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  • October 15, 2021

    Endo Investors Ink $63M Deal In Generics Stock Inflation Suit

    Endo International and a class of investors told a Pennsylvania federal court Friday that they reached a $63.4 million settlement to resolve claims Endo inflated its stock price by hiking its generic drug prices in tandem with competitors and then lied to investors about how it had increased its profits.

  • October 15, 2021

    3rd Circ. Nixes Injunction In Baking Co.'s Trade Secrets Suit​

    A Third Circuit panel considering Mallet & Co.'s trade secret suit against rival baking equipment maker Synova LLC reversed an order blocking Synova from making certain products and employing former Mallet workers, finding Friday that Mallet must identify the particular trade secrets Synova allegedly misappropriated and demonstrate that they're protected.

  • October 15, 2021

    US Argues Detained Immigrants Don't Require Bond Hearings

    The Biden administration has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Third and Ninth circuits botched decisions saying the law requires bond hearings for immigrants who have been detained for more than six months with final deportation orders.

  • October 15, 2021

    Police Union Sues Over Allegheny County Vaccine Mandate

    Allegheny County's police union claimed the government can't threaten to fire officers who don't get a COVID-19 vaccine, and asked a Pennsylvania court to bar the county's employee vaccine mandate permanently.

  • October 15, 2021

    Imminent NFL Race-Norming Deal To Be Sealed, For Now

    The anticipated agreement on how to remove controversial use of race-based norms from the NFL concussion settlement is nearing finalization, but it will be kept under seal, at least for now, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Friday after a request from the league, concussion class counsel Chris Seeger of Seeger Weiss LLP and attorneys for two Black former players.

  • October 15, 2021

    Pa. Senate Bill Would Legalize, Tax Cannabis

    A bipartisan pair of Pennsylvania senators introduced legislation that would legalize adult recreational marijuana use in the state and impose a tax that could generate as much as $1 billion in annual revenue.

  • October 15, 2021

    DOJ Unveils 3 Settlements, $20M Neuro-Stimulator Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has announced three False Claims Act settlements worth a combined $1.35 million and a new complaint against a Kansas chiropractor and his company as part of a national investigation into schemes to improperly bill the U.S. government for electro-acupuncture devices.

  • October 15, 2021

    Cargill Meatpackers Seek Pay For COVID Screening Time

    Employees at a Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. meatpacking plant claim they should have been paid for extra time they spent being checked for COVID-19 symptoms before each shift and during their lunch breaks, according to a proposed class action filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • October 15, 2021

    3rd Circ. Revives Tax Evader's Deportation Challenge

    The Board of Immigration Appeals incorrectly found that a piece of late 1990s legislation barred an Italian man convicted of tax evasion from deportation relief, the Third Circuit said, sending the case back to the board for further review.

  • October 15, 2021

    Jury Axes Sexual Harassment Claims Against MyPhillyLawyer

    A Pennsylvania federal jury cleared personal injury firm MyPhillyLawyer on Friday of allegations from a former paralegal that she was subjected to repeated sexual harassment from attorneys and other co-workers during her brief tenure with the firm three years ago.

  • October 15, 2021

    Pa. Atty Disbarred In NJ For Misusing Client Trust Funds

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday stripped former Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba PC attorney Anthony S. Rachuba IV of his Garden State license following his disbarment in Pennsylvania for misappropriating funds from a client's living trust.

  • October 14, 2021

    Cookware Firm Says Warranties Should Block Defect Suits

    A Pennsylvania-based cookware company pointed repeatedly to its "lifetime warranty" Thursday as reason to dismiss several cases from federal multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective pots and pans.

  • October 14, 2021

    IP Forecast: Amazon To Fight 'Jewish Stereotype' Claims

    U.S. District Judge Alan Albright next week will hear an Israeli kitchen technology startup's allegations that lawyers for Amazon played on Jewish stereotypes to bias a Texas jury into finding that the retail giant didn't infringe patents on voice-ordering technology. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • October 14, 2021

    Pot Patient Says Food Co. Illegally Yanked Job Offer

    A Pennsylvania woman with a medical marijuana card has hit food services giant Compass Group USA Inc. with a discrimination suit in state court, alleging the company rescinded a job offer after she failed a prehire drug screen.

  • October 14, 2021

    MyPhillyLawyer Boss Slams Ex-Staffer's Harassment Claims

    The managing partner of Philadelphia-based personal injury firm MyPhillyLawyer forcefully denied allegations during testimony on Thursday that he made an inappropriate comment to an ex-paralegal who's now pursuing a sexual harassment case against her erstwhile employer.

  • October 14, 2021

    NCAA Athletes Want Wage Class Cert., Notice To Thousands

    More than 200,000 college student-athletes could opt in to a federal lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association if a judge approves a request from the proposed lead plaintiffs for the first stage of certification and notice.

  • October 14, 2021

    Chiropractor Sues State Farm Seeking Virus Coverage

    A Pennsylvania chiropractic clinic brought a proposed class action against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. for coverage of pandemic-related losses, saying government restrictions caused the type of physical loss required for coverage under its "all-risk" policy.

  • October 14, 2021

    Cresco Labs Buys Pa. Cannabis Co. In $80M Deal

    Cannabis company Cresco Labs continued its 2021 buying spree, announcing on Thursday plans to snap up Pennsylvania medical marijuana operation Laurel Hill Labs in a transaction valued at $80 million.

  • October 14, 2021

    Purdue Ch. 11 Plan Challenges Won't Hit 2nd Circ. Right Away

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Thursday denied a motion from parties appealing the confirmation of Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan to bypass the normal appellate channels and bring their arguments directly to the Second Circuit.

  • October 13, 2021

    GOP Sens. Warn Of Political Bias In Fed Bank President Picks

    The Senate Banking Committee's Republican members are urging the Federal Reserve's Boston and Dallas banks to keep politics out of their ongoing searches for new presidents, lamenting that "policymakers in Washington, D.C." are trying to influence the decisions after Fed Chair Jerome Powell pledged to fill the vacancies with "diverse candidates."  

  • October 13, 2021

    Louisiana Can't Wade Into FTC's Settled Provigil Case

    A Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday rejected a bid from the state of Louisiana to intervene in a case over the alleged delay of generic versions of narcolepsy drug Provigil that the Federal Trade Commission settled with Teva through a $1.2 billion deal in 2015.

  • October 13, 2021

    Ex-Silvers Langsam Staffer Slams 'Demeaning' Office Conduct

    A former paralegal with Silvers Langsam & Weitzman PC told a federal jury in Philadelphia on Wednesday that she was repeatedly subjected to unwanted sexual comments and touching by attorneys and other co-workers during her brief tenure with the personal injury firm.

  • October 13, 2021

    Pa. Judge Rips Ex-Golomb & Honik Partners' Fight Over Fees

    A Philadelphia judge urged a state appellate court to uphold his rulings on the breakup of the law firm Golomb & Honik PC, writing that the former partners were abusing the appellate process to force payment of fees from cases that were filed before the split.

  • October 13, 2021

    ​​​​​​​Philips Hit With $200M Suit By CPAP Cleaner Co. Over Recall

    A manufacturer of ozone gas cleaner for sleep apnea and respiratory machines sued Koninklijke Philips NV for at least $200 million in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday alleging the company misled consumers by suggesting ozone cleaners were partly responsible for a major product recall, harming its business in the process.

  • October 13, 2021

    Pa. Debt Firm Gets Deferred Prosecution In Corruption Case

    A Pennsylvania debt collection company accused of trying to bribe Illinois officials for contracts will not face prosecution if it meets certain conditions over two years, federal officials announced Tuesday while also saying the company's ex-CEO pled guilty in a separate deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    No Signs Of Turning, Tide Of Insurer COVID Wins Persists

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    The trend of COVID-19 business interruption decisions favoring insurers continues to hold strong — any commentary to the contrary is striking a narrative that is not borne out by reality, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • Opinion

    Pa. Lawmakers Must Save Medical Liability Venue Rule

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    The Pennsylvania Legislature should stop the state's Civil Procedural Rules Committee from rolling back a rule banning medical malpractice forum shopping, to avoid a return to rampant liability claims in high-verdict courts, sky-high insurance premiums for doctors and less public access to care, says Curt Schroder at the Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • What Mainstreaming Of Litigation Finance Means For Industry

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    The rush of new capital and investors into the litigation funding space is expected to bring heightened competition on price and other key deal terms, but litigants will need to be more in tune with individual financiers' proclivities, says William Weisman at Therium Capital Management.

  • After Ida, A Look At Sandy's Flood Insurance Lessons

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    The flood insurance experience gained in connection with Superstorm Sandy can offer valuable lessons to those that have suffered a flood loss from the recent Hurricane Ida, and can guide others before and after the next storm, say Lee Epstein and Matthew Goldstein at Flaster Greenberg.

  • Lifting The Veil On The Supreme Court's Shadow Docket

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    Following headline-making U.S. Supreme Court emergency orders on Texas’ new abortion law, COVID-19 restrictions and more, Vetan Kapoor, counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, examines the court's so-called shadow docket and its decision-making procedures, including questions around transparency, timing and precedential effect.

  • Series

    Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: DC On Long-Term Care

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    Washington, D.C., Insurance Commissioner Karima Woods outlines the development of insurance coverage for older adults' long-term care benefits and how regulators and the industry are attempting to resolve issues with the popular product.

  • 'McMorris Factors' Create Obstacles For Data Breach Plaintiffs

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    The factors for evaluating standing in the context of data breach allegations set forth by the Second Circuit in McMorris v. Carlos Lopez & Associates earlier this year may be difficult, if not impossible, for plaintiffs to satisfy, but the standard varies from circuit to circuit, say David Topol and Pamela Signorello at Wiley.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: United Natural Foods GC Talks Bottom Line

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    In prioritizing environmental, social and governance initiatives as strategic value drivers, corporate general counsel can leverage meaningful ESG progress to benefit both the business's bottom line and the wider world, says Jill Sutton at United Natural Foods.

  • Perspectives

    One-Subject Rule Strategy Can Defeat Dangerous State Laws

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    Attorneys at Ulmer & Berne explain how single-subject rule violation claims can thwart certain unconstitutional or controversial state statutes and protect civil rights in the face of state governments under one-party rule.

  • 3 Attorney Ethics Considerations For Litigation Funding

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    The growth of the litigation finance industry has generated questions on the obligations of counsel when their clients are seeking outside capital to fund litigation, which litigators must understand when providing information to a third-party funder and discussing legal strategy with a client, says Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

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