Pennsylvania

  • November 3, 2017

    Arconic Says Rival Stole Metal Bonding Process For Car Parts

    Arconic Inc. sued a competitor in Pennsylvania federal court on Friday, claiming its rival took Arconic’s process for treating aluminum after the companies worked together to provide aluminum parts for Ford trucks, then moved to patent Arconic’s idea as its own.

  • November 3, 2017

    FERC, Pipeline Co. Urge DC Circ. Not To Halt Atlantic Sunrise

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Williams Partners unit that is constructing the $2.65 billion Atlantic Sunrise pipeline aimed at bringing gas from Pennsylvania to southern markets have asked the D.C. Circuit to deny environmentalists’ bid to halt the pipeline, saying the request was unreasonable and costly.

  • November 3, 2017

    Probation Officer Suing Pa. Judge Denied Anonymity

    A Butler County probation officer accusing a Pennsylvania state court judge of offering her a position in his court in exchange for an ongoing sexual relationship can't pursue her suit under a pseudonym, a federal judge said on Friday.

  • November 3, 2017

    Ex-PSU Coach Ends Whistleblower Claim Over Sandusky Case

    The former Penn State University football assistant coach who served as a key witness in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal has ended a whistleblower suit against the university that netted him more than $13 million from a jury verdict, an additional judgment and a fee award, according to a filing posted online Friday.

  • November 2, 2017

    3rd Circ. Panel Backs Air Force Win In Age Bias Suit

    A Third Circuit panel on Wednesday backed the U.S. Department of the Air Force’s quick win in a suit claiming it didn’t hire a counselor because of her age, saying she didn’t exhaust administrative remedies and that she didn’t apply for the job at issue in the case.

  • November 2, 2017

    Drug Cos. Urge 3rd Circ. To Rethink Eye Drop Suit Ruling

    Pfizer, Merck & Co. and other drug companies told the Third Circuit on Wednesday that its decision last month to revive a putative class action accusing them of boosting eye drop sales by using bottles that dispense larger-than-needed doses requires a rehearing because it went against its own precedent and created a circuit split.

  • November 2, 2017

    PE-Backed Evoqua Water Leads 4 IPOs Totaling $777M

    Four companies debuted in public trading but generated mixed results Thursday after completing initial public offerings that raised a combined $777 million, led by private equity-backed wastewater treatment systems provider Evoqua Water Technologies Corp.

  • November 2, 2017

    Philly Xarelto Warning Claims Not Preempted, Judge Rules

    A Pennsylvania judge recently ruled that failure-to-warn claims in consolidated litigation over alleged injuries from Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Bayer AG’s blood thinner Xarelto were not preempted by federal law.

  • November 2, 2017

    Trump's Pick For 3rd Circ. Clears Full Senate

    President Donald Trump's choice of University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Stephanos Bibas to fill a vacancy on the Third Circuit won Senate approval Thursday, the fourth circuit court nominee confirmed this week.

  • November 2, 2017

    Philly Follows Immig. Law, Judge Hints In Sanctuary City Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge suggested at a hearing Thursday that Philadelphia was largely in compliance with a disputed requirement the city follow U.S. immigration law in order to qualify for an annual policing grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 2, 2017

    Pa. Mayor Says Feds Misled Grand Jury In Graft Indictment

    The mayor of Pennsylvania’s third-largest city asked a federal judge to throw out the corruption case against him on Wednesday, arguing that federal prosecutors manipulated an investigating grand jury and relied on hearsay evidence rather than direct testimony from the key cooperating witness to secure the indictment.

  • November 2, 2017

    NJR To Buy Former Pa. Oil Pipeline For $166M

    New Jersey Resources unit Adelphia Gateway LLC will buy an 84-mile former oil pipeline in Pennsylvania from Talen Energy Corp. subsidiary Talen Generation LLC for about $166 million, with plans to repurpose the system to deliver natural gas to the Philadelphia region, NJR announced Thursday.

  • November 2, 2017

    EPA Rebuffs States' Bid To Expand Ozone-Reduction Region

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has rejected a petition from nine Northeast states seeking to add several downwind states to a regional ozone-reduction program, according to a notice scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Friday.

  • November 2, 2017

    VC-Backed Email Tech Co. SendGrid Launches $112M IPO

    Venture-backed email delivery service SendGrid Inc. set terms Thursday on an initial public offering that could raise about $112 million, one day after real estate investor Workspace Property Trust launched an estimated $527 million IPO, adding to a bevy of issuers scheduled to price offerings next week.

  • November 2, 2017

    Ex-Pa. DA Says Cosby Accuser's Suit Blew Up His Campaign

    A former Pennsylvania district attorney is suing the woman whose accusations underpin the sexual assault prosecution against comedian Bill Cosby, accusing her in a state court complaint filed on Wednesday of launching a frivolous lawsuit two years ago that cost him a chance to regain his elected office.

  • November 1, 2017

    States, Advocacy Group Fire Back In DACA Cases

    A group of states, as well as several individuals and a Latino advocacy group, urged a New York federal court Wednesday not to dismiss a pair of high-profile cases challenging the rollback of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying the program isn’t immune from judicial review.

  • November 1, 2017

    Hill Wallack Adds Partner, 3 Associates In Pa.

    Hill Wallack LLP bolstered its Yardley, Pennsylvania, office with the recent additions of a partner in its trusts and estates group and three associates in its trial and insurance defense, employment and labor law, and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practices, the firm announced Monday.

  • November 1, 2017

    Gaming Co. Drops Fight, Clears Way For $450M Philly Casino

    A long-stalled plan to build a $450 million Live! Hotel & Casino in Philadelphia is set to move forward after a rival agreed on Tuesday to drop a lawsuit challenging the state gaming board’s decision to award a license for the facility.

  • November 1, 2017

    Conn. OKs Daily Fantasy Sports As Pa. Opens Up Betting Path

    Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Tuesday signed off on a budget plan containing provisions allowing daily fantasy sports contests in the state, just one day after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval of a bill containing similar measures that also creates a path toward wagering on sporting events.

  • November 1, 2017

    Pa. Justices Deny Ex-DA Aide's Contempt Conviction Appeal

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to take up an appeal sought by a former aide to ex-Attorney General Kathleen Kane challenging his conviction for snooping through an office email system for information about a grand jury investigation that ultimately brought down his boss.

Expert Analysis

  • Adapting To Equal Pay Laws In Flux

    Charles Thompson

    New legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women may undo business practices that, even if benevolently motivated, result in disparate pay. Despite this laudable objective, these laws create a litany of challenges for employers and may necessitate a wholesale revision of policies and practices related to employee compensation, says Charles Thompson of Polsinelli.

  • 3 Strategies I Learned From LegalZoom

    Jeff Unger

    Critics of legal tech companies will often say, “Trust a reputable attorney that understands you, your situation and the law.” As an attorney, I wholeheartedly agree. But from the consumer’s perspective, the message seems out of touch with the digital age, says Jeff Unger, founder of the law firm eMinutes.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    Post-Crisis AG Enforcement Is Just The Beginning

    Douglas Gansler

    State attorneys general have worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, other federal agencies and each other to take on issues deemed to be the fallout of the financial crisis that started 10 years ago. But unlike the CFPB, the jurisdiction of which is limited, the AGs have assumed a wider reach, say former Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Michelle Rogers of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Next Round Of Water Contamination Suits May Involve CWA

    Seth Kerschner

    Manufacturing facilities that produced and used perfluorinated chemicals are already targets of plaintiffs attorneys. Now, current and former military aviation installations may be next, as these military sites could be subject to Clean Water Act litigation risk concerning PFCs used in firefighting foam, say Seth Kerschner of White & Case LLP and Zachary Griefen of the Conservation Law Foundation.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.