Pennsylvania

  • June 24, 2022

    Pa. Feds Say 2 Attys Siphoned Legal Fees From Former Firm

    Two personal injury attorneys are accused of resolving cases behind their former law firm partners' backs and pocketing thousands of dollars in legal fees for themselves, federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania said Friday.

  • June 24, 2022

    Liberian Civil War General Charged With Immigration Fraud

    An alleged war criminal and former commanding general of Liberia's armed forces during the country's first civil war has been charged with immigration fraud and perjury, according to Philadelphia federal prosecutors.

  • June 24, 2022

    Pa. Coal Co. Settles Sierra Club's Water Warming Lawsuit

    The Sierra Club and GenOn Power Midwest have reached an agreement to end litigation over a now-shuttered coal-fired facility in Pittsburgh, a deal that sees the environmental group collecting $140,000 from the company to cover its legal bills, according to a settlement filed Friday

  • June 24, 2022

    Roe Reversal Leaves States To Make Own Abortion Rules

    State and local lawmakers now have new powers to outlaw abortions and punish those who seek or perform the procedure under Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned abortion as a constitutional right.

  • June 24, 2022

    PNC Gets Trims In Calif. Man's Suit Over Fraudulent Transfer

    PNC Bank NA didn't violate Pennsylvania's wire-transfer or consumer-protection laws when it allegedly misled a California-based customer about stopping a money transfer to a scammer, but it may have violated its duty of good faith and fair dealing, a Pittsburgh federal judge said.

  • June 24, 2022

    T-Mobile Fights Pa. Cell Tower Eviction Over Electricity Bill

    A T-Mobile cell tower operator has leveled claims against the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania state court, alleging the city authority wrongfully sought to cut a 30-year lease short, evict the operator and assume control of the cell tower.

  • June 24, 2022

    Leech Tishman Accused Of Helping Exec Steal, Hide Funds

    A New York investment fund has filed suit in Pennsylvania state court accusing Pittsburgh-based firm Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC and its managing partner of helping a construction company executive steal millions in investor money, allegedly going so far as to hide money in the firm's client trust account.

  • June 24, 2022

    3rd Circ. Revokes Cert. In Ollie's ADA Class Action

    The Third Circuit Friday threw out class certification for a group of wheelchair-using customers suing Ollie's Bargain Outlet for impeded access by having boxes, pillars and other obstacles in its stores, holding the lower court certified the class with inadequate evidence.

  • June 24, 2022

    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

  • June 23, 2022

    Pa. Court Worries Bridge Collapse Case Could Be 'Quagmire'

    Lawsuits over the collapse of a Pittsburgh bridge could turn into a "procedural quagmire" if the National Transportation Safety Board objects to producing inspection reports and maintenance records that several people injured in the fall want in order to prepare their complaints, a Pennsylvania state court judge said Thursday.

  • June 23, 2022

    Pa. Justices To Hear Zoning Spat Over Suburban Hospital Plan

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to decide if the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center can build a hospital within a mile of one owned by its rival, a determination that will affect the health care system's plans to expand into Jefferson Hills.

  • June 23, 2022

    Varvatos Employees' Ch. 11 Bias Suit Loses At 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit upheld a lower court's dismissal of a sex bias suit filed by employees of men's clothing retailer John Varvatos Enterprises Inc., ruling that the class of female workers hadn't shown inequitable conduct by the debtor's owners.

  • June 23, 2022

    Under Armour Wants Proof Antitrust Litigant Is A Competitor

    Athletic clothing maker Under Armour told a Pennsylvania federal court that a company suing it over alleged anti-competitive behavior in the bioceramic "recovery enhancing" apparel market must produce evidence that the plaintiff actually makes the clothing in question, not just one component of the fabric.

  • June 23, 2022

    White House, East Coast States Work To Boost Offshore Wind

    The Biden administration on Thursday announced a partnership with 11 East Coast governors to work through manufacturing, supply-chain and labor logistics in an effort to use offshore wind energy to power 10 million homes in the United States by 2030.

  • June 23, 2022

    Judge Hints Wawa Virus Case Fate Lies In NJ Appeals Rulings

    The future of Wawa Inc.'s amended complaint seeking coverage for coronavirus-related losses rests largely on recent state appellate rulings favoring insurers after a New Jersey state judge questioned Thursday why those victories for the opposition shouldn't dismantle its case.

  • June 23, 2022

    3rd Circ. Upholds Tossing Of Rutgers Sex Assault Case

    The Third Circuit has upheld Rutgers University's win in a lawsuit brought against it over two of its football players allegedly sexually assaulting a college freshman.

  • June 23, 2022

    Nursing Home Asks 3rd Circ. To Keep Virus Death Suit Federal

    A Pittsburgh-area nursing home asked the Third Circuit for a ruling that it was immune from claims it failed to contain a COVID-19 outbreak, or that claims from the family of a former housekeeper at least belonged in federal court.

  • June 22, 2022

    3rd Circ. Nixes Bid For Halliburton Docs In German Arbitration

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday tossed a bid by a German gas-storage company to get documents from Halliburton Co. since the German arbitration organization overseeing the underlying dispute was not a "foreign tribunal" and could not compel discovery under a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

  • June 22, 2022

    Carnival To Pay States $1.25M Over 2019 Data Breach

    Carnival Cruise Line has agreed to pay $1.25 million following an investigation into a 2019 data breach that affected 180,000 employees and customers, attorneys general for 45 states and the District of Columbia announced Wednesday.

  • June 22, 2022

    Bankruptcy Judge Skeptical Of Honeywell's Beef Over Forms

    A Pennsylvania bankruptcy judge on Wednesday appeared skeptical that a Honeywell subsidiary's asbestos injury settlement trust was mismanaging payouts by using uniform claim form language, questioning how many ways a person could say they were exposed to the harmful substance.

  • June 22, 2022

    Senior Home, Medical Pot User Resolve Suit Over Job Denial

    A medical cannabis user and an assisted living facility she said violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by yanking her job offer have agreed to end her lawsuit, according to a Wednesday filing in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • June 22, 2022

    Pittsburgh Says NTSB Inquiry Bars Bridge Record Release

    The city of Pittsburgh wants a court to throw out discovery requests from several drivers and passengers who were hurt in the January collapse of a bridge in the city's Frick Park, arguing in a brief that the information being sought was a part of the federal investigation and was therefore confidential.

  • June 22, 2022

    Hospital Can't Arbitrate Payment Fight After Loss, Union Says

    A Service Employees International Union affiliate and an SEIU pension fund asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to dismiss a Pittsburgh-area hospital's attempt to push a payment dispute to arbitration after having lost in court, saying the litigation should be thrown out entirely.

  • June 22, 2022

    Progressive Asks Court To Toss Trucking Co.'s Tort Claims

    A Progressive unit asked a Pennsylvania federal court to toss a trucking company's coverage dispute over a canceled policy, arguing that the company cannot demonstrate that it is entitled to any relief on its claims of fraud, failure to warn and promissory estoppel.

  • June 21, 2022

    3rd Circ. Rejects Immigration Ruling Over Pa. Eluding Law

    A Dominican man got a new chance to fight his deportation on Tuesday when the Third Circuit ruled that his felony conviction under Pennsylvania's fleeing and eluding law didn't necessarily amount to a crime of moral turpitude.

Expert Analysis

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    Now's The Time To Address Archaic Law School Curricula

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    With law school enrollments jumping significantly ahead of a potential recession and more students graduating than the market can absorb, law schools should turn to creative solutions to teach students how to negotiate, work with clients, specialize and use technology to practice their craft more efficiently, says University of Colorado adjunct professor Jason Mendelson.

  • State Natural Resource Damages Suits: What Cos. Must Know

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    With numerous states currently following New Jersey's lead in stepping up litigation seeking natural resource damages, defendants face unique challenges, and must consider unique approaches to case management to limit liability, says Matthew Conley at Archer.

  • Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

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    The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

  • LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Highlights Pass-Through Tax Issue

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    A Virginia bankruptcy court's recent ruling in the case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan shows there may be serious tax consequences for pass-through entity partners who give up their ownership interest without following operating agreement exit provisions and updating bankruptcy court filings, say Edward Schnitzer and Hannah Travaglini at Montgomery McCracken.

  • 8 Steps To Creating A Legal Ops Technology Road Map

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    Legal departments struggling to find and implement the right technologies for their operations should consider creating a road map that summarizes their approach to technology changes, provides clearly defined metrics for success, and serves as the single source of truth for stakeholders, says Melanie Shafer at SimpleLegal.

  • The Importance Of Data And Data Analysis In Litigation

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    Understanding, analyzing and effectively presenting large data sets is an increasingly important skill in litigation as it allows plaintiffs to dramatically scale up the scope of cases and is often critical to defeating motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, says David Burnett at Motley Rice.

  • Turnover Provision Ruling Is Warning For Junior Creditors

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    The recent Third Circuit decision in CoFund v. Hitachi serves as a useful reminder to junior and senior creditors as to how their dealings in an intercreditor arrangement may play out following a debtor's bankruptcy, and provides insight into the consequences a junior creditor may face after breaching a turnover provision, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • Steps Companies Can Take To Mitigate Privilege Labeling Risk

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    Although Google prevailed on a recent privilege labeling sanctions motion, an important takeaway from the decision is that companies should assess their in-house procedures and employee training programs regarding privileged communications to mitigate risks of the potential appearance of bad faith privilege claims, say Gareth Evans at Redgrave and e-discovery attorney James Hertsch.

  • What Litigation Funding Disclosure In Delaware May Look Like

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    A standing order issued by Delaware's chief federal judge requiring litigants to disclose whether their cases or defenses are being financed by third parties is unlikely to have onerous effects but may raise questions regarding potential conflicts of interest and access to justice, say Cayse Llorens and Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • Ch. 11 Trustee Fee Ruling Leaves Remedy Challenges

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision this week in Siegel v. Fitzgerald concerning quarterly fees payable by Chapter 11 debtors to fund the U.S. Trustee Program offloads the determination of remedies to the courts below, raising questions such as whether there is a sound legal basis for foisting fees onto North Carolina and Alabama, says Sasha Gurvitz at KTBS.

  • Key Legal And Regulatory Trends In Oil And Gas Transactions

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    Attorneys involved in oil and gas transactions must be aware of important legal and regulatory trends that have emerged recently, including issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing, climate change, pipeline tariffs and a resurgence of regulation under the Biden administration, say Justin Hoffman and Thomas Blackwell at Baker Botts.

  • How In-House Legal Leaders Can Drive Corporate Growth

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    Today, more executives are seeking legal leaders who are strategic, adaptable thinkers, making it essential that in-house counsel get out of their comfort zone of legal advice and take several steps to contribute toward revenue growth and raise their profile, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

  • Attorneys Should Tread Carefully On Job Counteroffers

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    Promises of more compensation to keep attorneys from leaving their jobs have become commonplace in today's hot job market, but lawyers should weigh their options carefully as accepting a counteroffer can negatively affect their reputation, says Leeron Molloy at VOYlegal.

  • Justices' Jurisdiction Ruling Could Increase Business Liability

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's forthcoming decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern could create a seismic shift in business litigation across the country by subjecting companies to personal jurisdiction in any state where they are merely registered to do business, say Amandra Cottrell and Jonathan Clark at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Series

    The Future Of Legal Ops: Time To Get Serious About Data

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    Most corporate legal departments collect surface-level data around their operations, such as costs and time to resolution, but legal leaders should explore more in-depth data gathering to assess how effective an attorney was, how efficiently legal work was performed, and more, says Andy Krebs at Intel.

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