Pennsylvania

  • January 29, 2024

    Protein Bar Co.'s Insurer Says Supplier Ruined $3M In Product

    An insurer for a Pittsburgh-based protein-bar maker said the company lost $3 million due to plastic and paper contaminants found in collagen supplied by a Michigan-based company, according to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court Friday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Pa. High Court Revives Challenge To Medicaid Abortion Ban

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday revived an abortion provider challenge to a ban on Medicaid funding for abortions, with two justices voicing support for concluding that the state constitution includes a right to an abortion.

  • January 29, 2024

    Judge Sidelines Early Release Bid By Disbarred NJ Atty

    A New Jersey federal judge has rejected a former attorney's bid to shorten his four-year sentence for wire fraud in order to care for his elderly mother, ruling that he wasn't able to show that his mother is incapacitated or that he is the only available caregiver.

  • January 26, 2024

    US Steel Inks Deal To End Enviro Groups' Pollution Suit

    U.S. Steel announced Friday that it reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with two Pennsylvania environmental groups and a county health department, ending litigation alleging violations of air pollution standards stemming from a 2018 fire and subsequent pollution control system breakdowns at company plants.

  • January 26, 2024

    Unpaid Royalties Not Ch. 11 Estate Property, 3rd Circ. Says

    Underpaid royalties on natural gas from leased land are property of the landowners under Colorado law, the Third Circuit has ruled, overturning a Delaware bankruptcy court's finding that the disputed funds belonged to the Chapter 11 estate of a former drilling company.

  • January 26, 2024

    Pa. Judge OKs Stream TV Ch. 11 Trustee, Del. Debt Action

    A Pennsylvania bankruptcy judge has ordered a trustee to take over the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of 3D television maker Stream TV Networks and subsidiary Technovative Inc., while also allowing a Delaware Chancery Court case seeking to establish control of Technovative to go forward.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Panel Backs AG's Power To Nix Claims In $26B Opioid Deal 

    Pennsylvania's attorney general had the authority to join a $26 billion, multistate settlement with opioid companies and shut down consumer protection lawsuits brought by two district attorneys, a state appellate court ruled Friday, handing a first-impression defeat to local prosecutors challenging the attorney general's authority to release their claims in the blockbuster litigation.

  • January 26, 2024

    Monsanto Hit With $2.25B Verdict In Philly Roundup Trial

    A Philadelphia jury on Friday hit the makers of weedkiller Roundup with an astronomical $2 billion punitive damages verdict, along with $250 million in compensatory damages, in a case brought by a Pennsylvania man who claimed Monsanto failed to warn users that the product contained carcinogenic chemicals and contributed to his development of cancer.

  • January 26, 2024

    Schools, Towns Can't Show Feasible Alternative, Turf Co. Says

    A synthetic turf maker asked a New Jersey federal judge on Thursday to toss claims that its fields are defective, arguing the plaintiffs have failed to show that any feasible alternative existed at the time they purchased their fields.

  • January 26, 2024

    Ex-Allied World Exec Denies Feds' $1.5M Fraud Charges

    A former vice president at Allied World National Insurance Co. who was recently ordered to pay $2.9 million to the company in its civil case accusing him of embezzlement has pled not guilty to federal prosecutors' 10 wire fraud charges against him in his parallel criminal proceedings.

  • January 25, 2024

    Philly Children's Hospital Avoids Baby Brain Injury Suit

    A $7 million medical malpractice settlement for claims that an Ohio doctor's operation injured an unborn child precluded a separate lawsuit claiming that Children's Hospital of Philadelphia caused the same injuries by not treating the same issue, a Pennsylvania appellate court ruled Thursday.

  • January 25, 2024

    Car Loan Borrowers Seek Final OK For $82M Wells Fargo Deal

    Pennsylvania auto loan borrowers have asked a federal judge to approve a more than $80 million class action settlement resolving wrongful repossession claims against Wells Fargo, saying the deal will provide more than $15 million to borrowers and forgive nearly $67 million in disputed auto loan deficiency balances.

  • January 25, 2024

    Aon, Ex-Partner Cut $1.5M SEC Deal Over Return Errors

    Chicago-based registered investment adviser Aon Investments USA Inc. and the firm's former partner have agreed to pay a total of $1.57 million to resolve U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that they repeatedly misled a pension fund client about a discrepancy in its investment returns, according to a pair of orders by the agency Thursday.

  • January 25, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Maryland U., Cohen & Steers, Marriott

    Maryland University of Integrative Health is said to have sold 12.5 acres of land and a two-story building for $8.3 million, a venture of Cohen & Steers and the Sterling Organization has reportedly bought a Texas shopping center for $42 million, and a Marriott hotel in Philadelphia is believed to have traded hands for $32.7 million.

  • January 25, 2024

    Philly Cheesesteak Shop Owners Get Prison For Tax Evasion

    The father-son duo behind the famous Tony Luke's cheesesteak restaurant in South Philadelphia were each sentenced to 20 months in prison Thursday for what prosecutors said was a decadelong tax evasion scheme that included keeping false ledgers and paying employees under the table.

  • January 25, 2024

    Philly Hospital Must Face Ex-Engineer's COVID Vax Bias Suit

    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia can't escape a former engineer's lawsuit claiming it unlawfully refused his request for a religious exemption from a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, after a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Thursday that the worker provided enough detail about his Christian beliefs.

  • January 25, 2024

    Pa. Atty Suspended For Conduct In Cat Food Case

    A Philadelphia-area attorney has been suspended from practicing law for a year and a day, after the state's disciplinary board concluded he repeatedly and publicly misrepresented facts in a case against J.M. Smucker Co. over a cat food recall, and in three other cases as well.

  • January 25, 2024

    Surgeon Says He Was Alone On-Call But Couldn't Hit Quotas

    A surgeon at a small Pennsylvania hospital testified Thursday that he covered weeks and months of "on-call" time by himself after his colleague's sudden retirement in 2019, but he still couldn't meet high productivity quotas that an Allegheny Health Network subsidiary eventually cited to cut his salary and push him out the door.

  • January 24, 2024

    5 Universities Cut $104.5M Deal In Student Aid-Fixing Suit

    A group of students is asking an Illinois federal judge to sign off on a $104.5 million deal with five universities in a proposed antitrust class action claiming that 17 universities conspired to limit student aid.

  • January 24, 2024

    Bid To Swap Chevron For An Old Standby Raises Doubts

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court debated whether a World War II-era doctrine encouraging courts to strongly consider agency statutory interpretations could replace the court's controversial so-called Chevron doctrine that requires judges to defer to those interpretations if a statute is ambiguous.

  • January 24, 2024

    Software Co. Says Data Breach Victims Aren't Customers

    NextGen Healthcare is asking a Georgia federal court to dismiss a proposed consolidated class action because the plaintiffs don't have a relationship with the software company that would make it liable for damages, even as it acknowledged their health information was compromised by a cyberattack. 

  • January 24, 2024

    NJ Courts Can't Hear Philly Clergy Abuse Claims, Panel Says

    A New Jersey appellate panel on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of three priest sex abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ruling that the Garden State does not have jurisdiction over the archdiocese in the cases.

  • January 24, 2024

    Samsung, Best Buy Owe Insurer In Microwave Fire, Court Told

    Samsung and Best Buy should reimburse State Farm for a $231,000 payment covering damage to a home in a fire that State Farm claims was caused by a defective microwave, the insurer alleged in a complaint removed to Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 24, 2024

    Former Judge Andrew F. Szefi Joins Knox Law's ADR Practice

    A former Allegheny County judge will continue to preside over civil disputes as a mediator after recently joining Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett P.C.'s Pittsburgh office.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Pa. Case Highlights Complexity Of Oil And Gas Leases

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    A Pennsylvania state court's recent decision in Douglas Equipment Inc. v. EQT Production Co. is a reminder that oil and gas leases are rather strange creatures — morphing from something akin to a traditional surface lease to a mineral property conveyance the moment oil and gas is produced, says Christopher Rogers at Frost Brown.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • The 7 Most Notable FCRA Cases Of 2023 So Far

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    Both consumer reporting agencies and furnishers should take note of Fair Credit Reporting Act decisions by federal district and appellate courts so far this year, especially those concerning dispute processing and the distinction between legal and factual inaccuracies, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Inflexible Remote Work Policies Can Put Employers In A Bind

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    As made clear in the recent decision by a Pennsylvania federal court in Oross v. Kutztown University, employers need to engage in individualized assessments of all requests for exemptions or accommodations to return-to-work policies to avoid potentially violating the Americans with Disabilities Act or Rehabilitation Act, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper. 

  • What Circuit Split May Mean For FCA Kickback Liability

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    The recent circuit split on the meaning of the resulting-from provision in False Claims Act kickback cases could have significant ramifications for FCA liability, as it could affect the standard of causation that plaintiffs must meet to establish liability, say former federal prosecutors Li Yu, Ellen London and Gregg Shapiro.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

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