Pennsylvania

  • June 5, 2017

    ​Three Mile Island Closure Portends Nuke Energy Battle In Pa.

    Clean energy advocates are alarmed that Exelon's recently announced plans to shutter its Three Mile Island nuclear plant in 2019 will boost carbon emissions, and the move could provoke a fight in Pennsylvania's General Assembly over legislation to save the industry.

  • June 5, 2017

    Astor Weiss, Flamm Walton Dodge $18M Pa. Malpractice Suit

    Despite agreeing that a former Flamm Walton PC and current Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel LLP partner may have botched an $18 million suit against MCI WorldCom, a Pennsylvania state judge has concluded that a defunct telecommunications company waited too long to sue over the alleged malpractice.

  • June 5, 2017

    Verizon Agrees To Update Pa. Copper Networks, Union Says

    Verizon has agreed to update its copper telephone cable networks in Pennsylvania in response to a Communications Workers of America petition and a Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission proceeding, public records show.

  • June 5, 2017

    Vineyard Uncorks IP Suit Against Winery Of The Same Name

    California-based Blair Vineyards LLC has told another winery of the same name to put a cork in its use of registered trademarks, accusing the business in Pennsylvania federal court of creating confusion among consumers familiar with the award-winning brand.

  • June 2, 2017

    6 Suits Say Mylan, Others Rigged Generic Drug Prices

    Mylan Inc., Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc., Par Pharmaceuticals Inc. and other drugmakers conspired to jack up the prices of certain generic muscle relaxers, skin creams, antidepressants and blood pressure drugs, a Northeast U.S. pharmacy operator said in six separate antitrust lawsuits filed on Thursday as part of multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • June 2, 2017

    Drug Return Co. Wants Acquittal, New Trial In $116M Fraud

    A drug return company and two of its executives have asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to undo a jury verdict finding them guilty of stealing $116 million worth of refunds from drug manufacturers or give them a new trial, alleging prosecutorial misconduct and a host of other concerns.

  • June 2, 2017

    Homeowner Sues Philly Atty Over Trying To 'Coerce' $1M Deal

    A Philadelphia homeowner has filed a suit in Pennsylvania state court accusing two individuals and their attorney of knowingly filing a bogus property suit against him in an attempt to force him into a $1 million settlement.

  • June 2, 2017

    3rd Circ. Says Pa. Rep's Son's Rights Not Violated By Leak

    The Third Circuit determined Friday in a precedential ruling that the government did not violate the constitutional rights of a former congressman’s convicted son when a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent leaked details of an impending search of his office to the media.

  • June 2, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Pfizer Win In Zoloft Birth Defect MDL

    The Third Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court’s decision to exclude the testimony of a statistician and grant Pfizer summary judgment in more than 300 cases claiming its antidepressant Zoloft caused babies' heart defects, finding that the expert’s methods were unreliable.

  • June 2, 2017

    Pharma Co., Ex-CEO Fight Over Disqualifying Counsel

    Pharmaceutical company Relmada Therapeutics Inc. and its former CEO duked it out in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday over whether the court should disqualify the attorneys representing the ex-CEO in his suit alleging his former company wrongly accused him of racking up $1.5 million in fraudulent expenses.

  • June 2, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Linklaters, Wachtell

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, four firms guided a $70 billion all-stock merger between Linde AG and Praxair Inc., Deere & Co. picked up Wirtgen Group in a $5.2 billion deal, and First Data acquired CardConnect for about $750 million.

  • June 2, 2017

    Pa. Court Vacates Shared Emissions Permit Over ‘Control’

    The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on Friday vacated a decision by a state board that found two natural gas facilities owned by separate subsidiaries of the same corporate entity must have an aggregated permit for emissions, deciding that the board wrongly interpreted the control exerted by the mutual corporate parent.

  • June 2, 2017

    Ex-PSU Admins Get Jail Time For Sandusky Reporting Failure

    A trio of former Penn State University administrators were sentenced to jail time on Friday for failing to report an incident of suspected child abuse involving former assistant football coach and now-convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky in 2001.

  • June 2, 2017

    Q&A With Klasko Immigration Law Partners' William Stock

    Immigration lawyers need to be aware that immigration restriction advocates placed in policy-level positions within agencies, and their allies in Congress, will be trying to make changes that may seem minor to the broader public but that will have enormous detrimental impacts, says William Stock of Klasko Immigration Law.

  • June 1, 2017

    Pa. School District Says Drinking Water Suit Is Preempted

    A western Pennsylvania school district and several former administrators asked a federal judge Thursday to toss claims brought by a class of parents alleging they hid the presence of hazardous copper and lead levels in the water of an elementary school for months, arguing the claims were preempted by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

  • June 1, 2017

    Inside PPG’s Thwarted $30.2B AkzoNobel Buyout

    Pennsylvania-based PPG pulled its €26.9 billion ($30.2 billion) takeover offer for Dutch chemicals and coatings company AkzoNobel on Thursday, marking an end to a three-month saga featuring multiple rejections, pressure from an activist investor and a court battle. Here, Law360 recaps the twists and turns leading up to PPG’s decision to walk away.

  • June 1, 2017

    Contractor’s $6M Suit Survives Army Corps' Dismissal Bid

    A Court of Federal Claims judge on Wednesday rejected the federal government's bid to dismiss a defense subcontractor's $6.4 million lawsuit alleging the Army Corps of Engineers unfairly ramped up the company's costs at a Pennsylvania project. 

  • June 1, 2017

    No Basis For FTC Lidoderm Pay-For-Delay Suit, Watson Says

    The Federal Trade Commission maintains it has the authority to pursue a pay-for-delay suit over pain relief patch Lidoderm against Watson Laboratories Inc. in federal court, but its allegations should be heard in an administrative proceeding, Watson told a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday.

  • June 1, 2017

    McNees Adds Utilities, Financing Pro To Pa. Office

    McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has added to its ranks a litigator and former executive with experience working for and regulating public utilities to its Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, office.

  • June 1, 2017

    Send Ex-PSU Prez To Jail For Child Endangerment, Gov't Says

    Prosecutors urged a Pennsylvania state judge on Wednesday to send ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier to prison for up to a year following his conviction in March for failing to report an incident of suspected child abuse involving Jerry Sandusky to authorities in 2001.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Justice Gorsuch's Trade Secret-Protecting Track Record

    James P. Flynn

    Should differences in interpretation of the Defend Trade Secrets Act arise between circuits, the U.S. Supreme Court might be called upon to interpret its reach. In that vein, one might wish to look at the court’s newest member, Justice Neil Gorsuch, and his Tenth Circuit opinions in StorageCraft Technology v. Kirby and Russo v. Ballard Medical Products, says James Flynn of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch, Roe And 'Superprecedent'

    Nancy Northup

    The Senate must now make a decision that holds the potential of striking at the essence of what it means to live in a free nation of laws, where each of us has the right to define who we love, who we are, and the very purpose of our lives — and it must do so without the benefit of essential information, says Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.