Pennsylvania

  • January 5, 2017

    Norton Rose Fulbright To Shutter Pittsburgh Office

    Norton Rose Fulbright intends to close its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office, which opened in 2011 with six environmental and energy lawyers from K&L Gates LLP, the firm confirmed on Thursday.

  • January 5, 2017

    Ex-Pa. AG Dodges FMLA Claim In Agent's Retaliation Suit

    A federal judge on Wednesday trimmed a Family and Medical Leave Act claim from a special agent’s suit accusing former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane of retaliating against him for participating in an investigation that led to her corruption conviction, and sent his remaining whistleblower claim to state court.

  • January 4, 2017

    Actavis, Mylan, Teva Rigged Cholesterol Drug Price, Suit Says

    A New York City Police Department union on Tuesday accused Actavis, Mylan, Teva and a handful of other drugmakers of conspiring to inflate the price of the generic cholesterol drug pravastatin sodium in a potential class action in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 4, 2017

    7th Circ. Won't Rethink Penn Athletes-Not-Employees Ruling

    The Seventh Circuit refused Wednesday to rethink its ruling that University of Pennsylvania student-athletes cannot be considered employees based on their college sports participation, in a potentially fatal blow to their attempt to pursue Fair Labor Standards Act class claims for minimum wage.

  • January 4, 2017

    Limitless Mobile Reaches Deal For Larger, $5M DIP Loan

    Bankrupt rural wireless carrier Limitless Mobile LLC resolved objections from unsecured creditors Wednesday on its requests for post-petition financing and the use of lenders’ cash collateral, clearing the way for a Delaware bankruptcy judge to grant final approval for the measures.

  • January 4, 2017

    Amneal Sees Key Suboxone Product-Hopping Claims Advance

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday advanced the bulk of generic-drug manufacturer Amneal’s claims in its suit accusing drugmaker Indivior PLC of embarking on a product-hopping scheme to stave off generic competition to the opiate addiction treatment Suboxone.

  • January 4, 2017

    Young Law Inks Deal To Ditch Pa. Trademark Malpractice Suit

    Staving off a trial that was slated to get underway in Pennsylvania state court on Wednesday, the former Young Law Group PC has agreed to settle claims that it botched a trademark case it handled on behalf of a Lackawanna County stonework company.

  • January 4, 2017

    FERC Refuses To Halt $156M Pa. Pipeline Widening Project

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission declined to pause a $156 million natural gas pipeline project in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, denying a bid by environmental groups to halt construction until the commission considers a request for a rehearing of its original project approval.

  • January 4, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revisit Ex-Students' Malpractice Appeal

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday refused to reconsider its decision last month to not revive legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims brought against Carpenter Bennett & Morrissey by former Rutgers University students over allegations that the law firm represented them in a former professor's detenure proceedings nearly two decades ago.

  • January 4, 2017

    MoneyGram Wants Out Of States' Unclaimed Property Fight

    MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to keep it out of a dispute between Delaware and several other states on who gets to keep abandoned MoneyGram checks, arguing that it has no legal interest in the case and its involvement could raise constitutional issues.

  • January 4, 2017

    Pa. Justices Snub Appeal Over NCAA's Place In Death Suit

    Pennsylvania’s highest court said Wednesday it would not hear arguments over a ruling that revived claims against the NCAA over the sickle-cell-related death of a Slippery Rock University student during an intense basketball practice.

  • January 4, 2017

    Sanctioned Philly Atty Says Adversary Abused Civil Process

    The Philadelphia-area defense attorney who in December saw the Pennsylvania Supreme Court put to bed a nearly $1 million sanctions order against her over expert witness testimony in a medical malpractice suit has accused the plaintiffs attorneys in the case of pursuing abusive litigation.

  • January 4, 2017

    Ex-Pa. AG Says Trial Judge Improperly Gutted Perjury Defense

    Pennsylvania’s convicted former attorney general said Tuesday that the judge who oversaw her August perjury trial prevented her from mounting a viable defense by barring evidence related to pornographic emails that were swapped among employees in her office.

  • January 4, 2017

    Ex-US Atty To Rejoin Morgan Lewis In Philly

    The former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who paid special attention to drug and device fraud in his six years at the position before stepping down in December, is returning to Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • January 3, 2017

    Hogan Lovells Signs Lease For New Office In Philly

    Hogan Lovells LLP announced Tuesday that beginning in June 2017, it will be relocating its office in Philadelphia one block from its current space as part of an effort to expand its local presence.

  • January 3, 2017

    Ex-AT&T Exec Can't Boost Damages From Discrimination Win

    A longtime AT&T customer service executive allegedly fired for his age is not entitled to $288,000 in liquidated damages on top of the $370,000 award he won at a jury trial in January 2016, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled.

  • January 3, 2017

    Insurer's Malpractice Suit Over False Terrorism Claim Axed

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has blocked Erie Insurance Exchange from reviving a malpractice claim accusing an attorney of failing to properly preserve issues for appeal in a $2.25 million federal lawsuit brought by an Egyptian man falsely accused of participating in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  • January 3, 2017

    NJ Again Urges High Court To Review Sports Betting Case

    New Jersey and its horse racing industry group have again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the federal ban on sports betting in the Garden State, arguing that the restriction undermines state sovereignty.

  • January 3, 2017

    Trader Drops 3rd Circ. Appeal Of SEC Insider Trading Deal

    The Third Circuit has granted a bid by former medical device company executive George Holley to voluntarily dismiss his appeal of a $386,000 settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over insider trading claims in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month in Salman v. United States, according to an order filed Thursday.

  • January 3, 2017

    La. Bound To Flonase Settlement, GSK Tells 3rd Circ.

    Louisiana should be held to a settlement reached between GlaxoSmithKline and a class of purchasers over allegations that the company delayed generic competition for Flonase nasal spray, the company has told the Third Circuit.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Beyond Bean Counting: How Legal Can Add True Value

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    For legal departments to stay in front of the crowd, cost-cutting alone is not enough. Neither is claims-driven revenue generation, nor running endless analytics of outside legal spend. This is short-term, passive, scarcity-based thinking that keeps legal departments from offering their corporate clients the greatest possible value — competitive advantage, says David Wallace of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

  • Best Practices For Executing Pay Equity Audits

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Jeffrey M. Landes

    Although the Equal Pay Act has been in effect for 50 years, it recently gained renewed momentum with White House backing and an active task force, which has aggressively pursued employers who have violated its requirements. Jeffrey Landes of Epstein Becker Green PC guides practitioners in providing advice and counsel to employers regarding how to ensure compliance with all equal pay laws.

  • OPINION: The US Supreme Court In 2017

    James Brosnahan

    The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Think Before You Tie The Knot

    John Remsen Jr.

    Getting larger isn’t a good enough reason to merge. Focus on whether the merger will make your firm better. Also, it’s possible that a merger can reduce profitability, says John Remsen Jr. of TheRemsenGroup.

  • Fallen Warriors In The Game Of Mobile Privacy

    Gary A. Kibel

    Recent suits filed against the Golden State Warriors and the Indianapolis Colts hold many lessons in mobile privacy for sports teams, leagues, app developers, companies and other location-based services that use beacon technology, say attorneys with Davis & Gilbert LLP.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.

  • Product Contamination: Strong Underwriting Is Key

    Matthew L. Gonzalez

    In February 2016, the Western District of Pennsylvania confirmed that an insurer can rescind a product contamination policy due to an insured's misrepresentations. Underwriters should ask the correct questions during application processes to allow insurers to rescind policies for misrepresentations, say Matthew Gonzalez and Jonathan MacBride of Zelle LLP.

  • What To Expect From The New Senate

    Kay Bailey Hutchison

    A word of caution to our fellow Republicans — one lesson learned from President Obama’s first two years in office is that pushing through partisan legislation could come back to haunt a party and a presidency, say former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Curt Beaulieu of Bracewell LLP.