Massachusetts

  • 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.

  • January 24, 2024

    Judge Skeptical Of Mass. AG's Bid To Toss Liquor Law Ruling

    A Massachusetts state judge hinted Wednesday he's unlikely to vacate his decision in a now-settled lawsuit, in which he held that a recently implemented law forcing arbitration in certain disputes between liquor businesses is unconstitutional, as the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office urged the court to rethink the ruling.

  • January 24, 2024

    Calif. Bar Exam Rife With Age Discrimination, High Court Told

    A Massachusetts attorney has taken his crusade against alleged age discrimination baked into the California bar exam to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to sweep away the sovereign immunity that shielded the State Bar of California from previous lawsuits claiming it violated his due process rights.

  • January 24, 2024

    Judge Urges Ex-Ropes Atty, Former Client To Settle Fee Spat

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday told a former Ropes & Gray LLP attorney and his ex-client that it would be "crazy" to pursue a costly fee arbitration after learning that the two sides were just 15% apart on an agreement, encouraging them to work it out.

  • January 24, 2024

    Google Settles Trial Over $1.6B AI Patent Claim

    Just before closing arguments were set to begin in a Boston federal trial on Wednesday, Google said it had settled Massachusetts startup Singular Computing LLC's $1.6 billion patent infringement case claiming the search giant stole its technology to boost its machine learning products.

  • January 23, 2024

    SEC Fines Consultant For Insider Trading On SPAC Deal

    A Massachusetts-based consultant who advised an investment firm on its early-stage investments in sensor-maker Velodyne Lidar has agreed to pay nearly $150,000 for allegedly trading on insider information about Velodyne's 2020 merger with a blank-check company, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has announced.

  • January 23, 2024

    DOJ Seeks Dismissal Of Challenge To Federal Cannabis Ban

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday urged a Massachusetts federal judge to dismiss a legal challenge to the federal prohibition on marijuana, arguing that courts have consistently upheld the federal government's ban on pot and rejected previous efforts to overturn it.

  • January 23, 2024

    ​​​​​​​'Two-Step' Bankruptcies Abuse Law, AGs Tell Justices

    Attorneys general from 24 states and the District of Columbia told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that divisional mergers that manufacture jurisdiction for bankruptcy purposes shouldn't be allowed, writing in an amicus brief that Georgia-Pacific asbestos unit Bestwall employed the tactic to shield the parent from liability.

  • January 23, 2024

    House Arrest For Trader Who Used Analog Devices Insider Tip

    A Massachusetts accountant was spared prison time Tuesday for trading on an insider tip that Analog Devices Inc. was about to acquire a smaller California tech firm.

  • January 23, 2024

    Verrill Adds New Energy, Telecom Partner To Boston Office

    Verrill has welcomed Verizon's long-time East region deputy general counsel as a partner in its Boston office, strengthening the firm's energy, telecommunications and natural resources practice group.

  • January 23, 2024

    Nurse Fired For Refusing 2nd Vax After Side Effects, Suit Says

    A registered nurse says she was fired from Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for declining to get a second COVID-19 vaccination shot after the first one caused "horrific, physical, long-lasting side effects," according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Massachusetts state court.

  • January 23, 2024

    Mass. Justices Narrow Disclosure For Claims Against Police

    Massachusetts' highest court on Tuesday ruled prosecutors do not have to reveal to defendants pending civil claims against police officers involved in their arrest until those civil cases are adjudicated, setting a "bright line" disclosure rule for the state.

  • January 23, 2024

    Mass. Top Court Orders Disclosure Of Cop Misconduct Docs

    Massachusetts' top court ruled Tuesday that prosecutors in Springfield failed to live up to their "inescapable constitutional duties" regarding the disclosure of exculpatory evidence, ordering them to hand over 100,000-plus pages that federal authorities relied on in their misconduct probe of the city's now-disbanded narcotics unit.  

  • January 23, 2024

    Former Police Chief Cops To Insider Trading Charges In NY

    A Massachusetts town's former police chief told a Manhattan federal judge Tuesday that he unlawfully profited from secret information about a healthcare-sector merger provided to him by a "lifelong friend," pleading guilty to insider trading charges.

  • January 22, 2024

    Anna Jaques Hospital Sued In Mass. Over Hacked Patient Data

    Anna Jaques Hospital was hit with a proposed class action on Monday in Massachusetts state court alleging the hospital failed to maintain adequate cybersecurity measures, leading to a December breach potentially involving thousands of patient records.

  • January 22, 2024

    Fed Reserve OIG Clears 2 Ex-Bank Heads Over Trades

    The results of a probe into the trading activities of the former heads of the Federal Reserve banks in Dallas and Boston, released Monday, found no violations of "laws, rules, regulations or policies," while criticizing the appearance of a conflict of interest that undercuts confidence in the policymakers' "impartiality and integrity."

  • January 22, 2024

    1st Circ. Revives Mexico's Suit Against US Gun Cos.

    The First Circuit on Monday revived a suit by Mexico seeking to hold Smith & Wesson and other gunmakers responsible for thousands of weapons trafficked south of the border, finding that an exception to the broad protections enjoyed by gun manufacturers allows the suit to proceed.

  • January 22, 2024

    Mass. Voters To Appeal Loss In Trump Ballot Challenge

    Voters trying to disqualify Donald Trump from the Massachusetts ballot for his role in the Jan 6. Capitol riot pledged Monday to appeal to the state's highest court an administrative panel's decision finding it lacked jurisdiction to consider the challenge. 

  • January 22, 2024

    Medical Practice Execs Call Health Co. Suit 'Vendetta'

    Three former executives of a bankrupt Massachusetts medical practice told a judge on Monday that financially troubled Steward Medical Group's efforts to put them on the hook for a $16 million jury award are nothing more than a "personal vendetta" based on "rank speculation" and baseless accusations.

  • January 22, 2024

    Moderna Wants UPenn Biochemist's Emails In Vax IP Dispute

    Moderna has asked a federal judge to order a University of Pennsylvania biochemist to turn over a set of emails and documents that could be relevant to an underlying COVID vaccine-related patent dispute with rival biotech giants Pfizer and BioNTech.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Upcoming High Court ADA Cases May Signal Return To Basics

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    Recent cases, including Acheson Hotels v. Laufer, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in October, raise a fundamental question of whether Americans with Disabilities Act litigation has spiraled out of control without any real corresponding benefits to the intended beneficiaries: individuals with true disabilities, says Norman Dupont at Ring Bender.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • FTC's 'Made in USA' Enforcement Goes Beyond Labeling Rule

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent enforcement action against a group of businesses for falsely claiming that clothing was made domestically demonstrates that even where the agency's "Made in USA" labeling rule is not violated, other kinds of improper claims about products' origins can get companies in trouble, say Wrede Smith and Kali Yallourakis at McGuireWoods.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • Series

    In A 'Barbie' World: Questions On Kid Brands In Gambling Ads

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    A recent "Barbie" film marketing partnership with a casino raised some eyebrows as the iconic children's toy brand was being used to promote gambling in possible contravention of advertisement regulations for adult activities, but the campaign's particularities signal that the shtick may comport with responsible ad principles after all, says Abbey Block at Ifrah Law.

  • Cannabis Plain Packaging Rules: Examples And Opportunities

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    States that have legalized adult-use cannabis in recent years have adopted stringent requirements for product packaging and labeling in an effort to protect minors, and these rules may provide a vehicle for compromise between proponents and opponents of legalization, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • What Courts' Deference Preference Can Mean For Sentencing

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Vargas decision deepens the split among federal appeals courts on the level of deference afforded to commentary in the U.S. sentencing guidelines — an issue that has major real-life ramifications for defendants, and is likely bound for the U.S. Supreme Court, say Jennifer Freel and Michael Murtha at Jackson Walker.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Opinion

    3 Principles Should Guide MTC's Digital Products Tax Work

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    As the Multistate Tax Commission's project to harmonize sales tax on digital products moves forward, three key principles will help the commission's work group arrive at unambiguous definitions and help states avoid unintended costs, say Charles Kearns and Jeffrey Friedman at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • How High Court Is Assessing Tribal Law Questions

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's four rulings on tribal issues from this term show that Justice Neil Gorsuch's extensive experience in federal Native American law brings helpful experience to the court but does not necessarily guarantee favorable outcomes for tribal interests, say attorneys at Dorsey & Whitney.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Perspectives

    A Judge's Pitch To Revive The Jury Trial

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    Ohio state Judge Pierre Bergeron explains how the decline of the jury trial threatens public confidence in the judiciary and even democracy as a whole, and he offers ideas to restore this sacred right.

  • How To Recognize And Recover From Lawyer Loneliness

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    Law can be one of the loneliest professions, but there are practical steps that attorneys and their managers can take to help themselves and their peers improve their emotional health, strengthen their social bonds and protect their performance, says psychologist and attorney Traci Cipriano.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Disclosure Should Be Mandatory

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    Despite the Appellate Rules Committee's recent deferral of the issue of requiring third-party litigation funding disclosure, such a mandate is necessary to ensure the even-handed administration of justice across all cases, says David Levitt at Hinshaw.

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