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  • 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.

  • October 9, 2018

    Pirates' Net Installer Can't Escape Foul Ball Injury Suit

    The company that sold and installed the net behind home plate at the Pittsburgh Pirates' PNC Park was denied a way out of a patron’s injury lawsuit Tuesday, when a state judge rejected arguments that the team should have known the net would stretch and deflect.

  • October 5, 2018

    Outside Whistleblowers Key To $625M Amerisource FCA Deal

    AmerisourceBergen Corp.'s recent $625 million False Claims Act settlement stemmed in no small part from misconduct uncovered by whistleblowers outside the company, showing that anyone with glimpses of shady business practices may be able to stitch together a massive fraud case.

  • October 5, 2018

    Jury Awards Pa. Scientist $3M For Gender-Biased Firing

    A Pittsburgh federal jury on Thursday awarded a former PPG Industries Inc. scientist nearly $3 million in pay and damages, siding with her claims that her 2013 firing smacked of gender discrimination.

  • October 5, 2018

    Hospitals Won't Be Rapped For Arbitration Deals Amid OT Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge declined to sanction a hospital chain for getting its employees to sign arbitration agreements even as a proposed class action over unpaid overtime was pending, ruling that the hospitals were simply continuing an old policy from before the lawsuit began.

  • October 5, 2018

    Pa. Utility Investigators Seek $2M Fine In Fatal Gas Explosion

    Investigators are asking Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission to impose a $2 million fine on a Reading-based natural gas company for its botched response to the gas leak preceding a 2017 explosion that leveled a house, killed one worker and injured three other people.

  • October 5, 2018

    Verizon Jumped Gun By Changing Call Fees, Pa. Agency Finds

    Verizon shouldn’t have decided on its own to reduce a telecom’s fees for calls that got routed through the internet based on its own view of a Federal Communications Commission order, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Clarifying The Scope Of Bankruptcy Code 3rd-Party Injunction

    Craig Goldblatt

    The Third Circuit’s decision last month in W.R. Grace contains valuable lessons for insurers on the benefits that can be obtained by a third-party injunction issued under Section 524(g)(4) of the Bankruptcy Code, say Craig Goldblatt and Nancy Manzer of WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Tom Mesereau Talks MJ, Cosby, Unconventional Choices

    Randy Maniloff

    Tom Mesereau may be recently recognizable as one of the attorneys who defended Bill Cosby, but his biggest claim to fame is successfully defending Michael Jackson in 2005. On the eve of what would have been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, Randy Maniloff, of White and Williams LLP, spoke to Mesereau about his unconventional path to a remarkable career.

  • Why State Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws Need Reform

    Ian Stewart

    Because current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving lack an objective impairment standard, only those who clearly demonstrate impaired driving are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, says Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Why The 3rd Circ. Allowed Removal In Encompass

    Brittany Wakim

    The Third Circuit recently ruled in Encompass v. Stone Mansions that a defendant can remove a case to federal court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction before the plaintiff formally serves the forum state defendant. This may be the first appellate decision on this issue, says Brittany Wakim of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.