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Pennsylvania

  • 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.

  • April 1, 2009

    Conditional Cert. Granted In Age Bias Suit V. PPG

    A federal judge has granted conditional class certification in a suit accusing Pittsburgh-based paint and chemicals supplier PPG Industries Inc. of systematically discriminating against its older workers.

  • April 1, 2009

    Insurer Off Hook For Pilgrim's Pride Settlement

    A judge has found that liability insurer Continental Casualty Co. does not have to provide coverage for a settlement between ACE American Insurance Co. and Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. over a disputed damage claim arising from a listeria outbreak at one of the poultry producer’s plants.

  • April 1, 2009

    Energy Co. Sues Forest Service Over Drilling Rule

    An energy company has fired off a suit against the U.S. Forest Service, claiming it is illegally blocking energy firms from drilling for oil and gas in the Allegheny National Forest even though they own development rights.

  • March 31, 2009

    New Complaint Revives Magnesite Price-Fixing Case

    Three months after their proposed antitrust class action was thrown out for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, two U.S. companies have filed an amended complaint accusing a group of China-based magnesite exporters of conspiring to fix the mineral's price.

  • March 31, 2009

    AstraZeneca Sales Reps Exempt From OT: Judge

    A federal judge on Tuesday threw out a putative class action overtime case brought against AstraZeneca LP by a former pharmaceutical sales representative, holding that the plaintiff fell under an exemption to Pennsylvania state law overtime pay requirements for outside salespeople.

  • April 1, 2009

    Coal Co. Must Face Trade Secret Theft Claims

    A federal judge has refused to throw out Crown Coal & Coke Co.'s lawsuit against Compass Point Resources LLC, ruling that the rival coal and coke seller created by two former Crown Coal executives must face claims that the employees stole confidential information about the company's business relationships before leaving.

  • March 30, 2009

    Suit Over Ford F-350 To Continue In Federal Court

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss or remand a proposed class action alleging Ford Motor Co.'s F-250 and F-350 trucks for model years 2005 to 2007 have defective front-end suspensions that put their drivers at risk.