Pennsylvania

  • April 25, 2018

    Enviros Take FERC Pa. Pipeline Approval Fight To DC Circ.

    The Delaware Riverkeeper Network on Tuesday urged the D.C. Circuit to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Kinder Morgan unit's $144 million pipeline project in Pennsylvania, which the green group claims was based on a flawed environmental analysis.

  • April 24, 2018

    Attys Say Fraud Claims Just Cover For Delays In NFL Deal

    A group of four law firms representing players in the landmark $1 billion NFL concussion settlement has stepped up attacks against the program’s claims administrator, accusing it of a “Machiavellian strategy” to delay desperately needed payouts for players by “falsely accusing” the attorneys of fraud.

  • April 24, 2018

    MarkWest Strikes Deal With EPA, Pa. Over Alleged Emissions

    MarkWest Liberty Midstream Resources LLC will pay a $610,000 civil penalty, spend $2.6 million on minimizing emissions from its facilities and take on environmentally beneficial projects worth $2.4 million to settle claims it flouted air pollution laws, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    UPenn Pensioners Fight Inclusion Of Outside Groups' Briefs

    A proposed class of University of Pennsylvania employee retirement plan participants alleging the plan was mismanaged told the Third Circuit on Monday that several amicus briefs submitted by outside groups should not be accepted because they give the defendants an unfair word-count advantage.

  • April 24, 2018

    3rd Circ. Says Nuns Can Intervene In ACA Birth Control Row

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday said a group of Roman Catholic nuns can intervene in Pennsylvania’s suit aimed at blocking the Trump administration’s rules dialing back the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate through religious or moral exemptions for employers.

  • April 24, 2018

    3rd Circ. Affirms $5M Taxes, Property Sale For Pa. Family

    A Third Circuit panel Tuesday upheld almost $5 million in tax liabilities and an order of sale on properties against a Pennsylvania family, discounting their appellate arguments and finding they filed an untimely appeal against the district court’s order denying relief.  

  • April 24, 2018

    Eyedrops Ruling Invites 'Abusive' Suits, High Court Hears

    Top business groups on Monday implored the U.S. Supreme Court to examine a Third Circuit ruling that let consumers continue suing drugmakers over allegedly oversize eyedrops, warning that the ruling invites “a new wave of abusive, no-injury class action litigation.”

  • April 24, 2018

    GWB Closures Weren't Criminal, 3rd Circ. Told

    The former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie associates sentenced to prison for orchestrating a retaliatory traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge urged the Third Circuit to overturn their convictions, arguing Tuesday that "bad" political decisions, not criminal misuse of property, were behind the lane closures.

  • April 24, 2018

    LabMD Says Judge Biased, Must Recuse In Tiversa Suit

    LabMD said Monday in a defamation suit against Tiversa, which allegedly made false claims about it to the Federal Trade Commission, that the magistrate judge handling the case is biased because she has consistently ruled against it and in favor of the cybersecurity firm, requiring a recusal.

  • April 24, 2018

    Aspire Universal Unveils $300M Precision Medicine Fund

    Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based private equity and venture capital firm Aspire Universal on Tuesday said it had launched a $300 million fund aimed at speeding up investment, testing and approval for startups and existing ventures focused on precision medicine.

  • April 24, 2018

    Ballard Can't Arbitrate IP Malpractice Suit, Judge Told

    A medical supply company is urging a Pennsylvania state judge to find that its arbitration agreement with Lindquist & Vennum LLP, which was acquired by Ballard Spahr LLP last year, did not bar it from pursuing malpractice claims over allegedly bad legal advice about its ability to rent out patented laser technology.

  • April 23, 2018

    Pa. Judge Gives OK To Tear Down 19th-Century Buildings

    A state judge cleared the way Friday for the demolition of a series of Philadelphia properties with rich histories if not protected historic status, as the court shot down a local preservation group’s many arguments for why the properties’ owner should not have been granted permits to proceed with redevelopment.

  • April 23, 2018

    Pa. Judge Scolds Gov't For Denying Benefits To Gay Widower

    A Pennsylvania federal judge reprimanded the Social Security Administration for refusing to recognize one of the state’s same-sex common law marriages, ordering Monday that the government pay a widower's costs and fees because it “spent months searching for reasons to deny him benefits based on that marriage.”

  • April 23, 2018

    Pa. ER Doc's Trial Win Affirmed In Patient Death Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court affirmed Monday a jury’s verdict in favor of an emergency room physician in a suit alleging negligent treatment of a teen suffering from shortness of breath who later died, saying a third amended complaint added new causes of action properly excluded by the trial judge.

  • April 23, 2018

    FirstEnergy Reaches Deal With Creditors In Ch. 11 Cases

    FirstEnergy Corp. announced Monday that it has reached a settlement agreement with two groups of “key creditors” in the Chapter 11 cases for its bankrupt power-generating subsidiaries that would fully release the parent company from bankruptcy claims and help facilitate final resolution of the cases.

  • April 23, 2018

    Philly Law Firm Pursues ID Of Negative Glassdoor Poster

    Philadelphia-based Petrelli Previtera Schimmel LLC began a formal quest Friday to identify an anonymous individual who made allegedly defamatory comments about the firm and its managing partner on the employer review site Glassdoor.

  • April 23, 2018

    MLBers Say Al Jazeera Won't Hand Over Info In Libel Suit

    Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard made another swing for financial records showing how much money Al Jazeera invested in a controversial 2015 documentary accusing them of using performance-enhancing drugs, saying on Friday the documents will help their defamation case by showing the media company's drive for profits outweighed their journalistic ethics.

  • April 23, 2018

    Hangley Aronchick Gets Nearly $1M In Pa. Gerrymander Fees

    Even after racking up close to $1 million in legal bills from Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller in court challenges over Pennsylvania’s congressional map, the state’s Democratic governor didn’t come near the nearly $3 million spent by Republican legislative leaders on the litigation.

  • April 23, 2018

    Shell Unit Can't Duck Class Action Over Pa. Lease Bonuses

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday sided with landowners in a class action alleging a Royal Dutch Shell unit failed to pay them contractually obligated bonuses on oil and gas leases, saying the documents exchanged between the company and landowners in brokering the leases constituted an enforceable contract.

  • April 23, 2018

    Alleged Atty Conflict Not Enough To Doom Biofuel Indictment

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused Friday to throw out a criminal fraud case against a former biofuel company executive who had alleged the government was aware his attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP had a conflict of interest but did not intervene.

Expert Analysis

  • State Electric Generator Subsidies Challenge FERC Markets

    Richard Drom

    In recent weeks, regional transmission organizations have attempted to amend their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tariffs to protect their energy and capacity markets from state subsidies for certain types of power generation. Such subsidies challenge FERC’s authority to effectively operate competitive wholesale markets, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Big Changes Ahead For Renewable Fuel Standard

    Joel Beauvais

    The Renewable Fuel Standard has been the center of sustained policy discussion and resulting uncertainty during the first year of the Trump administration. Joel Beauvais and Steven Croley of Latham & Watkins LLP analyze recent developments with a focus on the legal framework and implications for the RFS program.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Trespass By Fracking: Pennsylvania Court Weighs In

    L. Poe Leggette

    Reversing a lower court's motion for summary judgment, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently held that trespass and conversion claims arising from a hydraulic fracturing operation are not precluded by the rule of capture. The case raises unsettling questions for oil and gas operators, say L. Poe Leggette and Jasper Mason of BakerHostetler.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • The Latest Defeat Of Trump's 'Sanctuary' City Policies

    Jeffrey Gorsky

    Based on a California federal judge's recent decision in City of Los Angeles v. Sessions, prohibiting the U.S. Department of Justice from using a locality’s cooperation on immigration enforcement to determine eligibility for grants, it appears the Trump administration’s "sanctuary" city initiatives are likely to remain tied up in or blocked by litigation, says Jeffrey Gorsky of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.