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Pennsylvania

  • March 18, 2010

    All Rise: Ex-Judges Can Give Your Firm A Boost

    While the leap from sitting on the bench to appearing before it isn't as natural as it sounds, some firms and judges that have joined forces say the union can be a perfect match.

  • March 18, 2010

    Philly Exporter Cops To $250M In Vietnamese Bribes

    A Philadelphia-based export company, its president and two of his relatives have pled guilty to paying more than $250 million to Vietnamese officials in exchange for government contracts to supply a wide range of equipment and technology.

  • March 18, 2010

    McShares Booted From Peroxide Price-Fixing MDL

    A federal judge has dismissed chemical company McShares Inc.'s complaint from multidistrict litigation over alleged price-fixing by hydrogen peroxide manufacturers, ruling that McShares' claims were time-barred.

  • March 17, 2010

    Forte Ponzi Receiver Points To Investor Red Flags

    The receiver appointed in the regulatory actions against $80 million Ponzi schemer Joseph S. Forte has released a list of dubious circumstances that should have tipped off investors, including that the fund never had a losing quarter regardless of market conditions.

  • March 17, 2010

    Highmark Says Pa. Insurance Head Abused Authority

    A Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate in Pennsylvania has sued the state's Insurance Department, accusing it of overreaching its authority by conducting broad reviews of competition in the state's health insurance market.

  • March 17, 2010

    Ex-Cozen Lawyer Can Fight Loan Suit At Home: Judge

    A Pennsylvania judge has agreed to transfer Cozen O'Connor's suit against a former partner over an allegedly unpaid loan to a New York court in order to better convenience the attorney, who currently works at a New York office of Hiscock & Barclay LLP.

  • March 16, 2010

    Exxon, XTO Deal Secures Antitrust Clearances

    Exxon Mobil Corp.'s plan to acquire natural gas producer XTO Energy Inc. has cleared the necessary antitrust hurdles, moving the deal closer to completion.

  • March 15, 2010

    Ogletree Adds Shareholder From Cohen & Grigsby

    Employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has bolstered its Pittsburgh office with new shareholder W. Scott Hardy, a former director at Cohen & Grigsby PC.

  • March 15, 2010

    Conseco Wants Union's Securities Class Suit Tossed

    Conseco Inc. has asked a judge to throw out a union pension fund's proposed securities class action over a restatement of several years' financial results, saying the restatement had barely any effect on the company's stock price.

  • March 15, 2010

    Report Tying Pesticide To Cancer Nixed In Dow Case

    A federal judge has granted Dow AgroSciences LLC's bid to exclude a pathologist's expert report for a Pennsylvania exterminator who claims the company's Dursban insecticide products gave him Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

  • March 12, 2010

    Fund Manager Says SEC PIPEs Suit Comes Up Short

    A hedge fund manager accused of insider trading and securities fraud in connection with private stock placements has asserted that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission failed to show strong enough evidence in a trial this week and asked a judge to rule in his favor.

  • March 12, 2010

    3rd Circ. Allows Lay Testimony In FMLA Suits

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has revived a Pennsylvania woman's suit accusing her employer of violating the Family and Medical Leave Act by firing her based on a medical condition, dictating for the first time the weight given to lay testimony in Third Circuit FMLA cases.

  • March 11, 2010

    Mack Trucks Runs Over Ex-Distributor's Contract Suit

    A federal judge has tossed Toledo Mack Sales & Service Inc.'s breach of contract suit accusing Mack Trucks Inc. of violating an agreement by offsetting the cost of parts it had to buy back from TMSS against a $1.6 million judgment Mack won from the distributor in a separate antitrust case.

  • March 11, 2010

    Suit Seeks To Stop FirstEnergy Purchase Of Allegheny

    A Louisiana public pension fund has filed a putative class action aiming to stop FirstEnergy Corp. from buying Allegheny Energy Inc. for $8.5 billion, saying the proposed transaction undervalues Allegheny.

  • March 11, 2010

    Pa. Utility Commissioner Joins Buchanan Ingersoll

    Former Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Kim Pizzingrilli has joined Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC as a government relations professional in the firm's energy and utility law section.

  • March 11, 2010

    Lawn Mower Maker Can't Mow Down Age Bias Action

    An age discrimination class action brought by an ex-employee of lawn mower manufacturer MTD Products Inc. can move forward now that a federal judge has denied the company's bid to throw out the suit.

  • March 11, 2010

    Health Net Hit With FLSA Suit By Call Center Workers

    National health insurance company Health Net Inc. has been hit with a proposed Fair Labor Standards Act class action alleging that it requires call center employees to work off the clock.

  • March 10, 2010

    GSK Tries To Axe Wellbutrin Consumer Antitrust Suit

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC has asked a judge to dismiss claims brought by employee benefit plans over the alleged filing of baseless patent suits to delay generic competition with Wellbutrin SR, arguing that the plans cannot proceed under the laws of their home states.

  • March 9, 2010

    NY Legislators Target Controversial Gas Drilling Method

    New York state lawmakers have introduced a set of bills to regulate a controversial method of natural gas drilling known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which has been eyed by energy companies seeking to tap into the state's gas-rich layer of Marcellus shale.

  • March 9, 2010

    Class Denied In Rohm And Haas Cancer Cluster Suit

    A federal judge has denied class certification in a lawsuit seeking damages from Rohm and Haas Co. over claims of contamination that caused a spike in brain cancer rates in an Illinois town.