Pennsylvania

  • November 30, 2017

    Ex-NJ Gov.'s Firm Renamed As Partner Joins New Gov.'s Team

    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.

  • November 30, 2017

    Pa. Court Revives Horse Track's Indemnity Suit Over Fatality

    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.

  • November 30, 2017

    3rd Circ. Affirms Skadden Win In Radnor Ex-CEO’s Suit

    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.

  • November 30, 2017

    Cozen O'Connor Prevails In Records Dispute Over Cuba Docs

    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.

  • November 30, 2017

    Pa. DEP Releases Final Methane Rules For Oil, Gas Drillers

    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.

  • November 30, 2017

    Pa. Justices To Mull College's Liability For Football Injury

    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.

  • November 30, 2017

    Pa. Judicial Conduct Board Not Subject To Records Request

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    Reckitt, Generics Makers Settle Mucinex Antitrust Case

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    Drexel U. Gets Trim Of Magic Johnson Food Co.'s Suit

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    AGs Back Pa.'s Suit Over Contraception Mandate Exemptions

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    Pa. Justices To Weigh Pittsburgh Sick Leave, Security Laws

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    Pa. Woman Fired Over Religious Objections Can Get Benefits

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    Mich. Law Bars Some Risperdal Suits, Pa. Court Finds

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    Pa. Golf Resort CEO Pleads To Ripping Off Company

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    Philly Doctor, Staffer Accused Of Running Opioid Pill Mill

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    Agency Urges Pa. Justices To Reduce Whistleblower Award

    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.

  • November 29, 2017

    J&J Moves To Duck Pfizer Suit Over Remicade Biosimilar

    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.

  • November 28, 2017

    No Basis For FERC Pro-Pipeline Bias Claims, DC Circ. Told

    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.

  • November 28, 2017

    Philly Restaurants To Pay $830K In Wage Deal With Feds

    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.

  • November 28, 2017

    DEP Can Penalize Ongoing Pollution, Pa. Justices Hear

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    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.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    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.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    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.

  • Clean Water Act Challenges To Pipeline Projects: Part 2

    Joel Beauvais

    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.

  • Trending In Telehealth: Behavioral Health Services

    Amy Lerman

    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.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    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.

  • Opinion

    Stacking The Deck Against Opioid Plaintiffs

    Max Kennerly

    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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    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.

  • How The 3rd Circ. Stripped Down The 'Bare Metal' Defense

    Cory Lapin

    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 A Town's Fight Against Gas Drilling, Preemption Is Key

    Garrett Trego

    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.