• February 27, 2018

    NFL, Players Want Expert Booted From Concussion Program

    Attorneys representing both the National Football League and former players in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries sustained during the players' NFL careers urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday to replace a neurologist on the settlement’s expert panel with two others, saying they agreed on the switch.

  • February 27, 2018

    Jurors Urged To Convict Pa. Mayor In Law Firm Bribery Case

    Prosecutors urged a federal jury during closing arguments on Tuesday to find the mayor of Pennsylvania’s third-largest city guilty of soliciting campaign contributions from law firms and other vendors with promises of lucrative government contracts.

  • February 27, 2018

    MLB Union Questions 4 Clubs' Use Of Revenue-Share Money

    The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against four clubs — the Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays — over whether they are using funds received through revenue-sharing from other teams in accordance with the union's collective bargaining agreement.

  • February 27, 2018

    Pa. Firms’ Poaching Trial Shows Market's Fierce Competition

    Philadelphia-based Swartz Campbell LLC’s long-running claims that regional rival Chartwell Law Offices LLP launched a sweeping scheme to swallow up its attorneys are finally slated to go to trial in state court Wednesday, setting up a potential climax in a case that illustrates how intense competition for legal talent extends beyond the apex of the marketplace.

  • February 27, 2018

    NY-Led Coalition Slams EPA Bid To Undo Clean Power Plan

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, backed by 25 states, counties and cities, objected Tuesday to a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and ease regulations on power plants.

  • February 27, 2018

    Anti-Voter Fraud Group Wants Pa. Data On Noncitizens

    An Indiana-based anti-voter fraud organization filed a federal lawsuit Monday alleging the state of Pennsylvania failed to disclose records of a reported 100,000 noncitizens who were put on voter rolls following a “glitch” that allowed them to take advantage of “motor voter” registration.

  • February 27, 2018

    Comcast Lobs Competing $31B Bid For Sky

    Comcast on Tuesday unveiled a competing $31 billion bid for Sky, challenging 21st Century Fox’s takeover plans amid scrutiny from U.K. competition regulators as Comcast looks to grow its European footprint.

  • February 26, 2018

    Pa. Court Rejects Bulk Of Conrail's Cleanup Coverage Appeal

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday affirmed a lower court's ruling that Consolidated Rail Corp. can't access coverage for a slew of industrial pollution remediation claims under Continental Insurance Co. and Stonewall Insurance Co. excess policies, while reviving the rail company's bid to obtain coverage from an Italian excess insurer.

  • February 26, 2018

    NJ Senate Passes Bill To Protect Tax Agreement With Pa.

    The New Jersey Senate on Monday voted unanimously to approve a bill that would prevent the governor from unilaterally withdrawing from personal income tax agreements with other states.

  • February 26, 2018

    Dealership's Delay Undercuts Bid To Nix Pa. Car Crash Award

    A Pennsylvania appeals court refused to strike a judgment against an auto dealership Monday after agreeing that the company had waited too long to respond to claims it was facing over a car crash involving one of its employees.

  • February 26, 2018

    Barley Snyder Expands Practice With Pa. Hospitality Group

    Central Pennsylvania firm Barley Snyder has launched a new hospitality industry group less than six months after opening new offices in two of the state’s high-tourism areas, Gettysburg and Harrisburg.

  • February 26, 2018

    No New Trial For Investigator's Sex Bias Case, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit refused to give a Pennsylvania forensic investigator a new trial in her workplace sex discrimination suit against her former employer, ruling Friday that the jury hadn’t been prejudiced by testimony about a criminal investigation she faced over the leak of information to the media about a high-profile homicide.

  • February 26, 2018

    Insurer Dodges Coverage In Lamb McErlane Malpractice Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge said on Friday that Lamb McErlane PC was not entitled to a half-million dollars' worth of professional liability coverage for allegedly mishandling an estate matter because an initial complaint about the firm's work predated the effective date of the firm's policy with Allied World Insurance Co. 

  • February 23, 2018

    Court Frees Dealership To Sell Assets After Audi Roadblock

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday unsealed an order allowing Wyoming Valley Audi to sell its dealership after Audi of America had sued to block the $17 million sale, citing a right of first refusal as called for in its 1997 dealer contract, finding that Audi could not exercise the option once its assets were removed from the sale.

  • February 23, 2018

    Pa. Tort Ruling Highlights Discrepancies In Jury Instructions

    A recent appeals court decision reaffirming Pennsylvania’s new scheme for defining strict liability in product defect cases underscores what defense attorneys say is the significant chasm between the current state of the law and how model jury instructions continue to lay out the concept.

  • February 23, 2018

    Philly Atty Disbarred After Soliciting 14-Year-Old Girl

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has disbarred an attorney who pled guilty to soliciting an underaged girl forced into prostitution, who reported that the two had sex in his office.

  • February 23, 2018

    Philly Bar Chancellor Rips Calls For Justices' Impeachment

    The chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Friday lambasted the growing number of Republican politicians calling for the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who in January ordered the redrawing of congressional districts to correct for partisan gerrymandering.

  • February 23, 2018

    Pa. Treasurer Targets 3 Banks In Lending Disparity Probe

    The Pennsylvania Treasury has announced an official inquiry into Wells Fargo, Santander Bank and PNC Financial Services over alleged racial and ethnic disparities in home mortgage lending that have been identified in a recent report from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • February 23, 2018

    Pepper Hamilton Settles With Philly Union Boss Ex-Client

    Pepper Hamilton LLP on Thursday agreed to settle accusations that it breached its duty to politically influential Philadelphia union boss John Dougherty, a former client, by taking advantage of confidential information about a criminal investigation he faced to defend the Philadelphia Inquirer in a libel suit.

  • February 22, 2018

    Pa. Appeals Court Won't Revive USA Tech Derivative Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court said Thursday it would not revive a derivative lawsuit over inflated income reports by payment processor USA Technology Inc. as a result of the company’s failure to properly account for uncollectible debts from customers.

Expert Analysis

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Still No Clarity For Pipeline Permitting Process

    Karen Davis

    Notwithstanding the lofty goals set by both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama, recent court decisions make clear that the permitting process for major natural gas pipeline projects remains unpredictable, says Karen Davis of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • When Gov't Knowledge Of Industry Practice Bars FCA Claims

    Barbara Rowland

    In its recent decision in Spay v. CVS Caremark, the Third Circuit adopted the government knowledge inference defense, thereby offering False Claims Act defendants in the circuit another weapon in their arsenal of defenses to obtain dismissal of FCA claims, say Barbara Rowland and Carolyn Kendall of Post & Schell PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 4 Ways Tax Reform May Affect The Sports World

    Michael Rueda

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local income, sales and property taxes up to $10,000 per year. This new limitation may provide certain sports teams, particularly those in states like Texas and Florida, an advantage in attracting and signing talent, say Michael Rueda and David Lehn of Withers Bergman LLP.

  • The Tide Could Be Turning On The Bare Metal Defense

    Rachel Farnsworth

    The Third Circuit recently vacated part of a ruling that turned on the application of the “bare metal defense,” the theory that a manufacturer of an asbestos-free product cannot be held liable for injuries caused by other manufacturers’ later-added asbestos-containing parts. Now the state law tide is turning in the same direction, says Rachel Farnsworth of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

    Kristi Kung

    As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service to a value-based health care system, telemedicine is viewed by many as the solution for achieving access to care and cost-efficiency. Kristi Kung and Matthew Shatzkes of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP look back on some of the telemedicine-related legal and regulatory changes that occurred in 2017 and discuss potential areas of interest in 2018.