Pennsylvania

  • September 20, 2021

    Liberty Mutual Subsidiary Off Hook For COVID Coverage

    A Liberty Mutual subsidiary defeated a children's speech and occupational therapy provider's bid for pandemic-related lost income coverage when a Massachusetts federal judge held Monday that virus exclusions in its insurance policy precluded it.

  • September 20, 2021

    Investors Seek Class Approval In Suit Over $3B Pa. Pipeline

    A group of institutional investors suing Energy Transfer LP over alleged misleading statements about its $3 billion Mariner East 2 and Revolution pipeline projects have urged a Pennsylvania federal court to certify a class with them as class representatives.

  • September 20, 2021

    Philly Condo Owners Blame Comcast, Verizon For Pipe Break

    Insurers for the owners of offices and condominiums in a Philadelphia skyscraper said Verizon and Comcast incorrectly attached their cables and conduits to a sprinkler system pipe, causing a chemical reaction that broke the pipe and flooded parts of the building in 2020, according to a suit filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • September 20, 2021

    Pittsburgh Water Utility Sued Over Bus-Swallowing Sinkhole

    A passenger on a Port Authority of Allegheny County bus that was half-swallowed by an enormous sinkhole in downtown Pittsburgh has sued the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority in Pennsylvania state court, claiming she suffered physical and emotional injuries when she had to escape the tilted bus after its rear end crashed below street level.

  • September 19, 2021

    Pa. Senate Dems Sue To Block GOP's Voter Info Subpoena

    Democratic members of the Pennsylvania Senate filed a suit in state court late Friday aimed at blocking a Republican-backed subpoena approved last week seeking personal information of voters as part of a review of the 2020 election.

  • September 17, 2021

    Prosecutors Urge High Court To Consider Injection Site Case

    Eighty current and former prosecutors and law enforcement leaders on Friday lodged an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court backing efforts to open the country's first overdose prevention site, with President Joe Biden's nominee for Massachusetts U.S. Attorney and the Los Angeles County district attorney among notable signatories.

  • September 17, 2021

    Ex-Mylan Info Tech VP Cops to $8M Insider Trading Scheme

    A former Mylan vice president on Friday pled guilty to conspiring with another executive to trade their company's securities ahead of public announcements, a scheme that resulted in more than $8 million in potential profits and avoided losses, according to the Justice Department.

  • September 17, 2021

    Pa. Court Is Asked For Hearing On 14-Minute Med Mal Verdict

    A widow who accused a northeast Pennsylvania hospital of negligently causing her husband's death has urged a state appeals court to order a hearing into potential improprieties after jurors returned a defense verdict in her medical malpractice case after only 14 minutes of deliberation.

  • September 17, 2021

    3rd Circ. Preview: Antitrust, Defamation Suits Kick Off Fall

    The Third Circuit will begin autumn by weighing antitrust matters involving Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.'s bid to arbitrate claims that doctors overpaid for rotavirus vaccines and an airport restaurant subleasing company's resistance to a Pepsi-only sales rule.

  • September 17, 2021

    3 Firms Win $1.3M In Fees From Zynerba CBD Gel Settlement

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has granted final approval for an award of $1.3 million in fees to attorneys from Pomerantz LLP, the Rosen Law Firm and Bronstein Gewirtz & Grossman LLC for securing a $4 million settlement on behalf of investors in CBD drugmaker Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc.

  • September 17, 2021

    Health Hires: Holland & Knight, Arnall Golden Gregory

    Holland & Knight LLP has snapped up an Akerman LLP partner in New York, while Arnall Golden Gregory LLP has built out its D.C. presence with a new health law litigator, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena.

  • September 17, 2021

    Insurers' Bid To Escape Wawa's Virus Suit Meets Skepticism

    A New Jersey state judge pushed back Friday on insurance companies' attempt to toss Wawa Inc.'s lawsuit seeking coverage for its COVID-19-related losses, suggesting that he had to accept the convenience store chain's allegations that it suffered physical damage over the insurers' arguments to the contrary.

  • September 17, 2021

    Philly Atty Pushes To Ax Greenblatt Pierce's $5M Fee Claim

    A Philadelphia-based lawyer has urged a state judge to junk a lawsuit from Greenblatt Pierce Funt & Flores LLC seeking a share of legal fees from a $5 million settlement in a wage and hour class action the firm helped pursue against DuPont before ultimately withdrawing from the case.

  • September 17, 2021

    Pa. Asks For Win Over Brewery's Claim For Closure Damages

    A Western Pennsylvania brewery owner can't seek monetary damages from the state over its pandemic closure orders and capacity restrictions because officials were acting in their official capacities to address a business sector with unique risks, the state told a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday.

  • September 17, 2021

    3rd Circ. Says TTAB Ruling Doesn't Preclude Later Lawsuit

    The Third Circuit on Friday revived a bitter trademark dispute between former musicians from the soul group The Ebonys over the rights to the name, ruling that an earlier decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board did not block a later infringement lawsuit.

  • September 16, 2021

    Ohio Cuts $808M Opioid Distributor Deal Plus $42M Legal Fee

    The nation's three largest drug distributors struck an $808 million deal with Ohio, and agreed to pay $42.4 million in legal fees and implement reforms, to end the Buckeye State's claims in opioid litigation in relation to an upcoming nationwide settlement, the state attorney general announced Thursday.

  • September 16, 2021

    ​​​​​​​3rd Circ. To Rehear Atty Fraud Case With Eye On Bridgegate

    A Third Circuit panel will take another look at a suspended attorney's challenge to his fraud conviction through the lens of the U.S. Supreme Court's Bridgegate decision, according to a Thursday order in a case over a public school embezzlement scheme involving the son of former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.

  • September 16, 2021

    Pa. Gambling Co. Asks To Send Insurance Suit To State Court

    Gambling and entertainment company Greenwood Racing Inc. has again urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to remand to state court its suit against two insurers over COVID-19 coverage, saying a recent Third Circuit decision supports its argument that a district court doesn't have to retain jurisdiction.

  • September 16, 2021

    Gas Pipeline Co., Contractor Settle $15M Project Dispute

    A Williams Co. unit and Danos LLC on Thursday announced they'd reached an agreement to settle a dispute over delays and the subsequent termination of a $15 million contract to rebuild a Pennsylvania natural gas storage facility.

  • September 16, 2021

    Patient Says Removal Of Ethicon Mesh Didn't Tip Her To Injury

    A Pennsylvania woman didn't connect the dots between a painful, pinching sensation and an Ethicon hernia mesh, even though her surgeon told her it "didn't work" in 2008, so the clock didn't start ticking on when she could sue the company, her attorney told a Pittsburgh federal judge Thursday.

  • September 16, 2021

    Insurer Fights Landscaper Defense For Human Trafficking Suit

    A Pennsylvania landscaping company can't tap into coverage for a suit alleging a violent human trafficking scheme for migrant labor, according to MMG Insurance Co.'s federal court suit, as the policy bars coverage for the type of expected and intended harm alleged.

  • September 16, 2021

    Fox Rothschild Bolsters IP Practice With Pittsburgh Partner

    An intellectual property attorney has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Pittsburgh and restarted her private practice after two years as an in-house assistant general counsel for a major paint manufacturer.

  • September 16, 2021

    Pa. AG Says DAs Can't Sue To Stop $26B Opioid Settlement

    The district attorneys for Pennsylvania's two biggest cities lack the authority or standing to sue the state attorney general's office over a $26 billion multistate settlement with opioid companies, the attorney general's office told a state appellate court.

  • September 16, 2021

    US Trustee To Appeal Sackler Releases In Purdue Ch. 11

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has told a New York bankruptcy judge it will appeal his order approving Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan, saying the plan's liability releases for Purdue's Sackler family now-former owners go beyond the law and undermine confidence in the system.

  • September 15, 2021

    Philly Developer Says Architect Blew $4.4M Upgrade Budget

    A Philadelphia nightclub owner has sued an architecture firm in county court for breach of contract, saying it wasted a $4.4 million renovation budget because it couldn't come up with an adequate design and forced the project to be redone from the ground up.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Embracing ESG

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    In this ongoing Expert Analysis series, in-house counsel share how they are adapting to the growing importance of environmental, social and corporate governance factors.

  • Retention Is Key To Meaningful Diversity At Law Firms

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    Minority attorneys leave their law firms earlier and at higher rates than their peers, so firms must deemphasize their diversity programs' focus on recruitment and rethink the ways they support and advance attorneys from underrepresented groups, say Shilpa Coorg and David Ramírez-Gálvez at DTO Law.

  • Rebuttal

    Justices' Pipeline Ruling Is A Close Call For Gas Industry

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    While a recent Law360 guest article opined that the U.S. Supreme Court's PennEast Pipeline v. New Jersey decision will likely have little impact, the ruling's one-vote margin shows that the U.S. natural gas pipeline system may be more vulnerable than previously thought, says Laura Olive at NERA Economic Consulting.

  • Wage And Hour Takeaways From Pa. Security Check Ruling

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    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning employee security screenings in Heimbach v. Amazon means that companies are now responsible for compensating all time workers are required to be on the premises, and ultimately shows that the state’s minimum wage law provides greater employee protections than the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, say Jason Reisman and Rebecca Reist at Blank Rome.

  • Pa. Tax Talk: Uniformity Clause At The State's High Court

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    As the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considers whether a property tax assessment violated the state Constitution's uniformity clause in Kennett Consolidated School District v. Chester County Board of Assessment Appeals, a 2019 ruling from the court — Sands Bethworks Gaming v. Department of Revenue — may help predict the pending outcome, says Jennifer Karpchuk at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

  • Avoiding Unauthorized Practice Of Law In Remote Work

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many lawyers to telecommute, potentially from home jurisdictions where they are not admitted, raising questions about compliance with states’ unauthorized practice of law mandates — but attorneys can look to rules, advisory opinions and case law for clarity, say Lauren Snyder and Amy Richardson at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • Recent High Court Decisions Signify 1st Amendment Direction

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recently concluded term saw a flurry of First Amendment cases, providing lessons for how the court, with its 6-3 conservative split, may rule next term on issues of free speech, religious freedom, association rights and more, as questions regarding social media and technological advances loom, says Samuel Mitchell at Michael Best.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Courts' Clashing Standards For Evidence At Class Cert.: Part 2

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    While federal circuits continue to split on whether to approach fact and expert evidence differently at class certification, and there is no sign of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to resolve the issue, applying an admissibility standard to one and not the other appears illogical, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

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