Pennsylvania

  • 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.

  • February 1, 2017

    The 4 Wittiest Dissents By Gorsuch

    During his tenure on the Tenth Circuit, Judge Neil Gorsuch wrote more than 30 playful, witty dissents that both entertain the reader and give clear insight to his legal thinking. Here, Law360 looks at the best of the bunch and what they say about his thoughts on legislating from the bench, prepositional phrases and everything in between.

  • February 1, 2017

    Gorsuch's Opening Words Speak Volumes About His Style

    Never one to pass up the chance to spin a good yarn, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s body of rulings during a decade at the Tenth Circuit casts him as a fervent storyteller. A look at some of his best opening passages reveals a narrative writing style that’s light on legalese and heavy on plot, setting and characters.

  • February 1, 2017

    NFL Players Union Says Drug Suspension Row Has No Legs

    Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson alleged facts that do not show the purported actions, or inaction, of the NFL Players Association caused him to be slapped with a 10-game drug policy suspension last season, the union recently told an Ohio federal court in pressing for the case's toss.

  • February 1, 2017

    Ex-PSU Admins To Face Trial On Child Endangerment Charges

    Three former Pennsylvania State University administrators accused of interfering with the investigation into assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse will face charges of endangering the welfare of children but not failure to report child abuse in a trial beginning next month, according to orders issued Wednesday.

  • February 1, 2017

    Senators Flirt With Nuclear Option Over High Court Pick

    The Senate fight over Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could soon “go nuclear,” as less than a day after President Donald Trump put Gorsuch up for the court, political discussion has already turned to breaking a likely Democratic filibuster and pushing him through without any bipartisan support.

  • February 1, 2017

    Similar On The Law, Gorsuch Differs From Scalia In Style

    If confirmed by the Senate, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch would bring to the bench a strikingly similar judicial philosophy to that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but former clerks and colleagues say the Tenth Circuit judge and Colorado native’s congenial temperament couldn’t be more different from the fiery Scalia's.

  • February 1, 2017

    Drug Refund Co. Slams $116M Theft Claims In Trial Opener

    A trial over the alleged theft of $116 million in refunds for unwanted medications kicked off in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday as a jury heard arguments from defendant Guaranteed Returns accusing prosecutors of inflating a simple contract dispute over its handling of the pharmaceutical products into a criminal case.

  • February 1, 2017

    Nursing Home Can’t Send Med Mal Suit To Arbitration

    A Pennsylvania appeals court declined to force a woman to arbitrate her negligence claims against Kindred Healthcare Inc. on Wednesday, mere days after finding for the company in another appeal seeking to compel a patient’s nephew to arbitrate similar allegations.

  • February 1, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives False Ad Class Action Against Pa. Power Co.

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday revived a proposed class action claiming a Pennsylvania energy company lied to customers about the amount of energy savings they would see after switching power servicers, saying it's irrelevant to class certification if the consumers had interpreted their contracts differently.

  • February 1, 2017

    Attys React To Judge Gorsuch's Supreme Court Nomination

    President Donald Trump nominated Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday to become the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, aiming to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Here, attorneys tell Law360 what they think about the nomination.

  • February 1, 2017

    Sprint Owes $153M Over SMS Patent, Comcast Tells Jury

    An attorney for Comcast told a Pennsylvania federal jury Wednesday that Sprint had been infringing a patent held by the cable giant over text messaging operations since 2006, contending that the company was owed $153 million in damages.

  • February 1, 2017

    Jury Finds Pa. State Sen. Not Guilty On Vote Buying Charges

    A Pennsylvania state senator escaped charges that he bribed a local Democratic committee member to support his candidacy to become a ward leader, after a federal jury delivered a sweeping not guilty verdict on its second day of deliberations.

  • February 1, 2017

    Stradley Ronon Lands Ex-Pepper Hamilton IP Attorney

    Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP announced on Monday that it has bolstered its Malvern, Pennsylvania, office with the addition of an intellectual property attorney from Pepper Hamilton LLP who has expertise in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and biotechnology industries.

  • January 31, 2017

    Gorsuch Likely To Restore Scalia-Era High Court Balance

    With a solid conservative bent, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch, is unlikely to shift the high court’s jurisprudence significantly away from where it stood with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, legal experts say.

  • January 31, 2017

    Gorsuch's Credentials Could Prove Troubling To Opposition

    The praise for Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch following his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday night came from many prominent legal figures, reflecting how it will be hard for Democrats to challenge President Donald Trump's selection given the judge's impeccable resume.

  • January 31, 2017

    3 Gorsuch Opinions You Need To Read Right Now

    President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is a 10-year veteran of the Tenth Circuit and has under his belt hundreds of opinions that can be mined for clues as to what kind of Supreme Court justice he would be. Here are three opinions by Judge Gorsuch to read right now.

  • January 31, 2017

    Pa. Court Rejects Appeal In Unnecessary Surgery Row

    A Pennsylvania appeals court affirmed Tuesday the dismissal of a medical negligence suit accusing a doctor and a hospital of performing an unnecessary coronary artery stent procedure, saying the trial court properly tossed the case as untimely under state law.

Expert Analysis

  • 2016 Environmental Case Law Highlights: Part 1

    Anthony B. Cavender

    In part 1 of his three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP analyzes decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the D.C., First, Second, Third and Fourth Circuits, noting, among other observations, the unusual number of Endangered Species Act cases decided by the D.C. Circuit.

  • 2016 Kept Employers On Their Toes, Expect The Same In 2017

    Debra S. Friedman

    There was no shortage of action in the world of labor and employment law in 2016. Looking back on the year behind us, several areas in particular emerge as significant, both because of what happened in 2016 and what those developments will mean as we look toward 2017 and beyond, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor PC.

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • 2016 Highlights From Indirect Purchaser Class Actions

    Christopher T. Micheletti

    While there were no major U.S. Supreme Court decisions that impacted indirect purchaser cases in 2016, and only a few circuit court decisions, some notable rulings shed light on strategies related to class certification, Article III and antitrust standing, settlement objectors, and other indirect purchaser-related issues, say Chris Micheletti and Christina Tabacco of Zelle LLP.

  • State AGs May Turn Up Enforcement Under Trump

    Joseph W. Jacquot

    With the incoming Trump administration, regulatory and enforcement priorities will likely change, but if federal agencies scale back their consumer protection efforts, attorneys general can be expected to pick up the slack, says Joseph W. Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • Philly Sets Stage For More Local Workplace Legislation

    Jonathan S. Krause

    The Philadelphia City Council recently became the first legislative body of a major city to pass a law prohibiting all employers from asking prospective employees about their wage history during the application process. These actions follow a broader trend of local governments passing workplace legislation that is unlikely or more difficult to enact at the federal or state levels, says Jonathan Krause of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP.

  • A Trademark Year In Wine And Beer 2016: Part 5

    David Kluft

    David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP finishes off his comprehensive review of this year's beer and wine trademark disputes with 32 more cases for you to bring up at your holiday party.