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Pennsylvania

  • October 27, 2009

    Conn. AG Targets Jailed Trash Czar Over Bid-Rigging

    The state of Connecticut on Tuesday smacked jailed garbage-hauling honcho James Galante with an antitrust suit looking to recover millions of dollars for customers who lost out when he allegedly inflated prices and rigged bids for trash-hauling contracts.

  • October 27, 2009

    Analyst Wins Conditional Cert. In L-3 FLSA Dispute

    A federal judge has granted conditional collective certification to a billing analyst at Level 3 Communications LLC who has accused the company of misclassifying its analysts as exempt from federal overtime pay regulations.

  • October 27, 2009

    Sheetz Settles Salmonella Suit With Coronet Foods

    Pennsylvania convenience store chain Sheetz Inc. reportedly has reached a settlement with Coronet Foods Inc., a now-bankrupt supplier that allegedly provided Sheetz with tomatoes tainted with salmonella.

  • October 27, 2009

    Judge Cans NutriSystem Derivative Action

    Having already failed to make headway in a putative class action alleging NutriSystem Inc. misled investors about its prospects and inflated its stock price, shareholders have fared little better in taking the weight-loss company’s brass to task over the company's downturn in 2007.

  • October 27, 2009

    Judge Refuses To Toss Le-Nature's Trustee Suit

    A federal judge has refused to reconsider her dismissal of Wachovia Corp.'s previous bid to toss out a racketeering suit brought by the liquidation trustee for bankrupt beverage company Le-Nature’s Inc.

  • October 27, 2009

    Blaming Chinese Tire Duties, GPX Files Ch. 11

    Contending that it was pushed into financial distress in part by onerous duties related to its manufacturing operations in China, heavy-duty tire producer GPX International Tire Corp. has filed for bankruptcy protection with a plan to break apart and sell its business as three separate units.

  • October 27, 2009

    Pittsburgh Hospital Calls For Sanctions In FLSA Action

    A member of a Pittsburgh-area hospital system targeted in a collective action over meal break pay practices has asked a federal judge to levy sanctions against plaintiffs counsel Thomas & Solomon LLP for sending mailings to potential plaintiffs allegedly in violation of a court order.

  • October 26, 2009

    US Court Grounds Air Travel Price-Fixing Case

    A federal judge has dismissed a putative class action brought by an American who accused four foreign airlines, including Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air France, of conspiring to fix the price of air travel between Europe and Japan.

  • October 26, 2009

    States Want Judge Off Allegheny Energy Clean Air Case

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and four other states that filed a Clean Air Act suit against Allegheny Energy Inc. over allegedly unapproved and emission-increasing changes to coal-fired power plants have asked a federal judge to disqualify himself from the case.

  • October 26, 2009

    Federal Claims Nixed From Honest Services Fraud Case

    A federal appeals court has found that the government wrongfully accused two former high-level officials of a Pennsylvania government-funded contracting agency of honest services fraud against the U.S. Navy, while upholding their convictions on honest services fraud charges against their former employers.

  • October 23, 2009

    Managers Eye Conditional Cert. In Enterprise FLSA Suit

    A group of current and former assistant branch rental managers for Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co. Inc. are seeking conditional certification for a proposed collective action accusing the company of failing to pay them overtime.

  • October 23, 2009

    AT&T Workers Win Conditional Cert. In FLSA Suit

    A group of Michigan-based AT&T Corp. call center workers has won conditional class certification in a wage-and-hour battle against the telecommunications giant.

  • October 22, 2009

    Pa. Fines Cabot For 3 Gas Well Spills

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined natural gas producer Cabot Oil and Gas Corp. $56,650 for three chemical spills at its facility in Susquehanna County.

  • October 22, 2009

    FDIC, Treasury Say Goodbye To 'Too Big To Fail'

    In an effort to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial system collapse, Obama administration officials have promised to end the reign of “too big to fail” thinking, in part by expanding the authority of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

  • October 22, 2009

    Pa. High Court Expands 'Two-Disease' Rule

    In a split decision, Pennsylvania's high court has ruled that two individuals who sued over asbestos-related increased risk of cancer claims and settled with several companies in 1993 can go forward with lawsuits against a new defendant for claims arising out of the actual cancer diagnosis.

  • October 21, 2009

    Pepper Hamilton Loses Coverage Bid For Client Fraud

    New York's highest court has determined that two excess insurers are not required to provide coverage to Pepper Hamilton LLP for legal actions stemming from a client's fraud, saying the law firm was obligated to inform the insurers about the possibility of the lawsuits before the policies were issued.

  • October 21, 2009

    3rd Circ. Remands Conspiracy Charge Against Rigases

    A federal appeals court has remanded a conspiracy charge against Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas and his son Timothy that could have added several years to their prison sentences.

  • October 21, 2009

    3rd Circ. Tosses Suit Over $1.4M Arbitration Award

    A federal judge was right to toss an investor group's challenge to an arbitrator's $1.4 million award, made under a stock purchase agreement, to McKechnie Ltd. over environmental settlements, an appeals court has ruled.

  • October 20, 2009

    Flat Glass MDL Plaintiffs Object To EU Joining Case

    The plaintiffs in the flat glass multidistrict antitrust litigation are seeking to keep the European Commission out of the class action as they continue to pressure one of the defendants to turn over documents related to an earlier EC investigation into the construction flat glass industry.

  • October 19, 2009

    FTC Targets Toys R Us In Price-Fixing Probe

    The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly begun an investigation into whether Toys R Us strong-armed suppliers into stifling discounts by rivals, prompted by evidence in two pending civil antitrust cases against the toy retailer.