• January 29, 2024

    Breyer Has High Praise For New Mass. Justice At Swearing-In

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer had high praise for his former law clerk Elizabeth "Bessie" Dewar as she was sworn in to a seat on the Massachusetts high court Monday afternoon.

  • January 29, 2024

    Mass. High Court Justice Keeps Trump On Primary Ballot

    Donald Trump is on track to be on the Massachusetts primary election ballot after a single justice of the state's top court ruled Monday that a bid to kick him off can't be decided until he becomes the 2024 Republican nominee.

  • January 29, 2024

    Sports Camp Organizer Gets 30 Mos. For 'Inexcusable' Scam

    A former youth sports camp organizer was sentenced Monday to two-and-a-half years in prison for what a judge called his "direct and inexcusable" scheme to steal parents' tuition payments through lies he made about hosting a Boston summer camp at Northeastern University. 

  • January 29, 2024

    2 More Charged In DraftKings 'Credential Stuffing' Hack

    Two more defendants have been charged in a scheme to hack user accounts on the fantasy sports and betting website DraftKings and use them to bilk $635,000, Manhattan federal prosecutors said Monday.

  • January 29, 2024

    2 Biotech Firms Join IPO Fray With Plans To Raise $211M

    Two drug developers, metabolism-focused Fractyl Health Inc. and psychiatry-focused Alto NeuroScience Inc., joined a growing pipeline of initial public offerings Monday by unveiling plans for IPOs that could net $211 million combined, guided by three law firms.

  • January 29, 2024

    Mass. AG Can't Vacate Order In Liquor Law Dispute

    A Massachusetts judge has rejected the state attorney general's bid to vacate a pre-settlement decision that called into question the constitutionality of a 2021 liquor law amendment requiring arbitration in a contract dispute between a craft brewer and a distributor.

  • January 29, 2024

    Amazon, IRobot Pull Plug On Deal Due To European Scrutiny

    Amazon and iRobot said Monday they have mutually agreed to terminate their $1.7 billion agreement for the tech giant to acquire the maker of Roomba robot vacuums, noting the deal has "no path to regulatory approval" in the European Union and calling it "a loss for consumers, competition and innovation."

  • January 26, 2024

    Museums Cover Native Exhibits In Renewed Repatriation Push

    Museums and other institutions throughout the country are covering exhibits that display Indigenous artifacts as updates to a federal law governing the repatriation of remains and culturally affiliated objects has gone into effect.

  • January 26, 2024

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: Federal Housing Bill Gets A New Shot

    Lawmakers on Capitol Hill reintroduced legislation to protect access to federal housing for individuals using or selling cannabis in compliance with state programs. Legislators in multiple states pitched proposals to rein in hemp-derived intoxicating products. And in New Hampshire, Hawaii and Mississippi, lawmakers introduced or advanced proposals to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. Here are some of the major legislative moves in hemp and cannabis policy from the past week.

  • January 26, 2024

    Nike Fights New Balance's Push To Toss 3 Patents From Suit

    Nike has pushed back at New Balance's request for the partial dismissal of a Massachusetts federal patent lawsuit, arguing that the motion is a "thinly veiled" attempt to convince the court that it did not infringe Nike's patented Flyknit technology before even considering the merits of the claims.

  • January 26, 2024

    Boston Transit Authority Settles Claim Of Beating, Cover-Up

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has settled a civil rights lawsuit brought by a homeless man who said he was beaten by a transit police officer, then falsely arrested in an attempt to cover up the assault, according to a filing Friday in federal court in Boston.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Early-Pay App Late With Exec's Salary, Suit Alleges

    The former sales director for an app that lets employees collect their wages early says his salary was repeatedly late or not paid at all, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Massachusetts state court.

  • January 26, 2024

    JetBlue Says It May Scrap Spirit Merger After Court Ruling

    JetBlue Airways Corp. said Friday that a federal judge's decision blocking its $3.8 billion merger with Spirit Airlines could lead to the deal being scrapped as a critical deadline looms, while Spirit responded that there's "no basis" to end their efforts.

  • January 25, 2024

    NFL Player Accused Of Illegal Betting While A College Athlete

    Louisiana State Police announced Thursday they arrested New England Patriots wide receiver Kayshon Boutte over allegations that he illegally gambled on sports, including on his own team, while he played football at Louisiana State University.

  • January 25, 2024

    Mass. Home Sellers Urge Court To Halt Broker Claims

    Home sellers suing a trio of brokerages over inflated commissions asked a Massachusetts federal court to pause the suit while waiting to see whether the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will consolidate a wave of suits with similar claims.

  • January 25, 2024

    Music Student Guilty Of Stalking China Democracy Activist

    A Chinese national and former student at Berklee College of Music was convicted Thursday of stalking and making threats against a person who posted a sign on the Boston school's campus in favor of Chinese democracy.

  • January 25, 2024

    Mass. Tax Panel Says Homeowner Didn't Show Overvalue

    A homeowner's use of comparable assessments failed to reach the level of evidence needed to overturn a local valuation of his property for property tax purposes in an opinion released Thursday.

  • January 25, 2024

    Morgan & Morgan Beats Firms To Lead Zoll Data Breach Row

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Thursday tapped Morgan & Morgan PA to lead a proposed class action by customers of Zoll Medical Corp. alleging the company failed to protect their private information in two data breaches, rejecting a competing bid by Hausfeld LLP and DiCello Levitt.

  • January 25, 2024

    Ex-Geico Staff Atty Says Insurer Broke Mass. Wage Law

    A former staff attorney for Geico says the insurer is violating the Massachusetts Wage Act by failing to give her and other terminated workers their final paycheck on their last day, according to a proposed class action filed Wednesday in state court.

  • January 25, 2024

    1st Circ. Rescues Asylum Case Over Migrant's Family Ties

    The First Circuit revived an asylum application from a Salvadoran man who says he fled his country to escape his father's murderous debtors, faulting an immigration appeals board for finding the man's persecution was only loosely connected to his father.

  • January 25, 2024

    Mass. Justices Raise Bar For Competency Hospitalization

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday set a new rule for judges asked to commit a defendant for an in-depth competency evaluation, saying courts must find that hospitalization is the least restrictive means at their disposal.

  • January 25, 2024

    Anti-Gay Bias Not Grounds For New Trial, Mass. Justices Say

    Massachusetts' highest court on Thursday denied a new trial for a man who had argued his 1982 murder conviction was tainted by anti-gay bias, finding that a prosecutor's "ham handed" remarks were improper but also an attempt to rebut the defendant's own homophobic claims that the victim was a sexual predator.

  • January 24, 2024

    Sens. Press For New Agency To Police BigTech On Privacy, AI

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is stepping up its push to establish a new federal agency to regulate the biggest players in the digital technology industry, telling the chamber's leader that "piecemeal efforts" to protect users' data privacy and address issues presented by the rapid rise of artificial technology have failed. 

  • January 24, 2024

    5 Universities Cut $104.5M Deal In Student Aid-Fixing Suit

    A group of students is asking an Illinois federal judge to sign off on a $104.5 million deal with five universities in a proposed antitrust class action claiming that 17 universities conspired to limit student aid.

Expert Analysis

  • Mass. Robinhood Ruling Will Affect Broker-Dealers Nationwide

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    Following the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's recent ruling in Robinhood v. Galvin, which upheld the state's rule imposing a fiduciary duty standard on broker-dealers, the Massachusetts Securities Division will likely target in-state and out-of-state firms under the rule, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Deepfakes Remain A Threat Ahead Of 2024 Elections

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    Although this electoral season has already seen phony videos and images created to deceive the voting public — and deepfakes are surely destined to become all the more pervasive — there is still a lack of legislative progress on this issue, says Douglas Mirell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • 1st Circ. Harvard Ruling Provides Primer On Policy Provisions

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    In its recent finding of no coverage for Harvard due to the school's failure to give Zurich American Insurance timely notice of its claim, the First Circuit provides a good analysis of the distinctions between occurrence and claims-made policies, including the rationale for differences in notice provisions, says Andrew Paliotta at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Fair Lending Activity: Calm On The Surface, Churning Below

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recently released annual fair lending report to Congress confirms that despite the paucity of public fair lending enforcement actions in 2022, the CFPB and prudential banking agencies are engaged in significant nonpublic oversight, examination and enforcement activities, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • What Circuit Split May Mean For FCA Kickback Liability

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    The recent circuit split on the meaning of the resulting-from provision in False Claims Act kickback cases could have significant ramifications for FCA liability, as it could affect the standard of causation that plaintiffs must meet to establish liability, say former federal prosecutors Li Yu, Ellen London and Gregg Shapiro.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • 10 Legal Subject Matters Popping Up In AI Litigation

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    The past five years have brought judicial opinions addressing artificial intelligence in many different legal areas, so a study of existing case law is an important first step for in-house counsel addressing how to advise on the uncertainty driving many of the AI legal disputes, says Mark Davies at Orrick.

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