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Pennsylvania

  • January 9, 2019

    Enviros Take $1.9B Pa. Pipeline Permit Fight To High Court

    Environmentalists urged the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday to review a Third Circuit decision finding that it could hear their challenge to Pennsylvania’s approval of a pipeline permit before a state board reviewed the matter, saying the ruling would lead to incomplete records and strip aggrieved parties of their due process rights.

  • January 9, 2019

    NFL Pulls 'Cynical' Concussion Appeal Just Before Hearing

    The NFL on Wednesday withdrew an explosive appeal in the landmark concussion settlement that had outraged attorneys representing the brain-damaged players covered by the deal, just one day before it was to be discussed at a much-anticipated hearing in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 9, 2019

    Cozen Makes Big Pa. Hires In Project Finance, Gov't Outreach

    Cozen O'Connor has made two hires in Pennsylvania that can bolster its work with government — a former member of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC's public finance group with a history of overseeing infrastructure deals and the recently victorious deputy manager of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's re-election campaign.

  • January 9, 2019

    New Post & Schell Construction Heads Plan Northeast Growth

    The new co-chairs of Post & Schell’s construction, government contracts and surety law group are looking to serve more of the mid-Atlantic region and take advantage of the area’s growing need for infrastructure projects as they take the helm, they told Law360.

  • January 9, 2019

    Pa. Fines Aetna Over Autism, Substance Abuse Coverage

    Health care giant Aetna Inc. faces a $190,000 fine after the Pennsylvania Insurance Department said Tuesday that it found violations in the company’s coverage for services relating to autism spectrum disorder and substance use disorder that might leave consumers wondering if they are covered.

  • January 9, 2019

    AIG Unit Faces $6M Suit Over Pa. Ship Facility Collapse

    An American International Group Inc. affiliate is facing a nearly $6 million lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court after it denied coverage to a policyholder seeking to recoup losses after a collapse delayed work at a facility being renovated to rehabilitate ships and assemble naval propulsion equipment.

  • January 9, 2019

    NFL Scores NJ High Court Win In Super Bowl Ticket Row

    The National Football League scored a victory Wednesday when the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the sale of only 1 percent of 2014 Super Bowl tickets to the public via a lottery did not violate a now-repealed state statute, as the justices provided guidance to the Third Circuit in a putative class action against the NFL.

  • January 8, 2019

    4th Circ. Won't Revive $350M FCA Suit Against Pa. Lender

    The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday refused to revive a $350 million suit alleging the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency's billing practices violated the False Claims Act, rejecting claims that trial errors undercut a Virginia federal jury's December 2017 decision clearing the student loan provider.

  • January 8, 2019

    3 Atty Lien Disputes In NFL Concussion Case Resolved

    The Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the landmark NFL concussion settlement provided the first in-depth look at how it's handling dozens of contentious attorney lien disputes on Monday, in a lengthy ruling that laid down general guidelines while resolving three separate disputes.

  • January 8, 2019

    Pa. Gov. Inks Order To Slash Agencies' GHG Emissions

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, acknowledging the state's role as a major energy provider and transportation hub, on Tuesday ordered the state government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

  • January 8, 2019

    Fire Alarm Claims Led To Explosion Damages, 3rd Circ. Told

    A New Jersey-based chemical company on Tuesday urged the Third Circuit to undo a finding that its consumer fraud claims against two fire suppression system makers actually fell under product liability law, arguing the $5 million in damages it incurred from an explosion stemmed from the companies' false claims about the effectiveness of a fire alarm.

  • January 8, 2019

    Judge Recuses Self Over Son's Job At BakerHostetler

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has recused himself out of an "abundance of caution" from an environmental contamination dispute after disclosing that his son received a job offer from BakerHostetler, which represents the steel business in the case.

  • January 8, 2019

    Mushroom Farms Escape Winn-Dixie Antitrust Suit

    Supermarket chain Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. can’t include individual farms in its lawsuit accusing a mushroom-farming cooperative of anti-competitive practices, after a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Tuesday that membership in the cooperative alone was not enough for the farms to be accused of conspiracy.

  • January 8, 2019

    Pa. Justices To Mull PennDOT Worker's Facebook Post Firing

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider whether an employee with the state’s Department of Transportation could be fired over a profane Facebook rant in which she complained about local school bus drivers and stated that she would “gladly smash into a school bus.”

  • January 8, 2019

    21 AGs Join Pa., NJ In Fighting Trump's Birth Control Rules

    Attorneys general for 20 states and the District of Columbia have thrown their support behind Pennsylvania and New Jersey in urging a federal court to block proposed Trump administration rules allowing employers to opt out of covering contraception if they oppose its use on moral or religious grounds.

  • January 8, 2019

    Neiman Marcus Settles Multistate Data Breach Row For $1.5M

    A settlement was reached between The Neiman Marcus Group LLC and 43 states and the District of Columbia, with the upscale retailer agreeing to pay $1.5 million to resolve an investigation into a 2013 data breach that affected thousands of customers.

  • January 8, 2019

    Pa. Bus Driver Can Get Unemployment After Knife Incident

    A former Cambria County bus driver didn't violate her employer's rules against weapons in the workplace when she handled a knife in an employee lounge while talking to a human resources employee, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Tuesday.

  • January 8, 2019

    Erie Insurance Wants Out Of Covering Trademark Fight

    Erie Insurance Exchange is urging a Pennsylvania state judge to free it from providing coverage to a financial planning company facing claims in federal court that it willfully infringed a rival’s marketing slogan trademarks.

  • January 7, 2019

    Radio Group Defends Request For Info From Music Rights Co.

    The Radio Music License Committee Inc. has told the Pennsylvania judge overseeing its suit accusing performance rights organization Global Music Rights LLC of forcing radio stations to pay unfair royalty fees that a subpoena it sent to the rights company in an unrelated case was proper.

  • January 7, 2019

    Lewis Brisbois Hires Former DOJ Cyber Atty In Philly, NY

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP announced Monday that it has landed longtime federal prosecutor Rich Goldberg to come on board as a partner in its cybersecurity and data privacy practice operating out of the firm's New York and Philadelphia offices.

Expert Analysis

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2018

    Steven Pearlman

    This year saw significant changes in the landscape of whistleblower and retaliation law, including a game-changing decision from the U.S. Supreme Court and the three largest bounty awards issued in the history of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, say Steven Pearlman and Meika Freeman of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • It's Harder To Withdraw From MDLs — For Good Reason

    Jennifer LaMont

    Motions by counsel to withdraw from representation that are filed earlier in a case will more likely succeed. But the complexity and costs of multidistrict litigations may speed up the stopwatch as to when motions to withdraw are not viable, say Jennifer La Mont and Kaitlyn Stone of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Medical Marijuana Poses ADA Risks For Pa. Health Care Cos.

     Mariah Passarelli

    For health care employers, the enactment of Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act has further complicated navigation of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mariah Passarelli of Cozen O’Connor discusses the pitfalls companies face at the crossroads of these two statutes.

  • Pa. Cos. Face Greater Risks Related To Workers' Personal Info

    Carol Steinour Young

    In Dittman v. UPMC, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that employers storing employee information on internet-accessible computer systems have a common law duty to protect that data from any foreseeable risk of harm, exposing companies in the state to increased liability, say Carol Steinour Young and Sarah Dotzel of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.