With the Supreme Court largely punting on deciding the issues at the center of some of its biggest cases this term, the justices turned to concurrences to fight for the future of the law.
While the justices tend to join most often with colleagues whose philosophy they share, even politically charged cases can create groupings that defy easy categorization. Here are a few from the latest term.
From a raucous house party to the often-disappointing taste of wedding cake, the justices found plenty to laugh about in the latest term. Here are the top moments of legal levity.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's order last week requiring PJM Interconnection LLC to rewrite its wholesale electricity market rules in order to blunt the effects of state clean energy policies will only further inflame state-federal tensions over electricity policy and threaten the future of the very markets the commission aims to protect, FERC watchers say.
President Donald Trump is ramping up the process of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, interviewing four candidates Monday and revealing the White House staffers who are leading the selection effort.
A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Monday that a drug rehabilitation center facing claims over the death of a patient whose mental health had come into question could take advantage of a law limiting the liability of individuals and facilities involved in treatment of the mentally ill.
Bank of America has urged a Pennsylvania federal court judge to toss a law firm’s suit accusing it of breach of contract for failing to halt a $580,000 wire transfer the firm made thanks to a phishing scheme, saying the bank had no obligation to cancel the transfer.
A second challenge over the adequacy of Pennsylvania's process for awarding medical marijuana licenses and for hearing appeals over those awards has been tossed by a state court over a jilted bidder's failure to exhaust administrative remedies before filing suit.
A doctor has filed a class action in Pennsylvania state court alleging that the self-insured Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has a tradition of reimbursing medical benefits to doctors months and years late and without interest for treating patients injured in auto crashes involving the transit authority.
A Pennsylvania state court judge declined to hand Towers Watson Delaware a quick win in its $30 million suit accusing its former counsel at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP of working against its interests and helping build a case against it on behalf of a Wisconsin-based hospital system.
Once again, Justice Stephen Breyer was the most talkative member of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments, but another member of the court turned heads by speaking out 50 percent more than she did in the prior term.
A handful of law firms argued multiple cases during the latest high court term — with varying degrees of success. Here’s how the familiar law firms fared in some of the most high-profile cases of the year.
Back at full strength, the justices worked their way through a docket full of blockbusters. Here’s our data-driven look at the term that was.
On a U.S. Supreme Court with a recent retirement and a recusal, Merck's appeal of a Third Circuit decision reviving multidistrict litigation over the drug company's alleged failure to warn about femoral fracture risk from osteoporosis drug Fosamax could result in a 4-4 tie, experts said.
Over three decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy perhaps became best known for upholding the constitutional right to abortions and to same-sex marriage, but his deference to states’ rights and his inclination to take a race-blind approach to legal analysis have complicated his civil rights legacy.
A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Friday that a wrongful death suit claiming a psychiatric clinic neglected to warn a girl later killed by one of its patients must go before a jury, rejecting the clinic’s arguments that the patient’s threats were not specific enough to act on.
A former Pennsylvania medical center worker illegally obtained the medical records of more than 100 patients in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, prosecutors said in an indictment Thursday.
A Pennsylvania federal judge said Thursday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement needs a court order to transfer a “criminal alien” to a federal detention center after the immigrant is released from city custody in Philadelphia, diving into a key issue at the core of the national debate on sanctuary city policies.
A union pension fund that challenged Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s partial withdrawal from the plan after the company closed the Showboat Atlantic City casino on Friday appealed to the Third Circuit a New Jersey federal judge's decision to vacate an arbitration award in Caesars' favor.
President Donald Trump said Friday he will announce his nominee to take Justice Anthony Kennedy’s place on the U.S. Supreme Court on July 9, and that he has narrowed down the pool of candidates to “around” five people, including two women.
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.
As access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania continues to grow — to date, 22 dispensaries have opened throughout the state — employers face fresh concerns about the impact of legalization on their operations as well as their obligations under the law, say John McDonald and Melissa Ferrara of Reed Smith LLP.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.
In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.
In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.
Last month a federal court in California declined a second attempt to certify a class action against the makers of handheld devices used to monitor blood clotting. The case demonstrates that when key questions of law or fact affect only some members of the putative class, but not all, class certification is not sustainable, says Michelle Yeary of Dechert LLP.
After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.
Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.
Many health claims have been made for cannabidiol, a substance derived from the cannabis plant. But producers and retailers of cannabidiol should understand that, while it may be permitted under some state laws, it remains illegal under federal law. They must also avoid claims of benefits that are unsubstantiated, say Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer of Cozen O'Connor.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made sweeping changes to the Internal Revenue Code. Its international tax provisions — including the transition tax, the foreign-source dividends received deduction, the tax on global intangible low-taxed income and others — have far-reaching implications for state tax systems that broadly conform to the IRC, and present significant compliance burdens for taxpayers, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.