The estate of deceased former NFL fullback Kevin Turner, who took a lead role in concussion litigation against the league, pushed a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday to throw out a recommendation that its former counsel with Podhurst Orseck PA receive $775,000 for working on Turner’s behalf.
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Ex-NFL Player's Estate Slams Recommended Fee To Podhurst

The estate of deceased former NFL fullback Kevin Turner, who took a lead role in concussion litigation against the league, pushed a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday to throw out a recommendation that its former counsel with Podhurst Orseck PA receive $775,000 for working on Turner’s behalf. Read full article »

Ex-PennDOT Exec Cops To Pay-To-Play Scheme

A former executive with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation pled guilty and was sentenced to a maximum of nearly two years of house arrest Tuesday for taking bribes from a contractor in exchange for contracting opportunities with the agency. Read full article »

New Facts Keep Music Rights Suit On The Air: Radio Group

A radio industry group fighting for the survival of its antitrust suit against a music rights agency has urged a Pennsylvania federal court to let it bolster its allegations with new evidence purportedly showing the agency blackmailing a radio network that had turned over evidence against it.  Read full article »

Trump Renominations Include Contested 3rd, 9th Circ. Picks

The White House sent 50 judicial nominations to the Senate Tuesday, most of the more than 70 judicial nominations that expired last month, including controversial picks for trial court posts and the Third and Ninth Circuits that have been opposed by Democrats. Read full article »


J&J To Pay States $120M For False Hip Implant Promos

A Johnson & Johnson unit will pay $120 million to end a wide-ranging investigation into whether it misled customers about the longevity and efficacy of its hip replacement devices, attorneys general in New York and Texas announced Tuesday. Read full article »


Metals Co. Arconic Says It's Not Mulling Sale Anymore

Arconic Inc. on Tuesday put the kibosh on its pursuit of a potential sale, amid speculation that alternative asset manager Apollo Global Management had been close to inking a multibillion-dollar deal for the lightweight metals company. Read full article »


Robinson & Cole Adds Pa., Del. Offices With Bankruptcy Hires

Robinson & Cole LLP announced Tuesday the expansion of its bankruptcy practice with the addition of a team of five lawyers, including three partners, and the opening of new offices in Wilmington and Philadelphia. Read full article »


Virginia Is Latest State To Find Employer 'Take Home' Duty

In Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls, the Virginia Supreme Court recently held that an employer owed a duty of care to an employee's family member who handled the employee’s asbestos-laden work clothes. The impact of this decision will extend well beyond the claims at issue, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP. Read full article »


Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF. Read full article »


Firms' Crawl To Gender Diversity Shows Long Road Ahead

U.S. law firms are on track to achieve gender parity in partner promotions by 2032, and gender parity within the partner ranks at a time far beyond that, a reality some say necessitates drastic change if firms hope to alter the current trajectory. Read full article »

Judiciary Says It Will Stay Funded Through January

The administrative agency of the federal court system said Tuesday that federal courts will have enough funding to continue operating until Jan. 31 despite the government shutdown, the third time the courts have extended the estimated date when they will have to start cutting staff. Read full article »

Skadden Deal Unfair, Russian Co. Says In Troll Farm Case

A Russian company criminally charged with thwarting enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act asked a judge on Tuesday to make prosecutors explain why Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP "was permitted to purchase a declination" in its own FARA case. Read full article »

Legal Field Has 'Enthusiasm Gap' For Gender Equity Initiatives

While there is general support in the legal field for policies geared toward reaching gender equity in the industry, a survey released on Tuesday reveals an “enthusiasm gap” by which women are more likely to champion these efforts than their male colleagues. Read full article »

Girardi Keese, Thomas Girardi Owe $15M, Legal Lender Says

Law Finance Group LLC has hit the law firm Girardi Keese and trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi with a breach of contract suit in California state court claiming they have failed to make repayments on a debt of more than $15 million. Read full article »

Ex-Weil Partner Sues MetLife For Disability Benefits

A former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP bankruptcy partner has hit Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. with a lawsuit in New York federal court accusing the insurance carrier of wrongly denying him long-term disability benefits even though he suffers from a series of psychiatric problems. Read full article »

Education Department GC Named Fla. Supreme Court Justice

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis filled the final vacant seat on the Florida Supreme Court Tuesday with the appointment of Carlos Genaro Muñiz, who is serving as general counsel at the U.S. Department of Education and will be the first Nicaraguan-American on the state’s highest court. Read full article »


15 Minutes With Planet Fitness' General Counsel

To Planet Fitness World Headquarters General Counsel Justin Vartanian, the biggest challenge for his industry is to motivate others to incorporate fitness into their lives. Here, he explains the benefits lawyers can gain from healthy lifestyles as the legal industry strives to reduce stigmas that surround mental health, and offers advice on how to stick to wellness-related resolutions amid demanding workloads. Read full article »

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