After pushing back the usual summer sitting of the state's bar exam earlier this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced Wednesday that it now plans to offer the test remotely at the beginning of October.
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Pennsylvania Bar Exam To Go Remote For Fall Sitting

After pushing back the usual summer sitting of the state's bar exam earlier this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners announced Wednesday that it now plans to offer the test remotely at the beginning of October.

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Ex-Wawa Workers Ink $22M Deal To End ERISA Class Action

A certified class of ex-Wawa workers urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday to give preliminary approval to a $21.6 million settlement to end their Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit accusing the convenience store chain of forcing them to divest from the employee stock ownership plan.

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Pa. Judge Says ICE Detention Center Safe Enough From Virus

A Pennsylvania state court judge said a Berks County detention center for undocumented immigrant families had taken adequate precautions against the spread of COVID-19 and should not be shut down, even after a California federal court described the facility as "on fire" amid the pandemic.

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Analysis

Civil Rights Attys Fear Religious Turn At High Court

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Trump v. Pennsylvania could devastate American workers who use birth control in the short term while chipping away at nondiscrimination protections in the long term, civil rights advocates say.

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Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

A federal court for the first time decided a COVID-19 insurance coverage case on the merits, ruling against a policyholder, while Amazon says workers are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic for workplace reforms, and a coalition of states is suing the U.S. Department of Education over a new rule it says will unfairly limit public schools' access to coronavirus relief funding.

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ENFORCEMENT

Feds Indict 4 In Alleged $34M Pharma Kickback Scheme

A federal grand jury has indicted four men allegedly behind a $34 million scheme by a now-shuttered ScripsAmerica subsidiary pharmacy based in New Jersey that paid kickbacks to marketers in the form of referral fees, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

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LITIGATION

Pittsburgh Hardware Store Settles With AG Over Mask Markup

A Pittsburgh hardware store has agreed to pay refunds for protective masks it allegedly sold at an illegal markup as part of a settlement with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office over accusations of pandemic-related price-gouging, according to filings in state court.

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Insurer Needn't Cover Trucking Co. In Human Trafficking Suit

A Pennsylvania federal judge told Landmark American Insurance Co. it doesn't need to pay defense costs in a migrant worker's suit accusing its policyholder, a trucking company, of human trafficking and workplace mistreatment, holding that the allegations in the underlying suit aren't covered under the insurer's policy.

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THIRD CIRCUIT

3rd Circ. Won't Revive NJ Doc's Suit Over Improper Training

The Third Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a doctor's complaint alleging that medical supply companies' shoddy training led to him being accused of Medicare fraud, ruling Thursday that he wasn't specific enough about the wrong recommendations the companies made.

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PEOPLE

Cozen Group Tackles Surge Of Virus-Driven Lease Disputes

Cozen O'Connor has formed a lease restructuring practice group to tackle the range of novel questions facing landlords and tenants as the COVID-19 pandemic spurs demand for lease renegotiations.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Mask-Wearing Prosecution Witnesses May Face Roadblocks

When in-person criminal jury trials resume, witnesses wearing masks as protection against the coronavirus will almost certainly lead to a new line of cases weighing public health against a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to confront prosecution witnesses, says Scott Grubman at Chilivis Grubman.

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6 Considerations When Shopping For Legal Tech Software

When evaluating the vast range of legal technology options available today, law firms will want to make sure that firm intellectual property and client data stored in the software are encrypted, isolated, protected through backups and in compliance with the ever-growing list of data regulations, say Eric Tucker and Dorna Moini at Documate.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

Supreme Court oral arguments are always a high wire act. This term, a global pandemic, a docket of hot-button cases and an experiment with remote technology took the challenge to new heights. Here’s a look at the law firms that argued the most, and how they fared.

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Feature

The Majority Of One: How Roberts Is Shaping The Court

The 2019 term has removed all doubt: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is the power broker on the U.S. Supreme Court. But unlike past swing justices, the nation's top jurist puts the reputation of the court before his own conservative instincts and is willing to compromise when he needs to.

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Feature

Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

A docket packed with divisive cases. Experiments in remote oral arguments. Defining moments for the court’s new swing justice. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this historic court term, when the unexpected reigned supreme.

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Firms Wanted PPP Money, But Will It Prevent More Cuts?

Law firms accounted for a large portion of the recipients of federal bailout funds designed to save small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, but some observers speculate that, for a number of those shops, the funds won't be enough to prevent future cuts if COVID-19 continues to drag down the market.

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Law Firm Leaders' 3 Biggest Worries For The Rest Of 2020

After a wildly tumultuous first half of 2020, law firm leaders are now preparing to take on whatever the second half of the year has in store. Here, leaders share their biggest worries for the remaining six months of the year.

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Brown Rudnick IP Litigation Team Leaves To Start New Firm

The head of Brown Rudnick LLP's patent litigation practice has decamped with his team and clients in tow to launch his own firm in New York City, walking away with virtually all of Brown Rudnick's Manhattan-based patent litigation group.

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Miller Canfield Lays Off Attorneys Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has instituted layoffs and furloughs of attorneys and other employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.

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NY Bill Would Suspend Two-Fail Bar Exam Rule For Pandemic

New legislation would allow New York public defender and government law graduates who have twice failed the bar exam to continue to practice under supervision for the duration of the state's ongoing coronavirus state of emergency.

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Chicago Federal Court Extends Remote Hearings To Mid-Sept.

The Northern District of Illinois' latest COVID-19 safety order entered Friday extends remote hearings into mid-September and keeps an early August target date for jury trials to resume, and the court's two clerk's offices will reopen to the public on Monday.

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LA Labor Partner Accused Of Sexually Harassing Associate

The head of the labor and employment practice at Los Angeles-based law firm Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs APLC is facing allegations he engaged in an extended campaign of "creepy" behavior toward an associate that peaked with a "nightmarish" incident during a work trip overseas.

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DOJ's DuCharme Named Acting US Attorney For EDNY

U.S. Department of Justice official Seth DuCharme has been tapped as acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Friday, replacing Richard Donoghue, who is in turn taking DuCharme's old job.

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Study Noting 'Racial Tension,' 'Nepotism' Shakes Philly Courts

Court leadership in Philadelphia County on Friday vowed to take action following the release of a damning report from an outside consultant detailing "a culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension that is constantly brewing" for staff and judges alike.

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Flynn Case Paused, DC Circ. Weighing Judge's En Banc Bid

The D.C. Circuit hit the brakes Friday on a panel's recent ruling instructing a federal judge to immediately grant the government's request to end the prosecution of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn as the full appeals court considers whether to rehear the matter.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A new survey showed that corporate counsel are divided on whether they think recent work-from-home adjustments will continue or be reversed once the pandemic wanes, and a separate report revealed that more attorneys are getting comfortable with litigation funding. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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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.

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Opinion

Let's Create An Ethical Obligation For Attys To Fight Racism

In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.

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Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Absolutely (Not) Immune

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term with a bang this week, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that he was absolutely immune to a subpoena for his financial records by New York state prosecutors who are pursuing a criminal investigation.

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Client Says Hagen Berman Pulled Fast One On Special Master

A Minnesota woman told a Pennsylvania federal court that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP used clients' protected information as "a sword and a shield" to hide its alleged wrongdoing in its report provided to a special master, who was investigating the firm's bid to drop clients suing GlaxoSmithKline and others for birth defects caused by thalidomide.

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Law360 Practice Groups of the Year

LAW FIRMS

Archer & Greiner

Arnold & Porter

Baker McKenzie

Bernstein Litowitz

Beveridge & Diamond

Block & Leviton

Boies Schiller

Brown Rudnick

Cambria & Kline

Cohen Milstein

Cozen O'Connor

Day Pitney

Deasey Mahoney

Debevoise & Plimpton

Donahoo & Associates

Dorsey & Whitney

Duane Morris

Edelson PC

Feinberg Jackson

Fish & Richardson

Fisher Phillips

Foley Hoag

Genova Burns

Ghidotti Berger

Gibson Dunn

Goldstein & Russell

Goodwin

Hagens Berman

Harvey & Binnall

Hodgson Russ

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hughes Hubbard

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Ivie McNeill

Jenner & Block

Jones Day

Kelley Drye

Kessler Topaz

Kirkland & Ellis

Klehr Harrison

Kline & Specter

Labaton Sucharow

Latham & Watkins

Lieff Cabraser

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will

McKool Smith

Mike Scott Law

Miller Canfield

Morgan Lewis

Nixon Peabody

Norton Rose

Nutter McClennen

O'Melveny & Myers

Pietragallo Gordon

Pomerantz LLP

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Rivkin Radler

Schiff Hardin

Sheehan Phinney

Sheppard Mullin

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Skadden

Stern Tannenbaum

Stroock & Stroock

Thompson Coe

Traub Lieberman

Tucker Law Group

Vedder Price

Weil Gotshal

Wilkinson Walsh

Williams & Connolly

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

COMPANIES

3M Co.

Airbnb Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

Apple Inc.

Association of Corporate Counsel

Booking.com BV

Brooklyn Law School

CITGO Petroleum Corp.

Cato Institute

Center for Justice

Cincinnati Financial Corp.

Comcast Corp.

Facebook Inc.

Fordham University

General Electric Co.

Georgia State University

Getty Images Inc.

Google Inc.

Harvard University

Infinite Global

International Business Machines Corp.

JBS SA

Lake Whillans

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Legal Services NYC

Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc.

Major League Baseball Inc.

Mazars LLP

Microsoft Corp.

New York Yankees

Pepco Holdings Inc.

Philip Morris International Inc.

Sanofi-Aventis

Spotify Technology SA

StubHub Inc.

Tenneco Inc.

The Brattle Group Inc.

Twitter Inc.

Wawa Inc.

Waze Mobile Ltd.

iAnthus Capital Holdings Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Federal Trade Commission

Montana Department of Revenue

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Ohio Supreme Court

Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Small Business Administration

U.S. Army

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court