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Massachusetts

  • November 13, 2018

    Law Students Urged To Shun Kirkland Over Arbitration Pacts

    More than two dozen Harvard Law School students are asking their peers to boycott Kirkland & Ellis LLP over the international law firm’s use of mandatory arbitration agreements, and on Tuesday the group promised to expand the movement to other firms and law schools in the near future.

  • November 13, 2018

    Aveo Withheld FDA Rec From Investors, Ex-CFO Testifies

    Defendant David Johnston took the witness stand Tuesday in Boston federal court and told jurors the government was correct that his former company, Aveo Pharmaceuticals Inc., chose not to tell investors about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recommendation for a new clinical trial for its flagship kidney cancer drug, Tivo.

  • November 13, 2018

    Ex-Merrimack Analyst Gets 6 Months For Insider Trading

    A former biostatistician at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc. was sentenced to six months in prison and one year of supervised release Tuesday after he maintained his innocence on insider trading charges in Boston federal court. 

  • November 13, 2018

    High Court Won’t Hear $3M Disgorgement Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will not review a First Circuit ruling that an ex-CEO at a behavioral health company who supposedly pursued a merger out of self-interest must disgorge $3 million to shareholders, even though a Massachusetts federal jury initially found the investors weren’t financially harmed.

  • November 13, 2018

    Jones Day Hires Firm-Record 11 Former Supreme Court Clerks

    Jones Day has hired 11 former U.S. Supreme Court clerks as associates to its appellate practice group, the firm announced Tuesday, the largest class of high court clerks in the firm’s history.

  • November 13, 2018

    Airbnb Sues Boston Over 'Draconian' Short-Term Rental Regs

    Airbnb Inc. hit the city of Boston with a federal lawsuit Tuesday over its recently passed regulations on short-term rentals, saying the new rules run afoul of state and federal law and would require the online rental marketplace to dramatically alter its business model or else risk the city’s “draconian” sanctions.

  • November 12, 2018

    Veritas, Evergreen To Take Athenahealth Private For $5.7B

    Veritas Capital and Elliott Management affiliate Evergreen Coast Capital said Monday they will take Massachusetts-based Athenahealth private for $5.7 billion in cash, a deal that follows pressure from the activist hedge fund.

  • November 9, 2018

    Textile Co. Wants Out Of Thread Count Suit With TJ Maxx

    An Indian textile manufacturer urged a Massachusetts federal judge Friday to dismiss it from a proposed class action over allegedly inflated thread counts on bedding and linen products sold at Marshalls, HomeGoods and other TJX Companies Inc. stores, saying the court lacks jurisdiction over it.

  • November 9, 2018

    State AGs Call On Whitaker To Recuse Himself From Probe

    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, along with 18 other state attorneys general, sent a letter Thursday to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker asking him to recuse himself from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • November 9, 2018

    Adviser Pleads Guilty To Lying About Lost Retirement Funds

    An investment adviser charged with lying to clients about his mishandling of their retirement savings changed his plea to guilty in Boston federal court Friday, four days before his trial was set to begin.

  • November 9, 2018

    SEC Fights Priest’s Bid To Skip $1.3M Short-Selling Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has challenged a Greek Orthodox priest’s attempt to wriggle out of a short-selling suit in Massachusetts federal court accusing him of raking in $1.3 million by driving down and betting against a pharmaceutical company’s stock. 

  • November 9, 2018

    Idelic Closes $2M Funding Round Led By Bain Capital

    Pittsburgh-based Idelic, which specializes in software aimed at improving transportation safety, has closed a $2 million round of financing led by Bain Capital Ventures and overseen by Pepper Hamilton LLP, the firm announced Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    Sonus Fudged Revenue Forecasts, Investor Says In Suit

    Sonus Networks and its executives were hit with an investor suit in Massachusetts federal court Thursday for allegedly stretching financial statements to overstate revenue forecasts after the company and two of its officials were fined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • November 9, 2018

    Feds Seek Year In Prison For Ex-State Street Fraudster

    A former State Street Corp. executive who admitted to conspiring with his colleagues to secretly charge bank clients millions of dollars in excess fees should serve a below-guidelines sentence of a year and a day in prison, prosecutors said in a Massachusetts federal court filing.

  • November 9, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Vinson, Wachtell

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Thoma Bravo inks a $950 million deal with Broadcom Inc. for Veracode, Newell Brands sells off its fishing business and memorabilia manufacturer for $2.5 billion, Western Gas Partners nabs Anadarko Petroleum Corp. midstream energy assets for $4 billion, and Edenred SA buys Corporate Spending Innovations for $600 million.

  • November 8, 2018

    19 Cities, Counties Say Detained-Minor Rules Flout Flores

    Nineteen cities and counties on Wednesday got behind a class asking a California federal judge to block the government’s proposed rule changes regarding its detention of immigrant minors, saying the changes would “directly undermine” core protections and concerns in their case’s consent decree.

  • November 8, 2018

    CRT Judge Admits Error, Blasts Possible Atty Conflict

    A California federal judge floated the possibility of appointing separate counsel Thursday for a class of indirect cathode ray tubes purchasers, after saying he shouldn't have cleared a $576.8 million bundle of antitrust settlements and admonishing the current attorneys for "a classic indication of a potential conflict of interest."

  • November 8, 2018

    Married Immigrants Can't Seek Class Status, Gov't Says

    The U.S. government has struck back at the class certification bid by immigrant couples fighting deportation orders for noncitizen spouses, arguing Wednesday that the proposed class includes people who haven’t suffered any injury.

  • November 8, 2018

    Acacia Shareholders Seek $1.75M Atty Fees, Final OK Of Deal

    Shareholders for Acacia Communications Inc. have asked a Massachusetts federal judge for $1.75 million in attorneys' fees and final approval of a settlement that will have the fiber optics company improve its corporate governance to address allegations of misconduct by Acacia executives that led to multiple derivative suits.

  • November 8, 2018

    EPA's Guidance Kills Hydrofluorocarbon Rule, States Say

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidance on implementing an Obama-era rule restricting hydrofluorocarbon use after the D.C. Circuit vacated parts of it violates the Clean Air Act because it effectively nullifies the entire rule, several states and the Natural Resources Defense Council told the circuit court Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Lessons From FERC Staff Reversal In Footprint Power

    Todd Mullins

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement staff recently recommended that FERC drop a case against Footprint Power LLC. This may be an effort to address criticism that the enforcement process has become a guaranteed win for the commission, say Todd Mullins and Christopher McEachran of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • A Post-Election Survey Of The Health Care Ecosystem

    Andrew Bab

    Health care featured prominently in the 2018 midterm election campaign. Here, attorneys with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP offer thoughts on what the election results and a divided Congress mean for different sectors of the health care industry.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Pharmaceutical Warnings: A Changing Landscape

    Chris Essig

    Pharmaceutical warnings and the way they are regulated and litigated are evolving. Brand-name manufacturers face failure-to-warn suits for generic versions of their products, while generic companies may soon have to update warnings on drugs for which there are no longer brand-name versions, say Chris Essig and Schuyler Ferguson of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Mass. Court Ruling Reinforces 2 Keys To Pollution Coverage

    Alexander Bandza

    The Massachusetts federal district court's decision in Plainstow Project v. Ace Property & Casualty Insurance illustrates a recent pro-policyholder outcome as to the interplay of a policy's pollution exclusion and the viability of its “sudden and accidental” exception, say Alexander Bandza and Brian Scarbrough of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.