Pennsylvania

  • April 1, 2009

    3rd Circ. Upholds Urban Outfitters' Trademark Suit Win

    A federal appeals court has affirmed an infringement ruling in favor of Urban Outfitters Inc. and against BCBG Max Azria Group Inc. in a lawsuit over Urban Outfitters' “Free People” mark, but has remanded the case to the district court to reconsider the granting of attorneys' fees under the “exceptional case” doctrine.

  • April 1, 2009

    Conditional Cert. Granted In Age Bias Suit V. PPG

    A federal judge has granted conditional class certification in a suit accusing Pittsburgh-based paint and chemicals supplier PPG Industries Inc. of systematically discriminating against its older workers.

  • April 1, 2009

    Insurer Off Hook For Pilgrim's Pride Settlement

    A judge has found that liability insurer Continental Casualty Co. does not have to provide coverage for a settlement between ACE American Insurance Co. and Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. over a disputed damage claim arising from a listeria outbreak at one of the poultry producer’s plants.

  • April 1, 2009

    Coal Co. Must Face Trade Secret Theft Claims

    A federal judge has refused to throw out Crown Coal & Coke Co.'s lawsuit against Compass Point Resources LLC, ruling that the rival coal and coke seller created by two former Crown Coal executives must face claims that the employees stole confidential information about the company's business relationships before leaving.

  • March 31, 2009

    AstraZeneca Sales Reps Exempt From OT: Judge

    A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a putative class action overtime case brought against AstraZeneca LP by a former pharmaceutical sales representative, holding that the plaintiff fell under an exemption to Pennsylvania state law overtime pay requirements for outside salespeople.

  • March 31, 2009

    New Complaint Revives Magnesite Price-Fixing Case

    Three months after their proposed antitrust class action was thrown out for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, two U.S. companies have filed an amended complaint accusing a group of China-based magnesite exporters of conspiring to fix the mineral's price.

  • March 30, 2009

    Suit Over Ford F-350 To Continue In Federal Court

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss or remand a proposed class action alleging Ford Motor Co.'s F-250 and F-350 trucks for model years 2005 to 2007 have defective front-end suspensions that put their drivers at risk.

  • March 30, 2009

    Fidelity Strikes Deal Over Calif. Kickback Claims

    Fidelity National Title Co. has agreed to pay $365,000 to settle claims by California's insurance regulator that it paid kickbacks to real estate agents and lenders in exchange for business referrals.

  • March 27, 2009

    Law Preempts State Vaccine Liability Claims: 3rd Circ.

    The U.S. Supreme Court may end up considering whether the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act preempts state law product liability claims after a federal appellate court issued a ruling that conflicts with one by the Georgia Supreme Court.

  • March 27, 2009

    Doctors Told To Pay State Farm $15M In Fraud Case

    A group of osteopathic physicians and a chiropractor accused of perpetrating a massive insurance fraud against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. have been ordered to pay around $15 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the insurer.

  • March 27, 2009

    Mushroom Co-op Not Outside Antitrust Law: Judge

    A federal judge overseeing litigation alleging a price-fixing conspiracy in the mushroom market has denied summary judgment motions by defendants who argued they were immune to antitrust charges.

  • March 27, 2009

    Revival Of USPTO Rules Spurs Call For Appeal

    Stunned by a decision that in one fell swoop brought back to life most of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s contentious rules to root out prosecution abuses and shrink the application backlog, many intellectual property experts say they believe the ruling is ripe for appeal.

  • March 25, 2009

    Milberg Extorted $18M Via Securities Suits: Casino Co.

    A casino developer has sued plaintiffs powerhouse firm Milberg LLP and several former partners, accusing them of extorting $18 million from the company to settle two securities class actions in 2000.

  • March 25, 2009

    Insurer Can't Recoup $5M Payout To Builder: 3rd Circ.

    Weighing in on a dispute over a $5 million insurance payout, an appeals court backed the lower court’s decision to bar St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. from seeking reimbursement from a contractor for damages during construction of a landmark building in Philadelphia.

  • March 25, 2009

    Judge Denies Class Cert. In Portage Bank Wage Case

    A judge has refused to grant class certification in a proposed collective action that accused Portage National Bank of failing to properly compensate its employees for time in excess of scheduled weekly hours and not paying employees for hours worked but not recorded.

  • March 25, 2009

    Synthes Bone Plate Suit Stayed For Patent Re-Exam

    A federal judge has agreed to put a hold on proceedings in a two-year-old infringement suit launched by Synthes Inc.'s North American unit against Howmedica Osteonics Corp. after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office agreed to re-examine the asserted bone plate patent.

  • March 25, 2009

    Lilly Can't Depose Mont. Docs In Zyprexa Suit: Judge

    A federal magistrate judge has denied Eli Lilly & Co.’s request for depositions from two Montana mental health officers as multidistrict litigation continues over the drugmaker's blockbuster Zyprexa.

  • March 24, 2009

    AT&T Call Center Workers Win Class Status In OT Suit

    A group of AT&T Corp. call center workers has earned conditional class status in a collective wage-and-hour action against the telecommunications giant, the second such group to win certification in the past six months.

  • March 25, 2009

    Arbitration Rule Can't Kill Atty's Sex Bias Suit: 3rd Circ.

    The mandatory arbitration provision in a Pennsylvania-based law firm's corporate bylaws doesn't preclude a shareholder from taking the firm to court for sex discrimination, an appellate court has affirmed, reasoning that the arbitration deal wasn't explicit.

  • March 24, 2009

    Saul Ewing Lays Off 7 Lawyers, 7 Staff

    Saul Ewing LLP has laid off seven associates and seven staff employees, its second round of layoffs in the face of a deepening recession.