Pennsylvania

  • October 17, 2017

    3rd Circ. Backs Daily News, TMZ In Libel Suit

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday affirmed that several media outlets including the New York Daily News and TMZ Productions Inc. did not commit libel when they reported on a New Jersey woman’s purported involvement in an illicit drug and prostitution ring, allegations that she was later cleared of.

  • October 17, 2017

    Reckitt Benckiser Dodges States’ Suboxone Case

    A month after a Pennsylvania federal judge refused to throw out antitrust claims brought by more than 40 states accusing U.K.-based Indivior Inc. of delaying the introduction of generics of its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone, he let its former sister company Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare escape the litigation Tuesday.

  • October 17, 2017

    Cozen Reps Rodman In $129M Purchase Of 7 Pa. Properties

    The real estate and corporate law practices at Cozen O’Connor said Tuesday they had guided real estate firm Rodman Properties Inc. in its $129 million acquisition of a seven-property portfolio of multifamily properties in Pennsylvania.

  • October 17, 2017

    PennDOT Can Be Held Liable In Crash Suit, Pa. Justices Told

    A Pennsylvania couple urged the state's highest court Tuesday to bar the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation from skirting liability for injuries they suffered after their car hit a guardrail they say was negligently installed, arguing that exceptions to sovereign liability should apply to more than just dangerous roadway conditions.

  • October 17, 2017

    Pa. Justices Consider Awarding Fees In Departed Atty Suit

    Members of Pennsylvania’s highest court hearing a dispute between Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck PLLC and Malone Middleman PC suggested Tuesday that principles of equity warranted allowing an unjust enrichment claim over fees from a case an attorney took with him as he jumped from one firm to the other.

  • October 17, 2017

    Philly Politicians Flay Soda Tax At Senate Hearing

    A pair of Philadelphia politicians railed against the city’s controversial sweetened beverage tax in a Pennsylvania Senate hearing Tuesday, suggesting that the goals of expanding pre-K and upgrading parks and recreation centers should be funded instead by sustaining the current wage tax.

  • October 17, 2017

    Philly Man Cops To Bribing Transit Authority For Biz Permit

    A Philadelphia man pled guilty in federal court Monday to offering a bribe to an undercover FBI agent to expedite a certification from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority for the business he operated with his wife, who has also been charged.

  • October 17, 2017

    Rep. Who Cut DEA Powers Out As Trump's Drug Czar Pick

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday said his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy has backed out of the position, two days after media reports revealed the congressman had pushed legislation gutting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to target misbehaving opioid distributors.

  • October 16, 2017

    Pa. Med Board Erred In Nixing License Reinstatement: Court

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday overturned a state medical board's rejection of a physician assistant's bid to reinstate his license, saying the man had successfully completed a drug treatment program that effectively vacated his criminal drug conviction.

  • October 16, 2017

    Ex-Pa. Rep. Staffer's Malicious Prosecution Suit Axed

    The Third Circuit agreed on Monday that repeated findings of probable cause against an ex-Pennsylvania legislative staffer negated his claim that he was maliciously prosecuted by the state’s former attorney general for his alleged role in a scandal over the use of taxpayer money to purchase campaign-related technology.

  • October 16, 2017

    Valspar Asks 3rd Circ. To Rethink 'Impossible' Price-Fixing Bar

    Valspar Corp. asked the Third Circuit to rehear en banc its bid to revive a $176 million lawsuit against DuPont, arguing Friday the panel strayed from precedent with a standard that would make it “virtually impossible” for a price-fixing suit against an oligopoly to survive summary judgment.

  • October 16, 2017

    15 AGs Say Transgender Military Ban Is 'Unconstitutional'

    A D.C. federal court should halt the Trump administration’s plan to reinstate an unconstitutional ban against transgender members of the military, as it would discriminate against capable recruits without providing any proven benefits to the armed forces, 15 state attorneys general argued Monday.

  • October 16, 2017

    Pa. Atty Pleads Guilty To Fraud In Client Fund Theft Row

    A western Pennsylvania attorney and newspaper owner pled guilty Monday to federal mail fraud charges after being accused of misappropriating over $500,000 from a client with dementia and using the money for personal use and to run the paper.

  • October 16, 2017

    NFL Concussion Deal Proceeds Can't Be Sold Off, Court Told

    Class counsel in multidistrict National Football League concussion litigation on Friday urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to rule that an uncapped settlement agreement prohibits players from assigning their payouts to a third party, hitting back at claims by a settlement advance firm accused of scamming NFL retirees with high-cost loans.

  • October 16, 2017

    Wells Fargo Wins Temporary Bar In Client-Poaching Dispute

    A Pennsylvania state judge on Friday agreed to temporarily bar a group of ex-Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA Inc. employees from attempting to lure away any of the company’s clients to their own newly formed insurance business.

  • October 16, 2017

    Feds Want Ex-Philly DA To Serve 5 Years For Graft

    Federal prosecutors on Monday asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to sentence former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to five years in prison, the maximum term possible for his July mid-trial guilty plea to one count of bribery.

  • October 16, 2017

    Aramark Spends $2.35B On Hospitality Industry Acquisitions

    Food services company Aramark Corp. announced Monday it will pay a total of $2.35 billion to acquire hospitality procurement company Avendra and uniform and linen supply business AmeriPride Services Inc. as it moves to expand its reach in the service industry.

  • October 13, 2017

    19 AGs Sue Trump Over Halted ACA Subsidies

    Eighteen states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration late Friday over its decision to halt billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act subsidies, saying the sudden move wasn’t explained properly and unconstitutionally disregarded mandatory spending.

  • October 13, 2017

    Honeywell Antitrust Lawsuit Headed To Mediation

    A Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge on Friday referred to mediation a price discrimination and breach of contract lawsuit against Honeywell International Inc. brought by a security products competitor alleging violation of a decade-old agreement, ordering the costs to be split between both companies.

  • October 13, 2017

    Ex-Pa. Rep. Can't Jettison Conviction, State Court Says

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Friday shot down arguments that the alleged destruction of exculpatory evidence against a former state lawmaker warranted throwing out his conviction for using public funds to purchase campaign-related technology.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    The new book "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons" is a lively tour of colorful incidents and personalities that have populated the U.S. Supreme Court for the past 23 decades. Do authors Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of their examples are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Enviro Rights: What's The Public Trust Role In Pa.?

    Philip Hinerman

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's recent decision in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has changed the discussion about the state’s so-called environmental rights amendment. Philip Hinerman and Adam Cutler of Fox Rothschild LLP examine issues raised in the case, such as what it means to be a public trustee, and the positions various groups are taking.

  • Sham Affidavits In Medical Product Liability: Part 1

    James Beck

    In the 20 years since the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed the sham affidavit doctrine — precluding creation of “genuine” factual issues by witnesses contradicting their own previous testimony — it has been important in many medical product liability cases, and practitioners should be aware of significant examples, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • New Jersey Whistleblower Protections: More Than Skin-Deep

    Matthew Stiff

    The Third Circuit recently reiterated its expansive interpretation of New Jersey state whistleblower protections when it revived a patent lawyer’s lawsuit against his former employer. Steven Trzaska’s victory should provide whistleblowers with greater assurance that they can investigate and oppose employer misconduct without fear of retaliation, says Matthew Stiff of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Why Uber Drivers' On-Call Waiting Time May Be Compensable

    Thomas Dickerson

    A federal judge in Pennsylvania recently ruled that Uber drivers are "tethered to their phones while online," and that such "on-call" time may be compensable under federal law. The judge’s analysis is instructive on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors, says retired New York State Supreme Court Associate Justice Thomas Dickerson.

  • Adapting To Equal Pay Laws In Flux

    Charles Thompson

    New legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women may undo business practices that, even if benevolently motivated, result in disparate pay. Despite this laudable objective, these laws create a litany of challenges for employers and may necessitate a wholesale revision of policies and practices related to employee compensation, says Charles Thompson of Polsinelli.

  • 3 Strategies I Learned From LegalZoom

    Jeff Unger

    Critics of legal tech companies will often say, “Trust a reputable attorney that understands you, your situation and the law.” As an attorney, I wholeheartedly agree. But from the consumer’s perspective, the message seems out of touch with the digital age, says Jeff Unger, founder of the law firm eMinutes.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.