Pennsylvania

  • February 22, 2017

    NFL Class Says Ex-Player Is Spreading Deal Misinformation

    The lead counsel for the class of former players in the NFL concussion settlement told a Pennsylvania federal court that a retired running back, Fred Willis, is spreading false information about the settlement agreement, telling class members that the doctors set up under the agreement are chosen by the NFL and directing them to a network of “player-friendly” doctors that he set up.

  • February 22, 2017

    Verizon Wants Ex-Employee's Bias Suit Tossed

    A former Verizon Communications Inc. customer service representative alleging she was fired over her Ukrainian accent can't sustain her bias suit because she neither exhausted her remedies with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission nor alleged any race discrimination, Verizon told a Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Pa. DEP Urges State Justices To Deny Drilling Rule Challenge

    State environmental regulators urged Pennsylvania's highest court Tuesday to affirm a decision recognizing their authority to demand drillers outline the potential environmental impacts of proposed oil and gas wells despite a landmark ruling three years ago suggesting the requirement, part of a controversial law known as Act 13, was void.

  • February 22, 2017

    Pa. Justices Toss Atty's Termination Fee Appeal

    After hearing arguments in the dispute in December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday dropped an appeal over whether a law firm could enforce a contingent fee agreement entitling it to part of an ex-client’s recovery even after the client hired new counsel to handle his case.

  • February 22, 2017

    States' Suboxone Product-Hop Claims Fail, Indivior Says

    Indivior Inc. asked a Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday to toss a case alleging it delayed the introduction of a competitor to Suboxone, saying the 35 states that brought the suit failed to allege how a new formula of the original drug prevented generics from succeeding in the market.

  • February 22, 2017

    Pa. Judge Again Trims Essure Injury Claims Against Bayer

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday trimmed the claims of five women suing Bayer in consolidated litigation over its controversial Essure sterilization device in his second pass on the question of U.S. Food and Drug Administration preemption.

  • February 21, 2017

    Uber Urges 3rd Circ. Not To Revive Unfair Competition Claim

    Uber Technologies Inc. has urged a federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a complaint filed by a group of Philadelphia taxicab companies alleging they’d been subjected to unfair competition after the ride-hailing service began operating in the city.

  • February 21, 2017

    Philly Controller Escapes 'Slush Fund' Slander Suit

    A Pennsylvania state court judge on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit accusing Philadelphia's city controller of defaming a former city official with remarks about a so-called slush fund in which money primarily from the Philadelphia Marathon was used to pay for pet projects of former Mayor Michael Nutter.

  • February 21, 2017

    Frivolous Suit Claim Against Ex-Billing Co. Partner Revived

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday revived a medical billing company’s claims that it was saddled with a frivolous lawsuit from a former partner meant to extort money from it after his wife lost her job there.

  • February 21, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Hear Law Firm's Avandia Fund Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it would not hear arguments following a Third Circuit decision forcing a law firm to set aside a share of proceeds into a common benefit fund after helping settle a batch of product liability suits in Illinois over GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s diabetes drug Avandia.

  • February 21, 2017

    Harrison Street Pays $17M For 2 Philly Medical Buildings

    Chicago-based Harrison Street Real Estate Capital LLC is paying $17 million for two medical office buildings in Northeast Philadelphia currently occupied by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, marketer Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP announced on Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Impax Says FTC Should Pay For Withdrawn Pay-For-Delay Suit

    Impax Laboratories told a Pennsylvania federal court on Friday that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission should be on the hook for litigation costs and attorneys' fees associated with a pay-for-delay suit filed against the company and others that was withdrawn 10 months later and refiled as an administrative action.

  • February 21, 2017

    Comcast Sheds Disparate Impact Claim In Race Bias Row

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed a Civil Rights Act claim from class allegations that Comcast allowed racial discrimination against a black employee, pointing to his failure to properly pursue the matter with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pa. Court Vacates Ruling On Tax Exemption For Trust

    The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Thursday vacated a trial court’s decision that a trust operating a historic building is entitled to a property tax exemption as an institution of purely public charity, finding the lower court did not properly consider the criteria for such charities.

  • February 17, 2017

    'Phantom' Drone Maker Sued Over Faulty App Software Update

    A market leader in consumer drone technology was hit with a putative class action Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court spurred by an allegedly harmful firmware update in December 2015 that rendered certain commercial drones in its "Phantom 2" line unable to record video and take photos.

  • February 17, 2017

    Prosecutors Slam Appeal Bids By Ex-Penn State Officials

    State prosecutors on Friday slammed a bid by a group of ex-Penn State University administrators to allow an appeals court to review child endangerment charges they’re facing from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal before their scheduled trial date next month.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pa. Lawmaker Lobs Bill To Allow Sports Betting

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants the state to legalize sports betting should federal law be changed to allow it, introducing a bill in the state House of Representatives to allow sports betting at casinos and other licensed facilities.

  • February 17, 2017

    Court Nixes Construction Worker’s Restaurant Injury Benefits

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday slapped down a state Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board finding that a construction worker was eligible for benefits for an injury that occurred while he was doing work for a new restaurant.

  • February 17, 2017

    Sprint Owes Comcast $1.5M Over SMS Patent, Jury Finds

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Friday awarded Comcast $1.5 million in damages after finding that Sprint had infringed a patent the company held for text messaging operations.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pa. DEP Links Fracking To Earthquakes Near Hilcorp Well

    Pennsylvania environmental regulators made a first-of-its-kind announcement for the state on Friday when they correlated a string of small earthquakes in Lawrence County to nearby hydraulic fracturing operations being carried out by Hilcorp Energy Co.

Expert Analysis

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

    John G. Papianou

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo did not provide the hoped-for clarity on whether violation of a statute is sufficient for a plaintiff to sue in federal court. As practitioners and courts still struggle with this question, two recent decisions from the Seventh and Third Circuits highlight the issue, says John Papianou of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • New Data Breach Rulings — 4th Circ. Vs. 3rd Circ.

    Karin McGinnis

    On the heels of the Third Circuit’s data breach decision last month in Horizon Healthcare, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion this week in Beck v. McDonald that weighs in on the standing debate. A few things can account for the differences between the rulings, says Karin McGinnis of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Don't Overlook Pleading Challenges In State Pharma Suits

    John DeBoy

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Twombly and Iqbal decisions released a torrent of challenges to the sufficiency of plaintiffs’ pleadings in federal court, including in pharmaceutical product liability cases. This strategy has been less common in state courts, but it can help pharmaceutical defendants narrow the scope of litigation and educate the court on important issues, say John DeBoy and Annie Wang of Covington Burling LLP.

  • Much More Than East Texas Is At Stake In TC Heartland

    Steven Pollinger

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in TC Heartland has received a considerable amount of press regarding the potential impact on the Eastern District of Texas's ability to retain patent infringement litigation. But commentators have neglected to address how the overruling of VE Holding would, in many cases, prohibit patent holders throughout the country from filing suit in their home districts, say Steven Pollinger and Yu... (continued)

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.