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Massachusetts Supreme Court shoots down attempt to allow corporations to make political donations

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 21, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court rejected an appeal from two corporations that challenged the constitutionality of state law prohibiting political contributions.

Organization alleges it purchased Qurate securities at artificially inflated prices

By Bree Gonzales | Sep 13, 2018

DENVER (Legal Newsline) – A retirement system alleges it purchased artificially inflated stock in a video commerce corporation between 2015 and 2016.

Thanks to statute of repose, contractor escapes blame in Mass. Supreme Court ruling over house fire

By Charmaine Little | Sep 10, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – On Aug. 29, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor of a contracting company after it determined a woman was outside of the statute of repose following a fire in her home.

Nonprofit alleges Massachusetts resort is discharging wastewater without permit

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 3, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit organization concerned with protecting New England's environment alleges a resort in Cape Cod, Massachusetts is discharging pollutants into U.S. waters.

AbbVie files appeal contesting landmark $448 million antitrust win for Federal Trade Commission

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 23, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — Defendants AbbVie Inc., Abbott Laboratories and Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC filed an appeal on Aug. 6 in a U.S. District Court in response to the final judgment in an antitrust case that found in favor of the Federal Trade Commission.

Acadia Pharmaceutical shareholder alleges stock prices were artificially inflated

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 3, 2018

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A shareholder in a San Diego-based biopharmaceutical company alleges he purchased stock at artificially inflated prices.

Former Energy XXI CEO accepts permanent SEC injunction after allegedly hiding personal loans

By Marian Johns | Jul 24, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Former Energy XXI Ltd., CEO and board member John Schiller Jr., has accepted a permanent injunction after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed charges alleging he hid more than $10 million in personal loans from vendors and a company board candidate.

State Street settlement fiasco has Ark. lawmakers questioning state's role in class actions

By John O'Brien | Jul 17, 2018

State Street settlement fiasco has Ark. lawmakers questioning state's role in class actions

Judge approves Harvard professor's settlement with American Airlines over baggage fees; Almost $3M to attorneys

By Karen Kidd | Jul 17, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A Harvard business professor's class action lawsuit against American Airlines over allegations the air passenger carrier wrongly charged for checked bags is well on its way to being settled, according to federal court documents.

From policy to payday: Focus in environmental causes like Boulder's shifts, former Interior Secretary says

By John O'Brien | Jul 17, 2018

Protecting the environment has long been an objective in lawsuits filed by activists in Colorado courts, but a recent, ambitious effort from the City of Boulder includes another goal - profit.

Consumer claims Canada Dry Ginger Ale is falsely labeled as made from real ginger

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 12, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The makers of Canada Dry Ginger Ale are alleged to falsely label the beverage as made from real ginger.

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Calif. cities file appeal in effort to avoid possible lawsuit from Exxon

By David Yates | Jul 12, 2018

Potential defendants argue Texas court lacks jurisdiction.

Mass. court: Creditors that don't leave voicemails still open to lawsuits

By Sandra Lane | Jul 3, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled June 25 that regulations regarding phone calls to consumers applies to creditors who use automatic dialing devices or voluntarily do not leave a voicemail message.

Court unseals scathing report accusing Labaton of misconduct in State Street case

By Daniel Fisher | Jul 2, 2018

A federal judge unsealed a lengthy report accusing Labaton Sucharow and a Massachusetts law firm of deliberately misleading the court about how it distributed the fees in a $300 million settlement with State Street Bank and Trust Co., including $4.1 million paid to a Houston lawyer who did no work on the case.

Massachusetts storm sewer system alleged to not have permit

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 29, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit environmental advocacy organization alleges a storm sewer system in Massachusetts is discharging storm water without authorization.

Massachusetts public housing owner liable for fall under Torts Claim Act, high court rules

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 28, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court affirmed a Superior Court ruling that the managers of a public housing apartment building cannot claim to be pubic employers to sidestep claims under the Torts Claim Act.

Judge boots global warming cases of San Francisco, Oakland against oil industry

By John O'Brien | Jun 26, 2018

A California federal judge has rejected the efforts of municipal officials who teamed with private lawyers to seek to hold the energy industry liable for the alleged future effects of climate change.

Widower’s $20 million award affirmed by Mass. court; Car drove through convenience store, killing woman

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 26, 2018

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) – On June 6, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals affirmed an amended award of $20 million to the spouse of a woman instantly killed when a car crashed into a Cumberland Farms convenience store and struck her.

Labaton escalates spat with judge in State Street case, demands ex parte communications

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 25, 2018

Labaton Sucharow, having failed to get a federal judge to recuse himself, asked him to turn over records of any out-of-court communications with the special master probing allegations that Labaton overcharged its clients and improperly shared part of its $75 million fee.

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS: Notice of Openings on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services

By Press release submission | Jun 23, 2018

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite applications for appointment to the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services.

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