• March 16, 2018

    First Energy Settles Pa. Coal Contract Claim For $93M

    First Energy Corp. has finalized a $93 million settlement with a coal supplier that accused the company of improperly backing out of a 10-year contract after the closure of several power plants, according to a Pennsylvania state court filing Thursday.

  • March 15, 2018

    Finances Limit Owner's Liability For Plugging Wells: Pa. Court

    A Pennsylvania appellate court ruled on Thursday that the owner of an oil and gas company could not be held liable for the company’s failure to seal off all of its abandoned oil and gas wells, despite notices of violation from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, because the company did not have the financial resources to do so.

  • March 15, 2018

    Pa. Atty Gets 33-Month Prison Term For Defrauding Client

    A former Pittsburgh-area attorney was sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison Wednesday after copping to charges that he stole more than half a million dollars from a client with dementia and used the money to run a newspaper he owned.

  • March 15, 2018

    Pa. Appellate Panel Won't Upend AEP Tax Payment Order

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday handed a win to the state by rejecting an exception from American Electric Power Co. and upholding a lower-court decision that a unit of the power company can’t claim a tax exemption for electricity sales it made to a local authority and maintaining the unit’s $340,000 tax bill.

  • March 15, 2018

    Workers Win 'Tolling' Ruling In Del. 3rd Circuit Query

    In a partial win for banana plantation workers pursuing a pesticide class injury claim, Delaware's Supreme Court told the Third Circuit on Thursday that statute of limitation pauses in multijurisdiction disputes end only after a clear denial of class status.

  • March 15, 2018

    Pa. Officials Follow Trump In Not Releasing Tax Returns

    Many state lawmakers have proposed legislation mandating that presidential candidates disclose their tax returns, but their states' own leaders sometimes keep that information secret, including three Republican candidates for Pennsylvania governor who recently said they will not release their returns.   

  • March 15, 2018

    Asylum Seekers In 5 States Challenge Trump's Parole Policies

    Several asylum seekers filed a putative class action against the federal government in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the Trump administration is categorically denying parole requests at detention facilities in California, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico and Pennsylvania, in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws and policies.

  • March 15, 2018

    Pa. Court Affirms Defense Verdict In Child’s Flu Death Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday said it would not upend a defense verdict in a lawsuit looking to hold a Philadelphia-area pediatrics practice liable for allegedly failing to offer a flu shot to a child who went on to die from the illness a month later.

  • March 15, 2018

    Grocers Can't Condition Info On Union Waivers: NLRB Judge

    A grocery store chain violated federal labor law by telling a group of Pennsylvania workers during a union campaign it would only reveal forthcoming wage and benefit changes if they agreed to waive a union’s power to file charges over the disclosure, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Wednesday.

  • March 15, 2018

    Reed Smith Settles Pa. Malpractice Case Over Fire Coverage

    Reed Smith LLP and an ex-client on Tuesday said that they had reached a deal to resolve claims that the firm botched a $20.5 million insurance settlement after a fire at a historic suburban Philadelphia mansion.

  • March 15, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Senate Panel OKs 10th Circ., Fla., Del. Court Picks

    President Donald Trump’s picks for the Tenth Circuit and district court seats in Florida and Delaware moved through the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, all with at least some bipartisan support.

  • March 14, 2018

    Pa. Bridge Contractor Charged With Deadly OSHA Violation

    A Pennsylvania company specializing in bridge rehabilitation was charged Tuesday with violating federal work safety regulations, leading to the death of an employee working in a trench that caved in and crushed him.

  • March 14, 2018

    Release Bars $3.2M Bike Race Accident Verdict, Philly Says

    The city of Philadelphia told a state judge on Tuesday that a release signed by a rider in a charity bike race should cancel out a nearly $3.2 million verdict he was awarded earlier this month over injuries he suffered after hitting a sinkhole and being thrown to the street.

  • March 14, 2018

    NJ Nursing Home Must Reinstate Workers, Recognize Union

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday backed two National Labor Relations Board orders forcing a New Jersey nursing home to engage in collective bargaining with its newly unionized employees and rehire a group of nurses fired in retaliation for union activities.

  • March 14, 2018

    GWB Figure Tells 3rd Circ. Revenge Plot Wasn't A Crime

    An alleged scheme to reduce local access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as a form of political revenge was not a crime, a former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive said Wednesday in urging the Third Circuit to throw out his conviction in the scandal.

  • March 14, 2018

    3rd Circ. Junks Bank Fraudster's 10-Year Prison Sentence

    The Third Circuit threw out the 10½-year prison sentence Wednesday of a convicted bank fraudster after rejecting a trial judge’s conclusion that the man had been on parole for an unrelated crime at the time he joined the conspiracy.

  • March 14, 2018

    Ex-Philly Parking Head Immune In Uber Regulations Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday ended a suit from Philadelphia cab operators alleging the city’s parking authority unfairly refused to regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, finding the agency's former executive director who was forced out amid a scandal in 2016 was immune from liability.

  • March 14, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Liable In $30M Conflict Suit, Ex-Client Says

    An ex-Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP client seeking disgorgement of some $30 million in fees urged a Pennsylvania state judge Tuesday to find the firm liable for breach of fiduciary duty, arguing it failed to deny allegations that it helped a hospital system build a case against the client in another suit.

  • March 14, 2018

    Feds Can’t Duck Philly’s Suit Over Sanctuary City Funds

    The city of Philadelphia can continue its fight against the Trump administration’s efforts to cut off federal public safety funding for so-called sanctuary cities after a Pennsylvania federal judge declined Attorney General Jeff Sessions' bid to toss the city's suit, saying that it sufficiently claims the new rules are arbitrary.

  • March 13, 2018

    Duane Morris Beats Bid To Revive Malpractice Suit In Pa.

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a trial court decision ending a malpractice suit that accused Duane Morris LLP of botching a federal appeal over a failed corporate deal to acquire a submarine fiber-optic network.

Expert Analysis

  • State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 In Review

    State And Local Tax Scoreboard: 2017 Year In Review

    In this review of state and local tax decisions in 2017, Charles Capouet and Jessica Allen of Eversheds Sutherland LLP share observations on taxpayers’ outcomes in corporate income tax and sales and use tax cases, and look back at significant rulings such as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Nextel.

  • VoIP Services May Fall Beyond TCPA's Scope

    Louis DePaul

    A Pennsylvania district court's recent opinion in Klein v. Commerce could prove to be critical in curtailing Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims by providing a strong precedent to support the proposition that free voice over internet protocol services do not fall within the scope of the TCPA, say Louis DePaul and Alison Viola of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Childproof Cannabis Packages Won’t Impress Jeff Sessions

    Neama Rahmani

    A group of cannabis-oriented businesses recently announced standards meant to "protect consumers and demonstrate to regulators, financial institutions and the public that they operate at the highest level of ethics and responsibility." But these measures, including labeling, child-resistant packaging and health warnings, are unlikely to convince the U.S. Justice Department, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • Litigation Over The Flu Shot: A New Symptom Of Flu Season

    Howard Miller

    Recent legal challenges beg the question: Can an employer lawfully require its employees to be vaccinated against the flu? Although this is a relatively straightforward question, the answer is far from simple and implicates federal, state and even local law, say Howard Miller and Jessica Moller of Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC​​​​​​​.

  • Register Your California Cannabis Trademarks Now

    Joshua Cohen

    Any cannabis business that is holding its breath waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to start registering cannabis-related trademarks should give up. But those located in states that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal cannabis should immediately seek state trademark registration where available, says Joshua Cohen, leader of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP's intellectual property group.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.