with a client, says Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • How ABA Opinion Shifts Alternative Biz Structure Landscape

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion approving lawyers' passive investment in nonlawyer-owned firms eliminates a hurdle for law firms wishing to scale their practice through alternative business structures, but aspiring investors should follow a few best practices, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Deepika Ravi at Harris Wiltshire.

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