The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down an appeal of a decision upholding the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that the Pfizer Inc. antidepressant Zoloft caused birth defects in an Illinois child.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit against GlaxoSmithKline LLC in multidistrict litigation related to the safety of its diabetes drug Avandia because the patient who brought the allegations didn’t demonstrate his doctor would have avoided the treatment had he known of its risks.
A Pennsylvania federal judge was urged on Tuesday to rethink her decision to allow the Philadelphia County courts to hear a defamation lawsuit being pursued by a member of its bench over his portrayal in a book about the infamous murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
A Pennsylvania federal judge refused on Tuesday to let Netflix toss a suit brought by an author accusing the streaming giant of ripping off his series about six fraternity pledges at a historically black college, finding that the author had shown valid copyright on his works and “enough similarities” between both works to warrant further discovery.
A political consultant indicted for his role in two pay-to-play schemes in the Pennsylvania cities of Reading and Allentown entered guilty pleas in both cases Tuesday, after initially indicating he would fight the federal charges.
A court-appointed expert brought in to address several questions surrounding attorneys’ fees payouts in the uncapped NFL concussion settlement recommended Monday that the Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the settlement should cap contingency fees for individual attorneys at 15 percent and scrap another request to set aside 5 percent of settlement awards to compensate future work in administering the settlement.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in McDonnell v. United States limiting the scope of federal bribery law cannot be used to upset an ex-Pennsylvania county official’s conviction in a pay-to-play scheme, a federal judge agreed Monday.
Generics maker SigmaPharm Inc. has settled a Pennsylvania state lawsuit accusing Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. Inc. of conspiring with Pfizer unit King Pharmaceuticals Inc. to suppress the release of generic forms of the muscle relaxant Skelaxin, according to an order docketed Tuesday.
A Pennsylvania state senator said Monday that he plans to introduce legislation to improve oil and gas pipeline safety in the wake of the damage to water sources from Sunoco Pipeline’s work on its controversial Mariner East 2 project.
The Third Circuit was urged during oral arguments on Tuesday to revive class claims accusing the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of failing to provide job applicants with a chance to respond to consumer reports detailing criminal histories that the agency said disqualified them from employment.
A Pennsylvania towing and environmental services firm has sued IAT Insurance Co. in state court in a dispute over a claim from an oil-spill cleanup, alleging that the insurer made defamatory statements when it suggested in an email that the company engaged in fraud.
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The Mississippi law firm accused along with a fund administrator of erroneously distributing settlement money from multidistrict litigation against GlaxoSmithKline urged the Third Circuit on Monday to overturn a Pennsylvania district court’s order to indemnify the administrator, reasoning that the district court no longer had jurisdiction over GSK's already settled contempt allegations.
A Pennsylvania federal judge Monday rejected an effort by a manager at a Native American tribal lender to dismiss a borrower’s racketeering lawsuit, with the court saying that the tribe’s sovereign immunity didn’t extend to its employee.
A man says he was blinded in one eye after part of a flying fairy doll disconnected and hit him, according to a suit filed Sunday in Pennsylvania federal court that accuses The Walt Disney Co., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and toymaker JAKKS Pacific Inc. of negligently marketing a toy similar to ones that have been recalled.
The National Labor Relations Board said Monday that its judges can sign off on partial settlement proposals even if the agency’s general counsel and the charging party in a given case object, restoring the board’s “reasonableness” settlement standard in the Trump board’s first reversal of Obama-era policy.
Two Western Pennsylvania referees filed a federal class action suit Friday accusing the organization that oversees high school sports in the state of improperly categorizing them as independent contractors and shorting them on wages.
A program designed to block fraudulent tax refunds is paying off for Pennsylvania, bringing in nearly $30 million in its first year.
After the Third Circuit's recent decision in the Asbestos Products Liability Litigation case, manufacturers within the court's jurisdiction should not expect claims against them to be dismissed under a “bare metal" defense, unless they can show that they could not have known that asbestos would later be added to their products, says Cory Lapin of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.
In Seneca v. Highland Township, a federal judge in Pennsylvania recently reiterated that local laws prohibiting natural gas drilling are preempted by state and federal statutes. While the township was creative in its tactics, the decision ultimately strengthens the industry's hand, and may expedite similar disputes in the future, says Garrett Trego of Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP.
While few depositions feature such entertaining colloquies by counsel as are found in Corsini v. U-Haul, obstructive conduct at depositions continues to run rampant in many circles. And courts are increasingly open to taking a greater role in policing improper conduct, say Mark Shifton and Mila Shtelmakher of Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.
Although the initial response to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's recent decision in Rancosky v. Washington is that it significantly alters the state's bad faith law, closer examination shows although the court had the opportunity to create a heightened standard of bad faith, its decision did not lower the bar for policyholders, say Jonathan MacBride and Laura Bartlow of Zelle LLP.
Last week, the Third Circuit delivered a win for employees with its decision in Secretary U.S. Department of Labor v. American Future Systems, which said the company's rest break policy violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. And, in a fun Friday-the-13th twist, the court managed to cite the "Harry Potter" books while authoring its opinion, says Ashley Falls of Falls Legal.
Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Even though the U.S. Equal Pay Act is over 50 years old, the U.S. census released in September still finds that women make 80.5 cents to the dollar that men make. Cynthia Jackson and Sarah Beeby of Dentons review recent legislation addressing pay inequity in the U.S. and globally, and discuss recommendations for employers confronting these developments.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.