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Pennsylvania

  • May 17, 2019

    Janus Stops Pa. Union Fee Challenge In Its Tracks

    A federal judge closed the book Friday on a group of Pennsylvania public school workers complaining about compulsory union fees, finding that the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring the practice unconstitutional made their case moot.

  • May 17, 2019

    GNC Says Unauthorized Amazon Reseller Tarnishes Its Name

    GNC said an unauthorized, Brooklyn, New York-based Amazon store is damaging the company's reputation by selling knockoffs of its products or second-hand goods without GNC's customer service or quality controls, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • May 17, 2019

    Inventor Accuses Competitor Of Stealing Turf-Removal Device

    The inventor of a device for removing artificial turf from playing fields said a competing groundskeeping firm stole his design, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Pennsylvania.

  • May 17, 2019

    Pa. Lawyer Says Ex-Partner Stiffed Him On $1.3M In Fees

    A Pittsburgh attorney is suing his former legal partner for some $1.3 million in fees he claims he's owed for hundreds of hours of work on a now-settled class action against First Commonwealth Bank.

  • May 17, 2019

    J&J Hit With $80M Verdict In Philly Mesh Case

    A Philadelphia jury returned $80 million in damages against a Johnson & Johnson unit on Friday in the latest trial over chronic pain and other complications caused by its pelvic mesh implants.

  • May 17, 2019

    PE-Backed Avantor Nets $2.9B After Cutting IPO Price Range

    Shares of private equity-backed laboratory supplier Avantor, represented by Simpson Thacher, were expected to begin trading Friday after the company raised $2.9 billion in an initial public offering that priced at the bottom of its reduced range.

  • May 16, 2019

    United, Humana Say Classes Can't Carve Up Generic Awards

    United Healthcare and Humana want the Pennsylvania federal court overseeing sprawling multidistrict litigation over generic drug prices to refuse to grant an order that would set aside part of any money the health care companies might win for the main class.

  • May 16, 2019

    Insurer Must Face Suit Over Tree Crush Death, 3rd Circ. Says

    A homeowner whose husband was crushed by a downed tree that "uprighted" may have viable claims against an insurer over the Superstorm Sandy-related accident, the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday, reviving the suit on the grounds that it's not clear the accident was "unforeseeable."

  • May 16, 2019

    Enviros Push Pa. To Create Limit For PFAS In Drinking Water

    A Pennsylvania environmental group is petitioning the state to set a limit for how much of a disused but long-lived chemical once used in fighting fires is safe for drinking water, citing contamination that lingers around airports and military bases while state and federal officials have postponed action.

  • May 16, 2019

    Jiffy Lube Worker Wants No-Poach Case Kept In Pa.

    A former Jiffy Lube worker explained to a Pennsylvania federal court that he filed his suit challenging no-poach provisions in the company's franchise agreements in the district where the pacts prevented him from both "coming and going" and that the case should not be transferred to Texas.

  • May 16, 2019

    Pa. Justices Suggest Juries Should Decide Risperdal Time Bar

    In an appeal implicating thousands of pending lawsuits in Philadelphia, members of Pennsylvania’s highest court suggested on Thursday that case-by-case determinations were needed to decide whether claims over abnormal breast growth linked to the antipsychotic drug Risperdal had been brought within the statute of limitations.

  • May 16, 2019

    Pa. Justices Cast Doubt On Highmark-UPMC Deal Extension

    Pennsylvania’s highest court seemed unwilling Thursday to indefinitely extend a state-brokered consent decree to require the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to provide ongoing in-network access to Highmark Inc. insurance holders.

  • May 16, 2019

    Disbarred Atty Can't Beat Prison Term Over 'Confused' Judge

    The Third Circuit on Thursday nixed a disbarred attorney’s bid to toss his revised 41-month prison term for his role in bogus investment schemes, rejecting his claims that a New Jersey federal judge was “confused” about its prior rulings and “unprepared” to conduct the resentencing hearing.

  • May 16, 2019

    Diet Food Maker Beats Thyroid Suit After Experts Were DQ'd

    A Pennsylvania woman's lawsuit claiming Medifast Inc.'s soy-based diet products caused her hypothyroidism was tossed Wednesday when a Philadelphia federal judge ruled that her experts couldn't provide qualified, science-backed testimony linking the products to her condition.

  • May 16, 2019

    Pipeline Explosion Sparks EdgeMarc Ch. 11 Dispute

    A Delaware judge on Thursday acknowledged all may not be hunky-dory as bankrupt Pennsylvania-based oil and gas company EdgeMarc Energy Holdings LLC moves forward with its Chapter 11 amid a dispute with a pipeline builder over whether an explosion last fall pushed EdgeMarc into bankruptcy.

  • May 16, 2019

    Ex-NFLers Lose Bid To Overturn Tighter Concussion Rules

    Attorneys for the thousands of retired NFL players covered by the league's landmark concussion settlement suffered a bruising defeat on Thursday when the Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the program denied their bid to overturn new, restrictive medical rules that many view as a gift to the NFL.

  • May 16, 2019

    $100M Eastern European Cyber Ring Dismantled, Feds Say

    Federal prosecutors, investigators and a grand jury from the Western District of Pennsylvania were part of an international effort to shut down the GozNym cybercrime network accused of trying to steal more than $100 million from victims around the world, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday.

  • May 16, 2019

    Sportsbooks Face Black-Market Competition, NJ Attys Told

    New Jersey's nascent sports betting industry has fetched $2.6 billion in wagers in just one year, but that success is tempered by illegal gambling websites that are cutting into the state's jackpot, regulators, attorneys and sportsbook operators said during the state bar association's annual meeting.

  • May 16, 2019

    SEI Investments Strikes Tentative Deal To End ERISA Suit

    SEI told a Pennsylvania federal court that it has agreed to a settle a proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action accusing the financial services company of packing its 401(k) plan with company-affiliated funds that performed poorly for investors but generated a landslide of fees.   

  • May 15, 2019

    AGs Jeer Proposed Changes To Consumer Contract Guide

    The attorneys general of 23 states and Washington, D.C., have urged the American Law Institute to reject proposed changes to the guidelines set by the organization to help courts deal with consumer contract cases, arguing that consumers would be harmed by what the officials perceive as a loosening of standards.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    IRS Should Use Tax Law To Combat The Opioid Epidemic

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    The IRS, which enforces anti-trafficking tax laws against state-regulated cannabis businesses, should be fair and apply the same policy against pharmaceutical companies that illegally market their opioids, says Kat Allen at Wykowski Law.

  • State Net

    Why States And Cities Are Concerned About Census Accuracy

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    The 2020 census will impact every state, city and county in the United States, because population is a major factor in how the federal government distributes funds. Despite apprehensions about an undercount, there are reasons for optimism about the accuracy of the census, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Evolution Of Software As A Service Taxes Post-Wayfair

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    Due to the expanded nexus provisions following South Dakota v. Wayfair, software as a service providers need to be especially aware of the recent — and, at times, divergent — state law developments in SaaS taxation, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Don't Let License Rules Snuff Out Your Fire Expert

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    Lawsuits involving property damage due to fire often require the retention of an expert to investigate the fire, but testimony can be excluded if the expert lacks the required licenses. Attorneys at Tucker Ellis break down the different licensing requirements for fire scene inspection in all 50 states.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Stepping Up Fight Against Insurance Fraud

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    Insurance fraud costs insurers and their policyholders tens of billions of dollars a year. With insurance fraud-related bills introduced in 40 states and enacted in 14 so far this year, state lawmakers seem to agree with the industry that fraud is a major problem, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Maritime Opinion Offers Hope For 'Bare Metal' Defense

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    In Air and Liquid Systems v. DeVries, the U.S. Supreme Court recently cast doubt on the "bare metal" defense against manufacturer liability in a maritime tort context. But both the majority and dissenting opinions provide a road map to using this defense in other situations, say John Vales and Stephen Turner of Dentons.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.