• October 26, 2016

    Pa. Hacker Who Leaked Nude Celeb Photos Gets 18 Months

    A 36-year-old Pennsylvania man who copped to hacking the personal email accounts of numerous celebrities and leaking nude photos in 2014's "Celebgate" scandal was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday.

  • October 26, 2016

    DOJ To Approve $1.8B Wabtec-Faiveley Deal With Divestitures

    U.S.-based Wabtec may proceed with its planned $1.8 billion acquisition of French rival Faiveley Transport SA if it splits off Faiveley’s entire American freight car brakes business, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • October 26, 2016

    Pa. FedEx Drivers Score Conditional Cert. In OT Row

    FedEx Package System Inc. saw a narrowed class of drivers conditionally certified Wednesday in a suit alleging the company misclassified them as independent contractors rather than employees and denied them overtime in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • October 26, 2016

    Lender’s OK On Modification Backs Cert., Homeowner Says

    A homeowner asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to reconsider his rejection of class certification in a suit alleging a defunct Morgan Stanley unit failed to make a homeowner’s loan modification permanent despite acknowledging that he had complied with the program’s requirements, saying the judge interpreted his contract improperly.

  • October 26, 2016

    Pa. Politician Moves To Toss Vote-Buying Indictment

    A Pennsylvania state senator has asked a federal judge to toss an indictment alleging the legislator bought support in a 2011 election to become the Democratic leader of Philadelphia’s Eighth Ward.

  • October 26, 2016

    Pa. Appeals Court Won't Revive Claims Drilling Damaged Well

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday declined to revive a landowner’s case that claimed a Range Resources Corp. drilling site caused contamination of his water well by drilling for natural gas nearby, affirming a state agency’s ruling that said he didn’t adequately prove a link between the two.    

  • October 26, 2016

    Pa. Judge Guts Ex-Penn State Prez's Disparagement Suit

    A disparagement suit brought by ousted Pennsylvania State University ex-President Graham Spanier over negative statements that he claims he faced in the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal was gutted by a state judge on Tuesday in an order dismissing six of his seven counts.

  • October 26, 2016

    Philly Urges Judge To Award $2M Over Site Contamination

    The city of Philadelphia urged a Pennsylvania state judge during a hearing Wednesday to order a waste disposal firm to pay $2 million to remediate environmental problems left lingering at a site it had leased from the city.

  • October 26, 2016

    Incarcerated Ex-Sandusky Atty Gets More Jail For Tax Evasion

    A former defense attorney for convicted child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky, who is already serving a state prison sentence for stealing client funds, received another 20 months in federal prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

  • October 26, 2016

    Man Sentenced In Scheme To Send Lab Equipment To Syria

    A Pennsylvania federal judge sentenced a man to more than three years in prison on Tuesday, about two weeks after his accomplice was sentenced, for his role in a scheme to export laboratory equipment from the U.S. to Syria.

  • October 25, 2016

    Pa. Court Split Keeps Judicial Retirement Proposal As Is

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday deadlocked over the validity of a renewed legal challenge to the controversial wording of an upcoming ballot measure to raise the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age, in a 3-3 split that drew four separate opinions.

  • October 25, 2016

    3rd Circ. Sends Sanitation Co.'s Insurance Row To Arbitration

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday reversed a trial court ruling and sent a workers' compensation insurance contract-based dispute between a New Jersey trash removal company and a Berkshire Hathaway unit to arbitration, finding that since the trash company's challenge applies to the contract as a whole, the dispute is arbitrable.

  • October 25, 2016

    NJ Judge Sends Medical Device Co.'s Coverage Spat To Pa.

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday granted Federal Insurance Co.’s bid to transfer to Pennsylvania federal court hernia mesh maker Tela Bio Inc.’s suit seeking coverage for a competitor’s underlying trade secrets action.

  • October 25, 2016

    Pa. DEP Official Defends Fracking Rules From Injunction Bid

    A top Pennsylvania environmental official appeared in state court on Tuesday to fight claims from a prominent industry group that regulators had acted outside their statutory authority as they enacted controversial new rules on hydraulic fracturing.

  • October 25, 2016

    3M Among Cos. Sued Over Water Contamination

    Pennsylvania residents who live near a shuttered U.S. Navy base accused The 3M Co. and five others of supplying the government with firefighting foam without warning that it contained chemicals that later contaminated the area’s water supply, according to a proposed class action filed Monday.

  • October 25, 2016

    Pa. Gov. To Sign Bill Legalizing Uber, Lyft Statewide

    Uber and Lyft were given reason to cheer Monday, as Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he would be signing a bill passed by the state Senate earlier in the day that will authorize ride-sharing companies to operate statewide, including in Philadelphia, where they are currently banned.

  • October 25, 2016

    TD Bank Escapes Toss-Of-Credit-Report Class Action

    TD Bank USA has escaped a putative class action accusing it of placing inaccurate information about a consumer’s debt on a credit report, as a Pennsylvania federal judge said Monday that all of the claims are preempted by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • October 24, 2016

    ECA Loses Bid To Nix $1.1M Landowner Royalties Verdict

    A class of landowners who say they were underpaid for natural gas royalties are entitled to a $1.1 million judgment from Energy Corp. of America, a Third Circuit panel ruled Monday, finding that the company didn't prove its need for a new trial.

  • October 24, 2016

    Volvo Looks To Hold On To Damages Expert In Sunroof Suit

    Volvo Car Corp. on Monday urged a New Jersey federal judge not to block the testimony of a damages expert in a lawsuit by vehicle owners over allegedly faulty sunroofs, saying his critique of the proposed class definitions and classes as a whole is valid.

  • October 24, 2016

    Philly Building Owner Stays Cool In 3rd Day On Stand

    Richard Basciano — the combustible owner of the Center City, Philadelphia, building that collapsed in 2013, leading to seven deaths and 12 injuries — managed to keep his composure during an hour on the stand Monday, maintaining he had no reason to intervene and halt demolition work.

Expert Analysis

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Peter J. Wallison

    I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.

  • Antitrust Authorities Step Up Merger Enforcement

    Howard Morse

    Obama administration antitrust enforcers have faced criticism over the last year for not being sufficiently aggressive. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission appear to have responded by increasing enforcement. And the Third Circuit, in FTC v. Penn State Hershey, recently bolstered these efforts, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    Fred F. Fielding

    The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

  • Bridging The Gap Between Outside And Inside Counsel

    Andrew S. Chamberlin

    Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    William E. Casselman II

    My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.

  • So You Want To Be A Partner? You Need A Mentor

    Rebecca Glatzer

    Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Don't Forget To Consider State Privacy Laws In M&A

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    George H. Wang

    All businesses with a website may be said to have reach into, and presence in, every state. Therefore, due diligence into information management compliance of a U.S. target company requires cognizance of the laws of at least 52 separate jurisdictions, say George Wang and Kenneth Rashbaum of Barton LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President

    John W. Dean

    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.

  • Definition Of 'Disposal' Limits CERCLA's Applicability

    Joshua L. Milrad

    In Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals the Ninth Circuit ruled that contamination through aerial emission does not constitute a “disposal” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. The decision demonstrates that the meaning of the word “disposal” based on how the contamination occurred continues to dictate how the law can be applied, say Joshua Milrad and Minning Yu of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • Trial Pros’ Secret To Courtroom Success

     Jamin S. Soderstrom

    Somewhat surprisingly, very few of the dozens of "trial pros" who have been interviewed by Law360 have revealed the secret to effective trial preparation that is vital to their success. But ultimately, the “secret” to effective trial preparation is not actually a secret, says Jamin Soderstrom of Soderstrom Law PC.