Pennsylvania

  • March 2, 2017

    Hospital's Placing On Verdict Slip Can't Revive Med Mal Case

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday refused to revive malpractice claims against a doctor after the plaintiff argued that a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center facility, a settling defendant in the case, was accidentally placed on a verdict sheet in the case.

  • March 2, 2017

    Pa. Atty Accuses Rival Of Retaliating Over Expert Testimony

    A suburban Philadelphia attorney saddled with a nearly $2 million verdict over frivolous litigation he was found to have pursued is now facing the threat of sanctions after signaling his intent to sue a lawyer who testified against him as an expert witness.

  • March 2, 2017

    NFL Concussion Objectors Want Piece Of $112.5M Atty Fees

    The counsel for the second-largest objector group in the landmark NFL concussion litigation asked the Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the case to carve out for them a piece of the $112.5 million attorneys’ fee request by the lead class counsel, arguing Wednesday that they had helped secure a fair settlement for all involved.

  • March 2, 2017

    Tier REIT Sheds Last Philly Property In $95M Deal

    Dallas-based real estate investment trust Tier REIT said Thursday that it has sold its last property in Philadelphia, a 561,000-square-foot office building, in a $95 million deal with MRP Realty and Baring Real Estate Advisers.

  • March 1, 2017

    Pfizer Wins TRO In Info Theft Suit Against Ex-Marketing Head

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday granted Pfizer Inc.’s day-old request to stop a former global marketing director from using or destroying "highly confidential and extremely sensitive information" to which it claims she had access, in a suit alleging she stole trade secrets.

  • March 1, 2017

    20 More States Join Generic Drug-Pricing Antitrust Action

    Forty states are now bringing antitrust claims against six generic-drug makers including Heritage, Mylan and Teva, alleging they conspired to fix the prices of an antibiotic and a diabetes medication, according to an amended complaint filed in Connecticut federal court Wednesday.

  • March 1, 2017

    NJ Disbars Atty Over Conviction In $24M Tax Evasion Scheme

    New Jersey’s Supreme Court on Tuesday permanently disbarred a tax attorney convicted of participating in a $24 million tax obstruction and evasion scheme and ordered him to reimburse the court’s Disciplinary Oversight Committee for administrative costs related to the matter.

  • March 1, 2017

    Experts Raise Concerns About Sunoco Pipeline Impact

    Experts for several environmental groups seeking to halt construction of Sunoco Logistics' Mariner East 2 pipeline Wednesday told Pennsylvania's Environmental Hearing Board that the project posed a significant threat to wetlands across the state and questioned the thoroughness of the company's remediation plans.

  • March 1, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court OKs Attys' Fees Claim Above Damage Cap

    A Pennsylvania appeals court issued a published decision on Wednesday finding that an award of legal fees in a wage dispute between a medical equipment supplier and its ex-CEO could push the total award in the case above a $25,000 cap dictated by state rules of civil procedure.

  • March 1, 2017

    Calif. County Can't Take Avandia Ad Claims To State Court

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday rejected Santa Clara County, California's efforts to dismiss its false advertising claims from multidistrict litigation over GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s diabetes medication Avandia in order to refile them in state court, ruling the federal courts correctly took jurisdiction when the county filed suit five years ago.

  • March 1, 2017

    Alternative Asset Manager Hamilton Lane Prices $190M IPO

    Alternative asset manager Hamilton Lane Inc. raised $190 million late Tuesday after pricing an initial public offering at midpoint, hoping to reap the benefits of growing demand for private market investments, under guidance from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • March 1, 2017

    Citgo Wants 3rd Circ. To Dump $100M Oil Spill Judgment

    Three Citgo units asked the Third Circuit on Tuesday to overturn a $100 million-plus judgment against the company handed down by a lower court in an oil spill liability suit brought by the federal government and a pair of shipping companies, arguing that the lower court inconsistently applied the law and improperly faulted Citgo over other, more liable parties.

  • March 1, 2017

    Philly Firm Denied Sanctions, New Shot At Ad Monopoly Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid for sanctions by Larry Pitt & Associates in a lawsuit related to allegations that Lundy Law LLP stifled competition in Philadelphia, and she found that the firm waited too long to request leave from the court to file its latest complaint in the case.

  • March 1, 2017

    Amtrak Contractor To Pay $1.5M To Resolve FCA Allegations

    Federal prosecutors announced a $1.5 million agreement to settle allegations that an Amtrak contractor had overbilled the government-owned transit agency for labor and overhead associated with a string of projects it was managing throughout the eastern United States.

  • March 1, 2017

    No Appeal For Ex-PSU Trio In Sandusky Endangerment Row

    Three former Penn State University administrators will not be able to appeal child endangerment charges they’re facing stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal before going to trial later this month.

  • February 28, 2017

    Pa., DC Can't Get Fees In Staples-Office Depot Merger Case

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday denied the state of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia’s motion for attorneys’ fees and costs for their role in blocking a $6.3 billion deal between Staples and Office Depot, saying fee shifting in antitrust cases is only warranted when a plaintiff "substantially prevails.”

  • February 28, 2017

    Philly Hospital Can't Overturn $10.1M Med Mal Verdict

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a $10.1 million jury verdict in favor of a woman who sued a Philadelphia hospital over her infant's untimely bacterial meningitis diagnosis, rejecting the hospital's argument that the woman's expert medical testimony was speculative and based solely on conjecture.

  • February 28, 2017

    Pfizer Sues Ex-Marketing Director Over Trade Secret Theft

    Pfizer Inc. on Tuesday accused a former global marketing director who voluntarily resigned in January of misappropriating the company’s trade secrets, asking a Pennsylvania federal judge for an emergency restraining order to protect the information.

  • February 28, 2017

    Fee Law Sunset May Trigger Budget Chaos, Pa. Justices Warn

    The pending expiration of a statute allowing the Pennsylvania judiciary to assess certain fees on litigants could lead to extensive service cuts and layoffs, two members of the state’s highest court told a legislative committee during a budget hearing Tuesday.

  • February 28, 2017

    Pittsburgh Paper Can't Shield Financial Records In Trust Row

    A Pennsylvania appeals court agreed Tuesday that the parent company of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review must turn over nearly a quarter-century of financial records sought as part of a trust dispute by two children of the paper’s now-deceased billionaire former owner Richard Mellon Scaife.

Expert Analysis

  • State AGs May Turn Up Enforcement Under Trump

    Joseph W. Jacquot

    With the incoming Trump administration, regulatory and enforcement priorities will likely change, but if federal agencies scale back their consumer protection efforts, attorneys general can be expected to pick up the slack, says Joseph W. Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • Philly Sets Stage For More Local Workplace Legislation

    Jonathan S. Krause

    The Philadelphia City Council recently became the first legislative body of a major city to pass a law prohibiting all employers from asking prospective employees about their wage history during the application process. These actions follow a broader trend of local governments passing workplace legislation that is unlikely or more difficult to enact at the federal or state levels, says Jonathan Krause of Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP.

  • A Trademark Year In Wine And Beer 2016: Part 5

    David Kluft

    David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP finishes off his comprehensive review of this year's beer and wine trademark disputes with 32 more cases for you to bring up at your holiday party.

  • High Court Ruling In Jevic Likely To Be Narrow

    Cathleen C. Moore

    Although the justices’ questions at oral argument suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court may well reverse the Third Circuit ruling in Czyzewski v. Jevic — which approved a structured dismissal of a Chapter 11 case — the court seemed well aware of the far-reaching implications that a broad holding could have on Chapter 11 practice, say Cathleen Moore and James Thurman of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2016: Part 1

    Randy Kahnke

    This year brought significant developments in trade secret law, the most important of which was the passage of the long-awaited federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. In the few months since the act took effect, litigants have already asserted DTSA claims in more than 75 federal cases, say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • A Trademark Year In Wine And Beer 2016: Part 2

    David Kluft

    David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP continues his summary of beer and wine trademark disputes from 2016, in the second part of this five-part series.