Following what they say has been a string of spills and incidents of drinking water contamination, several environmental groups are once again urging a Pennsylvania state judge to force Sunoco to pause drilling operations in connection with the construction of its controversial Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh on Thursday asked a Pennsylvania state court judge to end a libel suit from ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier over a report addressing the university’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, pointing to Spanier’s March criminal conviction.
A Pennsylvania federal judge agreed Wednesday to allow a railway company to continue pursuing claims to recoup $140 million after its business partners allegedly schemed their way out of a contract over a newly constructed facility to transfer shipments of crude oil from trains onto barges.
A Pennsylvania federal judge shot down the state’s attempt to ditch a challenge to its state tax on e-cigarettes and non-vape-specific components like batteries Thursday, sending the suit brought by a Harrisburg vape shop back to the state’s court system.
Philadelphia’s Board of Judges on Thursday elected former prosecutor Kelley B. Hodge, of counsel at Elliott Greenleaf, to serve as the city’s interim district attorney and finish the remainder of the term left empty as a result of Seth Williams’ bribery conviction.
An attorney facing $2 million damages for pursuing a purportedly frivolous lawsuit has urged a Pennsylvania state judge to force a rival to turn over information about allegedly defamatory expert testimony he provided in the legal ethics trial that led to the jury award.
A Pennsylvania man is accused of identity theft and fraud after he admitted to stealing from individuals who use bitcoin, amassing a stash of the online currency valued at over $40 million, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court.
A Pennsylvania state appellate court decided Wednesday that a medical malpractice suit filed in Philadelphia should not be transferred to another county, overturning a trial court decision to move the suit and ruling the case could stay because a doctor who allegedly failed to send a timely diagnosis for the patient was working at a Philadelphia hospital.
The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General announced on Thursday that it was bringing on board a former Reed Smith LLP attorney to head up a newly minted consumer financial protection unit.
A Pennsylvania man pled guilty in federal court Wednesday to false statement charges after being accused of performing flawed genetic diagnostic tests for 124 cancer patients.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday announced that it had named a mix of white collar defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and a law professor to a new task force created to carry out a comprehensive review of grand juries.
The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion litigation said Wednesday the court is concerned players who may be eligible for the uncapped settlement are being improperly solicited by claim assistance providers who may be providing misleading offers, ordering a hearing on the issue.
In a decision with broad implications for the nation’s oil and gas industry, the Third Circuit on Wednesday upheld a 2015 district court ruling that rejected unsecured oil producer claims against companies that purchased their oil from a bankrupt intermediary.
The author of a two-part book series titled “Burning Sands,” a fictional tale of six fraternity pledges at a historically black college, accused Netflix and director Gerard McMurray on Tuesday of infringing his copyright by making a movie released earlier this year with the same title and a similar premise.
The former general counsel of a bogus time-share consultancy in New Jersey was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison on Wednesday for attempting to influence witnesses and for lying to investigators pursuing a criminal case against his onetime employers.
The Third Circuit's recent decision that a single use of a racial slur, rather than pervasive conduct, can sustain a workplace harassment claim sends a clear warning to employers to preempt potential liability by providing training to prevent even one-off incidents from happening in the first place, attorneys say.
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Tuesday tossed a $4.7 million verdict awarded to a man who received negligent medical treatment from a doctor and Temple University Hospital resulting in finger amputations, saying a new damages trial is necessary because the trial judge should’ve allowed evidence of a prior criminal conviction.
A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel, returning to a discovery fight over litigation stemming from a hospital’s allegations that doctors engaged in unnecessary procedures, affirmed for the second time Wednesday a finding that attorney-client privilege does not apply to a company's email to its media consultants.
The Third Circuit decided Wednesday to revive a suit by Aetna Life Insurance Co. that accused a Pennsylvania surgical center of fraudulent billing, ruling that the form the center submitted to insurers was ambiguous in overturning the trial court’s decision to toss the case.
Cozen O'Connor continues to build its new Pittsburgh office with Tuesday’s announcement that it landed a former Reed Smith LLP partner to join its real estate and project finance groups.
While there are still very few district court decisions within the Ninth Circuit to have analyzed the relationship between the Affiliated Ute and the fraud-on-the-market presumptions of reliance since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Halliburton decision, plaintiffs are increasingly attempting to plead both theories, as demonstrated by several recent decisions, say Michele Johnson and Colleen Smith of Latham & Watkins LLP.
Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.
In the 45 years since the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Affiliated Ute, the Seventh Circuit has cited it 145 times. The most significant of these decisions was the court's rejection of the “fraud created the market” theory as an extension of Affiliated Ute, says Julie Goldsmith Reiser of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.
Over the last 45 years, Affiliated Ute has, in the Third Circuit, spawned primarily four lines of cases, each addressing a distinct issue raised by that ruling. The most vexing issue, particularly in cases that involve misrepresentations and omissions, is when the presumption applies and when it does not, says John Harnes of Chitwood Harley Harnes LLP.
As the number of states legalizing marijuana use continues to grow, the federal government maintains — and indeed perhaps may soon begin to strengthen — its stance of illegality. Therefore, employers will continue to face more issues and uncertainties, say Ruth Rauls and Jason Ross of Saul Ewing LLP.
Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.
The rebuttable presumption of reliance adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court 45 years ago in Affiliated Ute threatens to supersize the expanded basis for omission liability signaled by Leidos v. Indiana Public Retirement System, which the court will review next term, say attorneys with Murphy & McGonigle PC.
The U.S. Supreme Court has reduced the giant oak that is Rule 10b-5 to a stump with one withered branch — the narrow scope of liability under Rule 10b-5(b). The court must retrace its steps back to Affiliated Ute, which recently turned 45 and was the court's last decision before it adopted the false star Blue Chip Stamps, says Gary Aguirre, a former staff attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.
As social media continues to expand, the legal issues that inevitably follow growth have begun to arise, and courts have found themselves struggling to adapt. One new challenge facing employers, employees and courts is the effect of social media on the traditional nonsolicitation agreement, say James Patton Jr. and Tae Phillips of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.