Pennsylvania

  • June 14, 2017

    Philly Beverage Tax Survives Challenge In Pa. Appeals Court

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday upheld Philadelphia's controversial tax on sweetened beverages after rejecting arguments that the levy was a legally impermissible duplication of the state's sales tax.

  • June 13, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Affirms $20M Award In Golf Course Row

    A $20 million jury verdict in favor of a country club management company in a fight with a real estate developer will stand after a Pennsylvania state appellate court decided Tuesday that the developer hadn’t been able to establish that its contract with the company was “unambiguous” or that the award was too high.

  • June 13, 2017

    Pa. Bills Would Expand AG's Power To Charge Local Officials

    In the wake of a report detailing the limitations state prosecutors faced in pursuing criminal charges over funds misappropriated from a municipal incinerator project, a group of Pennsylvania lawmakers introduced bills Monday to give the Office of Attorney General broader authority to go after local officials.

  • June 13, 2017

    Plaintiffs' Attys Escape Geico's Trade Secrets Suit

    Two plaintiffs' attorneys on Tuesday escaped a Pennsylvania federal court trade secrets suit in which insurer Geico alleged they obtained confidential information during a putative class action and tried to use it to get an advantage in a similar suit against Geico rival United Services Automobile Association.

  • June 13, 2017

    Chamber Of Commerce Renews Fight Over Philly Wage Law

    The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia on Tuesday renewed its challenge to a new city ordinance barring employers from asking about a prospective worker’s salary history, two weeks after its complaint was tossed by a federal judge.

  • June 13, 2017

    National Penn Inks $1M Deal To End Pa. Overdraft Class Suit

    National Penn Bank has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to end a class action in Pennsylvania state court over allegedly improper overdraft fees it charged to customers, according to a motion filed Monday seeking approval of the settlement.

  • June 13, 2017

    Worker Complaints Mostly Spur OSHA Retailer Probes: Report

    Most workplace safety investigations against retailers by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are initiated by employee complaints rather than workplace fatalities, and California and Pennsylvania are among the top states where inspections and citations occur, according to a new report obtained by Law360 Tuesday.

  • June 13, 2017

    Philly Building Collapse Victim Denied Immediate Payout

    A Philadelphia judge, following an emergency hearing on Tuesday, denied a request for an immediate payout from the woman who was awarded $95.6 million in binding arbitration after losing the lower half of her body in the 2013 Center City building collapse.

  • June 12, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg On Diversity And Persuading Her Colleagues

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses what it means to have three women on the court, the aftermath of hostile Senate confirmation fights, and why justices sometimes do the unexpected, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the feminist icon.

  • June 12, 2017

    BIA Must Review Athlete's Asylum Denial, 3rd Circ. Says

    An immigration judge’s frequent interruptions, digressive questions and generally hostile tone prevented a Salvadorian soccer player from properly making his case for asylum, the Third Circuit ruled on Monday, granting the player’s review petition.

  • June 12, 2017

    Philly Collapse Victim Needs Quick Payout, Atty Says

    The Philadelphia woman who was awarded $95.6 million in binding arbitration after losing the lower half of her body in the 2013 Center City building collapse asked a Philadelphia judge Monday to compel the payment of her share of the $227 million settlement, raising concerns about a likely delay.

  • June 12, 2017

    Pa. Ethics Board Slams Judge's Bid To Drop Misconduct Case

    A panel of Pennsylvania judicial ethics investigators said Friday that a delayed complaint against a Washington County judge over his allegedly improper handling of a criminal case against a local mayor did not warrant dismissal of their charges.

  • June 12, 2017

    Lab Supplier's $6.4B Sale Has Investors In Dark, Suit Says

    Directors of Pennsylvania-based laboratory products provider VWR stand to reap millions of dollars from its planned, $6.4 billion sale to private equity-backed Avantor while VWR investors lack the information needed to accurately vote on the deal, they alleged Monday.

  • June 12, 2017

    Atty Pushes Standing In Duane Morris Malpractice Appeal

    A Philadelphia-based attorney has said he will ask a state appeals court to weigh whether his role as part owner of a company formerly represented by Duane Morris LLP allowed him to pursue claims that the firm botched an appeal over the collapse of a $175 million acquisition opportunity.

  • June 12, 2017

    Pa. High Court Disbars Atty Guilty Of $1.7M Fraud

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has disbarred an attorney who pled guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion in 2015 after the attorney voluntarily resigned his license.

  • June 12, 2017

    Pa. County Can Pursue 911 Undercharge Suit Against Telcos

    A Pennsylvania state appeals court has revived a county’s suit claiming that a group of telecommunication service providers underbilled customers and failed to remit full 911 services payments to the local government.

  • June 12, 2017

    Feds Say Philly DA Sensed Corruption Investigation In 2015

    Federal prosecutors suggested Monday that indicted Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams knew he was subject to a federal corruption investigation as early as 2015, arguing in a filing that he should be barred at his upcoming trial from introducing “self-serving statements” he made to a cooperating witness.

  • June 12, 2017

    Pa. Court OKs Frack Well Under Petroleum Refinery

    The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in a published opinion on Monday upheld a decision by the state’s Environmental Hearing Board that allowed an oil and gas driller to frack an oil well under a United Refining Co. refinery in Warren County.

  • June 12, 2017

    Ex-PSU Prez Fights Child Endangerment Conviction

    In a bid to win dismissal of his recent conviction on a misdemeanor count of child endangerment related to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier has urged a judge to find that the charge was barred by a two-year statute of limitations.

  • June 9, 2017

    Suit Alleging Atty Botched Med Mal Row Wins En Banc Rehear

    The en banc Pennsylvania Superior Court will reconsider the dismissal of a legal malpractice suit alleging an attorney's failure to obtain an expert opinion doomed a couple’s medical malpractice case.

Expert Analysis

  • Nonsolicitation Agreements In The Social Media Age

    James Patton Jr.

    As social media continues to expand, the legal issues that inevitably follow growth have begun to arise, and courts have found themselves struggling to adapt. One new challenge facing employers, employees and courts is the effect of social media on the traditional nonsolicitation agreement, say James Patton Jr. and Tae Phillips of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • Cybersecurity Is The Next Frontier Of State Regulation

    David Forscey

    States considering whether to enforce existing cybersecurity rules more aggressively, or else pass standards of their own, should carefully consider the policy rationale and potential pitfalls of existing frameworks and collaborate with private experts to determine what works and what does not, say David Forscey of the National Governors Association, and Steven Cash and Benjamin Nissim of Day Pitney LLP.

  • The Defend Trade Secrets Act — A Year In Review

    Boris Zelkind

    In honor of the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, attorneys at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP tracked every DTSA case filed over the last year to see how the law is affecting our courts and how it is being utilized throughout the country.

  • Hospital Best Practices After 3rd Circ. Title IX Decision

    Amanda Wingfield Goldman

    In light of the Third Circuit's recent decision in Doe v. Mercy Catholic Medical Center, hospitals must determine whether their residency programs fall under Title IX’s umbrella. By treating medical residents like employees, hospitals can better defend against possible Title IX claims, say Amanda Wingfield Goldman and Vinson Knight of Coats Rose PC.

  • Why US Law Firms Need Anti-Money Laundering Policies

    Kristine Safos

    For U.S. law firms, anti-money laundering compliance are a business necessity. As large financial institutions and other clients adopt their own AML policies, they expect law firms they work with to do the same. Kristine Safos of HBR Consulting offers guidance on AML and client due diligence best practices.

  • In Tronox, 2nd Circ. Sends Clear Message About Injunctions

    Jack Haake

    There is value in the protections afforded by an injunction, be it through a settlement or a bankruptcy discharge. The Second Circuit’s recent decision in Tronox preserves an injunction’s value in two ways, says Jack Haake of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Solving The Uninsured Driver Conundrum With Technology

    Kymberly Kochis

    Nearly a century after Massachusetts enacted the first law mandating the purchase of auto insurance, and despite laws on the books in almost every state, 12 percent of drivers are still uninsured. Kymberly Kochis and Veronica Wayner of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP explore why uninsured driver rates are so high, how states are addressing the issue, and consider prospects for future solutions through technological advances.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.