• January 13, 2017

    3rd Circ. To Make Oral Argument Videos Public

    The Third Circuit announced Friday that it will begin posting video recordings of certain oral arguments to its website this month, becoming the second federal appeals court to make videos of oral arguments publicly available.

  • January 13, 2017

    Podhurst Hits Back In Row With NFL Player Estate Over Fees

    Podhurst Orseck PA has urged a Pennsylvania federal court not to invalidate its retainer agreement with the estate of a class representative in the NFL concussion settlement that claims the firm is seeking an unfair recovery, saying it worked for both the class and the individual and deserves its contract-based fees.

  • January 13, 2017

    Actavis, Sandoz Rigged Anesthetic Cream Prices, Union Says

    The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30 Benefits Fund on Friday accused Impax Laboratories Inc., Sandoz Inc., Akorn Inc. and Actavis Holdco U.S. Inc. in Pennsylvania federal court of conspiring to raise the price of generic lidocaine-prilocaine, a numbing topical cream.

  • January 13, 2017

    Pa. Frack Spill Ruling Could Dent DEP’s Negotiating Power

    A recent Pennsylvania appellate court ruling that state law does not authorize ongoing penalties for a single waterway leak could dramatically weaken the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s negotiating power when punishing future spills, but the fate of the case likely rests with a reshuffled state Supreme Court lacking a clear record on environmental matters.

  • January 13, 2017

    Health Hires: 7 New Life Sciences, Health Additions

    The beginning of 2017 has seen Squire Patton Boggs LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Fenwick & West LLP grow their life sciences teams, and Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Mandelbaum Salsburg PC, Saul Ewing LLP and Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC expand their health care groups.

  • January 13, 2017

    Ex-Drinker Biddle Atty Suspended For Overbilling Maxus

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has imposed a three-month suspension on a former Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP attorney who inflated his billable hours spent on a matter involving Maxus Energy Corp., leading the company to overpay the firm by nearly $50,000.

  • January 13, 2017

    'Dance Moms' Star, Feds Battle Over Proper Sentencing

    Federal prosecutors and the star of Lifetime's reality television series "Dance Moms," now facing sentencing for hiding assets during bankruptcy proceedings, filed conflicting briefs on Thursday regarding whether or not she intended to block creditors from collecting in full and whether imprisonment is warranted.

  • January 12, 2017

    UPMC Workers Can't Revive Data Breach Suit

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center didn’t have a legal duty to protect employees’ personal information that was stolen in a data breach, a Pennsylvania appeals court held Thursday in a split decision affirming the dismissal of a proposed class action.

  • January 12, 2017

    Coca-Cola Says Ex-Workers Can't Get Win In Data Breach Suit

    Coca-Cola Co. took aim Wednesday at an ex-employee accusing the company of exposing him and fellow staff to identity theft after several dozen company laptops were stolen, telling a Pennsylvania federal judge that, pursuant to an employment contract, it was not obligated to safeguard the worker’s personal information.

  • January 12, 2017

    As Justices Weigh Cert For NJ, Sports Betting Push Surges

    With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider Friday whether to hear New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting, pressure to change the law will only continue to build — regardless of how the court rules.

  • January 12, 2017

    3rd Circ. Asks NJ Justices To Weigh In For Fired Atty Case

    The Third Circuit has asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to determine if the state’s municipal charter law allows a governing body to fire a town solicitor who lost the body’s trust and confidence, but didn’t violate the law or ethics rules.

  • January 12, 2017

    Porn-Linked Prosecutors Drop Libel Suit Against Philly Paper

    A pair of former Pennsylvania prosecutors implicated in a scandal over pornographic and other inappropriate material discovered on government email servers have dropped libel claims against a Philadelphia Daily News reporter.

  • January 12, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Let Fattah Dodge Prison During Appeal

    The Third Circuit on Thursday denied a bid by convicted former U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah to avoid prison while he appeals a 10-year sentence for corruption.

  • January 12, 2017

    Penn State Fights Ex-Coach’s Bid For $1.7M In Costs

    Pennsylvania State University urged a judge Wednesday to reject former football coach Mike McQueary’s request for nearly $1.7 million in costs incurred waging a lawsuit that has already earned him more than $12 million over his firing in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, calling his petition deficient.

  • January 12, 2017

    New Pa. AG Taps Blank Rome Atty, Philly ADA As Deputies

    Pennsylvania Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro continued filling out his leadership team Thursday with the announcement that a Blank Rome LLP partner would lead his office’s civil division and the top homicide prosecutor in Philadelphia would lead the criminal division.

  • January 12, 2017

    Helmet Seller Dodges Punitives In Lacrosse Injury Suit

    A Pennsylvania state judge has ruled that a sports equipment distributor who was sued over head injuries an All-American high school lacrosse player allegedly suffered from a defectively designed helmet didn't act recklessly and isn't on the hook for penalty damages.

  • January 12, 2017

    Pa. Atty Gets 4 Years For Failure To Pay Employment Taxes

    A Pittsburgh tax attorney was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison by a Pennsylvania federal judge for his failure to pay more than $790,000 in federal employment taxes stemming from his partial ownership of a local ice and soccer sports facility.

  • January 12, 2017

    Multistate Hotel Portfolio Scores $92M In Financing

    A portfolio of four hotels in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia has scored $92 million in financing, according to an announcement on Thursday from Sonnenblick-Eichner Co., which arranged four loans for the 592-room package.

  • January 11, 2017

    Ex-Athlete Slaps Microsoft With IP Suit Over 'Gears Of War'

    Microsoft Studios Inc. and Epic Games Inc. have been unlawfully using a former pro wrestler's voice and likeness for a popular avatar in the “Gears of War” video game franchise, according to a trademark suit filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 11, 2017

    Mind Your Metadata: Ethics Rules On Hidden Data

    Slowly but surely, state ethics committees are addressing the rules and responsibilities around an often overlooked risk to client confidentiality — document metadata. Here, Law360 answers four common questions lawyers have about the ethical landscape for handling the sensitive client data.

Expert Analysis

  • The Sky's The Limit For Public-Private Aerial Transit

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    Aerial tramways have been used in a number of U.S. cities for public transport in recent years. Now, aerial gondola lifts are being considered for moving commuters and tourists in New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago and elsewhere, and the public-private partnership model is emerging as a favored way of delivering and maintaining these green and cost-efficient systems, says Frank Rapoport of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Time To Reopen Some DOJ Antitrust Field Offices

    Robert E. Connolly

    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to spend up to $1 trillion upgrading America’s infrastructure. To help ensure that money is spent free from corruption, the incoming administration should reopen at least two of the four Antitrust Division field offices that were shuttered in January 2013, says Robert Connolly of GeyerGorey LLP.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 3

    Anthony B. Cavender

    The final article in this series reviews some of the most significant environmental cases of 2016 decided in the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as several state supreme courts. Anyone who reads these cases will be impressed by the painstaking approach these courts apply to some of the most vexing and complicated cases on their dockets, says Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 2

    Anthony B. Cavender

    In part 2 of this three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP highlights decisions from the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits. In particular, these cases reflect issues common to the energy-producing states as well as additional Endangered Species Act decisions.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2017

    Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy

    Transitioning to 2017 promises to be full of changes for employers, and while you may not know how the new administration or court decisions will impact employment laws and regulations, you can resolve to be ready for the changes, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC.

  • Can Employers Still Drug Test Where Marijuana Is Legal?

    Eve Wagner

    It would be great if the new rules surrounding marijuana legalization and employer drug policies were clear, stable and uniform from state to state and across the country. However, especially with an incoming right-leaning cabinet, the reality is we’re facing a mixed bag of guidelines over the next couple of years, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • 6 Key Commercial Litigation Finance Trends For 2017

    Ralph J. Sutton

    With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 1

    Anthony B. Cavender

    In part 1 of his three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP analyzes decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the D.C., First, Second, Third and Fourth Circuits, noting, among other observations, the unusual number of Endangered Species Act cases decided by the D.C. Circuit.

  • 2016 Kept Employers On Their Toes, Expect The Same In 2017

    Debra S. Friedman

    There was no shortage of action in the world of labor and employment law in 2016. Looking back on the year behind us, several areas in particular emerge as significant, both because of what happened in 2016 and what those developments will mean as we look toward 2017 and beyond, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor PC.