Published: July 30, 2013
Land use attorneys across the state are hailing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that greatly reduces the amount of leverage municipalities can wield in granting developers permits.
A 5-4 majority in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District held that the U.S. Constitution’s takings clause not only applies to cases in which a project is approved with “extortionate” conditions, but also to those denied when a developer refuses to agree to the coercive demands of the government.
Published: July 19, 2013
Bankruptcy practitioners are bracing themselves for a new set of guidelines that will drastically change the way their fee petitions are reviewed in large Chapter 11 cases.
When Warren M. Yanoff agreed to review the fees a bank charged to administer an Ashburnham, Mass., woman’s $5.5 million estate, he assumed it was a run-of-the-mill guardian ad litem appointment, much like others he has accepted over the years.
He could not have been more wrong.
Boston attorney C. Max Perlman recently found himself doing something few litigators can claim they’ve done: He impaneled a jury in a non-compete trial.
A Massachusetts judge’s refusal to issue an injunction in a suit involving a car dealership allegedly defamed by the relatives of an ex-employee demonstrates the struggle for courts that are asked to strike a balance between the First Amendment and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
The stage is set for the 1st Circuit to hear the appeal of ailing former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi and issue a ruling that promises to significantly impact honest services fraud prosecutions across the country.
The 1st Circuit has held that an arbitrator, and not a judge, must decide if an arbitration agreement allows for a dispute to move forward individually or on a class-wide basis.
A controversial fee proposal from the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees is receiving a cold reception from bankruptcy lawyers, with some even threatening to leave the practice if the policy is implemented.
Published: June 12, 2012
A Massachusetts jury has rejected plaintiff’s allegations that over-serving by a Gloucester-area bar, inadequate security and failure to call police were contributing causes in the beating of a gay man that occurred just outside the establishment.
A Quincy, Mass. attorney who has secured what is believed to be the state’s largest judgment for the death of a child is hoping that the eight-figure damage award in the case will prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.