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  • May 13, 2021

    Eckert Hit With Suit From Financial Advisor Targeted By SEC

    A Philadelphia-based financial adviser has slapped Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC with a lawsuit alleging that a firm attorney's "amateurish" due diligence left him open to claims from securities regulators and investors after he partnered with a cash advance business that has come to face allegations of fraud.

  • May 13, 2021

    Pa. Attys Accused Of $33M Bitcoin Sale Fraud

    A Canadian company lost an opportunity to buy cryptocurrency worth nearly $33 million when two Pennsylvania attorneys allegedly ran a fraudulent scheme for nearly five months, according to a new federal civil suit filed Wednesday.

  • May 13, 2021

    3rd Circ. Questions Efforts In Ex-Janitor's FMLA Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday questioned if either Drexel University or a fired janitor put forth enough effort to ensure the ex-employee provided the required paperwork for Family Medical Leave Act-protected absences, as the onetime maintenance worker sought to revive her lawsuit claiming she was fired despite her legal entitlement to time off.

  • May 12, 2021

    Wawa Gets Employee Pay Claims Trimmed In Data Breach Suit

    Convenience store chain Wawa Inc. can't duck employees' claims that their payment and personal information were stolen in a data breach, but claims the company also shorted them on overtime and made them work off-the-clock were tossed by a Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday.

  • May 12, 2021

    Geico Accused Of Pressuring Workers Out Of Claiming OT

    Insurance giant Geico was hit with a proposed collective and class action in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday by a longtime employee who claims she and other regional claims adjusters are routinely overworked and underpaid.

  • May 12, 2021

    GOP Hopefuls Face 3-Way Race For Pa. High Court Vacancy

    Voters in the Keystone State are gearing up to select candidates in next week's primary election to carry their party's banner to fill an upcoming vacancy on the seven-member Pennsylvania Supreme Court created by the pending retirement of Justice Thomas Saylor.

  • May 12, 2021

    Buyback Padded Founders' Pockets, Travel Co. Workers Say

    A proposed class of World Travel Inc. employees has accused Prudent Fiduciary Services and its owner of overpaying for a $200 million stock buyback from the company's founders by saddling the employee ownership plan with "tens of millions" of dollars in debt.

  • May 12, 2021

    Purdue's Ch. 11 Confirmation Hearing Set For August

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a motion setting an August date for Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan confirmation hearing, assuming the drugmaker's plan disclosure statement is approved next week.

  • May 12, 2021

    High Court's Pension Ruling Is Sinking Health Plan Suits

    Employer attempts to use a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limited litigation over pensions to also knock out 401(k) class actions have largely fallen flat, yet they are starting to see success in an unexpected context: suits over health plan management.

  • May 11, 2021

    Liebowitz Escapes 'Overly Punitive' Atty Fee Bid In Pa. Case

    Alleged "copyright troll" Richard Liebowitz doesn't need to pay attorney fees for bringing an unsuccessful copyright lawsuit over stock images of spare ribs after a Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday found the request for fees to be "overly punitive."

  • May 11, 2021

    Chevron Can Deduct Costs From Royalties Under Lease

    A Pennsylvania federal court shut down a suit alleging Chevron bilked a mineral estate owner out of royalties, finding on Tuesday that the company was authorized to deduct post-production costs when calculating payments under the lease agreement. 

  • May 11, 2021

    Convenience Store Says Towing Tiff Triggers 'Accident' Policy

    A Pittsburgh convenience store chain argued to a Pennsylvania state court Tuesday that a pair of proposed class actions' claims it had been negligent in hiring a towing company were an "accident" triggering coverage under its insurance policy.

  • May 11, 2021

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    COVID-19 relief efforts took the form of cash influxes announced over the past week in several states, including a $100 billion "comeback plan" for California's economy and $235 million in relief funding for small businesses in New Jersey.

  • May 11, 2021

    Unions, Pa. AG Tell High Court To Reject Review Of Fees Suit

    Several unions and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a case seeking retroactive repayment of "fair share fees" collected before the justices struck down such fees in 2018, arguing that the unions had been following state law and the legal precedent at the time.

  • May 11, 2021

    SPX And Former General Counsel Resolve Age Bias Suit

    SPX Corp. has wrapped up a Pennsylvania federal suit brought by a former general counsel who claimed an SPX subsidiary violated federal age discrimination law when it abruptly fired him in 2019.

  • May 10, 2021

    3rd Circ. Denies Sri Lankan Nat'l Asylum Over Persecution

    The Third Circuit on Monday refused to grant asylum to a Sri Lankan man who claims he will suffer political persecution if he has to return to his home country, finding in a precedential opinion that he hasn't shown he suffered persecution based on his Tamil ethnicity or his political opinions.

  • May 10, 2021

    Aqua Pennsylvania Hits Slew Of Chem Cos. With PFAS Suit

    A private water utility serving customers across Pennsylvania has filed suit to hold a group of companies including 3M and DuPont de Nemours Inc. responsible for costs incurred in testing and treating water supplies for toxic chemicals, known as PFAS, that they produced and sold.

  • May 10, 2021

    Widow Can't Get Redo Of $70K Verdict In Med Mal Suit

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday rejected a widow's bid for a retrial after she won $70,000 on claims that her husband was burned at a hospital but nothing for his eventual death after he was denied life-extending chemotherapy, finding her objections to the jury instructions were unfounded.

  • May 10, 2021

    Calif. Interior Design Biz's Virus Coverage Suit Can Proceed

    A California furniture business' suit against a Chubb unit for pandemic-related losses can continue, as there is ambiguity on the meaning of "direct physical loss or damage," a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled, saying the policy is "a labyrinth of pages, paragraphs and pronouncements."

  • May 10, 2021

    'Sale' Of Trendy Pittsburgh Ace Hotel Unproven, Court Told

    The owners of a shuttered Ace Hotel in Pittsburgh's trendy East Liberty neighborhood told a Pennsylvania state court Monday there was no proof they were selling the business and therefore no reason for Ace's parent company to haul them to court to keep the hotelier's name on the converted YMCA building.

  • May 10, 2021

    YPF Can Appeal White & Case DQ Denial To 3rd Circ.

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday ruled that YPF SA can directly appeal to the Third Circuit certain questions surrounding his refusal to disqualify White & Case LLP from representing the Maxus Liquidating Trust in a $14 billion environmental liability case.

  • May 10, 2021

    Pa. Sales Reps Say Commission Pay Broke Wage, OT Laws

    A pair of companies selling home energy contracts misclassified their door-to-door sales representatives as independent contractors and failed to pay them minimum wage or overtime, according to a proposed collective and class action filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • May 10, 2021

    It's Not 'Groundhog Day,' Court Isn't Bill Murray, Judge Rules

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has sanctioned Dynamic Solutions Worldwide LLC and QVC in a suit over an allegedly defective bug trap that set fire to a home, chastising them for trying to wind back the clock whenever a deadline approaches and likening the situation to the movie "Groundhog Day."

  • May 07, 2021

    Investors, CBD Pharma Co. Reach Deal Over Clinical Trial Suit

    Stockholders pressing consolidated, derivative damage claims against CBD drugmaker Zynerba Pharmaceuticals sought preliminary approval Friday for settlement of a federal suit in Delaware targeting damage to the company from undisclosed adverse effects during a drug trial, in a deal that includes a minimum five-year battery of corporate governance reforms.

  • May 07, 2021

    Group Says Stalled Plan On Penn. Sewage Needs Action

    An environmental group asked to intervene in a federal court suit over Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sewage overflows and said in a proposed new complaint that officials must be forced to finally make significant efforts to comply with the law.

Expert Analysis

  • Uniformity Goal Eludes Defend Trade Secrets Act, 5 Years On

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    Five years after the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, work remains to be done on achieving uniformity across jurisdictions, because state law differences being imported into the DTSA are creating the same patchwork of law the act was intended to rectify, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Judge's Rebuke Of Mass. AG Has Lessons For All Attorneys

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    A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.  

  • How 5-Year-Old Defend Trade Secrets Act Has Met Its Goals

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    Case law and data reveal that, five years after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act has opened up federal courts to litigants and has proven effective against extraterritorial misappropriation, while concerns about inconsistency and overuse of ex parte seizures have not borne out, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Font Considerations To Give Your Legal Briefs An Edge

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    Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.

  • Opinion

    Justices Must Resolve Off-Label Drug Warning Predicament

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should hear Janssen Pharmaceuticals v. AY, and rule that drugmakers are not required to include off-label warnings, in order to protect companies from being held liable for failing to do what federal law prohibits, say Sheldon Bradshaw and Lisa Dwyer at King & Spalding.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • 4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

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    Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

  • Cannabis Legalization's Effects On Insurance Industry

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    Resolution of the legal uncertainty presented by the dueling federal and state approaches to cannabis will pave the way for legal cannabis businesses to access the insurance protections the industry needs for everything from workers' compensation to auto insurance to general liability, says Christy Thiems at the American Property Casualty Insurance Association.

  • 7 Lessons For Young Lawyers Starting Their Careers

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    This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.

  • COVID Eviction Bans May Not Continue To Survive In Court

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    State and local moratoriums against evictions during the pandemic are likely to withstand plaintiffs' constitutional challenges in the short term, but plaintiffs may start to see more success as time goes on, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • The Pandemic's Bright Spots For Lawyers Who Are Parents

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    The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.

  • Opinion

    Revise Mansfield Diversity Mandates To Also Benefit Veterans

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    The well-intentioned efforts and salutary purposes of the legal industry's Mansfield Rule diversity metric are tainted by the Diversity Lab initiative's omission of veterans, who are underrepresented at large law firms and entitled to advantageous treatment based on more than 200 years of public policy, says Robert Redmond at McGuireWoods.

  • AGs To Fill Void As Justices Say FTC Can't Impose Restitution

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    State attorneys general are likely to emerge as even more influential consumer protection enforcers, taking the lead in federal-state restitution partnerships, following the U.S. Supreme Court's determination Thursday in AMG Capital v. Federal Trade Commission that the FTC is not authorized to seek equitable monetary relief, say Alissa Gardenswartz and former Sen. Mark Pryor at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Bankruptcy Litigation Could See More Third-Party Funding

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    The next few years could be an opportune time for bankruptcy litigants to capitalize on the advantages of third-party financing as the obstacles to its use — including attorney ethics issues and prohibitions against champerty — seem to be clearing at a slow but steady pace, say Daniel Simon and Natalie Rowles at McDermott.

  • Perspectives

    States Must Factor Race In COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

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    In order to ensure equity and efficiency in controlling the pandemic, states should use race as a factor in vaccine prioritization — and U.S. Supreme Court precedent on affirmative action and racial integration offers some guidance on how such policies might hold up in court, say law professors Maya Manian and Seema Mohapatra.

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