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875 ABA Journal Massachusetts articles.

Former BigLaw partner is suspended for seeking double reimbursement for wine expense

A former BigLaw partner has been suspended for asking his law firm and a continuing legal education sponsor to reimburse him more than $1,900 for the cost of wine at a reception.

Judge allows counterclaim alleging Brown Rudnick ‘radically’ exceeded its fee estimates

A federal judge in Boston has refused to dismiss a counterclaim alleging that Brown Rudnick overstaffed an arbitration case, causing it to “radically” outpace fee estimates.

Exxon can’t use ‘right of petition’ law to block climate change suit, top state court rules

The top court in Massachusetts on Tuesday refused to dismiss a lawsuit contending that the Exxon Mobil Corp. misled consumers and investors about the impact of climate change.

Technical problems during remote trial violated parent’s due process rights, top state court says

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ordered a new trial for a mother whose faulty cellphone service caused her to miss much of remote proceeding to terminate her parental rights.

Supreme Court rules for group seeking to fly Christian flag at Boston City Hall; Gorsuch takes bite at Lemon

The city of Boston violated the First Amendment rights of a Christian group when it refused to allow it to fly its flag outside the city hall, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

After 20 tries, law grad passes the bar but is barred from law practice in Massachusetts

A persistent law graduate who passed the bar exam nearly 30 years after his 1985 graduation won’t be able to join the Massachusetts bar as a result of a decision by the state’s top court.

Restaurants can’t recover COVID-19 losses through ‘business interruption’ insurance, 2 top state courts rule

The top state courts in Iowa and Massachusetts have ruled that restaurants can’t recover COVID-19 shutdown losses from "business interruption" policies.

Man who failed to obtain restraining order against nephew is accused of shooting him outside courthouse

Criminal Justice

Weekly Briefs: BigLaw firm settles ‘mommy track’ suit; ban on scraped court data challenged

Morrison & Foerster settles ‘mommy track’ suit

Morrison & Foerster has settled with two remaining plaintiffs in a lawsuit contending that the law firm discriminates against lawyer moms. In…

Many federal courts ease mask requirements; judges often retain discretion in their courtrooms

More than a dozen federal courts have eased or dropped mask requirements since the beginning of March.

Jones Day settles bias suit by fired paralegal who claimed she was given more work than white colleagues

Jones Day has settled a Haitian-born paralegal’s discrimination lawsuit alleging that she was given more work than white staff members and was belittled for working overtime to complete it.

Judge accused of helping immigrant avoid courthouse arrest loses 1st Circuit bid to stop prosecution

A federal appeals court has refused to block the prosecution of a Massachusetts judge and her courtroom deputy, who were accused of helping an immigrant evade arrest by immigration officials.

Defendants want new trials because of racist Facebook posts said to be written by their lawyer

Lawyers for at least two convicted men in Massachusetts are seeking new trials because of racist and offensive Facebook posts thought to have been written by their now-deceased defense lawyer.

Can undercover cops use Snapchat content for prosecution? It depends, top state court rules

The top state court in Massachusetts on Monday ruled against a Snapchat user who was prosecuted after posting a gun video seen by a "friend" who turned out to be an undercover police officer.

An ‘ominous development’ for race-conscious college admissions? Supreme Court accepts 2 challenges

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear challenges to race-conscious admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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