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  • June 29, 2022

    3rd Circ. Rules Workers Wrongly Punished Over BLM Masks

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday upheld a ruling that kept a Pittsburgh-area transit agency from enforcing its ban on employees wearing face masks that said "Black Lives Matter," agreeing with a lower court that the prohibition violated workers' First Amendment rights.

  • June 28, 2022

    State AGs Press FDA To Cut Toxic Metals In Baby Food

    Attorneys general from 22 states have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to step up efforts to eliminate toxic metals in baby food, chiding the agency for missing an April deadline to propose limits for lead.

  • June 28, 2022

    JPML Centralizes Cell Tech IP Suits Against Tesla, GM, Others

    Neo Wireless' cellular patent suits against several carmakers, including Tesla and General Motors, were transferred to the Eastern District of Michigan Tuesday after the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation determined centralization will streamline the related litigation and boost convenience.

  • June 28, 2022

    DraftKings' Site Inaccessible To Visually Impaired, Suit Says

    DraftKings Inc. was hit with a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the sports betting giant is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because its website is inaccessible to blind individuals.

  • June 28, 2022

    Gordon Rees Hires Ex-Fox Rothschild Litigator In Philly, NJ

    A commercial litigation attorney specializing in consumer class action defense has moved her practice to Gordon & Rees LLP's offices in Philadelphia and New Jersey after spending nearly 13 years with Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • June 28, 2022

    Cabot Worker Says Merger Should've Triggered Stock Award

    An employee of the former Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. claimed in a lawsuit that the company's 2021 tie-up with Cimarex Energy Co. should have triggered "change-in-control" clauses in a pair of incentive agreements and awarded him 6,100 shares of company stock, according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • June 28, 2022

    3rd Circ. Casts Doubtful Eye On Auto Glass Co. In PPG IP Row

    A Chinese automobile glass company that allegedly ripped off PPG Industries' aircraft windshield trade secrets appeared to have a difficult time convincing the Third Circuit on Tuesday that, despite its decision to participate in the lawsuit only after being slapped with a default judgment, PPG isn't entitled to $26 million in damages.

  • June 28, 2022

    Apt. Insurer Says It Has No Duty To Defend In Fatal Shooting

    An insurer asked a Georgia federal court to find that it has no duty to defend or indemnify the owner of an apartment complex over a wrongful death suit after a man was shot and killed on the property last year, saying the policy's firearms exclusion bars coverage.

  • June 27, 2022

    Ex-Trump Official, Philadelphia Atty Must Face Fraud Claims

    A Trump-era State Department official and a Philadelphia attorney on Monday lost bids to escape claims they fraudulently induced an investor to pour millions into Greek medical cannabis companies, with a Pennsylvania federal judge finding a revised suit backed up the allegations.

  • June 27, 2022

    3rd Circ. Urged To Allow Ammo Maker's Tort Claims

    Ammunitions broker Battle Born Munitions Inc. asked the Third Circuit to overturn a lower court's finding that it can't bring tort claims against its vendor Dick's Sporting Goods Inc., saying that Dick's knew it would not accept delivery of store-branded bullets when it said it would.

  • June 27, 2022

    Ex-Temple Biz Dean Appeals Rankings Fraud Case At 3rd Circ.

    The former dean of the Fox School of Business at Temple University has asked the Third Circuit to throw out his conviction on charges that he falsely inflated the school's stats to boost its ranking in U.S. News & World Report, arguing that students still got a good education in exchange for their tuition.

  • June 27, 2022

    Trade Secret Suit Over Anesthetic's Cocaine Ingredient Settled

    A drugmaker producing a cocaine-based anesthetic and the pharmaceutical company it sued for allegedly misappropriating trade secrets related to the safety of its pharmaceutical-grade cocaine hydrochloride have together asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to dismiss the case.

  • June 27, 2022

    Morgan Lewis Opens 34-Person Office In Seattle

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced the opening of an office in Seattle on Monday as part of the BigLaw firm's first foray into the Pacific Northwest, including hiring away more than a dozen attorneys from litigation boutique Calfo Eakes LLP.

  • June 24, 2022

    Pa. Feds Say 2 Attys Siphoned Legal Fees From Former Firm

    Two personal injury attorneys are accused of resolving cases behind their former law firm partners' backs and pocketing thousands of dollars in legal fees for themselves, federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania said Friday.

  • June 24, 2022

    Liberian Civil War General Charged With Immigration Fraud

    An alleged war criminal and former commanding general of Liberia's armed forces during the country's first civil war has been charged with immigration fraud and perjury, according to Philadelphia federal prosecutors.

  • June 24, 2022

    Pa. Coal Co. Settles Sierra Club's Water Warming Lawsuit

    The Sierra Club and GenOn Power Midwest have reached an agreement to end litigation over a now-shuttered coal-fired facility in Pittsburgh, a deal that sees the environmental group collecting $140,000 from the company to cover its legal bills, according to a settlement filed Friday

  • June 24, 2022

    Roe Reversal Leaves States To Make Own Abortion Rules

    State and local lawmakers now have new powers to outlaw abortions and punish those who seek or perform the procedure under Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned abortion as a constitutional right.

  • June 24, 2022

    PNC Gets Trims In Calif. Man's Suit Over Fraudulent Transfer

    PNC Bank NA didn't violate Pennsylvania's wire-transfer or consumer-protection laws when it allegedly misled a California-based customer about stopping a money transfer to a scammer, but it may have violated its duty of good faith and fair dealing, a Pittsburgh federal judge said.

  • June 24, 2022

    T-Mobile Fights Pa. Cell Tower Eviction Over Electricity Bill

    A T-Mobile cell tower operator has leveled claims against the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania state court, alleging the city authority wrongfully sought to cut a 30-year lease short, evict the operator and assume control of the cell tower.

  • June 24, 2022

    Leech Tishman Accused Of Helping Exec Steal, Hide Funds

    A New York investment fund has filed suit in Pennsylvania state court accusing Pittsburgh-based firm Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl LLC and its managing partner of helping a construction company executive steal millions in investor money, allegedly going so far as to hide money in the firm's client trust account.

  • June 24, 2022

    3rd Circ. Revokes Cert. In Ollie's ADA Class Action

    The Third Circuit Friday threw out class certification for a group of wheelchair-using customers suing Ollie's Bargain Outlet for impeded access by having boxes, pillars and other obstacles in its stores, holding the lower court certified the class with inadequate evidence.

  • June 24, 2022

    Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

  • June 23, 2022

    Pa. Court Worries Bridge Collapse Case Could Be 'Quagmire'

    Lawsuits over the collapse of a Pittsburgh bridge could turn into a "procedural quagmire" if the National Transportation Safety Board objects to producing inspection reports and maintenance records that several people injured in the fall want in order to prepare their complaints, a Pennsylvania state court judge said Thursday.

  • June 23, 2022

    Pa. Justices To Hear Zoning Spat Over Suburban Hospital Plan

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to decide if the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center can build a hospital within a mile of one owned by its rival, a determination that will affect the health care system's plans to expand into Jefferson Hills.

  • June 23, 2022

    Varvatos Employees' Ch. 11 Bias Suit Loses At 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit upheld a lower court's dismissal of a sex bias suit filed by employees of men's clothing retailer John Varvatos Enterprises Inc., ruling that the class of female workers hadn't shown inequitable conduct by the debtor's owners.

Expert Analysis

  • Recent Trade Secret Cases Show Sentencing Disparities

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    Sentencing disparities in U.S. trade secret cases have surfaced in recent years, and legal practitioners should know that courts have found that the intended loss does not necessarily equal the cost of development of stolen trade secrets or the defendant's intended gain from misappropriation, says Steven Lee at Lewis Brisbois.

  • What's At Stake In Justices' FCA Qui Tam Dismissal Review

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    The Supreme Court's decision next term in U.S. v. Executive Health Resources could hold that the government cannot dismiss a qui tam action in which it initially declined intervention, which would mean the government must expend more resources vetting False Claims Act cases and give relators free rein as prosecutors of their cases, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.

  • Opinion

    Now's The Time To Address Archaic Law School Curricula

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    With law school enrollments jumping significantly ahead of a potential recession and more students graduating than the market can absorb, law schools should turn to creative solutions to teach students how to negotiate, work with clients, specialize and use technology to practice their craft more efficiently, says University of Colorado adjunct professor Jason Mendelson.

  • State Natural Resource Damages Suits: What Cos. Must Know

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    With numerous states currently following New Jersey's lead in stepping up litigation seeking natural resource damages, defendants face unique challenges, and must consider unique approaches to case management to limit liability, says Matthew Conley at Archer.

  • Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

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    The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

  • LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Highlights Pass-Through Tax Issue

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    A Virginia bankruptcy court's recent ruling in the case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan shows there may be serious tax consequences for pass-through entity partners who give up their ownership interest without following operating agreement exit provisions and updating bankruptcy court filings, say Edward Schnitzer and Hannah Travaglini at Montgomery McCracken.

  • 8 Steps To Creating A Legal Ops Technology Road Map

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    Legal departments struggling to find and implement the right technologies for their operations should consider creating a road map that summarizes their approach to technology changes, provides clearly defined metrics for success, and serves as the single source of truth for stakeholders, says Melanie Shafer at SimpleLegal.

  • The Importance Of Data And Data Analysis In Litigation

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    Understanding, analyzing and effectively presenting large data sets is an increasingly important skill in litigation as it allows plaintiffs to dramatically scale up the scope of cases and is often critical to defeating motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, says David Burnett at Motley Rice.

  • Turnover Provision Ruling Is Warning For Junior Creditors

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    The recent Third Circuit decision in CoFund v. Hitachi serves as a useful reminder to junior and senior creditors as to how their dealings in an intercreditor arrangement may play out following a debtor's bankruptcy, and provides insight into the consequences a junior creditor may face after breaching a turnover provision, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • Steps Companies Can Take To Mitigate Privilege Labeling Risk

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    Although Google prevailed on a recent privilege labeling sanctions motion, an important takeaway from the decision is that companies should assess their in-house procedures and employee training programs regarding privileged communications to mitigate risks of the potential appearance of bad faith privilege claims, say Gareth Evans at Redgrave and e-discovery attorney James Hertsch.

  • What Litigation Funding Disclosure In Delaware May Look Like

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    A standing order issued by Delaware's chief federal judge requiring litigants to disclose whether their cases or defenses are being financed by third parties is unlikely to have onerous effects but may raise questions regarding potential conflicts of interest and access to justice, say Cayse Llorens and Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • Ch. 11 Trustee Fee Ruling Leaves Remedy Challenges

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision this week in Siegel v. Fitzgerald concerning quarterly fees payable by Chapter 11 debtors to fund the U.S. Trustee Program offloads the determination of remedies to the courts below, raising questions such as whether there is a sound legal basis for foisting fees onto North Carolina and Alabama, says Sasha Gurvitz at KTBS.

  • Key Legal And Regulatory Trends In Oil And Gas Transactions

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    Attorneys involved in oil and gas transactions must be aware of important legal and regulatory trends that have emerged recently, including issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing, climate change, pipeline tariffs and a resurgence of regulation under the Biden administration, say Justin Hoffman and Thomas Blackwell at Baker Botts.

  • How In-House Legal Leaders Can Drive Corporate Growth

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    Today, more executives are seeking legal leaders who are strategic, adaptable thinkers, making it essential that in-house counsel get out of their comfort zone of legal advice and take several steps to contribute toward revenue growth and raise their profile, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

  • Attorneys Should Tread Carefully On Job Counteroffers

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    Promises of more compensation to keep attorneys from leaving their jobs have become commonplace in today's hot job market, but lawyers should weigh their options carefully as accepting a counteroffer can negatively affect their reputation, says Leeron Molloy at VOYlegal.

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