The Third Circuit on Tuesday handed yet another loss to three Allied Nevada Gold Group shareholders seeking to overturn the bankrupt mining company’s Chapter 11 plan, saying more than two years after confirmation the plan is too far along to redo.
Pennsylvania legislative leaders spent over $3 million in taxpayer dollars in the multipronged fight over redrawing the state’s congressional districts, and while Republicans ultimately lost the fight, two law firms retained by the GOP — Blank Rome LLP and Pittsburgh-based Cipriani & Werner PC — each took in over $1 million in legal fees.
A Pennsylvania federal judge tossed a proposed class action Wednesday alleging Cigna and a subsidiary violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by cutting off a veteran's long-term disability benefits and clawing back overpayments, saying the policy explicitly allowed for such actions.
The Third Circuit said Wednesday that a trial judge had improperly ruled that the publication of reports detailing the city of Pittsburgh's use of federal grant funding barred a lawsuit from fair housing advocates accusing the city of submitting false claims in order to receive the money.
Philadelphia-area lawyer Mark Halpern is urging a state judge to greenlight a lawsuit accusing prominent litigator George Bochetto of making unfounded claims against him in a trial that left Halpern facing part of a $2.3 million verdict for pursuing a purportedly frivolous case for a client.
A Third Circuit panel affirmed a win for Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday, finding that just because the ride-hailing service may have harmed Philadelphia Taxi Association’s business, the group has not properly alleged Uber acted anti-competitively.
The two leaders of hip-hop ensemble and “The Tonight Show” house band The Roots cannot appeal a ruling obligating them to produce their personal income tax returns in a lawsuit brought by a former band member, a Pennsylvania appellate court ruled Tuesday.
A Philadelphia science museum violated state law when it advertised an exhibit of archaeological objects from an ancient Chinese tomb but failed to tell customers that some artifacts in the exhibit were replicas, according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.
A Philadelphia woman urged a state judge on Monday to reject arguments that an ex-Dilworth Paxson LLP attorney’s withdrawal of a lawsuit over a disputed real estate development barred her from suing the firm for pursuing abusive or frivolous litigation.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday found that a state law establishing confidentiality for medical providers’ peer review proceedings did not apply to a contractor running a hospital’s emergency department, favoring a patient in her malpractice suit against Monongahela Valley Hospital.
A unanimous Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Tuesday that the state’s whistleblower law allowed a former turnpike commission employee to receive $1.6 million in noneconomic damages on claims that he was fired for attempting to expose corrupt bidding practices.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday tossed a proposed class action accusing Volvo Cars of North America LLC of falsely stating that certain vehicles have side-impact protection on all four doors, saying the drivers haven’t referenced any specific misrepresentations by the automaker.
AkzoNobel revealed Tuesday it will sell its specialty chemicals business to Carlyle and GIC in a €10.1 billion ($12.5 billion) deal, marking a separation sparked by the Dutch coatings and chemicals company's defense against an activist-supported takeover by Pennsylvania’s PPG last year.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that when there is a final decision in one of multiple consolidated cases, that decision can be immediately appealed while the other cases are still pending.
A Pennsylvania federal court refused on Friday to throw out metal recycler Titan International’s suit against a former vice president who allegedly breached a noncompete agreement and spilled trade secrets, ruling that the agreement stated that Pennsylvania law should apply to any contract-related disputes.
New Jersey Transit urged the Third Circuit on Monday to vacate a more than $800,000 jury verdict for an employee’s personal injury claims, arguing that a recent decision from the appeals court proves the company has sovereign immunity from the suit.
A pair of related companies have agreed to undertake a $1.8 million cleanup of two former quarries at a Superfund site in Pennsylvania as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which sets the stage for a residential development, the agency announced Monday.
A Pennsylvania appeals court said Monday it would not throw out a decision forcing Admiral Insurance Co. to contribute, alongside other insurers, to defending Seagrave Fire Apparatus Inc. from nearly 500 lawsuits from firefighters over hearing loss allegedly linked to Seagrave equipment.
The ousted president of Consol Energy Inc. accused the coal company in Pennsylvania federal court Friday of violating equal pay protections by paying her a fraction of the compensation that her male subordinates at the company received.
In one of the most anticipated decisions of the current U.S. Supreme Court term, the Murphy v. NCAA case will ultimately decide the fate of sports gambling in the country and has the potential to create big changes for governments, regulators and gaming advocates alike.
The volume of health care-related qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act remained robust last year. In the first of four articles on health care enforcement in 2017, Kevin McGinty of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC discusses the important takeaways from a number of trends.
In Roverano v. John Crane Inc., the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled that the state's Fair Share Act, which provides for apportionment of liability among tortfeasors, applies to strictly liable defendants in asbestos actions. The challenge will be in formulating arguments over what share of liability each tortfeasor deserves, says Albert Piccerilli of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.
Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.
As a beginning associate at a large Philadelphia law firm, I was tasked to fill in case citations on a brief. I found something that looked like exactly what I wanted for a particular legal proposition, but I did not bother to read the entire case. That was a big mistake — and led to an important lesson, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.
Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.
Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.
As the economic situation in Venezuela continues to deteriorate and the number of bond defaults continues to mount, the Third Circuit’s recent ruling against Crystallex is a poignant reminder about the challenges of recovering on claims against a determined sovereign. However, Crystallex is not without further litigation options, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.
While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.
State attorney general campaigns will be in full swing with 31 elections this year. In addition to three top substantive areas, campaign issues themselves will influence how state attorneys general prioritize enforcement, says Joe Jacquot, former chief deputy attorney general of Florida, now with Foley & Lardner LLP.