Pennsylvania

  • July 26, 2016

    4 Traits Of The Top Litigation Firms

    All litigation powerhouses boast talented trial lawyers, but the 20 firms at the top of their game don't just rely on their litigators. Here, we talk about the four traits that led the elite of the Litigation Powerhouses to become the go-to firms for bet-the-company cases.

  • July 26, 2016

    5 Small(er) But Mighty Litigation Shops

    Five relatively small but fearsome law firms landed a spot on Law360's 2016 list of 50 Litigation Powerhouses after they laced up their gloves and brought the pain in their fights for clients, winning some of the biggest cases over the past year.

  • July 26, 2016

    Law360 Names Top 50 Firms For Litigation

    Historic, precedent-setting wins in class action litigation. Jaw-dropping jury verdicts in courts across the country. Victories in the smartphone wars. Dramatic upsets on appeal. Law360's Litigation Powerhouses leveraged their deep legal talent to score remarkable wins for their clients over the past year, landing them a spot on our inaugural ranking of the top firms for litigation.

  • July 26, 2016

    Firm Says Old Work For Fox Rothschild Foe Not DQ-Worthy

    Bochetto & Lentz PC, which is representing Fox Rothschild LLP against allegations that it filed a meritless bankruptcy petition to avoid trial over an aborted merger, told a Pennsylvania court Monday that its representation of Fox Rothschild's adversary 20 years ago wasn't enough to disqualify it from the case.

  • July 26, 2016

    3rd Circ. Grills FTC Over Yardstick For Pa. Hospital Merger

    The Third Circuit pressed the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday to show why a proposed hospital merger’s fiscal impact on insurers is a more pertinent factor than its effect on patients to determine whether the tie-up would be anticompetitive, suggesting that the patient data was also relevant.

  • July 26, 2016

    3rd Circ. Won't Rethink Suspension Of 'Stairway' Atty

    The Third Circuit summarily refused Tuesday to reconsider the three-month suspension of the attorney who recently lost the closely watched “Stairway to Heaven” copyright infringement case, letting stand a Pennsylvania federal court's finding of misconduct in a separate musical copyright suit.

  • July 26, 2016

    J&J Can't Nix Causation Experts In 1st Tylenol Bellwether

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday denied Johnson & Johnson's bids to prevent two causation experts from testifying during the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over the alleged liver damage risks of various Tylenol products, rejecting the company's arguments that their opinions weren’t reliable.

  • July 26, 2016

    H-2B Workers, Landscaping Co. Settle Wage Suit For $700K

    A Pennsylvania federal judge signed off Tuesday on a $700,000 class settlement between a suburban Philadelphia landscaping company and Mexican workers who alleged the company was not paying them properly under the terms of their H-2B seasonal labor visas.

  • July 26, 2016

    Pa. Judge Won't Ax $70M Risperdal Breast-Growth Verdict

    A Pennsylvania state judge on Monday rejected a Johnson & Johnson unit’s bid to nix a $70 million verdict awarded to a family that claimed an adolescent boy grew breasts after taking antipsychotic drug Risperdal, shooting down the company’s claims that the evidence didn’t support the award.

  • July 26, 2016

    Pa. Court Tosses Effort To Compel Greenhouse Gas Study

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday rebuffed a group of state residents seeking a court order requiring the governor’s office and several state regulators to conduct studies and develop plans to reduce greenhouse gases, saying the petitioners do not have a clear right to have these requests satisfied.

  • July 26, 2016

    Insurer Asks Pa. Judge To Nix Building Collapse Coverage

    An insurance company has urged a Pennsylvania judge to void coverage for an amateur demolition contractor implicated in a fatal 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia, arguing the contractor obtained the policy only through fraud.

  • July 26, 2016

    Allstate Sued Over Car Crash Victims' Unpaid Medical Bills

    Allstate is being sued over allegations that it unlawfully refused to pay the medical bills of auto policyholders involved in car accidents unless they agreed to undergo physical examinations, according to a proposed class action removed to Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday.

  • July 26, 2016

    FERC Grants 2-Year Extension For $683M Pa.-NY Pipeline

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday gave Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC an additional two years to build its contested $683 million natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York as the company appeals New York’s denial of a water quality certification to the Second Circuit.

  • July 26, 2016

    Pa. Oil Co., Workers Ask For Pause To Mediate OT Row

    Pittsburgh-based EQT Production Co. and a putative class accusing the oil and natural gas company of misclassifying certain workers as exempt and preventing them from collecting overtime wages asked a Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday to pause discovery as the sides enter mediation.

  • July 26, 2016

    Birth Control Mandate Limited To Religious Groups, HHS Says

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told the Third Circuit on Monday that a secular anti-abortion nonprofit shouldn’t be exempt from providing health insurance covering contraception, arguing that a lower court rightly ruled that the group is not a religious organization and isn’t losing any fundamental rights.

  • July 26, 2016

    Philly Judge Committed Case-Fixing Violations, Panel Says

    A suspended Philadelphia Municipal Court judge violated the Pennsylvania Constitution and several ethical rules by entertaining the requests of a now-imprisoned former judge to intervene in cases to help out his friends and then stating her compliance, a judicial disciplinary panel has found.

  • July 25, 2016

    Penn State Slams Ex-Leader's Disparagement Suit At Hearing

    A Pennsylvania state judge heard arguments Monday that the Penn State University president ousted following Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse indictment was attempting to skirt responsibility for his role in the scandal by suing the school for allegedly breaching a contract shielding him from disparaging comment.

  • July 25, 2016

    SEPTA Applicants Fight To Keep Alive Background Check Suit

    Three men fought Friday to keep alive a proposed class action accusing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of violating federal law in its use of consumer reports, insisting they suffered real harm by the authority's invasion of their privacy.

  • July 25, 2016

    Philly Cab Cos. Say Appeal Planned For Uber Case

    The Philadelphia cab companies who sued Uber Technologies Inc. and Google Inc.’s venture capital arm dropped their last remaining claim Friday, saying they are planning instead to appeal a portion of the March federal court decision that dismissed most of their case.

  • July 25, 2016

    NY's Block Of $683M Pipeline Means 2-Year Delay, FERC Told

    The operator of the planned $683 million Constitution natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday for an additional two years to complete construction after New York regulators denied a water quality permit for the project.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 4 All-Star MDLs

    Alan E. Rothman

    In honor of the recent Major League Baseball All-Star Game, this month’s column will name its own all-star team — four multidistrict litigations, across various categories, that changed or are changing the game, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • EPA Wants More Control Over State-Issued Discharge Permits

    Ronda L. Sandquist

    Proposed changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Permit System would make minor revisions to program definitions and the contents of permit fact sheets, and major revisions that will expand the EPA’s ability to object to permits administratively continued by a state program, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Feeding The Future World: The Israel Outlook

    Meital Stavinsky

    While improvements to the global availability of and access to food are expected in the coming years, many countries will continue to struggle. A further robust collaboration between the U.S. and Israel would both help expand the innovative food and agricultural industry growth in the U.S., and may offer an answer to the looming global food crisis, says Meital Stavinsky at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Workplace Video Monitoring: What Employers Need To Know

    Barbara E. Hoey

    Given the availability and effectiveness of inexpensive video equipment, many companies use video to monitor their entire operations for safety, security and quality control. But video surveillance can have unintended consequences well beyond its intended purpose, say Mark Konkel and Barbara Hoey at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • OPINION: It's Time To Radically Rethink Immigration Reform

    John W. Lawit

    The antiquated Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 has outlived its usefulness. It is time for a completely new law, based not on conditions from more than 60 years ago, but rather focused on the nation’s needs going forward into the 21st century, says John Lawit of John W. Lawit LLC.

  • A State-By-State Guide To Driverless Car Regulations

    Michael W. Reynolds

    In the absence of federal regulation, only nine states and the District of Columbia have passed laws addressing autonomous vehicles, leaving the other states to wrestle with the complexity and uncertainty of interpreting existing state laws, which presume human drivers, to permit the operation of AVs, say Michael Reynolds and Jason Orr at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • How States Are Reacting To EPA's CAA Mandate

    Allison B. Rumsey

    States' responses to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s action calling for revision of their Clean Air Act implementation plans suggest that while they are working to comply with the EPA mandate, at the same time many are attempting to build in some flexibility where there are excess emissions as a result of startup, shutdown or malfunction, say Allison Rumsey and Erika Norman at Arnold & Porter LLP.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.