A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision on Friday rejecting arguments that a decades-old deed reserving oil and gas rights for a Pittsburgh-area man’s wife was invalid because she was an effective stranger to the transaction.
Environmental advocates Monday kept pressing the Third Circuit to speed up their challenge to a Clean Water Act permit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued for a Kinder Morgan unit's pipeline project, arguing the court can still decide the matter before the pipe is buried.
Uber should not be allowed to dodge a suit from a New Jersey man alleging the ride-hailing giant is liable for hiring a driver who assaulted him over a ride dispute and left him “for dead,” his attorneys told a Pennsylvania federal court Friday.
The Third Circuit on Monday rejected efforts by incarcerated former NBA player C. Tate George to revive his suit against the East Orange, New Jersey, housing agency over failed development plans, finding George was too late bringing his claims that the agency concealed a lien on the property at issue.
A Pennsylvania federal court judge has found that former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin did not see her due process rights violated by a 2014 state court conviction for ordering her court staff to perform campaign work, following the recommendation of a magistrate judge.
Pennsylvania-based PPG Industries Inc. again sweetened its bid for Akzo Nobel NV on Monday, noting that the increased €26.9 billion ($29 billion) proposal marks its “last invitation” for deal talks and blasting the Dutch coatings and chemicals company’s recently revealed standalone strategy.
The 3M Co. told a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday that it had no responsibility to protect the health of Philadelphia-area residents who claim in a class action that their water supplies were contaminated by cancer-causing chemicals used in firefighting foam sold to the U.S. Navy.
Food giant Kraft Heinz Co. was hit with a trade secrets lawsuit Friday in Pennsylvania federal court accusing it of leaking proprietary information belonging to a longtime vendor that produces Heinz ketchup caps.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a Third Circuit decision upholding the 84-month prison term handed to a Florida businessman convicted in a $136 million scheme to secure highway construction contracts meant for small, minority-owned businesses.
Duane Morris LLP announced Monday that it has landed a longtime Pepper Hamilton LLP corporate attorney to serve as a partner in its Philadelphia office.
The Third Circuit ruled Friday that a common exclusion found in a Travelers policy bars coverage for claims arising out of asbestos in any form, limiting insurers' potential exposure to asbestos injury claims by precluding policyholders from arguing that the exclusionary language is ambiguous and doesn't extend to products containing the carcinogen.
The Delaware Riverkeeper Network on Thursday appealed to the D.C. Circuit the dismissal of its suit claiming that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's pipeline approval process unconstitutionally favors the energy industry.
Oil and gas industry supplier AES Drilling Fluids LLC cheats its drilling fluid engineers, or “mud engineers,” out of overtime pay, according to a proposed class action filed Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court.
Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck PLLC has urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reinstate its bid to recoup litigation costs from rival Malone Middleman PC after an attorney jumped from one firm to the other with a client who later landed a $235,000 settlement.
A Farmers Insurance division was handed a defeat in a pair of class actions Friday as a judge ruled Pennsylvania state law required general contractor overhead costs and profit be included in settlements paid to settle damage claims filed by homeowners.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in a published opinion Friday declined to let Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Co. escape its obligation to indemnify a chemical manufacturer from a hazardous site cleanup suit filed by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
A Pennsylvania state judge has rejected a bid by Boston Scientific Corp. and a Johnson & Johnson unit to use two pending U.S. Supreme Court appeals over jurisdictional issues to stay more than a hundred cases from out-of-state plaintiffs over injuries caused by allegedly defective pelvic mesh products.
A California law firm representing 29 former NFL players in the multidistrict litigation over concussions and head injuries in the league has told the Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the case that it is entitled to a priority lien of more than 20 percent of any recovery obtained by its clients.
Global Transition Solutions Inc. agreed to an injunction Thursday to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that the transition management brokerage bilked customers out of $13 million by coordinating with routing brokers to impose markups on the transactions and splitting the proceeds.
The Third Circuit ruled Friday that an exclusion for asbestos-related claims in a Travelers insurance policy is unambiguous and therefore enforceable, overturning a $36 million judgment holding the insurer responsible for some of policyholder General Refractories' $120 million worth of asbestos liabilities.
Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.
Prior to the Third Circuit’s opinion in Doe v. Mercy Catholic Medical Center, the question of whether Title VII provides the exclusive remedy for individuals alleging employment discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded educational institutions had not been visited in nearly 20 years. This decision revived a split that has since existed among the circuit courts, say John Barry and Edna Guerrasio of Proskauer Rose LLP.
While it might seem that the new regional polarization over immigration and sanctuary cities may be driving us further away from achieving a national consensus on immigration, it may actually be beneficial to facilitating a unique outcome that can finally create bipartisan progress on immigration reform, says Leon Fresco of Holland & Knight LLP.
Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.
What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.
Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.
If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.
Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.
Should differences in interpretation of the Defend Trade Secrets Act arise between circuits, the U.S. Supreme Court might be called upon to interpret its reach. In that vein, one might wish to look at the court’s newest member, Justice Neil Gorsuch, and his Tenth Circuit opinions in StorageCraft Technology v. Kirby and Russo v. Ballard Medical Products, says James Flynn of Epstein Becker & Green PC.
Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.