Pennsylvania

  • September 26, 2017

    Pennsylvania Powerhouse: Blank Rome

    As shale gas production continues to power Pennsylvania's economy, Blank Rome LLP in 2017 helped smooth the path for two massive construction projects harnessing that gas: Shell Chemical Appalachia's $6 billion petrochemical processing facility and the 350-mile Mariner East 2 pipeline, now a project of Energy Transfer Partners.

  • September 26, 2017

    Pa. House Panel OKs Cap On Nursing Home Suit Punitives

    A Pennsylvania legislative committee on Tuesday narrowly approved a bill that would largely cap the amount of punitive damages available in lawsuits accusing nursing homes of substandard care.

  • September 25, 2017

    Football Coach's Sports Psych Retweet Ignites IP Suit

    Pennsylvania-based King’s College and its head football coach were accused Monday of violating federal copyright and trademark law by retweeting a post that included an excerpt from a famed sports psychologist’s book without attribution. 

  • September 25, 2017

    BIA Erred In Reviewing Credibility In Asylum Case: 3rd Circ.

    The Board of Immigration Appeals erred by reversing an immigration judge’s determination in an asylum case that a deportable Uzbeki native credibly testified that he had not watched terroristic videos against the United States, the Third Circuit held on Monday.

  • September 25, 2017

    Drugmakers Beat Health Plan's Generic Price Inflation Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal court dismissed Monday a health plan’s potential class action accusing more than a dozen major drugmakers of fixing the prices of generic drugs, saying the plan couldn't have relied on the alleged misconduct of the drugmakers when deciding how much it owed providers based on its own experience.

  • September 25, 2017

    3rd Circ. Says Maritime Law Applies To Del. River Yacht Brawl

    The Third Circuit on Monday ruled in a precedential decision that maritime jurisdiction does apply in a case over the liability of a river boat cruise company for a drunken brawl in which several passengers were injured, saying that an altercation during docking could potentially disrupt maritime commerce and thus maritime jurisdiction was triggered.

  • September 25, 2017

    Litigation Funder Wants Philly Atty To Repay $50K

    Pennsylvania-based Thrivest Legal Funding wants a Philadelphia lawyer to repay more than $50,000 from an advance for a personal injury claim that netted a $350,000 settlement, saying in a state court suit Friday that the attorney begged it to buy out another funder.

  • September 25, 2017

    Strong Pa. Business Base Helps Powerhouse Firms Thrive

    The five firms named as Law360's Pennsylvania Powerhouses for 2017 have taken advantage of the state's historically deep legal talent pool and a dynamic, ever-evolving economic base — ranging over the years from manufacturing and energy to pharmaceuticals and beyond — to build strong foundations from which to expand and thrive over their combined 573 years in business.

  • September 25, 2017

    Amgen Hits Mylan With Patent Suit Over Neulasta Biosimilar

    Mylan Inc. infringed two of Amgen Inc.’s patents when seeking to get its biosimilar of Amgen’s blockbuster anti-infection medicine Neulasta on the market before the patents expired, the biologic maker told a Pennsylvania federal court Friday.

  • September 22, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Hogan, Skadden

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, government contractor Northrop Grumman agrees to pay $7.8 billion for Orbital ATK, Teva sells off the remainder of its women’s health assets for $1.4 billion, and an affiliate of private equity firm H.I.G. Capital buys Vantage Specialty Chemicals for approximately $1 billion.

  • September 22, 2017

    Pa. Mayor's Corruption Trial To Be Held In Allentown

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday picked Allentown, Pennsylvania, over Philadelphia as the place to hold the corruption trial of the mayor of Allentown and a Norris McLaughlin attorney, saying that the trial was a matter of public interest to the people of Allentown.

  • September 22, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Urged To Uphold Ex-PSU Prez's Conviction

    While conceding that ex-Penn State University President Graham Spanier had raised compelling arguments to undercut his recent conviction on child endangerment charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, the trial judge who oversaw the closely watched criminal case urged an appeals court on Friday to uphold the verdict.

  • September 22, 2017

    Atty Wins Arbitration Bid At 3rd Circ. In Malpractice Row

    The Third Circuit on Thursday affirmed that a legal malpractice claim stemming from a divorce case has to be arbitrated, reasoning that a New Jersey rule barring an arbitration clause in an attorney-client agreement would be preempted by federal arbitration law.

  • September 22, 2017

    3rd Circ. Declines To Rehear Pa. Radiation Suits

    The Third Circuit on Thursday said it would not hold a rehearing following its decision last month barring a group of Pennsylvania residents from moving forward with claims that they developed cancer after being exposed to emissions from a former Babcock & Wilcox Co. and Atlantic Richfield Co. nuclear facility.

  • September 22, 2017

    J&J Unit Presses Pa. Judge To Toss $57M Pelvic Mesh Verdict

    A Johnson & Johnson unit is pushing a Pennsylvania state judge to throw out a $57.1 million pelvic mesh injury verdict it was slapped with earlier this month on grounds that the victim in the case had waited too long after learning about her injury to file suit.

  • September 21, 2017

    3rd Circ. Affirms Coach Not Liable In Brain Injury Suit

    A Third Circuit panel affirmed on Thursday a lower court's decision to end a liability suit brought by a high school football player’s family against a coach and a Pennsylvania school district after the player sustained a traumatic brain injury during practice, finding that the coach qualifies for immunity.

  • September 21, 2017

    Judge Tosses U Of Pennsylvania Retirement Plan Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday dismissed every count in a sprawling proposed class action alleging that the University of Pennsylvania mismanaged its employees’ retirement plan, saying that the funds Penn offered, the fees it paid and the contracts by which it paid them were all on the level.

  • September 21, 2017

    1st Pa. County Sues Opioid Makers Over Addiction Epidemic

    Pennsylvania’s fifth largest county on Thursday became the first one in the state to sue opioid manufacturers for damages stemming from their allegedly deceitful marketing of pain medications.

  • September 21, 2017

    Audi Wants Dealer Counterclaims Gone In Suit Over $23M Sale

    Audi of America Inc. on Wednesday slammed “scattershot” counterclaims filed against it after it sued to block a Pennsylvania auto dealer’s $23 million asset sale, saying the allegations must be thrown out pursuant to the Noerr-Pennington doctrine, which bars any claim based on conduct that occurs as part of litigation.

  • September 21, 2017

    $30M Settlement In Investors' Suit Against Lender Wins OK

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday signed off on a $30 million settlement between payday lender DFC Global and a class of institutional investors who alleged that it violated securities laws by misrepresenting its financial health and quality of lending practices.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Valley Forge V. Upper Merion Is A Solid Win For Taxpayers

    Jeffrey Wilhelm

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in Valley Forge v. Upper Merion this month is one of the state's most important real estate tax assessment cases to issue within the last two decades, providing taxpayers with important constitutional defenses against unscrupulous practices of taxing jurisdictions, says Jeffrey Wilhelm of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Some Needed Certainty On Administrative Expense Status

    Mark Sherrill

    Debtors in bankruptcy have often used the ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the word “received” as a tool to fight against administrative expense claims. Earlier this month, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in the case of World Imports that will likely be highly influential on this matter, says Mark Sherrill of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.