A Pennsylvania judge has set legal precedent after ruling that an interest in protecting confidential business information allowed a group of vendors to intervene in a dispute over air permits issued for a $2 billion ethane gas complex under development by a Royal Dutch Shell PLC unit.
The Federal Trade Commission has argued it cannot be placed on the hook for legal fees and litigation costs after voluntarily dismissing a pay-for-delay suit in Pennsylvania federal court against Impax Laboratories and others over generic versions of an extended-release opioid.
Kohl's Corp. has agreed to dismiss a third-party complaint it brought against a contractor who handled services related to the retailer’s credit cards in a putative class action brought by cardholders who claimed Kohl’s forced customers into frivolous payment protection and credit monitoring programs.
A host of internet and technology giants including Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. have thrown their support behind Google Inc. as it fights a Pennsylvania magistratical order to comply with search warrants in two criminal investigations by turning over data stored on overseas servers.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday affirmed that Widmer Engineering Inc. can't recover payments allegedly owed by a general contractor on a bridge replacement project under a bond issued by Penn National Insurance, holding that the engineering firm's services don't constitute "labor" covered by the bond.
Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators said Friday they would continue their bipartisan process for identifying federal judicial nominees, even as they have apparently diverged with regard to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch.
The Third Circuit on Monday declined to shorten a New Jersey public official’s nearly six-year prison term for corruption after finding that the sentencing judge didn’t abuse his discretion when denying the official's request for leniency since he cooperated with the government.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled Monday that attorney-client privilege does not apply to a company's email with its media consultants, in a discovery fight over litigation stemming from a hospital’s allegations that a doctor engaged in unnecessary procedures.
An energy industry group urged Pennsylvania’s highest court on Friday to uphold a preliminary injunction it won barring state environmental regulators from beginning to enforce controversial new regulations governing surface activities near gas drilling sites.
A Pennsylvania appeals court ordered a trial judge on Monday to hold new hearings on whether a UGI Corp. subsidiary had effectively seized the subsurface rights of private landowners by declaring their properties within a buffer zone surrounding an underground gas storage facility.
Fox Rothschild LLP dodged allegations on Friday that an attorney filed a frivolous bankruptcy petition in order to stave off a trial a client was facing in Pennsylvania state court over an aborted merger involving a Philadelphia-area travel agency.
Two former Penn State University administrators pled guilty Monday to child endangerment charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, avoiding a trial that was scheduled for later this month.
A group of retired NFL players took issue with the lead counsels’ fee request in the landmark concussion litigation, asking a Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday not to approve the $112.5 million request because of a provision that asks for 5 percent of the settlement to be set aside for future costs.
Retired running back Fred Willis on Thursday again defended himself in Pennsylvania federal court against a bid by the attorneys representing the class of retired players the NFL concussion litigation settlement to silence Willis’ allegedly false communications with fellow class members.
A food tray supplier on Thursday asked the Third Circuit to uphold a decision that tossed a $3 million jury award against it on claims it breached a contract and lured away customers from a distributor, saying the lower court was right to determine Roberts Technology Group Inc. had misled the jury when estimating its losses.
The Third Circuit has refused to revive a putative class action against Aetna Inc. and its affiliates by a woman alleging the insurer unlawfully demanded reimbursement for medical expenses because she settled a car accident lawsuit, saying she failed to exhaust her administrative remedies before filing the case.
The Third Circuit upheld a ruling Thursday that a Pennsylvania state university foundation could not face an antitrust suit over student housing policies under the state action doctrine, but rejected a finding that the school and its foundation were automatically immune.
Polsinelli PC has nabbed two health care pros from Epstein Becker Green and Arent Fox LLP, Pepper Hamilton LLP has started a health sciences department and Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC has brought on a corporate life sciences member from K&L Gates LLP.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday agreed to suspend the law license of a Philadelphia-based attorney who was convicted last month on charges for lending his support to a multimillion-dollar Baltimore crime ring.
The city of Philadelphia urged a Pennsylvania appeals court Friday to affirm a decision finding that the city’s controversial new levy on sugar-sweetened beverages did not usurp the state’s taxing authority, saying opponents were making political arguments that didn’t implicate the tax’s legality.
Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last month filed a lawsuit against Navient Corp. that sheds additional light on how the agency views its authority to prohibit “abusive” acts. The CFPB seems to be sending a message that companies need to look out for consumers’ best interests in certain circumstances, says Ori Lev of Mayer Brown LLP.
California may grab the spotlight, but Ohio should not be overlooked as a high-risk area for pricing litigation. Recent cases filed in the Buckeye State against Visionworks, Michaels, Jos. A. Bank, Hobby Lobby, My Pillow and other retailers showcase Ohio's emergence as a popular venue for challenges to a wide variety of pricing practices, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Sedgwick LLP.
When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.
Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.
In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.
The Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in U.S. v. Stein could hinder efforts to limit loss estimates in fraud-on-the-market criminal securities fraud cases. The case cemented a firm 5-3 majority circuit split that will undoubtedly weigh heavily on judges who will be confronted with this issue in the four circuits that have yet to address it, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.
With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.
The 115th Congress began by introducing bills aimed at defunding sanctuary cities in both the Senate and House, efforts consistent with President Donald Trump’s recent executive order, which aims to cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities. However, such action is likely to lead to a showdown in Congress and in the federal courts over a variety of constitutional, federal and administrative legal issues, say attorneys at Holland & Knight LLP.
2016 was a notable year for the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation: It created only 26 new MDL proceedings, a low-water mark for new MDL proceedings not seen in almost a quarter of a century. In this installment of his bimonthly series on the panel, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP looks at the panel’s activity over the past year.