Pennsylvania

  • June 13, 2017

    National Penn Inks $1M Deal To End Pa. Overdraft Class Suit

    National Penn Bank has agreed to pay nearly $1 million to end a class action in Pennsylvania state court over allegedly improper overdraft fees it charged to customers, according to a motion filed Monday seeking approval of the settlement.

  • June 13, 2017

    Worker Complaints Mostly Spur OSHA Retailer Probes: Report

    Most workplace safety investigations against retailers by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are initiated by employee complaints rather than workplace fatalities, and California and Pennsylvania are among the top states where inspections and citations occur, according to a new report obtained by Law360 Tuesday.

  • June 13, 2017

    Philly Building Collapse Victim Denied Immediate Payout

    A Philadelphia judge, following an emergency hearing on Tuesday, denied a request for an immediate payout from the woman who was awarded $95.6 million in binding arbitration after losing the lower half of her body in the 2013 Center City building collapse.

  • June 12, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg On Diversity And Persuading Her Colleagues

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses what it means to have three women on the court, the aftermath of hostile Senate confirmation fights, and why justices sometimes do the unexpected, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the feminist icon.

  • June 12, 2017

    BIA Must Review Athlete's Asylum Denial, 3rd Circ. Says

    An immigration judge’s frequent interruptions, digressive questions and generally hostile tone prevented a Salvadorian soccer player from properly making his case for asylum, the Third Circuit ruled on Monday, granting the player’s review petition.

  • June 12, 2017

    Philly Collapse Victim Needs Quick Payout, Atty Says

    The Philadelphia woman who was awarded $95.6 million in binding arbitration after losing the lower half of her body in the 2013 Center City building collapse asked a Philadelphia judge Monday to compel the payment of her share of the $227 million settlement, raising concerns about a likely delay.

  • June 12, 2017

    Pa. Ethics Board Slams Judge's Bid To Drop Misconduct Case

    A panel of Pennsylvania judicial ethics investigators said Friday that a delayed complaint against a Washington County judge over his allegedly improper handling of a criminal case against a local mayor did not warrant dismissal of their charges.

  • June 12, 2017

    Lab Supplier's $6.4B Sale Has Investors In Dark, Suit Says

    Directors of Pennsylvania-based laboratory products provider VWR stand to reap millions of dollars from its planned, $6.4 billion sale to private equity-backed Avantor while VWR investors lack the information needed to accurately vote on the deal, they alleged Monday.

  • June 12, 2017

    Atty Pushes Standing In Duane Morris Malpractice Appeal

    A Philadelphia-based attorney has said he will ask a state appeals court to weigh whether his role as part owner of a company formerly represented by Duane Morris LLP allowed him to pursue claims that the firm botched an appeal over the collapse of a $175 million acquisition opportunity.

  • June 12, 2017

    Pa. High Court Disbars Atty Guilty Of $1.7M Fraud

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has disbarred an attorney who pled guilty to mail fraud and tax evasion in 2015 after the attorney voluntarily resigned his license.

  • June 12, 2017

    Pa. County Can Pursue 911 Undercharge Suit Against Telcos

    A Pennsylvania state appeals court has revived a county’s suit claiming that a group of telecommunication service providers underbilled customers and failed to remit full 911 services payments to the local government.

  • June 12, 2017

    Feds Say Philly DA Sensed Corruption Investigation In 2015

    Federal prosecutors suggested Monday that indicted Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams knew he was subject to a federal corruption investigation as early as 2015, arguing in a filing that he should be barred at his upcoming trial from introducing “self-serving statements” he made to a cooperating witness.

  • June 12, 2017

    Pa. Court OKs Frack Well Under Petroleum Refinery

    The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in a published opinion on Monday upheld a decision by the state’s Environmental Hearing Board that allowed an oil and gas driller to frack an oil well under a United Refining Co. refinery in Warren County.

  • June 12, 2017

    Ex-PSU Prez Fights Child Endangerment Conviction

    In a bid to win dismissal of his recent conviction on a misdemeanor count of child endangerment related to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier has urged a judge to find that the charge was barred by a two-year statute of limitations.

  • June 9, 2017

    Suit Alleging Atty Botched Med Mal Row Wins En Banc Rehear

    The en banc Pennsylvania Superior Court will reconsider the dismissal of a legal malpractice suit alleging an attorney's failure to obtain an expert opinion doomed a couple’s medical malpractice case.

  • June 9, 2017

    Ex-Pepper Hamilton Atty, Former Casey Aide Start New Firm

    The former leader of a transparency practice at Pepper Hamilton LLP has joined forces with a former senior adviser to a U.S. senator to create a new law firm based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that will help clients navigate government transparency and public record laws.

  • June 9, 2017

    AGs Vow Legal Fight If EPA Nixes Vehicle Emissions Regs

    More than a dozen Democratic state attorneys general on Thursday vowed to take the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to court if the agency rolls back air pollution standards for vehicles, saying the standards, which would cut nearly half a million cars' worth of emissions annually, have already been approved through to 2025.

  • June 9, 2017

    Gov't Off The Hook For Paying More In Med Mal Settlement

    A Pennsylvania federal judge determined Friday that the federal government doesn’t have to pay interest on its half of an $8 million settlement secured by Temple University Hospital in a suit accusing the federally funded clinic of botching a baby’s delivery, ruling the law didn’t support adding to the hospital’s payout.

  • June 9, 2017

    Philly Jury Clears J&J In Latest Pelvic Mesh Case

    Johnson & Johnson’s losing streak in pelvic mesh litigation in Philadelphia ended on Friday as a jury rejected claims that a defective implant had left a woman facing the prospect of a lifetime of chronic pain.

  • June 9, 2017

    Insurers Must Defend Pa. School In Tainted Water Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday found that two insurance companies have a duty to defend a school district against a proposed class action over alleged water contamination, saying the at-issue pollution exclusions do not apply to the underlying claims.

Expert Analysis

  • In Tronox, 2nd Circ. Sends Clear Message About Injunctions

    Jack Haake

    There is value in the protections afforded by an injunction, be it through a settlement or a bankruptcy discharge. The Second Circuit’s recent decision in Tronox preserves an injunction’s value in two ways, says Jack Haake of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Solving The Uninsured Driver Conundrum With Technology

    Kymberly Kochis

    Nearly a century after Massachusetts enacted the first law mandating the purchase of auto insurance, and despite laws on the books in almost every state, 12 percent of drivers are still uninsured. Kymberly Kochis and Veronica Wayner of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP explore why uninsured driver rates are so high, how states are addressing the issue, and consider prospects for future solutions through technological advances.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Herding Cats: Making The Most Out Of A Joint Defense Group

    Audra Dial

    Audra Dial, managing partner for Kilpatrick Townsend LLP’s Atlanta office, shares four strategies that she believes make multidefendant litigation more efficient — and ensure the joint defense group does not devolve into a leaderless group.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • A Hollow Win For Ride-Sharing Cos. On Unionizing Drivers

    Daniel Handman

    When a federal judge in Seattle recently enjoined the city from enforcing parts of an ordinance allowing ride-sharing drivers to unionize, it was hailed as a major victory for a badly beaten industry. But that victory may prove to be fleeting, says Daniel Handman of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Defining An Occurrence For Sexual Abuse Cases

    Katharine Thompson

    In Diocese v. Duluth, the Bankruptcy Court for the District Court of Minnesota ruled last month that each instance of sexual abuse counted as a separate trigger of insurance coverage. This decision clashes with a recent decision made by a Pennsylvania court, indicating that courts across the country will continue to grapple with trigger and number of occurrence issues related to sexual abuse, says Katharine Thompson of Gordon Rees ... (continued)

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.