The firm co-founded by former New Jersey Gov. James J. Florio on Wednesday announced a restructuring and name change, with a different partner on the marquee, after the departure of a name partner for Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s transition team.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday revived a lawsuit from Parx Racing seeking to force its insurer to pay a $2.6 million punitive damages award to the widow of a track worker who was killed in a fall from a horse.
The Third Circuit on Thursday upheld two prior rulings freeing Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP from a lawsuit over an alleged conspiracy between the firm and the eventual buyer of bankrupt Radnor Holdings Corp., finding that the statute of limitations on the claims has run.
Cozen O’Connor notched a victory on Wednesday as a Pennsylvania federal judge agreed that the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had failed to adequately respond to a request from the firm for information about how to secure a license to do business in Cuba.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection released final drafts Thursday of regulations aimed at reducing methane emissions from natural gas production, a move that came nearly two years after Gov. Tom Wolf said he wanted to make the state the national leader in curbing leakage of the greenhouse gas.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Wednesday it would hear arguments over whether an agreement waiving a college’s liability for injuries suffered during intercollegiate football activities barred negligence claims over its failure to provide qualified medical personnel at sporting events.
In a precedential ruling Thursday over a Right-to-Know Law request, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court found that the state’s Judicial Conduct Board, which prosecutes disciplinary cases against judges, qualifies as a judicial agency and is not subject to the jurisdiction of the Office of Open Records.
Reckitt Benckiser Inc. has reached a settlement with a generic-drug maker that had accused the British company of unfairly cutting out competition for an extended-release version of Mucinex by violating a patent infringement settlement agreement they’d struck, according to a judgment Tuesday ending the Pennsylvania federal court case.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday slashed more than half of an alleged $1.2 million underpayment that food service provider SodexoMagic LLC claims Drexel University caused by overestimating its enrollment figures, saying the company partially owned by basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson failed to show changes in the pay rates in their contract.
A coalition of attorneys general from states including Massachusetts, California and New York on Tuesday voiced support for an effort by their counterpart in Pennsylvania to block regulations recently announced by the Trump administration dialing back the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate by allowing employers to claim religious or moral objections.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a set of appeals over the city of Pittsburgh’s authority under state law to enact ordinances requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their workers and mandating security training and procedures in certain commercial buildings and public spaces.
A Pennsylvania state court ruled Wednesday that a school bus driver who had been fired after refusing to be fingerprinted for religious reasons was entitled to unemployment compensation benefits, overturning a decision by the state’s Unemployment Compensation Board of Review.
A Pennsylvania appeals court agreed Tuesday that Michigan residents were barred by the law of their home state from pursuing claims in a Philadelphia mass tort action that they grew breasts after taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal as young boys.
The former CEO of a western Pennsylvania golf resort on Wednesday pled guilty to stealing money from the facility and dodging federal income taxes, according to the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
A doctor and his receptionist were accused of operating an opioid pill mill out of his Philadelphia office, allegedly charging hundreds of dollars for each prescription without offering patients any kind of medical service, according to an indictment unsealed in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday.
An attorney for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission told the state’s Supreme Court on Wednesday that the state’s whistleblower law does not allow for noneconomic damages, in a bid to rescind half of a $3.2 million award granted to an employee who was fired for trying to expose the agency’s corrupt bidding practices.
Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Biotech Inc. urged a Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday to toss a suit brought by Pfizer Inc. alleging the companies used anti-competitive tactics to maintain the dominance of their biologic Remicade, saying Pfizer hasn’t demonstrated the prices of its own biosimilar are competitive.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told the D.C. Circuit on Monday that an environmental group’s complaint of a structural bias favoring pipeline approval for natural gas companies that fund FERC still fails to overcome the fact that Congress sets FERC’s budget regardless of approvals.
A Pennsylvania federal judge signed off Tuesday on two Philadelphia restaurants’ agreement to pay about $830,000 in back wages and damages to more than 150 workers following a wage and hour investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.
An attorney for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection told the state’s Supreme Court on Tuesday that the agency has the authority to levy penalties for ongoing water pollution, after a lower court favored driller EQT Production Co. in the dispute.
The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.
To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.
Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
A slew of recent court rulings have addressed challenges to state pipeline permitting decisions under the Clean Water Act. The cases include industry appeals of high-profile permit denials by the state of New York, and environmental groups' objections to project certifications by other states. These rulings set important precedents, say Joel Beauvais and Janna Chesno of Latham & Watkins LLP.
An increasing number of behavioral health care professionals are becoming more and more interested in using telehealth platforms to connect with their patients, and there is much new and updated guidance from states regarding the practice of providing such services in this space, says Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker & Green PC.
There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the pharmaceutical lobby continue to file briefs with the purpose of making it impossible to sue drug manufacturers who have clearly broken federal law. If they succeed, states, individuals and health benefit plans may never get a fair day in court, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.
Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.
After the Third Circuit's recent decision in the Asbestos Products Liability Litigation case, manufacturers within the court's jurisdiction should not expect claims against them to be dismissed under a “bare metal" defense, unless they can show that they could not have known that asbestos would later be added to their products, says Cory Lapin of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.
In Seneca v. Highland Township, a federal judge in Pennsylvania recently reiterated that local laws prohibiting natural gas drilling are preempted by state and federal statutes. While the township was creative in its tactics, the decision ultimately strengthens the industry's hand, and may expedite similar disputes in the future, says Garrett Trego of Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP.