Pennsylvania

  • April 11, 2017

    J&J, Bayer Seek 3rd-Party Funding Info In Pa. Xarelto Cases

    Johnson & Johnson and Bayer AG have urged a Pennsylvania state judge to require a group of consumers alleging they were injured after taking the blood thinner Xarelto to turn over information about any third parties that might be funding their legal fights.

  • April 11, 2017

    Philly Printer To Pay $305K To Resolve Wage Violations

    A Philadelphia commercial printer has agreed to pay a $31,350 civil penalty and $273,892 in back wages and liquidated damages to a group of temporary workers to resolve a U.S. Department of Labor investigation that found it shorted workers wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • April 11, 2017

    Ex-Pa. Lawmaker Likely To Be Resentenced In Corruption Row

    Pennsylvania prosecutors admitted on Friday that a nearly $120,000 restitution sentence imposed on ex-House Speaker Bill DeWeese, who is challenging his conviction for ordering legislative staffers to perform political work, was illegal under new precedent by the state’s Supreme Court.

  • April 11, 2017

    Reed Smith Opens Miami Office With Astigarraga Davis Group

    Global law firm Reed Smith LLP opened a new office in Miami with the seven-lawyer international arbitration and litigation group from local firm Astigarraga Davis, which has split in two, with the financial fraud and cross-border insolvency group starting its own firm.

  • April 10, 2017

    Philadelphia Man Sentenced To 7 Years For $8M Tax Fraud

    The former manager of a Philadelphia tax management business was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to preparing fraudulent tax returns, ultimately costing the federal government $7.9 million in revenue.

  • April 10, 2017

    Metals Refiner Fights Salvager's Bid To Slash $16M Verdict

    A South African metals refiner on Friday slammed an auto salvage company owner’s attempt to have a $16 million judgment against the company trimmed to less than $3 million in Pennsylvania federal court, saying a settlement agreement between co-owners of the salvage company and the metals refiner did not offset the March jury award.

  • April 10, 2017

    Pay Inquiry Bans To Get Crucial First Test In Philly

    Philadelphia's recently passed law barring employers from asking job candidates for their salary histories wasn't the first in the U.S., but it will be the first such measure to be challenged in court — a legal battle experts say will hinge on how far governments can go in regulating commercial speech and may set the tone for future litigation over pay-history laws elsewhere.

  • April 10, 2017

    Actavis, Taro, Teva Fixed Skin Steroid Price, Suit Says

    Actavis Holdco US Inc., Taro Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. conspired to hike the price of generic fluocinonide, a topical steroid used to treat inflammation caused by psoriasis and other skin conditions, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Health and Welfare Fund alleged Friday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • April 10, 2017

    Monroe Energy Slapped With Fine Over Pa. Air Emissions

    Pennsylvania environmental regulators announced Monday that a Delta Air Lines Inc. unit has been slapped with nearly half a million dollars worth of civil penalties for air quality violations at its Philadelphia-area petroleum refinery.

  • April 10, 2017

    Sodexo Faces FCRA Dispute Over Consumer Reports

    Food services and facilities management company Sodexo Inc. violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by failing to properly disclose that consumer reports might be obtained and used for employment purposes, a job applicant alleged in a proposed class action that landed in Pennsylvania federal court Monday.

  • April 10, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won’t Halt Pennsylvania Pipeline Construction

    The Third Circuit on Friday denied a request by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to halt construction on a Pennsylvania pipeline project while it seeks to overturn a Clean Water Act permit for a Kinder Morgan Inc. unit issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the environmental group is unlikely to win on the merits.

  • April 10, 2017

    Atty Slams Rival's Perjury Claim In Frivolous Suit Row

    A Philadelphia-based attorney fired back on Friday at suggestions that he lied on the stand during expert testimony he provided in a trial that left a rival saddled with a nearly $2 million jury verdict for pursuing a frivolous lawsuit on behalf of a client.

  • April 10, 2017

    Gynecologist Says $625K Verdict Excessive In Infertility Row

    A Pennsylvania federal jury’s $625,000 medical malpractice award to a New Jersey woman was excessive, counsel for a gynecologist has claimed, arguing there was insufficient evidence that the purportedly unnecessary surgery to remove a non-cancerous mass had caused the woman’s claimed infertility.

  • April 7, 2017

    JPML Sends Generic Drug Price-Fixing Suits To Pennsylvania

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday said the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is the best place to consolidate lawsuits accusing Mylan, Sandoz Inc. and other pharmaceutical companies of fixing prices on generic drugs, and expanded the case to include eight products instead of only two.

  • April 7, 2017

    HFF Closes $52.4M Sale Of Philly Shopping Center

    Borrower-side broker Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP closed on the sale of a grocery-anchored retail shopping center in Philadelphia on Thursday, marking the company's fourth such closing since the beginning of March.

  • April 7, 2017

    Justices Urged To Review 3rd Circ. OT Offsetting Decision

    DuPont is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an appeal following a precedential Third Circuit decision finding that the company’s policy of paying workers for meal breaks did not excuse it from paying overtime wages for time spent performing required tasks before and after their shifts.

  • April 7, 2017

    Pa. E-Cig Tax Battle Belongs In State Court, Vape Shop Says

    A Pennsylvania vape shop challenging a state tax on “unsavory inventory,” including e-cigarettes and their components, argued Friday that the case should be moved from federal court back to state court, arguing that its questions regarding the U.S. Constitution should not be considered before questions of state law.

  • April 7, 2017

    Philly Atty Says Adversaries Overstepped On Sanctions Bid

    The Philadelphia-area defense attorney who saw an appeals court junk a nearly $1 million sanctions order against her over expert witness testimony in a medical malpractice suit on Thursday outlined how her adversaries overzealously sought a contempt finding against her in the latest chapter of a closely watched battle. 

  • April 7, 2017

    Union Slams Cert. Bid In American Airlines Pilot Seniority Suit

    The union representing American Airlines pilots urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday not to certify a group of pilots trying to block the airline from implementing a new seniority list following its merger with US Airways, saying the dispute doesn’t merit class treatment.

  • April 7, 2017

    Pa. Atty Charged For Taking Client Payments After Disbarment

    A former Philadelphia-area attorney was slapped with federal fraud charges Thursday for continuing to accept payments from clients after he resigned from the bar in November 2012 in the wake of a disciplinary investigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • How States Might Challenge The OCC's Fintech Charter

    Brian G. Barrett

    Some state banking regulators see the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's plan to create a new charter for financial technology companies as a direct threat to their existing authority. Litigation challenging the preemptive effect of the fintech charter would likely involve an interpretation of the limitations on the OCC’s statutory preemptive power, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Legal Pot Industry Bugged By Lack Of Pesticide Guidance

    Telisport W. Putsavage

    Marijuana cultivation suffers from the same pest and disease pressure as any large commercial greenhouse operation. However, the circumstance unique to this setting is that any use of a pesticide in the cultivation of marijuana is a violation of federal law, says Telisport Putsavage of Putsavage PLLC.

  • Trump’s Enviro Law Impact May Not Be What Many Anticipate

    Lester Sotsky

    Many posit a material decline in environmental enforcement and a retrenchment or reversal of environmental regulatory initiatives in the new Trump administration. We expect three concrete areas where activism and activity will be on the rise during this time, targeting a variety of environmental, public health and liability issues of considerable potential consequences, say Lester Sotsky and Andy Wang of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Google Warrant Case Vs. Microsoft Warrant Case

    Philip J. Bezanson

    The Pennsylvania federal court's recent Google decision may give companies emboldened by the Second Circuit's Microsoft decision pause in deciding whether to resist compliance with what they view as overly broad requests for customer data. However, the different results in the cases may serve as useful guidance for securing data abroad, say Philip Bezanson and Laura Prebeck Hang of Bracewell LLP.