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Pennsylvania

  • March 21, 2019

    Chancery Threatens Charter's Contractor With Arrests

    In a rare fire-and-brimstone ruling, a Delaware vice chancellor found the top officer of a cloud services contractor to Charter Communications Operating LLC in contempt late Thursday and gave the business until Monday to restore Charter’s access to a crucial sales force pay platform or face the prospect of court-ordered arrests.

  • March 21, 2019

    DOI Gives Tribes, States $291M For Coal Mine Cleanup

    The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that states including Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas along with several tribes will benefit from more than $291 million in funding to be used for the reclamation and regeneration of abandoned coal mines.

  • March 21, 2019

    Rejected J&J Job Seeker Must Arbitrate Claim, 3rd Circ. Told

    A Johnson & Johnson unit on Thursday urged the Third Circuit to toss a would-be employee's proposed class claims that he was unfairly denied a job due to an erroneous criminal background check, arguing that his agreement to arbitrate claims with a temporary employment staffing agency extended to the pharmaceutical company.

  • March 21, 2019

    Falling Ads, New-HQ Debt Push Reading Eagle To Ch. 11 Sale

    The company that owns the 150-year-old Reading Eagle newspaper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Philadelphia Wednesday and is seeking a buyer as a result of declining ad revenue, rising print costs and debts left over from a 2009 headquarters expansion, according to court documents.

  • March 21, 2019

    Philly Union Boss Slams Feds For 'Criminalizing' Politics

    A powerful Philadelphia union boss on Thursday accused federal prosecutors of engaging in a "feeble attempt at criminalizing the legislative process" in an indictment accusing him of bribing a member of the city council.

  • March 21, 2019

    Firms Contest Class Counsel Bid In Trevena Investor Suit

    Citing alleged misstatements made by an investor represented by rival attorneys, Block & Leviton LLP and Kaufman Coren & Ress LLP have urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to name them class counsel in litigation accusing Trevena Inc. of artificially inflating its share value.

  • March 21, 2019

    Kraft Execs Knew Stock Due For A Fall, ERISA Suit Claims

    Kraft Heinz Food Co. executives knew the company’s stock was overvalued before revelations of a $15.4 billion writedown and a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe caused the stock to plummet, retirement plan participants have claimed in an Employee Retirement Income Securities Act suit.

  • March 21, 2019

    'New Consol' Disputes Role In 1st Female Leader's Pay, Firing

    The Consol Energy Inc. that made Katharine Fredriksen the first female president of its coal operations was a different company from the one that fired her, so the "new Consol" shouldn't be liable for any of her gender discrimination claims prior to its formal creation, an attorney for the company said in Pennsylvania federal court Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Pittsburgh Loses Bid To Dodge FCA Housing Suit Again

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused to dismiss a False Claims Act suit accusing the city of Pittsburgh of defrauding the federal government of millions of dollars meant for the Community Development Block Grant program, nearly a year after the Third Circuit revived the suit.

  • March 20, 2019

    Ex-Partner Appeals To Pa. Panel For Carlson Lynch Database

    An expelled partner from Pittsburgh-based Carlson Lynch LLP asked the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on Wednesday to lift a temporary stay preventing him from accessing the firm’s database of investigative material.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Health Co. Can't Slip Insurer's Suit Over Med Mal Settlement

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has let an insurer proceed with its suit seeking to claw back its share of a settlement reached after a $19 million medical malpractice award against a regional health care provider, saying it’s possible the health system breached its policy by failing to keep the insurer updated on the trial.

  • March 20, 2019

    FERC's $35M Manipulation Case Was Timely, 4th Circ. Hears

    A lower court correctly held that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission didn't wait too long to pursue approximately $35 million in penalties and disgorgement against a Pennsylvania-based hedge fund over alleged electricity market manipulation, the agency told the Fourth Circuit on Monday.

  • March 20, 2019

    CMS Looks To End Pharma Co.'s Drug Classification Suit

    A regulatory change in 2016 didn’t require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to retroactively reclassify STI Pharma LLC’s antibiotic Sulfatrim as a “non-innovator” generic that carried a lower rebate rate for the drugmaker, the Department of Health and Human Services has told a federal court.

  • March 20, 2019

    Insurance-Focused Blank Check Co. Scores $131M IPO

    Insurance-focused blank check company Insurance Acquisition Corp. made its market debut Wednesday, one day after pricing shares in a $131 million initial public offering guided by Ledgewood PC.

  • March 20, 2019

    Testosterone Supplement Damaged Pa. Man's Liver, Suit Says

    An herbal supplement promising to boost testosterone instead damaged a Pennsylvania man’s liver so badly he needed a transplant, according to a product liability lawsuit filed Wednesday in state court.

  • March 20, 2019

    Family Sues Pa. Nursing Home Over Dementia Patient's Death

    The daughters of an elderly woman with dementia who died after wandering from an assisted living facility in Philadelphia said Wednesday that they hope a lawsuit will shed light on what happened and help ensure that no other residents suffer a similar fate.

  • March 20, 2019

    Auto Financier, Consumers Seek Final OK On $4M TCPA Deal

    A class of consumers suing an auto loan financier for allegedly "bombarding" them with unwanted robocalls asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday to approve a $4 million settlement in the case, with $1.3 million in attorneys' fees and expenses going to Sergei Lemberg and Stephen F. Taylor of Lemberg Law.

  • March 20, 2019

    Sailors' Supreme Court Win Buoys Hopes For Tort Victims

    The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to sailors who claim they developed mesothelioma in a decision that potentially broadens the liability of manufacturers of so-called bare metal products to which other companies later added asbestos.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • State Net

    Federal, State And Local Governments Vie For Control Of 5G

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    The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, could bring major advancements in everything from entertainment to public safety. But federal, state and local governments are at odds over how 5G should be deployed and who should regulate it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • 3rd Circ. FDCPA Opinion A Rude Awakening For Debt Buyers

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    Federal courts may look to the Third Circuit's recent opinion in Barbato v. Greystone Alliance — which sidestepped the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 holding in Henson v. Santander Consumer — as the leading analysis of whether debt purchasers are subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, say Melanie Brody and Francis Doorley of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.