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  • September 19, 2018

    UnitedHealthcare Can't Take Back Cephalon Antitrust Deal

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has found that UnitedHealthcare Services Inc. is bound by a $125 million antitrust settlement its outside counsel reached with Cephalon Inc., as the insurer had given every indication that its lawyers were in the clear to sign on its behalf and in-house counsel actively chose not to read or challenge the final agreement.

  • September 19, 2018

    Player Balks At NCAA's Confidentiality Bid In Wage Suit

    A former Villanova University football player said Wednesday the school and the NCAA are trying to force him to agree to a blanket confidentiality agreement to keep nonpublic documents set to be handed over as part of his lawsuit alleging college players must be paid minimum wage out of the hands of the press. 

  • September 19, 2018

    4 Shot, Gunman Killed At Pa. Magistrate Judge's Office

    A man shot and wounded four people at the Fayette County, Pennsylvania, office of a magisterial district judge on Wednesday before police shot and killed him, police and emergency officials said.

  • September 19, 2018

    3rd Circ. Asked To Weigh In On Nuverra’s Ch. 11 ‘Gifting’

    A Nuverra Environmental Solutions Inc. noteholder who challenged the company’s confirmed Chapter 11 plan last year asked the Third Circuit on Wednesday to weigh in on claims that the plan did not treat unsecured creditors fairly and equitably by permitting “gifting” that led to more recovery for some.

  • September 19, 2018

    Towing Co. Fees Exceeded Pittsburgh Limits, Suit Says

    A Pittsburgh towing company violated city rules and Pennsylvania’s consumer protection laws by charging more than allowed when towing unattended vehicles from private parking lots, and Home Depot knew the company was questionable but contracted with it anyway, according to a proposed class action lawsuit filed in state court on Tuesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    States Fight To Keep EPA In Suit Over Landfill Emissions

    A group of states on Tuesday asked a California federal judge not to dismiss their lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act by failing to impose Obama-era regulations limiting emissions from municipal landfills.

  • September 19, 2018

    Oil Field Workers' Attys Get $2.4M Fees, Costs In OT Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday awarded attorneys representing a group of oil field workers more than $2.38 million in fees and costs after two juries found an energy company failed to pay them overtime, but denied the attorneys’ requests to bill at Washington, D.C., market rates.

  • September 19, 2018

    Insurer Says Hotel Can't Prove Alleged Conspiracy's Impact

    Attorneys for insurer Highmark Inc. argued Wednesday that a Pennsylvania federal judge should deny certification to a proposed class action because an expert witness for a Pittsburgh-area hotel chain didn't show her methods for linking higher health care premiums to an alleged "truce" between Highmark and a rival.

  • September 19, 2018

    Ex-Goldman Worker Cops To Insider Trading With NFL Player

    An ex-Goldman Sachs associate pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to charges that he provided tips about corporate transactions that allowed current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks to make stock trades ahead of the deals.

  • September 18, 2018

    Too Late For 'Do Over' In Duke Energy OT Suit, Workers Say

    Duke Energy Corp. can’t claim two years into litigation that it shouldn’t have to face accusations it shorted employees on overtime pay, a class of workers told a Pennsylvania federal court Monday, saying the company is seeking a "do over" with new arguments after the class was certified in March.

  • September 18, 2018

    2 Risperdal Cases Greenlighted For Punitive Damages Trials

    A Pennsylvania judge has cleared the way for two boys to seek punitive damages from a Johnson & Johnson unit on their claims that they weren't adequately warned about the risk of breast growth associated with the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

  • September 18, 2018

    Houston Harbaugh Lures Insurance Atty From Burns White

    When Pittsburgh-based Houston Harbaugh PC added an insurance coverage group through a merger in November 2017, it added the pieces that recently attracted an insurance litigator from Burns White.

  • September 18, 2018

    Pa. AG Backs New Abuse Reporting Bill After Church Probe

    Following last month's sweeping grand jury report into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Tuesday supported legislation to strengthen the rules imposed on religious leaders, school employees and other individuals for reporting suspected child abuse, and the penalties for violating them.

  • September 18, 2018

    J&J Cut Corners, Pelvic Mesh Jury Hears At Philly Trial's End

    A trial over a Johnson & Johnson unit’s pelvic mesh products came to a close Tuesday as jurors heard arguments that the company’s failure to properly study the device before it went to market resulted in defects that left a woman in chronic pain and unable to have sex after receiving an implant a decade ago.

  • September 18, 2018

    Arent Fox Fights Early Win Bid In Malpractice Suit

    Arent Fox LLP told a New York federal court that investment firm Windsor Securities did not deserve a quick win for its legal malpractice claim in a suit alleging Arent Fox gave bad advice regarding life insurance policies Windsor seized as collateral for unpaid loans.

  • September 18, 2018

    NYC Hotel Operators Hit With ADA Class Suits Over Websites

    Two New York City hotel operators got slapped Monday with proposed class actions in federal court accusing them of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law by failing to ensure that their websites’ online reservation systems offer full accessibility to the disabled and describe how rooms meet their needs.

  • September 17, 2018

    Hershey Creamery Says Liberty Contract Covers IP Fight

    Hershey Creamery Co. asked a Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday to find that a pair of Liberty Mutual companies are contractually obligated to cover the ice cream maker in a trademark dispute with a competitor over slogan infringement claims.

  • September 17, 2018

    Pa. Atty Can't Stop Suit Pegging Him For Abusive Loan Claims

    A Pennsylvania judge refused on Friday to sustain preliminary objections from a Philadelphia-area attorney seeking dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that he pursued knowingly frivolous claims on behalf of a client seeking repayment of personal loans.

  • September 17, 2018

    Film Crew For Indie Mob Comedy Files Wage Suit In Pa.

    Members of a film crew working on an independent comedy about the mob featuring actors from HBO's "The Sopranos" filed a wage and hour class action in Pennsylvania state court Monday alleging they weren't paid for the last two weeks of their work on the movie's Philadelphia set.

  • September 17, 2018

    DOJ Clears $67B Cigna-Express Scripts Deal

    The U.S. Department of Justice cleared Cigna Corp.'s planned $67 billion purchase of pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts Inc. on Monday without any conditions, five months after requesting additional information from the companies about the deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Why State Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws Need Reform

    Ian Stewart

    Because current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving lack an objective impairment standard, only those who clearly demonstrate impaired driving are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, says Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Why The 3rd Circ. Allowed Removal In Encompass

    Brittany Wakim

    The Third Circuit recently ruled in Encompass v. Stone Mansions that a defendant can remove a case to federal court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction before the plaintiff formally serves the forum state defendant. This may be the first appellate decision on this issue, says Brittany Wakim of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • NJ Ruling On Same-Sex Couple Could Reignite Old Claims

    Thomas Regan

    A New Jersey appeals court’s recent decision reviving the emotional distress claims of a same-sex partner has set a precedent that could reignite previously dismissed suits involving unmarried couples in the state. Insurance companies with clients in New Jersey, and self-insureds with New Jersey exposure, may want to adjust their reserves accordingly, says Thomas Regan of LeClairRyan LLP.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.