Pennsylvania

  • June 28, 2016

    Pa. Atty Defends Filing 'Fanciful, Farfetched' FCRA Suits

    An attorney ordered by a New Jersey judge to justify “fanciful and farfetched” Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuits alleging that Experian misreported bankruptcies on a couple’s credit reports, in light of Chapter 13 filings and court appearances, said Wednesday he believed his clients were victims of a scam.

  • June 28, 2016

    Pa. House Panel Authorizes Subpoenas In Kane Investigation

    A Pennsylvania House subcommittee on Tuesday advanced an effort to investigate whether state Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s actions in office merit impeachment, voting to authorize subpoenas to gather additional information and requesting lawmakers to pursue a court order to protect employees in her office from retaliation for cooperation.

  • June 28, 2016

    Ex-Duquesne Law Professor's Retaliation Suit Stays Afloat

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday gave the green light to a former Duquesne University law professor on her gender discrimination and retaliation claims against the school and its incoming president while finding no merit to other claims, including religious discrimination based on her scholarship in Islamic law.

  • June 28, 2016

    Google's 3rd Circ. Win Keeps Door Ajar For Video Privacy Suits

    The Third Circuit's rejection of allegations that Viacom and Google unlawfully tracked minors' video-viewing habits gives companies a boost in defending against Video Protection Privacy Act claims, but the panel's refusal to establish a rule for what constitutes personally identifiable information under the statute will embolden consumers in their challenges of companies' data collection practices.

  • June 28, 2016

    Drexel University Beats FMLA Suit From Ex-Staffer

    Drexel University escaped a lawsuit alleging it violated the Family Medical Leave Act and retaliated against a former staffer who needed time off for surgery, with a Pennsylvania federal judge saying Tuesday workplace discrimination laws aren’t meant to fix “everyday slights.”

  • June 28, 2016

    High Court's Structured Dismissal Review May Alter Ch. 11

    The U.S. Supreme Court could dramatically alter future corporate restructurings now that it has agreed to determine whether companies can use so-called "structured dismissals" to sidestep the Bankruptcy Code's rule for determining the order in which creditors get paid, experts say.

  • June 28, 2016

    Trump Blames US Manufacturing Woes On NAFTA, China

    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump railed against globalization Tuesday in a speech at a metal factory near Pittsburgh, blaming trade deals with China and others for the loss of a third of U.S. manufacturing jobs since 1997 and pledging to reverse course on trade policy should he win office.

  • June 28, 2016

    15 Immigration Judges Brought On To Serve Across US

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review said Monday it has sworn in 15 new immigration judges, bringing them to courts in California, Pennsylvania, Texas and elsewhere.

  • June 28, 2016

    Pa. Turnpike Agency Must Face Ex-Worker's Free Speech Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal court on Monday refused to toss a civil rights suit launched against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission by a former employee alleging he was terminated after beginning a campaign for state Senate against an incumbent favored by department heads, saying the allegations suggest a constitutionally improper motive.

  • June 28, 2016

    Arlington Wins $1.4M In Fees In Patent Row With Bridgeport

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday granted nearly $1.4 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to Arlington Industries Inc. in its long-running litigation accusing Bridgeport Fittings Inc. of selling electrical connectors that allegedly infringed an Arlington patent.

  • June 28, 2016

    How To Become The Firm Every GC Wants To Hire

    Some law firms have perfected the art of pleasing general counsels, a skill that wins them the love of clients and allows them to score new cases and deals. Here, we look at a new report that delves into the intricacies of making clients happy.

  • June 28, 2016

    The 24 Firms GCs Love The Most

    Some law firms have honed their ability to serve clients so well that their relationships with general counsels have entered a sort of utopian existence where they earn glowing recommendations from clients and consistently win work. Here, find out which 24 firms have reached a state of “clientopia,” according to a new report by BTI Consulting Group.

  • June 28, 2016

    Indivior Scores Docs In Suboxone Product-Hopping MDL

    Drug wholesalers and others accusing Indivior of product-hopping to stifle competition from generics of the Reckitt Benckiser spinoff's opiate addiction treatment Suboxone must produce downstream sales documents because they may be relevant to liability issues, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • June 28, 2016

    Ex-Zimmer Sales Rep Says Whistleblowing Got Him Canned

    A former Zimmer Biomet Inc. salesman filed a $15 million suit in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday contending that the medical device company fired him after he gave grand jury testimony about a doctor who was allegedly performing unnecessary procedures.

  • June 28, 2016

    Pa. Senate Confirms Gov's Pick For High Court Vacancy

    The Pennsylvania Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Judge Sallie Mundy to serve as a justice on the state’s high court in the wake of former Justice J. Michael Eakin’s resignation earlier this year, and gave unanimous approval to three new Superior Court judges and two new Commonwealth Court jurists.

  • June 28, 2016

    Justices To Look At Scope Of Structured Dismissals In Ch. 11

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal brought by a group of truck drivers challenging their employers' use of a structured dismissal of its Chapter 11 case to avoid paying legal claims arising from sudden layoffs in a case critics have said upended the scheme for determining which creditors get paid first in a bankruptcy.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Firms That Won Big At the Supreme Court

    While the usual appellate powerhouse firms scored big at the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 term, a dark horse managed to emerge with a spotless 5-0 record, and a veteran boutique was able to shape landmark rulings on both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the country’s top firms performed at the high court this session.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Top Supreme Court Dissents Of The Term

    While Justice Antonin Scalia's death resulted in a Supreme Court term notably lacking his famously pithy, well-reasoned dissents, the justices still managed to make their ire known. Here, we look at the most noteworthy dissents of the term and how Scalia's absence made a mark.

  • June 27, 2016

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    A vacant seat on the court. Controversial decisions on abortion and affirmative action. A judicial deadlock on immigration. For the U.S. Supreme Court, it was both business as usual and a session unlike any other. Here, Law360 takes a deep dive into the numbers behind the high court's latest term, examining the vote counts, overturn rates and dissents from this divided court.

  • June 27, 2016

    3rd Circ. Mostly Frees Google, Viacom From Child Privacy Row

    The Third Circuit in a precedential opinion Monday cut Google and Viacom loose from claims that they violated the Video Privacy Protection Act and federal and state wiretapping statutes by tracking children’s internet activity, although the court revived a state invasion of privacy claim that the putative class of minors had lobbed at Viacom.

Expert Analysis

  • The Cloud And Ethical Considerations For Lawyers

    Bradley S. Shear

    Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.

  • How Lawyers Can Harness The Power Of Social Media

    Monica Zent

    It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.

  • From The Partner's Desk: Tips For Recent Law Grads

    Gary M. Gansle

    One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.

  • 5 Steps For Creating An LGBT-Supportive Workplace

    Jim S. McNeill

    Law governing LGBT workplace protections is in flux, and largely does not keep pace with the opinion of society. To stay one step ahead, proactive employers should consider taking steps to ensure their workplace is LGBT-supportive. Doing so will not only mitigate future liability, but it will telegraph to employees that management believes in an inclusive and diverse workforce, say Jim McNeill and Peter Stockburger at Dentons.

  • Redefining The Focus Of Federal And State Equal Pay Laws

    Susan Gross Sholinsky

    While the federal government has not enhanced its own equal pay law, the current administration has made clear that equality in the workplace is a priority. State and local governments have taken it upon themselves to create more protections for employees, and there are several different elements employers should consider as they prepare for the possibility of defending cases under the new amendments, say attorneys at Epstein Becker Green LLP.

  • 'Taking My Talents To South Beach': Law Firm Version

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    LeBron James has established his worth by tangible metrics. He cashed in on a free agent bonanza fueled by the NBA’s economic model that supports his regal compensation. But such is not the case when it comes to first-year associate salaries of $180,000 at certain law firms and $2,000 an hour billing rates for certain partners, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • Your 401(k) Plan: A Ticking Time Bomb Of Liability?

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    No one understands the concept and obligations of “fiduciary duty” better than legal professionals — and yet, many law firm partners and principals may be overlooking a significant source of liability in their practices, says Tom Zgainer, CEO and founder of America’s Best 401k.

  • An Important Tip For Academic, Nonprofit Hospital Mergers

    Brian Hauck

    Regardless of how the Third Circuit deals with the marketplace questions raised by a Pennsylvania federal court decision in Federal Trade Commission v. Penn State Hershey, the district court’s analysis highlights one concrete step that merging academic and nonprofit hospitals can take to smooth their path, says Brian Hauck of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • 8 Key Components Of An Effective BYOD Policy

    Karla Grossenbacher

    Allowing employees to use their own devices can result in lower costs, greater efficiencies and more flexible work arrangements. However, such circumstances also have the potential to pose a significant threat to an employer’s corporate network security. Attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw LLP outline the key terms that should be addressed in an employers bring your own device policy.

  • The Texas Citizens Participation Act — 5 Years Later

    Laura Lee Prather

    On June 17, 2011, the Texas Citizens Participation Act was signed into law, a watershed moment that provided greater protection to Texas citizens who have been plagued with frivolous lawsuits aimed at stymieing their ability to discuss their opinions, report on governmental activities or uncover corporate wrongdoing. Today, the trend of state anti-SLAPP legislation is ongoing, says Laura Prather of Haynes and Boone LLP.