Pennsylvania

  • December 5, 2017

    Pa. Judge Affirms Jurisdiction On Out-Of-State Mesh Cases

    A Pennsylvania state court judge on Tuesday affirmed that the court has jurisdiction over all but one of 71 cases involving out-of-state residents suing Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. in Philadelphia’s mass tort program over pelvic mesh injuries.

  • December 5, 2017

    Buckeye Unit Says Pa. Agency Can't Block Pipeline Reversal

    A Buckeye Partners unit argued on Monday that its efforts to reverse the flow of a section of pipeline to provide interstate transportation of petroleum products did not require approval from Pennsylvania utility regulators and, instead, fell under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

  • December 5, 2017

    Allentown Mayor Can't Dodge Corruption Charges

    A Pennsylvania federal court judge denied an attempt by the mayor of Pennsylvania’s third largest city to throw out corruption charges against him on Tuesday, ahead of his trial in January.

  • December 5, 2017

    Incoming Philly Bar Chancellor Seeks To Boost Membership

    The incoming chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association outlined plans to boost membership in the organization Tuesday, asserting that the financial challenges stemming from declining participation hinder its ability to support the profession.

  • December 5, 2017

    J&J, Bayer Hit With $28M Verdict In 1st Xarelto Loss

    A Philadelphia jury delivered a first-of-its-kind verdict on Tuesday as it awarded almost $28 million in damages against a pair of Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG units after finding the companies had provided inadequate warnings about the risks of bleeding associated with the blood thinner Xarelto.

  • December 4, 2017

    Marathon Petroleum Can Challenge Audit Later, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of Marathon Petroleum Corp.'s challenge to a law that allowed Delaware to embark on a nine-year audit in search of abandoned property to seize, but left the door open for a Fourth Amendment challenge in the future.

  • December 4, 2017

    Collapse Victim's Family Wants Architect To Lose License

    The parents of one of the seven individuals killed as result of the 2013 Philadelphia building collapse that led to a record-setting $227 million personal injury settlement are stepping up pressure on a state professional licensure board to revoke the license of an architect found liable in the tragedy.

  • December 4, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Fees To Atty In Pa. Gaming Inquiry Row

    The Third Circuit on Monday upheld a ruling requiring two businessmen associated with a Pennsylvania casino project to pay the legal fees of an attorney who they accused in an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit of sabotaging their dealings with state gaming regulators.

  • December 4, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Maersk Win In Maritime Wages Row

    The Third Circuit broke with its own precedent Monday when it issued a published decision that, absent evidence of an unfair collective bargaining process, a court can’t give piecemeal review to a union contract freely entered by a former Maersk Line Ltd. seafarer seeking unpaid overtime.

  • December 4, 2017

    Pa. Judge Defends $60M Award In Asbestos Coverage Fight

    A Pennsylvania state court judge has defended a series of decisions leading to a combined $60 million in damages awarded to MSA Safety in a dispute over coverage for asbestos-related product liability claims against North River Insurance Co., which is appealing the matter.

  • December 4, 2017

    No Basis For Fuel-Efficiency Penalty Delay, 2nd Circ. Told

    Five Democratic state attorneys general and a trio of environmental groups doubled down on their request that the Second Circuit vacate the delay of an Obama-era rule raising penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards, arguing Friday that the move violated well-settled law.

  • December 2, 2017

    Senate Passes $1.4 Trillion Tax Cut Legislation

    The U.S. Senate passed an expansive tax cut bill early Saturday that is projected to add more than $1 trillion to the deficit, after garnering enough support from faltering and fiscally conservative Republicans.

  • December 1, 2017

    3rd Circ. Says Deportees Not A Protected Immigrant Group

    The Third Circuit on Thursday tossed a Mexican national’s appeal seeking protected status and deportation relief, finding that he could not prove he was targeted by a drug cartel because he had been previously deported.

  • December 1, 2017

    Philly Jury Set To Deliberate In Xarelto Injury Case

    A Philadelphia jury was urged during closing arguments on Friday to find that inadequate warnings from a pair of Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG units for the blood-thinner Xarelto left an Indiana woman suffering a serious gastrointestinal bleed.

  • December 1, 2017

    Noncompete Roundup: Developments You Might Have Missed

    Attorneys looking to stay abreast of the legal landscape surrounding noncompete agreements had their hands full over the last six months, with new legislation popping up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, court rulings coming down on LinkedIn solicitations and injunctions, and Illinois' attorney general setting her sights on noncompete pacts for low-wage workers. Here, experts identify developments from the second half of 2017 that lawyers who deal with restrictive covenants ought to have on their radar.

  • December 1, 2017

    3rd Circ. Denies Full Court Redo In Traveler's TSA Dispute

    The Third Circuit on Friday said it will not revisit a panel’s finding saying that Transportation Security Administration airport screeners cannot be sued for allegedly retaliating against travelers who exercise free speech, delivering a blow to an architect who said he was falsely accused of making a bomb threat.

  • December 1, 2017

    Siren Co. Asks 3rd Circ. To Uphold Fees In Firefighter Scrap

    Siren manufacturer Federal Signal Corp. urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to affirm an award for costs and fees issued by a Pennsylvania federal judge after finding attorneys for a proposed class of firefighters suing over hearing loss failed to conduct due diligence before filing the suit.

  • December 1, 2017

    Pa. Judge Says No Preemption In Auxilium Testosterone Case

    A Pennsylvania state court judge on Thursday denied Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s bid to use federal preemption to avoid an upcoming trial over the alleged connection between its testosterone gel and a user's stroke in a case that was previously denied mass tort status.

  • December 1, 2017

    Senate GOP Reaches SALT, Pass-Through Tax Rate Deals

    The Senate’s $1.4 trillion tax cut bill appeared to be nearing final passage in the chamber Friday after agreements were reached to increase the tax benefit for pass-through businesses and permit a deduction for state and local property taxes.

  • November 30, 2017

    Kirkland's Should Face Receipt Row Under Spokeo: Magistrate

    A Pennsylvania magistrate judge on Wednesday advised against tossing a putative class action accusing retailer Kirkland's Inc. of printing too many credit card digits on receipts, finding the consumers needn't allege actual or imminent identity theft to establish standing under the U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision.

Expert Analysis

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • A Few Facts About Halloween Costumes And Copyright

    David Kluft

    Halloween is tough if you are an intellectual property lawyer who likes to dress up. Anyone who knows about your job will be unable to resist lame and legally incorrect jokes about your Halloween costume. But sharing some real facts about Halloween costume copyrights might be the best response, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.