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Our Spotlight Cases

Collora LLP has played a leading role in many of the spotlight cases in Massachusetts, procuring favorable verdicts and dismissals in a large number of memorable legal battles.    

For a representative sampling of just some of our most noteworthy victories, see the lists below relating to business litigation, government enforcement matters and appeals.

Business Litigation

  • Won dismissal of a libel and defamation action against our client, an international internet service provider, in a case where the initial demand by the plaintiff was for payment of $300 million in damages.
  • Won $10 million settlement for our client in a federal case of first impression governing the law of wire transfers of funds.
  • Won $7.2 million judgment for our client, a Fortune 100 company, in a case involving misrepresentations contained in an opinion letter. Recognized as one of the most important decisions of the year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
  • Won multi-million dollar federal court litigation acting as lead trial counsel for our client, the subsidiary of an international water services company, a breach of contract case. Our client won despite a previous indictment and conviction of the client’s manager in connection with alleged wrongdoing related to the contract with a local municipality. Case involved issues of first impression under the Uniform Procurement Act in Massachusetts.
  • Won judgment for our client in a multi-million dollar construction litigation dispute after a 13-day trial in state court.
  • Won the first Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower suit brought in Massachusetts.
  • Secured dismissal of several whistle-blowing cases against a large pharmaceutical distribution company, despite adverse press exposure in post-Enron environment.

Government Enforcement Matters

  • Successfully defended executives of major pharmaceutical company charged with violating anti-kickback laws and various federal regulations related to marketing of pharmaceutical products, despite a previous adverse plea by their company in connection with related charges. Obtained complete acquittals.
  • Successfully defended a reputable public construction company in an 18-month investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Transportation into allegations of fraud and illegal gratuities in the performance of public contracts, negotiating a settlement in which the company was neither charged nor debarred from public contracting.
  • Successfully represented defendants accused of price-fixing in the seafood industry, obtaining their acquittal.
  • Successfully represented defendants accused of price-fixing in the paper industry, obtaining their acquittal.
  • Successfully represented an international company, which was the target of a lengthy criminal investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency for alleged infractions of environmental laws. Representation resulted in EPA decision not to suspend or debar the client from working on federal projects, as well as implementation of a state of the art compliance program.

Appeals

  • Obtained affirmation from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit of a complete dismissal of our client from a $300 million libel and defamation action
  • Obtained affirmation from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit of a judgment that formed the basis for a $10 million settlement for our client in a case of first impression regarding the risk of loss and wire transfers.
  • Obtained writ of mandamus from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, ordering a trial judge not to permit televised proceedings in a recording industry dispute over copyright issues.
  • Successfully established at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court the right to submit an affidavit in camera to a trial judge in support of a motion for disclosure of a Commonwealth informant.
  • Obtained order upholding trial court statutory interpretation and the dismissal of a Federal Claims Act lawsuit against a municipality and its officials. (First Circuit)
  • In a case of first impression, won an appellate victory for a group of synagogues, establishing their right to hire, promote and retain religious teachers with First Amendment protections against certain kinds of employment actions.  (Now pending in SJC.)

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