• December 13, 2016

    3rd Circ. Hands HHS Win In Pa. Nursing Home Payment Fight

    The Third Circuit supported the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to reduce Medicaid payments to Pennsylvania nursing homes Monday, ruling that the agency acted appropriately when it revisited a 2008 amendment to the state plan after an earlier panel invalidated the change.

  • December 13, 2016

    Bulgarian Faces Indictment In Pa. Over Malware Attacks

    An indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania on Monday accuses a Bulgarian man of deploying a sophisticated malware package to fraudulently obtain banking credentials and other personal information from infected personal computers.

  • December 13, 2016

    Pa. Restaurant Owner Charged With Harboring Immigrants

    A federal grand jury has indicted a Pennsylvania restaurant owner on charges that he harbored and transported immigrants unauthorized to be in the U.S. so they could work in his steakhouse, according to an announcement by federal prosecutors.

  • December 12, 2016

    Justices' Punt On Head Injuries Buoys NFL Claims Approach

    The NFL continues to grapple with questions about players' safety, but the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear challenges to the league's recent concussion settlement provides needed finality and sets up a framework for the league to handle future head injury claims, experts say.

  • December 12, 2016

    Judge Sinks Pa. Judicial Retirement Referendum Challenge

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday sunk a challenge to purportedly misleading language on a now-approved state ballot referendum seeking to raise the judicial retirement age to 75, ruling that voters had access to plenty of information needed to make an informed decision.

  • December 12, 2016

    Hospital Corporate Veil Not Pierced In Alleged Malpractice

    A Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed two businesses Monday from a medical-malpractice suit, saying Pennsylvania law weighs against piercing the corporate veil of the hospital where a baby was delivered, allegedly in a way that caused brain damage.

  • December 12, 2016

    Philly Atty Linked To Anti-Trump Graffiti Won’t Face Charges

    A Philadelphia assistant city solicitor will not be criminally charged in connection with anti-Donald Trump graffiti spray-painted on the wall of a grocery store, but will be required to perform community service for his actions, a city spokesperson said in a statement Monday.

  • December 12, 2016

    Military Bias Suits Don't Turn On Fitness, Says 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit on Monday rejected a transportation agency’s attempt to tack on an additional burden of proof for plaintiffs who allege employment bias because of their military service, ruling in a precedential decision that such plaintiffs needn’t show they were qualified for a position or promotion denied to them.

  • December 12, 2016

    Honeywell In Talks To Settle Humidifier Defect Class Actions

    Honeywell International Inc. is plugging up a group of class actions over allegedly defective dehumidifiers that leak scalding water, joining with suing consumers last week to ask a Pennsylvania federal court to stay case deadlines while specifics of a nationwide class settlement are hammered out.

  • December 12, 2016

    Ex-Pa. Rep. Fattah Gets 10 Years In Corruption Case

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday ordered ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah and a onetime Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP government affairs specialist to spend a combined 12 years in prison following their convictions for participating in a sweeping criminal enterprise that included influence peddling and the misappropriation of federal grant funds.

  • December 12, 2016

    Justices Won't Hear Appeal Over NFL Head Injury Settlement

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to take another look at an uncapped settlement between former NFL players and the league that would end a long-running dispute over concussions and head injuries, clearing the way for an agreement that could end up paying out up to $1 billion.

  • December 9, 2016

    Hagens Berman Says Special Master Inquiry Risks Privilege

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP on Thursday told a Pennsylvania federal judge that a special master looking into if it be allowed to withdraw from representing six thalidomide birth defects clients in suits against GlaxoSmithKline shouldn’t be allowed access to privileged work product.

  • December 9, 2016

    Doc Request Goes Too Far In $200M Arbitral Row, Court Told

    A shareholder of the defunct auto salvage business A-1 Specialized Services & Supplies Inc. told a Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday that a discovery request by a South African metals refinery, which is attempting to collect an underlying $200 million arbitral award, goes too far and should be denied.

  • December 9, 2016

    Inmate's Medical Care Not Deliberately Bad, 3rd Circ. Says

    A New Jersey prison doctor saw the Third Circuit on Friday agree with a lower court’s ruling shutting down medical malpractice claims alleging he shirked his constitutional obligation of care of an inmate who had his colon and rectum removed, holding there’s no evidence of deliberate indifference to the prisoner’s medical needs.

  • December 9, 2016

    Fattah Staffers Say Docs Reveal Overzealous Prosecution

    As ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., prepares to face sentencing Monday for his conviction in a sweeping racketeering conspiracy, a website purportedly created by a group of his former staffers is claiming that the Pennsylvania Democrat never had a chance at a fair trial.

  • December 9, 2016

    Axis Gets Win In University Construction Coverage Suit

    A New York federal judge ruled Thursday that Axis Insurance Co. need not cover an architecture firm for problems and delays that plagued a $40 million University of Pittsburgh construction project, ending a saga in which Axis had been the last potential coverage provider standing.

  • December 9, 2016

    CLE Requirements Imposed On Judges By Pa. High Court

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced Friday that for the first time, judges in the state will have to meet formal requirements for continuing judicial education and must earn a total of 12 hours of credits yearly.

  • December 9, 2016

    Deceased Philly Firefighter's Estate Sues Over Faulty Gear

    The family of a Philadelphia firefighter who was killed in a 2014 blaze brought a state court lawsuit Thursday against several companies involved in the manufacture and sale of a self-contained breathing apparatus and manufacturers of protective garments, blaming them for her death.

  • December 9, 2016

    Docs Not At Fault For Delayed Diagnosis, 3rd Circ. Says

    A Third Circuit panel Thursday refused to revive a pair of siblings’ medical malpractice lawsuit which argued that a delayed lung cancer diagnosis led to the death of their mother, finding that the health care providers and doctors involved weren’t sufficiently connected to the harm.

  • December 8, 2016

    3rd Circ. Won't Rethink Nixing Of Law Firm's Risperdal Suit

    The full Third Circuit declined Thursday to revisit a ruling that Philadelphia personal injury firm Sheller PC could not prove that the U.S. Food and Administration’s rejection of its petition requesting revocation of approval of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal led to increased costs in underlying litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    In this multipart series, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp., explores the metamorphosis that needs to take place in the world of corporate law firms in order for them to survive and thrive in the future.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 5

    C. Boyden Gray

    Every day, it seemed that virtually the entire day was spent trying to shape the news. Balancing the media day-to-day with the need for strategic planning requires staff to stay in their positions rather than congregate around the ball. Yet the impulse to run to the action is as tempting in the White House as on the soccer field, says C. Boyden Gray, who served as White House counsel for President George H.W. Bush.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 4

    Peter J. Wallison

    I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.

  • Antitrust Authorities Step Up Merger Enforcement

    Howard Morse

    Obama administration antitrust enforcers have faced criticism over the last year for not being sufficiently aggressive. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission appear to have responded by increasing enforcement. And the Third Circuit, in FTC v. Penn State Hershey, recently bolstered these efforts, say attorneys with Cooley LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 3

    Fred F. Fielding

    The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

  • Bridging The Gap Between Outside And Inside Counsel

    Andrew S. Chamberlin

    Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 2

    William E. Casselman II

    My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.

  • So You Want To Be A Partner? You Need A Mentor

    Rebecca Glatzer

    Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Don't Forget To Consider State Privacy Laws In M&A

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    George H. Wang

    All businesses with a website may be said to have reach into, and presence in, every state. Therefore, due diligence into information management compliance of a U.S. target company requires cognizance of the laws of at least 52 separate jurisdictions, say George Wang and Kenneth Rashbaum of Barton LLP.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 1

    John W. Dean

    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.