A Pennsylvania trial jury on Friday returned a $3 million verdict against a Johnson & Johnson unit in a case accusing the company of failing to warn a woman of the risk of birth defects when using its anti-epilepsy drug Tomapax during pregnancy.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday doled out an 18-month prison sentence to a Bucks County, Pa., lawyer convicted of conspiracy and fraud charges over mortgage loans to distressed homeowners, in a case in which she cut the government's $14 million loss estimate to about $400,000.
A panel of arbitrators held Pennsylvania to arbitrary standards when they ruled in September that the state's portion of a $206 billion settlement deal with the nation's largest tobacco companies could be reduced due to lax tax collection efforts, attorneys for the state argued Friday.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Wednesday it would hear an appeal of a decision that found the state's labor relations board had ruled correctly when it concluded Luzerne County had not violated state law after an agency underneath it subcontracted work typically handled by a union.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday said it lacked jurisdiction over a series of suits that an oil and gas industry services provider brought against three municipalities alleging that their seismic testing ordinances violated the state’s recent high-profile legislation regulating gas drilling.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday affirmed an arbitrator’s ruling that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had violated a collective bargaining agreement with the Teamsters by hiring a subcontractor to cut grass, but it overturned a punitive damages award.
In this week's Taxation With Representation, Pennsylvania is the center of the M&A universe thanks to deals advised by Weil Gotshal, Reed Smith and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.
A band of food vendors, including Walgreen Co. and Safeway Inc., on Thursday abandoned their claims against California farming cooperative NuCal Foods Inc. for its alleged role in a long-running scheme to limit egg production and hike prices, leaving the companies' Pennsylvania multidistrict litigation with one less defendant.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday signed off on a deal for Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc. to pay $905,000 to resolve a wage-and-hour collective action lodged by delivery drivers who claim Bimbo violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and misclassified them as independent contractors rather than employees.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Thursday that Jane Orie, a former state senator who was convicted on corruption charges in March 2012, was not placed in double jeopardy when she was retried after it was discovered that forged documents had been admitted as evidence in her initial trial.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday ordered a J-W Energy Co. unit to pay for damages it allegedly caused in 2010 when it drilled through the site of a proposed Allegheny Enterprises Inc. coal mine in an attempt to access a deep deposit of natural gas it had purchased the rights to.
A Pennsylvania environmental group Wednesday led a group of residents in urging Kentucky-based RAMACO to drop plans to develop an underground coal mine in Washington County and petitioning state regulators to withhold permits.
The Pennsylvania state legislator who filed on Wednesday a right-to-know request about Gov. Tom Corbett’s $75 million plan to allow nonsurface drilling for gas in state parks and forests received on the same day a stony response from the governor’s top energy adviser.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Thursday said that an applicant had the right to launch a methadone clinic in northeast Philadelphia, concluding that the city’s zoning code treats the facilities akin to medical offices.
A trio of oil and gas groups asked the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Wednesday to allow them to intervene in an ongoing challenge to statewide rules on hydraulic fracturing after the state Supreme Court struck down broad portions of the industry-supported law in December.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed suit against the School District of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday, accusing it of discriminating against a school police officer by requiring him to trim his beard in violation of his Islamic religious beliefs.
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. and 67 subsidiaries agreed to a $227.5 million deal that includes a record $27.5 million Clean Water Act civil penalty for water violations tied to Appalachian coal mines, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Bucks County, Pa., lawyer to a year and a day in prison for his role in a $14.6 million mortgage fraud scheme, after he pled guilty to referring distressed homeowners for the scheme and filing fraudulent bankruptcy petitions.
An affiliate of Philadelphia-based private equity firm Versa Capital Management LLC has acquired corporate housing supplier BridgeStreet Global Hospitality for an undisclosed amount, the companies said Tuesday.
In a dispute over more than half a million dollars owed for title searches and other services provided to a shuttered real estate firm, a Pennsylvania state judge has ruled that defunct companies are not entitled to attorney-client privilege.
Thanks to the Third Circuit’s recent holding in In re Emoral Inc., entities purchasing a distressed debtor’s assets through a Section 363 bankruptcy sale may have greater protections against the subsequent claims of those seeking to hold the purchaser liable for damages arising from the debtor’s presale conduct, says Travis Powers of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.
A number of recent appellate cy pres decisions teach us that charitable organizations should be selected carefully, with attention to the relationship between the purpose and the allegations framing the plaintiff class’s chief complaints. Just because an institution supports a worthy cause does not make the institution a worthy recipient in every case, say Mark Rapazzini and Elizabeth King of Heffler Claims Group LLC.
A significant aspect of Philadelphia’s new pregnancy accommodation law is that it may extend privileges to employees affected by pregnancy that arguably are unavailable to other employees, including some disabled employees, because the definition of “reasonable accommodation” may be interpreted more broadly than it is under the Americans with Disabilities Act and similar state laws, say Michael Stevens and Karen Vladeck of Arent Fox LLP.
In a recent case of first impression, the Third Circuit affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of design defect claims against a residential homebuilder under New Jersey's Product Liability Act when the plaintiff-homeowner failed to comply with the state's Affidavit of Merit Statute. Calender v. NVR Inc. may apply beyond New Jersey as at least 11 states have some form of an affidavit of merit requirement for negligent licensed professionals, say David Haworth and Michele Ventura of Ballard Spahr LLP.
Since the issuance of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission no-action letter that allows mergers and acquisitions brokers to receive transaction-based compensation without registering as brokers, a number of questions have been raised — including applicability of the relief in the private equity and venture capital context. Meanwhile, state regulators are currently considering the ramifications of the letter, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.
While the Second Circuit’s decision in Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund v. Barnet has added an additional obstacle to Chapter 15 recognition and may thwart the ability of a foreign representative to effectively pursue legitimate causes of action in the U.S., it remains to be seen whether courts in other jurisdictions will generally follow suit. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has already issued a conflicting opinion, and at least one other court — the Third Circuit — is apparently not likely to follow Barnet, say attorneys with Allen & Overy LLP.
The Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations have come to different conclusions regarding the efficacy of the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. For example, unlike the Philadelphia Bar Association, which opposed outright an amendment that would require discovery to be "proportional to the needs of the case," the Pennsylvania Bar Association endorsed the change. With these and so many other vastly different opinions, it will be interesting to see what changes are ultimately made to the proposed amendments, says Marc Goldich of Reed Smith LLP.
In a bankruptcy case involving Philadelphia’s Foremost Building, a Chapter 7 trustee sought court approval for a sale of the debtor’s property and resolution of related issues over the objections of the debtor. While a trustee’s arguments for a proposed sale may often go farther than necessary, in this case, it seems likely that the debtor’s pattern of behavior helped influence the court to find in favor of the trustee, says Vicki Harding of Pepper Hamilton LLP.
The increase in exonerations seems to be a wake-up call about the imprecision of our criminal justice system, yet some states are passing legislation that makes it less likely that wrongful convictions will be uncovered. The due process that allows for exoneration provides the scrutiny that is vital to avoiding many of the tragic errors that occur — it should not be diminished in a rush to finality, say Kevin Curnin and Lisa Borden of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
Several recent ethics opinions have held that defense counsel do have a conflict of interest participating in a waiver of collateral appellate rights in a plea or sentencing agreement when the waiver does not expressly exclude claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. But in U.S. v. Grimes, the Third Circuit recently concluded that a waiver of certain collateral rights did not nullify an appellate waiver, says Erin Dougherty of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.