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Pennsylvania

  • August 1, 2018

    Enviro Group Loses Bid To Revive State Pipeline Challenge

    A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday that an environmental group was too late to challenge the PennEast pipeline project to a state board, saying that ongoing confusion over whether the appeal of the pipeline’s state permits belonged in federal or state court was no excuse.

  • August 1, 2018

    Pa. High Court To Weigh How Asbestos Liability Is Divided

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Tuesday said it will decide whether the state’s Fair Share Act requires juries in asbestos cases to apportion liability on a percentage basis, after a trial court evenly split a $6.4 million asbestos verdict among eight companies.

  • August 1, 2018

    Pittsburgh Doc Hit With 100+ New Counts In Opioid Case

    A federal grand jury has added over 100 counts, including health care fraud and money laundering charges, to the indictment against a former Pittsburgh-area physician already accused of illegally prescribing and distributing opioid painkillers. 

  • August 1, 2018

    3rd Circ. Keeps US Bank On Hook For $6M 'Bad Faith' Award

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday said U.S. Bank can't offset the $6.1 million it must pay the founder of National Medical Imaging for a tossed bankruptcy petition against money the executive owes, since the bank's filing was found to be in bad faith.

  • August 1, 2018

    Unification Church Says Gun-Centric Offshoot Stole Design

    Unification Church, a global religious movement founded in South Korea, says an offshoot that promotes a gun-centered theology is creating a distorted image of the religion by ripping off its trademarked flag design.

  • August 1, 2018

    Trader's False Reports May Not Be Deportable Crime: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that a false reporting conviction under the Commodity Exchange Act is not necessarily a crime warranting deportation in the case of a green card holder who purchased oil futures contracts on behalf of his financial services firm without authorization.

  • July 31, 2018

    NFL Concussion Settlement Pays Out Over $502M In Claims

    The special master overseeing the National Football League’s concussion settlement on Monday said that more than half a billion dollars in claims have been awarded in the past year and a half, exceeding what the NFL originally estimated it would pay out over 10 years.

  • July 31, 2018

    Ex-PSU GC During Sandusky Probe Slams Discipline Effort

    A former general counsel for Pennsylvania State University fired back Tuesday at the ethics investigators seeking her censure, calling allegations she had conflicts of interest in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse investigation "a mockery of our disciplinary system."

  • July 31, 2018

    Exelon To Sell Closing Nuclear Reactor In New Jersey

    Exelon Generation Co. LLC has struck a deal to sell its retiring Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey to energy technology company Holtec International Inc., the companies announced on Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2018

    Merck Says Vaccine Bundles Caused Low Prices, Not Harm

    Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.'s bundling of pediatric vaccines isn’t anti-competitive because it kept prices at “rock bottom” and didn’t block other companies from competing, the drugmaker told a Pennsylvania federal court Monday in a bid to boot a proposed class action.

  • July 31, 2018

    Osprey Shareholder Sues To Stop $400M Blackstone Deal

    An Osprey Energy Acquisition Corp. shareholder has filed a class action suit in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas seeking to stop the company’s $400 million purchase of Blackstone Group LP’s Texas shale stake, claiming top executives withheld information from shareholders to convince them to give up majority control of the new company.

  • July 31, 2018

    Philly Photog Can't Sue Budweiser Over Neon Skyline Sign

    A Philadelphia photographer can't sue Anheuser-Busch for allegedly using his image of the city's skyline in a neon Budweiser sign, a federal judge has ruled, saying the city's skyscrapers are "unprotected by copyright law."

  • July 30, 2018

    Uber Dodges Rider’s Suit Over Driver Assault, For Now

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has dismissed a New Jersey man's suit alleging Uber is liable for hiring a driver who assaulted him over a ride dispute and left him “for dead,” but the judge gave the rider a chance to amend his claims against the ride-hailing giant.

  • July 30, 2018

    Ivy League Stands By Harvard In Admissions Race Bias Suit

    Harvard’s fellow Ivy League schools sided with the university Monday in arguing that the school’s admissions process isn’t racially discriminatory, and that a suit seeking to do away with weighing applicants’ race in admissions could limit diversity on campus.

  • July 30, 2018

    Attorneys General Urge High Court To Let EPA Ban HFCs

    A group of state attorneys general have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot force manufacturers to stop using hydrofluorocarbons, saying the decision endangered both the environment and businesses.

  • July 30, 2018

    Immigration Judges Condemn EOIR Intervention In Case

    The Philadelphia chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association on Monday condemned the Executive Office of Immigration Review's recent decision to remove an immigration judge overseeing a precedential case and replace him with an assistant chief immigration judge who ordered the immigrant involved deported.

  • July 30, 2018

    Artist Blasts Pittsburgh, Norfolk Southern Over Mural Loss

    A Pennsylvania mural artist slammed the city of Pittsburgh, several property owners and developers in his effort to keep Norfolk Southern Railway Co. involved in his claim that dozens of his projects around the city were destroyed by being painted over or through redevelopment in violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act.

  • July 30, 2018

    Furniture Company Returns To Ch. 11 With $280M Debt

    Home furnishing company Heritage Home Group LLC filed for Chapter 11 protection Sunday night with $280 million in debt, laying out plans to sell assets just five years after its predecessor company also went through bankruptcy.

  • July 30, 2018

    States Sue To Block Federal 3D Gun Printing Settlement

    Eight states and Washington, D.C., sued the Trump administration in Washington federal court Monday, seeking to block a recent settlement allowing a defense firm to publicly post 3D printing plans for guns online, saying the deal would wrongly allow “dangerous criminals” to effectively access untraceable weapons.

  • July 30, 2018

    Philly Atty Admits To Stealing From Client's Estate

    A Philadelphia attorney from the firm of Schmidt & Schmidt has pled guilty to bank fraud and tax charges in federal court following her indictment for stealing more than $300,000 from a deceased client’s estate, the IRS announced Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Classifying $10B Of Auctioned Airwaves For Tax Purposes

    R. Gregory Roberts

    Television broadcasters who participated in the 2017 Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction should carefully consider how the auction proceeds should be treated for state tax apportionment purposes, say attorneys at Reed Smith LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Update On DTSA And Trade Secret Damages

    Daniel McGavock

    Since the Defend Trade Secrets Act became law two years ago, there have been more than 800 related cases filed in federal district courts. Consultants at Charles River Associates provide a brief update on DTSA lawsuits and discuss two recent appellate decisions relating to damages that trade secrets litigators need to be aware of.

  • Pa. Renter With Out-Of-State Landlord? Add Tax To Your Rent

    Mary Hevener

    Pennsylvania residents who make payments of certain income to nonresident nonemployees, or that pay rent for Pennsylvania property to any nonresident landlords, should comply with new tax requirements beginning on July 1, 2018, or risk liability for the Pennsylvania taxes, penalties and interest due on these payments, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • The Where, When And What Of DTSA Appeals: Part 1

    Gregory Lantier

    There has been virtually no appellate guidance on the meaning and scope of the Defend Trade Secrets Act in the two years since it was enacted. Only four appellate panels have addressed the law, say Gregory Lantier and Thomas Sprankling of WilmerHale.

  • Energy Storage: Are We There Yet?

    Paul Kraske

    2018 has proven to be a turning point for energy storage in the U.S. Affordable, reliable batteries, ambitious state capacity goals and a major policy shift from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have created an ideal environment for energy storage to grow at a fast rate, say Paul Kraske and Zahir Rahman of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Pa. Reinsurance Ruling Sets Precedent For Insolvency Cases

    Andrew Rothseid

    Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court recently confirmed an arbitration award in favor of the Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner against General Reinsurance Corporation. This decision rejects reinsurers' long-maintained argument that the acceleration of payment obligations by a cedent has no bearing on their own payment obligations, say Andrew Rothseid of RunOff Re.Solve LLC and Joseph Donley of Clark Hill PLC.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.