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