Pennsylvania

  • September 5, 2017

    Ballard Spahr, Lindquist & Vennum Team Up For 650-Atty Firm

    Ballard Spahr LLP is set to gain more than 150 attorneys and increase its mergers and acquisitions, finance and litigation offerings after the firm said Tuesday it will merge with Minneapolis-headquartered Lindquist & Vennum LLP.

  • September 5, 2017

    Pa. Town, DOJ Ink Settlement In Mosque Discrimination Row

    As part of a settlement over allegedly discriminatory zoning decisions announced by federal prosecutors on Tuesday, a suburban Philadelphia municipality has agreed to allow a local Islamic group to move ahead with plans to construct a mosque.

  • September 5, 2017

    Saul Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr Merger Yields 15-Office Firm

    Saul Ewing LLP and Arnstein & Lehr LLP announced Tuesday they have merged to create a more than 400-attorney firm with 15 offices along the East Coast and in the Midwest.

  • September 5, 2017

    Merck Asks Supreme Court To Halt Fosamax Warning MDL

    Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to end multidistrict litigation over an alleged failure to warn patients about the risk of irregular hip fractures caused by its osteoporosis drug Fosamax, saying the court needs to clarify a prior drug warning ruling.

  • September 5, 2017

    Pa. Judge Asks To Delay Federal Bribery Trial

    An indicted Pennsylvania judge facing federal bribery and money laundering charges is pushing for more time to build his defense as the clock ticks down toward the scheduled start of his trial next month.

  • September 5, 2017

    Pa. Case Shows How Social Media Can Stymie Med Mal Suits

    A woman’s Facebook posts are at the heart of a medical malpractice dispute to be heard by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court over when the woman knew she had Lyme disease, which experts say underscores how social media posts can come back to haunt personal injury plaintiffs.

  • September 1, 2017

    Fired Pharma Exec Not Victim Of Retaliation, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of retaliation claims brought by a former marketing director at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc., who was terminated after it was discovered his communications team had hired his wife's consulting firm.

  • September 1, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Upholds $7.9M Judgment Against Reinsurer

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday upheld a $7.9 million judgment against OneBeacon Insurance Co., finding that it owed reinsurance coverage to two insurers for asbestos claims from policies dating to 1983 and 1984.

  • September 1, 2017

    Travelers Has No Defense Duty In Shoddy Construction Fight

    A Pennsylvania federal judge granted summary judgment Thursday to insurer Travelers in a dispute over its duty to defend two real estate investment companies facing an underlying suit over claims of poorly constructed community infrastructure.

  • September 1, 2017

    FERC Refuses To Block $1.9B Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday rejected pleas to halt construction of the $1.9 billion Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project, saying it believed that denying the motions for a stay wouldn’t put the environment at risk.

  • September 1, 2017

    3rd Circ. Asked To Rethink Wellbutrin Pay-For-Delay Ruling

    Wellbutrin buyers on Thursday asked the Third Circuit to reconsider an August decision siding with GlaxoSmithKline PLC in litigation accusing the company of stifling generic competition for the drug, saying the appeals court’s ruling conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • September 1, 2017

    Tenet To Sell Philadelphia Hospitals To Paladin For $170M

    Tenet Healthcare Corp. has struck a deal to unload its remaining two Philadelphia hospitals to an affiliate of Paladin Healthcare for $170 million, the companies announced Friday.

  • August 31, 2017

    Burst-Ball Suit Gets Green Light For Chinese Court

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Thursday that a suit over insurance coverage for litigation against Dick’s Sporting Goods over an injury caused by a burst exercise ball should be dismissed in the U.S., but said it was fair game to be heard in China, the country the insurer calls home.

  • August 31, 2017

    3rd Circ. Orders Arbitrator For Welfare Fund Trustee Tussle

    A Third Circuit panel in a precedential ruling Thursday reversed and remanded a district court’s decision not to appoint an arbitrator in two related disputes between trustees of an employee benefit trust fund, finding the deadlocks on interpretations of the trust agreement within an arbitrator's purview.

  • August 31, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: BHP Billiton, Deutsche AM, Bon-Ton

    BHP Billiton has hired advisers to help sell its roughly $10 billion U.S. shale oil and gas business, Deutsche Asset Management is selling a nearly $1.3 billion stake in U.K. water company Kelda, and debt-ridden U.S. retail chain Bon-Ton is exploring its options.

  • August 31, 2017

    Impax Must Pay For GSK Wellbutrin Settlement, Teva Says

    Teva Pharmaceuticals said that misrepresentations from drugmaker Impax Laboratories about the bioequivalence of a now-discontinued generic version of antidepressant Wellbutrin left it exposed to hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to Wellbutrin manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, in a complaint filed in Pennsylvania state court Wednesday.

  • August 31, 2017

    Mobster's Case Remanded Over Money Laundering Atty

    The Third Circuit Wednesday sent convicted mobster Salvatore Pelullo's case back to the district court to resolve if his trial attorney had been too distracted by his own investigation for money laundering to provide Pelullo an adequate defense.

  • August 31, 2017

    Pa. Mayor To Sue Pharma Cos. Over Opioid Crisis

    A mayor of a Philadelphia suburb announced Wednesday that his township had retained counsel to sue over a dozen pharmaceutical companies over the burgeoning opioid crisis, becoming the first Pennsylvania municipality to take such a move.

  • August 31, 2017

    Ex-Mets Player Says Japanese Team Abandoned Contract

    A former New York Mets player has sued the owners of a Japanese baseball team in Pennsylvania federal court, alleging the team kept him on a reserve list while negotiating a contract with him for the 2015 season and then suddenly abandoned the deal.

  • August 31, 2017

    Pa. DEP Approves Permits For $1.9B Williams Pipeline

    Pennsylvania environmental regulators said Thursday they've issued permits for Williams Partners LP's $1.9 billion Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project, and the company said it will seek a green light from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which approved the project in February, to start construction.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Valley Forge V. Upper Merion Is A Solid Win For Taxpayers

    Jeffrey Wilhelm

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in Valley Forge v. Upper Merion this month is one of the state's most important real estate tax assessment cases to issue within the last two decades, providing taxpayers with important constitutional defenses against unscrupulous practices of taxing jurisdictions, says Jeffrey Wilhelm of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Some Needed Certainty On Administrative Expense Status

    Mark Sherrill

    Debtors in bankruptcy have often used the ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the word “received” as a tool to fight against administrative expense claims. Earlier this month, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in the case of World Imports that will likely be highly influential on this matter, says Mark Sherrill of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.