Pennsylvania

  • July 1, 2016

    Wal-Mart Supervisors Ask For Cert. In Pa. Wage Action

    Because of its aggressive targets for keeping profits high and labor costs low, Wal-Mart shifts menial work to overtime-exempt supervisors, forcing them to work longer hours and paying less on average than the hourly workers, assistant managers said Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court in a bid for class certification.

  • July 1, 2016

    Fee Bid Too High In Oil Co. Benefits Row, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has said a class of employees for an oil refining company is entitled to attorneys’ fees in its suit over the company’s alleged retroactive reduction of retirement benefits, just not the $2.2 million it requested.

  • July 1, 2016

    Penn State Denied Quick Appeal In Sandusky Coverage Row

    A state judge on Thursday denied Penn State University’s bid for an immediate appeal of a ruling that insurance policies issued in the 1990s barred the school from coverage for settlements paid out to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse victims.

  • July 1, 2016

    Convicted Ex-Pa. Justice's Sister Loses Federal Appeal

    The sister of disgraced ex-Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice Joan Orie Melvin saw a federal judge on Thursday deny a petition seeking an appeal of her conviction on charges over the use of state employees to conduct campaign-related activity.

  • July 1, 2016

    Susman, Heins Mills Extend Row Over Comcast Antitrust Fees

    Susman Godfrey LLP and Heins Mills & Olson PLC — co-counsel for a class that reached a $50 million antitrust settlement with Comcast Corp. — on Thursday continued their Pennsylvania federal court clash over how to divide funds remaining from $15 million in attorneys' fees and expenses.

  • July 1, 2016

    3rd Circ. Affirms Suspension Of Led Zeppelin Case Atty

    The song remained the same Thursday for the attorney who recently lost the “Stairway to Heaven” copyright infringement suit when the Third Circuit upheld a district court order suspending him for three months and a day.

  • July 1, 2016

    J&J Unit Slammed With $70M Verdict In Philly Risperdal Trial

    A Johnson & Johnson unit was slapped with a $70 million verdict on Friday as a Philadelphia jury found that the antipsychotic drug Risperdal had caused an adolescent boy to grow female breasts.

  • June 30, 2016

    Pa. House Rejects Bill For Development Of State Park Land

    The Pennsylvania House has nixed a bill that would have created a pilot program allowing for the development of office buildings, amusement parks, golf courses, water parks, hotels, restaurants and bars on state park land.

  • June 30, 2016

    Pa. Atty Suspended 5 Years For Abusing Judicial System

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday accepted an attorney disciplinary board’s recommendation to suspend a Delaware County lawyer for five years for repeatedly and improperly attempting to re-litigate issues in a breach of contract suit he lost on behalf of his wife, and impugning the integrity of state judges.

  • June 30, 2016

    Planned Parenthood To Target Remaining Abortion Laws

    Following an abortion-rights victory Monday at the U.S Supreme Court, Planned Parenthood said Thursday it would be launching a national campaign to target state laws restricting abortion.

  • June 30, 2016

    Power Supplier To Pay $6.75M In Pa. Price Spike Settlement

    Pennsylvania utility regulators approved a tentative settlement on Thursday that would see a power supplier pay $6.75 million in refunds and penalties following price spikes on consumer electricity bills stemming from allegedly deceptive marketing practices.

  • June 30, 2016

    Catholic Nonprofit To Pay $650K Settlement In HIPAA Breach

    A Catholic health nonprofit has agreed to pay more than half a million dollars in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-related penalties after a stolen mobile device compromised the protected health information of hundreds of nursing home residents, according to a resolution reached last week.

  • June 30, 2016

    Ex-Penn State Coaches Urge 3rd Circ. To Revive Firing Suit

    Two former Penn State University football coaches, including the son of the legendary late head coach Joe Paterno, urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to upend a decision tossing claims that the school had irreparably harmed their reputations by terminating them following the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • June 30, 2016

    3rd. Circ. Affirms Brother's Win In Printer Cartridge Suit

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday upheld a pretrial judgment victory for Brother International Corp. in a consumer-fraud class suit claiming its printers did not deliver the advertised amount of use from color toner cartridges, finding a lack of evidence.

  • June 30, 2016

    Keystone Property Nabs $114M Philly Tower

    Real estate investment and development outfit Keystone Property Group said Wednesday that it has purchased an 880,000-square-foot office building in the Independence Mall section of Philadelphia for $114 million, as the company looks to expand its presence in the area.

  • June 30, 2016

    Whistleblowing Ex-Mylan VP Settles Wrongful Firing Suit

    A lawsuit accusing Mylan Inc. of firing a former marketing executive over his involvement in a False Claims Act suit against Cephalon Inc. came to an end on Wednesday with a settlement agreement in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • June 30, 2016

    Hershey Spurns $23B Mondelez Buyout Offer

    Chocolate maker The Hershey Co. on Thursday rejected a roughly $22.8 billion takeover offer from Mondelez International and indicated it has little interest in future negotiations.

  • June 30, 2016

    MarkWest Shorted Co. $26M For Pa. Gas Plant Work, Suit Says

    A MarkWest Energy Partners subsidiary gave a construction company inaccurate plans for projects to expand its Marcellus Shale natural gas processing facility in Pennsylvania, but refused to pay the $26 million necessary for the modifications, the construction company alleged Wednesday.

  • June 29, 2016

    FTC Urges Pa. Judge Not To Extend Deadline For Abbvie Docs

    The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday hit back at Abbvie Inc.’s Monday assertion that the agency is bringing up “new purported discovery disputes” in a pay-for-delay suit over the testosterone treatment AndroGel, urging a Pennsylvania federal judge not to allow Abbvie to delay resolution of Abbvie’s outstanding privilege challenges.

  • June 29, 2016

    Ex-Comcast Exec Hired By Sprint Can't Duck Noncompete Suit

    A former senior vice president at Comcast accused of violating a noncompete agreement for taking a job with Sprint Corp. was denied by a Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday from pausing or dismissing the case to let a Virginia state court action he filed against the company play out.

Expert Analysis

  • Political Speech Vs. Title VII – Which Trumps Which?

    Martha M. Lemert

    In a normal election year, political speech in the workplace might not raise concern. However, the controversial rhetoric defining the 2016 election cycle brings forth a new and stealthy medium of hostility and harassment, and employers are faced with something of a quandary when employees voice support for candidates with extreme views, say Martha Lemert and Angela Johnson at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • RFP Lessons: A General Counsel's List Of Law Firm Mistakes

    Dave Sampsell

    All too often, law firm financial proposals are too complicated, making them contingent on a host of different assumptions. This makes determining the value of the proposal extremely difficult, and the odds increase dramatically that the proposal will be disregarded, says Dave Sampsell, general counsel of Digi International Inc.

  • NY Should Unify Standards For Atty Fees Against State Agency

    Matthew T. McLaughlin

    Two bills introduced in the recently ended New York legislative session, if adopted into law, will provide government entities and Freedom of Information Law practitioners with the mooring of predictable and consistent outcomes in FOIL proceedings by changing the standard for determining attorneys’ fee awards, say Matthew McLaughlin and Benjamin Argyle of Venable LLP.

  • Clean Energy Incentive Program Creates More CPP Confusion

    Charles T. Wehland

    The U.S. Environmental Agency's position regarding its recently proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program makes it challenging for states and the regulated community to understand and implement Clean Power Plan requirements, and is also contrary to relevant precedent, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • Price Check: Uncertain Outcomes In Advertised Price Cases

    Christopher Finnerty

    Plaintiffs attorneys have recently begun suing retailers for advertising products as discounted in outlet stores when those products were not sold at full price in nonoutlet stores. However, the decisions issued to date show that different federal courts have reached somewhat different conclusions, say attorneys at K&L Gates LLP.

  • How To Manage Your Law School Debt After Graduation

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    Student loan debt can feel overwhelming to new lawyers, especially when just getting started post graduation. Andrew Josuweit, co-founder and CEO of Student Loan Hero Inc., reviews the loan repayment plans available and discusses the best path forward for recent grads shouldering law school debt.

  • Making Rule 68 Offers Of Judgment In Employment Cases

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    A. Jonathan Trafimow

    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 provides defendants with the ability to make an offer of judgment in order to pressure plaintiffs to settle. Jonathan Trafimow at Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP outlines whether and how to make an offer of judgment in employment cases, the potential benefits and disadvantages, and the various state and federal laws that govern Rule 68.

  • Forming Drug Test Policies Through A Haze Of Marijuana Laws

    Amanda Wingfield Goldman

    When it comes to protections for medical marijuana users, the tide appears to be turning as some states are revising their laws to include specific discrimination protections for employees. Amanda Wingfield Goldman at Coats Rose Ryman Yale & Lee PC provides practical steps for drafting drug testing policies in states where medical marijuana is legal, and states where recreational and medical marijuana is legal.

  • 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.