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Pennsylvania

  • October 11, 2018

    Lithium Producer Livent Raises $340M After IPO Falls Short

    Lithium producer Livent Corp., represented by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, raised $340 million after completing an initial public offering that priced below range and subsequently saw its shares dip in debut trading Thursday amid a broader sell-off on Wall Street.

  • October 11, 2018

    Dilworth Paxson Settles Homeowner's Frivolous Suit Claim

    Dilworth Paxson LLP has inked a settlement to end claims that a former attorney pursued knowingly frivolous litigation on behalf of a developer to intimidate a Philadelphia homeowner into dropping her objections to a condominium project next to her house.

  • October 11, 2018

    Blue Cross Insurer, LabCorp Beat STD-Testing Antitrust Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed an antitrust suit brought by a lab testing company that alleged Independence Blue Cross and LabCorp worked together to eliminate competition for testing of sexually transmitted diseases in the state, saying that a contractual obligation is not an antitrust violation.

  • October 11, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court Halts Sewer Sale Over Likely Rate Hike

    A Pennsylvania township's sale of its sewer system was put on hold when an appeals court on Thursday ruled that the state's Public Utility Commission didn't properly weigh the effect of the sale on customers' bills or properly notify everyone of the proceedings.

  • October 10, 2018

    U.S. District Judge Slomsky In Pa. Takes Senior Status

    U.S. District Judge Joel H. Slomsky, one of the Philadelphia federal court’s judges, has retired to senior status, leaving a vacancy on the bench, the court announced Tuesday.

  • October 10, 2018

    Navient Asks For Special Master In CFPB Discovery Row

    Navient Corp. told a Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been withholding documents in the agency’s suit over the company’s student loan servicing practices and ought to have a special master check over its work.

  • October 10, 2018

    Pa. Atty, Girlfriend Charged Over Secret Pics Of Drunk Woman

    A Pennsylvania attorney and his girlfriend have been charged with plotting to get a woman drunk and then taking photos and videos of her without her consent after she passed out, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said.  

  • October 10, 2018

    UPMC Denied Quick Win In Gender Discrimination Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has agreed to allow a former technology director with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to move forward with claims that the hospital chain used an organizational restructuring as a pretext for firing her on the basis of her gender.

  • October 10, 2018

    Sunoco Wants Pa. Pipeline Damage Class Action Trimmed

    Sunoco Logistics Partners on Tuesday urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to trim a proposed class action claiming that construction of its controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline caused significant property damage and left homeowners at risk of possible catastrophic explosion.

  • October 10, 2018

    Let Phone Cos. Do More To Block Robocalls, AGs Tell FCC

    New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and 34 other state attorneys general have urged the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules that will authorize telephone service providers to block illegal robocalls made to consumers across the country.

  • October 9, 2018

    Judge Didn't Clarify Evidence Needed for Asylum: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday determined that an immigration judge erred by rejecting a Salvadoran native’s asylum bid, as the judge did not give the woman adequate notice of what was needed to back up claims that she was a victim of domestic violence.

  • October 9, 2018

    Locke Lord Sued For Malpractice Over Stolen Escrow Funds

    Locke Lord LLP and a Pennsylvania lawyer committed a "combined failure" to protect an oil company's escrow funds, resulting in theft of the funds and a loss of more than $3 million, the oil company alleges in a federal suit filed Friday.

  • October 9, 2018

    Janus Can't Stop Pa. Fee Payment Challenge, Judge Hears

    A group of Pennsylvania public school workers are urging a federal judge to move ahead in deciding their challenge to a statute regarding compulsory payment of union dues even after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in June declared the practice unconstitutional.

  • October 9, 2018

    NJ Aims To Sink Trucking Co.'s Worker Classification Suit

    New Jersey’s labor commissioner has asked a federal judge to toss a trucking company’s lawsuit alleging the state’s employee classification law led to an unfair unemployment contribution burden, or at least to put the brakes on it pending an upcoming Third Circuit ruling addressing the same preemption argument the company raised.

  • October 9, 2018

    NCAA Says Player's Wage Suit Based On Nonexistent Law

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association and Villanova University on Monday renewed their call to dismiss a proposed class action arguing that student-athletes should receive wages, saying they are facing a claim that they willfully violated a legal standard that doesn't yet exist.

  • October 9, 2018

    Pittsburgh Housing Authority Looks To Can Artist's Mural Suit

    A Pittsburgh mural artist can’t show that his work was recognized and important enough to be protected by federal law from removal for redevelopment projects, the city’s housing authority said in a filing Monday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • October 9, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court Approves Smoking At Off-Track Betting Hall

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday reversed a state health regulator's conclusion that an off-track betting center outside Philadelphia must ban indoor smoking, ruling that the regulator misinterpreted state law.

  • October 9, 2018

    Justices Won’t Tackle Jurisdiction Question In Lipitor Case

    An antitrust lawsuit by a group of California pharmacies targeting a settlement between Pfizer Inc. and Ranbaxy Inc. over the anti-cholesterol drug Lipitor hit the end of the road Tuesday, with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to take up the pharmacies’ argument that their suit was improperly removed to federal court and then dismissed.

  • October 9, 2018

    Justices Won't Review Objection To Samson Resources Ch. 11

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to second-guess a Third Circuit opinion affirming the dismissal of an untimely appeal of a bankruptcy court order authorizing Samson Resources Corp. to sell its interest in the oil and gas lease governing a well in Louisiana as part of the company’s Chapter 11 reorganization.

  • October 9, 2018

    Penguins Hire Pa. Mayor's Ex-Chief Of Staff As GC

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced the organization hired Kevin Acklin, former chief of staff and chief development officer for Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, as senior vice president and general counsel.

Expert Analysis

  • Try Using Neutrals For State Court ESI Disputes

    Robert Wilkins

    According to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure, cooperating with opposing counsel to resolve electronically stored information disputes is not required in litigation that is not designated as complex, unless provided for by an individual judge or in certain circuits. But mandated or not, this is a best practice in any state court action, says Robert Wilkins of Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs PA.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • 3rd Circ. Deepens Uncertainty Over FINRA Arbitration

    David Cinotti

    The Third Circuit's decision last month in Reading Health System v. Bear Stearns adds to a circuit split on whether a contractual forum-selection clause supersedes or waives Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration. However, U.S. Supreme Court review of the issue might be premature, says David Cinotti of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Clearing Up Some Pipeline Permit Questions At 3rd Circ.

    Deidre Duncan

    Two recent decisions from the Third Circuit — Delaware Riverkeeper and Township of Bordentown — indicate that resolving questions related to state appeals of pipeline project permits will ultimately turn on the particulars of the state administrative process, say Deidre Duncan and Clare Ellis of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • 5 Big Changes To Pa. Contractor Payment Law

    Kenneth Cushing

    Pennsylvania's amended Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, which will apply to construction contracts entered into on or after Oct. 10, will provide downstream entities with robust protections to better ensure prompt payment for completed work, says Kenneth Cushing of Cozen O'Connor.