The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Tuesday agreed to take up a Southwestern Energy Corp. unit’s question of whether hydraulic fracturing operations that potentially draw oil and gas from across property lines are shielded from trespass liability by a long-established rule that protects traditional drillers.
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Pa. Justices To Review If Trespass Rule Applies To Fracking

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Tuesday agreed to take up a Southwestern Energy Corp. unit’s question of whether hydraulic fracturing operations that potentially draw oil and gas from across property lines are shielded from trespass liability by a long-established rule that protects traditional drillers. Read full article »

J&J Again Asks Pa. Mesh Judge To Recuse Over Family Ties

After unsuccessfully pushing the issue in another case this year, a Johnson & Johnson unit is asking a Pennsylvania judge to step aside from an upcoming pelvic mesh injury trial based on concerns that his mother was pursuing her own product liability claims against the company. Read full article »

Steptoe Attys Fight DQ Bid In Bridger Rail Transfer Suit

Eddystone Rail Co. LLC hit back at a bid to disqualify Steptoe & Johnson LLP from representing the company in its lawsuit over allegedly fraudulent asset transfers in relation to a rail services contract with an affiliate of Bridger Logistics, telling a Pennsylvania federal judge Monday that the firm’s attorneys were allowed to review documents inadvertently handed over to them. Read full article »


Former Teva Exec Nabs $6.2M Bias Verdict After Firing

A Pennsylvania federal jury has awarded $6.16 million to a former Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. executive who said the Israel-based generics maker fired him because of his age and American nationality. Read full article »

Blame Level Splits $6.4M Asbestos Award, Pa. Justices Told

Two companies facing a $6.4 million verdict over an asbestos-related cancer diagnosis are urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to find that asbestos cases are not exempt from a state law allowing product liability damages to be split among multiple defendants based on their share of blame. Read full article »

Insurer Sues Over Unpaid Gas Facility Construction Bills

Great American Insurance Co. says a contractor left it holding the bill for $3.4 million in unpaid costs for the construction of a natural gas facility, and sued in Pennsylvania federal court Monday to compel the contractor to put down some collateral and open its books for inspection. Read full article »


David’s Bridal Gets Nod For $185M DIP In Del. Ch. 11

A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday gave her nod to David's Bridal Inc.’s $185 million in post-petition financing in the bridal retail giant's prepackaged Chapter 11, which the company said was necessary to keep operations going as it heads into the busy season for dress orders. Read full article »


Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months. Read full article »


BigLaw Firms Take Cravath's Cue On Holiday Bonuses

Shortly after Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP’s announcement that the firm would dole out end-of-year bonuses to associates in line with previous years, a smattering of BigLaw firms pronounced Tuesday that they would follow suit. Read full article »

Akerman's Ex-CEO Back In Leadership Role After Shakeup

Akerman LLP's newest chairman and CEO has ended his term after fewer than 10 months, and his predecessor has stepped in to resume his old post, the Florida-based firm announced on Monday. Read full article »

Baker McKenzie Is Strongest Brand In Mainland Europe

Baker McKenzie is the law firm best positioned to take advantage of rising legal spending in Europe, according to a survey released Tuesday by London research firm Acritas. Read full article »

Greenberg Traurig Can't Avoid Trial In Forgery Suit

A state judge in Manhattan on Tuesday rejected a request by Greenberg Traurig LLP to avoid a trial in a suit by a former Apollo fund manager who says the firm knowingly used a forged document in litigation against him, saying all that is left of the case must be decided by a jury in April. Read full article »

Lewis Brisbois Attys Threatened With Jail For Order Breach

A Dallas judge has threatened to jail a representative of security company GardaWorld and attorneys at Lewis Brisbois for refusing to turn over GPS data for a truck involved in a fatal collision. Read full article »

Legal Industry Lags In AI, Machine Learning Use

A recent survey by analytics firm RELX Group found that the legal industry lags behind other industries in utilizing big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning in their work, with legal industry executives also much more skeptical of the potential use for AI in their field. Read full article »

Law Firm Leaders: Schiff Hardin's Marci Eisenstein

Marci Eisenstein, the first woman managing partner of Chicago-based Schiff Hardin LLP, spoke to Law360 about the changing business of law, the challenges facing the legal industry and how her firm works to distinguish itself in an increasingly competitive market. Read full article »

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