The Pennsylvania Senate voted 42-8 Tuesday afternoon to approve Gov. Tom Corbett’s nomination of Chris Abruzzo to head the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, a week after he made headlines for questioning whether climate change presented a threat.
Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. and two affiliates have agreed to pay $12.6 million and to promptly identify when policyholders have died as part of a settlement with California, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and other states.
Incoming Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor William P. Fedullo announced at his inaugural address on Tuesday that the group would be launching a new program aimed at starting and nurturing new firms.
The Federal Trade Commission asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Monday to add Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. as a defendant in its antitrust suit over payments Provigil maker Cephalon Inc. made to block generic versions of its drug, citing Teva's acquisition of the company.
The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday afternoon unanimously confirmed Gov. Tom Corbett’s nomination of Judge Patricia Jenkins, who has spent the last 20 years on the bench of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, to fill an open seat on the state’s Superior Court.
A proposed class of former defense contractor workers asked the Third Circuit on Tuesday to resurrect a suit alleging their employers and Prudential Insurance Co. of America sold them policies that were worthless due to a wartime exclusion, arguing that supplemental plans should be considered individually.
A pair of homeowners told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday that a recent decision allowing contractors to collect on mechanics’ lien claims without a valid written agreement with their customers would render key provisions of the state’s Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act meaningless.
A Pennsylvania appeals court found Monday that expert reports submitted in a suit against Rite Aid Corp. and The Procter & Gamble Co. by a plaintiff suffering from severe neurological problems did not establish a clear link between his condition and the zinc in Fixodent denture adhesive.
Consol Energy Inc. and Noble Energy Inc. will pay up to $190 million for drilling rights to nearly 90,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale beneath West Virginia gas storage fields owned by Dominion Resources Inc., Pennsylvania-based Consol said Tuesday.
Federal courts have the authority to decide most civil disputes even when a parallel state-court proceeding involves the same subject, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a decision overturning an Eighth Circuit ruling in favor of Sprint Communications Inc.
Siding with Indalex Inc. in a closely watched coverage battle, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held last week that liability policies can provide coverage when defective products damage other property or cause injuries, likely emboldening policyholders to challenge refusals of defense coverage for faulty workmanship claims.
Philadelphia-based White and Williams LLP said Monday that it had elected Patricia Santelle to serve as managing partner and executive committee chair, making her the first woman to lead the firm in its nearly 115-year history.
Ruby Tuesday Inc. has agreed to pay $575,000 to settle an age bias lawsuit in which the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused several of the chain's restaurants of discriminating against applicants over 40, according to court documents filed Monday in Pennsylvania federal court.
Ex-Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin urged a state appeals court on Wednesday to overturn her February corruption conviction on grounds that prosecutors had unconstitutionally slapped her with charges for noncriminal violations of internal judicial rules governing the use of court staff for political work.
Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. has made its first investment as a stand-alone real estate investment trust, agreeing to buy Casino Queen's gambling, entertainment and hotel complex in East St. Louis, Ill., for $140 million, the Pennsylvania gaming company said Monday.
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. said Monday that it will sell its 50 percent stake in a natural gas joint venture it co-founded with Rice Energy in 2010 for $300 million, $100 million of which will be in cash, with the other $200 million in Rice common stock.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Friday clarified standards for admitting expert testimony in product liability cases in a precedential decision upholding a victory by a Dow Chemical Co. unit over allegations that a contract employee developed brain cancer from exposure to toxic chemicals.
A Pennsylvania appeals court upheld on Thursday a nonjury trial decision that a special committee for Irex Corp. properly valued the company’s stock at $66 per share for purposes of a cash-out merger.
Members of southeastern Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation on Friday called on House leadership to extend commuter tax benefits that are expected to expire by the end of the year, a move that would save more than 2.7 million commuters from a 50 percent tax hike.
National Labor Relations Board member Nancy Schiffer should step away from a long-running legal battle over whether Pittsburgh, Pa.-based Point Park University faculty members can unionize because of her previous employment as an AFL-CIO attorney, the school told the NLRB last week.
At a minimum, Pennsylvania’s updated professional conduct rules should give employers additional ammunition to push for using the latest cost-saving technology, such as predictive coding, when defending against litigation in Pennsylvania courts. As a practical matter, however, the effects may be limited, says Jacob Oslick of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
You might have heard this before — a cancer patient was treated with Aredia/Zometa, which, it is claimed, caused the patient to suffer from osteonecrosis of the jaw. A lawsuit is filed, the patient subsequently dies from the cancer, the plaintiff lawyers do not file the requisite paperwork to substitute in a new party, and the case is dismissed. But the defendant is not prejudiced by this kerfuffle, right? Wrong, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.
The Third Circuit’s holding in Agostini v. Piper Aircraft Corp. reinforces conventional wisdom that the time to fight most motions to remand is in the opposition to the motion itself, not in a likely-to-be barred appeal, says Paige Forster of Reed Smith LLP.
In Rowland v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., three Pennsylvania plaintiffs — merely because they were rousted to multidistrict litigation — received the advantage of the different choice-of-law rules for states to which they had no connection, rather than being bound by the choice-of-law rules of their actual domiciliary state. Where, as in Rowland, the plaintiff is a pure litigation tourist, this is an absurd result, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.
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 Yvonne 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.