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  • August 31, 2018

    3 Deals That Perished This Summer & What Killed Them

    Three deals faltered in the heat of the summer, falling to pieces amid regulatory pushback, litigation and investor outcry, and sending the companies back out into the world solo. Here, Law360 outlines three high-profile deals that went up in smoke this summer.

  • August 31, 2018

    Pennsylvania Powerhouse: Pepper Hamilton

    Boosted by the formation of its new health sciences department in March 2017, Philadelphia-based Pepper Hamilton has ridden Pennsylvania's growing "eds and meds" economy through major transactions and litigation over the last year, including notching a win for GlaxoSmithKline in a case over its diabetes drug Avandia.

  • August 30, 2018

    Westinghouse WARN Plaintiffs Split Over Court Jurisdiction

    The bitter, monthslong debate over what to do with two putative WARN Act class actions against Westinghouse Electric took another turn Wednesday, as counsel for one set of plaintiffs asked to have both suits transferred to South Carolina, while their counterparts demanded the suits stay put in New York bankruptcy court.

  • August 30, 2018

    American Airlines Pilots Can't Revive Seniority Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court’s tossing of a challenge by a putative class of almost 10,000 legacy American Airlines pilots to seniority determinations following the company's merger with U.S. Airways, finding no evidence that American and the Allied Pilots Association acted unfairly, arbitrarily or in bad faith.

  • August 30, 2018

    RJR Must Turn Over List Of Asbestos Litigants, Pa. Court Says

    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. must produce lists of customers and employees who have sued over asbestos-containing cigarette filters because the lists don't contain private or privileged information, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • August 30, 2018

    Aetna Gets Pediatrix's Claims Payment Suit Sent To Pa.

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday granted Aetna’s request to send Pediatrix Medical Services’ suit accusing it of prioritizing profits over patient care to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, finding that the insurer’s earlier filing in the northeastern state made it the proper venue for the claims.

  • August 30, 2018

    High Court's FLSA Ruling Blocks Amazon Workers' Claims

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling denying Amazon warehouse workers pay under federal wage law for time spent undergoing security checks blocks such claims under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act, a Kentucky federal judge ruled Thursday in a decision tossing part of a multidistrict litigation against the e-commerce giant.

  • August 30, 2018

    Bayer, Janssen Win Another Xarelto Injury Trial In Philly

    Bayer AG and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. notched the latest in a string of victories in litigation over injuries allegedly linked to the anticoagulant medication Xarelto on Thursday as a Philadelphia jury rejected claims that the companies failed to provide adequate warnings about the drug’s risks.

  • August 30, 2018

    Ex-Pa. Mayor Convicted In Pay-To-Play Scheme

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Thursday found ex-Reading mayor Vaughn Spencer guilty on charges of bribery and wire fraud in connection with a scheme in which he solicited campaign donations from city vendors in exchange for awarding them contracts.

  • August 30, 2018

    Ex-Supermodel Loses Appeal In Parking Gate Head Bonking

    Former supermodel Janice Dickinson’s appeal of a decision to toss her suit, which seeks damages from Rite Aid Corp. and a parking garage after she was bonked on the head by a parking gate arm, fails because it doesn’t address the defendants’ argument that the gate arm was an open and obvious condition, a California appeals court ruled Wednesday.

  • August 30, 2018

    Talen Unit Faces Lawsuit Threat Over Power Plant Pollution

    A trio of environmental groups is threatening to sue a Talen Energy Corp. unit over what it says are unauthorized discharges of pollutants from a Central Pennsylvania power plant.

  • August 30, 2018

    Insurer Slams Dallas Hotel For Spilling Secret Settlement Talk

    Ace American Insurance Co. asked a Texas court to strike parts of a developer's lawsuit over $8.5 million in disputed payouts for delays and setbacks in the Statler Hilton Hotel's $250 million renovation, slamming the hotel owners for citing allegedly confidential settlement discussions in the suit.

  • August 30, 2018

    Pennsylvania Powerhouse: Morgan Lewis

    Since its founding in Philadelphia nearly 150 years ago, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has grown into one of the largest and most prominent global law firms, but its continued Pennsylvania presence is evident in work like its recent representation of The Hershey Co. in litigation over a billion-dollar acquisition.

  • August 29, 2018

    Pa. High Court Denies 2 Sunoco Pipeline Zoning Appeals

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday denied two appeals challenging a lower court’s ruling that local zoning ordinances do not stand in the way of Sunoco Pipeline LP’s controversial Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline without providing additional reasoning.

  • August 29, 2018

    Retirees Can't Arbitrate Health Benefits Row, 3rd Circ. Rules

    A Pennsylvania federal judge wrongly forced a steel plant into arbitration with union retirees contesting the rollback of their health care benefits, a Third Circuit panel said in a precedential decision Wednesday, concluding the union contract created arbitration rights only for active workers, not former ones.

  • August 29, 2018

    Leidos, Battelle Land $365M DOE Research Support Contract

    Leidos, an information technology and engineering firm, and research organization Battelle have nabbed a U.S. Department of Energy contract worth roughly $365 million to provide services supporting energy research and the development of renewable power technology at a federal laboratory, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • August 29, 2018

    Ex-Pa. Mayor Tells Jury He Didn’t Take Bribes For Contracts

    The ex-mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, told jurors in his federal corruption trial Wednesday that he did not make contracting decisions in the city in exchange for campaign contributions from vendors.

  • August 29, 2018

    Big Banks Get Agency Bond-Fixing Suit Tossed

    A Manhattan federal judge has thrown out a proposed consolidated class action accusing major banks including Barclays and Citigroup of conspiring to rig the SSA bond market, finding that the investors behind the suit haven’t plausibly shown that they were injured by the banks’ alleged collusion.

  • August 29, 2018

    Pennsylvania Powerhouse: Duane Morris

    Whether the clients they represent move pipelines, people or freight, attorneys at Philadelphia-based Duane Morris have been moving big cases through Pennsylvania's courts over the last year.

  • August 29, 2018

    Browns Player Cops To Insider Trading After Charges

    Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who won the 2018 Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles, publicly admitted that he’d committed insider trading on Wednesday shortly after federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania accused him of reaping $1.2 million in profits on trades he made ahead of mergers he was tipped off to by an investment banker.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Get Ready For Digital Health Product Liability Cases

    Raymond Williams

    As we experience more collaborations among digital health startups, app software designers, artificial intelligence firms and drug and medical device companies, manufacturers should be cognizant that digital health products may require a more nuanced approach to product liability law, say Raymond Williams and Jae Kim of DLA Piper.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: A Tale Of 3 California Bankruptcies

    Karol Denniston

    The Chapter 9 bankruptcies of Vallejo, San Bernardino and Stockton have left a legacy of challenges facing California municipalities that seek to restructure their obligations. These cases show that a comprehensive restructuring remains illusory because restructuring pension obligations is legally complicated and politically sensitive, says Karol Denniston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: What Chicago's Bankruptcy May Look Like

    Adam Levitin

    In the five years since Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, people have wondered which big city will be next. But the next big-city bankruptcy will not be about one local government in crisis. It is more likely to be a crisis involving many overlapping local governments, in a place like Chicago, say Adam Levitin of Georgetown University and David Schleicher of Yale University.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • New Bill Addresses Systemic Risk In Cannabis Banking

    Lance Boldrey

    The newly introduced STATES Act would alleviate most of the issues that financial institutions face in providing services to marijuana-related businesses, say attorneys with Dykema Gossett PLLC.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Vaccine Mandates And Lessons On Legal Compliance

    Alan Berkowitz

    Terminating or disciplining an employee who declines to get a vaccine because of a disability or religious belief exposes an employer to significant risk of a discrimination lawsuit. In Ruggiero v. Mount Nittany Medical Center, the Third Circuit established a relatively low threshold for employees to get past the initial pleading stage, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • What The AbbVie Decision Says About Sham Patent Cases

    Leslie John

    The recent Pennsylvania federal court decision in Federal Trade Commission v. AbbVie is likely to have significant effects on antitrust cases challenging patent litigations as shams, say Leslie John and Stephen Kastenberg of Ballard Spahr LLP.