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Pennsylvania

  • May 18, 2009

    2nd Circ. Remands Crucible, Lloyd's Coverage Spat

    A federal appeals court has vacated an order dismissing certain underwriters at Lloyd's, London and London Market Cos. from a protracted battle stemming from environmental claims over an excess liability policy issued to now-bankrupt Crucible Materials Corp., after finding that Crucible did not have an adequate chance to present evidence of the terms of the 1968 policy.

  • May 18, 2009

    Groups Seek To Punish Bush-Era 'Torture Lawyers'

    A coalition of advocacy groups is waging a legal battle against 12 lawyers it says advocated the torture of detainees during the Bush administration, lodging a slew of disciplinary complaints with various state bar licensing boards seeking to suspend the attorneys from practicing law.

  • May 15, 2009

    DLA Piper Slashes Associates' Pay

    DLA Piper said Friday it would be reducing its base associate compensation in its major markets to $145,000, citing the effects of the grim economy in the legal industry.

  • May 15, 2009

    Conditional Cert. Granted In Suit V. Health System

    A federal judge has conditionally certified a class of potentially tens of thousands of current and former employees of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in a collection action challenging the health system's meal break policy.

  • May 14, 2009

    Cartoon Camel Ad Violated Tobacco Deal: Pa. Court

    Pennsylvania has won an order forcing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to make amends for a nine-page ad for Camel cigarettes containing cartoon imagery that ran in a 2007 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, with a Philadelphia judge ruling that the ads violated the tobacco giant's 1998 master settlement agreement with Pennsylvania and 45 other states.

  • May 18, 2009

    Big Class Nixed In Toys 'R' Us Antitrust Case

    A putative price-fixing class action against retail giant Toys “R” Us Inc. and several makers of high-end baby products will proceed with several small classes, not one big class, a judge has said.

  • May 14, 2009

    Hunton & Williams Axes 23 Associates, 64 Staffers

    In more bad news for the legal industry this week, Hunton & Williams LLP has handed pink slips to 23 associates and of counsel and 64 staff members, cuts that amount to 2 percent of the firm's lawyers and 6 percent of its staff.

  • May 13, 2009

    Fish Reportedly Cuts 120 Legal, Support Staff

    Fish & Richardson PC is reportedly trimming its work force by 120 people — 35 from the intellectual property firm’s legal staff and 85 from its support staff — after announcing numerous job cuts earlier this year.

  • May 13, 2009

    $6.5M AXA Overtime Deal Gets Preliminary Approval

    The lead plaintiffs in a consolidated wage-and-hour collective and class action against AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. have overcome the final obstacle in their path to a $6.5 million settlement and won preliminary approval of the deal after revising the proposed class notice.

  • May 13, 2009

    CB&I Can't Escape Liability Suit Over Pa. Cleanup

    A federal judge has refused Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.'s bid for summary judgment in an environmental cleanup case brought by railcar and barge maker Trinity Industries Inc. claiming the steel engineering and construction firm is liable for cleanup costs at a Pennsylvania manufacturing site.

  • May 13, 2009

    Day Pitney Cuts 20 Attys Due To Drop In Demand

    Unable to put off attorney layoffs any longer, Day Pitney LLP has handed pink slips to 20 associates and counsel, citing a drop in legal demand as a reason for the move.

  • May 13, 2009

    Settlement Of Allegheny Forest NEPA Suit Approved

    A federal judge has signed off on a settlement agreement between the U.S. Forest Service and several environmental groups, resolving its claims that the government violated the National Environmental Policy Act in relation to oil and gas development in the Allegheny National Forest.

  • May 14, 2009

    Insurers Can't Be Regulated Like Banks: Experts

    Insurance industry experts cautioned members of Congress on Thursday to tread carefully when it comes to crafting new regulations for the insurance industry and avoid weighing the industry down with rules more broadly aimed at financial services firms.

  • May 12, 2009

    US House Lawmakers Weigh Bill To Overturn Riegel

    Legal experts clashed Tuesday over whether legislation to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Riegel v. Medtronic will help or hurt patients by restricting their ability to sue over faulty medical devices.

  • May 11, 2009

    Up To 40 Staffers Shown The Door At Snell & Wilmer

    Phoenix-based Snell & Wilmer LLP, the latest law firm to pare down staff in response to the recession, has announced plans to cut between 30 and 40 staff members in its offices across the Southwestern U.S.

  • May 12, 2009

    Reckitt Benckiser Sues Watson Again Over Mucinex

    Reckitt Benckiser Inc. has filed another lawsuit against Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. over the generic-drug maker's attempts to make its own version of the blockbuster cough treatment Mucinex.

  • May 7, 2009

    NYSEG’s Superfund Suit Against FirstEnergy Remanded

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed a decision that barred New York State Electric and Gas Corp. from amending a complaint seeking cleanup costs from FirstEnergy Corp. under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

  • May 7, 2009

    Swiss Re Suit Over Indemity Remanded

    Swiss Reinsurance America Corp. may still be able to recover from PEC Contracting Engineers funds it lost in reinsuring an indemnification agreement, now that a federal appeals court has remanded a dispute over the arrangement.

  • May 6, 2009

    GSK To Sell Wellbutrin In US To Biovail For $510M

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Wednesday it had agreed to sell rights to commercialize the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL in the U.S. to a subsidiary of its Canadian partner Biovail Corp. for $510 million.

  • May 6, 2009

    Insurer Adds Claims To Rohm And Haas Indemnity Suit

    Utica Mutual Insurance Co. has added claims to its lawsuit seeking judgment that it doesn't have to indemnify Rohm and Haas Co. and Morton International Inc. in four groups of lawsuits related to allegations of exposure to toxic materials and the cleanup of a contaminated landfill.