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Supreme Court Lowers Burden in Insider Trading Prosecutions

On December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its first insider trading decision in nearly two decades unanimously affirming the Ninth Circuit and holding that an insider’s “gift” of confidential information to a “trading…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Spokeo Should Not Fall on Deaf Ears in Privacy Class Actions

On the May morning that the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, I was among those who read the case as a bellwether. The Spokeo appeal addressed a long-festering issue about whether Congress may…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Privacy

Maine DEP's New Multi-Sector General Permit

It is expected that the State of Maine multi-sector general stormwater permit for industrial facilities will be signed by Commissioner Mercer shortly. The new 5-year permit requires that facilities subject to the permit, file a…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

District of New Hampshire Denies Remand Under CAFA’s Local Controversy Exception

On November 30th, in Brown v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., United States District Judge Joseph Laplante of the District of New Hampshire denied plaintiffs’ motion to remand two related class action lawsuits based on…more
| Civil Procedure, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential, Toxic Torts, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Will Convene Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - The First Regular Session of the 128th…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Answers to Ten Key Questions about the New Form I-9

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, which all employers must use beginning no later than 1/22/17. We’ve closely tracked its release. Here are answers to 10 key questions about the new Form I-9…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

First Circuit Affirms Tough Standard for Alleging Securities Fraud; Revives One Claim Against Local Drug Maker

On November 28, 2016, the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of all but one of the class action securities fraud claims against Cambridge, MA drug company, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., reaffirming the exacting pleading standards…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Massachusetts High Court Draws Bright Line in Sand on Expansion of Easement Rights to Additional Land

In his recent blog post, “SJC Keeps Bright-Line Test for Overloading of Easements,” Pierce Atwood real estate partner Don Pinto discusses Taylor v. Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, a recent decision in which the…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Texas Court Blocks OT Rule

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| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

No Prescriptive Easement Over Registered Beach Lots That Expanded By Accretion

In an important decision for owners of waterfront property, a divided Appeals Court panel has ruled in a case of first impression that where registered land expands by accretion, the owner need not return to court to separately…more
| Civil Procedure, Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

CMS Continues Efforts to Improve Patient Care, Spending, and Population Health

On November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), released the 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule, which finalized a number of new policies designed to improve Medicare payment for…more
| Health

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Senate Caucuses and Leadership Set - With all Senate election results confirmed, the Republican…more
| Elections & Politics, Taxation

Is Your Waste Coming or Going? EPA Revises Hazardous Waste Export-Import Rules and Reforms Generator Rules

In late October 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted two final rules that will very shortly change procedures for those who export or import Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)…more
| Environmental Law, International Law & Trade, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

SJC Keeps Bright-Line Test for Overloading of Easements

In its recent decision in Taylor v. Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) put the brakes on a trend toward eliminating bright lines in the enforcement of easement rights. The Facts…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome 2016 Maine Election Edition - It’s been a very busy and active campaign season in Maine, with candidates for federal offices and all Maine legislative seats, plus six ballot questions. We thought it timely…more
| Education, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation
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