Pennsylvania

  • May 15, 2017

    UHS Execs Over-Admitted Patients For Profit, Investor Says

    Universal Health Services’ senior executives and directors have knowingly overlooked the hospital operator’s over-admittance of patients and wrongly billed government agencies for the fees, artificially boosting the price of shares that executives and directors then sold at a profit, according to a derivative complaint filed Friday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • May 15, 2017

    Justices Reject Sheller Appeal Over Risperdal FDA Petition

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on whether Sheller PC has standing to sue the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for denying a citizen petition aimed at forcing a Johnson & Johnson unit to publicize documents about its antipsychotic drug Risperdal, keeping a Third Circuit dismissal of the case intact.

  • May 12, 2017

    Amtrak Engineer Charged By Penn AG Over Fatal 2015 Crash

    Pennsylvania’s attorney general lodged criminal charges Friday against the engineer at the throttle of the Amtrak train that crashed and killed eight people in 2015, electing to pursue involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment counts after the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute.

  • May 12, 2017

    Usher Song Copyright Row Appealed To High Court

    A songwriter who alleges that Usher and Sony Music, among others, had his ownership of the Usher track “Bad Girl” written out of a contract has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant cert after the Third Circuit refused to revive the case in December.

  • May 12, 2017

    Judge Agrees To Delay Bribery Trial For Philly DA

    A Pennsylvania federal judge agreed to push back the bribery trial of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on Friday, after both sides asked for a 19-day delay in light of additional charges filed by prosecutors earlier in the week.

  • May 12, 2017

    Intrinsic Value Asks AkzoNobel For More Analysis Of PPG Bid

    Intrinsic Value Investors joined other Akzo Nobel NV shareholders in expressing displeasure at the Dutch coatings and chemicals company’s decision to rebuff a €26.9 million ($29.4 million) takeover offer from Pennsylvania-based PPG, calling on Thursday for the Dutch company to publicly release its analysis of the proposal.

  • May 12, 2017

    DuPont Urges High Court To Resolve Circuit Split In OT Appeal

    DuPont has defended its U.S. Supreme Court bid for review of the Third Circuit’s revival of workers’ claims that they’re owed compensation for time spent before and after their shifts, urging the court again to resolve a circuit split over whether meal break pay can offset overtime pay.

  • May 12, 2017

    Pa. State Contractor Faces OT Suit From Home Care Workers

    A contractor to the state government that provides Medicaid-funded “direct care” to elderly and the disabled was sued in Pennsylvania federal court on Thursday for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages to thousands of home care workers.

  • May 12, 2017

    Freeh Highlights Spanier Conviction In Response To Libel Suit

    Former FBI director Louis Freeh has responded to libel allegations by former Penn State president Graham Spanier by repeatedly citing Spanier’s recent conviction for child endangerment, in the long-running Pennsylvania lawsuit over Freeh’s report on the university’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.

  • May 11, 2017

    Engineer May Face Charges Over Fatal Philly Amtrak Crash

    The engineer for the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia in 2015 causing eight deaths and over 200 injuries may yet face criminal charges, after a Pennsylvania judge Thursday signed off on a private criminal complaint brought by the father of a woman killed in the accident.

  • May 11, 2017

    Businessman Cops To Bribing Embattled Philly DA

    A businessman has copped to bribing Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams with gifts and paid travel, prosecutors announced Thursday as Williams, under federal indictment for corruption, pled not guilty to new charges of wire fraud and using campaign funds and a government vehicle for personal reasons.

  • May 11, 2017

    Allstate Can't Duck Crash Victims' Medical Exam Suit

    A provision in Allstate car insurance policies that allegedly required auto policyholders involved in car accidents to undergo physical examinations by doctors the insurer selected in order to get medical benefits could violate Pennsylvania law, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • May 11, 2017

    Fines Can Cover Ongoing Pollution, Enviros Tell Pa. Justices

    Environmental organization the Clean Air Council told the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a brief Wednesday that the state is authorized to levy penalties for ongoing water pollution, urging the court to endorse a fine of at least $1.2 million for a natural gas well-pad leak.

  • May 11, 2017

    Ex-Sandusky Atty Wins Resentencing On Client Theft Charges

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday ordered the resentencing of a former defense attorney for convicted child sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky who is serving up to 18 years in a Pennsylvania state prison after pleading guilty to stealing client funds to feed a gambling addiction.

  • May 11, 2017

    Enviros Launch New Opposition To Sunoco Pa. Gas Pipeline

    Pennsylvania environmentalists and landowners have opened up new fronts in the fight against the controversial Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline, filing lawsuits in the last week in two separate county courts that accuse Sunoco Pipeline LP of ignoring local zoning rules.

  • May 11, 2017

    Pa. Denied $1.2M In Atty Fees In FTC Hospital Merger Case

    A federal judge Thursday denied Pennsylvania's request for some $1.2 million in attorneys' fees and costs from litigation by the Federal Trade Commission against a now-enjoined merger of two hospitals, saying a Third Circuit opinion shows the state did not substantially prevail in the litigation.

  • May 10, 2017

    IRS Drops $56M Pa. Suit In Venue Dispute

    The Internal Revenue Service agreed Wednesday to drop a $56.5 million suit in Pennsylvania federal court against the former owner of a defunct gambling company after a federal judge ordered the parties last month to seek an agreement on an acceptable venue for the dispute.

  • May 10, 2017

    Actress Loses Defamation Suit Over Norman Mailer Biography

    An actress who had an eight-year romantic relationship with Norman Mailer failed to demonstrate that the author of a 2013 Mailer biography or the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, defamed her, a Pennsylvania federal court ruled Tuesday.

  • May 10, 2017

    Watson Seeks Quick Win In Suit Over FTC Litigation Powers

    Watson Laboratories Inc. asked a Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday to rule that the Federal Trade Commission doesn't have the authority to sue the drugmaker for past alleged pay-for-delay settlements that are no longer in force.

  • May 10, 2017

    More Judicial Nominees In Pipeline To Fill Historic Gaps

    More judicial nominees at both the district and appellate level are in the works, with senators saying the Trump administration is working with them on more candidates beyond the 10 announced Monday to fill the historic number of vacancies in the federal judiciary, including 50 considered "judicial emergencies." Here, Law360 zooms in on some of the 129 federal judicial vacancies.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • The 'State' Of The Gig Economy Under Trump

    Amy Strauss

    There is no question that America’s sharing economy is growing and showing no signs of slowing down. However, if the Trump administration continues its hands-off approach to worker misclassification issues, and court decisions create as much confusion as clarity, we may be forced to look to state legislatures to take control, says Amy Strauss of Fisher Phillips.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Opinion

    Why Roe V. Wade Will Not Be Overturned

    Donald Scarinci

    The threat that abortion will become illegal again by overturning Roe v. Wade has been a blockbuster campaign slogan in presidential elections for the last 40 years. Like most campaign rhetoric, this threat is not based in reality, says Donald Scarinci, managing partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • A Circuit Split At Intersection Of Title VII And Title IX

    John Barry

    Prior to the Third Circuit’s opinion in Doe v. Mercy Catholic Medical Center, the question of whether Title VII provides the exclusive remedy for individuals alleging employment discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded educational institutions had not been visited in nearly 20 years. This decision revived a split that has since existed among the circuit courts, say John Barry and Edna Guerrasio of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    A State-By-State Solution For Immigration Reform

    Leon Fresco

    While it might seem that the new regional polarization over immigration and sanctuary cities may be driving us further away from achieving a national consensus on immigration, it may actually be beneficial to facilitating a unique outcome that can finally create bipartisan progress on immigration reform, says Leon Fresco of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.