Pennsylvania

  • May 4, 2009

    Liberty Must Indemnify Safeway In Slip Suit: Judge

    A federal judge has ordered Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. to pay defense and settlement costs to Safeway Inc., dealing a defeat to the insurer in connection with the grocer's settlement of an underlying slip-and-fall liability lawsuit.

  • May 1, 2009

    Cable-Subscribing Judge Bows Out Of Comcast Suit

    A federal judge in one of several proposed class actions accusing Comcast Corp. of illegally tying its premium services to set-top box rentals has recused himself because he subscribes to the cable provider's services and would likely be a member of the putative class.

  • May 4, 2009

    DOJ Nets 11th Guilty Plea In Military Bid-Rigging Plot

    The U.S. Department of Justice has secured its 11th guilty plea as part of an ongoing probe of bid-rigging in the military restraints industry, with the president of a New York-based defense contractor the latest to admit his role in the scheme.

  • May 1, 2009

    Applera Wins Fees In Calif. Appeal Over DNA Patent

    A California appeals court has ruled that Applera Corp. is entitled to attorneys' fees after winning more than $1 million in damages for MP Biomedicals LLC's alleged failure to pay royalties under a patent licensing agreement because under Swiss law — the choice of law mandated in the agreement — the prevailing party receives fees.

  • May 1, 2009

    Biovail, GSK Want Wellbutrin Antitrust Suit Tossed

    Biovail Corp. and SmithKline Beecham Corp. have moved to dismiss a consolidated class action complaint against them by indirect purchasers of Wellbutrin XL alleging the drug companies illegally monopolized the market for the antidepressant by blocking generic competitors.

  • April 30, 2009

    Alcoa Loses Bid To Toss Ind. Cleanup Suit

    A federal judge has denied Alcoa Inc.'s bid to halt a lawsuit seeking more than $500,000 in cleanup costs at an Indiana factory that the aluminum giant sold in 1997.

  • April 30, 2009

    Sierra Club's Challenge To Power Line Nixed

    West Virginia's Supreme Court has rejected a challenge from the Sierra Club to a state regulatory agency's order giving Allegheny Energy Inc. unit Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line Co. a green light to build a high voltage interstate electric transmission line.

  • April 29, 2009

    Specter Switch Signals New Hope For EFCA

    As Sen. Arlen Specter's decision to switch parties offers fresh hope to supporters of the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, new research reveals the union-friendly bill is weighing on the minds of most companies.

  • April 29, 2009

    3rd Circ. Remands Preemption Cases V. GSK, Pfizer

    A federal appellate court has sent two cases, one against Apotex Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the other against Pfizer Inc., back to the lower courts for reconsideration in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster preemption decision in Wyeth v. Levine.

  • April 29, 2009

    NEPA Doesn't Apply To Oil, Gas Projects: Pa. Groups

    Two Pennsylvania groups representing oil interests have argued that the U.S. Forest Service doesn't have the authority to apply the National Environmental Policy Act's review standards to private oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest.

  • April 28, 2009

    GSK, Firm Make Deal Over Subpoena In Flonase Fight

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC has withdrawn a motion to enforce a subpoena it served on the law firm Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP, after the two came to an agreement in a squabble related to the multidistrict antitrust litigation over the nasal spray Flonase.

  • April 28, 2009

    McNeil Not At Fault In Infant Tylenol Death: Court

    A Philadelphia appeals court has overturned a $5 million verdict awarded to the parents of an infant who died after taking too much of McNeil PPC Inc.’s Infants' Tylenol formulation.

  • April 28, 2009

    Michael Foods, Sodexo Pricing Deal Unlawful: Judge

    A judge has found that egg and potato product supplier Michael Foods Inc. engaged in unlawful price discrimination by selling supplies at a lower price to food services giant Sodexo Inc. than to the plaintiff, regional food distributor Feesers Inc.

  • April 27, 2009

    Alfalfa Sprouts Linked To Salmonella Outbreak

    In yet another report of food products tainted with salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recommended that consumers not eat raw alfalfa sprouts, saying the product has been linked to several cases of the foodborne illness.

  • April 27, 2009

    Conn.'s Non-Medicaid Claims Cut From Zyprexa MDL

    The magistrate judge overseeing the Zyprexa multidistrict litigation has dealt the state of Connecticut a blow, limiting the state's claims against Eli Lilly and Co. for allegedly improper prescriptions of the anti-psychotic drug to those prescriptions paid for by Medicaid.

  • April 27, 2009

    Duane Morris Adds 2 Former WolfBlock Litigators

    Two former WolfBlock LLP litigators have joined the Philadelphia office of Duane Morris LLP, bringing to 52 the total number of partners that have left the dissolving firm for positions with Duane Morris.

  • April 27, 2009

    Watson Pharmaceuticals Sued Over Mucinex ANDAs

    Reckitt Benckiser Inc. has filed a lawsuit to stop Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. from making a generic version of the blockbuster cough treatment Mucinex.

  • April 23, 2009

    Arrow's Challenge To Cathether Patent Shot Down

    Arrow International Inc.’s arguments that Medical Components Inc.’s patent covering a method of making a multilumen catheter assembly should be invalidated have been rejected by a federal court, clearing the way for Medical Components’ infringement suit to move forward.

  • April 23, 2009

    Carlyle Settles IT Group Investors' Suit For $3.4M

    After seven years of litigation, The Carlyle Group LLC and 10 former executives of IT Group Inc. have reached a $3.4 million settlement with a class of shareholders who claimed the defendants knowingly concealed financial woes that led to the environmental mediation firm's bankruptcy.

  • April 23, 2009

    Costco To Convert Gas Pumps In Hot Fuel MDL Deal

    Costco Wholesale Corp. has reached a settlement to resolve a proposed class action that the retailer shortchanged drivers through deceptive and unfair retail motor fuel sales practices.