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Pennsylvania

  • October 17, 2018

    Pa. Justices Let Philly Area Taxi Drivers Dodge City Rules

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Wednesday that a string of taxicab regulations handed down by the Philadelphia Parking Authority should not apply to vehicles operating across city borders under the jurisdiction of both the PPA and the state's Public Utility Commission.

  • October 17, 2018

    3rd Circ. Denies New Immigration Hearing For Putin Critic

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday denied a Russian native’s petition for a new bond hearing in his ongoing immigration detention case as he awaits possible deportation to potentially face criminal fraud charges in Russia that he contends were filed in retaliation for his political opposition to President Vladimir Putin.

  • October 17, 2018

    FTC On Ropes As Courts Wallop Suits Over Past Conduct

    The Federal Trade Commission's power to punish past conduct involving consumer fraud or anti-competitive shenanigans is looking wobbly after a one-two punch of court decisions forcing the agency to also identify imminent or ongoing violations when it challenges prior behavior.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting? (This article is part of a series examining gender gaps at the high court.)

  • October 17, 2018

    J&J Wants $20M Pa. Mesh Award Axed Over Alleged Time Bar

    A $20.2 million verdict against a Johnson & Johnson unit in a pelvic mesh injury case came under fire on Wednesday as a Pennsylvania appeals court heard arguments that the lawsuit that led to the award had been filed outside of the two-year statute of limitations.

  • October 17, 2018

    20 Drugmakers Must Face Generic Price-Fixing MDL

    A Pennsylvania federal court has greenlighted the first round of multidistrict litigation accusing more than 20 generic-drug makers of conspiring to fix their prices, excusing only Teligent Inc. from the antitrust litigation.

  • October 17, 2018

    Pa. Justices Revive Suit Over Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously revived a woman’s Lyme disease misdiagnosis suit, saying a jury should decide whether the woman could have known she had the disease despite four negative results and an inability to afford a more sophisticated diagnostic test.

  • October 17, 2018

    Ex-Ernst & Young Manager Must Arbitrate Bias Claims

    A former Ernst & Young manager who said the firm violated federal and state discrimination laws by firing him after he sought leave following the birth of his child must pursue his claims in arbitration, not court, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled.

  • October 17, 2018

    Pa. Rehab Sues Insurer Over Third-Party Drug Test Payments

    A Pittsburgh drug and alcohol rehabilitation center sued UPMC Health Plan in a Pennsylvania state court Wednesday after the insurance arm of the hospital system tried to make the center repay money it was allegedly overcharged by a third-party drug testing service then complained to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office that the rehab was committing insurance fraud.

  • October 17, 2018

    NFL Says Hernandez's Family Can't Remand Concussion Case

    Counsel for Aaron Hernandez’s daughter and the NFL traded barbs Tuesday over whether her suit — which alleges the league contributed to the debilitating brain damage that led to her father’s violent death by lying about the dangers of concussions for decades — belongs in Pennsylvania federal court or Massachusetts state court.

  • October 17, 2018

    Pa. Exceeded Legal Authority With Fracking Rules, Panel Told

    Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection overstepped its regulatory authority by imposing rules on hydraulic fracturing that went beyond what the state allowed in its oil and gas law, an attorney for the Marcellus Shale Coalition argued before the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

  • October 16, 2018

    Pa. Justices Snub Preemption Fight Over Actiq Labeling

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Tuesday it would not take up an appeal of a decision upholding federal law preemption of claims that improper marketing of Cephalon Inc.’s opiate painkiller “lollipop” Actiq led a plaintiff into addiction and death. 

  • October 16, 2018

    Pa. High Court To Mull Insurer-Ordered Medical Exams

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to address a federal appeals court’s question over whether insurance companies can force their policyholders to submit to medical examination by insurer-selected physicians when seeking medical benefits under their policies.

  • October 16, 2018

    Attys Get $4.3M In Fees In $17M HIV Disclosure Settlement

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has granted final approval to Aetna Inc.’s $17 million deal to settle claims the managed health care giant wrongly disclosed patients’ HIV-related information and also awarded more than $4.3 million in fees and cost reimbursements for the patients’ attorneys.

  • October 16, 2018

    Trevena Investors Sue Over Stock Drop Tied To Drug Trials

    Shareholders filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Trevena Inc. in Pennsylvania federal court Monday, alleging that the company and its officers misled investors about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s prospects for approving the company’s morphine alternative.

  • October 16, 2018

    Class Aims For Cert. In Wyndham Hidden Resort Fees Suit

    A consumer suing two Wyndham companies for allegedly sneaking hidden “resort fees” into the cost of hotel rooms asked a Pennsylvania federal court for class certification, arguing that the class faces common questions of law and certification is the best way to move the suit forward. 

  • October 16, 2018

    Philly UberBlack Drivers Press 3rd Circ. For Employee Status

    Philadelphia-based Uber limo drivers told the Third Circuit on Monday that they're similar to migrant workers who are compensated at the whim of an economically dominant entity, meaning they should be recognized as employees entitled to proper wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 16, 2018

    EPA Missing Deadlines On SO2 Enforcement, Enviros Say

    A trio of environmental groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying it failed to take action on state plans to reduce sulfur dioxide pollution to levels that would comply with National Ambient Air Quality Standards set in 2010.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

Expert Analysis

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • State Tax Codes Can Help Mitigate Poverty

    Misha Hill

    There are several tools at the disposal of state policymakers — particularly within their state tax codes — to help alleviate some of the financial pressure families face when living at or near the poverty level, say Aidan Davis and Misha Hill of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Opinion

    Gov't Brief In Fosamax Makes Strong Case For Reversal

    Stephen McConnell

    After agreeing to review the Third Circuit's 2016 ruling in the Fosamax product liability litigation during the current term, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the federal government to file an amicus brief. A review of the compelling arguments laid out in the brief strongly suggests that this problematic decision will be reversed by the high court, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.