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Pennsylvania

  • November 13, 2018

    Settlement Ends Porn Email Revenge Suit Against Ex-Pa. AG

    One current and one former Pennsylvania state investigator have agreed to accept a $75,000 settlement to end claims that Kathleen Kane, the state's convicted ex-attorney general, retaliated against them by publicly linking them to a scandal over pornographic and other lewd material swapped over government email accounts.

  • November 13, 2018

    Pa. Water Co. Wants Seller To Cover Subsidiary's Legal Costs

    Pittsburgh-based Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. wants French company Bio UV Group SAS to pick up the legal bills for a company Evoqua bought from it in 2016, claiming in state court Tuesday that a hot-tub maker's claims against the purchased company should be covered by the indemnification language in the stock purchase agreement.

  • November 13, 2018

    Ex-Mayoral Aide Faces Charges Of Misusing Philly Funds

    A top official under Philadelphia’s former mayor was slapped with felony charges Tuesday for allegedly spending some $20,000 in public funds on personal travel, upscale dining and shopping trips and misappropriating another $225,000 that had been earmarked for a city cycling event.

  • November 13, 2018

    No Bridgegate Role, 3rd Circ. Pick Says Of Work For Christie

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP partner Paul Matey, President Donald Trump’s choice for a Third Circuit vacancy, faced a grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday over his time serving as an attorney for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

  • November 13, 2018

    As Amazon Goes Elsewhere, Pittsburgh To Release HQ2 Bid

    Now that Amazon has announced it will split its second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are dropping their effort to keep their bid for the giant project secret and will release at least part of it to the public soon, Mayor Bill Peduto said Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Trump Cheers Cable Group's Call For Comcast Antitrust Probe

    President Donald Trump on Monday said he supported a call by a cable industry group to investigate alleged anti-competitive activity by Comcast Corp., specifically with regard to its merger with NBC Universal.

  • November 9, 2018

    $1.6M Deal Approved In OT Suit Against Home Health Agency

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has given a final stamp of approval to a $1.6 million deal to settle a class action claiming a home health care agency didn’t properly pay its workers for overtime.

  • November 9, 2018

    Insurer Must Defend Shooter's Estate, Pa. Justices Told

    A man who was injured in a scuffle as he walked in on a murder-suicide is urging Pennsylvania's highest court to uphold a decision finding that Erie Insurance Exchange was responsible for the cost of defending the gunman's estate in a lawsuit over the incident.

  • November 9, 2018

    Idelic Closes $2M Funding Round Led By Bain Capital

    Pittsburgh-based Idelic, which specializes in software aimed at improving transportation safety, has closed a $2 million round of financing led by Bain Capital Ventures and overseen by Pepper Hamilton LLP, the firm announced Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    3rd Circ. OKs 60-Month FCPA Sentence In $3.5M Bribery Case

    The Third Circuit has rejected arguments that the ultimate economic benefit of two Russian energy projects advanced through bribes from Philadelphia-area businessman Dmitrij Harder should have been considered a mitigating factor as Harder was sentenced to a 60-month prison term for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • November 9, 2018

    3 Firms Shepherd $3.2B Merger Of Fiber Optic Cos.

    Finisar Corp., a formerly private equity-owned fiber optic supplier, has agreed to a roughly $3.2 billion cash-and-stock merger with peer II-VI Inc., the companies said Friday, in a deal steered by K&L Gates LLP, Sherrard German and Kelly PC, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • November 9, 2018

    As Pirates Settle, Net Installer Last Defendant In Foul-Ball Suit

    The Pittsburgh Pirates reached a settlement with a woman injured by a foul ball at PNC Park in 2015, attorneys said Friday, but a jury trial under a new judge in state court scheduled to get underway Wednesday will determine the liability of the company that installed the allegedly defective safety netting behind home plate.

  • November 8, 2018

    MoneyGram To Pay $125M For Breach Of Anti-Fraud Pacts

    MoneyGram International Inc. will pay $125 million after breaching its agreements with government agencies in Pennsylvania and Illinois federal courts following claims that its agents ran international mass marketing and consumer fraud schemes, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • November 8, 2018

    19 Cities, Counties Say Detained-Minor Rules Flout Flores

    Nineteen cities and counties on Wednesday got behind a class asking a California federal judge to block the government’s proposed rule changes regarding its detention of immigrant minors, saying the changes would “directly undermine” core protections and concerns in their case’s consent decree.

  • November 8, 2018

    New J&J Pelvic Mesh Trial Ordered In Pa.

    A Pennsylvania state judge has said that there should be a new trial in a woman’s suit alleging she was injured by a pelvic mesh implant made by a Johnson & Johnson unit after previously overturning part of a verdict in the company’s favor.

  • November 8, 2018

    Ex-Pa. Judge Apologizes For Affair With Defendant's Girlfriend

    An ex-Pennsylvania judge facing discipline for exchanging sexually explicit text messages and eventually sleeping with the girlfriend of a man participating in a court-mandated rehab program he oversaw told a state ethics panel on Thursday that he regretted his conduct.

  • November 8, 2018

    Net Installer Wants Judge Off Pa. Foul Ball Injury Suit

    The company that installed safety netting at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park wants a new state court judge for the upcoming case of a woman injured by a foul ball behind home plate, alleging improper communication between the current judge and one of the woman’s attorneys.

  • November 8, 2018

    Grassley Presses NJ Sens. To Act On 3rd Circ. Nominee

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has called on Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker to weigh in on the Third Circuit nomination of Lowenstein Sandler LLP partner Paul B. Matey, saying the New Jersey Democrats did not reciprocate White House efforts to reach a deal on returning their "blue slips" for Matey.

  • November 8, 2018

    EPA's Guidance Kills Hydrofluorocarbon Rule, States Say

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidance on implementing an Obama-era rule restricting hydrofluorocarbon use after the D.C. Circuit vacated parts of it violates the Clean Air Act because it effectively nullifies the entire rule, several states and the Natural Resources Defense Council told the circuit court Wednesday.

  • November 8, 2018

    Former Judge Who Extorted Staff Slams Ex-Counsel's Advice

    Facing a possible threat to his pension and medical benefits after being found in violation of ethics rules for trying to wring campaign contributions out of his court staff, a defiant ex-Pennsylvania judge told a state disciplinary panel Thursday that he’d only copped to the allegations thanks to misplaced reliance on his former counsel's advice.

Expert Analysis

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Should Juries Try To Predict FDA Drug Labeling Decisions?

    Alan Klein

    The U.S. Supreme Court's review of Merck v. Albrecht promises to shape the way decisions of regulatory agencies — such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rejection of a drug manufacturer’s proposed label warning — can be interpreted by juries, say Alan Klein and Matthew Decker at Duane Morris LLP.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • What Sikkelee Means For Preemption In The 3rd Circ.

    Alexis Kellert

    Conflict preemption was at the heart of the Third Circuit’s recent analysis in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive, where the majority shifted precedent to inject state law into federally regulated aviation design, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Time To Reclaim Wellness For All Lawyers

    Leesa Klepper

    The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.

  • A Critical Approach To Repeat Extensions Of FCA Seal Period

    J. Taylor Chenery

    In U.S. v. Pentec Health, a Pennsylvania federal court recently denied the government’s 11th request to extend the period during which a False Claims Act action remained under seal. In so doing, it adopted a narrow view of what constitutes “good cause” to extend the seal period, say J. Taylor Chenery and Brian Irving of Bass Berry & Sims PLC.