Pennsylvania-based electronic instruments manufacturer Ametek Inc., whose products are used by industrial and aerospace companies, announced Wednesday that it has acquired a privately held power management systems manufacturer for approximately $128 million, giving it a boost in the medical and life sciences sectors.
The Third Circuit refused Wednesday to hear a petition by First Data Corp. customers who claim they were overcharged for installing ATMs in their stores, saying in a precedential ruling that a mistake by class counsel that led to the document's late filing does not constitute excusable neglect.
Plaintiffs challenging Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage said Monday that a bid by Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration for an interlocutory appeal to the Third Circuit to determine whether claims in the lawsuit fell under federal jurisdiction would create needlessly delay.
A day after one faction of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s divided ownership group asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court not to rush an appeal of a November decision reinstating the paper’s editor in chief, the majority group took the exact opposite position.
Stan Lee Media Inc., which has unsuccessfully claimed for years to own the rights to Spider-Man, filed claims Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court against the Walt Disney Co., asserting the media conglomerate cannot stop it from striking its own licensing deals for the copyrighted superhero.
Philadelphia officials on Tuesday launched a new program designed to give long-time homeowners sizable discounts on their property taxes after changes in how the city appraises properties lead to significant increases for some homeowners.
The family of a University of Pennsylvania neuroscientist who died of brain cancer launched a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court on Tuesday, alleging that the university and his supervisor failed to take measures to protect him from radiation used during his research.
The Center for Public Integrity painted a bleak picture Wednesday of the way state judges disclose potential financial conflicts, giving big states like Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas failing or near-failing grades while mustering only middling praise for California and other, more transparent states.
Democrats on a key state legislative committee slammed Gov. Tom Corbett’s nominee for secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday as an unqualified administration ally who lacked a thorough understanding of the risks posed by the Marcellus Shale industry and the science behind climate change.
A Pennsylvania law firm sued a former attorney Monday in state court, alleging he failed to pay fees stemming from more than 200 claims he initiated while at the firm and kept after striking out to form his own private practice.
General Refractories Co. succeeded Monday in persuading a Pennsylvania federal court to stick to the “preponderance of evidence” standard of proof instead of the higher “clear and convincing” standard the defendants had sought for a factual question in an upcoming trial over an asbestos litigation coverage dispute.
Part of The Philadelphia Inquirer’s divided ownership group told the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday that there was no need to rush an appeal of a November decision reinstating Pulitzer Prize-winning Editor-in-Chief Bill Marimow after a trial judge found he was fired in violation of a company governance agreement.
A convicted former executive with bankrupt drink maker Le-Nature's Inc. told a Pennsylvania federal judge that his 15-year prison sentence and $661 million restitution payment should be vacated because of errors made by his attorney in his 2011 trial.
New Jersey-based Immunomedics Inc. has sued the University of California and Temple University to protect the biopharmaceutical company's alleged rights over a valuable life sciences product that a scientist fomerly with an entity that licensed such assets to Immunomedics may have improperly transferred to UC San Francisco.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court took an expansive reading of insurers’ obligations to commercial policyholders in a ruling Tuesday, concluding that a general liability coverage provider is required to defend product liability claims.
Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration argued Monday that a lawsuit brought by a suburban Philadelphia couple challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage was barred by principles of sovereign immunity.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Monday that final sales agreements between buyers and car dealers trumped any previous agreements between the parties under state motor vehicle finance laws, reversing a decision sending a dispute between a woman and her dealership to arbitration.
A Pennsylvania state judge on Monday postponed a trial set to begin Wednesday over who will bear the costs of a proposed $39 million upgrade for the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers, giving the parties more time to negotiate.
From the time Consol Energy Inc. began considering selling a quintet of coal mines worth $3.5 billion, it enlisted a Greenberg Traurig LLP team to grapple with the complexities of a big-ticket transaction plus the added challenges of redefining a 150-year-old company's position in the marketplace.
Consol Energy Inc. on Monday said federal antitrust regulators won’t stand in the way of the $3.5 billion sale of its unit that operates five coal mines in West Virginia to coal giant Murray Energy Corp. and that the sale should be sewn up within weeks.
There are several unique defenses, depending on the state, available to defendant pharmaceutical companies which arise from the discord between consumer protection statutes and prescription drugs, say Yvonene McKenzie and Gabriel Vidoni at Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Pennsylvania’s House Bill 1620 may be the result of public perception that franchisees are powerless and need protecting. But for franchisors that have long fought to remove the concept of fiduciary duty from commercial contractual relationships, this legislation would appear to undo much of the common law that has developed over the last 20 years, says Theodore Pearce of Nexsen Pruet LLC.
What is the thinking as to whether leaky air conditioner cases warrant multidistrict litigation treatment? On Dec. 5, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Vegas to find out. This will bring a temperature shift in more ways than one from the September hearing, where the panel considered a potential MDL proceeding arising from allegedly defective clothes dryers, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
In light of the Third Circuit’s recent ruling in In re KB Toys, both buyers and sellers of bankruptcy claims should investigate a creditor’s preference exposure by seeking information from the creditor and by reviewing a debtor’s statement of financial affairs, say attorneys with Haynes and Boone LLP.
Five years ago, the Federal Trade Commission waded into the debate regarding the competition issues posed by “follow-on biologics.” Some three years after Congress provided a pathway for approval of such products, no follow-on biologic has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now the FTC is revisiting the issue — particularly state restrictions, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
The connection between Houston, Texas, and Philadelphia for value-added energy- and refining-related activity is palpable. Companies like Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil and many others with a strong Houston presence are connecting to Pennsylvania, and we are just seeing the tip of the iceberg, says Michael Krancer of Blank Rome LLP.
Until recently, forced pooling of unleased land parcels remained largely untested in Pennsylvania, particularly with the advent of modern shale development. However, a recent decision from the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board promises to put forced pooling back into the spotlight and raise the ever growing controversy surrounding it, says Yvonne Hennessey at Hiscock & Barclay.
Organizations that handle personal information have an overwhelming need to screen out untrustworthy job applicants. However, a legislative trend aimed at reintegrating millions of ex-offenders into the workforce has picked up so much steam that this practice is now illegal in some jurisdictions, forcing employers to rethink whether they should ask the question at all, says Philip Gordon of Littler Mendelson PC.
Voters in Ohio and Colorado decided on Nov. 5, 2013, to prohibit certain oil and gas operations within several of their cities' limits. However, these new restrictions may end up being unenforceable, in whole or in part, due to the clashes they create between state and local regulatory authority, says Barclay Nicholson of Norton Rose Fulbright.
Perhaps it is time for Congress to amend the Tax Injunction Act to allow federal courts to hear state tax cases where a federal constitutional provision or a federal statute is a material issue in the case. This would help tame the current Wild West atmosphere when it comes to state tax jurisprudence, says Marvin Kirsner of Greenberg Traurig LLP.