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Litigation



We are laser-focused on our clients’ business interests and objectives working as a partner to develop and execute tailored strategies closely aligned with their business objectives. We secure solutions—whether in or out of court—to keep the business moving forward.

Our approach

Litigation typically accounts for the largest part of a company’s legal spend. We never lose sight of the disruption and cost of these disputes to our clients. We control cost without compromise, collaborating with clients throughout to ensure that legal and business decisions are compatible—from early case evaluation to strategy development, budgeting and, if required, to trial.

Trial should be a last resort. We make aggressive use of early case assessment, evaluating all options including mediation, arbitration, settlement and trial to provide the most efficient and effective means possible for our clients to reach a positive outcome.

When trial is the best course of action, we assess the risk, develop a strategy, pursue aggressively and focus on a winning result.

Our winning record in cases tried to verdict or judgment is exceptional, and our record of resolving cases by dispositive motion, thus avoiding unnecessary litigation in the early stages is likewise outstanding. We are also adept at negotiating settlements and working collaboratively with other defense counsel in multiparty cases.

We regularly serve as national counsel, co-national counsel and regional counsel representing clients in federal and state courts, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals.

Varsity Blues feds relent on bail amid First Circuit appeal

Law360 | May 11, 2022

This article covers a decision by federal prosecutors to no longer oppose bail for a parent appealing his conviction in the college admissions case. The article quotes a letter that Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly sent to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Frank, and it also mentions Boston GIWC partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing the parent.

Sununu Center victims unhappy with $100 million deal

NH Journal | May 09, 2022

This article covering reaction to the New Hampshire state Senate’s approval of a $100 million settlement fund for victims of alleged abuse at the state’s Youth Development Center (now known as the Sununu Youth Services Center) includes comments from Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for hundreds of victims. Dave mentions that 450 lawsuits have been filed against the state with 100 more to be filed soon.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | May 05, 2022

This roundup of notable legal industry news and attorney moves includes the arrival of Los Angeles Complex Disputes partner Jonah Retzinger, who represents clients across the healthcare sector.

Varsity Blues dad says feds misled judge in fighting bail

Law360 | May 02, 2022

This article on a parent appealing his conviction in the college admissions case covers an argument that the government misled the court when opposing bail pending appeal. This article quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from a letter sent to the Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Boston GIWC partner Josh Sharp from comments Monday. Boston GIWC associate Lauren Maynard is also mentioned as part of the team representing the parent.

Lawyer representing hundreds criticizes states plan to settle their YDC abuse claims

New Hampshire Bulletin | May 02, 2022

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, the lead attorney for approximately 500 victims of alleged abuse at the state’s Youth Development Center, is quoted throughout this article for his concerns related to caps on claims and the exclusion of emotional abuse claims from a proposed $100 million compensation fund. Dave and team have submitted proposed changes they believe would make this a truly victim-friendly bill.

Flawed "Varsity Blues" theory skewed trial, First Circuit told

Law360 | April 25, 2022

The following articles cover an appeal by a parent in the college admissions case to have his conviction overturned by the First Circuit. The coverage mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing the parent.

Two parents appeal their convictions in Varsity Blues scandal

The New York Times | April 25, 2022

The following article coversan appeal by a parent in the college admissions case to have his conviction overturned by the First Circuit. The coverage mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing the parent.

The state was supposed to rehabilitate them. Instead, hundreds of children were allegedly abused in NH

The Boston Globe | April 22, 2022

This feature article examining decades of alleged institutional abuse and violence at New Hampshire’s Youth Development Center mentions Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo, who is representing approximately 500 alleged victims while the state’s legislature considers a settlement plan that would set aside funds for them.

Montana state court blocks anti-trans birth certificate law

Washington Blade | April 21, 2022

The following article covers NP’s and the ACLU of Montana’s success in securing a preliminary injunction against a Montana state law restricting transgender people’s ability to change the sex designation on their birth certificates, including a quote from Chicago Complex Disputes partner Seth Horvath on the positive impacts of the ruling. The NP team also includes Chicago Complex Disputes partner Tina Solis, partner Tom Hecht, and associate Christina Kurow.

Injunction granted in case challenging birth certificate law

NBC Montana | April 21, 2022

The following article covers NP’s and the ACLU of Montana’s success in securing a preliminary injunction against a Montana state law restricting transgender people’s ability to change the sex designation on their birth certificates, including a quote from Chicago Complex Disputes partner Seth Horvath on the positive impacts of the ruling. The NP team also includes Chicago Complex Disputes partner Tina Solis, partner Tom Hecht, and associate Christina Kurow.

Power players

Long Island Business News | April 14, 2022

This article covering a trend of prominent Long Island attorneys joining BigLaw firms from public sector and in-house roles features Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Tim Sini for his arrival to NP this year, quoting Tim on his reasons for joining the firm. The article also quotes Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen on how Tim’s prior experience benefits NP.

Thieves hit on a new scam: Synthetic identity fraud

Stateline (The Pew Charitable Trusts) | April 07, 2022

This article on synthetic identity fraud, which combines real Social Security numbers with mismatched or phony names to create new identities, quotes Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Tim Sini on how law enforcement agencies across states usually need to cooperate on related investigations. The article mentions Tim’s role in investigating a major scheme when he was Suffolk County (NY) District Attorney.

On the move - Tracking the ins and outs of California lawyers

The Recorder | April 07, 2022

Los Angeles Complex Disputes partner Carlos Becerra and Labor & Employment partners Richard Frey, Robert Pepple, and David Prager are featured in this column for their recent arrivals to the firm.

Top lawyer suing YDC says $100M fund for victims isn't enough

New Hampshire Union Leader | April 07, 2022

This article covers Manchester Government Investigations &White-Collar Defense partner Dave Vicinanzo’s comments to the New Hampshire Senate Judiciary Committee. Dave, who is the lead attorney for nearly 500 victims of alleged abuse at the state’s Youth Development Center, told the Committee that proposed legislation including a $100 million compensation fund for victims of alleged sexual and physical abuse at the facility requires significant changes.

Five questions with: Jeffrey Brenner

Providence Business News | April 06, 2022

Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice group leader and Providence partner Jeff Brenner is featured in this Q&A discussing his career background, how the CREL practice helps meet a growing client need, and how the pandemic has impacted the construction industry and property management business.

Deported man urges justices to review unfair deadline

Law360 | April 05, 2022

This article mentions New York Corporate counsel Chris Desiderio and Boston Privacy & Technology counsel Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero for their pro bono representation of a Salvadoran man who is asking the US Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit’s refusal to reconsider his decades-old deportation order.

Federal judge tosses parts of Dennis White lawsuit against Boston

Boston Herald | March 30, 2022

This article covers a judge’s decision to throw out two of the three federal counts made by former Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White against the city in his wrongful termination lawsuit. The story quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, who is representing the City of Boston and the former acting mayor, on this positive development. In addition to Brian, the NP team includes Boston GIWC partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard.

The Federal Trade Commission continues to circle the Santa Monica-based video game developer's proposed merger with Microsoft

Dot LA | March 22, 2022

This article on the proposed $69 billion merger between Microsoft and video game developer Activision Blizzard quotes Washington, DC Complex Disputes partner and Antitrust team leader Gordon Lang on the relatively small percentage of overall mergers that receive a second look from the Federal Trade Commission, and the tendency for these types of requests to increase in relation to the deal size.

NP thought leadership in leading journal

Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report | March 21, 2022

This industry journal, which covers the latest legal issues involving cybersecurity and data privacy, includes two NP articles based on client alerts. Complex Disputes practice group leader John Ruskusky, partners Rich Tilghman and Laura Bacon, and associate Kate Letcher, all in Chicago, contributed an article entitled, “The Seventh Circuit certifies question regarding accrual of BIPA claims to Illinois Supreme Court.” John and Rich also contributed a second article, “Workers’ Compensation Act does not bar claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, Illinois Supreme Court rules.” Both pieces provide insight on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and its litigation impacts to date.

Fired Boston top cop may lose federal claims, judge hints

Law360 | March 21, 2022

This article covers a judge’s suggestion that he might cut federal claims from former Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the city and former acting Mayor Kim Janey, leaving only state law claims. The article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing the City of Boston and the former acting mayor.

Truly Seltzer maker says investors' stock suit has no case

Law360 | March 17, 2022

This article covers a motion to dismiss a class action securities lawsuit against Boston Beer Co. related to sales of hard seltzer, and mentions Boston Complex Disputes partners George Skelly and Morgan Nighan and Rochester Privacy & Technology partner Rick McGuirk for representing Boston Beer Co

Nixon Peabody establishes construction and real estate litigation division

Providence Business News | March 16, 2022

This article covering NP’s creation of a dedicated Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice quotes Providence partner and practice group leader Jeff Brenner on how our firm helps clients make a positive impact for their businesses and their communities. Litigation Department head Tony Barron is also quoted in the article.

RCSD special education students get more legal support

WXXI | March 14, 2022

This article, covering the federal court’s approval of an amended consent decree that further resolves claims in a class action lawsuit alleging the Rochester City School District failed to provide adequate services to students with disabilities, quotes Rochester Complex Disputes partner Carolyn Nussbaum on the unique nature of the case and its grassroots origins.

School district settles class action suit

The New York Daily Record | March 11, 2022

This article, covering the federal court’s approval of an Amended Consent Decree that further resolves claims in a class action lawsuit alleging the Rochester City School District failed to provide adequate services to students with disabilities, quotes Rochester Complex Disputes partner Carolyn Nussbaum on the groundbreaking and collaborative nature of the settlement. Notably, the presiding judge is quoted in the article praising NP’s pro bono work on the case.

People in the law

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | March 10, 2022

This roundup column of notable attorney moves and expanded roles highlights Providence partner Jeff Brenner for his leadership of NP’s newly formed Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice group.

People on the move

Crain’s Chicago Business | March 09, 2022

This roundup of notable appointments and hires in the Chicago market mentions Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense associate Andy Kaplan for joining NP.

On the move

The New York Daily Record | March 08, 2022

This column of notable promotions and moves features Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding for her appointment as deputy leader of NP’s Litigation Department. The article also highlights Rochester Labor & Employment associate Jeniffer Taylor for joining the firm, and Rochester Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Ninteretse Jean Pierre (JP) for rejoining NP.

Labor board's pending work rule change muddles employer strategy

Bloomberg Law | March 07, 2022

Rochester Labor & Employment partner and deputy leader of the Litigation Department Kim Harding is quoted in this article about the NLRB’s reconsideration of its legal framework for workplace rules and employee handbooks, and what this could mean for employers.

Was Kittery's pot-license lottery stacked in favor of those with the most cash?

Portland Press Herald | March 06, 2022

Manchester Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense associate Mike Strauss is quoted throughout this article, which focuses on cannabis client Sweet Dirt challenging the legality and fairness of a lottery system used in Kittery, Maine, that determined who can apply for three available recreational marijuana retail licenses.

How feds closed in on Illinois speaker in corruption probe

Law360 | March 04, 2022

Chicago Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling is quoted throughout this article that looks at how prosecutors are approaching racketeering charges against former Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Nixon Peabody launches new construction litigation group

Law360 | February 24, 2022

The following article covers the creation of NP’s new Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice group, led by Providence partner Jeff Brenner. Jeff is extensively quoted in Providence Business First about the need for a dedicated practice group in this area and the uncertainties in the industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both articles also include comments from Litigation Department Head Tony Barron of San Francisco.

Providence lawyer to head new Nixon Peabody construction and real estate practice

Providence Business First | February 24, 2022

The following article covers the creation of NP’s new Construction & Real Estate Litigation practice group, led by Providence partner Jeff Brenner. Jeff is extensively quoted in Providence Business First about the need for a dedicated practice group in this area and the uncertainties in the industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Both articles also include comments from Litigation Department Head Tony Barron of San Francisco.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | February 23, 2022

This roundup of top news in the legal industry mentions Providence partner Jeff Brenner for his new role as leader of the firm’s Construction & Real Estate Litigation group.

MIT professor who faced charges for China ties speaks out

CBS This Morning | February 23, 2022

This TV news segment on the exoneration of MIT professor Gang Chen, who faced charges under the Department of Justice’s China Initiative aimed at combatting Chinese spying, features Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group leader Rob Fisher on our representation of Chen and the major flaws in the government’s case that led to a full dismissal of charges.

Trial penalty or lack of remorse? 'Varsity Blues' stirs debate

Law360 | February 23, 2022

This article covering the sentencing of convicted parents in the college admissions case quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly on whether the defendant our team represented was unfairly penalized for maintaining his innocence in court rather than entering a plea deal.

Employees almost always win with Trump NLRB test set for change

Bloomberg Law | February 22, 2022

This article analyzes the different outcomes in the National Labor Relations Board’s Trump-era and Obama-era worker classification legal tests, which determine if workers are considered employees protected by federal law. Rochester Labor & Employment partner and Litigation Department deputy head Kim Harding is quoted for her perspective on whether new standards will drive additional litigation.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | February 17, 2022

This roundup of notable moves and hires in the legal industry includes the selection of Boston partner Rob Fisher to lead the firm’s Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice.

Nixon Peabody names new white collar defense head

Law360 | February 17, 2022

Boston partner Rob Fisher is profiled in this article covering his appointment as leader of the firm’s Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice. The article also quotes Litigation Department head Tony Barron related to Rob’s new role.

Building Community: Nixon Peabody's new California leaders on growth for a younger partnership

The Recorder | February 15, 2022

This article on the recent appointments of Community Development Finance partner Sonia Nayak to Los Angeles office managing partner and Complex Disputes partner Robert Weikert to San Francisco office managing partner focuses on their new roles and goals for their respective offices, and how the California team is continuing to build on momentum to increase NP’s presence on the West Coast.

People on the move

Crain’s New York Business | February 14, 2022

This roundup of notable moves and hires highlights the recent arrival of Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Tim Sini to the firm, noting details of his practice as well as his former roles as a federal prosecutor and as district attorney and police commissioner for Suffolk County, New York.

CDLB people

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | February 10, 2022

Chicago Complex Disputes partner John Ruskusky is highlighted in this roundup of significant attorney news for his selection as NP’s Complex Disputes practice leader.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | February 08, 2022

Chicago partner John Ruskusky is featured in this roundup of notable legal news for his promotion to leader of NP’s Complex Disputes practice.

Microsoft's $68.7 billion bid for Activision leads biggest January deals

CQ Roll Call | February 04, 2022

This article highlighting Microsoft’s proposed $68.7 billion acquisition of video game company Activision Blizzard quotes Washington, DC Complex Disputes partner and Antitrust practice leader Gordon Lang on how a large price tag does not make a deal unlawful under antitrust law, noting that the issue to consider is whether competition would be harmed.

Prosecutor moves highlight brisk demand for white-collar work

The National Law Journal | February 02, 2022

This article, which covers the growing shift among former federal and state prosecutors to join private practice, includes the arrival of Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Tim Sini to NP. The article features insight from both Tim and GIWC practice group leader Rob Fisher, of Boston, on the anticipated surge of enforcement activity that could be driving this trend, and the networking among former prosecutors that often helps guide them to top law firms.

As LI's legal landscape shifts, Nixon Peabody adds Sini

Innovate LI | February 01, 2022

The following article comprise additional news coverage on Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini and his arrival to the firm. Tim discusses his past experience as an assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his points of focus at the firm and NP’s growing GIWC group. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on the unique and diverse experience that Tim brings to NP.

Sini joins Nixon Peabody

Long Island Business News | February 01, 2022

The following article comprise additional news coverage on Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini and his arrival to the firm. Tim discusses his past experience as an assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his points of focus at the firm and NP’s growing GIWC group. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on the unique and diverse experience that Tim brings to NP.

Nixon Peabody adds ex-Long Island DA to white collar team

Law360 | February 01, 2022

The following article comprise additional news coverage on Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini and his arrival to the firm. Tim discusses his past experience as an assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his points of focus at the firm and NP’s growing GIWC group. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on the unique and diverse experience that Tim brings to NP.

Long Island News Radio

WRCN-FM | February 01, 2022

The following news coverage features the arrival of Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini. Tim discusses his background as a former assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his enthusiasm to maintain his local roots amid NP’s international reach. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on Tim’s impressive experience and the strengths he brings to the firm.

Ex-Suffolk County DA Tim Sini joins big law firm

Newsday | January 31, 2022

The following news coverage features the arrival of Long Island Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Timothy Sini. Tim discusses his background as a former assistant United States attorney, district attorney, and police commissioner, as well as his enthusiasm to maintain his local roots amid NP’s international reach. Long Island office managing partner Allan Cohen, of the Healthcare group, is quoted on Tim’s impressive experience and the strengths he brings to the firm.

Government audit and enforcement regarding pandemic relief funds in 2022

New Hampshire Bar News | January 28, 2022

Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner David Vicinanzo, and Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Kierstan Schultz contributed this article related to healthcare providers that have received coronavirus relief funds, and what those organizations should be aware of as we enter the audit and enforcement phase of government relief programs.

MIT professor Gang Chen says misunderstanding lay at root of US Case

The Wall Street Journal | January 26, 2022

This article, based on an interview with MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen, quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher on the belief in Mr. Chen’s innocence and the strategy in defending him against the government’s charges.

US prosecutors said an MIT scientist hid his China ties. Here’s why their case collapsed.

Science | January 25, 2022

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher is quoted extensively in this article detailing what happened in the government’s case against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen, and why the government ultimately dropped the charges against him.

Why antitrust concerns won't block Microsoft's Activision acquisition

Dot LA | January 24, 2022

This article on Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of video game company Activision Blizzard quotes Washington, DC Complex Disputes partner and Antitrust practice leader Gordon Lang on antitrust considerations and potential issues related to similar large-sized mergers and acquisitions. Esports & Gaming group leader and Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan is quoted on the strength of competition among companies of all sizes in the gaming industry.

Federal prosecutors seek to dismiss charges against MIT professor accused of concealing ties with China

The Boston Globe | January 20, 2022

The following article covers the federal government’s motion to dismiss charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, and the team defending Dr. Chen also includes Boston GIWC partner Brian Kelly and associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif. In addition, GIWC associates Tom Barnico of Boston and Bobby McManigal of Washington, DC, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Henry Caldwell, and Boston GIWC paralegal Joelle MarkAnthony have done critical work on this matter.

US moves to drop case against MIT scientist accused of hiding China links

The New York Times | January 20, 2022

The following article covers the federal government’s motion to dismiss charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, and the team defending Dr. Chen also includes Boston GIWC partner Brian Kelly and associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif. In addition, GIWC associates Tom Barnico of Boston and Bobby McManigal of Washington, DC, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Henry Caldwell, and Boston GIWC paralegal Joelle MarkAnthony have done critical work on this matter.

7th circuit assesses class certification for disparate impact discrimination claims

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 20, 2022

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon contributed this article covering the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision regarding a class-action lawsuit alleging discriminatory hiring practices for correctional officers in Cook County, Illinois. She details the court’s rationale for vacating a previous ruling and what it means for class certification criteria.

Fund urged for sex abuse victims at youth detention center

Associated Press | January 20, 2022

This article covering New Hampshire’s proposed $100 million settlement fund related to claims of child sex abuse by former workers at a state-run youth detention center quotes Manchester partner and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense leader David Vicinanzo, who is representing alleged victims in the case. The NP team also includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane and associates Kierstan Schultz and Nate Warecki, and GIWC partner Mark Knights and associate Michael Strauss, all of Manchester.

US drops case against MIT professor accused of ties to China

Associated Press | January 20, 2022

The following article covers a federal judge’s dismissal of all charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher. The team defending Chen also includes Boston GIWC partner Brian Kelly and associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif. In addition, GIWC associates Tom Barnico of Boston and Bobby McManigal of Washington, DC, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Henry Caldwell, and Boston GIWC paralegal Joelle MarkAnthony have done critical work on this matter.

Charges dismissed against MIT professor accused of hiding research ties to China

The Washington Post | January 20, 2022

The following article covers a federal judge’s dismissal of all charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher. The team defending Chen also includes Boston GIWC partner Brian Kelly and associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif. In addition, GIWC associates Tom Barnico of Boston and Bobby McManigal of Washington, DC, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Henry Caldwell, and Boston GIWC paralegal Joelle MarkAnthony have done critical work on this matter.

MIT professor defeats China-ties case as feds reverse course

Law360 | January 20, 2022

The following article covers a federal judge’s dismissal of all charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher. The team defending Chen also includes Boston GIWC partner Brian Kelly and associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif. In addition, GIWC associates Tom Barnico of Boston and Bobby McManigal of Washington, DC, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Henry Caldwell, and Boston GIWC paralegal Joelle MarkAnthony have done critical work on this matter.

US drops case against MIT professor accused of hiding China ties

The Wall Street Journal | January 20, 2022

The following article covers a federal judge’s dismissal of all charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher. The team defending Chen also includes Boston GIWC partner Brian Kelly and associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif. In addition, GIWC associates Tom Barnico of Boston and Bobby McManigal of Washington, DC, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Henry Caldwell, and Boston GIWC paralegal Joelle MarkAnthony have done critical work on this matter.

Settlement fund proposed for youth center sex abuse victims

Associated Press | January 18, 2022

This article covering New Hampshire’s proposed $100 million settlement fund related to claims of child sex abuse by former workers at a state-run youth detention center quotes Manchester partner and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense leader David Vicinanzo, who is representing alleged victims in the case. The NP team also includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane and associates Kierstan Schultz and Nate Warecki, and GIWC partner Mark Knights and associate Michael Strauss, all of Manchester.

US to end case against Gang Chen, MIT scientist accused of hiding ties to China

South China Morning Post | January 15, 2022

The following article covers reports that federal prosecutors have recommended dropping criminal charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Rob Fisher, and the team defending Mr. Chen also includes Boston GIWC associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif.

U.S. prosecutors recommend dropping China charges against MIT professor: source

Reuters | January 14, 2022

The following article covers reports that federal prosecutors have recommended dropping criminal charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Rob Fisher, and the team defending Mr. Chen also includes Boston GIWC associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif.

Feds recommend dropping MIT Professor's China ties case

Law360 | January 14, 2022

The following article covers reports that federal prosecutors have recommended dropping criminal charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Rob Fisher, and the team defending Mr. Chen also includes Boston GIWC associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif.

In high-profile case against MIT's Gang Chen, prosecutors seeking to drop charges

The Washington Post | January 14, 2022

The following article covers reports that federal prosecutors have recommended dropping criminal charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Rob Fisher, and the team defending Mr. Chen also includes Boston GIWC associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif.

Prosecutors recommend dropping case over china ties against MIT scientist

The Wall Street Journal | January 14, 2022

The following article covers reports that federal prosecutors have recommended dropping criminal charges against MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen related to his China ties. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Rob Fisher, and the team defending Mr. Chen also includes Boston GIWC associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif.

Supplement co. inks $1.7M deal ending toxic drink claims

Law360 | January 12, 2022

This article, covering the preliminary approval for a settlement between consumers and the makers and sellers of recalled dietary supplement All Day Energy Greens, mentions NP for representing Independent Vital Life LLC, one of the defendants. The NP team includes Long Island Complex Commercial Disputes partner Joseph Ortego, counsel Santo Borruso, and associates Marissa Muscarella and Matthew Forzano.

People on the move

Crain’s Chicago | January 10, 2022

This roundup of notable moves and hires highlights the arrival of Chicago Affordable Housing & Real Estate counsel Dan Perlin and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Katie Mallon to the firm, and also includes a brief description of their practices.

Attorneys mull takeaways from conviction of Theranos founder Holmes

Medtech Insight | January 06, 2022

Boston partner Hannah Bornstein, deputy leader of the Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group, is quoted extensively throughout this article exploring takeaways from the trial and conviction of Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes.

Seven wage and hour cases to watch in 2022

Law360 | January 03, 2022

The following article quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight for his outlook on key wage and hour SCOTUS petitions and cases to watch in 2022. Seth comments on People v. Handy Technologies Inc. et. al. and how the case illustrates worker classification and further considerations service gig companies should take into account. He also discusses PAGA suits, and how several pending Supreme Court cases present the question of whether its 2018 decision that condoned businesses requiring workers to resolve disputes in arbitration nullified an earlier California Supreme Court decision.

Global migrant crisis worsens during the pandemic

Global News (Canada) | January 02, 2022

This broadcast report on refugee crisis areas around the globe quotes Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner and former acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Sandweg on resources that are needed at the US-Mexico border and the need for countries to work together.

'Rigged' cannabis shop process? Sweet Dirt threatens to sue Kittery over lottery system

Portsmouth Herald | December 30, 2021

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense associate Michael Strauss is quoted throughout this article on cannabis client Sweet Dirt’s assertion that the town of Kittery, ME should undo results of a flawed recreational marijuana license selection process or face a lawsuit. Mike and Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane are representing Sweet Dirt parent Northeast Kind Holdings in the pending litigation.

Pair of recent victories hearten counsel for MassHealth providers

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | December 29, 2021

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp is quoted extensively in this article covering the potential implications of two recent court decisions involving providers and payments in Massachusetts’ MassHealth Medicaid program. Josh, Boston GIWC partner Brian Kelly, and associate Lauren Maynard successfully represented Suburban Home Health Care in one of these notable cases, which established a statute of limitations for MassHealth’s pursuit of overpayments.

Top arbitration developments of 2021

Law360 | December 22, 2021

This 2021 roundup of arbitration developments related to wage and hour law quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Hillary Baca related to a September ruling in Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. Bonta, when a Ninth Circuit panel found that California’s A.B. 51, which cracks down on arbitration agreements, doesn’t run afoul of the Federal Arbitration Act.

NH's largest teachers' union joins suit over law restricting teachings on racism, oppression

New Hampshire Public Radio | December 20, 2021

This following article covers a new lawsuit in New Hampshire challenging a state law that regulates what can be taught in classrooms—arguing the law’s vague language prevents students from having an open and complete dialogue about the perspectives of historically marginalized communities, as well as on topics concerning race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. The federal lawsuit was brought by the National Education Association – New Hampshire and two school administrators, with the plaintiffs represented by a broad coalition including NP, the ACLU, the ACLU of New Hampshire, Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.

The NP team working on this case includes Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo, of Manchester, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, and New York City GIWC partner Travis Hill.

Second lawsuit filed challenging NH anti-discrimination law

Associated Press | December 20, 2021

This following article covers a new lawsuit in New Hampshire challenging a state law that regulates what can be taught in classrooms—arguing the law’s vague language prevents students from having an open and complete dialogue about the perspectives of historically marginalized communities, as well as on topics concerning race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. The federal lawsuit was brought by the National Education Association – New Hampshire and two school administrators, with the plaintiffs represented by a broad coalition including NP, the ACLU, the ACLU of New Hampshire, Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.

The NP team working on this case includes Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo, of Manchester, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, and New York City GIWC partner Travis Hill.

NH race, gender censorship law challenged by teachers

Bloomberg Law | December 20, 2021

This following article covers a new lawsuit in New Hampshire challenging a state law that regulates what can be taught in classrooms—arguing the law’s vague language prevents students from having an open and complete dialogue about the perspectives of historically marginalized communities, as well as on topics concerning race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability. The federal lawsuit was brought by the National Education Association – New Hampshire and two school administrators, with the plaintiffs represented by a broad coalition including NP, the ACLU, the ACLU of New Hampshire, Disability Rights Center – New Hampshire, and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.

The NP team working on this case includes Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo, of Manchester, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, and New York City GIWC partner Travis Hill.

The US pursued professors working with China. Cases are faltering.

The Wall Street Journal | December 20, 2021

This article on the Justice Department’s cases against US academics for their alleged ties to China discusses challenges related to prosecuting such cases. The story focuses on MIT professor and NP client Gang Chen, and quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher.

Whistleblower-initiated FCA investigation highlights risks to PPP borrowers, other pandemic relief beneficiaries

The Banking Law Journal | December 13, 2021

A cross-practice team contributed this article covering the first False Claims Act settlement over Paycheck Protection Program funds that arose from a whistleblower complaint, and it offers insight on the implications of this action for other beneficiaries of coronavirus relief. The NP team comprises Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and Manchester partner David Vicinanzo; Washington, DC partner Adam Tarosky, and Chicago partner Christopher Hotaling, both of the GIWC group; Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan; and New York Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy partner Robert Christmas.

Feckless NCAA misses latest enforcement opportunity by letting Auburn off easy

SI.com | December 10, 2021

This article, which analyzes NCAA college basketball violations and penalties, mentions Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steve Thompson for successfully representing Auburn University coach Bruce Pearl in a recent enforcement matter.

Lawsuit alleges DHHS fails to properly administer Medicaid waiver program

Granite State News Collaborative | December 04, 2021

This article covers a federal judge’s decision that a class-action lawsuit over the plaintiffs’ right to live independently instead of being placed in institutional care may proceed, quoting Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Kierstan Schultz. In addition to Kierstan, the NP team working on the case includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Daniel Deane, Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, and paralegal Sharon Willier, all of the Manchester office.

Canadian cannabis co. can't escape Georgia IP theft suit

Law360 | December 01, 2021

The following article covers a litigation win for client Refresco Beverages US Inc., in which a federal judge denied a motion by defendant Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. to dismiss it from litigation alleging the theft of a secret drink formula. Boston partner Jason Kravitz, co-leader of the Intellectual Property practice, and Boston Intellectual Property associate Leslie Hartford are representing Refresco.

Judge: Beverage industry tortious interference case to proceed

Law Street | November 30, 2021

The following article covers a litigation win for client Refresco Beverages US Inc., in which a federal judge denied a motion by defendant Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. to dismiss it from litigation alleging the theft of a secret drink formula. Boston partner Jason Kravitz, co-leader of the Intellectual Property practice, and Boston Intellectual Property associate Leslie Hartford are representing Refresco

Judge allows health care lawsuit vs state to proceed

New Hampshire Union Leader | November 29, 2021

This article, covering a federal judge’s ruling that a class-action lawsuit over the plaintiffs’ right to live independently instead of being placed in institutional care may proceed, quotes Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Kierstan Schultz on the decision. In addition to Kierstan, the NP team working on the case includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Daniel Deane, Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, and paralegal Sharon Willier, all of the Manchester office.

Iowa Medicaid program must cover gender-affirming care, judge rules

The Advocate | November 24, 2021

This article on a recent district court ruling in Iowa requiring the state to provide Medicaid coverage for gender-affirmation surgeries to two transgender individuals mentions the firm for the work by Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Seth Horvath, Tina Solis and Tom Hecht as pro bono counsel. The court found that denial of coverage violates both the Iowa Civil Rights Act and the equal protection guarantee of the state’s constitution.

Deal Watch: Private equity hits new heights

The American Lawyer | November 22, 2021

This article on the surge in private equity deals includes NP for advising the owners of skin care brand Obagi in its $1.2 billion business combination agreement with Waldencast Acquisition Corp. and the spinoff of Obagi’s operations in China.

The NP team was led by David Cheng, chair and managing partner of the firm's China and Asia-Pacific practice, and New York City Corporate partners Michael Smith and Richard Langan. The team that advised Obagi also included Chicago Corporate partner David Brown, Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington, DC Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Antitrust team leader Gordon Lang, and Washington, DC Corporate senior counsel Kenneth Silverberg. Other members of the team included Boston Corporate associate Anthony Bova and Chinese legal consultant Kelly Xiang.

Elizabeth Holmes's trial reaches turning point: Will she testify?

The Wall Street Journal | November 19, 2021

This article, focusing on Theranos Inc. founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes’s trial for allegedly defrauding patients and investors about the capabilities of her blood-testing startup, quotes Boston partner and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense deputy leader Hannah Bornstein on the risks of putting Holmes on the stand and the possible strategy behind lengthy defense cross-examinations.

Billionaire charged in $2 billion tax fraud says he has dementia

Bloomberg | November 12, 2021

This article on a billionaire inventor charged with tax fraud who now claims to suffer from dementia includes third-party commentary from Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle, who explains the judge could hire his own expert if he can’t resolve differences between those representing the government and defense.

DaVita must limit M&A activity in Utah, FTC says

Modern Healthcare | October 26, 2021

In this article, covering the Federal Trade Commission’s crackdown on dialysis chain DaVita’s continued acquisitions of clinics across Utah, Washington, D.C. Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Alycia Ziarno, deputy leader of the Antitrust team, offers her perspective on DaVita’s anticompetitive deals, mentioning the issues that could stem from the group’s proposed acquisitions in the region.

PPP borrowers - beware of whistleblowers

New Hampshire Business Review | October 25, 2021

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo, of the Manchester office, and Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan co-authored this article on the threat whistleblowers can pose to businesses that received PPP funds, using a recent DOJ settlement as an example to put PPP beneficiaries on alert.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | October 21, 2021

This roundup of notable legal news and moves includes the arrival of Boston Intellectual Property counsel Tom O’Keefe to the firm, following several years serving as senior counsel at Akamai Technologies.

Bloomberg Law with June Grasso

Bloomberg Radio | October 20, 2021

Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle joined the program to discuss the case of a former Boeing employee charged with misleading regulators in connection with two deadly crashes. Mark notes that the allegations are largely based on omissions as opposed to affirmative false statements, and also discussed sentencing guidelines generally in fraud cases.

Dairy Queen goes to court over Blizzard name

Star Tribune | October 19, 2021

This coverage provides an overview of the W.B. Mason and Dairy Queen trial underway in Minnesota, in which DQ alleges that W.B. Mason’s house brand of BLIZZARD spring water infringes and dilutes DQ’s BLIZZARD mark. Intellectual Property practice co-leader Jason Kravitz, of the Boston office, is leading the W.B. Mason trial team, which also includes Intellectual Property counsel Gina McCreadie and associate Leslie Hartford, and Complex Commercial Disputes resident attorney Melanie Dempster, all of the Boston office.

Ex-Boeing pilot charged in probe of 737 MAX crashes is scapegoat, lawyer says

The Wall Street Journal | October 15, 2021

This article, on a former Boeing employee charged with misleading regulators in connection with two deadly crashes, quotes Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle about how the optics of the charges could potentially raise sympathy among jurors.

Notable Hispanic leaders & executives

Crain’s New York Business | October 11, 2021

Chief Diversity Officer and Long Island Complex Commercial Disputes partner Joe Ortego is profiled for being named as one of the diverse professionals who are shaping companies and institutions in the New York metropolitan area, while helping to mentor and elevate other diverse professionals.

Feds rest Varsity Blues case as focus shifts to defense

Law360 | September 29, 2021

This article, covering a range of items as the prosecution rested their case in the first college admissions trial, quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from his questioning of a government auditor. In addition to Brian, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

Jury told Varsity Blues honcho claimed Steve Jobs as client

Law360 | September 28, 2021

This article covers a letter the NP team sent to the United States Attorney, which called the trial team’s hearsay objections to evidence admissibility baseless, resulting in the government withdrawing its objections. In addition to quoting from the letter, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

Tearful coach tells ‘Varsity Blues’ jury of Loughlin fakery

Law360 | September 27, 2021

This article on the college admissions trial quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from questioning of a former University of Southern California soccer coach. In addition to Brian, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

Jury hears USC coach never heard of Varsity Blues recruit

Law360 | September 24, 2021

This article on the college admissions trial quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from questioning of a former University of Southern California women’s basketball coach. Of note from the questioning, Brian asked the coach whether Larry Bird or Magic Johnson was the better player in her opinion. In addition to Brian, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

Illinois hit with more suits over pot biz licensing process

Law360 | September 23, 2021

This article mentions Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Seth Horvath for representing ia GP LLC in a suit brought against the state regarding their disqualified application for craft grow and transporter licenses.

'Varsity Blues' kids' choice of sport didn't matter jury hears

Law360 | September 23, 2021

This article, covering the latest developments in the college admissions trial, quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly from cross-examination of an FBI special agent. In addition to Brian, the article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of two parents on trial.

Five questions with: Armando Batastini

Providence Business News | September 22, 2021

This feature article covers Complex Commercial Disputes partner Armando Batastini’s selection as office managing partner in Providence, highlighting his commercial real estate litigation practice, important lessons he’s learned in the space, the firm’s the Commercial Lease Disputes team, and key aspects of NP Providence.

Negotiating the use of technology assisted/review artificial intelligence in document review

Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law | NOV – DEC 2021 | September 21, 2021

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tracy Ickes contributed this article discussing the use of technology assisted review (TAR), its potential to streamline the review of electronic files and documentation, and best practices for negotiating protocol for its use.

Varsity Blues jury hears BigLaw attorneys deal with mastermind

Law360 | September 14, 2021

The following article highlights Tuesday’s media coverage of the college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from the first full day of testimony. Additional coverage available upon request.

Prosecutors play secret recording of ex-Willkie co-chairman Gordon Caplan in college admission bribery trial

The American Lawyer | September 14, 2021

The following article highlights Tuesday’s media coverage of the college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from the first full day of testimony. Additional coverage available upon request.

College admissions bribery scheme mastermind boasts of concierge service

The Boston Globe | September 14, 2021

The following article highlights Tuesday’s media coverage of the college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from the first full day of testimony. Additional coverage available upon request.

Defense attorneys say Varsity Blues parents were victims of a fraudster

The American Lawyer | September 13, 2021

The following articles highlight media coverage from Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from opening statements. Additional coverage available upon request.

Parents were duped, their lawyers say in start of college admissions trial

The New York Times | September 13, 2021

The following article highlights media coverage from Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from opening statements. Additional coverage available upon request.

First trial in Varsity Blues scandal begins

The Boston Globe | September 13, 2021

The following article highlights media coverage from Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from opening statements. Additional coverage available upon request.

Varsity Blues college-admissions trial opens with competing claims about parents intent

The Wall Street Journal | September 13, 2021

The following article highlights media coverage from Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, in which Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard are defending one of two parents on trial. The articles quote Brian from opening statements. Additional coverage available upon request.

MassHealth recoupment action deemed untimely

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | September 13, 2021

This article covers a significant litigation win on behalf of home health care agency Suburban Home Health Care, a decision that will have wide-ranging implications for health care providers doing business in Massachusetts. Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard represented Suburban Home Health Care in the case.

First trial in US college admission scandal to begin

Reuters | September 13, 2021

The following article covers Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, mentioning Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard, who are defending one of two parents on trial.

Varsity Blues mastermind not expected to testify at trial

Law360 | September 10, 2021

The following article covers Monday’s start of the first college admissions trial, mentioning Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard, who are defending one of two parents on trial.

What to watch for as 'Varsity Blues' gets jury trial debut

Law360 | September 09, 2021

This article provides an overview of the first college admissions trial set to begin Monday and mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard for defending one of two parents set for trial.

MIT professor's grant fraud indictment can't be vague, judge says

Law360 | September 09, 2021

This article—in the case of an MIT professor facing fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant—covers a judge’s assertion that prosecutors must replace sweeping, vague indictment language with specific details. The story mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Rob Fisher and Brian Kelly for representing the professor.

Notable Rising Stars in Law

Crain’s Chicago Business | September 09, 2021

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon has been named to the publication’s “Notable Rising Stars in Law” list and is featured in a Q&A article on a recent litigation win, her pro bono work and community involvement, and organizations she’s passionate about.

Prosecution may not call star witness in 1st trial in U.S. college admissions scandal

Reuters | September 08, 2021

The following article covers the latest developments leading up to the first college admissions trial and profile the NP team defending one of two parents set for trial: Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard. Of note, the NLJ article provides background on the three attorneys, including a recent win for Suburban Home Health Care, which will effectively set a limit by which MassHealth can seek to recoup alleged overpayments from providers across the state.

SJC rules MassHealth can't collect on decade-old overcharges

Boston Business Journal | September 08, 2021

This article covers a significant litigation win on behalf of home health care agency Suburban Home Health Care, a decision that will have wide-ranging implications for health care providers doing business in Massachusetts. The article quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, while the NP team also included Boston partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard, both of the Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice.

Varsity Blues parents say feds tried to bully witnesses

Law360 | September 07, 2021

The following article covers the latest developments leading up to the first college admissions trial and profile the NP team defending one of two parents set for trial: Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard. Of note, the NLJ article provides background on the three attorneys, including a recent win for Suburban Home Health Care, which will effectively set a limit by which MassHealth can seek to recoup alleged overpayments from providers across the state.

Who's representing ‘Varsity Blues’ parents in the first admissions scandal trial?

National Law Journal | September 07, 2021

The following article covers the latest developments leading up to the first college admissions trial and profile the NP team defending one of two parents set for trial: Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp, and associate Lauren Maynard. Of note, the NLJ article provides background on the three attorneys, including a recent win for Suburban Home Health Care, which will effectively set a limit by which MassHealth can seek to recoup alleged overpayments from providers across the state.

‘Varsity Blues’ parents say Zoom trial will stir ‘media frenzy’

Law360 | August 31, 2021

This article covers a motion by parents in next month’s college admissions trial not to livestream the proceedings, arguing it would harm their shot at a fair trial. The story mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents scheduled for trial.

Meet the key players in the first Varsity Blues trial

Law360 | August 30, 2021

This article highlighting key people involved in next month’s college admissions trial mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents scheduled for trial, and provides background on some of the team’s notable cases.

'I wish I could switch places with you': By text U.S. veteran tries to help Afghan friend escape Kabul

NBC News | August 19, 2021

This article about an Afghan interpreter who worked with the U.S. and is stranded with his family in Kabul quotes Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner John Sandweg, who formerly served as acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and acting General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, on documentation for vetting and approving individuals who get on flights to the U.S.

First Varsity Blues trial to forge ahead despite virus surge

Law360 | August 18, 2021

This article on the September college admissions trial moving forward mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents scheduled for trial. The article also quotes Brian on whether the prosecution will call its star witness to testify.

Whose house is this? Pandemics, eviction moratoriums, and the NY Real Estate Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act

New York Law Journal | August 16, 2021

New York City Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner and State Attorneys General practice team co-leader Travis Hill contributed this article analyzing New York’s COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 and how it should be adjusted to allow landlords to deal with problem tenants, unrelated to the pandemic.

People in the law

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | August 13, 2021

This article covering notable executive news highlights Complex Commercial Disputes partner Armando Batastini’s selection as office managing partner in Providence.

New Day with John Berman and Brianna Keilar

CNN | August 13, 2021

Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner John Sandweg, who formerly served as acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and acting General Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, joined the program to discuss the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, after more than 200,000 migrants were taken into U.S. custody in July.

‘Varsity Blues’ Feds blast ‘absurd’ bid to shave evidence

Law360 | August 06, 2021

This article, covering the latest developments in the college admissions case, mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents scheduled for trial later this year.

Varsity Blues parents want no talk of their wealth at trial

Law360 | August 02, 2021

This article covers a request by parents in the college admissions case to exclude evidence at trial about their wealth, income, spending, or lifestyles, with the motion stating such evidence could unfairly prejudice the jury. The story mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the parents who filed the motion.

US Chamber backs energy companies in climate suit fight

Law360 | August 02, 2021

This article covers an amicus brief filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Rhode Island’s climate change lawsuit against several energy companies, arguing the lawsuit should proceed in federal court rather than state court. The story mentions NP for the work of San Francisco partner Jenny Kuenster and Providence partner Jeff Brenner, both of the Complex Commercial Disputes group, in representing Shell Oil Company in the case.

Grassley Bill Aims to Slow DOJ's Pushback on Whistleblower Suits

Bloomberg Law | August 02, 2021

This article analyzing Senator Chuck Grassley’s proposed False Claims Act bill quotes Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky on how the proposed amendments could have a chilling effect on DOJ dismissal motions.

Grassley moves to stop contractors from holding U.S. 'hostage'

Bloomberg Law | July 29, 2021

Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky is quoted in this article analyzing Senator Chuck Grassley’s proposed False Claims Act bill, noting that some of the proposed changes could run afoul of the Due Process Clause.

Jail for biometric data privacy violations in Baltimore? More class actions settled for millions

BiometricUpdate.com | July 28, 2021

This article covering the wave of lawsuits against major U.S. companies for biometric data privacy violations references a blog post by Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tevin Hopkins, which analyzes the city of Baltimore’s pending ban on the use of facial recognition technology and its criminal penalties for offenders.

Varsity Blues parents say feds muzzling key witnesses

Law360 | July 28, 2021

This article covers a motion by four parents in the college admissions case to grant immunity to key witnesses or otherwise dismiss the case. The story mentions Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard, all of the Boston office, for representing one of the parents who filed the motion.

Off Track: Federal court dismisses false statement charge because, well, the government didn't allege a false statement

New Hampshire Bar News | July 21, 2021

Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights and associate Michael Strauss contributed this article summarizing and analyzing a federal judge’s dismissal of a 1001 charge against a New Hampshire home exterior company related to alleged false statements.

ACLU sues Montana over transgender ID law requiring proof of surgery

NBC News | July 16, 2021

This article covers a lawsuit filed by the ACLU challenging Montana’s Senate Bill 280—a new law requiring transgender individuals to prove they have undergone gender affirming surgery in order to change the gender marker on their identifying documents. The story mentions the firm for the pro bono work by Chicago partners Seth Horvath, Tina Solis and Tom Hecht, of the Complex Commercial Disputes group, who are representing the plaintiffs together with national ACLU and the ACLU of Montana.

Feds can't merge ‘Varsity Blues’ trials, judge says

Law360 | July 15, 2021

This article covers a judge’s ruling that will keep two trials in the college admissions case, denying a request from prosecutors to combine the trials. The story mentions Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard, all of the Boston office, for representing one of the remaining defendants.

Boston changes up lawyers in Dennis White case

Boston Herald | July 13, 2021

This article highlights the hiring of Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Boston office co-managing partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense associate Lauren Maynard—all of the Boston office—to defend the City of Boston and acting Mayor Kim Janey in a defamation and civil rights lawsuit filed by the recently fired police commissioner.

Leaders of Influence-Litigators and Trial Attorneys

Los Angeles Business Journal | July 12, 2021

Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Arts and Cultural Institutions team leader Thad Stauber is featured in this article for being selected as one of the publication’s “Leaders of Influence: Litigators & Trial Attorneys,” recognizing the most influential litigation leaders in the greater Los Angeles area.

Illinois biometric privacy cases to watch in 2nd half of 2021

Law360 | July 08, 2021

In this mid-year story on the landscape of Illinois’ biometric privacy litigation, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Seth Horvath is quoted for his outlook BIPA claims and the state’s workers’ compensation law in Marquita McDonald v. Symphony Bronzeville Park LLC.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange wouldn't go to Supermax if extradited, U.S. says

The Wall Street Journal | July 07, 2021

This article, covering new assurances from Washington to Britain in a push to extradite and try Julian Assange in the U.S., quotes Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle on the rarity and unusual nature of an up-front DOJ offer that would allow Assange to serve a sentence in his native Australia.

Feds renew push for single ‘Varsity Blues’ parents trial

Law360 | July 06, 2021

This article on whether there will be one or two trials in the college admissions case mentions Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard, all of the Boston office, for representing one of the remaining eight defendants.

Boston taps Nixon Peabody to defend suit by fired top cop

Law360 | July 06, 2021

This article highlights the hiring of Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Boston office co-managing partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense associate Lauren Maynard—all of the Boston office—to defend the City of Boston and acting Mayor Kim Janey in a defamation and civil rights lawsuit filed by the recently fired police commissioner.

Robinhood fine a harbinger of looming regulatory clashes

Law360 | July 02, 2021

This article covering Robinhood Financial’s settlement and record-setting $70 million fine with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority quotes Boston Government Investigation & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who notes that a settlement with one regulator does not protect a business from being a target of another enforcement authority.

SEC SolarWinds cyber probe puts companies on notice

Business Insurance | June 29, 2021

This article on the SEC’s interest in adequate disclosure in the area of cyber risk—following an agency letter earlier this month seeking information from companies potentially affected by last year’s SolarWinds hack—quotes Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle for his observations on the SEC’s approach since the administration change.

Watch-Reassessing boilerplate clauses in a post-COVID world

SupplyChainBrain | June 24, 2021

Corporate partner Amy O’Keefe and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tarae Howell, both in the Boston office, are featured in this video, sharing their insights on boilerplate clauses and best practices to avoid pitfalls in a post-COVID world.

‘We desperately need a director’: Cyber advocates sound off as senator delays CISA confirmation

SC Magazine | June 24, 2021

Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner John Sandweg, leader of NP’s Cross-Border Risks team, is quoted in this article covering the delayed confirmation of Jen Easterly to lead the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Appointments

Washington Post | June 21, 2021

Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle and his move to the firm was included in this column of notable area moves.

First Varsity Blues trial to premiere in Boston in September

Law360 | June 15, 2021

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article on the college admissions case, after a federal judge on Tuesday affirmed the September trial date for five of the eight parents who are still fighting charges. Along with Brian, the story mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp and associate Lauren Maynard for representing one of the defendants scheduled for trial in September.

Massachusetts pot bribe case shows no-jail plea deals are no lock

Law360 | June 15, 2021

In covering a federal judge’ s rejection of a plea agreement with no jail time for a former mayor’ s chief of staff, this article quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher on the broader topic of not taking it for granted that judges will rubber-stamp plea agreements.

A new president's administration takes a different tack on enforcement

New Hampshire Business Review | June 11, 2021

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and partner David Vicinanzo, GIWC partner Mark Knights and associate Michael Strauss, and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, all in Manchester, contributed this article on the Biden administration’s enforcement priorities, outlining a response plan for businesses faced with government investigations.

On the Move: Tracking the ins and outs of California lawyers

The Recorder/Law.com | June 10, 2021

This round-up of notable attorney moves mentions Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Erica Van Loon and Andrew Choung for joining NP, providing an overview of each of their IP practices.

The Daily Docket

Reuters Legal | June 10, 2021

This following article covers Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle for joining NP, providing highlights from his career as a senior Department of Justice official and highly accomplished federal prosecutor.

Wake Up Call

Bloomberg Law | June 10, 2021

This following article covers Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle for joining NP, providing highlights from his career as a senior Department of Justice official and highly accomplished federal prosecutor.

Nixon Peabody adds two ex-Lathrop IP pros in Los Angeles

Law360 | June 09, 2021

The following article highlights Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Erica Van Loon and Andrew Choung for their move to the firm and NP’ s continued growth on the West Coast.

Nixon Peabody adds top DOJ enforcer to white collar group

Law360 | June 09, 2021

This following article covers Washington, DC Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Lytle for joining NP, providing highlights from his career as a senior Department of Justice official and highly accomplished federal prosecutor.

Five more linked to burgeoning Boston police pay fraud scandal-including former union president

The Boston Globe | June 08, 2021

In this article covering a growing overtime fraud scandal within the Boston Police Department, Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner and former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly provides third-party perspective on why some officers may be implicated in the investigation but still avoid charges.

Albertsons must face suit over unpaid $125m merger earnout

Law360 | June 08, 2021

The following articles cover the latest development in Shareholder Representative Services LLC v. Albertsons Cos. Inc., in which an opinion released Monday by the Delaware Chancery Court said the breach of contract suit against Albertsons can move forward. Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners John Ruskusky and Lisa Sullivan are mentioned in the coverage for representing the shareholders, and the Reuters Legal article quotes John and Lisa saying the plaintiffs are pleased with the court’s decision.

Ex-Plated shareholders can sue Albertsons over merger payout, Delaware court says

Reuters Legal | June 08, 2021

The following article covers the latest development in Shareholder Representative Services LLC v. Albertsons Cos. Inc., in which an opinion released Monday by the Delaware Chancery Court said the breach of contract suit against Albertsons can move forward. Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners John Ruskusky and Lisa Sullivan are mentioned in the coverage for representing the shareholders, and the Reuters Legal article quotes John and Lisa saying the plaintiffs are pleased with the court’s decision.

INTA seeks brand stories; IACC and National IPR Center partnership; new GIs in Pakistan

World Trademark Review | June 08, 2021

The following article highlights Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Erica Van Loon and Andrew Choung for their move to the firm and NP’s continued growth on the West Coast.

Former MoviePass execs agree to $400,000 settlement with four California District Attorneys' offices who had alleged ‘unlawful business practices’

Business Insider | June 03, 2021

Albany Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Tina Sciocchetti was mentioned in this article for representing ex-MoviePass executives Mitch Lowe and Ted Farnsworth in the settlement. Tina was also quoted, highlighting that nothing in the settlement can be “construed as an admission or denial” of guilt by the executives.

H&M sweater spat heads to High Court

Courthouse News Service | June 01, 2021

The following article covers the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case involving client H&M and allegations of fabric design copyright infringement by textile company Unicolors. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordon, vice-chair of the Litigation Department and Fashion Practice leader, is quoted in the Law360 article on defending the previous Ninth Circuit ruling, which held that the trial court had erred in its ruling, and found that instead of infringement, the textile company’s copyright was invalid and the plaintiff did not use the copyright process appropriately. The NP team representing H&M also includes Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office.

SCOTUS to review H&M's 9th Circuit win in copyright dispute

Reuters | June 01, 2021

The following article covers the U.S. Supreme Court’ s decision to hear a case involving client H&M and allegations of fabric design copyright infringement by textile company Unicolors. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordon, vice-chair of the Litigation Department and Fashion Practice leader, is quoted in the Law360 article on defending the previous Ninth Circuit ruling, which held that the trial court had erred in its ruling, and found that instead of infringement, the textile company’s copyright was invalid and the plaintiff did not use the copyright process appropriately. The NP team representing H&M also includes Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office.

High Court to consider intent bar in H&M copyright escape

Bloomberg Law | June 01, 2021

The following article covers the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case involving client H&M and allegations of fabric design copyright infringement by textile company Unicolors. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordon, vice-chair of the Litigation Department and Fashion Practice leader, is quoted in the Law360 article on defending the previous Ninth Circuit ruling, which held that the trial court had erred in its ruling, and found that instead of infringement, the textile company’s copyright was invalid and the plaintiff did not use the copyright process appropriately. The NP team representing H&M also includes Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office.

Dial away? The future of TCPA after Facebook v. Duguid

Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal | June 01, 2021

Intellectual Property co-leader and Boston partner Jason Kravitz, Washington, DC associate Palash Basu, and Boston associate Leslie Hartford, both of the Intellectual Property group, contributed this article analyzing the Supreme Court’ s interpretation of what constitutes an autodialer and compliance concerns regarding common business communication methods.

Supreme Court agrees to hear H&M copyright case

Law360 | June 01, 2021

The following article covers the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a case involving client H&M and allegations of fabric design copyright infringement by textile company Unicolors. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordon, vice-chair of the Litigation Department and Fashion Practice leader, is quoted in the Law360 article on defending the previous Ninth Circuit ruling, which held that the trial court had erred in its ruling, and found that instead of infringement, the textile company’s copyright was invalid and the plaintiff did not use the copyright process appropriately. The NP team representing H&M also includes Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of the Los Angeles office.

Arbitration ruling gives DOL a boost to enforce wage laws

Law360 | May 29, 2021

This article, on a recent Ninth Circuit ruling that an arbitration agreement between a business and its employees does not affect a U.S. Department of Labor enforcement lawsuit, quotes Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Mae Hau on the ruling and how it could potentially impact future employment arbitration agreements.

7th Circuit says Wisconsin regulators have toxic dust handled

Law360 | May 27, 2021

This article covers a court’s unanimous refusal to revive litigation claiming that client SPX Corp. contaminated Wisconsin properties, with the panel noting a lower court was correct to find the requested injunctive relief improper. Buffalo partner Vivian Quinn, Long Island partner Joe Ortego, and Buffalo counsel Laurie Bloom and Tracey Scarpello, all of the Complex Commercial Disputes group, led the successful defense of SPX.

Brand Battles: Instagram empires fight over 'meme' game trademark

Law360 | May 21, 2021

This roundup of recent actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board mentions the firm for the work of Chicago Intellectual Property partner Elizabeth Baio and Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler for representing game maker Doing Things Media LLC in its trademark dispute with What Do You Meme LLC.

What spurred these firms to build State AG practices?

Law360 | May 20, 2021

This article, which profiles firms that have recently established State Attorneys General practices, features NP’s practice team and quotes team co-leader and Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Bill Codinha on the different skills required in this area and how our firm is responding to increased sophistication in investigations.

Banks are still afraid of cannabis. Here is why.

Boston Business Journal | May 12, 2021

This article looking at why the majority of Massachusetts banks are still wary of cannabis-related transactions quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher on the compliance and regulatory burden banks face and that cannabis transactions may not be worth the trouble.

Excellence in the Law

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | May 10, 2021

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Josh Sharp, who will be honored this evening as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” for 2021, is featured in this special section profiling MLW's Excellence in the Law honorees.

In Rachael Rollins, a potential reformist for US. But a loss for Suffolk?

The Boston Globe | May 08, 2021

This article on Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins potentially becoming the next US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher related to both Rollins and her possible replacement, First Assistant District Attorney Daniel Mulhern.

Litigator of the Week shout outs and runners-up

The AmLaw Litigation Daily | May 07, 2021

This article recognizes the full NP team that secured a major damages win on behalf of Takeda subsidiary Millennium Pharmaceuticals. Litigation Department vice chair and partner Ethan Trull and partner John Ruskusky, both of the Complex Commercial Disputes group in Chicago, led the damages trial team. The NP team also included partner Lisa Sullivan, associate Katie Burnett, e-discovery specialist Anders van Marter, and paralegal Donna Long, all of the Complex Commercial Disputes group in Chicago. In addition, Intellectual Property partner Mark FitzGerald and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tarae Howell, both of the Boston office, played integral roles in the initial fraud win for Millennium in 2020.

Do alternative fee arrangements increase burden on associates?

The American Lawyer | May 04, 2021

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Mike Philippi is quoted in this article about alternative fee arrangements’ potential impact on associates, noting that the onus should rest with the intake partner to maintain efficiency.

‘Indirect bribes’ went to family members of officials in City Hall corruption, case feds say

Los Angeles Times | May 02, 2021

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly provides third-party commentary in this article covering indirect bribes in the U.S. Attorney’s corruption case targeting Los Angeles City Hall and former Deputy Mayor Raymond Chan, discussing challenges prosecutors could face in proving that such circuitous arrangements violated the law.

Notorious bank robber Anthony Shea gets new sentence on appeal

Manchester Ink Link | April 30, 2021

This article on convicted violent armed robber Anthony Shea getting a new sentence for one of his charges quotes Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and Manchester partner Dave Vicinanzo, one of the original prosecutors on the case, on why Shea should never be released from prison.

Lakeville marijuana application for Northeast Alternatives still on hold after court hearing

The Herald News | April 28, 2021

This article, covering a client’s long-pending application for a provisional license to open a cultivation facility, quotes Manchester Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights from arguments on Monday before a Suffolk Superior Court judge, stating that NP client Northeast Alternatives deserves an answer.

The Michael Smerconish Program

Sirius XM POTUS Politics | April 20, 2021

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher joined the radio program to discuss his participation in two hit Netflix documentaries: “Operation Varsity Blues” and “This Is a Robbery.” In the interview, Rob explains how he came to work on the Gardner Museum art heist case when he was a federal prosecutor.

FINRA enforcement on quote violations signals more actions to come

The Bond Buyer | April 15, 2021

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher is quoted in this article about client NatAlliance Securities’ settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority over alleged violations of Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board Rule G-13, noting that FINRA could use the case to put others in the bond community on notice.

Fair Use: Google prevails in software dispute

Chicago Lawyer | April 14, 2021

Chicago Intellectual Property counsel Jason Kunze contributed this article analyzing the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the decade-long dispute between Google and Oracle, and what it could mean for businesses and copyright owners.

Intermediate copying, artificial intelligence and best practices for counseling music clients in an evolving legal and technological landscape

New York Law Journal | April 09, 2021

New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Washington, DC Intellectual Property associate Alexis Grilli contributed this article analyzing the Tracy Chapman v. Nicki Minaj case and an evolution in copyright law—intermediate copying, AI, and its intersection with the doctrine of fair use.

Firms offering wide range of alternative fees

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | April 07, 2021

This story, which explores alternative fee arrangements for clients, quotes Litigation Department Chair and Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Scott O’Connell throughout the article on what clients look for in fee agreements and how NP can partner with them to achieve their objectives.

Planet Fitness scores end to two suits over fees in pandemic

Law360 | March 26, 2021

This article covers an Illinois federal judge’s decision to toss out a lawsuit filed by two Planet Fitness members claiming the gym had unlawfully charged them fees during the pandemic. Chicago partner Rich Tilghman and associate Henry Caldwell, and Manchester partner Dan Deane and associate Nate Warecki, all in the Complex Commercial Disputes group, were mentioned for representing Planet Fitness.

‘Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal’ review: Dishonor system

The Wall Street Journal | March 16, 2021

This review of Netflix’s new docudrama on the college admissions scandal quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher from the film, and mentions Rob for defending client John Vandemoer, Stanford University’s former sailing coach.

Ninth Circuit won't jump-start Hertz age bias suit

Law360 | March 12, 2021

This article covers the recent Ninth Circuit judgement that affirmed a summary judgement win for Hertz in a suit involving a fired payroll worker’s allegations of age bias and defamation against the car rental company. San Francisco Labor & Employment partner Seth Neulight is mentioned for advising Hertz.

Illinois attorneys hope virtual hearings will endure post-pandemic

Law360 | March 12, 2021

This article on the efficiencies gained through virtual hearings quotes Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon for her thoughts on time saved from commuting to county courts and training opportunities for more junior attorneys. Laura is also quoted on her outlook on being able to present a motion and make an argument in person in a courtroom, when health guidelines permit.

People on the move

Crain’s Chicago | March 08, 2021

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes counsels Elizabeth Meraz and Bill Kirby were included in this column of notable executive moves for their promotions to counsel.

Local experts on CDC's new guidelines for COVID vaccinated people

WHEC-TV | March 08, 2021

In this television news segment on the CDC’s new guidelines announced on Monday, Rochester Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding is quoted on employer incentive programs to increase the population of vaccinated employees, as businesses work toward a return to normal.

The CDC has released guidelines for vaccinated people. Here's what to know

New England Cable News | March 08, 2021

In this television news segment on the CDC’s new COVID-19 guidelines for vaccinated people, Boston Labor & Employment partner Jeff Gilbreth discussed how businesses can continue enforcing additional guidance they have in place, such as mask mandates.

People

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | March 04, 2021

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Litigation Department vice chair Ethan Trull is included in this column of notable legal executive news for accepting the invitation to join the International Association of Defense Counsel.

Racetrack loses bid in 1st Circuit to revive Wynn RICO suit

Law360 | March 03, 2021

This article covers an appellate win in the Wynn/Suffolk Downs casino case, where the First Circuit decided not to revive Sterling Suffolk Racecourse’s lawsuit that claims it was injured when Wynn Resorts Ltd. was awarded the casino license for Everett, Massachusetts. The article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Brian Kelly and Joshua Sharp for representing former Wynn Resorts CEO Stephen Wynn, and quotes Brian on the decision.

Lawyers on the Move

New York Law Journal | February 25, 2021

Long Island partner Tara Daub is included in this column of notable legal moves in New York for her appointment to Labor & Employment practice group leader. Long Island Labor & Employment counsel David Tauster; New York City counsels Julia Casteleiro and Abby Patterson, and Long Island counsel Mike Webb, all in the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group; and Buffalo Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Erik Goergen are also included for their promotions to counsel.

Cuomo issues amendments to his legalization proposal—next steps for legalized cannabis in New York

Cannabis Business Executive | February 25, 2021

Cannabis practice co-leader and Rochester Corporate partner Lori Green and New York City Complex Commercial Disputes associate Catherine Savio contributed this article on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s amendments to a proposed plan to legalize adult-use cannabis in New York State.

Supreme Court won't weigh in on False Claims Act standards case

Modern Healthcare | February 22, 2021

This article on the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of two petitions to clarify falsity thresholds under the False Claims Act quotes Washington, D.C. Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky for his outlook on how the denial could make it harder for providers to dismiss health care cases.

Litigation funding as a resource for university patent enforcement

Technology Transfer Tactics | February 22, 2021

Life Sciences practice co-chair and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy contributed this article on how litigation funding can address some of the more significant challenges for a growing number of universities pursuing patent enforcement campaigns.

US sets up antitrust whistleblower protections for workers

CQ Roll Call | February 22, 2021

Antitrust practice leader and Washington, D.C. Complex Commercial Disputes partner Gordy Lang is quoted in this article on a new law designed to prevent employers from retaliating against antitrust whistleblowers.

Wake Up Call

Bloomberg Law | February 19, 2021

Long Island partner Tara Daub and Los Angeles partner Ben Kim were included in this daily column of notable legal news for their promotions to Labor & Employment Practice Group Leader and Deputy PGL, respectively.

CDLB people moves

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | February 17, 2021

This column of notable legal moves includes the counsel promotions of Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes counsels Elizabeth Zamora Meraz and Bill Kirby.

Big questions for BIPA case law in 2021

Cybersecurity Law Report | February 17, 2021

In this article focusing on case law developments around Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act in the year ahead, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Rich Tilghman is quoted extensively for his outlook on facial and voice recognition cases, extraterritoriality, arbitration defenses, what counts as a BIPA violation, and collected data.

What Biden owes children and families separated at the border

The Boston Globe | February 13, 2021

This article, covering a national class action lawsuit that seeks compensation for thousands of families separated at the border under the previous administration, quotes Manchester Complex Corporate Disputes associate Nate Warecki on how the facts in the case may lead to an upending of precedents. In addition to Nate, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group leader David Vicinanzo and Boston associate Lauren Maynard are also working on the case.

In win for vehicle insurers, labor rate violations tossed

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | February 12, 2021

This article, covering a Rhode Island Superior Court ruling that vehicle insurers did not violate state requirements in their reporting of auto body shop labor rates to the Department of Business Regulation, mentions Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jeff Brenner for representing 12 of the 17 insurers in the case.

Promotions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | February 11, 2021

This roundup of recent executive announcements includes Steve Zubiago’s appointment as Managing Partner and CEO of the firm, as well as the partner promotions of Boston’s Stephanie Bruno, of the Private Clients group, and Josh Sharp, of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group.

5 insurers off hook for city's $5M flood damage costs

Law360 | February 05, 2021

This article covers a California federal judge’s decision clearing five insurers of covering more than $5 million in settlements and other costs resulting from a trio of suits alleging the city of Walnut Creek failed to maintain its storm drains and caused flooding. NP was mentioned for the work by San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matthew Richards and department attorney Dawn Noel Valentine in representing Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, an AIG subsidiary.

Indicted MIT professor wants feds sanctioned for press remarks

Law360 | February 04, 2021

This article covers a motion to sanction the Boston U.S. Attorney for making misleading statements to the press, in violation of local rules, in the case of an MIT professor facing fraud charges for not disclosing information from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant. The story mentions Boston partners Rob Fisher and Brian Kelly, and associates Brianna Nassif and Scott Seitz, all of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group, for representing the MIT professor.

Law firm forms practice group to tackle state AG probes

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | February 04, 2021

This feature article on the formation of NP’s State Attorneys General team quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partners Bill Codinha and Rob Fisher throughout the story on the team’s work both in Massachusetts and across the country. The article also quotes Litigation chair Scott O’Connell and mentions the team’s co-leaders, Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Erica Buckley and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Travis Hill, both in New York City.

Billion-dollar lawsuit over Boston casino a dubious bet in 1st circuit

Courthouse News Service | February 01, 2021

The following article covers oral arguments in the Wynn/Suffolk Downs casino case before the First Circuit. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Joshua Sharp, and mention both Josh and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly for representing former Wynn Resorts CEO Stephen Wynn.

1st Circ. wary of racetrack's injury in Wynn RICO case

Law360 | February 01, 2021

The following article covers oral arguments in the Wynn/Suffolk Downs casino case before the First Circuit. The stories quote Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Joshua Sharp, and mention both Josh and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly for representing former Wynn Resorts CEO Stephen Wynn.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | February 01, 2021

The launch of the firm’s State Attorneys General practice team is included in this roundup of notable legal news. The team is led by New York Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Erica Buckley; New York partner Travis Hill and Boston partners Bill Codinha and Rob Fisher, of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group.

Washington-area appointments and promotions for Feb 1

The Washington Post | January 31, 2021

Intellectual Property partner Lauren Arnold and Corporate partner Damian Myers, both in Washington, D.C., were included in this roundup of notable executive news for their promotions to partner.

Russian hack brings changes, uncertainty to US court system

Associated Press | January 31, 2021

This article, covering new U.S. court rules for highly sensitive documents as a result of a Russian hacking campaign, quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher and mentions his representation of an MIT professor facing fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant.

As Boston Mayor, Biden Pick for Labor Secretary Dodged Scandals

Bloomberg Law | January 29, 2021

This article about Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s nomination as Biden’s Labor Secretary looks at controversies and scandals during his time in office. The story mentions Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and an audit of the Zoning Board of Appeals he led in 2019, commissioned by Mayor Walsh.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Names Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright as Director of Environmental Justice

New York Law Journal | January 28, 2021

The launch of the firm’s State Attorneys General practice team is included in this roundup article of notable legal news. The team is led by New York Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Erica Buckley; New York partner Travis Hill and Boston partners Bill Codinha and Rob Fisher, of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group.

On the Move

The Recorder (California) | January 28, 2021

Los Angeles Project Finance & Public Finance partner-elect Jade Turner-Bond and San Francisco Labor & Employment partner-elect Rachel Conn were included in this roundup of notable legal moves for their promotions to partner.

Hospitals See Opportunity, Risk in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Modern Healthcare | January 25, 2021

This article on the increasing trend among hospitals to invest in ambulatory surgery centers extensively quotes Los Angeles Health Care partner Jill Gordon and Washington, D.C. Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky for their outlook on the Department of Health and Human Services’ updated anti-kickback statute, joint ventures among hospitals and ASCs, and a hospital’s ability to attract and retain top surgeons.

40 Under Forty: Nathan P. Warecki

New Hampshire Union Leader | January 24, 2021

Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nate Warecki is profiled in this article for being honored as one of the Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty award recipients in 2021.

Proposition 22 and the Tenuous Path Forward to App-Based Companies

The Daily Journal | January 22, 2021

San Francisco associate Jade Butman and Los Angeles associate Andrea Chavez, both of the Labor & Employment group, contributed this article on the California law classifying workers as either independent contractors or employees, and the law’s impact on the gig economy.

MIT Profs Back Colleague Facing 'Flawed' Fraud Charges

Law360 | January 22, 2021

This article covers a letter signed by more than 100 MIT faculty members in support of MIT professor Gang Chen, who faces fraud charges for not disclosing information from various entities in China when applying for a U.S. Department of Energy grant. The letter calls the investigation of Prof. Chen “deeply flawed“ with &ldquomisleading“ assertions in the charges. The article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Rob Fisher and Brian Kelly, and associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif for representing Prof. Chen.

Settlement in Racial Bias Case Includes Sheriff's Apology

The Associated Press | January 21, 2021

This article, which covers a settlement with Maryland’s Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins in a racial bias case, quotes Washington, D.C. Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Brian Whittaker for the firm’s pro bono work on behalf of the plaintiff, as well as a settlement in a previous similar federal lawsuit against the same sheriff. Brian and Washington, D.C. Complex Commercial Disputes senior counsel John Hayes represented the plaintiffs in both cases.

People and Awards

Rochester Business Journal | January 20, 2021

Rochester Intellectual Property associate Kaleigh Morrison is featured in this short article for her arrival to the firm.

Lawsuit Says Missing NH In-Home Care Leads to Nursing Home Stays

Inside Health Policy | January 19, 2021

This article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program. The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Biden's DHS Pick Defends Ethics Record, Promises Morale Boost for Workforce

Government Executive | January 19, 2021

This article on Biden’s pick to lead the U.S. Homeland Security Department quotes Washington, D.C. Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner and former acting General Counsel for DHS John Sandweg on how DHS career workers know it’s their job to help the president execute policies, regardless of their political views.

NY, FTC Lead Charge to Expand Biometric Privacy Shields

Law360 | January 15, 2021

In this article on the increasing regulatory scrutiny around biometric data, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners John Ruskusky and Rich Tilghman are quoted for their outlook on New York’s bill introducing a biometric privacy bill and the move toward more disclosure and transparency in the way companies collect biometric data.

Retroactive Dynamex Exposes CA Employers to Wage Suits

Law360 | January 15, 2021

In this analysis of the California Supreme Court’s opinion that Dynamex applies retroactively, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Hillary Baca provides commentary on potential implications for pending worker-classification cases as well as those coming down the pipeline.

Questions Arise on Local Impact of DOL's Ruling on Standards for Employees, Independent Contractors

Rochester Business Journal | January 15, 2021

Rochester Labor & Employment counsel Todd Shinaman is quoted in this article on the Department of Labor’s recent rule clarifying the standard for employee vs. independent contractor. Todd is quoted on the best practice for businesses to take a holistic view of employee definitions by other government agencies, such as the IRS, and to take a wait-and-see approach with the incoming administration.

MIT Professor Charged with Fraud in Chinese Trade Secret Theft Case

The Well News | January 15, 2021

The following article, covers an MIT professor who faces fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant, quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who is defending the professor.

MIT Professor Accused of Fraudulently Getting Federal Grants-Failed to Disclose Contracts in China

The Boston Globe | January 14, 2021

The following article, covers an MIT professor who faces fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant, quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who is defending the professor.

U.S. Accuses MIT Professor of Hiding Extensive China Ties in Federal Grant Application

The Wall Street Journal | January 14, 2021

The following article, covers an MIT professor who faces fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant, quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who is defending the professor.

Lawsuit Seeks Stop to Unnecessary Placements in NH Nursing Homes

Concord Monitor | January 12, 2021

Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Kierstan Schultz is quoted in this article covering a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program. In addition to Kierstan, the NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Medicaid waiver enrollees put at risk of unnecessary nursing home placement, lawsuit claims

McKnight’s Senior Living | January 12, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Member Moves and News

New York City Bar | January 11, 2021

New York Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Travis Hill’s arrival to the firm is included in this roundup of notable news among members of the NYC Bar Association.

New Hampshire Sued over 'Unnecessary' Nursing Facility Placements

Reuters Legal | January 11, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Lawsuit Alleges New Hampshire Is Failing to Administer Program for Seniors, People with Disabilities

New Hampshire Public Radio | January 11, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Lawsuit: State Shirking Responsibility for At-Home Care Services

New Hampshire Union Leader | January 11, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

New Hampshire House to Hold Hybrid Public Hearings on Bills

The Associated Press | January 11, 2021

The following article covers a class action complaint filed against the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services for failing to properly administer its CFI Medicaid waiver program. NP—together with NH Legal Assistance, Disability Rights Center-NH, and the AARP Foundation—filed the lawsuit in federal court on behalf of older adults and persons with disabilities enrolled in the CFI program.

The NP team includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, associate Kierstan Schultz and paralegal Sharon Willier, and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights, all of Manchester.

Career Tracker: Law Firms Mark Start of 2021 with Wave of Lateral Hires

Reuters Legal | January 08, 2021

Notable legal moves highlight New York Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Travis Hill’s arrival to the firm.

Hire Up: Big Law's First 2021 Hires Focus on Government Compliance, Deal Practices

American Lawyer | January 08, 2021

Notable legal moves highlight New York Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Travis Hill’s arrival to the firm.

Cybercrime

The JustPod (ABA podcast) | January 06, 2021

Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group leader and Los Angeles Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Jason Gonzalez is feature as a guest on this podcast episode discussing cybercrimes around the January 6th attack on the Capitol, in addition to technology investigative tools and privacy.

Wake Up Call

Bloomberg Law Wake Up Call | January 06, 2021

New York Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Travis Hill’s move to the firm was included in this morning’s roundup of notable legal news.

Did Trump break the law? President's call to Georgia's Raffensperger spurs demand for criminal investigation

USA Today | January 04, 2021

This article quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, former head of the public corruption unit of the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston, on whether the Biden Justice Department will—or should—pursue a criminal investigation based on President Trump’s recent call to the Georgia Secretary of State to overturn his election defeat in that state.

Constrained by Crisis, Law Firms and Clients Are Learning to Compromise on Pricing

The American Lawyer | January 04, 2021

This article on alternative fee arrangements quotes Litigation Department Vice Chair and Chicago partner Ethan Trull and Chicago partner Mike Philippi, both of the Complex Commercial Disputes practice group, on the topic of value-based pricing strategies and how they can be applied to share risk and maximize predictability.

ERISA Arbitration, New Legal Theories to Be Tested in 2021

Law360 | January 03, 2021

In this article on notable ERISA cases in the year ahead, San Francisco office managing partner and Corporate partner Karen Ng is quoted for her outlook on Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Ass’n, et al v. CA Secure Choice Retire. Svg., et al and the tension between ERISA’s broad preemption powers and the desire by states to provide retirement benefits to employees of small companies. The case’s outcome could determine other states’ programs.

Rental Struggles, Life Science Boom Marked Boston Real Estate in 2020

Boston Business Journal | December 29, 2020

This article, which discusses office and retail space remaining empty and landlords beginning to sue for rent payment, mentions the formation of NP’s Commercial Lease Disputes practice team in anticipation of a potential wave of cases. Boston Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Matthew Lynch, Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jeff Brenner, and Washington, D.C. Complex Commercial Disputes partner Vernon Johnson co-lead the new practice team.

Preparing for GMO Labeling in 2022

Food Business News | December 22, 2020

In this article on the requirement for food manufacturers to label GMO ingredients in their products by 2022, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness co-leader and San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Bruce Copeland was quoted on best practices for working with suppliers and attaining certifications from high-quality, reputable food labs.

Former AG's file friend-of-the-court brief

KIFI/KIDK News – Idaho | December 22, 2020

This article covers an amicus brief filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by three former Idaho attorneys general, detailing why Idaho House Bill 500—which bars transgender women and girls from participating in school sports and subjects all women and girl athletes to the threat of invasive testing—is unconstitutional. In addition to the former AGs, more than 175 athletes joined Athlete Ally and the Women’s Sports Foundation in signing a brief, and the National Women’s Law Center and more than 60 other women’s rights and civil rights groups also filed an amicus brief. Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Sarah Erickson André, and Washington, D.C. Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky are representing the former AGs.

Twin Bridges, County Waste fight in court over tactics

Albany Business Review | December 21, 2020

Albany Complex Commercial Disputes partner Bill Reynolds and associate Erin Huntington are mentioned in this article for representing County Waste in a suit against Scott Earl, owner of Twin Bridges Waste and Recycling LLC, for poaching customers by making false and disparaging statements and other unlawful tactics.

Biggest Wage and Hour Rulings of 2020

Law360 | December 18, 2020

This end-of-year review quotes Los Angeles Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan on California’s A.B. 5, noting how court cases are beginning to define parameters of the statute and what it will mean on a practical basis.

5 BIPA Cases That Moved the Needle in 2020

Law360 | December 17, 2020

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Rich Tilghman is quoted in this article for his thoughts on two major BIPA cases in 2020: Bryant v. Compass Group USA Inc. and McDonald v. Symphony Bronzeville Park LLC.

California Poised For Growth Despite Pandemic Impacts, Regulations

Engineering News-Record | December 10, 2020

In this article on the workplace requirements for contractors and other employers in the construction industry, San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn is quoted for her outlook on Cal/OSHA’s definition of “exposed workplace” and the potential overlap of notifications requirements with AB 685.

In Depth

KNX-AM | December 10, 2020

San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Rachel Conn appears as a guest in this radio news segment to discuss the dilemma employers are facing and what they should consider—Cal/OSHA, California sick leave laws and other advisories—as they navigate how to provide a safe workplace for their employees during the holidays.

A Post-Thanksgiving Litigator of the Week Runner-Up and Shout Out Marathon

The American Lawyer | December 04, 2020

This week’s “Litigators of the Week“ column by American Lawyer includes the dismissal for outsourcing facility Leiters, Inc. in a multiple-state dispute. Leiters was represented by Chicago partners Ethan Trull, John Ruskusky, and Lisa Sullivan, and associates Bill Kirby and Tina Jonsson; and San Francisco partner Bruce Copeland and counsel Lauren Michals—all in the Complex Commercial Disputes group.

Legality of mergers & acquisitions in the COVID era

Rochester Business Journal | November 27, 2020

Corporate associate Isaac Figueras and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Eric Ferrante, both in Rochester, were quoted in this article for their outlook on force majeure clauses, commercial real estate leasing, and the impact of COVID and the California wildfires on supply chains.

Novel challenge emerges for denials of PPP forgiveness

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | November 25, 2020

This article—covering challenges that some businesses, including indirect marijuana businesses, could face as they apply to have PPP loans forgiven—quotes Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan on borrowers’ potential legal argument that loan forgiveness denials are based on SBA guidance that is unlawful because it conflicts with language of the CARES Act.

Cannabis legalized in New Jersey — Is New York next?

Cannabis Business Executive | November 25, 2020

On the heels of New Jersey’s vote to legalize cannabis, Rochester Corporate partner and Cannabis practice co-leader Lori Green, New York City Complex Commercial Disputes associate Catherine Savio, and Rochester Corporate associate Brandon Coyle wrote this contributed article on potential side effects for neighboring New York and actions for businesses anticipating legalization in the Empire State.

Boston Bar Welcomes Shift in Focus Under Biden US Attorney

Law360 | November 08, 2020

Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted in this article analyzing how the Department of Justice under a Biden administration could impact the federal court landscape in Boston.

Auction Set for LRGHealthcare's Assets

Laconia Daily Sun (N.H.) | November 06, 2020

This article covers an upcoming auction of LRGHealthcare’s assets as part of the nonprofit hospital operator’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, noting an initial $30 million bid from Concord Hospital. Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice group leader and Boston partner Victor Milione, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, New York City counsel Chris Desiderio and associate Chris Fong, both of the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy group, are representing LRGHealthcare, and the auction is scheduled for Dec. 16 at NP’s Manchester office.

With New Amicus Advisory Board, Greater Boston Chamber Plans to Amplify Its Voice in Courts

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | November 05, 2020

Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner George Skelly is mentioned in this article as a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s first-of-its-kind Amicus Advisory Board. The story focuses on how the first-of-its-kind advisory board will help the Chamber establish a formal process for reviewing amicus brief requests as well as proactively identifying opportunities to voice perspectives of businesses and employers.

No Worker's Comp for Medical Marijuana, SJC Rules

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | November 04, 2020

This article, covering the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision that a workers’ comp insurer could not be required to reimburse for medical marijuana expenses, quotes Cannabis practice co-leader and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher on the issue of forcing an industry to get involved in something that’s illegal at the federal level.

Demolition Trio Urges 7th Circuit to Uphold 2nd Toxic Dust Win

Law360 | November 02, 2020

This article covers oral arguments from three demolition companies urging the Seventh Circuit to uphold a lower court’s exclusion of experts’ testimony related to toxic dust claims. The article mentions Long Island partner Joe Ortego and Buffalo counsel Laurie Bloom, both of the Complex Commercial Disputes group, for representing SPX Corp., one of the demolition companies.

Ratajkowski Says Instagram Copyright Suit Aimed to 'Extort'

Law360 | October 29, 2020

This article, examining the latest developments in a copyright lawsuit involving a paparazzi photo of actress and model Emily Ratajkowski, mentions New York Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler for representing Ratajkowski in this matter.

ITC Launches Fake Eyelash, Computer Gear , OLED Probes

Law360 | October 26, 2020

This roundup of recently announced investigations by the U.S. International Trade Commission covers the ITC’s announcement that it is looking into allegations that various organic light-emitting diode (OLED) imports were infringing patents held by Solas OLED. The story mentions Washington, D.C. partner Evan Langdon and Chicago associates Paulina Starostka and Vivian Sandoval, all of the Intellectual Property group, for representing Solas.

UC Takes Next Step with Filament Light Bulb Case: Manufacturers and ITC

Technology Transfer Tactics | October 22, 2020

This article, covering the University of California’s patent enforcement campaign related to filament LED light bulbs, quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy extensively on a successful initial phase of the campaign, and a recent complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission initiating the second phase. The NP team representing UC is led by Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen.

LRGHealthcare Files for Bankruptcy, Concord Hospital May Acquire

Business NH magazine | October 20, 2020

The following article covers nonprofit hospital operator LRGHealthcare’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing as it seeks a buyer, mention Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice group leader and Boston partner Victor Milione, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, New York City counsel Chris Desiderio and associate Chris Fong, both of the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy group, for representing LRGHealthcare.

Covid Forces smarTours to Check into Ch. 11

The Deal | October 20, 2020

This story covers travel company smarTours’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, after the pandemic forced the company to suspend all tours earlier this year. The article mentions Boston partner Rick Pedone and New York City counsel Christopher Desiderio and associate Christopher Fong, all of the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice group, for representing smarTours.

NLRB OKs Trade Association's Facebook Group Post Deletions

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | October 20, 2020

Chicago Labor & Employment counsel Frank Saibert contributed this article analyzing a National Labor Relations Board ruling to overturn a decision preventing a trade association from removing posts on its Facebook group, noting that the trade association’s registry members are not actually employees.

New Hampshire Hospital Group Seeks Bankruptcy Relief

Reuters Legal | October 19, 2020

The following article covers nonprofit hospital operator LRGHealthcare’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing as it seeks a buyer, mention Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice group leader and Boston partner Victor Milione, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, New York City counsel Chris Desiderio and associate Chris Fong, both of the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy group, for representing LRGHealthcare.

LRGHealthcare to Sell Assets in Ch. 11

The Deal | October 19, 2020

The following article, covers nonprofit hospital operator LRGHealthcare’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing as it seeks a buyer, mention Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy practice group leader and Boston partner Victor Milione, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, New York City counsel Chris Desiderio and associate Chris Fong, both of the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy group, for representing LRGHealthcare.

After 75 Years and 15 Claims, a Bid to Regain Lost Art Inches Forward

The New York Times | October 16, 2020

This article, examining the latest developments in a lawsuit involving valuable artworks owned by Hungary and displayed at three museums and a university in Budapest, quotes Arts & Cultural Institutions team leader and Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner Thaddeus Stauber on the Hungarian government’s ownership of the artworks.

Adding value through litigation funding: Unique solutions can help your firm, clients

Chicago Lawyer | October 15, 2020

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner John Ruskusky co-authored this article with Longford Capital Management on how litigation funding can offer unique and flexible financial solutions to clients.

A primer on ins and outs of PPP loan forgiveness

Rochester Business Journal | October 09, 2020

Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Eric Ferrante contributed this column on the process, considerations, and best practices for businesses when applying for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.

UC Expands Patent Lawsuit Against Retailers and Manufacturers

Supply Chain Brain | October 05, 2020

The following article covers the U.S. International Trade Commission’s second investigation into leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products, based on a complaint filed by Nixon Peabody on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). Supply Chain Brain quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy extensively on the expanded patent enforcement campaign. The NP team representing UC is led by Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen.

Healthcare fraud probes grow in number, intensity

Modern Healthcare | October 03, 2020

Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chis Hotaling is quoted in this article for his outlook on the financial incentive that may be driving larger information requests by government investigators.

Why start-ups need to learn about IP

Managing Intellectual Property | October 01, 2020

This article on what entrepreneurs need to know about IP quotes San Francisco Intellectual Property partner oN Lu extensively on whether startups need IP, strategies they can take to monetize their IP, and when to engage an attorney. The article—resulting from NP’s European Innovation Academy involvement—also includes commentary from NP clients on how IP strategies have benefitted their companies in terms of funding, growth, and other factors.

Standing Apart

Intellectual Property Magazine | October 01, 2020

Intellectual Property partner and Life Sciences Practice co-chair Seth Levy and Intellectual Property counsel Peter Wied, both of Los Angeles, contributed this article, based on their alert, which examines the Gensetix Inc v Baylor College of Medicine case and a recent ruling to allow an infringement case to proceed without the state university patent owner’s involvement.

USITC targets Ikea and GE in bulb investigation

World IP Review | September 30, 2020

The following article covers the U.S. International Trade Commission’s second investigation into leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products, based on a complaint filed by Nixon Peabody on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). Supply Chain Brain quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy extensively on the expanded patent enforcement campaign. The NP team representing UC is led by Seth and Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Shawn Hansen.

Pandemic Pay Issues for Wage and Hour Lawyers to Watch

Law360 | September 24, 2020

This article on notable pandemic-related wage and hour issues quotes San Francisco Labor & Employment associate Jade Butman on whether employers would be on the hook for the time that workers spend adhering to building safety protocols.

SEC: Actual Notice Is Needed to Bar Broker

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | September 24, 2020

This article covers the work of Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher and associate Scott Seitz in getting the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to drop a lifetime ban for their client, after convincing the SEC that further proceedings were required. The story quotes both Rob and Scott.

Celebrities Keep Getting Sued Over Instagrams of Themselves

Law360 | September 17, 2020

This article, covering the dilemma of celebrities being sued for posting images of themselves to social media, references a copyright lawsuit involving a paparazzi photo of actress and model Emily Ratajkowski. New York Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp and Los Angeles Corporate partner Ellie Heisler are representing Ratajkowski in this matter.

Nixon Peabody Expands Patent Enforcement Campaign for UCSB

Semiconductor Today | September 15, 2020

This article, covering a recent complaint NP filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC), quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy on the new litigation and the ongoing LED patent enforcement campaign.

UCSB Expands Patent Enforcement Campaign to Protect Its Filament LED Patents

LEDinside | September 14, 2020

This article covers a recent complaint NP filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC), expanding the LED patent enforcement campaign with new litigation against six leading retailers and suppliers of filament LED lighting products. The NP team is led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen.

As AI Evolves, No Need for Overhaul of US Patent System... Yet

insideBIGDATA | September 14, 2020

Chicago Intellectual Property partner Dan Schwartz and associate Paulina Starostka contributed this article on whether the U.S. patent system needs an overhaul to keep up with the rapid rise in artificial intelligence-related patent activity.

Best Practices in Dealing with Working Parents as School Year Commences

Rochester Business Journal | September 11, 2020

Labor & Employment partner Kim Harding and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Franz Wright, both in Rochester, contributed this column on the unprecedented need for collaboration between working parents and their employers as the school year commences during COVID-19.

Understanding Cash Controls for HUD-Assisted Multifamily Properties

Affordable Housing Finance | September 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Richard Price contributed this article which breaks down some of the complexities of managing the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s multifamily programs.

What Employers Can Learn from New NLRB Virus Advice

Law360 | September 09, 2020

Labor & Employment deputy group leader and Chicago partner Brian Alcala contributed this article on the National Labor Relations Board’s recent guidance on COVID-19-related labor law violations against employers in these uncertain times.

Postmates' challenge must be arbitrated; decision appealed

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | September 03, 2020

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon contributed article for her outlook on the case relating to the employee classification of the online delivery platform’s couriers.

Plated Sues Albertsons in Del. Claiming Post-Merger Letdown

Law360 | September 02, 2020

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners John Ruskusky and Lisa Sullivan were mentioned in this article for representing Shareholder Representative Services LLC in a post-merger suit accusing the food and drug chain of breaches of contract, fraudulent inducement and breaches of good faith covenants. Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Tracey Scarpello in Buffalo and associate Tina Jonsson in Chicago were also part of the litigation team.

UC Files New Complaint in Lightbulb Licensing Dispute

Pacific Coast Business Times | September 01, 2020

This article, covering a new complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC), quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Seth Levy on the ongoing patent enforcement campaign. The complaint seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products.

UC System Asks ITC to Probe Home Depot, Others Over LEDs

Law360 | August 31, 2020

An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen on Monday expanded its groundbreaking patent enforcement campaign on behalf of the Regents of the University of California (UC). The following articles cover the new complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission, which seeks an investigation into the unauthorized importation and sale after importation of UC’s patented filament LED lighting technology by General Electric, Savant Systems, Feit Electric, Home Depot, Ikea, and Satco Products.

In addition to Seth and Shawn, the NP team includes Washington, DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon; Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Staci Riordan, Vincent Yip and Peter Wied, and associate Vince Capati; Chicago Intellectual Property associates Paulina Starostka and Angelo Christopher; San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes associate Tracy Ickes; and Los Angeles patent specialist Jason Moore.

Prized Camille Pissarro painting can stay at Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, U.S. Court of Appeals rules

ARTnews | August 19, 2020

This article discusses a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that unanimously affirms that NP’s Spanish client, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, is the rightful owner of a prominent artwork by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. The article quotes Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Arts & Cultural Institutions team leader Thaddeus Stauber on the decision. The NP team also includes Complex Commercial Disputes partner Sarah Andre, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian, and Labor & Employment associate Irene Scholl-Tatevosyan, all of Los Angeles.

Racetrack Tells 1st Circ. Wynn RICO Scam Had No Finish Line

Law360 | August 14, 2020

This article—covering a Boston racetrack’s attempt to reinstate a racketeering lawsuit that claims Wynn Resorts cheated it out of a casino license—quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly. The story mentions Brian and Boston GIWC associate Josh Sharp for representing former Wynn Resorts chairman Stephen Wynn.

Feds Won't Seek Prison For Reported 'Varsity Blues' Tipster

Law360 | August 12, 2020

This article covers an NP client who will avoid prison time, based on prosecutors’ sentencing memorandum, after admitting to participating in a securities fraud scheme. This article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associate Charles Dell’Anno for representing the client.

'Varsity Blues' Tipster Gets 1 Year for Stock Schemes

Law360 | August 12, 2020

This article covers an NP client who received an “unprecedented discount” from the judge for his cooperation, getting just one year of prison time after admitting to participating in a securities fraud scheme. The client, who also tipped off federal prosecutors to the sprawling college admissions case, is represented by Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associate Charles Dell’Anno.

After Government Recommendation of Probation, Man Who Sparked ‘Varsity Blues’ Investigation Gets Prison

Forbes | August 12, 2020

This article covers an NP client who received an “unprecedented discount” from the judge for his cooperation, getting just one year of prison time after admitting to participating in a securities fraud scheme. The client, who also tipped off federal prosecutors to the sprawling college admissions case, is represented by Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associate Charles Dell’Anno.

Original Tipster in College-Admissions Case Gets Year in Prison

Wall Street Journal | August 12, 2020

This article covers an NP client who received an “unprecedented discount” from the judge for his cooperation, getting just one year of prison time after admitting to participating in a securities fraud scheme. The client, who also tipped off federal prosecutors to the sprawling college admissions case, is represented by Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associate Charles Dell’Anno.

Start Date For First 'Varsity Blues' Trial Delayed Until February

Law360 | August 06, 2020

This article, covering a judge’s order to delay the first college admissions trial until February due to the coronavirus pandemic, mentions Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Lauren Maynard and Joshua Sharp for representing one of the defendants in the first trial.

Why was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence overturned?

Boston Globe | July 31, 2020

Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, a former federal prosecutor, is quoted in this article analyzing an appeals court’s decision to overturn convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence.

Senate report: Opaque art market helped oligarchs evade sanctions

New York Times | July 29, 2020

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and partner David Vicinanzo, based in Manchester, was mentioned for representing art adviser Gregory Baltser against allegations that he and his art agency transacted with U.S.-sanctioned individuals in the art industry. Boston Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero is also supporting this matter.

The art world has a money laundering problem

CNN Business | July 29, 2020

Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader and partner David Vicinanzo, based in Manchester, was mentioned for representing art adviser Gregory Baltser against allegations that he and his art agency transacted with U.S.-sanctioned individuals in the art industry. Boston Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero is also supporting this matter.

Feds, 'Varsity Blues' Parents Agree Virus Should Delay Trial

Law360 | July 16, 2020

This article covers a request by prosecutors in the college admissions case to delay the first trial until late February due to COVID-19 challenges and safety concerns. Counsel for several defendants assented to the request, and the story mentions Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Joshua Sharp and Lauren Maynard for representing one of the defendants.

Biggest Illinois Decisions So Far in 2020: Midyear Report

Law360 | July 16, 2020

This article includes commentary from Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners John Ruskusky and Seth Horvath on some of the most noteworthy Illinois decisions thus far in 2020. John discusses a decision related to the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, while Seth comments on a decision regarding parents suing paint makers for children’s lead test costs, as well as a ruling on a record destruction provision in the Chicago police union contract.

Starbucks Can Use Agency Finding To Defend Prop 65 Suit

Law360 | July 15, 2020

This article covering recent developments in CERT v. Starbucks, et al., mentions San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Greg O’Hara and counsel Lauren Michals for representing Kroger and Ralphs Grocery in the case. During Wednesday’s hearing, the judge denied motions for summary adjudication, explaining that defendants can use a recent California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment regulation to defend against allegations they violated a state cancer warning requirement.

Congress lets leniency program for antitrust criminals lapse

CQ Roll Call | June 23, 2020

Washington, DC, Complex Commercial Disputes partner Gordon Lang, who leads the firm’s Antitrust, Regulatory and Unfair Trade Practices team, is quoted on the likelihood of Congress reauthorizing a leniency program for antitrust probes and why some large companies may at times be reluctant to come forward for fear of unnecessarily exposing themselves to civil liability risks.

Judge Allows Immigrant Detainees To Fight Living Conditions

Law360 | June 17, 2020

This article, covering a federal judge’s order that immigration detainees at Strafford County (NH) Department of Corrections can challenge their living conditions amid COVID-19, quotes Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nathan Warecki. The article also mentions the team of NP attorneys representing the detainees in the case: Litigation Department Head Scott O’Connell; Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo and associate Colin Missett; Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane, and associates Marx Calderon and Michael Strauss.

Five steps businesses can take now to minimize coronavirus-related risk

Rochester Business Journal | June 12, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column on how businesses can prepare now for legal implications of the coronavirus, putting themselves in a stronger position for long-term success. The column was adapted from an NP alert by Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes partners Carolyn Nussbaum and Rick McGuirk.

Indicted Flynn Associate Wants To Weigh In On DOJ Dismissal

Law360 | June 05, 2020

This article mentions Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling and Washington, D.C. Complex Commercial Disputes associate Scott Dinner for representing Ekim Alptekin, who on Friday requested permission to file an amicus brief in support of the U.S. Department of Justice's bid in U.S. v. Flynn.

$3.6M in attorney fees atop $600K suit

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | June 02, 2020

Complex Commercial Disputes partner and Litigation Department vice-chair Ethan Trull and department attorney Keith Edeus, both in Chicago, were featured and quoted in this front-page article on their litigation win representing Bourbon Tile & Marble in a 13-year suit against construction giant Pepper Construction Co.

Do Crowdsourced Predictions Show The Wisdom Of Humans?

Forbes | June 01, 2020

Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Erik Birkeneder contributed this article that explores crowdsourced predictions, their accuracy and adoption, and the legal implications of relying on data from crowdsourced predictions.

Retailers Facing Store Damage May Look to Insurance

WWD | June 01, 2020

This article, which examines commercial insurance policy considerations for retail storefronts, quotes Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, based in Los Angeles.

Rhode Island High Court Upholds Medical Pot Patient's Firing

Law360 | June 01, 2020

Rhode Island’s high court affirmed that NP client W.B. Mason did not violate employment laws in firing a supply driver who refused a drug test. The article mentions Providence office managing partner Andrew Prescott, of the Labor & Employment group, for representing the office supply company.

IN BRIEF: Unicolors' copyright win against H&M unravels in 9th Circuit

Reuters Legal | June 01, 2020

The following coverage highlights recent developments in a fabric design copyright infringement dispute in which the NP team secured a unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing the trial court’s decision for client H&M. The NP team that advised H&M was led by Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of Los Angeles.

1st 'Varsity Blues' Trial Date Remains Firm Despite Pandemic

Law360 | May 29, 2020

This article detailing the latest developments in the college admissions case mentions Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Joshua Sharp and Lauren Maynard, all of Boston, as co-counsel to a defendant in the case.

9th Circ. Says Suit Against H&M Hinges On Copyright Validity

Law360 | May 29, 2020

This article mentions Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of Los Angeles, for representing H&M in a dispute involving allegations of fabric design copyright infringement. The NP team secured a unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District to reverse the trial court’s decision.

New Questions Arise Following the Latest Ruling on MLMIC Distributions

New York Law Journal | May 29, 2020

Albany Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Hurteau and associate Erin Huntington contributed this article on the rise in abundance of dispute resolution as a result of the conversion of the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC) from a mutual to a stock insurance company.

H&M Gets Another Shot at Challenging Validity of Pattern Copyright

The Recorder | May 29, 2020

The following coverage highlights recent developments in a fabric design copyright infringement dispute in which the NP team secured a unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing the trial court’s decision for client H&M. The NP team that advised H&M was led by Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of Los Angeles.

H&M Gets Fabric Design Copyright Infringement Verdict Overturned

Bloomberg Law | May 29, 2020

The following coverage highlights recent developments in a fabric design copyright infringement dispute in which the NP team secured a unanimous decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, reversing the trial court’s decision for client H&M. The NP team that advised H&M was led by Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan, Intellectual Property counsel Aaron Brian and Labor & Employment senior counsel Dale Hudson, all of Los Angeles.

Employers face a ‘minefield’ of legal issues as they prepare to reopen

The Boston Globe | April 29, 2020

This article, which looks at the potential flood of litigation as the economy reopens, quotes Boston co-office managing partner and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns on the possibility of shareholder lawsuits at publicly-traded companies, even if companies have listed the coronavirus as a risk factor in their annual reports.

Judge says COVID-19 can't be only reason to release ICE detainees

New Hampshire Union Leader | April 27, 2020

This article, covering Monday’s hearing in the case of immigration detainees at Strafford County (N.H.) Department of Corrections, quotes Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nate Warecki contending why detainees should be released to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The article notes the judge “seemed to be leaning toward arguments” that conditions at the facility could be enough to make her order bail hearings for all immigration detainees at the facility—as sought in the class action lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody, the ACLU and four regional law firms.

Breaking Down Illinois' Biometric Privacy Litigation Boom

Law360 | April 27, 2020

In this article on the rise of BIPA litigation in Illinois, Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner John Ruskusky is quoted for his outlook on what it means for a defendant to be negligent under BIPA, and the technologies at issue.

Immigration detainees granted release from jail

Concord (N.H.) Monitor | April 24, 2020

This article covers the temporary release of two ICE civil detainees from the Strafford County (N.H.) Department of Corrections in connection with the class action lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody, the ACLU and four regional law firms. The lawsuit seeks the immediate release of all ICE civil detainees from SCDOC to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The article quotes Government Investigations and White Collar Defense practice group leader Dave Vicinanzo and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Nate Warecki, both of Manchester.

Patent opportunities and dangers in the microbiome revolution

IAM | April 02, 2020

Boston Intellectual Property partner Mark FitzGerald discusses how the microbiome—the collection of microbes that occupy the human body—has become an increasingly fruitful source of insights for life sciences researchers looking to develop new therapeutics.

Loughlin says "Varsity Blues" charges not tied to Mass.

Law360 | April 01, 2020

This article on the latest developments in the college admissions scandal highlights jurisdictional arguments from a brief written by Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Josh Sharp and Lauren Maynard. The NP attorneys are co-counsel to defendant Gamal Abdelaziz.

Former United Way VP asks judge for home confinement, claims he is vulnerable to COVID-19

New Hampshire Union Leader | March 30, 2020

This article highlights the efforts of Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane and associate Michael Strauss to secure home confinement for their client, who is currently serving a sentence in a Merrimack County jail where a corrections officer has tested positive for COVID-19.

Pandemic prompts urgent review of overlooked contractual clause

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | March 26, 2020

Providence Corporate partner Adam Gwaltney weighs in on the implication of force majeure clauses, particularly in cross-border contracts. These boilerplate clauses are becoming a popular topic as businesses consider the possibility they may not be able to fill contractual obligations as a result of coronavirus.

Hold off or proceed?

Inside Higher Ed | March 26, 2020

Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard says the lack of a fixed time frame for the completion of Title IX investigations has created uncertainty for colleges and universities during this public health crisis.

U.S. corporate crisis bailouts may prove bonanza for insider trading, new study warns

Reuters | March 26, 2020

Boston co-office managing partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, a partner in the Complex Commercial Disputes group, provides insight on a possible uptick in SEC enforcement activity in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and the new federal stimulus package.

Fed Circuit deals loss to privateer-backed patent holder

Reuters Legal | March 25, 2020

This article highlights an appeals court victory for Nanya Technology Corp., represented by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Peter Wied and Vincent Yip.

Loughlin, "Varsity" Blues-parents want "sham" case tossed

Law360 | March 25, 2020

This story on the latest developments in the college admissions matter mentions Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associates Josh Sharp and Lauren Maynard for their representation of Gamal Abdelaziz.

Service Providers - Fashion and Retails Lawyers

Women’s Wear Daily | March 25, 2020

This article about the types of matters and questions that fashion and retail attorneys are handling for their clients during the COVID-19 pandemic quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner, Litigation Department vice-chair, and Fashion practice leader Staci Riordan.

Dated Mass. courts present risks, opportunities amid crisis

Law360 | March 25, 2020

Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, of Boston, and Litigation Department chair Scott O’Connell, of Manchester, discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the near-freeze on Massachusetts court proceedings during social distancing in the commonwealth.

Peloton case an example of intellectual property rights of copyright owners

Rochester Business Journal | March 20, 2020

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk contributed this column analyzing a copyright dispute between home exercise giant Peloton and the National Music Publishers Association regarding the use of popular music in Peloton video workouts. This column was adapted from an NP alert by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Schnapp, and associate Catherine Savio.

Tekashi 6ix9ine hit with $2M suit alleging vanished advance

Law360 | March 18, 2020

This article mentions Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan and Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes associate Ryan Duckett for their representation of Fashion Nova in a breach-of-contract claim against incarcerated rap star Tekashi 6ix9ine.

Nixon Peabody nabs 2 new Chicago partners

Law360 | March 11, 2020

This feature story highlights two of the newest arrivals to NP’s Chicago office—Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jon Lively and Intellectual Property partner Dan Schwartz. Both attorneys said their prior experience working with NP lawyers was a major factor in their decision to join the firm.

People on the Move

Crain’s Chicago | March 09, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the Chicago area features two of NP’s newest additions, Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jon Lively and Intellectual Property partner Dan Schwartz.

Lawyers weigh in on importance of specificity in contracts

Rochester Business Journal | March 06, 2020

Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Rick McGuirk talks to the RBJ about best practices for businesspeople on the verge of signing contracts, such as reviewing boilerplate language on limiting consequential damages.

Preparing for a lawsuit vs. your firm always a prudent idea

Rochester Business Journal | March 06, 2020

This article highlighting the steps management should take to protect a company’s brand during litigation features Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Carolyn Nussbaum discussing the value of enlisting a public relations consultant to help with messaging.

Moving up to partner

Long Island Business News | March 05, 2020

This roundup of attorneys elevated to partner in the Long Island area highlights the promotion of Complex Commercial Disputes partner Chris Porzio, who is part of NP’s new partner class for 2020.

Casino Exec Says 'Varsity Blues' Call Could Clear His Name

Law360 | February 28, 2020

This article quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly related to a motion asking prosecutors to turn over records of a phone call that could potentially clear his client’s name. The article notes both Brian and associate Joshua Sharp as counsel to Gamal Abdelaziz in the college admissions case.

On the move

World Trademark Review | February 28, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the IP space highlights the arrival of Chicago Intellectual Property partner Daniel Schwartz and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jonathan Lively to Nixon Peabody.

Top DOJ attorney spotlights main FCA target areas for 2020

Law360 | February 28, 2020

This article features Washington, DC, Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky discussing the best approach for Medicare Advantage insurers who may be re-evaluating their chart review programs in the context of possible False Claims Act actions brought by the Department of Justice.

Michelle Wu sees 'crisis of public trust' in wake of City Hall bribery scandal

Boston Business Journal | February 26, 2020

This story highlights Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, who completed an internal review of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal practices in the wake of a bribery scandal that implicated a top City Hall aide.

Following bribery scandal, Walsh revamps zoning board policies

Boston Globe | February 24, 2020

This story highlights Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, who completed an internal review of Boston Zoning Board of Appeal practices in the wake of a bribery scandal that implicated a top City Hall aide.

As City Hall aide awaits sentencing for bribery, city looks for reforms

The Boston Globe | February 24, 2020

This article on the latest developments in the Zoning Board of Appeals scandal mentions that Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly completed a review related to the scandal last fall.

People on the Move

Crain’s Chicago | February 24, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the Chicago business world highlights the promotion of Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Laura Bacon, who is part of NP’s new partner class for 2020.

On the Move

San Francisco Daily Journal | February 24, 2020

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt Richards, who became the firm’s new pro bono partner on February 1, talks to the Daily Journal about his new role and the connections between pro bono and his day-to-day litigation practice.

Promotions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | February 13, 2020

This roundup of promotions in the Boston legal industry mentions two members of NP’s 2020 new partner class: Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan.

On the Move

Innovate Long Island | February 07, 2020

This round-up of personnel moves in the legal industry mentions Long Island Complex Commercial Disputes partner Chris Porzio, who officially joined the NP partnership at the start of February.

What’s Next: Why Facebook’s $550M biometrics settlement isn’t a huge deal

The American Lawyer | February 05, 2020

This article features Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners John Ruskusky and Richard Tilghman analyzing Facebook’s recent $550 million settlement in a class action suit alleging violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Unwanted pre-recorded calls don’t violate TCPA

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | January 23, 2020

This article mentions Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Dan Deane and Boston Complex Commercial Disputes associate Troy Lieberman, who earned a favorable ruling on behalf of defendant Boston Scientific in a class action suit alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Feds want ex-city official Lynch to get four years in prison in bribery scandal

Boston Herald | January 19, 2020

This article on the continuing fallout from the Zoning Board of Appeals scandal mentions Boston Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly, who prepared a report on the scandal last fall.

FTC steps up actions against VoIP providers to abet scammers

Rochester Business Journal | January 17, 2020

In his latest monthly column, Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk analyzes a recent action by the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on VoIP providers who turn a blind eye to their clients’ unlawful telemarketing practices. Washington, DC, Complex Commercial Disputes associate Brian Donnelly and Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Zach Osinski contributed to the article.

Chancery energizes investor bids to probe corporations

Law360 | January 17, 2020

Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner George Skelly and partner-elect Morgan Nighan analyze a recent decision in Delaware Chancery Court that could broaden stockholders’ ability to inspect a corporation’s books and records without evidence of a specific violation by directors.

To avoid lawsuits, companies should make websites ADA complaint

Rochester Business Journal | December 20, 2019

Rochester Corporate partner Jeremy Wolk co-wrote this contributed article analyzing the recent wave of lawsuits against companies whose websites and mobile apps are alleged to be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The column draws on an NP Alert written by Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Matt McLaughlin, Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan, and Boston Complex Commercial Disputes associate Marx Calderon.

Biggest Illinois Decisions of 2019

Law360 | December 19, 2019

This article includes quotes and legal insights from Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partners Seth Horvath and Richard Tilghman discussing some of year’s biggest Illinois decisions.

Here's what crushed it, and what got crushed, in 2019

Boston Business Journal | December 19, 2019

This roundup of successes and challenges that made local Boston headlines in 2019 highlights the college admissions case, and notes Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly as one of the high-profile attorneys working on the case.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Attorneys Argue Boston Bomber’s Trial Was Unfair, Appeal Death Sentence

WGBH | December 12, 2019

In this broadcast segment, Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly discusses the request from convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s attorneys to throw out his conviction.

'Varsity Blues' Dad Accuses Feds Of Holding Back Evidence

Law 360 | December 05, 2019

This article notes Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly and associate Joshua Sharp for representing former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz in a case related to the college admissions scandal.

College-Admissions Mastermind Tried to Recruit Seven Stanford Coaches, School Says

Wall Street Journal | December 03, 2019

Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner-elect Rob Fisher, who represented former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer in a case earlier this year, is quoted in this article about Stanford’s internal review of its policies and practices related to the college admissions case.

Career Tracker

Reuters Legal | November 12, 2019

This roundup of personnel moves in the legal industry highlights the promotions of Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns and Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Chris Froeb to co-OMPs of the Boston office.

And the “Litigators of the Week” Runners Up...

The American Lawyer | October 04, 2019

This column includes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Jennifer Riordan and New York City Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kristin Jamberdino as “Litigators of the Week” runner ups for securing a dismissal on behalf of fashion retailer Express, LLC.

Enforcing foreign judgments in the United States: a practical primer

Financier Worldwide | October 01, 2019

Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jonathan Sablone wrote this contributed article examining the challenges for U.S. parties attempting to enforce monetary judgments handed down in offshore jurisdictions.

Career tracker: Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | October 01, 2019

This article highlighting personnel moves in the legal space mentions the additions of Washington DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon and Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling, who joined Nixon Peabody last week.

Nixon Peabody nabs Adduci Mastriani IP pro in DC

Law360 | September 30, 2019

This article highlighting personnel moves in the legal space mentions the additions of Washington DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon and Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling, who joined Nixon Peabody last week.

News digest: On the move

World Trademark Review | September 27, 2019

This article highlighting personnel moves in the legal space mentions the additions of Washington DC Intellectual Property partner Evan Langdon and Chicago Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling, who joined Nixon Peabody last week.

Rival can't shake AngioDynamics' $145M racketeering suit

Law360 | September 26, 2019

This article mentions Albany Complex Commercial Disputes partner Bill Reynolds for his representation of AngioDynamics, which a judge ruled is allowed to continue its racketeering claims against a competitor.

Nixon Peabody’s white-collar team adds former prosecutor

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | September 25, 2019

This coverage highlights the arrival of Chicago Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling to Nixon Peabody following his tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Nixon Peabody adds ex-prosecutor as partner in Chicago

Law360 | September 25, 2019

This coverage highlights the arrival of Chicago Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Chris Hotaling to Nixon Peabody following his tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Pac-Man creator chases down retro game co. with IP suit

Law360 | September 24, 2019

This article mentions San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Rob Weikert and associate Andrew Winetroub, and Washington DC Intellectual Property partner David May and associate Jennette Psihoules, all of whom are representing Bandai Namco Entertainment in an IP dispute involving its iconic Pac-Man video game franchise.

Experts fear California's gig economy law may hit culture workers

The Art Newspaper | September 23, 2019

Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner Thad Stauber, head of Nixon Peabody’s arts and cultural institutions team, analyzes how the art world could be affected by California legislation restricting employers’ ability to classify employees as independent contractors.

Fight over prized artwork set for Rochester court

Democrat & Chronicle | September 20, 2019

Los Angeles Complex Commercial Disputes partner Thad Stauber discusses his representation of a Pittsford, NY, art collector whose valuable Egon Schiele drawing is the subject of an ownership dispute. Two heirs of art collectors say the drawing was stolen from their families several decades ago.

Rob Fisher talks to Good Morning America

ABC News | September 14, 2019

Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense counsel Rob Fisher, who represents former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, talked to Good Morning America about the latest developments in the college admissions case.

Boston Mayor Walsh says he's committed to ‘overhauling’ city zoning panel

Boston Business Journal | September 10, 2019

This article covers the City of Boston’s decision to hire Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly to investigate unfolding bribery allegations involving the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Career tracker Lawyers on the move

Reuters Legal | September 09, 2019

This roundup of key personnel moves in the legal industry features the addition of Washington, DC, Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner John Sandweg and his legal team. They are spearheading NP’s new Cross-Border Risks team.

City taps Nixon Peabody partner to investigate ZBA bribery scandal

Boston Business Journal | September 07, 2019

This article covers the city of Boston’s hiring of Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly to investigate a federal bribery case. The case relates to a Boston Planning and Development Agency staffer who pleaded guilty to accepting $50,000 in bribes to influence a Boston Zoning Board of Appeal vote to move a condo development project forward.

Looming Over the College Admissions Case: Will Parents Like Felicity Huffman Get Jail?

New York Times | September 06, 2019

This article about upcoming sentencings of several parents involved in the college admissions case quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Robert Fisher, noting his representation of former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer.

'Party and Bulls--t': NY judge rules phrase is fair use in Notorious B.I.G., Rita Ora songs

Billboard | September 05, 2019

This story highlights Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan and associate Sydney Pritchett and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense associate Neal Gauger, all of Los Angeles, who successfully defended their client, the estate of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Law360 | September 05, 2019

This story highlights Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan and associate Sydney Pritchett and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense associate Neal Gauger, all of Los Angeles, who successfully defended their client, the estate of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

2nd Circuit says Biggie's “Party And B*******” is fair use

Law360 | September 04, 2019

This story quotes Los Angeles Intellectual Property partner Staci Riordan discussing the successful defense of the estate of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Intellectual Property associate Sydney Pritchett and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense associate Neal Gauger, both of Los Angeles, also worked on this matter.

2nd Circ.'s Seminal Rejection of FCPA Conviction Challenge

Law360 | August 28, 2019

New York City partner Isabelle De Smedt (CORP), Manchester partner Mark Knights (GIWC), Boston counsel Robert Fisher (GIWC), Manchester associate Michael Strauss (CDPG) and Boston associate Scott Seitz (GIWC) authored this column about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent decision regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s anti-bribery provisions and what the decision means for companies needing to comply with the law.

Adam Leitman Bailey Firm Sued by Trucking Business for $7M After Ex-Client's Trial Loss

New York Law Journal | August 28, 2019

This article is about a trucking businessman who is suing his former lawyers for malpractice related to losing a property dispute against Nixon Peabody client Frank Arnold. The coverage mentions Long Island Complex Commercial Disputes partner Daniel Gibbons for leading the team that secured the trial victory—winning more than $3.8 million.

Devicemaker-doctor relationships ripe for fraud litigation

Modern Healthcare | August 23, 2019

This article quotes Washington, DC, Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky for his perspective on the overlap between anti-kickback violations and False Claims Act violations when physicians are accused of accepted improper perks from medical device companies.

Guilty verdicts may upend how City Hall works

The Boston Globe | August 09, 2019

This article quotes Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense counsel Rob Fisher, a former federal prosecutor, on why two Boston City Hall aides were charged with allegedly pressuring an event organizer into hiring union help.

Overly broad post-employment restrictive covenants unenforceable

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | August 07, 2019

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article analyzing a recent Illinois Appellate Court decision that found that the plaintiff, a wholesale seafood company, could not enforce the overly restrictive post-employment contract it had signed with a former sales associate.

CDLB People

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | August 07, 2019

This coverage highlights the arrival of Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Michael Summerhill, a corporate and appellate litigator who represents clients across the country in a variety of matters.

Nixon Peabody picks up litigator from Freeborn & Peters

Law360 | August 07, 2019

This coverage highlights the arrival of Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes partner Michael Summerhill, a corporate and appellate litigator who represents clients across the country in a variety of matters.

Planning Board to hold special meeting tonight on Wakefield Alzheimer’s facility

The Narragansett Times | August 05, 2019

This article mentions Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Jeffrey Brenner, who is representing clients who wish to build an assisted living facility for people with Alzheimer’s in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Ikea, Amazon, and the billion-dollar war over light bulb design

Fast Company | August 02, 2019

This article highlights the University of California’s campaign to protect its rights related to filament LED technology developed at the university. An NP team led by Los Angeles Intellectual Property partners Seth Levy and Shawn Hansen is representing UC in this campaign.

Promotions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | July 25, 2019

This roundup of personnel moves in the area’s legal scene highlights the promotion of Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Stephen LaRose to co-leader of the practice group.

‘In pari delicto’ preempted by statute

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | July 18, 2019

This story mentions Boston Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero for his representation of the Chelsea Housing Authority in a recent victory before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Pa. firm to refinance many Morgan properties, become partner, per court filing

The Daily Record | July 17, 2019

This story quotes from a court filing by Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Richard McGuirk on behalf of client ESL Federal Credit Union, which is trying to collect nearly $18 million in delinquent loans from a Pennsylvania-based property owner.

Washington-area appointments and promotions for July 15

The Washington Post | July 14, 2019

This roundup of important personnel moves in the Washington, DC, area highlights the arrival of  Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky to NP.

Judge drops defamation claim in Preston Hollow-Nuveen suit

The Bond Buyer | July 13, 2019

This article features analysis from Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly on a request from a “governmental entity” that has complicated an antitrust dispute between Preston Hollow Capital LLC and Nuveen Investments.

The gender pay gap won’t fix itself

Crain’s Chicago Business | July 11, 2019

Chicago Complex Commercial Disputes associate Laura Bacon wrote this contributed article analyzing the US Women’s Soccer team’s battle for equal pay, and highlighting their remarkable record of success on the pitch.

MCBA President’s Message: MCBA harnesses the power of the collective

The Daily Record | July 10, 2019

Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Carolyn Nussbaum, who was sworn in last month as the new president of the Monroe County Bar Association, wrote this contributed article about why she wanted to lead the organization and how attorneys can maximize their impact by working together.

GSK gets 2nd chance to argue preemption in Zofran MDL

Law360 | July 10, 2019

The following articles mention Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partners Mark Seltzer and Brian French for their representation of GlaxoSmithKline in an ongoing matter related to the pharmaceutical company’s anti-nausea drug Zofran. One of the issues is whether federal law pre-empts state law in the case.

Judge to seek FDA’s views on Zofran birth defect cases against GSK

Reuters Legal | July 10, 2019

The following articles mention Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partners Mark Seltzer and Brian French for their representation of GlaxoSmithKline in an ongoing matter related to the pharmaceutical company’s anti-nausea drug Zofran. One of the issues is whether federal law pre-empts state law in the case.

Massachusetts accountants liable if they miss client fraud

Law360 | July 09, 2019

This article mentions Boston Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Ronaldo Rauseo-Ricupero for his representation of the Chelsea Housing Authority in a complex matter before the Supreme Judicial Court to determine proportional liability for fraud committed by the authority’s former director.

Appeals court issues split ruling on Whole Foods project

The Daily Record | July 01, 2019

This article mentions Buffalo Complex Commercial Disputes counsel Laurie Styka Bloom for her representation of a local neighborhood association in an ongoing dispute over the details of a proposed development in Rochester.

In High Court's Kisor Ruling, 2 Important Doctrines Survive

Law360 | June 28, 2019

Manchester Complex Commercial Disputes partner Daniel Deane and associate Nathan Warecki authored this article about the Supreme Court’s decision in Kisor v. Wilkie and the potential impact the ruling will have in the future.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | June 19, 2019

This roundup of executive news highlights the arrival of Complex Commercial Disputes partner Daniel Schnapp, who will be based in NP’s New York City office.

Challenges are part of appellate law’s fun, attorneys say

Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal | June 17, 2019

This front-page story features Buffalo Complex Commercial Disputes associate Erik Goergen discussing the excitement of appellate law and how attorneys can remain creative and persuasive within the boundaries of New York State’s new filing guidelines. Click here to read the full article.

And the LOTW runners up...

American Lawyer Litigation Daily | June 14, 2019

This article highlights a major win for Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly on behalf of his client, Wells Fargo banker Peter Cannava, who was vindicated in a fraud suit brought by the SEC.

Why attorney for ex-Stanford coach who got no prison time in college scandal isn't surprised

CBS News | June 13, 2019

Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense counsel Rob Fisher appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss a major win for his client, former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer.

Sailing coach caught in maelstrom

The Boston Globe | June 13, 2019

In the following coverage, Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted regarding the favorable District Court decision for NP’s client, a Wells Fargo banker cleared of charges related to his role in the bond transaction for 38 Studios.

How Nixon Peabody’s Brian Kelly Crushed the SEC

American Lawyer “Litigation Daily” | June 13, 2019

Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted regarding the favorable District Court decision for NP’s client, a Wells Fargo banker cleared of charges related to his role in the bond transaction for 38 Studios.

Banker Cannava claims victory over SEC in 38 Studios case

The Bond Buyer | June 12, 2019

In the following coverage, Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted regarding the favorable district court decision for Nixon Peabody’s client, a Wells Fargo banker cleared of charges related to his role in the bond transaction for 38 Studios. The team on this matter also included partners Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Stephen LaRose and Steven Richard, associate Charles Dell’Anno and paralegal Kanda Faye.

Judge clears banker in 38 Studios case

The Providence Journal | June 12, 2019

In the following coverage, Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Brian Kelly is quoted regarding the favorable District Court decision for NP’s client, a Wells Fargo banker cleared of charges related to his role in the bond transaction for 38 Studios. The NP team on this matter also included partners Kathleen Ceglarski Burns, Stephen LaRose and Steven Richard, associate Charles Dell’Anno and paralegal Kanda Faye.

Challenge to inactive RIBA dues mooted

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | June 12, 2019

This article mentions Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Armando Batastini for his representation of the Rhode Island Bar Association in a hearing before the state Supreme Court on whether inactive attorneys should be required to maintain a dues-paying membership with the state bar. The case has been mooted due to RIBA’s approval of a revised dues structure.

How to contact your customers without getting sued

Bloomberg Law | June 11, 2019

San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Karl Belgum wrote this contributed article explaining that businesses need to perform a self-assessment of the risks of automated customer contact, given the FCC’s failure to clarify the scope of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

How I Made Partner: Nixon Peabody’s Kathleen Ceglarski Burns

Law360 | May 31, 2019

In this Q&A, Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Kathleen Ceglarski Burns discusses her legal career and path to partnership.

NY health network mostly skirts white ex-worker's bias suit

Law360 | May 30, 2019

This article mentions Long Island Labor and Employment partner Chris Gegwich and associate Tony Dulgerian for their successful representation of Northwell Health in a discrimination suit.

Learn about the 2019 10 to Watch winners and all 20 finalists

Foster’s Daily Democrat | May 22, 2019

Manchester Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights was among the finalists in the sixth annual “10 to Watch” Seacoast Young Professionals.

Get the message: Update to the FCPA corporate enforcement policy

Reuters’ Government Contract | May 20, 2019

Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Mark Knights and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Michael Strauss, both of the Manchester office, co-wrote this contributed article outlining changes in the way the Department of Justice expects companies to preserve “ephemeral communications” such as WhatsApp messages.

Experts in times of crisis

New York Law Journal | May 20, 2019

New York Complex Commercial Disputes partner Joe Ortego, vice chair of the Litigation Department, co-wrote this contributed article on how companies should attorneys should respond when a client encounters a crisis. Click here to read the article.

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Phone: 585-263-1037

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