• March 13, 2018

    High Court May Clarify Decades-Old Procedural Takings Issue

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case concerning a Pennsylvania property owner's struggle to get state and federal courts to hear her claim that the government has unconstitutionally taken value from her land, and lawyers say the decision is likely to clarify a murky procedural area that for decades has resulted in delays and additional costs for real estate projects across the country.

  • March 12, 2018

    Pa. Fee Claim Ruling Could Spur Deal-Making Between Firms

    Law firms taking over cases from prior counsel may see extra incentive to negotiate fee-sharing deals following a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that, for the first time in the state, gave the green light to non-contract-based claims from predecessor firms looking to get paid for work on old cases.

  • March 12, 2018

    Philly Club Owner Aims To Trim Exotic Dancers' Wage Suit

    Owners of an exotic dance club filed a motion in Pennsylvania federal court Monday to dismiss an unjust enrichment claim in a class action lawsuit over wages, arguing the statute the dancers invoke is superseded by their other claim in the case under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • March 12, 2018

    Enviros Denied Early Win In Pa. Facility Permit Challenge

    A panel of Pennsylvania environmental law judges said Friday it was too early to rule in favor of the Clean Air Council in the group’s effort to challenge permits issued to an Energy Transfer Partners unit as part of the company's efforts to convert a Philadelphia-area refinery to a natural gas processing and storage facility.

  • March 12, 2018

    R&B Singer Jill Scott Sued Over Greeting Card Deal

    Three-time Grammy Award-winner Jill Scott has been sued in Pennsylvania state court by a friend who says she went around him to partner with Hallmark, despite an oral agreement that he said would have given him a 50 percent cut of any greeting card deal.

  • March 12, 2018

    EPA Must List Areas Not Meeting Smog Standards By April

    A California federal judge on Monday told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it has until the end of April to publish a complete list of areas in the country that either do or don’t meet national ambient air quality standards for ozone.

  • March 12, 2018

    Blank Rome Announces Leadership Transition

    Blank Rome LLP’s chairman and managing partner will be stepping down from the latter role at the end of 2018, the firm announced Monday, to be replaced by the current chair of its litigation department.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

  • March 9, 2018

    Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

    More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Far Right Can The President Pull The Courts?

    Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.

  • March 9, 2018

    Dr. Reddy's Escapes FCA Suit Over Drug Packaging

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday tossed a suit alleging Dr. Reddy’s caused the government to be billed for prescription drugs sold in packages not tested for child safety, saying the whistleblowers can’t bring claims under the False Claims Act because they haven’t alleged any factual falsehoods.

  • March 9, 2018

    5th Pa. Casino License Auction Attracts No Bidders

    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board failed to auction off the fifth of 10 potential new casino licenses on Friday when none of the six eligible casino operators opted to participate.

  • March 9, 2018

    Insured's Ignorance Of Grace Period's End No Excuse: Judge

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Thursday that Cincinnati Insurance Co. needn't pay more than $100,000 to Wescott Electric Co. in connection with a decadelong, multimillion-dollar employee theft, saying that, in the string of policies Wescott bought, it should have known of the eventual discontinuation of a one-year grace period for claims reporting.

  • March 9, 2018

    15 Months In, Philly Still Plagued With Soda Tax Uncertainties

    It’s been 15 months since the city of Philadelphia enacted its sweetened beverage tax, and there looks to be no end in sight to the fighting and fallout that have plagued it from the outset, thanks to lower-than-expected tax revenue as well as court battles.

  • March 9, 2018

    PNC Says Bank Law OKs Criminal Check For Job Applicants

    A PNC bank unit asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to throw out class allegations that it wrongly revoked a job offer to an applicant based on criminal history records, saying Friday that federal banking law preempts a state statute against considering such histories when assessing job applications.

  • March 9, 2018

    Ex-Credit Union Worker Pleads In Pa. Judge's Bribery Case

    An ex-Philadelphia Federal Credit Union manager pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he helped a Bucks County magistrate judge and a local attorney launder money that undercover agents portrayed as proceeds from health care fraud and drug trafficking activity.

  • March 9, 2018

    2 Pa. Doctors Arrested For Excessive Opioid Prescriptions

    Pennsylvania prosecutors on Thursday said they had arrested a psychiatrist and a pediatrician in a pair of cases over the allegedly excessive and abusive prescriptions of tens of thousands of opioid painkillers and other medications.

  • March 9, 2018

    Investment Adviser Convicted In $1.1M Pa. Fraud Trial

    A Nevada investment adviser was convicted by a Pennsylvania federal jury of defrauding investors of $1.1 million Thursday, following a 2017 conviction in New York federal court in a $131 million investment scheme.

  • March 8, 2018

    Atty. In Pa. Pay-To-Play Schemes Faces License Suspension

    A political consultant who recently pled guilty in connection with a pair of pay-to-play schemes in the Pennsylvania cities of Reading and Allentown saw his law license ordered suspended Thursday by the state’s Supreme Court.

  • March 8, 2018

    Aria Hit With $5.7M Verdict Over Patient's Jump From Window

    Aria Health System must pay a Philadelphia man who jumped from a fourth-floor hospital window approximately $5.7 million in damages after a Pennsylvania state court jury found that staff at the hospital had failed to properly assess his mental health and monitor his condition.

Expert Analysis

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • No Consensus On Conspiracy Theory Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Jack Figura

    Courts are divided — and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule — on whether the conspiracy theory of personal jurisdiction is proper under due process requirements. But it is reasonable to expect that sooner or later the high court will narrow the permissible reach of this theory, says John P. “Jack” Figura of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • New Pa. Mortgage Servicer Law Raises A Host Of Questions

    Costas Avrakotos

    To welcome in the new year, mortgage loan servicers in Pennsylvania were greeted by a new licensing obligation. However, there are uncertainties as to how the new law will be applied, say Costas Avrakotos, Daniel Pearson and Patty Mesa of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Lessons For Data Breach Lawyers From Product Liability

    Michael Ruttinger

    Lawyers in data breach litigation can learn from their contemporaries in more established fields such as product liability, where the law has developed well-established approaches to many of the same issues that will arise in the merits stage of data breach cases, says Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • Appointment Of CFPB Director Causes Rift Among State AGs

    Stephen Piepgrass

    With challenges to the president’s pick for acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the federal courts, opposing contingents of state attorneys general have weighed in with filings as amici curiae. The controversies have centered largely on whether the Consumer Financial Protection Act or the Federal Vacancies Reform Act controls the appointment, say Stephen Piepgrass and Robert Claiborne Jr. of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • 3rd Circ. Confirms Limits Of The Rooker-Feldman Doctrine

    Steven Wilamowsky

    The Third Circuit's recent decision in Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners limited the reach of the Rooker-Feldman doctrine as a defense to bankruptcy avoidance actions. The court’s reasoning, however, has implications that go beyond bankruptcy, say Steven Wilamowsky and Sara Ghadiri of Chapman and Cutler LLP.