Pennsylvania

  • May 27, 2016

    FERC Fines Pa. Trading Firm $42M For Market Manipulation

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday imposed $42 million in penalties and disgorgement on a shuttered Pennsylvania trading firm and its employees for alleged electricity market manipulation, rejecting their claims that the trading activity was legitimate.

  • May 27, 2016

    Insurer Sues Atty In Pa. Court Over Unauthorized Settlement

    Global Indemnity and a subsidiary launched a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court Thursday accusing their former attorney of inking a $200,000 settlement on their behalf without first getting their authorization.

  • May 27, 2016

    Seneca Says Fed. Law Preempts Pa. Town's Waste Well Rule

    Seneca Resources Corp. urged a federal judge Friday not to chuck its suit seeking to strike down a Pennsylvania township’s ordinance blocking its fracking disposal wells, saying federal law preempts the locality's rule.

  • May 27, 2016

    Pa. DEP Boss's Exit Could Pave Way For Gas Rule Changes

    A path toward amending controversial new rules on gas drilling may be clearing after Pennsylvania’s top environmental official, who’s faced criticism for his unwillingness to compromise on the regulations, suddenly resigned this month following the release of a profanity-laced email he sent urging advocacy groups to back his agenda.

  • May 27, 2016

    Uber Wants $11M Pa. Fine Chopped

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Wednesday asked Pennsylvania regulators to reduce a more than $11.3 million fine assessed against the ride-hailing company for operating in the state without authorization, saying that the penalty exceeded a previous state high by more than five times.

  • May 27, 2016

    Obermayer Wants Ex-Associate's Bonus Bilking Suit Arbitrated

    Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP argued Wednesday that an ex-associate was attempting to skirt arbitration by massively overstating the value of his claim in Pennsylvania state court that firm partners robbed subordinates of potential bonuses by improperly taking credit for their work.

  • May 27, 2016

    Lipitor Retailers Push 3rd Circ. To Revive Pay-For-Delay Claims

    Walgreen, Rite Aid and other retailers urged the Third Circuit Friday to revive claims that Pfizer paid Ranbaxy to postpone releasing a generic of the cholesterol drug Lipitor and said Pfizer’s argument that the case should go to the Federal Circuit if the district court’s dismissal is overturned is incorrect.

  • May 27, 2016

    Comcast Accused Of Collusion By Pa. Cable Installers

    Comcast told small cable installers to "ramp up" their installation services while knowing it would later fire them in favor of two national installation companies, two contractors alleged in a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday.

  • May 27, 2016

    Ropes & Gray Steers Adidas Apparel Co. Sale To PE Firm

    Adidas Group on Friday said that it has agreed to sell American sports apparel company Mitchell & Ness to a new entity owned mostly by private equity firm Juggernaut Capital Partners, with legal advice by a Ropes & Gray LLP team and financial guidance from Robert W. Baird & Co.

  • May 27, 2016

    3rd Circ. Sides With Insurer That Rejected Pollution Claims

    The Third Circuit on Thursday concluded that a group of policyholders was not harmed when Nationwide Insurance cut off its coverage after defending the group for years in an underlying property pollution lawsuit, finding that the insurer had properly reserved its right to do so.

  • May 26, 2016

    Pa. Justices Order Release Of Probe's Storm Repair Findings

    A split Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed with two newspapers' quest for information about an investigation by the state Public Utility Commission into claims that PPL Public Utilities Corp. misallocated repair crews after a major snowstorm, with the majority concluding that the documents should be made public.

  • May 26, 2016

    FWS Blasts ETP's Bird Conservation Plan For $4.2B Pipeline

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday slammed a migratory bird conservation plan submitted by Energy Transfer Partners LP for a proposed $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline, saying it doesn't adequately protect avian species.

  • May 26, 2016

    Fattah Pushed For Friend's Appointment, Sen. Tells Jury

    A U.S. senator was called into federal court in Philadelphia on Wednesday to testify for prosecutors accusing Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., of taking bribes from a friend in exchange for his ultimately unsuccessful efforts to secure an ambassadorship from President Barack Obama.

  • May 26, 2016

    Pa. Woman Pleads To $54M Green Energy Ponzi Scheme

    One of the founders of a failed Pennsylvania green energy company accused of running a $54.5 million Ponzi scheme and selling bogus securities pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday to conspiracy and fraud charges, according to court documents.

  • May 26, 2016

    AG Kane Refiles Vindictive Prosecution Motion

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane renewed her allegations on Thursday that the criminal charges against her relating to grand jury leaks did not stand up because of a biased prosecution, after having an earlier filing dismissed on a technicality.

  • May 26, 2016

    Philly Atty Can't Blame Cos. For Mob Case Prosecution

    A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday dismissed a suit by an attorney who tried to blame a failed criminal prosecution against him on several companies that provided services to a mortgage lender that was plundered following a mafia takeover.

  • May 26, 2016

    Pa. Towns Can Tax Freight Brokers, Others, Top Court Rules

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a company that negotiates shipping rates with trucking companies can be forced to pay a local business tax, a ruling that could open the door to more local taxes in industries where prices were once set by state regulators.

  • May 26, 2016

    Philly Judge Cops To Lying To Feds In Case-Fixing Scheme

    A Philadelphia Municipal Court judge pled guilty on Thursday to charges that he lied to federal investigators about a request he received from a colleague to fix a small claims case he was slated to hear.

  • May 26, 2016

    PennEast Is Avoiding FERC Obligations, Enviros Say

    An environmental law group on Thursday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to hold off on drafting an environmental impact statement on a controversial PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC project until the company submits proof that it took sufficient steps to gauge the environmental impact of the proposed pipeline.

  • May 26, 2016

    Pa. Justices Say Bankrupt Cos. Can Add Trustees To Suits

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a debtor in bankruptcy can add the bankruptcy trustee as a plaintiff in civil lawsuits, upholding a Superior Court decision favoring a health care consulting firm that had accused a former employee and a credit union of an embezzlement scheme.

Expert Analysis

  • Behind The Curtain: Technical Advisers In Complex Cases

    Christopher S. Finnerty

    During complex litigation, litigants often retain consulting experts to help them understand any intricate aspects of social and natural sciences present in a case, but the federal rules provide no such mechanism for the presiding judge. That is where technical advisers come in, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.

  • Tax Lien Sale Avoidance May Depend On The State You're In

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    Owners of foreclosed properties who are seeking to avoid tax lien sales in bankruptcy now face starkly different fates in Pennsylvania as compared to New Jersey, according to a recent Pennsylvania bankruptcy court ruling in the case of Crespo, says Michael Viscount of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 5 Tips For Negotiating And Drafting Joint E-Discovery Plans

    Anthony J. Rospert

    Courts often require parties to develop a joint e-discovery plan. But even when they are not court-imposed, parties should consider using joint e-discovery plans to promote transparency and streamline the discovery process, say Anthony Rospert and Jake Evans of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A 21st Century MDL

    Alan E. Rothman

    In honor of our 21st installment of "And Now A Word From The Panel," this month’s column will address a burgeoning category of cases subject to multidistrict litigations during the 21st century — cyber MDLs, or more specifically, cases arising from an alleged data privacy breach, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Not So Fast, Ohio: FERC Weighs In On Wholesale Energy

    Joseph H. Fagan

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently affirmed its role in ensuring reasonable rates for wholesale sales of electric energy in Ohio. But state utilities seek to further their objectives without invoking FERC jurisdictional issues, and if other states aim to advance their public policy initiatives using similar methods, it could impose higher costs on captive retail customers, say Joseph Fagan and David Doot at Day Pitney LLP.

  • Panama Papers: Reminders About Law Firm Cybersecurity

    Sean Doherty

    Nowhere is the attractiveness of law firms as cybercrime targets more evident than the recent Mossack Fonseca hack, believed to be the most significant data theft event in history. Firms represent a treasure trove of information and historically have had dreadful cybersecurity practices. There has been some progress, but firms can also commit to better defending their information by taking a simple, three-step approach, says Sean D... (continued)

  • Insurers Shouldn't Overreach In Gov't Investigations

    Nicholas P. Basco

    Insurance companies should be careful not to coordinate too closely with state agencies when assisting on insurance fraud investigations, so as to prevent possible civil rights and constitutional claims from individuals who may be investigation targets, like in Patel v. Allstate at the Third Circuit, says Nicholas Basco at Bressler Amery & Ross PC.

  • OPINION: Sotomayor's Solution To Pro Bono Is Incomplete

    David A. Lash

    In calling for mandatory pro bono service, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is effectively using her bully pulpit to advance the cause of access to justice for the poor. Her courageous leadership is a clarion call to action that must be heeded. But bold as it may be, the pronouncement is incomplete, says David Lash, managing counsel for pro bono at O’Melveny & Myers LLP and a member of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • Creating Barclay Damon: Lessons From A Law Firm Merger

    John P. Langan

    Joining two firms with long histories meant not only combining cultures, philosophies and deeply rooted ways of doing business, but also combining two IT systems, two accounting systems, and two ways of handling many other administrative functions. It didn't help that the firms had different fiscal year ends, says John Langan, managing partner of Barclay Damon LLP.

  • Corporate Counsel: Consumer Becomes Provider (The Sequel)

    Mark A. Cohen

    Last week, we discussed why corporate legal departments are taking on so much more work themselves instead of outsourcing it to law firms. This is, of course, an ominous sign for law firms and the traditional partnership structure. So too is disaggregation and the emergence of legal service providers as well as others — notably the Big Four — poised to enter the gargantuan legal services market, says Mark A. Cohen of Legal Mosaic LLC.