Pennsylvania

  • March 15, 2024

    Ex-Philly AFSCME Council Prez Wants Election Bar Reversed

    A former American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees leader who faced charges that he skirted hiring rules wants a Pennsylvania federal court to find that a hearing officer overstepped his authority when he removed him from office and banned him from running for reelection last month.

  • March 15, 2024

    White House Stands By 3rd Circ. Nominee Amid GOP Attacks

    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday urged the Senate to confirm Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim federal appellate judge, amid widespread criticism from Republicans and a report that the votes might not be there to secure confirmation.

  • March 14, 2024

    Foul-Language Row Met With Fowl Metaphors In Court Showdown

    An attorney for Welch Foods hatched a flock of duck-related metaphors Thursday during an oral argument over whether a male ex-worker's vulgar comments to a female coworker amounted to sexual harassment, and if an arbitrator had been wrong to reinstate the ex-worker despite the facts before her.

  • March 14, 2024

    Verizon Sues Pa. Town Over Cell Tower Permit Denial

    Verizon Wirless is suing a small Pennsylvania borough for rejecting its application to install a 105-foot monopole and equipment compound near the town's center, saying the denial will inhibit Verizon from closing a wireless coverage gap and violates the Communications Act of 1934.

  • March 14, 2024

    Publisher Must Face Privacy Claims Over Meta Pixel Tool

    An Ohio federal judge has ruled that the publisher of The Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette can't duck a proposed privacy class action alleging that the newspapers shared the video-viewing history of their website users with Facebook's parent company, Meta Platforms Inc., without their permission.

  • March 14, 2024

    Most States Fall Short In Disclosing Justices' Finance Reports

    The vast majority of state supreme courts make it exceedingly difficult for the public to get information about justices' financial entanglements, and the information they do give out is often scant at best, according to a report released Thursday.

  • March 14, 2024

    Health Co. Says Future Harm Risk Falls Short In Breach Suit

    New Jersey healthcare provider Capital Health System urged a Garden State federal judge on Wednesday to toss a proposed class action seeking damages as a result of a 2023 data breach, arguing that the plaintiffs failed to allege their personal identifying information was actually misused.

  • March 14, 2024

    In 3rd Win, Sig Sauer Beats ICE Agent's Defective-Gun Suit

    Sig Sauer has defeated a third product liability lawsuit from a user who claimed its P320 pistol spontaneously discharged, injuring him without the trigger being touched, convincing another federal judge that the plaintiff's expert witness testimony should be disqualified.

  • March 14, 2024

    Drug Wholesalers Want Preliminary OK On $265M Sandoz Deal

    A group of direct purchasers of generic drugs has asked a Pennsylvania federal court for approval of a $265 million settlement with Swiss drugmaker Sandoz over allegations of federal antitrust violations.

  • March 14, 2024

    Biden Comes Out Against $14.9B US Steel-Nippon Merger

    President Joe Biden came out in opposition of U.S. Steel's planned $14.9 billion merger with Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. on Thursday, echoing lawmakers who have expressed concerns about the sale of an American institution to a foreign power. 

  • March 13, 2024

    PNC Bank Can't Get $106M Judgment Covered By Insurers

    PNC Bank NA is not entitled to coverage by a group of excess insurers for a $106 million judgment it incurred in an underlying lawsuit alleging the bank's predecessor mismanaged funeral trust accounts, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying the policies' exclusions bar coverage in this case.

  • March 13, 2024

    Pa. Energy Co. Workers Secure Class Status In 401(k) Suit

    Current and former employees of a Pennsylvania energy company were granted class status Wednesday in their suit alleging the business loaded its employee retirement plans with expensive, underperforming investment options for years, after a federal judge ruled the company couldn't escape the suit.

  • March 13, 2024

    Ex-Agent Drops 'Toxic' Claims Against Insurer At Arbitration

    A former employee of a Pittsburgh-area insurance agency dropped her claims against her ex-employer the night before the case was scheduled to go to arbitration, and the insurer asked a federal court Wednesday to affirm the arbitrators' ruling dismissing the suit.

  • March 13, 2024

    Dodging Attempt Doesn't Invalidate Service, 3rd Circ. Told

    A consulting firm suing a construction company for failing to pay for its services related to a separate lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs told a Third Circuit panel Wednesday that it served process to the defendant, in spite of the principal's alleged attempts to dodge service.

  • March 13, 2024

    BigLaw Paper Poacher Gets 15 Mos. In Merck Insider Case

    A Manhattan federal judge hit a former FBI trainee from Pennsylvania with a 15-month prison sentence Wednesday for illegally trading on a Merck & Co. deal using secrets gleaned from legal papers in the possession of his BigLaw ex-girlfriend.

  • March 13, 2024

    FERC Can't Change Power Auction Results, 3rd Circ. Rules

    The Third Circuit has wiped out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's tweak to the results of an electricity capacity auction run by the nation's largest regional grid operator, saying it amounted to retroactive rate-making in violation of the filed-rate doctrine.

  • March 13, 2024

    Tesla Investors Weigh In On $5B Fee Proposed For Class Attys

    Tesla Inc. stockholders are sounding off to Delaware's chancellor after class attorneys sought a stock-based fee potentially worth more than $5 billion at current share prices following the Court of Chancery's reversal of Elon Musk's $55.8 billion stock-based pay plan on Jan. 30.

  • March 12, 2024

    Pa. Justices Will Review $250K Bus Injury Damage Cap

    Pennsylvania's Supreme Court will consider undoing a $250,000 statutory damages limit for vehicle accident cases against state agencies, heeding the call of an appellate judge who said the cap in a suit brought by a woman who lost part of her foot to a bus needed review.

  • March 12, 2024

    MV Realty Says NC AG Is Working For Real Estate Industry

    Embattled Florida-based real estate company MV Realty told the North Carolina Supreme Court the state's attorney general is "wielding the power of the state under the guise of consumer protection" to shut down the business at the behest of "entrenched real estate brokerage interests."

  • March 12, 2024

    Roberto Clemente's Family Appeals Puerto Rico TM Loss

    The family of the late MLB Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente is asking the First Circuit to revive trademark claims against Puerto Rico for the unauthorized use of the former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder's image on license plates and vehicle registrations.

  • March 12, 2024

    NTSB Slams Order To Allow Hands-On Train Parts Inspection

    The National Transportation Safety Board objected to a federal magistrate judge's order compelling it to let a rail car leasing firm and a chemical company physically inspect parts of the Norfolk Southern train that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, last year, arguing its own investigation could be harmed.

  • March 12, 2024

    Atty Chided For Gun Confiscation Bid In Trump Defamation Row

    A Philadelphia attorney handling a Pennsylvania election worker's defamation case against Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and two Delaware County poll watchers improperly couched a bid to confiscate the poll watchers' guns, among other things, as a discovery motion, a state judge ruled Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Pa. Property Owner Knocks Insurer's Early Win Bid

    A Pennsylvania property owner urged a federal court to reject its insurer's bid for a pretrial win, arguing that a vacancy provision in its policy is ambiguous and does not preclude coverage of the $5 million in damages it seeks following a warehouse break-in.

  • March 12, 2024

    Philly Firm Says 'Education Lawyers' TM Is Incontestable

    A Philadelphia law firm says its use of "The Education Lawyers" to market its service is an incontestable trademark, rendering a rival's challenge completely groundless, according to a motion to dismiss filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • March 12, 2024

    Head Of Rutgers Race Justice Program Defends 3rd Circ. Nom

    The director of a Rutgers University program that has drawn controversy amid a confirmation battle for a Third Circuit seat said Tuesday that she is "disappointed though not surprised" by the attacks on nominee Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed.

Expert Analysis

  • Employers Should Review Training Repayment Tactics

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    State and federal examination of employee training repayment agreements has intensified, and with the potential for this tool to soon be severely limited, employers should review their options, including pivoting to other retention strategies, says Aaron Vance at Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Opinion

    Courts Shouldn't Credit Allegations From Short-Seller Reports

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    Securities class actions against public companies can extend for years and lead to significant settlements, so courts should not allow such cases with allegations wholly reliant on reports by short-sellers, who have an economic interest in seeing a company's stock price decline, to proceed past the motion to dismiss stage, says Richard Zelichov at DLA Piper.

  • Handling Religious Objections To Abortion-Related Job Duties

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    While health care and pharmacy employee religious exemption requests concerning abortion-related procedures or drugs are not new, recent cases demonstrate why employer accommodation considerations should factor in the Title VII standard set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2023 Groff v. DeJoy ruling, as well as applicable federal, state and local laws, say attorneys at Epstein Becker.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • The Growing Need For FLSA Private Settlement Rule Clarity

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    A Pennsylvania district court's recent ruling in Walker v. Marathon Petroleum echoes an interesting and growing trend of jurists questioning the need for — and legality of — judicial approval of private Fair Labor Standards Act settlements, which provides more options for parties to efficiently resolve their claims, says Rachael Coe at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Compliance Primer: Foreign Investment In US Real Property

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    The rise in foreign investment in U.S. real property, especially agricultural land, has led to increased national security concerns, meaning it’s important to understand reporting requirements under the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act and state-level statutes, and to monitor legislative proposals that could create more stringent reporting and review processes, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • 3 Personal Jurisdiction Questions Mallory Leaves Unanswered

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    The due process framework that has cabined personal jurisdiction over nationwide and global businesses for the last eight decades looks increasingly precarious after this summer's fractured U.S. Supreme Court decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co., which left three key questions unanswered, says Andrew Rhys Davies at WilmerHale.

  • Pa. Autodialer Decision Has Turned TCPA Tides In 3rd Circ.

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    Amid a daunting post-Facebook v. Duguid landscape in the Third Circuit for Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendants, a Pennsylvania district court recently adopted a narrow automatic telephone dialing system definition in Perrong v. Bradford, which is a win for defense counsel, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Why Standing Analysis Is Key In Data Breach Mediation

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    Amid a growing wave of data breach class action litigation, recent legal developments show shifting criteria for Article III standing based on an increased risk of future identity theft, meaning parties must integrate assessments of standing into mediation discussions to substantiate their settlement demands in data breach class actions, says Abe Melamed at Signature Resolution.

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