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Pennsylvania

  • September 24, 2018

    Clerical Error Gives Pa. Kidney Cancer Suit Another Chance

    A Pennsylvania appeals court has overturned a win for Koppers Inc. and other companies accused of helping expose a man to toxic coal tar pitch in the workplace and giving him kidney cancer, saying Friday it appears that a failure in basic legal housekeeping after the plaintiff’s death may have invalidated a lower court’s order.

  • September 24, 2018

    Insurer Says It Needn't Cover Suits Over Fla. Bridge Collapse

    An insurer sued an engineering firm on Monday in Colorado federal court seeking a ruling that it does not have to provide coverage or defend the company in regard to four lawsuits over the deadly collapse in March of a pedestrian bridge it worked on near Miami.

  • September 24, 2018

    Philly UberBlack Drivers Aren't Employees, 3rd Circ. Told

    Uber told the Third Circuit on Monday that it doesn’t control the day-to-day operations of Philadelphia-based UberBlack limo drivers who own their own businesses, rebuking allegations that the ride-hailing company misclassified the drivers as independent contractors to dodge paying minimum and overtime wages.

  • September 24, 2018

    Pa. Camp Seeks To Bar Negligence Claims For Burst Appendix

    A Pennsylvania sleepaway camp wants a Harrisburg federal judge to preemptively bar a family from making a negligence claim against it after a boy’s ruptured appendix was wrongly diagnosed as a stomach flu.

  • September 24, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Chair Jami McKeon Re-Elected For 2nd Term

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP's partnership on Monday unanimously re-elected firm chair Jami McKeon, who in 2014 became the first female leader in the firm's 141-year history, for a second term.

  • September 24, 2018

    Jury Deadlock Ends Latest Philly Mesh Case

    The latest trial over alleged injuries from a Johnson & Johnson unit’s pelvic mesh products ended Monday as a Philadelphia jury deadlocked over whether negligence they agreed had been involved in the design of the implant had contributed to a woman’s chronic pain and left her largely unable to have sex.

  • September 24, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Pa. Principal's Discharge Suit

    The Third Circuit ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania public school principal voluntarily resigned from her job after being given an ultimatum following a drunk driving arrest, saying she didn't offer enough proof that she was illegally forced to quit.

  • September 24, 2018

    Arbitrator To Weigh Arbitration Clause In Pa. Age Bias Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused to dismiss a former sales representative’s age discrimination suit against J&M Windows Inc. but sent the case to arbitration, ruling that the validity of the arbitration agreement should be up to the arbitrator.

  • September 24, 2018

    Pa. Lacks Standing For ACA Birth Control Suit, 3rd Circ. Told

    The federal government on Friday told the Third Circuit that a Pennsylvania federal judge's temporary injunction halting a Trump administration policy expanding a religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act contraception mandate should be reversed because Pennsylvania has no standing in the matter and suffered no irreparable harm.

  • September 24, 2018

    3rd Circ. Revives FDCPA Suit Over IRS Reporting Language

    A statement in debt collection letters saying forgiveness of the debt may be reported to the IRS could constitute a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act because the debts in question were too small to be reported, the Third Circuit in a precedential opinion ruled on Monday in reviving a potential class action against Midland Credit Management Inc.

  • September 24, 2018

    Cosby Owes Quarter-Million In Fees, Schnader Harrison Says

    As a sentencing hearing in Pennsylvania court for Bill Cosby kicked off on Monday in the wake of his sexual assault conviction, the disgraced entertainer faces another legal challenge as his onetime attorneys with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP pursue what they say are more than a quarter-million dollars in unpaid legal fees.

  • September 24, 2018

    Chesapeake Energy Sued Over Marcellus Shale Contract

    A Houston-based natural gas company has accused Chesapeake Energy Corp. of “unilaterally” changing the terms of their agreement to share drilling rights for thousands of acres of reserves in Pennsylvania in a fight over new well locations.

  • September 24, 2018

    Grocers Want Egg Producers Kept In Price-Fixing Suit

    A group of supermarket chains on Friday urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to keep egg producers in multidistrict litigation for allegedly cutting supplies to jack up prices, invoking decades of antitrust law saying anyone impacted by price-fixing has standing to sue.

  • September 22, 2018

    Comcast Tops Fox With £29.7B Offer For Sky

    Comcast Corp. on Saturday emerged as the top offerer in an auction for Sky PLC with a £29.7 billion ($38.8 billion) offer, again besting 21st Century Fox and signaling an end to the bidding war over the British telecom. 

  • September 21, 2018

    June DHS Memo Can't Justify Ending DACA, 2nd Circ. Hears

    A coalition of states challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program urged the Second Circuit Thursday to uphold their equal protection and procedural claims, asserting that the government’s arguments to the contrary improperly rely on a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo.

  • September 21, 2018

    Former Rite Aid Ad Exec To Cop To $5.7M Kickback Scheme

    A former vice president for advertising at Rite Aid Inc. and one of the owners of an Atlanta-based marketing business have agreed to plead guilty to a $5.7 million kickback scheme, while the marketing business's co-owner told Law360 on Friday he will fight related charges.

  • September 21, 2018

    Fracking Co. Wins $1M In Contract Row With Gas Wells Owner

    A Pennsylvania federal jury on Thursday awarded fracking services company Stingray $1.65 million in damages for gas well owner EQT Production's breach of contract, although the jury found that both companies breached their arrangement and also awarded EQT $676,250 from Stingray.

  • September 21, 2018

    Consumer Seeks Full 3rd Circ. Redo Of Toxic Talc Ruling

    Alleging that the Third Circuit contradicted its own prior rulings and created a split with the Ninth Circuit by dismissing a Johnson & Johnson consumer’s proposed class action over talcum powder as “buyer’s remorse,” the customer’s attorneys on Friday asked for the full court to rehear the case.

  • September 21, 2018

    Pa. Panel Junks 11th Hour Privilege Waiver In Estate Fight

    An en banc Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a widow in an estate dispute engaged in an improper trial by ambush as she waived her attorney-client privilege, which she had previously asserted to shield communications between her husband and his attorney, as the case went before a jury.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Yukos Shareholders Widen Doc Bid In $50B Award Row

    Former OAO Yukos Oil Co. shareholders on Friday opened up another front in their bid for information to be used in a closely watched appeal in the Netherlands to revive $50 billion in arbitral awards against Russia, seeking permission to subpoena a former White & Case LLP partner who now lives in Pennsylvania.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Clearing Up Some Pipeline Permit Questions At 3rd Circ.

    Deidre Duncan

    Two recent decisions from the Third Circuit — Delaware Riverkeeper and Township of Bordentown — indicate that resolving questions related to state appeals of pipeline project permits will ultimately turn on the particulars of the state administrative process, say Deidre Duncan and Clare Ellis of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • 5 Big Changes To Pa. Contractor Payment Law

    Kenneth Cushing

    Pennsylvania's amended Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, which will apply to construction contracts entered into on or after Oct. 10, will provide downstream entities with robust protections to better ensure prompt payment for completed work, says Kenneth Cushing of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Clarifying The Scope Of Bankruptcy Code 3rd-Party Injunction

    Craig Goldblatt

    The Third Circuit’s decision last month in W.R. Grace contains valuable lessons for insurers on the benefits that can be obtained by a third-party injunction issued under Section 524(g)(4) of the Bankruptcy Code, say Craig Goldblatt and Nancy Manzer of WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.