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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.