Pennsylvania

  • January 5, 2017

    PNC To Pay $16M To Settle Loan Officers' Wage Claims

    PNC Bank NA has agreed to pay $16 million to settle Fair Labor Standards Act claims brought by a collective of mortgage loan officers who claim they were denied overtime pay and a proper commission, according to settlement documents filed in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday.

  • January 5, 2017

    Pa. GOP Senators Can't Enter Del. River Fracking Suit

    A federal judge on Thursday denied a request from three Republican Pennsylvania state senators to intervene in a lawsuit brought by a landowner challenging the Delaware River Basin Commission's fracking moratorium, ruling that they lacked sufficient interest in the outcome of the case.

  • January 5, 2017

    Pa. Town Tells 3rd Circ. Groups Can't Challenge Seneca Deal

    A Pennsylvania municipality that reached a deal with Seneca Resources Corp. and dropped an ordinance preventing the company from storing fracking waste in an underground well told the Third Circuit Wednesday that a set of challengers including its municipal authority can’t stand in the way of the agreement.

  • January 5, 2017

    Uber Rider Says Co. To Blame For Severe Beating By Driver

    Uber was smacked Thursday with a suit by a New Jersey man claiming the popular ride-hailing company has failed to help police locate a driver that allegedly assaulted him over a ride dispute and left him “for dead,” and that its misrepresented dedication to safety is to blame.

  • January 5, 2017

    Ex-CBS Anchor Apologizes As Part Of Hacking Settlement

    Documents filed in Pennsylvania state court on Thursday reveal that an ex-CBS anchor in Philadelphia formally apologized to his former co-anchor as part of a settlement in a $15 million lawsuit over information he swiped from her email account and spread to other news outlets.

  • January 5, 2017

    Judge Issues Injunction In Philly Gas Lien Dispute

    Following a suit brought by landlords arguing that Philadelphia Gas Works violated their due process rights by failing to provide them adequate advance notice before placing liens on their properties for unpaid bills racked up by tenants, a Pennsylvania federal judge issued an order permanently barring the practice Thursday.

  • January 5, 2017

    Greenblatt Pierce Adds Employment Pro In Philly

    Greenblatt Pierce Funt & Flores LLC announced Wednesday it has shored up its employment law practice with the addition of an attorney with more than 20 years of experience who previously ran her own firm near Philadelphia and focuses on representing individual employees.

  • January 5, 2017

    Clean Air Council's Building Reg. Suit Nixed By Pa. Court

    A Pennsylvania court ruled Thursday that the Clean Air Council did not have standing to pursue claims that a slate of new building code provisions adopted in 2015 ran afoul of constitutionally enshrined environmental protections.

  • January 5, 2017

    Norton Rose Fulbright To Shutter Pittsburgh Office

    Norton Rose Fulbright intends to close its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office, which opened in 2011 with six environmental and energy lawyers from K&L Gates LLP, the firm confirmed on Thursday.

  • January 5, 2017

    Ex-Pa. AG Dodges FMLA Claim In Agent's Retaliation Suit

    A federal judge on Wednesday trimmed a Family and Medical Leave Act claim from a special agent’s suit accusing former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane of retaliating against him for participating in an investigation that led to her corruption conviction, and sent his remaining whistleblower claim to state court.

  • January 4, 2017

    Actavis, Mylan, Teva Rigged Cholesterol Drug Price, Suit Says

    A New York City Police Department union on Tuesday accused Actavis, Mylan, Teva and a handful of other drugmakers of conspiring to inflate the price of the generic cholesterol drug pravastatin sodium in a potential class action in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 4, 2017

    7th Circ. Won't Rethink Penn Athletes-Not-Employees Ruling

    The Seventh Circuit refused Wednesday to rethink its ruling that University of Pennsylvania student-athletes cannot be considered employees based on their college sports participation, in a potentially fatal blow to their attempt to pursue Fair Labor Standards Act class claims for minimum wage.

  • January 4, 2017

    Limitless Mobile Reaches Deal For Larger, $5M DIP Loan

    Bankrupt rural wireless carrier Limitless Mobile LLC resolved objections from unsecured creditors Wednesday on its requests for post-petition financing and the use of lenders’ cash collateral, clearing the way for a Delaware bankruptcy judge to grant final approval for the measures.

  • January 4, 2017

    Amneal Sees Key Suboxone Product-Hopping Claims Advance

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday advanced the bulk of generic-drug manufacturer Amneal’s claims in its suit accusing drugmaker Indivior PLC of embarking on a product-hopping scheme to stave off generic competition to the opiate addiction treatment Suboxone.

  • January 4, 2017

    Young Law Inks Deal To Ditch Pa. Trademark Malpractice Suit

    Staving off a trial that was slated to get underway in Pennsylvania state court on Wednesday, the former Young Law Group PC has agreed to settle claims that it botched a trademark case it handled on behalf of a Lackawanna County stonework company.

  • January 4, 2017

    FERC Refuses To Halt $156M Pa. Pipeline Widening Project

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission declined to pause a $156 million natural gas pipeline project in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, denying a bid by environmental groups to halt construction until the commission considers a request for a rehearing of its original project approval.

  • January 4, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revisit Ex-Students' Malpractice Appeal

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday refused to reconsider its decision last month to not revive legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought against Carpenter Bennett & Morrissey by former Rutgers University students over allegations that the law firm represented them in a former professor's detenure proceedings nearly two decades ago.

  • January 4, 2017

    MoneyGram Wants Out Of States' Unclaimed Property Fight

    MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep it out of a dispute between Delaware and several other states on who gets to keep abandoned MoneyGram checks, arguing that it has no legal interest in the case and its involvement could raise constitutional issues.

  • January 4, 2017

    Pa. Justices Snub Appeal Over NCAA's Place In Death Suit

    Pennsylvania’s highest court said Wednesday it would not hear arguments over a ruling that revived claims against the NCAA over the sickle-cell-related death of a Slippery Rock University student during an intense basketball practice.

  • January 4, 2017

    Sanctioned Philly Atty Says Adversary Abused Civil Process

    The Philadelphia-area defense attorney who in December saw the Pennsylvania Supreme Court put to bed a nearly $1 million sanctions order against her over expert witness testimony in a medical malpractice suit has accused the plaintiffs attorneys in the case of pursuing abusive litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • Act 13 And Pennsylvania Fracking: The Drama Continues

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    Four years ago, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Act 13 of 2012, a comprehensive updating of the Commonwealth's oil and gas development laws. Its passage spurred the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to tighten regulations on hydraulic fracturing. But legal challenges to both Act 13 and the ensuing regulations are advancing at a rapid pace, says Michael Reer of Harris Finley & Bogle PC.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • A Trademark Year In Wine And Beer 2016: Part 1

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    Are you looking to avoid talking about politics at your annual seasonal gathering with friends and family? David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP has you covered, with over 150 diversionary legal anecdotes about this year's biggest beer and wine trademark dispute cases.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • Causation At Center Of Pennsylvania Asbestos Ruling

    Jennifer Cree

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's recent ruling in Rost v. Ford Motor Co. leaves asbestos defendants — especially low-dose asbestos defendants — in a precarious situation in the state. The court appears to have approved conclusory opinions as satisfaction of a plaintiff’s burden to establish substantial factor causation, and sanctioned the trial court’s improper consolidation of unrelated same-disease asbestos cases without conseque... (continued)

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Judicial Treatment Of Interrelated Acts: Part 2

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    Whether or not courts regard multiple acts, errors, omissions or claims as interrelated or related is very fact-specific and highly dependent on the language of the policy in question. In the second part of this article, Rory Jurman and Steven Cula primarily explore how Florida courts have interpreted related claim provisions.

  • Using Payroll Cards To Pay Employees’ Wages

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Kevin E. Vance

    When advising employers on the use of payroll card programs as an alternative method of paying employees there are several considerations lawyers should adopt. Kevin Vance of Duane Morris LLP discusses key issues concerning payroll cards and best practices for establishing and maintaining a payroll card program.