Pennsylvania

  • April 24, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Won't Upend Drill Rights In Family Drama

    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.

  • April 24, 2017

    3rd Circ. Urged To Decide Permit Fight Before Pipeline Buried

    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.

  • April 24, 2017

    Rider Slams Uber's Bid To Dodge Blame For Driver Assault

    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.

  • April 24, 2017

    Convicted Ex-NBA Player Can't Revive Property Lien Row

    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.

  • April 24, 2017

    Convicted Ex-Pa. Justice's Appeal Rejected By Federal Court

    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.

  • April 24, 2017

    PPG Raises AkzoNobel Takeover Bid To $29B

    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.

  • April 24, 2017

    3M Looks To Dodge Suit Over Navy Base Water Contamination

    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.

  • April 24, 2017

    Ketchup Cap Co. Says Heinz Leaked Trade Secrets

    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.

  • April 24, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear Sentence Appeal In $136M Transpo Fraud

    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.

  • April 24, 2017

    Duane Morris Lands Corporate Partner From Pepper Hamilton

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Travelers' 3rd Circ. Win Curbs Insurers' Asbestos Exposure

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Enviros Appeal Toss Of FERC Pro-Energy Pipeline Bias Claims

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Chemical Co. Shorted Engineers On OT, Class Action Says

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Meyer Darragh Urges Pa. Justices To Reinstate Fee Claim

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Damage Payouts Must Cover Contractor Fees, Pa. Judge Says

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Insurer Can't Escape Coverage For Pa. Toxic Site Cleanup

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Pa. Mesh Cases Won't Be Stayed For Jurisdiction Appeals

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Ex-NFL Players’ Law Firm Asks For Cut Of Concussion Deal

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Securities Broker GTS Agrees To Injunction In $13M Suit

    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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Travelers' Asbestos Exclusion Is Enforceable, 3rd Circ. Says

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    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.

  • A Circuit Split At Intersection Of Title VII And Title IX

    John Barry

    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.

  • Opinion

    A State-By-State Solution For Immigration Reform

    Leon Fresco

    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.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    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.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    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.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    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.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    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.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    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.

  • Justice Gorsuch's Trade Secret-Protecting Track Record

    James P. Flynn

    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.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    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.