• 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.

  • March 13, 2018

    Missed Deadline Leads To Toss Of Man's Sex Bias Suit

    A U.S. Forest Service employee waited too long to file an administrative complaint on claims he faced illegal sex discrimination and was improperly passed over for a promotion, dooming his civil lawsuit, a Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge said Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Prudential Can't Pause ERISA Suit Over Payouts, Judge Rules

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday denied Prudential Insurance’s bid to pause court proceedings during the company's Third Circuit appeal of his order certifying a subclass in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit over life insurance payouts.

  • March 13, 2018

    Pa. Atty In Sex Toy Theft Case Gives Up Law License

    A Pennsylvania attorney accused of breaking into her former law firm to steal credit cards that she used to purchase sex toys online was formally disbarred Tuesday after agreeing to give up her law license.

  • March 13, 2018

    Penn State Frat Board Sued For Alcohol-Related Death

    A former board member for a disbanded Pennsylvania State University fraternity sued the fraternity’s board members Monday in Pennsylvania federal court, alleging they mismanaged the fraternity’s alcohol policies and overlooked rampant underage drinking at the house, leading to the alcohol-related death of a pledge in 2017.

  • March 13, 2018

    EPA Lets Bankrupt Pa. Refiner Slide On Biofuel Payments

    Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the Northeast’s largest remaining refinery complex, scored a big win in its Delaware bankruptcy proceedings Monday with a settlement that allows the company to avoid paying tens of millions it owes under a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency renewable fuels program.

  • March 13, 2018

    Gillette Must Arbitrate Razor Patent Row, 3rd Circ. Told

    Razor retailers Dollar Shave Club Inc. and Pace Shave Inc. on Tuesday told the Third Circuit that Gillette Inc.’s patent row over razor blade technology must be arbitrated because the arbitration clause in their original patent agreement was still enforceable despite a new version that didn’t contain one.

  • March 13, 2018

    Medical Monitoring Co. Ends FCA Case For $550K

    A Pennsylvania company that provides monitoring services for patients undergoing surgery will pay the federal government $550,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it billed Medicare for remote physicians when in reality no qualified professionals were actually observing live data produced during procedures, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Pa. Justices Urged To Ax Philly Soda Tax

    Opponents of Philadelphia's tax on sweetened beverages urged the state's highest court Monday to break with two lower courts that have both found that the levy was not improperly duplicative of the state's sales tax.

Expert Analysis

  • 'Throw' Your Mini-Opening To Get The Best Jury Possible

    Christina Marinakis

    In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire. You can use this as an opportunity to identify your worst jurors and get them removed from the panel — by previewing your case weaknesses and withholding your strengths, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.

  • Eminent Domain In The Wake Of Natural Disasters

    Briggs Stahl

    When states and municipalities rebuild permanent infrastructure following disasters, they may be able to reduce the damages caused by eminent domain by planning carefully. In particular, examining preventative solutions allows more time for planning and designing projects to reduce future damages to owners, says Briggs Stahl of RGL Forensics.

  • Your Case Was Remanded By The MDL Court — Now What?

    Brandon Cox

    Multidistrict litigation is an ever-expanding driver of product liability litigation, but when the MDL process runs its course there is often still a trial to be had, and there are strategic and practical decisions to consider once a case has been remanded. Brandon Cox and Charissa Walker of Tucker Ellis LLP offer tips on how to navigate the remand process.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Preemption In Pharmaceutical Cases: 2017 In Review

    Connor Sheehan

    2017 was a busy year in the evolving landscape of preemption in pharmaceutical cases. And the interplay and potential collision between state law duties and federal regulatory requirements raised in the cases decided last year will continue to evolve in 2018, says Connor Sheehan of Dunn Sheehan LLP.

  • About My Paycheck: The Lurking Retaliation Risk

    Mark Stanisz

    Three unrelated developments make it more likely that employees will question their pay with greater frequency than in the past. Employers should prepare to answer paycheck questions, understanding that these conversations could give rise to Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour retaliation claims, says Mark Stanisz of Duane Morris LLP.

  • Tackling NFL Trademarks: IP Fights Since Last Super Bowl

    David Kluft

    In case someone at the Super Bowl party you attend wants to talk about legal issues, here are some recent NFL-related intellectual property disputes to discuss, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.