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Pennsylvania

  • April 13, 2009

    Drug Sellers Move To Finalize $250M TriCor Settlement

    A group of drug vendors has moved to finalize a $250 million class action settlement with Abbott Laboratories, which would put to rest a long-running antitrust suit accusing the drug company of blocking generic versions of the cholesterol drug TriCor from the market.

  • April 13, 2009

    Interlocutory Appeal Certified In Chocolate MDL

    In multidistrict litigation over alleged price-fixing in the chocolate industry, a federal judge has agreed to allow a group of chocolate makers to immediately appeal a recent ruling that the plaintiffs' claims had sufficiently cleared a hurdle put in place by the Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Co. v. Twombly.

  • April 13, 2009

    SOX Ruling Nixes Bias Suit V. Bristol-Myers: 3rd Circ.

    A former Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. saleswoman's federal discrimination lawsuit is precluded by her previous failed attempt to bring administrative claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act against her one-time employer, a three-judge appellate panel has ruled in a case of first impression.

  • April 9, 2009

    EPA Names 9 Sites To Superfund Priorities List

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named nine new hazardous waste sites to its National Priorities List of Superfund sites, including one linked to an active U.S. Army chemical and biological weapons disposal site in Maryland.

  • April 8, 2009

    Industry Can Intervene In Forest Drilling Suit: Court

    A federal judge has agreed to allow two groups affiliated with Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry to intervene in a suit alleging the U.S. Forest Service failed to assess potential environmental impact before allowing companies to proceed with drilling projects in the Allegheny National Forest.

  • April 8, 2009

    Chevron Proxy Fight Heats Up Over $27B Ecuador Suit

    A proxy fight between Chevron Corp. and certain shareholders is heating up over the company's potential exposure to an environmental lawsuit in Ecuador seeking $27.3 billion in damages.

  • April 7, 2009

    Home Depot Defective Plywood Claims Mostly Tossed

    A federal judge has thrown out the lion's share of product liability claims by two homeowners who sued The Home Depot Inc. and Patriot Timber Products International Inc. alleging that the companies failed to warn that their plywood products were steeped in potentially hazardous formaldehyde.

  • April 8, 2009

    Senator From Ark. Puts Nail In EFCA Coffin

    Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., who represents the home state of retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has potentially sounded the death knell for the Employee Free Choice Act by revealing that she will not support the union-backed legislation in its current form.

  • April 8, 2009

    Muslim Cop Can’t Wear Head Scarf: 3rd Circ.

    A federal appeals court has affirmed that a Muslim officer for the Philadelphia Police Department should not be allowed to wear a religious head scarf on duty.

  • April 7, 2009

    Lilly, Plaintiff Group Settle Zyprexa MDL Claims

    A group of plaintiffs has reached a settlement with Eli Lilly & Co. in the continuing multidistrict litigation over the pharmaceutical company's anti-psychotic drug Zyprexa.

  • April 7, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Gives ITC Go-Ahead In Agere Patent Probe

    A federal appeals court has allowed the U.S. International Trade Commission to continue its probe into the alleged infringement of an Agere Systems Inc. patent, rejecting claims by Cypress Semiconductor Corp. that the ITC abused its discretion in investigating the issue.

  • April 6, 2009

    3rd Circ. Overturns Amkor Fraud Acquittal

    Saying the U.S. government's evidence was adequate to support the verdict, a federal appellate court has reinstated the conviction of the former general counsel of semiconductor packaging company Amkor Technology Inc. on three charges related to insider trading.

  • April 6, 2009

    Morgan Lewis Nabs 2 Litigators From Blank Rome

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has lured two partners from Blank Rome LLP to join its litigation practice in Philadelphia.

  • April 3, 2009

    Sperm Bank Subject To Strict Liability Claim: Judge

    A 13-year-old girl with developmental disabilities allegedly caused by Fragile X syndrome can assert a strict products liability claim against the semen bank that the girl's mother claims sold her sperm with the Fragile X genetic mutation, a federal judge has ruled, rejecting the bank's argument that sperm isn't a product.

  • April 3, 2009

    Title Insurers To Give 3,500 Colo. Customers Refunds

    Colorado's insurance regulator has ordered Chicago Title Insurance Co., Fidelity National Title Insurance Co. and some of their agents to refund more than $393,000 to 3,500 customers after allegedly overcharging title insurance rates.

  • April 2, 2009

    Obama Nominates 2 For Appeals Courts

    President Obama has tapped Judge Andre Davis of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and Judge Gerard Lynch of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to fill two vacancies on federal appeals courts.

  • April 2, 2009

    Health Systems Face Meal Break Class Actions

    The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, West Penn Allegheny Health System Inc. and Pittsburgh Mercy Health System Inc. are among a slew of defendants named in three putative class actions that accuse the health systems of violating federal wage-and-hour and racketeering laws.

  • April 2, 2009

    Union Bill In Jeopardy As Key Senator Drops Support

    Citing the troubled economy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has reportedly backed away from the controversial Employee Free Choice Act, a move that threatens to derail the proposed labor law in Congress.

  • April 6, 2009

    Ex-WolfBlock Securities Chair Lands At Blank Rome

    The former chair of the corporate and securities practice of now-liquidating WolfBlock LLP, David Gitlin, has landed at Blank Rome LLP as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office, bringing with him two associate attorneys and a specialty in international acquisitions.

  • April 1, 2009

    3rd Circ. Upholds Urban Outfitters' Trademark Suit Win

    A federal appeals court has affirmed an infringement ruling in favor of Urban Outfitters Inc. and against BCBG Max Azria Group Inc. in a lawsuit over Urban Outfitters' “Free People” mark, but has remanded the case to the district court to reconsider the granting of attorneys' fees under the “exceptional case” doctrine.