Massachusetts

  • February 12, 2024

    Harvard Not Liable For Alleged Morgue Body Part Sales

    A Massachusetts judge ruled Monday that a state law makes Harvard University immune from a dozen lawsuits seeking to hold it liable after a former medical school morgue manager was criminally charged with stealing and selling body parts. 

  • February 12, 2024

    Schools' $104M Aid-Fixing Deal OK'd, Vanderbilt Deal Coming

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday granted initial approval to a $104.5 million deal with Yale, Emory, Brown, Columbia and Duke in a proposed antitrust class action claiming that 17 universities conspired to limit student aid, with another settlement from Vanderbilt expected to hit the docket in the coming weeks.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ex-Melick & Porter Partner Says Colleague Forced Him Out

    A former Melick & Porter LLP partner claimed in a Massachusetts state court lawsuit that he was pushed out of the firm by another partner who undermined him and stole clients.

  • February 12, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Builds Out Corp. Group With 2 Partners

    Hogan Lovells announced Monday it has bolstered its corporate and finance group with the hiring of new partners in New York and Boston.

  • February 09, 2024

    Mass. Lobstermen Say Feds Used Bad Data To Close Waters

    Lobster fishermen in Massachusetts filed suit Friday challenging the latest move by the federal government to close a swath of ocean to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, saying officials relied on faulty doomsday assumptions about the risk to the species.

  • February 09, 2024

    Amazon Cut Delivery Co. To Punish Complaints, Suit Says

    Amazon mischaracterized the employment of a package delivery servicer and severed the team's contract after its leader complained about alleged sexual harassment, violating Massachusetts employment law, the team leader told a state court Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    1st Circ. Wipes Out German's $3M Penalty In SEC Fraud Case

    The First Circuit on Friday ruled that a German citizen does not have to pay back $3.3 million in allegedly laundered funds sought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reversing a lower court's order and finding that American courts have no basis for sanctioning the foreign national.

  • February 09, 2024

    Former Pharma Exec Faces Criminal Contempt For Fake Name

    A former leader of now-defunct BioChemics Inc. who admitted to using a false name for six years while allegedly flouting an order not to work in any aspect of the securities field is facing a criminal contempt charge and possible jail time, a Massachusetts federal judge said Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    Healthcare-Focused SPAC Hits The Market After $160M IPO

    Blank-check company Helix Acquisition Corp. II hit the public markets on Friday following its upsized initial public offering, which raised $160 million by offering 16 million shares at a price of $10 apiece.

  • February 09, 2024

    Audacy Floats Two Ch. 11 Sales That Could Net Debtor $21.6M

    Bankrupt radio station operator Audacy Inc. wants to sell two pieces of real estate near Boston for as much as $21.6 million to raise funds for its estate in Chapter 11, asking a Texas judge to approve the deals so that it can close on them by early March.

  • February 09, 2024

    23andMe Led To Late Father And $28M Verdict, Woman Says

    A Massachusetts woman's successful quest to learn her father's identity through the ancestry-tracking company 23andMe took a surprising turn when she later learned her new flesh-and-blood relatives left her out of her father's wrongful death suit that resulted in a $28 million jury verdict, according to a state court lawsuit.

  • February 09, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA NIL Rule Lives; Dartmouth Players Win

    In this week's Off The Bench, a Tennessee judge sends mixed signals to the NCAA in the fight over its NIL recruiting ban, Dartmouth's basketball players tally a win for college athletes' unionization efforts, and DraftKings tries to stop rival Fanatics from benefiting from a former executive who switched sides. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • February 09, 2024

    US Gun Cos. Will Ask Justices To Toss Mexico Trafficking Suit

    Smith & Wesson, Glock, Baretta and other gun companies said during a hearing Friday that they will turn to the U.S. Supreme Court after the First Circuit revived a suit by the Mexican government that seeks to hold the firearms industry responsible for thousands of trafficked weapons.

  • February 08, 2024

    SEC Fights Hedge Fund Priest's Fee Bid After Mixed Verdict

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has urged a Massachusetts federal judge not to grant more than $1.7 million in attorney fees to a Greek Orthodox priest and hedge fund manager who fended off some of the agency's claims at trial, saying there is no justification for giving "adjudicated fraudsters money for their legal fees."

  • February 08, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Grapples Over Implying IP Success To Jury

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday tried to drill down on the impact of overlap between commercial success and industry praise when asking a jury to review factors that can overcome invalidating a patent as obvious.

  • February 08, 2024

    Mass. Appeals Court Won't Revive State Worker's Wage Suit

    A Massachusetts appeals court affirmed Thursday the dismissal of a complaint by a retired state employee seeking to recoup accrued vacation pay against the Commonwealth, finding her claim is precluded under sovereign immunity and she didn't exhaust the grievance procedures in her bargaining agreement.

  • February 08, 2024

    Rockport Asks Judge To Dismiss Ch. 11 After $52M Asset Sale

    Defunct-shoemaker The Rockport Co. asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to dismiss its Chapter 11 case, saying that it has no remaining assets of value after using more than $52 million in sale proceeds to pay down senior secured obligations.

  • February 08, 2024

    Exec Barred From Using DraftKings Info At New Fanatics Job

    A former DraftKings Inc. executive who recently jumped to competitor Fanatics won't be allowed to use any of the information he allegedly accessed in his final days with the Massachusetts-based gaming platform to draw potential high-value Super Bowl bettors over to his new employer, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • February 08, 2024

    Uber, Lyft Get May Trial Date In Mass. Worker Status Suit

    A lawsuit claiming Uber Technologies and Lyft Inc. break Massachusetts employment law by treating drivers as independent contractors rather than full-fledged employees will go to trial before a state judge in May.

  • February 08, 2024

    These Firms Are Leading In PTAB Work

    An intellectual property heavyweight landed more work at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board than any other firm in the U.S. between 2021 and 2023, according to a new report.

  • February 07, 2024

    Hose Co. Says Patent Battle Raises Ethical Questions

    A company that sells flexible, retractable hoses has told the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a rival's latest legal maneuver in their decadelong patent war "presents a substantial threat to the integrity of the patent system."

  • February 07, 2024

    DraftKings Fight With Ex-Exec Intensifies Amid Dueling Filings

    DraftKings is arguing that one of its former executives who left to join rival Fanatics must have his lawsuit over noncompete agreements heard in California federal court, not state court, saying he went to great lengths to defraud the court into thinking diversity jurisdiction doesn't apply.

  • February 07, 2024

    Pfizer, Moderna Spar Over Trial Date In COVID Vaccine IP Case

    Moderna and Pfizer are battling over setting a trial date in a dispute in Massachusetts federal court over COVID-19 vaccine patent infringement claims, with Pfizer looking to schedule a trial after summary judgment motions are decided, while Moderna is arguing a firm trial date is needed now and should be set for this fall.

  • February 07, 2024

    Mass. Atty Gets 2 Years For 'Corruptly' Pushing Pot Bribe Plot

    A former Massachusetts attorney "violated his oath corruptly" by bribing a police chief with payments to his brother to win a local marijuana license for a client, a federal judge said Wednesday as he handed down a two-year prison term.

  • February 07, 2024

    Mass. Residents Want High Court To Undo Tribe's Land Grant

    A group of Massachusetts residents are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that allowed the U.S. Department of the Interior to take 321 acres into trust for the development of a billion-dollar tribal hotel and casino, arguing that a lower court ignored precedent in determining that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is under federal jurisdiction.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Tracking MDL Geography

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    In recent years, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has predominantly selected states east of the Mississippi River as venues for new MDLs — but with half of the proceedings it has created in recent months venued in Arizona and California, the panel is not neglecting the western part of the country, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • What Cos. Should Know About FTC's Proposed Junk Fee Rule

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    The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a notice of proposed rulemaking targeting junk fees and how businesses may advertise prices to consumers — and since it would give the agency powers to seek monetary penalties against businesses that do not comply, companies should look to get ahead now, say Phyllis Marcus and Nicole Johnson at Hunton Andrews.

  • FTC Orange Book Move Signals New Pharma Patent Scrutiny

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent dispute against improper listing of drug patents in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Orange Book indicates heightened surveillance of the pharmaceutical industry, particularly where competition-related consequences of patent or regulatory processes are concerned, say attorneys at Fenwick.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Harvard's Broker Fight Shows Active Risk Management Is Key

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    Harvard University’s recently filed suit against its insurance broker for alleged malpractice in handling the Students for Fair Admissions claim illustrates that risk management requires the concerted effort of policyholders, brokers and insurers to protect against disastrous losses, say William McMichael and David Klein at Pillsbury.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • AI Isn't The Wild West, So Prepare Now For Bias Risks

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    In addition to President Joe Biden's recent historic executive order on safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence, there are existing federal and state laws prohibiting fraud, defamation and even discrimination, so companies considering using or developing AI should take steps to minimize legal and business risks, says civil rights attorney Farhana Khera.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Cos. Must Address Growing Chatbot Class Action Risk

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    Following a new wave of chatbot-related consumer data privacy litigation and expanding compliance obligations created by state legislatures, businesses using such technology face a high-risk environment for wiretapping allegations, with inconsistent court rulings to date and uncertain legal holdings ahead, say attorneys at Pierce Atwood.

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