July 23, 2021 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose
Mintz Member and Chair of the firm’s Communications Infrastructure Litigation Practice, Scott Thompson, was profiled as an industry leader by the Wireless Infrastructure Association. In the blog post, Mr. Thompson reflected on making a major career move by joining Mintz in the middle of a global pandemic, his 20+ year career path and high profile cases, and the most significant issues facing the wireless infrastructure industry today and in the near future.
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EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS: Intellectual Property — A Patent Damages Deep Dive with Mintz and BDO — Part I of II
July 22, 2021 | Podcast | By Andrew DeVoogd, Daniel Weinger
Mintz is pleased to announce that four Litigation Members have been named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List 2021. The annual ranking recognizes the best and brightest law firm partners under 40 in the United States and Canada who stand out due to their high-stakes wins, precedent-setting matters and positioning for future success.
The following Mintz attorneys were selected for inclusion in their respective practice areas:
- Kelly Frey (Commercial, Real Estate)
Mr. Frey is a skilled litigator that advises clients on a broad range of disputes involving commercial real estate and government regulation. He has extensive experience litigating complex lease disputes, commercial evictions, permits/zoning appeals, tax abatements, property valuations, government investigations, and administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies.
- Jacob Hupart (Securities, Commercial)
Mr. Hupart’s practice encompasses complex commercial litigation, including cases involving securities, employment, and environmental claims, as well as class action litigation, white collar criminal defense, and regulatory investigations. Mr. Hupart has extensive experience representing clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, energy, education, and the media.
- Emily Kanstroom Musgrave (Appellate)
Ms. Musgrave is Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. She leads clients through the appellate process, designing a successful appellate strategy, drafting briefs, and preparing for oral argument. She also assists clients with amicus curiae submissions, including to the U.S. Supreme Court. Working as a litigator both at the trial and appellate phases, her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation across a variety of areas, including contract disputes, securities litigation and government investigations.
- Alec Zadek (Insurance, Securities, Commercial)
Alec has significant experience advising directors, officers, members, managers, and shareholders of closely-held businesses regarding their fiduciary duties, corporate governance, and indemnification rights and responsibilities. He also litigates and advises insurers concerning complex coverage issues. Alec is well-known for his pro bono work in Massachusetts, which focuses primarily on representing survivors of sex trafficking and domestic violence and raising awareness of legal issues impacting survivors of human trafficking.
Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to the world’s leading litigation firms and lawyers. The law firm and lawyer rankings are based on extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients as well as analysis of the market’s most important cases and firm developments.
July 21, 2021 | Blog | By Benjamin Zegarelli, Cody Keetch
Mintz is pleased to announce that firm attorneys Nicholas Armington, Nadia Do Canto, and Rithika Kulathila have received the 2021 Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award, which is presented annually on behalf of the firm by Mintz’s Pro Bono Committee to attorneys who demonstrate exemplary commitment to pro bono work. The trio of honorees was recognized for their efforts with legal services nonprofit and the firm’s longstanding pro bono partner Lawyers Clearinghouse to establish a Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) sealing clinic. The attorneys were celebrated virtually during the firm’s 30th annual Pro Bono Award reception held on July 12.
Mr. Armington, Mrs. Do Canto, and Ms. Kulathila initiated a successful partnership with Lawyers Clearinghouse and the City of Boston to establish a virtual clinic that helps low-income residents seal or expunge criminal records. This groundbreaking program is especially important in addressing the disproportionate impact the criminal justice system has had on Black men and other communities of color in Boston. By collaborating with Mintz’s partners on this clinic, Mr. Armington, Mrs. Do Canto, Ms. Kulathila, and other firm attorneys have helped individuals throughout Greater Boston remove significant barriers that would have made it difficult for them to pursue future employment, housing, and educational opportunities.
The virtual Pro Bono Award reception was punctuated by congratulatory remarks from firm leaders including Member and Chairman of the firm Robert Popeo, Managing Member Bob Bodian, and Member and Chair of the Pro Bono Committee Susan Finegan. In addition, Susan Gedrick, Executive Director of Lawyers Clearinghouse, and Crispin Birnbaum, a Lawyers Clearinghouse Access to Justice Fellow, joined to reflect on Mintz’s pro bono partnership over the past 27+ years and the impact of this latest collaboration to serve individuals in need through the CORI sealing clinic.
“This has been a challenging year for many, and in particular for our pro bono clients in vulnerable and low-income communities,” said Ms. Finegan. “The Pro Bono Committee has been greatly impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of this group – Nick, Nadia, and Rithika – to tackle systemic racism through the CORI sealing clinic. Due to their leadership, the project has been a huge success at Mintz, with 32 attorneys and professional staff helping over 30 individuals to seal their criminal records throughout the last year.”
During the event, all three Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award honorees shared their experience and impressions of the CORI sealing clinic and encouraged their colleagues to volunteer a relatively small amount of their time to make a lasting difference in someone’s life.
The Richard Mintz Pro Bono Award is named in honor of Richard Mintz, the son of one of the firm’s founders, who in many ways embodied the generous spirit of Mintz and was a strong supporter of the firm’s pro bono contributions.
Pro bono service is at the heart of Mintz’s culture and identity. The firm partners with nonprofits, legal services organizations, in-house legal departments, and other law firms to provide life-changing assistance for individuals in need. Significantly, in the past year, more than 400 Mintz attorneys contributed to over 300 unique pro bono matters. To learn more about the firm’s pro bono work, please click here.
California AG Releases Important CCPA Enforcement Information and Announces an Online Consumer Reporting Tool
July 20, 2021 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose, Natalie Prescott
Mintz announced today the relocation of its office in Washington, D.C. to accommodate the firm’s continued strategic expansion. The firm has moved into the Thurman Arnold Building, occupying 57,000 square feet of office space at 555 12th St., NW, a nearly 782,000-square-foot building by F and 12th Streets NW.
“As we continue to expand the firm’s capabilities to better serve the needs of our clients, a new office in D.C. became a priority. Just in the last year D.C. has added 13 lawyers,” said Susan Berson, Managing Member of Mintz’s Washington, D.C. Office and Chair of the firm’s Health Law, Communications, Antitrust & ML Strategies Division. “The state-of-the-art Thurman Arnold Building provides us with a modern, technologically advanced workplace designed to facilitate collaboration with each other and with our clients, and offers a host of additional amenities. While the new space meets the firm’s needs today, it is also flexible to adapt to its future needs.”
Mintz opened an office in Washington, D.C. in 1979, headed by Charles D. Ferris, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Since then it has grown to more than 70 attorneys and ML Strategies government consultants, focused primarily on federal regulation, legislation, and litigation, with an emphasis on communications, the environment, health care, and antitrust.
Spanning one city block, 555 12th St. NW, known as the Thurman Arnold Building, is located in Washington, D.C.'s historic downtown. With an exceptional location between Capitol Hill and the White House, the building boasts immediate access to seats of power and those advising policy makers and true agents of change. In addition to being named a “showcase project” by the Better Buildings Initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for its technology upgrades, 555 12th Street is also certified LEED Gold.
Biden Administration Takes Aim at Rising Drug Prices through its Executive Order on Promoting Competition
July 20, 2021 | Blog | By Theresa Carnegie, Lauren Moldawer
Daniel Pascucci, Managing Member of Mintz’s San Diego office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Cross-Border Asset Recovery Practice, authored a Law360 expert analysis article spotlighting the growing allure of Western states as asset havens, highlighting the need for creditors and claimants to consider robust U.S. enforcement strategies in asset-recovery efforts.
June 13, 2019 | Blog | By Farrah Short
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May 28, 2019 | Blog | By Bridgette Keller, Daryl Berke, Lauren Moldawer
May 23, 2019 | Blog | By Benjamin Zegarelli
In 2019 so far, FDA has issued Warning Letters to eleven separate homeopathic drug manufacturers, including the five letters referenced above. All of the Warning Letters, except one, cite observations from inspections and focus on cGMP and quality violations at the manufacturing facilities, including contamination and varying amounts of active ingredients, that could lead to consumer harm.
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April 3, 2019 | Blog | By Daryl Berke
Last year, CMS published a road map outlining the agency’s approach to addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic. CMS’s strategy has three prongs: (1) prevent new cases of opioid use disorder (OUD); (2) expand treatment for individuals with OUDs; and (3) leverage data to improve the agency’s prevention and treatment options.
In line with that strategy, the agency published an article detailing its Medicare Part D Opioid Overutilization Policies for 2019. The policies focus on improving communication between and among Part D plans (PDPs) and providers to better coordinate efforts to prevent opioid misuse. As CMS points out, “Providers are in the best position to identify and manage potential opioid overutilization in the Medicare Part D population. Medicare prescription drug plans can assist providers by alerting them about unusual utilization patterns in prescription claims.”
Third Time’s Not the Charm: Supreme Court Again Declines to Weigh in on Escobar’s “Materiality” Standard
March 25, 2019 | Blog | By Brian Dunphy, Nicole Henry
In Prather, the relator alleged that defendant Brookdale Senior Living Communities, Inc. (Brookdale), a home health provider, submitted bills for medical services that were “untimely” signed and certified by physicians in violation of Medicare regulations. When submitting Medicare claims, Brookdale purportedly did not obtain the required physician certifications attesting that the medical services provided by Brookdale were necessary until months after establishing a patient’s plan of care. Because Medicare regulations under 42 C.F.R. § 424.22(a)(2) require physician certifications “at the time the plan of care is established or as soon thereafter as possible,” the relator alleged that Brookdale’s untimely certifications rendered the claims false under the implied false certification theory. The district court dismissed the complaint on materiality grounds, holding that the noncompliance was insubstantial and that the relator failed to allege that the government had ever denied a claim based on a violation of the timing requirement under the Medicare regulations.
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