• 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.

  • 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.

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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