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Complex Civil Litigation

Complex Civil Litigation

In addition to our extensive experience as prosecutors, LibbyHoopes attorneys previously worked at several of Boston's largest law firms and held clerkships with distinguished federal court judges. From this solid foundation of training and experience, LibbyHoopes is well equipped to handle a broad array of complex civil and administrative litigation. While we are selective about the types of civil cases we undertake, LibbyHoopes has represented clients as both plaintiff and defendant.

LibbyHoopes has enjoyed considerable success in the civil litigation area and has been been active in various contract, commercial, securities, construction, and constitutional cases. While most of the cases currently ongoing are within the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, others are pending in other jurisdictions.

Our lawyers spend a great deal of time in court due to our active white collar criminal practice. We are known to, and have excellent professional relationships with, most of the judges, magistrates, clerks and courthouse personnel throughout federal and state courts in Massachusetts. The combination of this knowledge and familiarity, and our proven lawyering skills in civil matters, makes LibbyHoopes uniquely well suited to serve as local counsel to other law firms with litigation matters arising in Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts. LibbyHoopes has partnered with some of the top law firms from around the country and provided invaluable assistance as local counsel in complex cases in federal and state court.

LibbyHoopes also has substantial expertise representing clients in administrative regulatory agency settings. Sometimes this means serving as counsel for corporations and businesses in state or federal debarment proceedings. Other times it means representing attorneys, accountants, physicians or other professionals in actions involving unwarranted scrutiny by investigators or licensing boards.

For example, in one high profile "job action" targeting a large local employer, LibbyHoopes lawyers appeared simultaneously in three separate courts, defending applications for criminal complaints sought against mid-level managers and senior employees. In each case, the court rejected the application and no charges were filed.

LibbyHoopes has also enjoyed a string of successes representing college and graduate students charged with criminal offenses and related disciplinary violations, facing expulsion or suspension from colleges and graduate schools in the Boston area. To date we have helped to exonerate students at Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Babson College.


Here are but a few examples of our efforts and
successes in the civil and regulatory litigation area:

Civil Rights and Whistleblower Action Against Police Officials Dismissed

LibbyHoopes represented the Chief of Police and two superior officers of a major Boston area police department in a federal civil rights and whistleblower action brought by a fellow officer. After discovery was completed, a judge granted LibbyHoopes' motion for summary judgment and dismissed the case, which was upheld by the appellate court.

Claim Against Major Pharmaceutical Firm Defended

Working together with outside corporate counsel, LibbyHoopes represents a major publicly traded pharmaceutical company in a massive "average wholesale price" multi-district litigation action in the federal court.

LibbyHoopes Persuades U.S. Customs to Overturn "Failure to Declare" Forfeiture

On re-entering the United States, a LibbyHoopes client — then suffering from certain medical and psychological ailments not immediately apparent to federal officers — failed to fully account to the U.S. Customs Service all of the (significant) monies in the client's possession. LibbyHoopes interceded with Customs officials on the client's behalf, and arranged to have the forfeiture order reversed, with the monies returned to the client.

Home Builder Obtains Favorable Judgment

LibbyHoopes represents one of the nation's largest builders of luxury homes in civil litigation and arbitrations in Massachusetts. Recently, we obtained a summary judgment order on behalf of our client in a case alleging various construction defects and fraud. LibbyHoopes has also had several successful results for the same client in other court cases and arbitration proceedings.

Harvard Students Cleared of Sexual Assault

In unrelated actions (in different school years) commenced by the University disciplinary board, LibbyHoopes has represented three Harvard students charged with sexual assault. These cases carry profound consequences, including the prospect of a parallel criminal prosecution by local authorities. With LibbyHoopes' assistance, each of our clients was cleared of wrongdoing and went on to graduate.
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