Pennsylvania

  • December 19, 2016

    Doctors Lose Bid For Heart Stent Investigation Info On Appeal

    A pair of Pennsylvania cardiologists who sued a hospital for defamation after being accused of implanting unnecessary heart stents in patients lost their bid to overturn a lower court’s decision to deny them certain evidence requests on Monday, when a state appellate court found the order not yet reviewable.

  • December 19, 2016

    No Punitive Damages On Trebled Award, Pa. Court Says

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision on Friday finding that a trial judge erred by imposing punitive damages on top of a trebled award in a couple’s consumer protection case against Ameriprise Financial Inc. over alleged misrepresentations about life insurance premiums.

  • December 19, 2016

    EPA Says It Has Authority To Grant Ozone Rules Extension

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that it properly gave the Philadelphia region an extra year to comply with updated 2008 ozone regulations, countering Delaware’s contention that the delay was improper and unfair.

  • December 19, 2016

    Pa. Sewage Discharge Deal With Enviros Gets Court OK

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday signed off on a settlement ending an environmental group’s lawsuit alleging a sewage plant owned by a western Pennsylvania municipality was polluting the Youghiogheny River.

  • December 19, 2016

    Stradley Ronon Adds Prominent Philly White Collar Defender

    Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP announced on Monday that it landed a name partner at Greenblatt Pierce Engle Funt & Flores LLC to serve as a partner in its white collar and governmental investigations practice.

  • December 19, 2016

    Philly Judge Junks City Soda Tax Challenge

    Philadelphia’s controversial tax on sugar-sweetened beverages survived its first major legal challenge on Monday when a trial judge agreed to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that the levy improperly usurped the state’s taxation authority.

  • December 19, 2016

    Insurers Can't Trim Gardner Denver's Coverage Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Friday gave industrial equipment maker Gardner Denver the green light to advance claims that three of its former insurers wrongly failed to provide coverage for a shareholder suit over its merger with KKR & Co. that settled for $29 million, citing ambiguous contract language.

  • December 19, 2016

    Pa. Judge Suspended After Money Laundering Indictment

    A Pennsylvania district judge was suspended without pay Friday after being accused of participating in a money laundering scheme in a federal indictment unsealed earlier in the day.

  • December 16, 2016

    Energy Future Asks 3rd Circ. To Rethink Make-Whole Fight

    Energy Future Holdings Corp. has urged the Third Circuit to rethink its ruling allowing some $900 million in secured noteholder make-whole claims against the bankrupt energy company, saying New York’s highest court should decide the issue.

  • December 16, 2016

    Booted Fattah Juror Refused To Deliberate, Judge Reveals

    The juror dismissed from deliberations in the federal corruption trial that led to the conviction of former Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah told the court’s clerk that he was “going to hang this jury no matter what,” according to documents unsealed Friday.

  • December 16, 2016

    Philly Bar Association Questions Sessions AG Nomination

    The leadership of the Philadelphia Bar Association on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution questioning the qualifications of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., to serve as attorney general, urging Pennsylvania’s two senators to thoroughly vet him and consider a “no” vote at confirmation hearings.

  • December 16, 2016

    County, Rail Group Allowed To Weigh In On Pa. Well Denial

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday allowed two outside motions, including one from a local development board, to intervene in a challenge to the Delaware River Basin Commission’s fracking moratorium and refusal to approve an exploratory natural gas well.

  • December 16, 2016

    Ex-Fattah Staffer Gets 3 Years' Probation In Corruption Case

    The former chief of staff for ex-U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has been sentenced to three years of probation and three months of house arrest for aiding and abetting a bribe received by the former Pennsylvania congressman, becoming the only defendant in the corruption case to avoid time behind bars.

  • December 16, 2016

    The Biggest Sports Cases Of 2016

    With the NFL prevailing over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a legal fight over his Deflategate suspension and the Third Circuit once again foreclosing New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports betting, 2016 has had its fair share of blockbuster sports cases that kept lawyers in the industry busy across the country. 

  • December 16, 2016

    Media Groups Want FCC Rules Challenge Moved To 3rd Circ.

    Two media policy groups intervening in a challenge to a Federal Communications Commission order imposing restrictive broadcast ownership rules on Friday urged the D.C. Circuit to bless the transfer of the appeal to the Third Circuit, citing the latter court’s experience in hearing similar challenges to the agency’s ownership rules.

  • December 16, 2016

    Pa. District Judge, Atty Accused Of Money Laundering

    A Pennsylvania district judge and a suburban Philadelphia lawyer were charged alongside one other Bucks County official in an indictment unsealed Friday that alleged a scheme to launder money that came from health care fraud and illegal drug trafficking.

  • December 15, 2016

    Discovery Needed In Uber 'On Call' OT Fight, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday allowed a putative class action accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act to move forward, saying the issue of whether the company’s drivers are “working” when “on call” can only be resolved after discovery.

  • December 15, 2016

    UPenn Athletes To Challenge 7th Circ. Employee Ruling

    Two University of Pennsylvania student-athletes will ask the full Seventh Circuit on Friday to rethink its recent ruling that their participation in college sports does not make them school employees, a decision that prevented them from pursuing class action claims that they deserved minimum wage pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • December 15, 2016

    Herr's Atty Targeted For DQ Over Prosecution Threats

    A snack food consumer accusing Herr Foods Inc. of mislabeling several varieties of packaged snacks as natural and healthy said Wednesday that the company’s counsel should be disqualified for threatening criminal prosecution and attorney sanctions if the putative class action is not withdrawn with prejudice.

  • December 15, 2016

    Pa. Appeals Court Nixes New Trial In Surgery Row

    A Pennsylvania appeals court denied a new trial over medical malpractice accusations that a doctor cut a patient's tendons during ankle surgery, saying a judge was right to refuse to give a particular instruction.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: 3rd Circ. Should Rehear Product-Hopping Case

    David Balto

    How is the Third Circuit like Donald Trump? It wants to build a wall preventing drug competition and have consumers pay for it. The recent decision in Mylan v. Warner Chilcott is divorced from established precedent and will leave consumers in the lurch for billions of dollars, says David Balto, a former policy director at the Federal Trade Commission.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • 4 Ways To Get Associates Trial-Ready

    Stephen B. Crain

    For young trial associates who want to evolve into young trial lawyers, getting the necessary experience is increasingly challenging. The only surefire way associates can become first chair advocates is through effective mentoring, and the best way to achieve effective mentoring is to incorporate it in your approach to cases, say Stephen Crain and Drew Taggart of Bracewell LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 4

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    Compensation isn't what it used to be — and never will be again, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 3

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    In part 3 of this series on law firm evolution, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp., addresses the problem of ad hoc client development and the challenge of associate training.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 8

    Robert Bauer

    It is natural in an environment like the White House, particularly for lawyers who have an active interest in public life, to wish to be in every conversation, on any topic, of general interest or major importance. It is a trap, says Perkins Coie LLP partner Robert Bauer, who served as White House counsel for President Barack Obama.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 2

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    Despite the fact that many corporate clients are demanding deviations from the billable hour, and the fact that there are more varieties of alternate fee arrangements than ever before, the billable hour is still here. But it is gasping for breath, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Foreclosure Law Firms Get A Break At The 9th Circ.

    Richard B. Benenson

    Over the past year courts across the country have continued to grapple over whether foreclosures are “debt” for the purposes of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Despite the Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in Ho v. ReconTrust we anticipate that this issue will continue to create controversy among judges, regulators and practitioners, say Richard Benenson and Emily Garnett of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • 3rd Circ. Weighs In On Product-Hopping

    Mark A. Ford

    The Third Circuit’s recent Doryx decision marks only the second appellate court decision on product-hopping, and the first to hold that the alleged activity did not violate the antitrust laws. The court rejected several sweeping arguments that plaintiffs regularly advance in pharmaceutical antitrust cases, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 7

    Gregory B. Craig

    The day after Barack Obama was elected our 44th president, President Bush gathered the White House staff and made clear that the work of his administration during its final two months would be defined by whatever was necessary to help President-elect Obama and his team succeed. It was perhaps the most critical event of the transition, say Gregory Craig, who was White House counsel for President Obama, and Michael Scudder, who was g... (continued)