The family of a Philadelphia firefighter who was killed in a 2014 blaze brought a state court lawsuit Thursday against several companies involved in the manufacture and sale of a self-contained breathing apparatus and manufacturers of protective garments, blaming them for her death.
A Third Circuit panel Thursday refused to revive a pair of siblings’ medical malpractice lawsuit which argued that a delayed lung cancer diagnosis led to the death of their mother, finding that the health care providers and doctors involved weren’t sufficiently connected to the harm.
The full Third Circuit declined Thursday to revisit a ruling that Philadelphia personal injury firm Sheller PC could not prove that the U.S. Food and Administration’s rejection of its petition requesting revocation of approval of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal led to increased costs in underlying litigation.
Packaged goods holding company Post Holdings Inc. will pay $75 million to settle class claims against Michael Foods Inc. from direct purchasers of shell eggs in multidistrict litigation alleging a price-fixing conspiracy, the company announced on Thursday.
Rice Energy Inc. has agreed to pay more than $3.5 million to resolve accusations by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it violated environmental laws at 10 well sites and six pipeline locations, the DEP announced Wednesday.
The Third Circuit on Thursday affirmed a lower court's ruling that two lawyers for Carpenter Bennett & Morrissey did not commit malpractice, finding the two former Rutgers University students who brought the suit couldn't prove they had entered into an attorney-client relationship with the firm while preparing their testimony for a professor's detenure proceedings.
A Pennsylvania judicial ethics board is calling for the immediate suspension of a Beaver County magisterial district judge who was formally accused Wednesday of failing to issue mandatory traffic violation fines, habitually mistreating court staff and others and harassing a court clerk who refused to date him.
The Third Circuit refused to revive a songwriter’s battle over pop artist Usher’s track “Bad Girl,” on Thursday affirming the trial court’s finding that the bard couldn’t sue for infringement because he shared the copyright with the defendants.
Hemispherx Biopharma Inc. shareholders have settled a consolidated Pennsylvania derivative suit alleging the company’s directors and officers misrepresented the safety and efficacy of the anti-fatigue drug Ampligen and overstated its prospects for federal approval.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday rejected en banc the commonwealth's attempt to reverse a panel ruling striking down a sales tax on Level 3 Communications LLC’s sale of modem service to America Online Inc.
International shippers accused of fixing prices for auto transport on Wednesday trashed arguments by the U.S. and the Federal Maritime Commission that state antitrust claims are not barred by the Shipping Act, telling the Third Circuit they are logically inconsistent.
Herr Foods Inc. urged a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to toss a proposed class action accusing the company of misbranding several varieties of packaged snacks as natural and healthy, contending that the consumer leading the suit has no basis for his claims and isn’t an appropriate class representative.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday affirmed a ruling that a lawsuit accusing a Philadelphia developer of squeezing his partners out of a $370 million deal to build an upscale hotel on a vacant parcel of Center City land came too late.
A woman leading a proposed class action alleging Rite Aid unfairly used purchased background reports to penalize job applicants shouldn’t be allowed to pursue her claims further since she already settled with the background check provider, the pharmacy chain has argued in federal court.
The Third Circuit said a lower court wrongly sealed whistleblowers' settlement of litigation over sharing proceeds from the resolution of Medicare and Medicaid billing False Claims Act lawsuits against laboratory companies, citing Wednesday the public's right to such records.
The use of so-called structured dismissals to end Chapter 11 cases came under U.S. Supreme Court scrutiny Wednesday, as a group of truck drivers left out of a settlement benefiting more-junior creditors argued that a bankruptcy court impermissibly distributed bankruptcy estate assets in violation of creditor priority.
A split Pennsylvania appeals court blessed the award to an insurer of part of a $35 million class action settlement for a massive fire on Tuesday, saying it was only fair that the policyholder not receive it.
The Third Circuit on Wednesday refused to freeze a remand order while DuPont files a U.S. Supreme Court appeal of a ruling that the company’s policy of paying workers for lunch breaks did not excuse it from paying overtime for time spent donning and doffing equipment.
The incoming chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association highlighted the importance of pro bono service while speaking to a crowd of legal luminaries Wednesday, suggesting the results of the recent presidential election would make efforts to provide equal justice even more necessary.
Pennsylvania environmental regulators said Tuesday that they would ask the state’s Supreme Court to review a decision blocking certain provisions of controversial new regulations on hydraulic fracturing from taking effect while an industry group pursues a legal challenge.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's recent ruling in Rost v. Ford Motor Co. leaves asbestos defendants — especially low-dose asbestos defendants — in a precarious situation in the state. The court appears to have approved conclusory opinions as satisfaction of a plaintiff’s burden to establish substantial factor causation, and sanctioned the trial court’s improper consolidation of unrelated same-disease asbestos cases without conseque... (continued)
We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.
The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.
Whether or not courts regard multiple acts, errors, omissions or claims as interrelated or related is very fact-specific and highly dependent on the language of the policy in question. In the second part of this article, Rory Jurman and Steven Cula primarily explore how Florida courts have interpreted related claim provisions.
When advising employers on the use of payroll card programs as an alternative method of paying employees there are several considerations lawyers should adopt. Kevin Vance of Duane Morris LLP discusses key issues concerning payroll cards and best practices for establishing and maintaining a payroll card program.
As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.
It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.
Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.
The Federal Trade Commission recently succeeded on appeal in two hospital merger challenges, in the Third and Seventh Circuits. Hospitals evaluating merging with nearby competitors should keep in mind the analytical approaches laid out in these decisions, say David Kully and Christopher Carmichael of Holland & Knight LLP.
As the end of the Obama administration approaches there is renewed attention on President Barack Obama's use of the Antiquities Act of 1906. While almost every U.S. president has used his authority under this act to create new national monuments, its use has fueled tensions between the federal government and states over land control, say John Freemuth and Mackenzie Case of Boise State University.