Pennsylvania

  • April 5, 2010

    KPMG Nixed From Another Madoff-Related Feud

    A federal judge has dismissed KPMG LLP from a lawsuit filed by a group of hedge funds seeking to recover investor losses related to Bernard L. Madoff's massive Ponzi scheme, one day after letting it out of a separate but related putative class action alleging securities fraud and common-law claims.

  • April 5, 2010

    Dentsply Must Face Rivals' Federal Antitrust Claims

    A judge has adopted a magistrate judge's recommendations and ruled that federal antitrust claims should move forward — and state law claims should be dropped — in Univac Dental Co. and Lactona Corp.’s lawsuit accusing Dentsply International Inc. of engaging in anti-competitive practices to maintain its dominant position in the dentures market.

  • April 5, 2010

    Pa. Supreme Court Blocks Appeal In Prempro Case

    An Ohio woman who claimed that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s hormone treatment gave her breast cancer will not have a chance to appeal a lower court ruling that overturned a verdict in her favor.

  • April 1, 2010

    La. Allowed To Pursue Vioxx Refund From Merck

    The state of Louisiana will be able to pursue damages against Merck & Co. Inc. for Medicaid payments for the discontinued painkiller Vioxx under a state law that allows for a full refund for defective products.

  • April 1, 2010

    Acorn Capital Head Indicted Over Ponzi Scheme

    Donald Anthony Walker Young, president of Pennsylvania-based investment firm Acorn Capital Management LLC, has been hit with a criminal indictment for allegedly running a $25 million Ponzi scheme.

  • April 1, 2010

    Markey Revives 'Use It Or Lose It' Oil Lease Bill

    Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., has announced he will reintroduce legislation to penalize companies that let leased oil drilling rights lay dormant, as President Barack Obama moves forward with plans to open new areas of the Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas drilling.

  • April 1, 2010

    Lilly Settles La. AG Zyprexa Claims For $20M

    A federal judge has signed off on a $20 million settlement between Eli Lilly & Co. and the state of Louisiana in the multidistrict product liability litigation over Eli Lilly's off-label promotion of its antipsychotic Zyprexa, the latest in a string of the drugmaker's deals with state attorneys general.

  • March 31, 2010

    E&Y, KPMG Escape Fund Investors' Madoff Claims

    A judge has dismissed securities fraud and common law claims against auditors Ernst & Young LLP and KPMG LLP in a putative class action lawsuit brought by Tremont Partners Inc. hedge fund investors over losses in assets invested with convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard L. Madoff.

  • March 31, 2010

    CIT Won't Reliquidate In Chinese Tool Duty Dispute

    In an unusual case where the failure of a group of Chinese makers of heavy forged hand tools to properly serve a preliminary injunction order resulted in the manufacturers being assigned lower anti-dumping duties, a judge has thrown out a suit by a domestic producer seeking to have the duties reliquidated at a higher rate.

  • March 31, 2010

    'Sopranos' Photo Game Infringes AMI Trademark: Suit

    Video game maker AMI Entertainment Network Inc. whacked A&E Television Networks LLC with a lawsuit Wednesday, accusing the cable network of infringing its “photo hunt” trademark in a video game related to popular television series “The Sopranos.”

  • March 31, 2010

    PPG Adds Rival Mil-Spec To Trade Secrets Suit

    Paint and finishing manufacturer PPG Industries Inc. has added rival Mil-Spec Coatings & Supply LLC to a list of individual defendants accused of competing unfairly by stealing trade secrets and breaching noncompete agreements.

  • March 31, 2010

    Cephalon Off-Label Class Action Won't Be Reopened

    A federal judge has declined to reopen a putative class action filed by a group of municipal benefit funds over Cephalon Inc.’s alleged promotion of several drugs for off-label uses.

  • March 30, 2010

    Plaintiff-Side Work For BigLaw Can Bring Profit, Pain

    Facing increasing competition and a sludgy economy, corporate law firms may want to copy McKool Smith PC's moneymaking strategy of taking on work for plaintiffs, but experts say crossing over comes with risks as well as rewards.

  • March 30, 2010

    Supervalu Accuses Hershey, Others Of Chocolate Cartel

    Grocery chain Supervalu Inc. has become the latest major retailer to accuse The Hershey Co. and a host of other chocolate makers of fixing the prices for chocolate candy in the U.S. in order to combat a stagnating market for the products.

  • March 30, 2010

    Techs Sue Carl Zeiss Over Exempt Reclassification

    A group of technicians has hit Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc. with a proposed collective action, alleging the medical device company illegally reclassified them as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and denied them overtime pay.

  • March 30, 2010

    Pretzel Maker Settles With Delivery Drivers For $10M

    Two subsidiaries of snack food company Snyder's of Hanover, which specializes in pretzels, have agreed to pay $10 million to settle class and collective action allegations that they misclassified their delivery drivers as independent operators rather than as employees.

  • March 29, 2010

    Antitrust Claims Survive In Cephalon Pay-To-Delay War

    A federal judge has largely preserved antitrust claims in 16 cases lodged against Cephalon Inc. and other drugmakers over allegations that they struck anti-competitive deals in patent suits to keep generic forms of narcolepsy treatment Provigil off the market.

  • March 29, 2010

    Rising Star: Akin Gump's Steven Maslowski

    In 2008, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP partner Steven Maslowski brought a $300 million patent suit against Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. to a halt midtrial by eliciting new testimony during cross-examination — just one achievement that has earned him a spot on Law360's list of 10 intellectual property lawyers under 40 to watch.

  • March 29, 2010

    Former DOI Official Joins Jackson Kelly In Denver

    Jackson Kelly PLLC has expanded its Denver office with the hire of environmental attorney Gina Guy, a former U.S. government official who said she wanted one more challenge before calling it a career.

  • March 29, 2010

    Beer Maker Labatt Sued Over Pa. Site Cleanup

    The owner of a contaminated Pennsylvania facility has hit Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. with a declaratory judgment action accusing the beer company of breaching a stock purchase agreement by failing to remediate environmental violations at the site.