Pennsylvania

  • July 26, 2017

    Braverman Kaskey Sues Philly Tower Over Observation Deck

    Philadelphia law firm Braverman Kaskey PC sued the owners of iconic skyscraper One Liberty Place in state court on Tuesday, saying that the loud noises and constant disruption caused by an observation deck and private event space on the floor above its office are violating its lease.

  • July 25, 2017

    Pa. Panel Bars Freeh-Report Notes In Paterno Estate Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court Tuesday reversed part of an order that forced the production of investigation documents underlying the "Freeh report" on the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, in a lawsuit that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's estate brought and sought to discontinue.

  • July 25, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives Ex-L’Oréal Atty's Whistleblower Row

    The Third Circuit said Tuesday in a precedential ruling that a former top patent attorney for L’Oréal USA Inc. would be allowed to proceed with his whistleblower suit, ruling that New Jersey whistleblower laws protect employees from being fired for refusing to violate rules of professional conduct and that the attorney’s claims were “more than skin-deep.”

  • July 25, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Asked To Lift Cap On Risperdal Damages

    The application of a New Jersey law limiting the availability of punitive damages against drugmakers unfairly curbed a Maryland man’s potential recovery from a Johnson & Johnson unit in a case over breast growth attributed to the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, a Pennsylvania appeals court heard during oral arguments on Tuesday.

  • July 25, 2017

    Plaintiffs' Atty Gives Duquesne Law $7.5M To Educate Judges

    Prominent Philadelphia plaintiffs' attorney Tom Kline, a founding partner of Kline & Specter PC, announced Tuesday that he was giving $7.5 million to his alma mater Duquesne University School of Law to fund a center aimed at educating Pennsylvania judges.

  • July 25, 2017

    Sunoco Ordered To Halt Mariner East Pipeline Construction

    A Sunoco Inc. unit was ordered to halt work on portions of its controversial Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania on Tuesday following spills and drinking water contamination linked to construction-related drilling activity.

  • July 25, 2017

    Judge Reverses J&J's Win In Philly Pelvic Mesh Mass Tort

    A Pennsylvania state court judge has overturned part of a jury verdict that gave Johnson & Johnson its first win in five pelvic mesh trials in Philadelphia, ordering the company to face damages from allegations that an implant was defectively designed.

  • July 24, 2017

    11 Teva Entities Can't Escape Pa. Generic Price-Fixing Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday that 11 generic pharmaceutical entities based outside the state still must face price-fixing allegations in a union health insurance plan’s putative class action, but she threw out claims against four drugmakers that do not sell drugs in the state, finding the court lacked jurisdiction.

  • July 24, 2017

    Mesh Cases Against Boston Scientific Withdrawn From Philly

    Three non-Pennsylvania residents pursuing pelvic mesh injury claims against Boston Scientific Corp. in the state agreed on Friday to withdraw their lawsuits in the wake of a pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings restricting the ability of state courts to retain jurisdiction over non-residents.

  • July 24, 2017

    Wells Fargo Wants Philly's Lending Bias Suit Axed

    Wells Fargo & Co. urged a Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday to throw out a lawsuit from the city of Philadelphia accusing the bank of systematically targeting minority borrowers for high-interest loans in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

  • July 24, 2017

    EEOC, Pa. Atty Win Age Bias Suit Against State Agency

    Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records has agreed to pay $60,000 to a Pennsylvania lawyer who claimed he had been denied a job with the agency as a result of age discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Commission announced Monday.

  • July 24, 2017

    Venezuelan Sentenced For $2.2M Tax Fraud With Hacked Info

    A Venezuelan citizen pled guilty Friday in Pennsylvania federal court to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States in a case accusing her of filing $2.2 million in false tax returns for more than 900 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees after hacking the university’s database.

  • July 24, 2017

    Maxim Dodges FLSA Suit Over Pay For Home Health Aides

    A Pennsylvania federal judge agreed Friday that the disparate services provided by a group of Maxim Health Services Inc. aides made it impossible to maintain certification in a Fair Labor Standards Act collective action over the company’s alleged failure to pay its workers on time.

  • July 24, 2017

    Pa. Coal Mining Bill Becomes Law Without Gov.'s Signature

    A Pennsylvania bill addressing the impact of coal mining on waterways became law on Friday after Gov. Tom Wolf said he would not exercise his veto power over the measure, which will affect a Consol Energy Inc. unit’s contested plans to expand a Greene County mine.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • Energy Efficiency Resources Must Stay In The Mix

    Richard Drom

    A proposal by PJM Interconnection threatens to exclude energy efficiency resources — the electricity savings achieved through the use of more energy-efficient products — from competing in its capacity market. This precedent could lead to additional barriers for other advanced energy technologies in wholesale electricity markets, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • What Counsel At Retailers Should Know About Data Breaches

    Donald Houser

    Just last week it was announced that Target reached a record $18.5 million settlement with 47 states and Washington, D.C., in its data breach case. Unfortunately, Target was not the high-water mark for data breaches: They will continue, and the cost of responding to them will continue to rise, says Donald Houser of Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Employers Beware: What Not To Ask During A Job Interview

    Amy Puckett

    For many employers it may seem like second nature to ask about a job applicant’s salary history. However, what was once a seemingly innocuous question will soon get an employer in deep water in Massachusetts, Philadelphia and New York City, says Amy Puckett of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Juries Must Know About Products' Standards Compliance

    Albert Piccerilli

    In a recent case, the Pennsylvania Superior Court excluded defense evidence of a product's adherence to regulatory and industry standards. But such evidence is central to the issue of whether a product is unreasonably dangerous — and because juries are tasked with resolving that issue, the exclusion of this evidence makes little sense, says Albert Piccerilli of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Series

    Revisiting Affiliated Ute: A Rare Presumption In 11th Circ.

    Brian Miller

    The Eleventh Circuit has made clear that it will strictly construe the U.S. Supreme Court's Affiliated Ute decision as well as the omission language of Rule 10b-5(b). This will continue to present challenges to the plaintiffs bar in this circuit, say Brian Miller and Samantha Kavanaugh of Akerman LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • Noncompete Agreements Under Siege At The State Level

    James Hammerschmidt

    Compared with many other areas of employment law, the law of noncompetition agreements has been relatively static. More recently, however, many states have turned their attention to noncompetes and considered significant changes in how they are used and enforced, say attorneys with Paley Rothman.