Pennsylvania

  • 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.

  • April 21, 2017

    Obermayer Settles Ex-Associate's Bonus Suit

    Obermayer Maxwell Rebmann & Hippel LLP has agreed to a settlement to end claims from a former associate that he was bilked out of bonuses for his work.

  • April 20, 2017

    Mohegan Head Says Casino Theft Not Reason For CEO's Exit

    The Mohegan Tribe's leader insisted Thursday that the February resignation of former Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority President and CEO Robert Soper wasn't connected with an investigation into an alleged theft conspiracy at a Mohegan casino in Pennsylvania, following the company's filing of a settlement with Soper earlier this week.

  • April 20, 2017

    Changes To Pa. Tort Law Not Coming Fast Enough, Attys Say

    It’s been more than two years since a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision signaled a new era for tort law in the state by redefining a jury’s role in determining a product’s dangers, and some attorneys have expressed frustration at what they say is the slow pace at which judges have moved to answer some of the ruling’s open questions.

  • April 20, 2017

    Justice Alito Still Says No To Video Cameras At High Court

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito at the Third Circuit’s annual judicial conference Thursday voiced his continuing opposition to video cameras at the nation’s highest court, raising concerns that their introduction would reduce the value of oral arguments.

  • April 20, 2017

    Chicago, NYC, LA File Brief In 4th Circ. Against Travel Ban

    Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and others weighed in Wednesday against President Donald J. Trump’s updated immigration ban for six predominantly Muslim countries, telling the Fourth Circuit that lifting the injunction on the executive order would hurt city economies across the country.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch, Roe And 'Superprecedent'

    Nancy Northup

    The Senate must now make a decision that holds the potential of striking at the essence of what it means to live in a free nation of laws, where each of us has the right to define who we love, who we are, and the very purpose of our lives — and it must do so without the benefit of essential information, says Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • How Patchwork State Regs Could Benefit Driverless Cars

    Michael R. Nelson

    While a patchwork of autonomous vehicle regulations that vary from state to state is ultimately unsustainable, it may prove to be quite beneficial for short-term, early stage development and could serve as a blueprint that offers a safe and effective means of regulating the autonomous vehicle without severely limiting its development, say Mike Nelson and Trevor Satnick of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Natural Resource Damages: A New Angle In PCB Litigation

    Graham Zorn

    In an effort to use product liability theories to impose liability on manufacturers of products found in the environment, Washington state recently sued polychlorinated biphenyl manufacturer Monsanto in state court. This could signal a new era in PCB litigation, and should be closely watched by manufacturers and marketers of similar products, say Graham Zorn and Eric Klein of Beveridge & Diamond PC.