An administrative law judge for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has ordered Sunoco LP to shut down operations at a natural gas pipeline in the state and halt construction on two others, siding with a Pennsylvania state senator who claimed the projects were fraught with environmental and safety issues.
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Pa. PUC Judge Orders Shutdown Of Sunoco Pipelines

An administrative law judge for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has ordered Sunoco LP to shut down operations at a natural gas pipeline in the state and halt construction on two others, siding with a Pennsylvania state senator who claimed the projects were fraught with environmental and safety issues. Read more »

Chinese Co.'s Suit Over GSK Probe Tied To US, 3rd Circ. Told

A pair of consultants who alleged that they landed in a Chinese prison after GlaxoSmithKline LLC duped them into investigating an innocent whistleblower told the Third Circuit on Thursday that they meet the “domestic injury” requirement for filing a federal racketeering claim because their business is closely tied to the United States even though it is located in China. Read more »

Aetna Says Law Firm Responsible For Health Info Breach

Aetna Inc. has filed suit in Pennsylvania federal court accusing the class counsel in two underlying privacy suits against the insurer of being responsible for a settlement mailing that allegedly violated members’ privacy anew by potentially revealing their HIV status and launched a new round of litigation. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

After Corruption Ruling, Pa. Senate OKs Restitution To Gov't

In the wake of a landmark ruling voiding a restitution payment in a corruption case against a state lawmaker, the Pennsylvania Senate has approved a bill that would explicitly allow the state and other entities to recoup funds for crimes committed at their expense. Read more »

LITIGATION

Seeger Weiss Gets $52M Of $85M NFL Concussion Suit Fees

A Pennsylvania federal judge distributed more than $85 million in fees to the class attorneys in the NFL concussion suit Wednesday, including a nearly $52 million share for co-lead class counsel Seeger Weiss LLP. Read more »

Pa. Justices Pass On Firm's Push To Bar Ex-Legal Asst.'s Aid

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a decision allowing an ex-Ligonier Law part-time legal assistant to receive unemployment benefits after the firm fired her for refusing to return to full-time status. Read more »

DEALS

Kirkland Guides LNK's $100M Investment In Dermatology Biz

Private equity firm LNK Partners, with assistance from legal adviser Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has agreed to inject $100 million into Schweiger Dermatology Group to help the dermatology practice expand throughout the Northeast, according to a Thursday statement. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

States Need Realistic Expectations For Sports Betting

In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP.  Read more »

Keys To Protecting Communications With Litigation Funders

As different jurisdictions impose their own disclosure requirements regarding commercial litigation finance, there can be no “one size fits all” approach to ensuring confidentiality. But litigants, lawyers and litigation funders may be able to decrease disclosure risks through a handful of best practices, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

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3 Things You Need To Know When Starting Out In BigLaw

There are numerous opportunities and pitfalls that lie in store for new associates as they enter BigLaw, yet many of the intricacies of navigating the inner workings of a large law firm are not taught in school, leaving many lawyers to fend for themselves to learn by trial and error. Here, BigLaw veterans reflect on some of the actions incoming attorneys can take to make the best of their early days at a firm. Read more »

Ex-BigLaw Atty Convicted Of Wife's Murder Faces Civil Suit

The former Fisher Phillips employment partner sentenced to life in prison earlier this week for the shooting death of his wife has been hit with a civil lawsuit in Georgia state court by the administrator of his wife’s estate. Read more »

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

The European Union’s new data protection regime went into effect, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to loosen regulations for thousands of community banks and regional lenders, and the U.S. Supreme Court sided with employers in class action arbitration cases. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read more »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read more »

Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence. Read more »

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