Pennsylvania

  • January 24, 2024

    Black Nurse Aide Can't Press Race Bias Suit, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia won't have to face a race bias suit from a former nursing aide, the Third Circuit ruled, concluding that she failed to show that she was fired because she's Black and not because of the dozen disciplinary warnings she'd received.

  • January 23, 2024

    3 Generic-Drug Cos. Reach Settlements In Price-Fixing MDL

    Generic-drug makers Apotex Corp., Heritage Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and Breckenridge Pharmaceutical Inc. have each agreed to shell out a combined $45 million to settle allegations they colluded to fix the prices of many medications, according to a trio of motions filed Tuesday in multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 23, 2024

    $57M Morocco Hotel Award Can't Be Enforced, 3rd Circ. Hears

    An investment firm urged the Third Circuit on Monday not to force it to pay a $57 million arbitral award issued against its former subsidiary following a dispute over a mismanaged luxury hotel, saying the suit is an act of desperation by a hotel owner with nowhere else to turn.

  • January 23, 2024

    UPenn's Retrial Bid Is Denied In $183M Birth Injury Case

    A Philadelphia judge said Tuesday that she won't grant a new trial to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after it was hit with a $183 million medical malpractice verdict, saying the jury rightfully found that the healthcare professionals didn't act correctly and that the hospital is liable.

  • January 23, 2024

    Philly Roundup Judge Locks Horns With Attys Over Witness

    Philadelphia's Roundup trial lived up to the product's name Tuesday as the judge tried to wrangle runaway questioning and hair-trigger attorneys, with Monsanto's witness finding himself the center of attention.

  • January 23, 2024

    College Wants 9th Circ. Opinion In $1.5M Fraud Coverage Spat

    A for-profit college that settled with the U.S. government after being accused of stealing money meant to fund veterans' education asked the Ninth Circuit to weigh in after a California federal court said its insurer didn't have to cover nearly $1.5 million in connected investigation defense costs.

  • January 23, 2024

    ​​​​​​​'Two-Step' Bankruptcies Abuse Law, AGs Tell Justices

    Attorneys general from 24 states and the District of Columbia told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that divisional mergers that manufacture jurisdiction for bankruptcy purposes shouldn't be allowed, writing in an amicus brief that Georgia-Pacific asbestos unit Bestwall employed the tactic to shield the parent from liability.

  • January 23, 2024

    Ballard Spahr Privacy Team Co-Leader Jumps To Blank Rome

    Blank Rome LLP announced Tuesday it had hired the co-leader of Ballard Spahr LLP's privacy and data security group to take on a similar leadership role in its Philadelphia office. 

  • January 23, 2024

    Pa. Court Can't Help School District Pursue $1.2M In Taxes

    A Pennsylvania school district cannot seek a declaratory judgment to make a commercial property pay $1.2 million in additional taxes because the district had a statutory remedy to the situation that it did not pursue, the state Commonwealth Court ruled Tuesday.

  • January 23, 2024

    Pa. DA Sues Over Federal Gun Ban For Medical Pot Patients

    The district attorney for Warren County, Pennsylvania, joined a gun rights group in suing the federal government to overturn laws barring medical cannabis patients from buying or owning guns, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 22, 2024

    Feds Seek 2-Plus Years For 'Brazen' Philly Cheesesteak Duo

    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia has asked a federal judge to impose a minimum prison sentence of three years on a father and two years on his son, after they admitted to running an $8 million tax-avoidance scheme at their iconic Tony Luke's cheesesteak shop in South Philly.

  • January 22, 2024

    1st Circ. Revives Mexico's Suit Against US Gun Cos.

    The First Circuit on Monday revived a suit by Mexico seeking to hold Smith & Wesson and other gunmakers responsible for thousands of weapons trafficked south of the border, finding that an exception to the broad protections enjoyed by gun manufacturers allows the suit to proceed.

  • January 22, 2024

    Pa. Developer's Heirs Beat Atty Fee Award In Charity Dispute

    A Pennsylvania state appellate court has concluded that state law bars awarding $500,000 in attorney fees against several family members of Pittsburgh real estate developer Jack Buncher in their legal battle against his foundation over claims that the relatives were improperly barred from deciding where millions of dollars in donations went, overturning a lower court ruling.

  • January 22, 2024

    Judge Tosses Fired Doctor's False-Claims Suit Over Airlifts

    A federal judge has rejected a neurologist's claims that his former hospital in Delaware defrauded the federal government by transferring stroke patients to Philadelphia-based Jefferson Healthcare System via helicopter, finding the suit didn't provide the billing details necessary to make such transfers a violation of Medicare regulations.

  • January 22, 2024

    Ex-CVS Worker Wants 3rd Circ. To Ax 'Painful' Ruling

    A former CVS store manager told the Third Circuit on Monday it should undo a New Jersey federal judge's decision sending her sex bias claims to arbitration because that lower court ruling was built on "painful legal contortions" that misapplied the law and governing precedent.

  • January 22, 2024

    Chemical Co. Scores Midtrial Escape In Philly Roundup Suit

    A Philadelphia judge on Monday released Nouryon Chemicals LLC and its related entities from a Pennsylvania man's lawsuit claiming the producers of the popular weed killer Roundup used cancer-causing ingredients for it, leaving Bayer AG unit Monsanto as the sole defendant for the rest of the trial.

  • January 22, 2024

    Moderna Wants UPenn Biochemist's Emails In Vax IP Dispute

    Moderna has asked a federal judge to order a University of Pennsylvania biochemist to turn over a set of emails and documents that could be relevant to an underlying COVID vaccine-related patent dispute with rival biotech giants Pfizer and BioNTech.

  • January 22, 2024

    Cancer-Focused Arrivent Biopharma Eyes $150M IPO

    Lung cancer-focused Arrivent Biopharma Inc. set a price range for its planned initial public offering Monday, saying it plans to offer 8.3 million shares at a price range of $17 to $19, meaning it could raise an estimated $150 million through its IPO.

  • January 22, 2024

    Energy Co. Seeks Win In Investors' $3B Pipeline Project Suit

    Energy Transfer has asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to grant it a win in a class action alleging it misled investors about its $3 billion Mariner East 2 and Revolution pipeline projects, arguing the investors failed to allege any material misstatements or connect them to a stock price drop, among other things.

  • January 22, 2024

    Pa. Hospital Keeps Win In Physical Therapy Malpractice Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals panel has sided with St. Luke's Hospital-Bethlehem in a suit alleging its staff injured a patient during physical therapy, saying the plaintiff's deposition testimony is inconsistent with his own allegations.

  • January 22, 2024

    Mall REIT's Ch. 11 Plan OK'd Without Creditor Claims Releases

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday approved Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust's plan to swap $727 million in debt for equity after stripping out the release of unimpaired creditors' claims against nondebtor third parties.

  • January 22, 2024

    Lewis Brisbois Faces DQ Bid In Scooter Injury Suit

    The plaintiffs in a lawsuit over a defunct scooter-sharing service in Pittsburgh want to disqualify Lewis Brisbois from representing scooter maker Segway in the suit because the firm is also seeking to represent service operator Spin in its parent company's bankruptcy proceedings in Florida.

  • January 22, 2024

    Feds, States To Split Argument Time For EPA Smog Plan

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to split the argument time in four related cases challenging whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can implement a plan to reduce cross-state pollution, giving the U.S. solicitor general's office 20 minutes to argue on behalf of the EPA.

  • January 22, 2024

    Justices Won't Review $13M Well Damage Coverage Denial

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a Third Circuit finding that a well services company cannot tap into $13 million in insurance coverage for damages to hydraulic fracturing wells caused by use of the wrong mix of fracking fluid.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Expert Analysis

  • Checking In On How SuperValu Has Altered FCA Litigation

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    Four months after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. ex rel. Chutte v. SuperValu, the decision's reach may be more limited than initially anticipated, with the expansion of the scienter standard counterbalanced by some potential defense tools for defendants, say Elena Quattrone and Olivia Plinio at Epstein Becker.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • What FERC-PJM Negotiations Mean For The Energy Industry

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    Following the aftermath of Winter Storm Elliot, disputes associated with the PJM Interconnection settlement negotiations taking place at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have brought to the fore a potential legal minefield arising out of extreme weather events that could lead to commercial risks for power generating companies, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Bracing For Rising Cyber-Related False Claims Act Scrutiny

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    Two recent cyber-related False Claims Act cases illustrate the vulnerability of government contractors, including universities, obliged to self-attest compliance with multiple controls, signal the importance of accurate internal controls and underline the benefits of self-disclosure, say Townsend Bourne and Nikole Snyder at Sheppard Mullin.

  • A Cautionary Tale Of Flawed Debt Accounting And SEC Fines

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent improper-accounting charges against Malvern Bancorp and its ex-CFO highlight crucial practice issues, including the need to objectively evaluate borrowers' credit, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Minn. Product Case Highlights Challenges Of Misuse Defense

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    The recent decision by a Minnesota federal court in McDougall v. CRC Industries illustrates that even where a product that is clearly being misused results in personal injuries, manufacturers cannot necessarily rely on the misuse defense to absolve them of liability exposure, says Timothy Freeman at Tanenbaum Keale.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Self-Disclosure Lessons From Exemplary Corp. Resolutions

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    With scant examples of corporate resolutions in the wake of U.S. Department of Justice self-disclosure policy changes last fall, companies may glean helpful insights from three recent declination letters, as well as other governmental self-reporting regimes, say Lindsey Collins and Kate Rumsey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Post-Mallory, Calif. Personal Jurisdiction Unlikely To Expand

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway decision, affirming that registration to do business in Pennsylvania means consenting to be sued in that state's courts, could prompt other states to experiment with similar laws — but such efforts would likely fail in California, say Virginia Milstead and Raza Rasheed at Skadden.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Employer Defenses After High Court Religious Bias Decision

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    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Groff v. DeJoy — which raised the bar for proving that a worker’s religious accommodation presents an undue hardship — employers can enlist other defense strategies, including grounds that an employee's belief is nonsectarian, say Kevin Jackson and Jack FitzGerald at Foley & Lardner.

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