Pennsylvania

  • December 20, 2016

    Ex-Verizon Employee Claims She Was Fired Over Her Accent

    Verizon Communications Inc. was hit Monday with an employee discrimination suit in Pennsylvania federal court by a former customer service representative, claiming she was fired from her job earlier this year because of her Ukrainian national origin and inability to shed her accent.

  • December 19, 2016

    Doctors Lose Bid For Heart Stent Investigation Info On Appeal

    A pair of Pennsylvania cardiologists who sued a hospital for defamation after being accused of implanting unnecessary heart stents in patients lost their bid to overturn a lower court’s decision to deny them certain evidence requests on Monday, when a state appellate court found the order not yet reviewable.

  • December 19, 2016

    No Punitive Damages On Trebled Award, Pa. Court Says

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision on Friday finding that a trial judge erred by imposing punitive damages on top of a trebled award in a couple’s consumer protection case against Ameriprise Financial Inc. over alleged misrepresentations about life insurance premiums.

  • December 19, 2016

    EPA Says It Has Authority To Grant Ozone Rules Extension

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that it properly gave the Philadelphia region an extra year to comply with updated 2008 ozone regulations, countering Delaware’s contention that the delay was improper and unfair.

  • December 19, 2016

    Pa. Sewage Discharge Deal With Enviros Gets Court OK

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday signed off on a settlement ending an environmental group’s lawsuit alleging a sewage plant owned by a western Pennsylvania municipality was polluting the Youghiogheny River.

  • December 19, 2016

    Stradley Ronon Adds Prominent Philly White Collar Defender

    Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP announced on Monday that it landed a name partner at Greenblatt Pierce Engle Funt & Flores LLC to serve as a partner in its white collar and governmental investigations practice.

  • December 19, 2016

    Philly Judge Junks City Soda Tax Challenge

    Philadelphia’s controversial tax on sugar-sweetened beverages survived its first major legal challenge on Monday when a trial judge agreed to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that the levy improperly usurped the state’s taxation authority.

  • December 19, 2016

    Insurers Can't Trim Gardner Denver's Coverage Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Friday gave industrial equipment maker Gardner Denver the green light to advance claims that three of its former insurers wrongly failed to provide coverage for a shareholder suit over its merger with KKR & Co. that settled for $29 million, citing ambiguous contract language.

  • December 19, 2016

    Pa. Judge Suspended After Money Laundering Indictment

    A Pennsylvania district judge was suspended without pay Friday after being accused of participating in a money laundering scheme in a federal indictment unsealed earlier in the day.

  • December 16, 2016

    Energy Future Asks 3rd Circ. To Rethink Make-Whole Fight

    Energy Future Holdings Corp. has urged the Third Circuit to rethink its ruling allowing some $900 million in secured noteholder make-whole claims against the bankrupt energy company, saying New York’s highest court should decide the issue.

  • December 16, 2016

    Booted Fattah Juror Refused To Deliberate, Judge Reveals

    The juror dismissed from deliberations in the federal corruption trial that led to the conviction of former Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah told the court’s clerk that he was “going to hang this jury no matter what,” according to documents unsealed Friday.

  • December 16, 2016

    Philly Bar Association Questions Sessions AG Nomination

    The leadership of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution questioning the qualifications of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to serve as attorney general, urging Pennsylvania’s two senators to thoroughly vet him and consider a “no” vote at confirmation hearings.

  • December 16, 2016

    County, Rail Group Allowed To Weigh In On Pa. Well Denial

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday allowed two outside motions, including one from a local development board, to intervene in a challenge to the Delaware River Basin Commission’s fracking moratorium and refusal to approve an exploratory natural gas well.

  • December 16, 2016

    Ex-Fattah Staffer Gets 3 Years' Probation In Corruption Case

    The former chief of staff for ex-U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has been sentenced to three years of probation and three months of house arrest for aiding and abetting a bribe received by the former Pennsylvania congressman, becoming the only defendant in the corruption case to avoid time behind bars.

  • December 16, 2016

    The Biggest Sports Cases Of 2016

    With the NFL prevailing over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a legal fight over his Deflategate suspension and the Third Circuit once again foreclosing New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports betting, 2016 has had its fair share of blockbuster sports cases that kept lawyers in the industry busy across the country. 

  • December 16, 2016

    Media Groups Want FCC Rules Challenge Moved To 3rd Circ.

    Two media policy groups intervening in a challenge to a Federal Communications Commission order imposing restrictive broadcast ownership rules on Friday urged the D.C. Circuit to bless the transfer of the appeal to the Third Circuit, citing the latter court’s experience in hearing similar challenges to the agency’s ownership rules.

  • December 16, 2016

    Pa. District Judge, Atty Accused Of Money Laundering

    A Pennsylvania district judge and a suburban Philadelphia lawyer were charged alongside one other Bucks County official in an indictment unsealed Friday that alleged a scheme to launder money that came from health care fraud and illegal drug trafficking.

  • December 15, 2016

    Discovery Needed In Uber 'On Call' OT Fight, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday allowed a putative class action accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act to move forward, saying the issue of whether the company’s drivers are “working” when “on call” can only be resolved after discovery.

  • December 15, 2016

    UPenn Athletes To Challenge 7th Circ. Employee Ruling

    Two University of Pennsylvania student-athletes will ask the full Seventh Circuit on Friday to rethink its recent ruling that their participation in college sports does not make them school employees, a decision that prevented them from pursuing class action claims that they deserved minimum wage pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • December 15, 2016

    Herr's Atty Targeted For DQ Over Prosecution Threats

    A snack food consumer accusing Herr Foods Inc. of mislabeling several varieties of packaged snacks as natural and healthy said Wednesday that the company’s counsel should be disqualified for threatening criminal prosecution and attorney sanctions if the putative class action is not withdrawn with prejudice.

Expert Analysis

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Hogan Lovells Has Worked

    J. Warren Gorrell Jr.

    As shown by the impending merger between Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP, consolidation in the legal industry remains a popular strategy among firms looking to boost revenue and acquire new clients. J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a key architect of the 2010 merger that created Hogan Lovells, reflects on his own experience and why mergers of equals are particularly difficult.

  • Trump’s Impact On Independent Contractor Misclassification

    Richard J. Reibstein

    While it’s likely that the U.S. Department of Labor may dial down its independent contractor misclassification enforcement efforts when a Republican administration takes over the White House and appoints a new secretary of labor, there is no reason to expect that state labor departments will be any less aggressive in their efforts to crack down on this issue, says Richard Reibstein of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Employment Law Possibilities Under President Trump

    Michael H. LeRoy

    President-Elect Donald Trump offered little specifics about employment law policies on the campaign trail, but he painted enough broad brush strokes to offer some possibilities. He also energized whites, a demographic group not emphasized since George Wallace’s failed candidacy. That reality points all of us in a starkly new direction for employment law, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • A Look At Atty Fee Awards In Post-Kirtsaeng Copyright Cases

    James E. Griffith

    A review of cases following the U.S. Supreme Court's Kirtsaeng decision in June is instructive for copyright litigants who wish to assess what kinds of cases are likely to result in fee awards and the probability of fees being awarded in a particular case, says James Griffith of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Candid Advice From The Bench: Judges Are People Too

    Alison Wong

    While it’s true that judges are more capable than juries of rendering decisions based on a subtler understanding of the law, trial lawyers shouldn’t assume that judges are immune to the unfolding drama and underlying context of the case. In fact, the most important lesson we’ve learned from interviewing retired judges is that they process information the same way jurors do, says Alison Wong of Salmons Consulting.

  • 7 Steps For Managing An Associate Who May Be Impaired

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    According to a recent study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, more than one-third of practicing attorneys in the U.S. qualify as problem drinkers and 28 percent struggle with depression. While change in large law firms can be slow, there is a lot firms can do to navigate situations where an associate’s performance may be impaired, says Stacey Saada Schwartz, a former litigator and Los Angeles-based... (continued)

  • Why Even Insured Businesses Should Beware TCPA Violations

    Leah Threatte Bojnowski

    The Third Circuit recently affirmed a decision that Stevens and Ricci's commercial general liability insurance did not cover consumers' claims after the firm sent unsolicited faxes in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. General liability policies, and even specific TCPA liability policies, cannot guarantee coverage for intentional violations, says Leah Bojnowski of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • The Role Of Litigation Analytics In Your Case

    Thomas C. Gricks III

    Lawyers often use analytics in the course of an e-discovery review for production, where these tools help them assign documents into buckets such as “relevant” or “privileged.” Increasingly, lawyers are using analytics to see if there is anything unusual within the collection and if there are stories the documents can tell, say Thomas Gricks, Bayu Hardi and Mark Noel of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • OPINION: 3rd Circ. Should Rehear Product-Hopping Case

    David Balto

    How is the Third Circuit like Donald Trump? It wants to build a wall preventing drug competition and have consumers pay for it. The recent decision in Mylan v. Warner Chilcott is divorced from established precedent and will leave consumers in the lurch for billions of dollars, says David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.