Pennsylvania

  • February 6, 2017

    Stemtech Pictures High Court Taking Up $1.6M Photo Case

    Florida-based nutritional supplement maker Stemtech International Inc. has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a ruling that affirmed a $1.6 million copyright damages verdict against the company over the use of photographs, saying the decision improperly broadens infringement liability laws as they apply to the internet.

  • February 6, 2017

    Pa. Judge Says Google Must Turn Over Foreign Server Data

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday ordered Google to comply with search warrants in two criminal investigations demanding the company turn over data stored on overseas servers, breaking with a recent decision in the Second Circuit over data Microsoft stored outside of the U.S.

  • February 3, 2017

    Mylan Inks $96.5M Pay-For-Delay Deal With Cephalon Buyers

    Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to pay $96.5 million to settle with direct purchasers in pay-for-delay litigation over Cephalon’s narcolepsy drug Provigil, according to a court filing in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • February 3, 2017

    ACLU Demands CBP Data On Immigration Ban Enforcement

    Fifty American Civil Liberties Union chapters have filed coordinated information requests with local U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices, seeking data on how field offices have been implementing the Jan. 27 immigration ban that caused widespread chaos at international airports and other entry points.

  • February 3, 2017

    GSK Says New Claim Has No Evidence In Avandia MDL

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC told a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday that third-party payors in multidistrict litigation alleging the company misrepresented the safety of its Avandia diabetes drugs are now claiming for the first time and with no supporting evidence that GSK promised Avandia had cardiovascular benefits.

  • February 3, 2017

    FERC Greenlights Pipeline Projects As Bay Walks Out Door

    With Friday's departure of Commissioner Norman Bay leaving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indefinitely unable to approve the construction of natural gas pipelines, the agency gave the green light to several projects right at the wire, headlined by Energy Transfer LP's proposed $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline project.

  • February 3, 2017

    Impala Must Pay For More Docs, Despite Fraud Allegations

    South African metals refiner Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. had its request to see communications between an auto salvage investor whose company owes it a $200 million arbitral award and his lawyers rejected on Thursday, with a Pennsylvania federal judge saying a limited review showed no evidence of fraud.

  • February 3, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Again Axes Kaplin Stewart Docs Order

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday upended, for the second time, an order requiring Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein PC to turn over potentially privileged communications with a developer it represented in an antitrust suit accusing a rival of improperly blocking a project in suburban Philadelphia.

  • February 3, 2017

    Jurors Hear Human Cost Of Tragic Philly Building Collapse

    Four attorneys told stories about how victims of a 2013 Philadelphia building collapse had been killed, maimed and suffered other serious physical and psychological injuries, urging a Philadelphia jury Friday to use punitive damages to send a sharp message to the Salvation Army and the building's owner.

  • February 3, 2017

    Hagens Berman Objects To Report On Thalidomide Suits

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP on Thursday raised objections to a report by a special master looking into whether it should be allowed to stop representing thalidomide birth defect clients in suits against GlaxoSmithKline, saying the document doesn’t address the “ethical quandary” of lawyers having to testify about clients’ cases.

  • February 3, 2017

    Philly Atty Convicted Of Aiding Baltimore Drug Ring

    A Philadelphia-based attorney was convicted by a federal jury in Maryland on Thursday of lending his support to a multimillion-dollar Baltimore crime ring by laundering money from drug sales and tampering with witnesses.

  • February 3, 2017

    LabMD Slams Bid To Extend Stay In Tiversa's Defamation Suit

    LabMD Inc. has urged a Pennsylvania state judge to forbid the CEO of cybersecurity firm Tiversa Holdings Corp. from extending a stay that he secured on his defamation case against the company in September in order to accommodate an ongoing federal investigation.

  • February 3, 2017

    3rd Circ. Judge, Trump's Sister, Stops Hearing Cases

    Third Circuit Senior Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, who is President Donald Trump’s older sister, decided this week to go inactive on the bench, relinquishing her staff and chambers despite being scheduled to hear cases this year.

  • February 2, 2017

    Buyers Seek New 3rd Circ. Look At Car Shipping Antitrust Suit

    Buyers claiming that ocean shipping giants conspired to stifle competition and inflate prices for transporting vehicles asked the full Third Circuit on Wednesday to review a panel’s recent finding that those shippers were immune from suit, saying the precedential ruling misconstrued when preemption applies under the Shipping Act of 1984.

  • February 2, 2017

    Pa. Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over Pipeline Redirection Bid

    More than 50 Pennsylvania lawmakers told the state's Public Utility Commission on Wednesday that they were concerned that Laurel Pipeline Co. LP's plans to reverse the flow of a section of pipeline could have a negative impact on the price and supply of petroleum products in the state's western reaches.

  • February 2, 2017

    Ballard Spahr Adds Securities Partner In Philadelphia

    Ballard Spahr LLP said it has expanded its securities litigation group in Philadelphia with the addition of a seasoned partner who came aboard after a nearly eight-year tenure with crosstown rival Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • February 2, 2017

    Feds Fight Ex-Cozen Atty's Post-Prison Travel Request

    A former Cozen O’Connor attorney should not be able to shake post-prison travel restrictions following his conviction in a $2 million fraud scheme because his request is too late and does not meet requirements for an exemption, prosecutors are arguing in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • February 2, 2017

    Pa. Justices To Mull Barrack Rodos' $1.5M Fee-Sharing Fight

    Pennsylvania’s highest court said Wednesday it would consider whether a decision affirming the invalidity of a nonattorney's oral fee-sharing agreement with Barrack Rodos & Bacine had effectively allowed the firm to get away with a breach of ethics costing the nonattorney $1.5 million for entering into the deal in the first place.

  • February 2, 2017

    Avandia MDL Settlement Administrator Sues Atty For $2.5M

    A company administering the settlement fund for the federal Avandia multidistrict litigation has sued its former attorney in Pennsylvania state court, alleging that he caused $2.5 million in damages when he authorized a payment to GlaxoSmithKline to correct for an improper distribution to plaintiffs in the case.

  • February 2, 2017

    Amazon Settles UPenn Student Suicide Claims

    The family of a University of Pennsylvania student has reached a settlement with Amazon.com Inc. to end a lawsuit alleging that she purchased illegal cyanide products she ultimately used to end her life through the online retailer.

Expert Analysis

  • Door Closing On 'Unavailability' Insurance Exception: Part 1

    Scott M. Seaman

    Over the last 20 years, policyholders have often tried to use the "unavailability of insurance" exception to counteract the consequences of pro rata allocation, but recent activity suggests that the exception is losing support even in the few jurisdictions that have recognized it, says Scott Seaman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • In Congress: Obamacare, The Cabinet

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    Republican leaders in Congress plan to take the initial steps toward repealing and replacing Obamacare this week, hoping to deliver on the campaign promises made by most Republicans over the past six years and by President-elect Trump during the 2016 election cycle, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Sky's The Limit For Public-Private Aerial Transit

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    Aerial tramways have been used in a number of U.S. cities for public transport in recent years. Now, aerial gondola lifts are being considered for moving commuters and tourists in New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago and elsewhere, and the public-private partnership model is emerging as a favored way of delivering and maintaining these green and cost-efficient systems, says Frank Rapoport of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Time To Reopen Some DOJ Antitrust Field Offices

    Robert E. Connolly

    President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to spend up to $1 trillion upgrading America’s infrastructure. To help ensure that money is spent free from corruption, the incoming administration should reopen at least two of the four Antitrust Division field offices that were shuttered in January 2013, says Robert Connolly of GeyerGorey LLP.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 3

    Anthony B. Cavender

    The final article in this series reviews some of the most significant environmental cases of 2016 decided in the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as several state supreme courts. Anyone who reads these cases will be impressed by the painstaking approach these courts apply to some of the most vexing and complicated cases on their dockets, says Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 2

    Anthony B. Cavender

    In part 2 of this three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP highlights decisions from the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits. In particular, these cases reflect issues common to the energy-producing states as well as additional Endangered Species Act decisions.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2017

    Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy

    Transitioning to 2017 promises to be full of changes for employers, and while you may not know how the new administration or court decisions will impact employment laws and regulations, you can resolve to be ready for the changes, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Bonnie Burke of Lawrence & Bundy LLC.

  • Can Employers Still Drug Test Where Marijuana Is Legal?

    Eve Wagner

    It would be great if the new rules surrounding marijuana legalization and employer drug policies were clear, stable and uniform from state to state and across the country. However, especially with an incoming right-leaning cabinet, the reality is we’re facing a mixed bag of guidelines over the next couple of years, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • 6 Key Commercial Litigation Finance Trends For 2017

    Ralph J. Sutton

    With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.