Pennsylvania

  • March 16, 2017

    Pittsburgh Woman Cops To Embezzling $13M From Own Co.

    A Pennsylvania woman pled guilty in federal court Wednesday to charges that she siphoned $12.97 million from her company over 16 years in one of the biggest employee embezzlement cases in state history.

  • March 16, 2017

    Female Lawyers Are Still Struggling To Land Lead MDL Roles

    While more and more female attorneys are shattering the glass ceiling and securing leadership posts in multidistrict litigation, the high-stakes, high-paying world of MDLs is still largely male-dominated, with only 16.5 percent of lead attorney roles going to women over the past five years, a new study shows.

  • March 16, 2017

    Ex. Pa. Rep Suspended From Bar Over Bilking Client Funds

    A former Pennsylvania state representative who served as a vocal critic of the natural gas industry during his time in office saw his law license suspended on Wednesday by the state’s Supreme Court for misappropriating client funds.

  • March 15, 2017

    3rd Circ. Orders Redo Of CPA's Tax Fraud Prison Sentence

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday vacated a certified public accountant's four-year prison sentence for his scheme to pocket money from bogus tax refunds he got for his clients, ruling that a New Jersey federal court failed to address a dispute over the government's tax loss calculation.

  • March 15, 2017

    Pa. E-Cig Taxation Getting Out Of Hand, Vape Dealer Says

    Pennsylvania's Department of Revenue has yanked another state vaping retailer's tax challenge into federal court, this one adding contentions of harassment to allegations that the 40 percent e-cigarette tax has been expanded beyond the law's intent to unconstitutionally include nonvape-specific components like batteries.

  • March 15, 2017

    Union Hits Mylan With 2 Generic Drug Price-Fixing Suits

    A union representing New York grocery workers launched two separate proposed class actions in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday accusing Mylan and other drugmakers of conspiring to raise the price on two generic asthma medicines.

  • March 15, 2017

    Amtrak Ducks Suit For $1.6M Derailment Victim's Hospital Bill

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday tossed Temple University Hospital’s bid to get Amtrak to reimburse it for $1.6 million it spent treating an injured passenger from Amtrak’s fatal May 2015 train derailment in Philadelphia, saying there’s no enforceable contract placing Amtrak on the hook for the bill.

  • March 15, 2017

    Groups Push For Permanent Delaware Watershed Frack Ban

    More than 180 groups including the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Sierra Club, Earthjustice and Greenpeace USA submitted a letter to the Delaware River Basin Commission Wednesday calling for a permanent ban on fracking within the Delaware River Watershed, according to a news release announcing the request.

  • March 15, 2017

    J&J Wants Pa. Mesh Cases Paused For Jurisdiction Appeal

    A Johnson & Johnson unit urged a Pennsylvania state judge to pause more than a hundred pending cases from out-of-state plaintiffs over injuries allegedly caused by defective pelvic mesh products while the U.S. Supreme Court hears an appeal over jurisdictional issues.

  • March 15, 2017

    DHS Tells High Court To Uphold 3rd Circ.'s Asylum Denial

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has urged the Supreme Court not to review a precedential Third Circuit decision that more than two dozen Central American women and children seeking asylum must leave, saying the appeals court correctly found that the families were not unlawfully denied any constitutional rights.

  • March 15, 2017

    FCC's Pai Promises To Speed Up Innovation On Midwest Tour

    The Federal Communications Commission will begin focusing on approving new technologies more quickly, agency Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday as he kicked off a short tour aimed at promoting broadband development in Midwestern cities.

  • March 15, 2017

    Whistleblower Gets Partial Win In Hospital Kickback Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled in favor of a whistleblower Wednesday, finding that two agreements between a set of doctors and a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-owned hospital ran afoul of a federal law governing Medicare reimbursements for referrals, but she said the evidence was less clear with regard to the core relationship between the parties.

  • March 15, 2017

    Gas Co. Wants Enviros Kept Out Of Pa. Fracking Waste Case

    Seneca Resources Corp. has told the Third Circuit that three environmentally minded groups attempting to intervene in a dispute over a Pennsylvania municipality’s decision to drop an ordinance preventing the company from storing fracking waste underground do not have the right to intervene because they have suffered no actual injury that would involve them in the case.

  • March 15, 2017

    PinnacleHealth, UPMC Announce Potential Affiliation

    PinnacleHealth System and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Tuesday announced that they had begun exploring the possibility of an affiliation, less than year after PinnacleHealth ended plans to merge with Penn State Hershey Medical Center, in the wake of scrutiny from federal regulators.

  • March 14, 2017

    Cohen & Grigsby Nabs K&L Gates Privacy, Insurance Pro

    A co-founder of K&L Gates LLP’s cyber law and cybersecurity practice group has made the jump to Cohen & Grigsby PC, joining its data security and insurance recovery groups in Pittsburgh, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • March 14, 2017

    Nonprofit Rips IRS' Teva Summons In Donation-Benefit Probe

    A Pennsylvania federal judge was urged Monday to throw out portions of an Internal Revenue Service summons served on a Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. unit as part of an investigation into whether a medical assistance charity had conferred impermissible benefits on drugmakers who provided donations.

  • March 14, 2017

    CPSC To Probe Fatal Hoverboard Fire

    A spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission told Law360 on Tuesday that the agency has formally opened an investigation into a recent house fire started by an exploding hoverboard that killed a 3-year-old girl in Pennsylvania.

  • March 14, 2017

    Pa. Court Denies Enviros' Bid To Halt Sunoco Pipeline Work

    A Pennsylvania judge has denied a bid from several environmental groups to halt the construction of Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline, following a hearing earlier this month.

  • March 14, 2017

    Vendors Can Intervene To Shield IP In Pa. Shell Permit Row

    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.

  • March 14, 2017

    FTC Fights Impax Bid For Fees In Pay-For-Delay Case

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    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.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    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.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    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.

  • 11th Circ. Ruling May Affect Criminal Securities Fraud Cases

    David M. Chaiken

    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.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    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.

  • Analyzing The Legality Of Proposed Sanctuary City Measures

    Leon Fresco

    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.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A Year Of Vanishing MDLs

    Alan Rothman

    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.

  • Taxing Marijuana: A Hazy Issue For Municipal Bankruptcy

    Katherine Lewis

    Recent court holdings that marijuana businesses are barred from federal bankruptcy protection may pose a serious problem for fiscally distressed municipalities looking for Chapter 9 relief — specifically those that tax marijuana sales, says Katherine Lewis of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Starting Over: Policy Rescission In New York Vs. The UK

    Jeffrey S. Weinstein

    The question of what circumstances allow an insurer to rescind a policy based on misrepresented information has been addressed recently in both New York and the United Kingdom. The New York approach is generally simpler than the U.K.'s, but in one situation, U.K. law may be more favorable toward insurers, say Jeffrey Weinstein and Kelly Cheverko of Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.

  • More And More States Are Targeting Payroll Debit Cards

    Caroline J. Berdzik

    It has become increasingly prevalent for employers to pay their employees with payroll debit cards due to the benefits to both employers and employees. However, despite these mutual benefits, many states have enacted legislation that may potentially curtail the use of these cards to pay wages, says Caroline Berdzik of Goldberg Segalla LLP.