Pennsylvania

  • May 5, 2017

    Judge OKs Medical Advisers For NFL Concussion Settlement

    The panel of experts and other consultants who will review disputes over qualifying diagnoses of former NFL players seeking recovery from the uncapped NFL concussion settlement was set Friday as the Pennsylvania federal court judge overseeing the settlement agreed to the list of experts presented by the players and the league.

  • May 5, 2017

    Reality Star Says Creditors Unharmed By Bankruptcy Scheme

    Federal prosecutors and the star of Lifetime’s reality television series “Dance Moms” again squared off in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday, over how harshly Abigale Lee Miller should be sentenced for hiding assets during bankruptcy proceedings.

  • May 5, 2017

    Pa. Court To Revisit Denying Privilege For Consultant Emails

    A Pennsylvania state appeals court will reconsider a finding that attorney-client privilege does not apply to a company's email to its media consultants, in a discovery fight over litigation stemming from a hospital’s allegations that a doctor engaged in unnecessary procedures.

  • May 5, 2017

    Ex-Investment Adviser Cops To Duping Clients Out of $1M

    A former stockbroker and investment adviser has pled guilty to charges in Pennsylvania federal court that he defrauded clients out of more than $1 million using companies that he started after being fired for selling unapproved investments.

  • May 5, 2017

    Pa. Transit Agency's Ex-Drug Convict Hiring Ban Challenged

    A Philadelphia-area public transit agency is facing a putative class action in state court over an employment policy that challengers say illegally bars individuals with drug convictions from working as drivers or holding certain maintenance positions.

  • May 5, 2017

    Simpson, Kirkland Steer $6.4B Laboratory Products Merger

    Private-equity-backed Avantor Performance Materials has agreed to buy laboratory products provider and fellow Pennsylvania-based company VWR Corp. for roughly $6.4 billion in a deal guided by respective legal counsels Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • May 5, 2017

    U.S. Steel Faces Shareholders' Suit Over Large Stock Drop

    Shareholders in U.S. Steel Corp. have filed suit in Pennsylvania federal court over what they say is the largest one-day stock drop in the steel producer’s history since 1991, accusing the company of cutting costs instead of investing in equipment improvements like its competitors.

  • May 5, 2017

    Pop Warner Hits Sponsor With Contract Breach Suit

    Youth football, cheerleading and dance organization Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. filed suit against one of its sponsors on Friday, arguing the company breached their agreement by assigning the contract to a third-party direct competitor without providing notice.

  • May 5, 2017

    Ex-Worker Wants Coke, Counsel Sanctioned In Breach Suit

    Coca-Cola and its in-house attorney wrongly withheld documents key to an ex-employee’s proposed class action accusing the soda giant of exposing him and other staff members to identity theft after a number of laptops were stolen, attorneys for the class alleged in a motion for sanctions Thursday.

  • May 5, 2017

    Pa. Justices Won't Hear Retrial Appeal In Volvo Car Seat Death

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Thursday it would not hear an appeal of a decision ordering a new trial after a Volvo Car Corp. unit and child car seat manufacturer Graco Children’s Products Inc. were cleared of liability in a suit over an infant’s death in a car crash.

  • May 4, 2017

    Summer Camp Gets Claims Trimmed In Sepsis Diagnosis Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday trimmed claims from a suit accusing a sleep-away camp and two camp nurses of failing to diagnose a camper’s perforated appendix and sepsis and causing a prolonged hospital stay, saying corporate negligence claims against the camp were based on a flawed “certificate of merit” expert opinion.

  • May 4, 2017

    Cypress Proxy Disclosure Suit Expedited In Chancery Court

    An investor suit lodged against the directors of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. alleging disclosure violations in a board election fight will proceed on an accelerated schedule after a Delaware state court judge granted the investor’s motion to expedite the proceedings Thursday.

  • May 4, 2017

    Court OKs Death Benefits To Kimberly Clark Worker Widow

    A published Pennsylvania appeals court ruling on Thursday upheld death benefits awarded to a cancer-stricken former Kimberly Clark Corp. employee’s widow after finding that the most recent exposure to workplace carcinogens could be considered the effective date of injury for calculating whether a timely claim had been filed.

  • May 4, 2017

    AEP Unit Can't Escape Pa. Tax On Electricity Sales

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday backed the state's conclusion that a wholesale electricity unit of American Electric Power Corp. couldn't claim a tax exemption for electricity sales to a public industrial development authority, sticking the company with a $340,000 tax bill.

  • May 4, 2017

    Trump Golf Club, Ex-Employee Settle Age Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday dismissed an appeal by a former Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck employee challenging a decision to end his age discrimination suit after the parties reached an agreement to end the case.

  • May 4, 2017

    Philly Judge Recuses Herself From Removal Bid Against DA

    A Philadelphia judge recused herself Thursday from ruling on the city’s indicted district attorney’s effort to end a civil suit aimed at removing him from office, noting that she had represented him as a client almost a decade ago.

  • May 4, 2017

    NBA Says 17 Teams To Get In On 2K Esports League

    The NBA said Thursday that 17 of its 30 franchises will participate in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K esports league, a co-venture with "NBA 2K" game maker Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. set to debut in 2018 as the NBA looks to tap into the burgeoning esports market.

  • May 4, 2017

    FBI To Quiz Holland & Knight Duo In Energy Tax Credit Case

    The FBI may question and audiotape a Holland & Knight LLP partner and lobbyist on a potential conflict of interest in the pair's defense of a businessman charged with wire fraud and tax evasion concerning renewable energy tax credits, a Pennsylvania federal judge said Thursday.

  • May 4, 2017

    Klehr Harrison Slams Allegedly Malicious Atty Sanction Bid

    Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP on Wednesday argued that a Philadelphia-area defense attorney who was saddled with an ultimately upended $1 million sanction over expert testimony in a medical malpractice case did not have standing to pursue claims that the firm maliciously pursued the penalty.

  • May 4, 2017

    Pa. AG Names Ex-Legislator As Top Environmental Prosecutor

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Thursday named former Democratic state representative Steve Santarsiero the top environmental prosecutor in his office, after pledging during the election campaign to step up enforcement of environmental crimes.

Expert Analysis

  • A Closer Look At The Current State Of Equal Pay

    Eve H. Wagner

    While progress has been made toward eliminating gender-based wage disparity, Equal Pay Day, observed Tuesday, is a reminder that more work needs to be done, and long before the next 50 years tick past. But hopefully it will be done through education about the law, and not more litigation, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Untold Stories: Trump's Budget Would Silence Legal Services

    Kevin Curnin

    President Trump's draft budget proposes total defunding of the Legal Services Corporation. Yet leaders of over 160 of the nation's top law firms and 185 general counsel from leading corporations, who make their living at the intersection of business and law, make the case that destroying the LSC is bad for both, says Kevin Curnin of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • Cybersecurity Steps Every Lawyer Should Consider

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    In a state by state chart updated this month, the American Bar Association reports that 34 states have adopted all or most of the ABA's model rules technology amendments and that nine more states are studying the amendments. Even for lawyers in other states, legal ethics require the technological and legal competence to protect clients' confidentiality, says J.S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP..

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-FERC GC Cynthia Marlette

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    Cynthia Marlette, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, reflects on how she addressed the job's many responsibilities, including advising the commission on laws and enforcement actions, developing policy, seeking consensus among commissioners, and overseeing defense of agency actions in court, as well as dealing with historic events like the California energy crisis.

  • 'Frontier' Issues: Pay-For-Delay And Patent Holdup

    Lesli C. Esposito

    Though the length of Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen's tenure at the Federal Trade Commission remains unknown, life sciences and technology companies should prepare themselves for the changes that she has signaled regarding "frontier" areas of antitrust law including pay-for-delay and patent holdup, say Lesli Esposito and Brian Boyle of DLA Piper.

  • Jam Recipe Yields 1st DTSA Verdict

    Thomas A. Muccifori

    A federal jury in Pennsylvania recently returned the first verdict under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Although Dalmatia’s proprietary fig spread recipes would have been protected under the Pennsylvania Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the case stands as a reminder of the powerful protections that can arise from the DTSA in the proper factual scenario, say Thomas Muccifori and Daniel DeFiglio of Archer & Greiner PC.

  • Potential Class Cert. Pitfalls Lurking In Local Rules

    Stephen R. Smerek

    Is there a deadline to move for class certification? When is the deadline? Should the parties stipulate to an extension? And, if they do, will the court grant it? Every practitioner must carefully evaluate these questions at the outset of any putative class action to develop a cohesive strategy for addressing certification issues and avoid potential risks hidden in local rules, say Stephen Smerek and Shawn Obi of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Liability Of Premises Owners In The Age Of Social Media

    Douglas Pfeiffer

    When social media is used to broadcast or coordinate the details of planned and potentially criminal conduct — such as looting stores or starting fights — what legal responsibility does a premises owner have to an invitee injured by the resulting criminal action? Businesses will not be able to avoid liability by willfully ignoring social media, say Douglas Pfeiffer and Joshua Kahn of Miles & Stockbridge PC.