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Pennsylvania

  • October 22, 2018

    Bank Doesn't Exclusively Own Ex-CEO's Story, 3rd Circ. Told

    A New Jersey banking tycoon on Monday urged the Third Circuit to vacate a district court’s order halting the sale and distribution of a book about his life and business philosophy, saying a district court mistakenly found that he had given his former employer the exclusive rights to the story.

  • October 19, 2018

    Horsehead Execs Challenge Judge's Opinion On Investor Suit

    Former executives at zinc producer American Zinc Recycling LLC urged a Delaware federal court Thursday to reject a magistrate judge's recommendation to keep alive investors’ suit over alleged misrepresentations that inflated stock prices, saying the judge ignored the substance of their dismissal bid.

  • October 19, 2018

    EQT Seeks Quick Win In Ex-Exec's Suit Seeking Severance

    EQT Corp. told a Pennsylvania federal court Friday that a former executive shouldn't be able to get severance benefits he argued he was wrongly denied, saying that he voluntarily left the company.

  • October 19, 2018

    Levi & Korsinsky Chosen To Lead Cryptocurrency Suit

    A man who invested nearly $140,000 worth of bitcoin into a Dublin-based cryptocurrency startup stepped forward to claim he had the largest financial interest in a proposed class action against the company, and a Pennsylvania federal court on Thursday certified him as the new lead plaintiff and Levi & Korsinsky LLP as lead counsel in the suit.

  • October 19, 2018

    Pa. State Senator Pushes Bill To Limit Plastic Straw Use

    A Pennsylvania state senator on Friday announced legislation to curb the environmental impact of plastic consumption by seeking to ban plastic straws at eateries and retailers, a move that comes after a Commonwealth city adopted a similar ordinance earlier in the week.

  • October 19, 2018

    Split $6M Burden Evenly In Asbestos Case, Pa. Justices Urged

    The winners of a $6.4 million asbestos verdict are urging the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to find that responsibility for the award could be split evenly among each of the eight liable defendants in the case despite a state law establishing a system of proportional division of damages.

  • October 19, 2018

    J&J Unit Agrees To Risperdal Deal Ahead Of Philly Trial

    In advance of a trial that was slated to get underway Monday in Pennsylvania state court, a Johnson & Johnson unit has agreed to settle claims from a Mississippi family who says their son developed breasts after taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal to treat a conduct disorder.

  • October 19, 2018

    Philly Atty Says Neighboring Starbucks Flooded His File Room

    A Philadelphia attorney sued his landlord and Starbucks Corp. in state court Thursday over a 2016 flood — allegedly caused by a pipe clogged with coffee grounds from a neighboring coffee shop — that destroyed archived client files kept in the lawyer’s basement storage room.

  • October 18, 2018

    Pharmacy's Damages Are Actually Reparable, Pa. Court Rules

    A Pittsburgh-area pharmacy services provider that lost two executives to a rival was rightly denied a preliminary injunction against its competitor because the “irreparable harm” it sought to stop could be quantified and covered by damages, a Pennsylvania Superior Court panel ruled Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Casino Biz Prices $359M IPO, Biotech Firms Fall Short

    Macau-based casino company Studio City International Holdings Ltd. began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday after cashing in on a $359 million initial public offering, while a pair of biotechnology firms priced their offerings below their original targets.

  • October 18, 2018

    Duane Morris Partners With Cannabis Trade Association

    Duane Morris LLP announced a partnership with the American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp on Thursday in what the parties are touting as the first ever partnership between a major law firm and trade organization for the drug.

  • October 18, 2018

    Pa. Justices Ease Burden For Firefighter Cancer Claims

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has eased the burden on firefighters to move forward with workers’ compensation claims for cancer diagnoses they believe could be connected to their exposure to soot and other carcinogens.

  • October 18, 2018

    Short Opinion Doesn’t Merit New Trial, Pa. Justices Say

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has to take another crack at interpreting the record in a construction defect case, the state’s high court ruled Wednesday in a decision that found a laconic lower court ruling didn’t warrant forcing a homeowner and builder back into a new trial.

  • October 18, 2018

    Keevican Weiss Can't Duck Salary Obligations To Ex-Atty

    Pittsburgh law firm Keevican Weiss & Bauerle LLC must give a former attorney four months of his unpaid salary plus damages and interest after failing to show he had effectively quit or failed to do his job, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2018

    3rd Circ. Says Restitution Measures Victims' Loss Under INA

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday refused to stop the deportation of a Dominican citizen and longtime U.S. resident, upholding an immigration judge’s finding that the man’s counterfeiting conviction counted as an aggravated felony under immigration law.

  • October 17, 2018

    Pa. Justices Let Philly Area Taxi Drivers Dodge City Rules

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Wednesday that a string of taxicab regulations handed down by the Philadelphia Parking Authority should not apply to vehicles operating across city borders under the jurisdiction of both the PPA and the state's Public Utility Commission.

  • October 17, 2018

    3rd Circ. Denies New Immigration Hearing For Putin Critic

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday denied a Russian native’s petition for a new bond hearing in his ongoing immigration detention case as he awaits possible deportation to potentially face criminal fraud charges in Russia that he contends were filed in retaliation for his political opposition to President Vladimir Putin.

  • October 17, 2018

    FTC On Ropes As Courts Wallop Suits Over Past Conduct

    The Federal Trade Commission's power to punish past conduct involving consumer fraud or anti-competitive shenanigans is looking wobbly after a one-two punch of court decisions forcing the agency to also identify imminent or ongoing violations when it challenges prior behavior.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    J&J Wants $20M Pa. Mesh Award Axed Over Alleged Time Bar

    A $20.2 million verdict against a Johnson & Johnson unit in a pelvic mesh injury case came under fire on Wednesday as a Pennsylvania appeals court heard arguments that the lawsuit that led to the award had been filed outside of the two-year statute of limitations.

Expert Analysis

  • The Future Of State-Subsidized Electric Generation Resources

    Joseph Cavicchi

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently ruled that PJM Interconnection’s current capacity market auction tariff is unjust and unreasonable. The decision raises a fundamental economic question as to the future of PJM's existing market-based approach to determining the region’s mix of generating assets, say Joseph Cavicchi and Kenneth Grant of Compass Lexecon​​​​​​​.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Awaiting Clarity On Fluctuating Workweek In Pa.

    Jeffrey Cadle

    Now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has allowed the state Superior Court's decision in Chevalier v. General Nutrition Centers to be appealed, it is possible that the fluctuating workweek method — an alternative for employers to calculate overtime pay for salaried employees — could be explicitly adopted in the state, says Jeffrey Cadle of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Federal Law Both Sword And Shield In Cannabis Litigation

    Matthew Pierce

    While federal law prohibits the use of marijuana under any circumstances, the cannabis industry continues growing rapidly as more U.S. states legalize its use. The conflicting legal regimes have led to surprising, sometimes counterintuitive results in litigation and bankruptcy cases, says Matthew Pierce of Landis Rath & Cobb LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.