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Pennsylvania

  • August 2, 2018

    Pittsburgh, Ex-Mayor Seek To Toss FCA Suit Over Housing

    Pittsburgh and a former mayor asked a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to dismiss a long-simmering false claims lawsuit alleging the city misspent federal housing money, arguing that the housing agency had years to weigh if the spending was proper but had still kept the money coming.

  • August 2, 2018

    Comcast’s Xfinity Accused Of Infringing Streaming TV Patent

    An online television streaming company sued Comcast Corp. in Florida federal court Wednesday accusing the company’s Xfinity television service of infringing a patent covering a “global interactive programming guide,” in a potential threat to the very heart of Comcast’s business.

  • August 2, 2018

    Retired Immigration Judges Slam High-Profile Case's Transfer

    A Guatemalan immigrant in a high-profile case that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to himself for review earlier this year has been ordered removed from the U.S., days after the case was taken off an immigration judge's docket, according to several retired immigration judges, who consider the case's transfer an "attack on judicial independence."

  • August 1, 2018

    US Atty For Pa. Creates Civil Enforcement Strike Force

    The U.S. attorney for Eastern Pennsylvania announced on Wednesday he is establishing an Affirmative Civil Enforcement Strike Force to investigate and prosecute the abuse of government programs — including health care and procurement fraud — plus enforce civil rights statutes and combat the opioid crisis.

  • August 1, 2018

    Enviro Group Loses Bid To Revive State Pipeline Challenge

    A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday that an environmental group was too late to challenge the PennEast pipeline project to a state board, saying that ongoing confusion over whether the appeal of the pipeline’s state permits belonged in federal or state court was no excuse.

  • August 1, 2018

    Pa. High Court To Weigh How Asbestos Liability Is Divided

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Tuesday said it will decide whether the state’s Fair Share Act requires juries in asbestos cases to apportion liability on a percentage basis, after a trial court evenly split a $6.4 million asbestos verdict among eight companies.

  • August 1, 2018

    Pittsburgh Doc Hit With 100+ New Counts In Opioid Case

    A federal grand jury has added over 100 counts, including health care fraud and money laundering charges, to the indictment against a former Pittsburgh-area physician already accused of illegally prescribing and distributing opioid painkillers. 

  • August 1, 2018

    3rd Circ. Keeps US Bank On Hook For $6M 'Bad Faith' Award

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday said U.S. Bank can't offset the $6.1 million it must pay the founder of National Medical Imaging for a tossed bankruptcy petition against money the executive owes, since the bank's filing was found to be in bad faith.

  • August 1, 2018

    Unification Church Says Gun-Centric Offshoot Stole Design

    Unification Church, a global religious movement founded in South Korea, says an offshoot that promotes a gun-centered theology is creating a distorted image of the religion by ripping off its trademarked flag design.

  • August 1, 2018

    Trader's False Reports May Not Be Deportable Crime: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that a false reporting conviction under the Commodity Exchange Act is not necessarily a crime warranting deportation in the case of a green card holder who purchased oil futures contracts on behalf of his financial services firm without authorization.

  • July 31, 2018

    NFL Concussion Settlement Pays Out Over $502M In Claims

    The special master overseeing the National Football League’s concussion settlement on Monday said that more than half a billion dollars in claims have been awarded in the past year and a half, exceeding what the NFL originally estimated it would pay out over 10 years.

  • July 31, 2018

    Ex-PSU GC During Sandusky Probe Slams Discipline Effort

    A former general counsel for Pennsylvania State University fired back Tuesday at the ethics investigators seeking her censure, calling allegations she had conflicts of interest in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse investigation "a mockery of our disciplinary system."

  • July 31, 2018

    Exelon To Sell Closing Nuclear Reactor In New Jersey

    Exelon Generation Co. LLC has struck a deal to sell its retiring Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey to energy technology company Holtec International Inc., the companies announced on Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2018

    Merck Says Vaccine Bundles Caused Low Prices, Not Harm

    Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.'s bundling of pediatric vaccines isn’t anti-competitive because it kept prices at “rock bottom” and didn’t block other companies from competing, the drugmaker told a Pennsylvania federal court Monday in a bid to boot a proposed class action.

  • July 31, 2018

    Osprey Shareholder Sues To Stop $400M Blackstone Deal

    An Osprey Energy Acquisition Corp. shareholder has filed a class action suit in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas seeking to stop the company’s $400 million purchase of Blackstone Group LP’s Texas shale stake, claiming top executives withheld information from shareholders to convince them to give up majority control of the new company.

  • July 31, 2018

    Philly Photog Can't Sue Budweiser Over Neon Skyline Sign

    A Philadelphia photographer can't sue Anheuser-Busch for allegedly using his image of the city's skyline in a neon Budweiser sign, a federal judge has ruled, saying the city's skyscrapers are "unprotected by copyright law."

  • July 30, 2018

    Uber Dodges Rider’s Suit Over Driver Assault, For Now

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed a New Jersey man's suit alleging Uber is liable for hiring a driver who assaulted him over a ride dispute and left him “for dead,” but the judge gave the rider a chance to amend his claims against the ride-hailing giant.

  • July 30, 2018

    Ivy League Stands By Harvard In Admissions Race Bias Suit

    Harvard’s fellow Ivy League schools sided with the university Monday in arguing that the school’s admissions process isn’t racially discriminatory, and that a suit seeking to do away with weighing applicants’ race in admissions could limit diversity on campus.

  • July 30, 2018

    Attorneys General Urge High Court To Let EPA Ban HFCs

    A group of state attorneys general have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot force manufacturers to stop using hydrofluorocarbons, saying the decision endangered both the environment and businesses.

  • July 30, 2018

    Immigration Judges Condemn EOIR Intervention In Case

    The Philadelphia chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association on Monday condemned the Executive Office of Immigration Review's recent decision to remove an immigration judge overseeing a precedential case and replace him with an assistant chief immigration judge who ordered the immigrant involved deported.

Expert Analysis

  • Vaccine Mandates And Lessons On Legal Compliance

    Alan Berkowitz

    Terminating or disciplining an employee who declines to get a vaccine because of a disability or religious belief exposes an employer to significant risk of a discrimination lawsuit. In Ruggiero v. Mount Nittany Medical Center, the Third Circuit established a relatively low threshold for employees to get past the initial pleading stage, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • What The AbbVie Decision Says About Sham Patent Cases

    Leslie John

    The recent Pennsylvania federal court decision in Federal Trade Commission v. AbbVie is likely to have significant effects on antitrust cases challenging patent litigations as shams, say Leslie John and Stephen Kastenberg of Ballard Spahr LLP.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

    Joe Jacquot

    While appealing to voters this election season, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with promises of using their state enforcement powers. AGs are also increasingly defining themselves publicly by reacting to the federal government, whether by filing a lawsuit against the president or opposing congressional acts, says Joe Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • What High Court Review Of Fosamax Means For Preemption

    Max Kennerly

    With the U.S. Supreme Court's grant of certiorari in Fosamax, drug companies may be hoping the court throws out the preemption precedent established by Wyeth v. Levine. But unless multiple justices reverse course and adopt positions contrary to their prior opinions, there simply is no path to victory for drug companies, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • The E-Sign Act: 18 Years And All Grown Up

    August Heckman

    As the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act — signed by President Bill Clinton on June 30, 2000 — reaches the age of maturity after being tested in the courts, and as more employers adopt or broaden their use of electronic signatures, now is a good time to review the basic requirements and lessons learned from the developing case law, says August Heckman of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Classifying $10B Of Auctioned Airwaves For Tax Purposes

    R. Gregory Roberts

    Television broadcasters who participated in the 2017 Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction should carefully consider how the auction proceeds should be treated for state tax apportionment purposes, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.