Massachusetts

  • June 24, 2021

    1st Circ. Won't Nix Its Ruling On ICE Courthouse Arrests

    The First Circuit stood by its decision to wipe a lower court ruling that had blocked federal immigration authorities from making arrests in and around Massachusetts courthouses, ruling Thursday that the Biden administration's decision to curb many such arrests does not render the case moot.

  • June 24, 2021

    Cyber Insurer Covus Taps New General Counsel, Chief Officer

    Cybersecurity-focused insurer Corvus has added a new chief insurance officer and a new general counsel to its roster, the company said, praising the two hires from Zurich Insurance and IFG Cos. for their decades of insurance industry experience.

  • June 24, 2021

    1st Circ. Backs Ex-CPA's Convictions For Late Pol's Tax Fraud

    The First Circuit on Thursday backed a federal jury's fraud conviction of an accountant who allegedly helped a late Massachusetts state senator evade $600,000 in taxes by misreporting the lawmaker's income and spending.

  • June 24, 2021

    Repeat Embezzler Gets 6 Years For Stealing $1.4M

    A Massachusetts woman was sentenced Thursday to six years in prison on separate charges of looting two nonprofits for over $1.4 million, after victims told a judge that she destroyed a foundation that had operated for decades.

  • June 24, 2021

    Boston Firm Choate Adds Ex-GE Counsel To IP Group

    Boston-based Choate Hall & Stewart has added an intellectual property and patent lawyer as a partner who spent nearly 20 years as an in-house attorney with General Electric.

  • June 24, 2021

    Goodwin-Led Medical App Doximity Prices $606M IPO

    Medical productivity business Doximity Inc. was one of at least three health care and life sciences-focused companies that began trading Thursday, after pricing a $606 million initial public offering that was guided by Goodwin and Cooley.

  • June 24, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: BTI, MetLife, Life Storage

    A BTI Partners venture has reportedly paid $11 million for a Florida development site, MetLife Investment Management is said to have loaned $65 million for two Dallas-area apartment complexes and Life Storage has reportedly dropped $21.59 million on a Florida self-storage property.

  • June 24, 2021

    Nutter Expands Corporate Team With 5-Person Hire

    Boston-based Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP said it has added the five-person team of boutique firm BRL Law Group LLC to its corporate and transactions practice.

  • June 23, 2021

    Senators Grill Biden's 1st Circ. Pick Over PR Statehood

    President Joe Biden's First Circuit nominee — who would be the first addition to the court in seven years — faced two hours of interrogation from the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that got heated when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ran out of time to grill the judicial pick.

  • June 23, 2021

    Exxon Must Face Mass. AG's Climate Change Suit

    ExxonMobil Corp. will have to face a suit brought by Massachusetts' attorney general after a state judge on Wednesday rejected the energy giant's bid to toss claims that it deceived consumers and investors alike about the risks to its business posed by climate change.

  • June 23, 2021

    How Conn. Learned From Its Neighbors On Pot Legalization

    When Connecticut became the 19th state to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana this week, it looked to other states in the area for what pitfalls to avoid. Here are four things to know about Connecticut's new legalization bill and how it stacks up against those of neighboring states.

  • June 23, 2021

    Suffolk University Can't Dodge Remote Learning Tuition Suits

    Suffolk University can't hide behind the principle of academic freedom to escape a pair of suits by students seeking partial tuition refunds after the pandemic shifted classes online, a Massachusetts federal judge said Wednesday.

  • June 23, 2021

    Blackjack Suits Against Wynn, MGM Go Bust In Mass. Court

    Massachusetts' top court on Wednesday dealt a loss to blackjack players claiming Wynn Resorts Ltd. and MGM casinos cheated them of winnings, finding that the gamblers knew the rules and the stakes when they placed their bets.

  • June 22, 2021

    CVS Drug Buyers Seek $121M As Overcharge Jury Trial Wraps

    Insured drug buyers' counsel urged a California federal jury to award 6.3 million CVS Pharmacy customers $121 million for overcharging them for generic drugs at the close of a weekslong trial Tuesday, while CVS' counsel argued it did nothing wrong and its pricing practices were in line with industry standards.

  • June 22, 2021

    Judge Seeks Alternative To Airing Pornos In Vineyard IP Trial

    A Boston federal judge on Tuesday worried about offending jurors by forcing them to watch adult movies at the center of a copyright suit filed by a woman whose artwork-packed Martha's Vineyard rental home was secretly used for porn film shoots.

  • June 22, 2021

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Vaccination incentive initiatives and grant programs dominated COVID-19 recovery progress this past week, leading to billions of dollars in measures seeking to ease the impact of the waning pandemic.

  • June 22, 2021

    Passwordless Cybersecurity Biz Valued At $2.2B In Series A

    Transmit Security has raised $543 million at a $2.2 billion valuation in a funding round led by Insight Partners and General Atlantic, the passwordless authentication cybersecurity company said Tuesday.

  • June 22, 2021

    Mass. Eateries Take COVID-19 Coverage Fight To 1st Circ.

    A handful of Massachusetts restaurants are pressing the First Circuit to fix what they deemed a Boston federal judge's errors in finding that their insurance policy doesn't cover pandemic-related losses.

  • June 22, 2021

    6th Boston Cop Admits To Falsely Padding Overtime Pay

    A retired Boston police officer admitted Tuesday to bilking the department out of more than $12,000 by collecting overtime pay for hours he did not work, the sixth in a line of offers to admit to padding their pay in the face of federal charges.

  • June 21, 2021

    CVS Didn't Need To Report Drug Discounts To PBM, Jury Told

    A former OptumRx executive testified Monday during a California federal jury trial over class overcharge claims against CVS Pharmacy Inc. that the pharmacy benefit manager's contract with CVS didn't require CVS to report discounted drugs prices under its Health Savings Pass program, which customers allege led to higher insurance copays.

  • June 21, 2021

    Pharma Co. Can't Shake €140M AOP Orphan Award Yet

    A Massachusetts federal judge rejected for now an attempt by Taiwanese pharmaceutical company PharmaEssentia to toss a €140M arbitral award won by Austrian pharmaceutical company AOP Orphan, which the judge said presented a "colorable claim that jurisdiction exists."

  • June 21, 2021

    Netflix Says 'Varsity Blues' Defamation Suit Is Judge's To Toss

    Netflix told a Massachusetts federal judge Monday that a jurisdictional issue should not stop him from hearing and dismissing a defamation suit by a parent whose role in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case was noted in a documentary on the streaming service.

  • June 21, 2021

    Energy Co. To Pay $7M To End Bait-And-Switch Claims

    Verde Energy USA Inc. has reached a proposed $7 million settlement to end a half-dozen proposed class actions alleging it drew customers in with a bait-and-switch scheme that left them paying more for electricity than they had expected.

  • June 21, 2021

    Health Network Sues For Coverage Of Scientist's $10M Award

    A Massachusetts health care network that forked over $20 million after breaking a cancer scientist's lab contract is suing its backup insurer for refusing to cover half the judgment.

  • June 21, 2021

    Harvard Beats Students' COVID-19 Tuition Refund Suit

    Harvard University students could not have reasonably expected that the school would guarantee in-person learning even during a global pandemic, a federal judge ruled Monday, tossing a proposed class action seeking refunds for classes forced online by COVID-19.

Expert Analysis

  • Where FCA Litigation Stands 5 Years After Escobar

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    Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Escobar, the False Claims Act's materiality requirement continues to be at the center of complex investigations and litigation, and the ruling has significantly affected dispositive motions, discovery and the U.S. Department of Justice’s dismissal authority, say Matthew Curley and Brian Roark at Bass Berry.

  • Navigating Inadvertent Attorney-Client Privilege Waivers

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    Spencer Fane’s Deena Duffy offers tips for identifying accidental privilege waivers based on local and federal rules, and for interpreting recent case law when such rules are unclear.

  • Attorneys Beware: Zoom Depositions Are Likely Inadmissible

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    As legal proceedings have moved online in light of the pandemic, lawyers may mistakenly believe that recorded Zoom video depositions can be entered as evidence, but without certain safeguards, the testimony is unlikely to be accepted by courts, says Phillip Zisook at Schoenberg Finkel.

  • Fed. Circ. Raytheon Ruling Shifts Obviousness Analysis

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    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Raytheon v. General Electric collapses distinctions between prior art analyses for anticipation and single-reference obviousness, shedding light on enablement requirements for invalidating patent claims, says John Nilsson at Arnold & Porter.

  • Law Firm Talent Must Reflect Shifting US Demographics

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    Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks and Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan analyze and project U.S. demographic trends to show that law firms that hope to succeed long-term must recruit, retain and advance female lawyers and lawyers of color, and they outline six steps for meeting these goals.

  • Baby Food Contamination Cases Face Class Action Hurdles

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    Claims of adulterated baby food products have led to putative class actions around the country, but they involve different products, different companies, different state laws and different specific allegations, creating significant obstacles to class certification, say attorneys at Phillips Lytle.

  • Opinion

    Judges Should Foster Diversity In MDL Leader Appointments

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    Through their powerful function as gatekeepers, judges should open the gate to minority practitioners when appointing leadership positions in widely influential multidistrict litigation and begin to correct the disparities that have long plagued the legal industry, say Majed Nachawati and Michael Gorwitz at Fears Nachawati.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • US Offshore Wind Poised For Growth, But Challenges Remain

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    Recent Biden administration policy moves signal strong support for offshore wind power development on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, but wind projects will need to overcome a number of logistical hurdles to achieve emissions reduction goals, says Tyler Williams at Covington.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

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