Pennsylvania

  • January 4, 2017

    Ex-Pa. AG Says Trial Judge Improperly Gutted Perjury Defense

    Pennsylvania’s convicted former attorney general said Tuesday that the judge who oversaw her August perjury trial prevented her from mounting a viable defense by barring evidence related to pornographic emails that were swapped among employees in her office.

  • January 4, 2017

    Ex-US Atty To Rejoin Morgan Lewis In Philly

    The former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who paid special attention to drug and device fraud in his six years at the position before stepping down in December, is returning to Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 3, 2017

    Hogan Lovells Signs Lease For New Office In Philly

    Hogan Lovells LLP announced Tuesday that beginning in June 2017, it will be relocating its office in Philadelphia one block from its current space as part of an effort to expand its local presence.

  • January 3, 2017

    Ex-AT&T Exec Can't Boost Damages From Discrimination Win

    A longtime AT&T customer service executive allegedly fired for his age is not entitled to $288,000 in liquidated damages on top of the $370,000 award he won at a jury trial in January 2016, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled.

  • January 3, 2017

    Insurer's Malpractice Suit Over False Terrorism Claim Axed

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has blocked Erie Insurance Exchange from reviving a malpractice claim accusing an attorney of failing to properly preserve issues for appeal in a $2.25 million federal lawsuit brought by an Egyptian man falsely accused of participating in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  • January 3, 2017

    NJ Again Urges High Court To Review Sports Betting Case

    New Jersey and its horse racing industry group have again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the federal ban on sports betting in the Garden State, arguing that the restriction undermines state sovereignty.

  • January 3, 2017

    Trader Drops 3rd Circ. Appeal Of SEC Insider Trading Deal

    The Third Circuit has granted a bid by former medical device company executive George Holley to voluntarily dismiss his appeal of a $386,000 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over insider trading claims in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month in Salman v. United States, according to an order filed Thursday.

  • January 3, 2017

    La. Bound To Flonase Settlement, GSK Tells 3rd Circ.

    Louisiana should be held to a settlement reached between GlaxoSmithKline and a class of purchasers over allegations that the company delayed generic competition for Flonase nasal spray, the company has told the Third Circuit.

  • January 3, 2017

    FERC Gives Enviro OK To Willliams' $1.9B Pa. Pipeline Project

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff on Friday gave its final environmental blessing to a Williams Partners unit's $1.9 billion pipeline expansion project that will ship natural gas from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale to the Atlantic Coast, concluding that the project's most adverse environmental impacts could be mitigated.

  • January 3, 2017

    Duane Morris Accused Of $625M Botch Job In Telecom Row

    Duane Morris LLP cost a Philadelphia lawyer $625 million by botching an appeal in a lawsuit over the collapse of a $175 million acquisition of a submarine fiber-optic network in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a recent suit.

  • January 3, 2017

    Ex-Pa. Rep. Fattah Pushes To Avoid Jail During Appeal

    Ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah is pressing the Third Circuit to delay the start of his 10-year prison sentence while he pursues what he expects will be a fruitful appeal over the dismissal of a juror who was found to have stymied deliberations only half a day after his corruption trial closed.

  • January 3, 2017

    FTC Wants Endo's Challenge To Its Litigation Power Nixed

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has asked a Pennsylvania federal court to dismiss a suit by Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. seeking a ruling on the agency's authority to file lawsuits over behavior that occurred in the past, saying several courts have rejected similar attempts to hamper the FTC’s power.

  • January 2, 2017

    Pennsylvania Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2017

    With Pennsylvania’s nearly $2 billion structural budget deficit still unresolved and revenue collections for the 2016-2017 budget coming up short, leaders in Harrisburg will have little choice but to focus on the state’s finances in the new year, but gas royalty changes and judicial reforms could also be on the docket. Here's a look at the policy developments in the commonwealth that are on attorneys' radar for 2017.

  • January 2, 2017

    Pennsylvania Cases To Watch In 2017

    A reconstituted Pennsylvania Supreme Court, operating with a full set of justices for the first time since mid-2014, has teed up a number of noteworthy cases for the coming year, including disputes over the constitutionality a law holding lawyers liable for frivolous litigation, the legality of contingent fee agreements entitling terminated attorneys to a share of an ex-client’s recovery, and the authority of environmental regulators to impose new rules on hydraulic fracturing.

  • December 22, 2016

    Mushroom Buyers Button Up Class Cert. In Price-Fixing MDL

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has granted class certification to a group of mushroom purchasers who accuse growers and sellers of the fungi of a price-fixing conspiracy, according to an opinion unsealed Thursday in the long-running multidistrict litigation.

  • December 22, 2016

    Tax Court Sides With Landowners On Charitable Contribution

    The U.S. Tax Court on Thursday found that two Pennsylvania property owners are eligible for deductions on a charitable contribution of land worth millions of dollars that they made to a local environmental conservation plan, but not for as much as they claimed.

  • December 22, 2016

    AT&T Can't Scrap Age Discrimination Verdict, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has rejected AT&T's bid to toss a jury verdict awarding $370,000 to a longtime customer service executive allegedly fired for his age, saying there was "ample evidence" to support the jury's findings.

  • December 22, 2016

    Appeals Court Won't Revive Meyer Wagner Malpractice Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court agreed Thursday that years of delay and limited activity in the pursuit of a malpractice case against Meyer Wagner & Jacobs PC over its handling of a company’s partnership dispute warranted dismissal of the case.

  • December 22, 2016

    Pa. High Court To Review Conviction Of Cobalt Driver

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear a challenge to certain timeliness requirements in post-conviction relief appeals, granting a petition filed by a woman who pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter after a fatal car accident but later used new-found evidence regarding GM’s faulty ignition switches to overturn the conviction.

  • December 22, 2016

    Alta Resources Makes 2 Marcellus Shale Plays Worth $1.44B

    Privately held shale oil and gas exploration company Alta Resources Development LLC expanded its reach in North Central Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region this week, grabbing $1.44 billion in natural gas assets from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and a Mitsui & Co. Ltd. subsidiary.

Expert Analysis

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • 2 Decisions Strengthen FTC's Hand In Hospital Merger Cases

    David C. Kully

    The Federal Trade Commission recently succeeded on appeal in two hospital merger challenges, in the Third and Seventh Circuits. Hospitals evaluating merging with nearby competitors should keep in mind the analytical approaches laid out in these decisions, say David Kully and Christopher Carmichael of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • What History Tells Us About Obama's Antiquities Act Legacy

    John Freemuth

    As the end of the Obama administration approaches there is renewed attention on President Barack Obama's use of the Antiquities Act of 1906. While almost every U.S. president has used his authority under this act to create new national monuments, its use has fueled tensions between the federal government and states over land control, say John Freemuth and Mackenzie Case of Boise State University.

  • Is Momentive Losing Momentum?

    Michael Friedman

    The Third Circuit’s decision last week in the Energy Future case rejected the logic of Momentive that a make-whole provision is not enforceable post-acceleration without specific contractual language to that effect. The decision is a clear break from a recent trend and may give noteholders greater leverage, say Michael Friedman and Stephen Tetro II of Chapman and Cutler LLP.

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Beyond Bean Counting: How Legal Can Add True Value

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    For legal departments to stay in front of the crowd, cost-cutting alone is not enough. Neither is claims-driven revenue generation, nor running endless analytics of outside legal spend. This is short-term, passive, scarcity-based thinking that keeps legal departments from offering their corporate clients the greatest possible value — competitive advantage, says David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • Best Practices For Executing Pay Equity Audits

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Jeffrey M. Landes

    Although the Equal Pay Act has been in effect for 50 years, it recently gained renewed momentum with White House backing and an active task force, which has aggressively pursued employers who have violated its requirements. Jeffrey Landes of Epstein Becker Green PC guides practitioners in providing advice and counsel to employers regarding how to ensure compliance with all equal pay laws.