Pennsylvania

  • July 30, 2016

    Utz Vendor Pleads Guilty In $1.4M False Invoice Scheme

    A businessman pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court on Friday for conspiring with an Utz Quality Foods Inc. executive to bilk the snack company out of $1.4 million through a string of false invoices.

  • July 29, 2016

    Hershey Trust Reform Deal Reached With Pa. AG

    The Hershey Trust and the Milton Hershey School reached an agreement with Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to create 10-year term limits and limit trustee compensation to $110,000 following an investigation into its practices, Kane announced on Friday.

  • July 29, 2016

    Feds Expand Anti-Fraud Bans On Ambulances, Home Health

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday extended and expanded a temporary ban on nonemergency ambulance suppliers and home health care agencies in six states, saying the measures were important in its efforts to curb fraud in the federal health care system.

  • July 29, 2016

    Feds Slam Ex-Pa. School CEO's Strike Bid In Fraud Case

    Federal prosecutors have blasted the requests of a former Pennsylvania charter school CEO to have accusations that he violated campaign finance and ethics laws excluded from his criminal fraud trial, arguing on Thursday and Friday that evidence of the uncharged acts is permissible and directly relevant to the case.

  • July 29, 2016

    Enviros Urge FERC To Reconsider $683M Pipeline's Extension

    Environmental groups on Thursday urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to rethink its decision to give Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC an additional two years to build its contested $683 million natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York, saying the pipeline's problems with New York environmental regulators are its own fault.

  • July 29, 2016

    FERC Gives Final Enviro OK to ETP $4.2B Pipeline Project

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will now decide whether to approve the construction of Energy Transfer Partners LP's proposed $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline running from the Marcellus and Utica shales to the upper Midwest after commission staff on Friday finalized its favorable environmental review of the project.

  • July 29, 2016

    PE Firm Starwood Pays $760M For 2 Power Generation Assets

    Energy-focused private equity firm Starwood Energy Group Global LLC has agreed to pay $760 million to acquire two Pennsylvania-based power generation assets from NextEra Energy Resources LLC, the companies said Friday.

  • July 29, 2016

    3rd Circ. Right On Gas Lease Class Arbitration, Justices Hear

    Chesapeake Appalachia LLC is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to disrupt a Third Circuit opinion that it was up to the courts — not an arbitrator — to determine whether the company's gas lease royalty fight with Scout Petroleum LLC can be arbitrated on a classwide basis.

  • July 29, 2016

    Pittsburgh Glass Worker Urges 3rd Circ. To Revive Bias Class

    The Third Circuit was urged in a brief on Wednesday to recertify a class of workers in an age bias suit against Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC based on the theory that upper management at the company must have known about allegedly discriminatory staffing decisions made in individual departments.

  • July 29, 2016

    Menendez Must Face Corruption Charges, 3rd Circ. Finds

    The Third Circuit on Friday refused to toss criminal charges alleging U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., unlawfully assisted a Florida eye doctor in exchange for gifts and political contributions, rejecting the senator’s arguments that the indictment against him improperly relies on constitutionally protected legislative acts.

  • July 28, 2016

    Pa. AG Can't Use Porn Defense In Perjury Trial, Judge Says

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane can’t use evidence that other officials shared pornography to bolster her upcoming perjury trial, according to a short order handling several pretrial motions in state court Thursday.

  • July 28, 2016

    BofA Class Objects To 'Professional Objectors' In $27M Deal

    A plaintiff who has previously made objections in at least eight other cases is wrongfully trying to derail a $27.5 million settlement between Bank of America and a proposed class of account holders who sued the bank for improperly imposing overdraft fees, a Pennsylvania federal judge was told this week.

  • July 28, 2016

    More Expert Testimony Allowed In 1st Tylenol Bellwether

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday allowed several expert witnesses to testify in the upcoming first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over the alleged liver damage risks of Johnson & Johnson Tylenol products on causation and regulatory issues, placing some caveats on what opinions they can offer.

  • July 28, 2016

    Cosby Drops Suit Saying Accuser Breached Confidentiality

    Bill Cosby on Thursday dropped a breach of contract suit in Pennsylvania federal court against a woman who accused him of sexual assault and others who signed a 2006 settlement agreement not to publicly discuss details of that case, an action that his attorney said allows him to focus on his criminal case.

  • July 28, 2016

    Pa. Appeals Court Shields Agent In Loan Disclosure Row

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published ruling on Thursday finding that the closing agent on a $3 million loan for a Nevada real estate project had been under no obligation to disclose to the lender prior unrecorded indebtedness incurred by the borrower.

  • July 28, 2016

    Contractor On $42M Pa. Bridge Project Faces Fraud Charges

    The owner of a Pennsylvania painting company that has been cited multiple times for workplace safety violations has been indicted on embezzlement, fraud and water pollution charges stemming from a $42 million bridge rehabilitation project, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • July 28, 2016

    Pa. Atty Suspended 6 Months After Ditching Bankruptcy Cases

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Friday to a six-month suspension for a Harrisburg attorney that a federal judge found had abandoned more than 30 clients in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings.

  • July 28, 2016

    DOJ Watchdog Warns 'Sanctuary Cities' Risk Fed. Funding

    The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Justice released the results of an investigation Thursday that found several so-called “sanctuary cities” could be putting millions of dollars of federal funding on the line by refusing to comply with request for cooperation from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. 

  • July 28, 2016

    Starr Gave Up Right To Void Heinz Policy, 3rd Circ. Told

    Heinz told the Third Circuit on Wednesday that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Co. lost its right to rescind a $25 million policy in a battle over coverage for lead-tainted baby food by invoking a policy provision to apply insurer-friendly New York law, arguing that the insurer can't both enforce and refute the policy.

  • July 28, 2016

    Pa. Judge Won't Move Building Collapse Case Out Of Philly

    A Pennsylvania state judge on Tuesday rejected arguments that extensive pretrial publicity warranted a decision to move civil litigation over a fatal 2013 Philadelphia building collapse out of the city.

Expert Analysis

  • Prevent Litigation From Becoming A Threat To Data Security

    Dante Stella

    Recent headline-grabbing data security incidents have shed light both on direct and collateral impacts to companies and their employees. Attorneys should take steps to ensure that their role in the conduct of litigation does not in itself lead to similarly damaging disclosures of sensitive information, say Dante Stella and Sherrie Farrell of Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • Corporations In The Crosshairs Of Product Liability Claims

    Stephanie E. Parker

    More than in past presidential campaigns, the leading candidates have targeted American corporations, taking turns outbidding one another in appealing to anti-corporate sentiments. And the plaintiffs bar has been trying to leverage the mood across a broad front — from changes in jury selection to trial strategy to the types of claims they bring, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • OPINION: Our Juries Are Being Circumvented

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    The Freddie Gray case and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell demonstrate how the government replaces juries, eliminating an important community decision maker and a check on governmental power, says Professor Suja Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 4 All-Star MDLs

    Alan E. Rothman

    In honor of the recent Major League Baseball All-Star Game, this month’s column will name its own all-star team — four multidistrict litigations, across various categories, that changed or are changing the game, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Portable But Inaccurate Bar Exam Scores

    Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

    While there is not much that is new about the uniform bar exam’s components, what is new is that where you take the bar exam may make the difference between passing and failing. Half of the score depends on the strength of the applicant pool in the jurisdiction where the candidate wrote the exam, which may lead to “UBE shopping,” says Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, director of bar programs at Touro Law Center.

  • EPA Wants More Control Over State-Issued Discharge Permits

    Ronda L. Sandquist

    Proposed changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Permit System would make minor revisions to program definitions and the contents of permit fact sheets, and major revisions that will expand the EPA’s ability to object to permits administratively continued by a state program, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Testing The UBE: Missouri Benefits From Uniform Bar Exam

    Jim Nowogrocki

    We in Missouri do not take lightly to new trends or frothy ideas. Yet, the uniform bar exam has allowed us to meet the challenges of an increasingly mobile legal profession and the changing needs of clients, and to ensure that a newly admitted attorney has the knowledge, character and fitness to practice in the Show-Me State, says Jim Nowogrocki, president of the Board of Law Examiners in Missouri — the first state to adopt the UBE.

  • Feeding The Future World: The Israel Outlook

    Meital Stavinsky

    While improvements to the global availability of and access to food are expected in the coming years, many countries will continue to struggle. A further robust collaboration between the U.S. and Israel would both help expand the innovative food and agricultural industry growth in the U.S., and may offer an answer to the looming global food crisis, says Meital Stavinsky at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Workplace Video Monitoring: What Employers Need To Know

    Barbara E. Hoey

    Given the availability and effectiveness of inexpensive video equipment, many companies use video to monitor their entire operations for safety, security and quality control. But video surveillance can have unintended consequences well beyond its intended purpose, say Mark Konkel and Barbara Hoey at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.