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Ex-Pa. Mayor Steered City Work To Donors, Jurors Hear

The former Democratic mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, went to trial on bribery charges on Monday as federal prosecutors accused him of taking campaign contributions from engineering firms in exchange for contracting opportunities worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read full article »

CVS, Rite Aid Hit AbbVie With Antitrust Suit Over AndroGel

CVS Pharmacy Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. have joined the slew of antitrust lawsuits against AndroGel maker AbbVie Inc. and its affiliates and are seeking triple damages against the company for allegedly delaying the availability of cheaper generic drugs through patent lawsuits. Read full article »

Pa. Court Upholds Woman’s $2M Penalty For Stolen ‘Kiss’

A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday tossed a civil judgment against a moving company that lost a valuable cast of famed Rodin statue "The Kiss," but the panel upheld a $1.8 million verdict against the woman who had the artwork hauled away without the owner's knowledge. Read full article »


Comcast Beats $75M Antitrust Suit Over Ad Platform

An Illinois federal judge has handed a victory to Comcast in a $75 million suit alleging the cable giant refused to do business with advertisers unless they used the company’s own advertising system, finding it wasn’t anti-competitive for Comcast to refuse to do business with a smaller advertising firm. Read full article »

Pa. Appeals Court OKs Dismissal Of Firefighters' Siren Suit

The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Monday upheld the dismissal of firefighters’ claims that Federal Signal Corp.’s sirens caused permanent hearing damage, saying that the firefighters hadn’t shown that an alternate design would both protect their ears and alert the public. Read full article »

GTL Facing Another Class Action Over Prison Phone Rates

Global Tel Link Corp. has been hit with another proposed class action, this time from a former inmate alleging in Pennsylvania federal court that the leading prison phone service provider charges unsuspecting callers “unconscionable” rates more than 100 times the actual cost. Read full article »


3rd Circ. Won't Revive Taxi Cos.' Suit Over Uber-Newark Deal

Taxi and limousine operators lost their bid to revive a putative class action against Newark, New Jersey, over its $10 million agreement with Uber Technologies Inc. after the Third Circuit found Monday that the city was justified in subjecting the ride-hailing company’s drivers to less stringent regulations. Read full article »


Davis Polk Guides Tyson In $2.16B Keystone Foods Buy

Tyson Foods Inc., led by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, said Monday it will shell out $2.16 billion in cash for Keystone Foods Holdings Ltd., a Pennsylvania-based unit of Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods that provides meats to quick-service restaurants, as the food giant looks for international growth opportunities. Read full article »


The Future Of State-Subsidized Electric Generation Resources

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently ruled that PJM Interconnection’s current capacity market auction tariff is unjust and unreasonable. The decision raises a fundamental economic question as to the future of PJM's existing market-based approach to determining the region’s mix of generating assets, say Joseph Cavicchi and Kenneth Grant of Compass Lexecon​​​​​​​. Read full article »


Firms Saw Growth Surge In First Half Of 2018

During the first half of the year, law firms enjoyed one of the strongest periods of growth since the onset of the Great Recession, according to a quarterly survey of firms' financial health released on Monday. Read full article »

Effort To Boost Diversity In Leadership Touts Top Law Firms

An effort launched last summer to encourage law firms to affirmatively consider women and attorneys of color for leadership roles and promotions by taking a page from the NFL's diversity playbook is cheering its first-year success — with 41 law firms crossing the goal line. Read full article »

Vendors Say AI Will Allow Attorneys To Do Better Legal Work

Artificial intelligence is not yet a part of the standard operating procedure at all large law firms, but in a decade it probably will be, Womble Bond Dickinson chief knowledge officer Bill Koch predicted at a legal technology conference on Monday. Read full article »

Law Firms' Dominance In Crosshairs Of 'Emerging' Providers

The challenges to law firms’ dominance in the legal sector coming from alternative legal services providers and others are just beginning, according to a group of panelists who spoke Monday at a legal technology conference in Maryland. Read full article »

Jones Day's Francisco Got $2.2M After Taking Solicitor Job

U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco took in more than $2.23 million from Jones Day last year after making the jump to the Trump administration, according to recent financial disclosures. Read full article »

Kavanaugh Meets Top Senate Dem Opposing His Confirmation

President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court hopeful, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on Monday met with his first Democratic critic: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Judiciary Committee ranking member who has been leading the charge against Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. Read full article »


Lawyers Need To Disrupt Themselves To Succeed

Even if their business models don’t seem broken, lawyers in the 21st century must fight against complacency, push themselves to adopt unfamiliar skills and maintain an open mind, according to a new book published by a University of Miami professor of law, who contends that embracing innovation is the way for attorneys to keep up with clients’ ever-evolving needs. Read full article »


15 Minutes With Plated's General Counsel

Tina Mohanty didn't envision making an in-house transition until the co-founders of meal kit maker Plated approached her with an opportunity she couldn't refuse. Here, the company's first general counsel shares how her plan to remain in private practice transformed into an almost four-year career — and which is her go-to recipe. Read full article »

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