• December 19, 2017

    Crown Holdings Acquires PE-Backed Signode In $3.91B Deal

    Consumer packaging goods giant Crown Holdings Inc. has agreed to pay $3.91 billion for a private equity-backed business that makes transit packaging systems used for a range of purposes, including to secure cotton bales and newspapers, according to a Tuesday statement.

  • December 18, 2017

    Philly Consultant Cops To $1M Lobbying, Kickback Scheme

    A Philadelphia-based political consultant admitted Monday in Missouri federal court to taking part in a scheme to spend nearly $1 million in charity funds on political outreach and kickbacks, 10 days after pleading guilty in Pennsylvania federal court to lying to the FBI in an unrelated case, authorities said.

  • December 18, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Backs Nursing Home In Patient Care Suit

    A Pennsylvania appellate court on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing a nursing home of medical negligence, saying the late patient’s husband failed to prove that his remaining claims of breach of contract and fraud should be revived.

  • December 18, 2017

    The Biggest Pennsylvania Policy Developments Of 2017

    For the second time in three years, the fight over the state budget was the biggest battle in Harrisburg in 2017, revealing divisions not only between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican majorities in the General Assembly but also between Republican leadership in the House and Senate. But the impasse was ultimately resolved with a significant expansion of gambling in the state.

  • December 18, 2017

    Pa. Gov. Vetoes Bill To Limit 2nd-Trimester Abortions

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a bill Monday that would have banned certain types of abortions, especially in the second trimester, calling the proposed legislation a “disingenuous and bald-faced attempt to create the most extreme anti-choice legislation in the country.”

  • December 18, 2017

    Bayer Slams 'Killinnazis' Posts In $28M Xarelto Injury Case

    A Bayer AG unit urged a Pennsylvania judge on Friday to nix a $28 million Xarelto injury verdict due to attempts by the plaintiff’s legal team, highlighted by social media posts with the hashtag “killinnazis,” to associate the German company with Nazis in the minds of jurors.

  • December 18, 2017

    Judge Pivot On Time Limits Hands Win To Accounting Firm

    An accounting firm that was sued after it distributed $6 million in settlement funds meant for Bank of America Corp. investors to a fraudster was able to get out of a class action brought by the investors Friday after the judge changed his mind about the class being entitled to an extension on the statute of limitations.

  • December 18, 2017

    Top State & Local Tax Regulations Of 2017: Year-In-Review

    While 2017 saw state revenue agencies regulate on a wide variety of topics, actions taken by a number of states to address market-based sourcing and sales and use tax nexus rules stood out as the hottest regulatory issues in state and local tax.

  • December 15, 2017

    Trump's ACA Birth Control Waivers Blocked By Pa. Judge

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s rules dialing back the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate through religious or moral exemptions for employers, saying the federal government failed to follow proper procedures in implementing the policies.

  • December 15, 2017

    Pa. Man Cops To Celator Insider Trading Scheme

    A Pennsylvania man on Friday copped to his role in an insider trading conspiracy that profited from nonpublic tips about Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s cancer drug and the company’s impending $1.5 billion sale, prosecutors said.

  • December 15, 2017

    Artificial Knee Co. Can't Trim $16M Injury Damages Further

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday rejected a bid by an artificial-knee product manufacturer and a marketing firm to further reduce a $16 million damages award to a patient who reinjured her knee during a promotional video for the product.

  • December 15, 2017

    EPA Stalling On Good Neighbor Enforcement, Delaware Says

    Delaware on Thursday said that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid to nix a suit claiming it failed to act on petitions seeking to force it to curb pollution seeping across Delaware's border from power plants in neighboring states is merely another unlawful delay tactic.

  • December 15, 2017

    Final GOP Tax Bill Settles On 21% Corporate Rate

    Republicans unveiled the final version of their tax cut bill on Friday that would impose a 21 percent flat rate on corporations, set the maximum individual tax rate at 37 percent and largely adopt the Senate’s proposal for pass-through businesses.

  • December 15, 2017

    A Chat With Orrick COO Laura Saklad

    In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • December 15, 2017

    NFL Fan Wins 3rd Circ. Challenge To Super Bowl Ticket Suit

    A Third Circuit panel issued a precedential opinion on Friday in an NFL fan's putative class action alleging the National Football League violated New Jersey's consumer fraud law by failing to make enough 2014 Super Bowl tickets available for sale, finding that the economic factors presented created a plausible theory that the league’s conduct inflated prices.

  • December 15, 2017

    Senate Confirms US Attys For Pa., Mass.

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Scott W. Brady, corporate counsel for Federated Investors, as the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Andrew Lelling, a longtime federal prosecutor, as the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

  • December 15, 2017

    CNX To Pay $305M For 50% Stake In Marcellus Shale Player

    Pittsburgh-based CNX Resources Corp., which until recently was the gas division of Consol Energy Inc., will pay $305 million in cash to acquire Noble Energy's 50 percent stake in Marcellus Shale player Cone Gathering LLC, the companies announced Friday.

  • December 15, 2017

    The Biggest Pennsylvania Court Decisions In 2017

    The Pennsylvania judiciary logged another busy year in 2017 as members of both the appellate and trial benches handled major cases, including a wholesale reshaping of environmental law in the state and a string of eye-popping verdicts in pharmaceutical product liability cases.

  • December 15, 2017

    House-Senate Negotiators Approve GOP Tax Bill

    Republicans on Friday signed off on changes to their $1.5 trillion tax cut bill to settle differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation, even as details of the final bill remain largely hidden.

  • December 14, 2017

    AGs Want High Court To OK Microsoft Overseas Data Access

    A coalition of 35 state attorneys general urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down a ruling that the federal government can’t access user data stored overseas by Microsoft, saying the “remarkable” decision gives too much control to private companies, while the European Commission and the U.K. and Irish governments separately weighed in on the dispute.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • A Few Facts About Halloween Costumes And Copyright

    David Kluft

    Halloween is tough if you are an intellectual property lawyer who likes to dress up. Anyone who knows about your job will be unable to resist lame and legally incorrect jokes about your Halloween costume. But sharing some real facts about Halloween costume copyrights might be the best response, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Clean Water Act Challenges To Pipeline Projects: Part 2

    Joel Beauvais

    A slew of recent court rulings have addressed challenges to state pipeline permitting decisions under the Clean Water Act. The cases include industry appeals of high-profile permit denials by the state of New York, and environmental groups' objections to project certifications by other states. These rulings set important precedents, say Joel Beauvais and Janna Chesno of Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Trending In Telehealth: Behavioral Health Services

    Amy Lerman

    An increasing number of behavioral health care professionals are becoming more and more interested in using telehealth platforms to connect with their patients, and there is much new and updated guidance from states regarding the practice of providing such services in this space, says Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.