Pennsylvania

  • September 23, 2019

    Court OKs $50M Philly Hospital Sale To Tower Health, Drexel

    A $50 million offer from a joint venture of Tower Health and Drexel University to buy St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia from bankrupt operator Center City Healthcare LLC received court approval Monday in Delaware bankruptcy court.

  • September 23, 2019

    3rd Circ. Says Atty Must Prove NSA Illegally Read His Emails

    The Third Circuit on Monday pressed a civil liberties attorney to prove he has standing to challenge the government electronic communications surveillance program outed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, reasoning that the lawyer hasn't shown that his own emails were intercepted.

  • September 23, 2019

    Privilege Can't Shield Divorce Files In Widow's Med Mal Case

    A Pennsylvania appeals court said Monday that a widow's decision to seek damages for loss of consortium in a medical malpractice suit brought on behalf of her late husband meant she couldn't assert attorney-client privilege over divorce proceedings the couple were pursuing at the time of the man's death.

  • September 23, 2019

    DOJ Goes After Philly Pharmacy For $1M In Bogus Billing

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday sued a Philadelphia-based pharmacy in Pennsylvania federal court, alleging that its owner and pharmacist billed Medicare for prescriptions that it never purchased or dispensed to patients to pad their pockets with at least $1 million.

  • September 23, 2019

    Bridgegate Figure Seeks Ireland Trip Amid High Court Review

    One of the two former public officials ensnared in the so-called Bridgegate political revenge scandal is seeking a New Jersey federal judge's blessing to travel to Ireland amid a pending U.S. Supreme Court review of their convictions, citing the need to rebuild his life.

  • September 23, 2019

    Hyundai Suddenly Drops Pa. Dealership Recall Fraud Case

    Just days after the case was removed to federal court, Hyundai Motor America on Monday inexplicably dropped racketeering claims accusing a business associate of a pair of Pittsburgh-based auto dealerships of intentionally damaging hundreds of cars as part of a scheme to reap more than $5 million in unearned warranty coverage.

  • September 23, 2019

    Police Officer Wins Sex Bias Suit Against Pa. Township

    A Pennsylvania police officer has won a $200,000 jury verdict in her federal suit alleging that local officials ran afoul of state and federal law by nixing her promotion to full-time status because she's a woman.

  • September 23, 2019

    3rd Circ. Halts FCC's Plan To Deregulate Media Ownership

    The Third Circuit on Monday ordered the Federal Communications Commission to wholly redo and better justify any changes to its media ownership rules, making sure that they are not at the expense of women and minorities seeking to gain a foothold in the industry.

  • September 20, 2019

    Tower Health, Drexel To Buy Bankrupt Hospital For $50M

    Hospital operator Tower Health and Drexel University announced Friday that they have agreed to buy Philadelphia's St. Christopher's Hospital for Children from bankrupt Center City Healthcare for $50 million.

  • September 20, 2019

    Former Top Deputy Pa. AG To Form New Team At Blank Rome

    After seeing how state attorneys general were taking over a regulatory role formerly filled by the federal government — and how some defendants weren’t prepared for it — a former executive deputy attorney general from Pennsylvania has joined Blank Rome LLP to start a special practice just for dealing with state attorneys general.

  • September 20, 2019

    J&J Gets Woman's $20M Mesh Award Trimmed To $15M

    A woman who claims she’ll live in pain for the rest of her life because of Johnson & Johnson’s allegedly faulty pelvic mesh implant can keep $15 million of an earlier $20 million verdict, a Pennsylvania appeals court said Friday, rejecting calls by J&J to kill the award entirely.

  • September 20, 2019

    Construction Co. Slams Worker's 'Ploy' To DQ Judge

    A former Day & Zimmermann worker concocted a conflict to try to disqualify a federal judge overseeing his suit claiming the company failed to pay overtime, claiming Thursday that he does not like the judge's decisions on conditional certification of collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • September 20, 2019

    Rising Star: Jones Day's Courtney Lyons Snyder

    Jones Day partner Courtney Lyons Snyder has been a key part of the firm’s representation of Wells Fargo in litigation over residential mortgage-backed securities and maintains a non-traditional practice working with state attorneys general and government investigations, earning her a spot among five banking attorneys under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • September 20, 2019

    Ethicon Wants Court To Drop Pittsburgh Pelvic Mesh Suit

    Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc. asked a Pennsylvania federal court Friday to throw out a woman’s lawsuit over allegedly defective pelvic mesh, arguing that she had not sufficiently shown which mesh she had received or even that it was made by the company.

  • September 20, 2019

    Pa. Judge Urged To OK $4M Foster Wheeler Cleanup Deal

    State and federal environmental regulators urged a Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday to ensure that Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. lives up to its commitment to foot the at least $4.15 million bill for future remediation at a contaminated former industrial site in Luzerne County.

  • September 20, 2019

    States Launch Challenge To Trump Auto Emissions Policy

    California and 22 other states sued the Trump administration in D.C. federal court Friday over its elimination of the Golden State's right to create its own greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and other vehicles, the opening salvo in what will be a long and bitter legal fight.

  • September 19, 2019

    Ex-Lobbyist Can't Delay Prison Stay In Fattah Corruption Case

    The former Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP government affairs specialist who was convicted on bribery-related charges in a sweeping corruption case against former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., cannot avoid beginning a two-year prison sentence while appealing his case to the Third Circuit, a Pennsylvania federal judge has said.

  • September 19, 2019

    Heinz Wants To Join Kraft, Break From Pa. Egg Antitrust Suit

    The former H.J. Heinz Co. wants to split from the other plaintiffs in Philadelphia-based multidistrict litigation over the alleged price-fixing of egg products so its claims can be tried alongside its new corporate partner, Kraft, in Chicago, according to a filing Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • September 19, 2019

    Purdue Files Ch. 11 Suit Seeking Stay Of Opioid Litigation

    Bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma LP filed an adversary complaint late Wednesday in New York court seeking a stay of the pending litigation brought by various states, Native American tribes and individuals who did not agree to a settlement framework reached before the company filed for bankruptcy.

  • September 19, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: AT&T, Providence Equity, Axalta

    AT&T could look to divest DirecTV, Providence Equity Partners has apparently raised $6 billion for its eighth flagship private equity fund, and multiple suitors are said to be vying to buy multibillion-dollar car paint maker Axalta. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other rumors from the past week you need to be aware of.

  • September 19, 2019

    Rite Aid Gets Claims Trimmed In Deceptive Labeling Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday trimmed a suit alleging that Rite Aid Corp. misled customers on the number of pills found in bottles of some supplements the pharmacy sells, ruling the buyers failed to show they notified Rite Aid of the alleged wrongdoing as required under state law.

  • September 19, 2019

    Fox Rothschild Slams Malpractice Suit Over Employment Deal

    Fox Rothschild LLP has urged a Philadelphia judge to toss a malpractice lawsuit alleging it mistakenly settled a case on behalf of a worker locked in an employment dispute, saying the plaintiffs haven't proved the existence of an agreement they accuse the law firm of breaking.

  • September 19, 2019

    Mischievous Raccoons Not Subject To The Law, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday nixed a Pittsburgh-area business’ insurance coverage suit stemming from alleged vandalism and malicious mischief caused by raccoons, saying the creatures “do not have conscious agency and are not subjects of human law.”

  • September 19, 2019

    Bernstein Litowitz, Cohen Milstein To Lead EQT Stock Suit

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC will lead a proposed stockholder class action against EQT Corp. over the company's alleged misrepresentations to investors about the benefits of its 2017 merger with Rice Energy, a Pennsylvania federal magistrate judge said Thursday.

  • September 18, 2019

    Retired Del. Judge Kevin Carey Jumps To Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells announced Wednesday that retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey will become a partner in its business restructuring and insolvency practice on Oct. 1, joining the global firm after nearly 20 years on the bench, mostly in Delaware's busy bankruptcy court.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • State Net

    Comparing States' Preparations For An Economic Downturn

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    Statistics indicate that many states have learned lessons from the Great Recession, and are better prepared for the next recession. Those that are not setting aside money to see them through the inevitable fiscal crisis would be wise to start saving for a rainy day, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • Searching For A Legal Pathway For CBD Products

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    Sales of products containing CBD are booming, but companies selling them are still faced with a regulatory quagmire, struggling to understand how to legally promote, label and distribute CBD consumables in light of gridlock at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and inconsistent state laws, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • State Net

    How Online Wagers Are Shaping States' Sports Betting Regs

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    Just over a year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting nationwide, the industry is seeing an explosion of activity online, but the influence of entrenched gambling interests means that some states are only allowing bets to be placed in person at casinos and racetracks, says Dave Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • FDCPA Takeaways From 3rd Circ. QR Code Opinion

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    The Third Circuit's decision in DiNaples v. MRS BPO that a debt collection letter with a QR code on the envelope violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act may seem straightforward, but the opinion sheds light on how two common FDCPA defense tools remain somewhat viable, say Jason Tompkins and Jonathan Hoffmann at Balch & Bingham.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Evolving No-Poach Landscape Requires A Vigilant Eye

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    As class actions challenging no-poach agreements are pending against multiple franchise organizations and the applicable analytical standard for analyzing such provisions hangs in the balance, it's a good time to review the current framework, say Bob Buchanan and Stefano Sharma at Choate.

  • Notable Tax Amendments From Pennsylvania’s Budget Bill

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    The recently passed Pennsylvania budget bill included significant changes in the areas of personal income, sales and use, and estate tax, says Jennifer Karpchuk of Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Expanding The Meaning Of Diversity

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    My conservative, Catholic parents never skipped a beat when accepting that I was gay, and encouraged me to follow my dreams wherever they might lead. But I did not expect they would lead to the law, until I met an inspiring college professor, says James Holmes of Clyde & Co.