A recent appeals court decision reaffirming Pennsylvania’s new scheme for defining strict liability in product defect cases underscores what defense attorneys say is the significant chasm between the current state of the law and how model jury instructions continue to lay out the concept.
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Pa. Tort Ruling Highlights Discrepancies In Jury Instructions

A recent appeals court decision reaffirming Pennsylvania’s new scheme for defining strict liability in product defect cases underscores what defense attorneys say is the significant chasm between the current state of the law and how model jury instructions continue to lay out the concept. Read more »

Philly Bar Chancellor Rips Calls For Justices' Impeachment

The chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday lambasted the growing number of Republican politicians calling for the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who in January ordered the redrawing of congressional districts to correct for partisan gerrymandering. Read more »

Pepper Hamilton Settles With Philly Union Boss Ex-Client

Pepper Hamilton LLP on Thursday agreed to settle accusations that it breached its duty to politically influential Philadelphia union boss John Dougherty, a former client, by taking advantage of confidential information about a criminal investigation he faced to defend the Philadelphia Inquirer in a libel suit. Read more »

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Philly Atty Disbarred After Soliciting 14-Year-Old Girl

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has disbarred an attorney who pled guilty to soliciting an underaged girl forced into prostitution, who reported that the two had sex in his office. Read more »

Pa. Treasurer Targets 3 Banks In Lending Disparity Probe

The Pennsylvania Treasury has announced an official inquiry into Wells Fargo, Santander Bank and PNC Financial Services over alleged racial and ethnic disparities in home mortgage lending that have been identified in a recent report from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Read more »

LITIGATION

Court Frees Dealership To Sell Assets After Audi Roadblock

A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday unsealed an order allowing Wyoming Valley Audi to sell its dealership after Audi of America had sued to block the $17 million sale, citing a right of first refusal as called for in its 1997 dealer contract, finding that Audi could not exercise the option once its assets were removed from the sale. Read more »

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Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Gets Prison For Insider Trading

Former Foley & Lardner LLP real estate partner Walter “Chet” Little was sentenced on Thursday to over two years in prison for insider trading, following his admission that he cashed in on confidential merger information about the law firm’s clients. Read more »

Calif. Panel Says Ex-Perkins Coie Atty Must Arbitrate Claims

A former Perkins Coie partner must arbitrate claims the law firm dipped into his wages without permission, a California appellate court said Wednesday, reversing a lower court's ruling that his work contract was unconscionable and its arbitration provision wasn't binding. Read more »

White House Atty: Chevron Deference A Priority For Judges

President Donald Trump has prioritized rolling back the "administrative state," White House Counsel Don McGahn said Thursday, and part of that is looking at potential judicial nominees' experience with government regulation and major guideposts like Chevron deference. Read more »

Feature

SEC Case Exposes Justices' Rift Over 'Legislative History'

The Supreme Court’s long-running tensions over the use of legislative history as a way to interpret law broke out into public view Wednesday in a case over the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower provisions, as Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Clarence Thomas clashed over the value of a Senate report. Read more »

Feature

How Cannabis GCs Are Leading The Way In A Legal Gray Area

As a once black-market industry continues to grow in both legitimacy and size, and with it, a corresponding surge in legal needs, the first generation of general counsel at state-legal U.S. marijuana companies are on the front lines of the new and volatile field of cannabis law. Read more »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Williams & Connolly earned a spot on this week's legal lions list after the law firm secured a U.S. Supreme Court opinion in favor of its client narrowing the definition of the term "whistleblower," while Jones Day ended up on the legal lambs list after a federal judge dismantled its client's $2.5 billion jury verdict in an infringement suit over a hepatitis C drug patent. Read more »

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