• September 22, 2023

    JetBlue, American Say Flyers Gave Up Class Action Rights

    American Airlines and JetBlue have urged a New York federal judge to toss consolidated lawsuits alleging the airlines' since-nixed northeast partnership increased fares and diminished flight choices, arguing that flyers signed away their rights to file class action litigation when they bought tickets.

  • September 22, 2023

    States Sue EPA For Inaction On Wood Stove Emissions

    Attorneys general for New York, Alaska and eight other states claim the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to take required steps to review or update its air pollution performance standards for residential wood heaters or correct a flawed certification program for the appliances.

  • September 22, 2023

    Boston Univ. Pushed Out Worker For 'Long COVID,' Suit Says

    Boston University failed to provide reasonable accommodations that would allow a maintenance worker with "long COVID" symptoms to return to work, instead telling him to apply for long-term disability benefits which were subsequently denied, according to a suit filed in Massachusetts state court.

  • September 22, 2023

    Amazon Liable For Nooses Found At Job Site, Suit Says

    Amazon and two of its construction contractors allowed Black and Puerto Rican workers to endure a racially hostile work environment before and after they found nooses at their Connecticut job site in 2021, and victims of the hateful threats were treated like perpetrators during an FBI investigation, a federal lawsuit has claimed.

  • September 22, 2023

    Doc's Plea In NBA Fraud Case Would Leave 2 To Stand Trial

    A Seattle physician indicated to a Manhattan federal judge Friday that he will plead guilty in the $5 million NBA benefits scam, a move that would leave just two out of 24 named defendants set to go to trial in November.

  • September 22, 2023

    'Woeful' Puerto Rico Dispute Fit For Congress, Judge Says

    A First Circuit judge said Thursday that Puerto Rico's concerns about the "democratically abhorrent" situation created by the fiscal oversight board's control of the territory's lawmaking abilities is a matter for Congress, not the courts.

  • September 21, 2023

    NLRB Judge Orders Pot Co. To Bargain Under New Standard

    A Massachusetts cannabis company must recognize and bargain with a United Food and Commercial Workers local, a National Labor Relations Board judge said Thursday in what appears to be the first application of a recent board decision that altered the standard for issuing bargaining orders.

  • September 21, 2023

    DOJ Says JetBlue Deals Can Both Harm Competition

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a Massachusetts federal court there's nothing inconsistent about contentions that JetBlue's planned merger with Spirit and a previously blocked alliance with American Airlines would both hurt competition but in different ways.

  • September 21, 2023

    UPS Settles With DOJ Over Immigration-Related Bias

    UPS will pay nearly $100,000 to rectify allegations that it discriminated against non-U.S. citizens who had valid legal documents rejected by the shipping company when trying to obtain necessary work credentials, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • September 21, 2023

    Ex-State Street Atty Rejoins Nixon Peabody As Legal Chief

    Nixon Peabody LLP has hired in-house veteran William Connolly as the law firm's new general counsel and chief legal officer, according to a Thursday announcement.

  • September 21, 2023

    Mass. Appeals Court Faults Tufts OT Stance For Disabled RN

    Tufts Medical Center failed to provide a reasonable accommodation to a nurse whose chronic illnesses left her unable to work overtime or night shifts, a divided Massachusetts Appeals Court said on Thursday, affirming previous findings by the state's Commission Against Discrimination and a state court justice.

  • September 21, 2023

    Fiat Chrysler Wants Class Spiked In Headrest Defect Suit

    Fiat Chrysler urged a Boston federal judge Thursday to decertify a class hurtling toward trial on claims that the Stellantis-owned automotive giant sold vehicles with defective automatic headrests, citing a late-game request to drop tens of thousands of class members from the case.

  • September 21, 2023

    Mass. Judge Tosses Desktop Metal Securities Suit For Good

    A Massachusetts federal judge has permanently tossed a proposed securities suit claiming 3D printing company Desktop Metal Inc. and its executives misled investors about a flagship product that was ultimately recalled, finding that the suit failed to plead any actionable misleading statements or that the executives knowingly deceived the investors.

  • September 21, 2023

    Curaleaf Left Container Supplier In Lurch, Conn. Suit Says

    A Connecticut-based supplier of custom lids and containers has accused Curaleaf entities in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts of backing out of a promise to buy a million custom-designed jars and a million custom lids.

  • September 20, 2023

    Union Pension Fund Urges 1st Circ. To Uphold $1.7M Win

    An International Longshoremen's Association pension fund has urged the First Circuit to back a lower court's finding that a union local owes the fund about $1.7 million, saying the local's argument on appeal rests on "fabricated" information about the preconditions of a merger.

  • September 20, 2023

    'Varsity Blues' Couple Tell 1st Circ. Guilty Pleas Can't Stand

    A California couple told the First Circuit on Tuesday that their guilty plea in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case cannot stand as they attempted to distinguish themselves from another parent who admitted guilt and had his appeal rejected.

  • September 20, 2023

    Judge Urged To Ignore Mass. COVID-Suit Shield In Tufts Case

    A provision in the Massachusetts state budget that retroactively grants colleges and universities immunity from lawsuits seeking partial tuition refunds, after classes moved online at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, unconstitutionally infringes on his right to enforce a contract, a former Tufts University dental student has told a federal district judge.

  • September 20, 2023

    House Bill Would Shield Psilocybin Legalization From DOJ

    A pair of U.S. House of Representatives members on Wednesday pitched a new bill to bar the use of federal funds to enforce federal drug policy against states and jurisdictions that legalize the use and distribution of psilocybin, the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms.

  • September 20, 2023

    SEC Can't Nab Partial Win In Penny Stock Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was denied partial summary judgment Tuesday on claims against a pair of Canadian investors over alleged penny stock fraud, with a Boston federal judge saying evidence in support of the motion was insufficient.

  • September 20, 2023

    Post-Conviction Appeal Won't Stop Deportation, 1st Circ. Says

    A Trinidadian woman's bid to overturn her conviction for an attack on another woman does not block her from being removed, the First Circuit held, finding an appeals board was right that her conviction was considered final for immigration purposes.

  • September 20, 2023

    Orrick Benefits Partner Jumps To Crowell & Moring

    Crowell & Moring LLP said Wednesday that the firm has hired a veteran executive compensation and employee benefits attorney in its Washington, D.C., tax group.

  • September 20, 2023

    Arnold & Porter Opens Boston Office With Life Science Focus

    Arnold & Porter has picked Boston as the site for its 15th office and hired the former co-chair of Foley Hoag LLP's life sciences industry group to head the new outpost.

  • September 19, 2023

    Goodwin, Sidley Lead Klaviyo's $576M IPO

    Marketing automation firm Klaviyo Inc. priced a $576 million initial public offering on Tuesday above its upwardly revised range, marking this week's second technology industry IPO, represented by Goodwin Procter LLP and underwriters counsel Sidley Austin LLP.

  • September 19, 2023

    JetBlue Says Flyers' Expert Needs To Do Own Analysis

    JetBlue is seeking to exclude testimony from Hal Singer, a witness for a group of 25 consumers who are suing the low-cost airline over the alleged anti-competitive effects of its proposed $3.8 billion merger with Spirit Airlines.

  • September 19, 2023

    Agent In Botched ICE Raid Accused Of Misleading Magistrate

    A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent investigating identity fraud "deliberately falsified a search warrant application" that turned out to be for the wrong apartment, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit over a botched 2019 raid alleged Monday in response to the government's efforts to end the case before trial.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • 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

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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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.

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