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  • August 13, 2018

    FTC Overstepped In Shire FDA Petitions Case, 3rd Circ. Told

    The Federal Trade Commission exceeded its authority in bringing a lawsuit that alleges a Shire PLC unit abused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s citizen petition process to delay generic competition for its antibiotic Vancocin and is overstating potential consequences of the lower court’s dismissal, the Washington Legal Foundation has told the Third Circuit.

  • August 13, 2018

    Tenn. Businessman Seeks To Exit Pension Theft Suit In Pa.

    A Tennessee businessman argued Monday that a Pennsylvania federal court has no jurisdiction over him and should dismiss him from a case that alleges one of his business partners illegally drained millions from a central Pennsylvania company's pension plan.

  • August 13, 2018

    Enviros To Fight FERC's PennEast Pipeline Approval In Court

    Environmental groups on Monday said they plan to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of the planned $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline, claiming the agency failed to show a need for the project and didn’t consider its potential climate change impacts.

  • August 13, 2018

    Ex-Pa. City Official Cops To Soliciting Bribe From Mayor

    In advance of a federal corruption trial slated to begin next week in Philadelphia, an ex-school board president in Reading, Pennsylvania, admitted in court on Monday that she solicited a bribe from the city’s mayor as he sought to undo a set of local campaign finance rules.

  • August 13, 2018

    Oil And Gas Co. Denied New Trials Over Workers' OT Awards

    A Pennsylvania federal judge turned down an oil and gas contractor's bid for do-overs on a pair of trials that awarded two groups of workers $1 million in back pay for overtime in addition to the sizable per-job bonuses the company already gave them.

  • August 13, 2018

    Split 3rd Circ. Backs CFPB On Probe Of Student Loan Co.

    A divided Third Circuit panel rejected arguments Monday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had too broadly defined the scope of its investigation as it sought documents from Heartland ESCI about potential improprieties in servicing of student loans.

  • August 10, 2018

    How The Legal Industry Lets Down Lawyers With Disabilities

    The dissolution of a five-year-old bar group marks the latest setback for disabled attorneys, who often find little support while navigating an inhospitable industry.

  • August 10, 2018

    Gaining Access: Disabled Lawyers Share Their Stories

    In a series of interviews, lawyers tell Law360 how even well-intentioned professors can create barriers, how inclusivity can help a firm’s litigation prowess, and how “inspirational” can be a dirty word.

  • August 10, 2018

    J&J Can't Ax Pfizer Antitrust Suit Over Remicade Biosimilar

    Pfizer Inc. has credibly shown that Johnson & Johnson may have flouted antitrust laws by coercing health insurers into not covering biosimilar versions of biologic Remicade, a Pennsylvania federal judge said in a ruling released Friday.

  • August 10, 2018

    Crash Victims Slam Bid To Ax Pa. Justice From Immunity Case

    Two women challenging sovereign immunity principles as they seek damages after being struck by transit agency buses are urging a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice not to recuse himself from their cases because of criticism he lobbed before taking the bench at a ruling upholding limits on awards against governmental entities.

  • August 10, 2018

    Judge In Ex-PSU Prez's Endangerment Case Won't Recuse

    A Pennsylvania appeals court judge concluded Friday that his decade-old criticism of Penn State University's plans to relocate its law school did not warrant his disqualification from ex-university President Graham Spanier's appeal of a child endangerment conviction stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • August 10, 2018

    Navient Ordered To Produce DOE Borrower Docs For CFPB

    A Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s lawsuit against Navient Corp. ruled Friday that the student loan servicer must produce certain U.S. Department of Education-owned borrower documents in its possession that the agency has been trying to get ahold of.

  • August 10, 2018

    Pittsburgh Airport Wants Carrier To Return Grant Money

    Startup airline OneJet reduced its flights from Pittsburgh in violation of a $1 million grant that Pittsburgh International Airport awarded the carrier in 2016, the airport alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday.

  • August 10, 2018

    Chesapeake Energy Reaches $8M Deal On Gas Royalty Suits

    Chesapeake Energy Inc. has reached a tentative $7.75 million settlement in two proposed class action suits over allegedly inflated costs and fees deducted from leaseholders’ gas royalty payments, according to filings in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday.

  • August 10, 2018

    Seneca Tribe Wants NY Highway Easement Spat Kept Alive

    The Seneca Nation of Indians asked a New York federal court on Friday to deny state officials' bid to toss its suit alleging an easement for the New York State Thruway that runs through the tribe’s reservation is invalid, saying a previous action on the matter was dismissed without having been adjudicated by the court.

  • August 10, 2018

    Pa. Drilling Law Case Could Set New Enviro Rights Standards

    Questions over the proper application of Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment have abounded since the state's high court breathed new life into the provision last year, but attorneys say a recent order for reconsideration of a decision affirming a drilling-friendly municipal zoning ordinance could set clear new standards.

  • August 9, 2018

    Man In Tribal-Linked Payday Lending Scheme Gets 3 Years

    A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to more than three years in prison and ordered to pay about $10 million after providing payday loans at illegally high interest rates and using an Indian tribe to get around the law, prosecutors said.

  • August 9, 2018

    Midtrial Toss Of Pa. Patient’s Acid Spill Suit Affirmed

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday upheld a trial judge’s decision to grant a midtrial win to a physician's assistant accused of negligently spilling acid on a child during a skin procedure, rejecting the patient’s argument that medical expert testimony was unnecessary.

  • August 9, 2018

    Pa. Justices Won’t Hear $8M Asbestos Reinsurance Dispute

    Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court declined to take up a case over reinsurance coverage on asbestos claims, letting a trial court’s nearly $8 million judgment against OneBeacon Insurance Co. stand.

  • August 9, 2018

    Proxy Marriage, Stepson Can Keep Immigrant In US: 3rd Circ.

    An undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant can claim his American-born stepchild as a reason to stay in the U.S. even though he was officially married to the boy’s mother in a proxy ceremony when the bride and groom were in separate countries, the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Roundup

    Cities In Distress

    Cities in Distress

    Five years after the city of Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, experts look at the financial troubles of Chicago and other U.S. cities in this special series.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • How Attorney Discipline Is Evolving In The #MeToo Era

    Bonnie Frost

    In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: Municipal Recovery Lessons From Pa.

    Juliet Moringiello

    As we reflect on the five years since Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, Pennsylvania’s experience in intervening in its municipalities’ financial distress provides some useful insights on the problems plaguing municipalities as well as lessons for states, says professor Juliet Moringiello of Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

  • Online Pharmaceuticals – But Not Much Online Liability

    James Beck

    Online sales platforms are allowing a plethora of over-the-counter medications to be sold by a myriad of manufacturers. This can lead to situations where product liability plaintiffs are left with nobody to sue. It is not surprising to see plaintiffs attempt to sue online marketplaces; but for, now the law is not letting them get away with it, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.