Pennsylvania

  • March 28, 2018

    Allied Nevada Investors Can't Block Ch. 11 Plan: 3rd Circ.

    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.

  • March 28, 2018

    Blank Rome, Cipriani & Werner Cash In On Gerrymandering

    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.

  • March 28, 2018

    Cigna Sheds ERISA Suit Over Suspended Disability Payments

    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.

  • March 28, 2018

    3rd Circ. Revives FCA Suit Over Pittsburgh Grant Funds

    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.

  • March 28, 2018

    Pa. Atty Urges Judge To OK Suit Over Rival's Testimony

    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.

  • March 27, 2018

    Uber Monopoly Claims Fail In Philly, 3rd Circ. Says

    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.

  • March 27, 2018

    Roots' Leaders Can't Appeal Discovery Order For Tax Returns

    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.

  • March 27, 2018

    Philly Museum Lied About Artifacts' Authenticity, Suit Says

    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.

  • March 27, 2018

    Dilworth Must Face Suit Over Frivolous RE Cases, Judge Told

    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.

  • March 27, 2018

    Pa. Justices Limit Reach Of Medical Peer Review Privacy Law

    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.

  • March 27, 2018

    Pa. Justices OK Noneconomic Damages For Whistleblowers

    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.

  • March 27, 2018

    Volvo Ducks Suit Over Crash-Protection Ad Claims

    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.

  • March 27, 2018

    AkzoNobel Inks €10.1B Sale Of Specialty Chemicals Biz

    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.

  • March 27, 2018

    Justices Approve Individual Appeals In Combined Cases

    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.

  • March 26, 2018

    Former Metals Recycler VP Can't Escape Noncompete Suit

    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.

  • March 26, 2018

    NJ Transit Immune From Injury Verdict, 3rd Circ. Told

    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.

  • March 26, 2018

    EPA Strikes Deal For $1.8M Cleanup Of Pa. Quarries

    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.

  • March 26, 2018

    Insurer Must Cover Firefighter Hearing Loss Suits: Pa. Panel

    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.

  • March 26, 2018

    Ex-Coal Co. Prez Says Male Subordinates Made More Money

    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.

  • March 26, 2018

    What To Expect After The High Court Rules On Sports Betting

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: Trends In FCA Cases

    Kevin McGinty

    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.

  • Getting A 'Fair Share' Of Asbestos Liability In Pa.

    Albert Piccerilli

    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.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Read The Whole Thing

    James Beck

    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.

  • LGBTQ Protections And Best Practices Under Title VII

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Darrell VanDeusen

    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.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    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.

  • Crystallex's Implications For Holders Of Venezuelan Debt

    Richard Cooper

    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.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

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    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.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    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.

  • 3 Enforcement Priorities For State AGs In 2018

    Joe Jacquot

    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.