Pennsylvania

  • February 27, 2024

    Biden's Labor Secretary Nom Clears Senate Committee Again

    Julie Su, President Joe Biden's long-running nominee for labor secretary who has been temporarily serving in the role for the past year, made it through a Senate committee Tuesday, though her fate in the full chamber is uncertain.

  • February 26, 2024

    3rd Circ. Backs Amtrak's Win In Fired Black Worker's Bias Suit

    The Third Circuit declined Monday to revive a Black former Amtrak inspector's racial discrimination suit claiming he was fired out of prejudice, ruling he didn't show bias informed the company's decision to sack him for taking hundreds of dollars in gifts from a contractor.

  • February 26, 2024

    Railcar Cos. Want Out Of Pa. Schools' Derailment Suit

    A trio of railcar companies told a federal court that a group of Pennsylvania school districts can't rope them into litigation over the Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, arguing in briefs Friday that the schools didn't sufficiently link them to the harm allegedly suffered from the derailment and chemical spill.

  • February 26, 2024

    Black Truck Drivers Can't Revive Race Bias Suit At 3rd Circ.

    Two Black truck drivers for a supermarket chain couldn't beat "voluminous evidence" that they were fired for threatening a co-worker who one called a "rat" or a "snitch," the Third Circuit ruled, refusing to revive their suit blaming race bias for their termination.

  • February 26, 2024

    Conn. Homeowners Say Toll Bros. Botched Senior Community

    A planned community hit construction firm Toll Brothers with a breach of contract suit in Connecticut state court, alleging 67 townhomes, six apartment buildings and a clubhouse were built or improved with dozens of major defects the builder failed to fix.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ashurst, Davis Polk-Led Alcoa To Buy Alumina In $2.2B Deal

    Ashurst LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP are guiding Pittsburgh-based Alcoa on a preliminary agreement to buy Australia's Alumina Ltd. at an implied equity value of about $2.2 billion, in a deal confirmed by Alumina on Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Justices Pass On Venue Fight In Erie Indemnity Fees Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the Third Circuit's refusal to transfer a case challenging Erie Indemnity Co. management fees from state court back to federal court, preserving the lower court's precedential ruling that the matter does not qualify as a class action under the Class Action Fairness Act.

  • February 23, 2024

    BofA Seeks Win In Pa. Vehicle Repossession Class Action

    Bank of America NA has asked a Pennsylvania federal judge to grant it a win in a suit alleging it sent inadequate notice letters to people whose cars it repossessed, arguing that because the car owners admit the notices did not affect their ability to redeem their vehicles, there is no genuine issue in the case.

  • February 23, 2024

    Industrial Supplier Inks $350M Deal To Buy Wesco Unit

    Electrical distribution services company Wesco International has agreed to sell its North American and European industrial maintenance, repair and integrated supply business Wesco Integrated Supply to Vallen Distribution for $350 million in an attempt to reduce debt and repurchase shares, the companies announced Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    'Empire' Star Owes Income Tax After Threatening DOJ Atty

    "Empire" actor Terrence Howard owes more than $900,000 in federal income taxes under a default judgment by a Pennsylvania federal judge that follows a monthslong search by the government to notify the actor of the suit, during which he threatened a government attorney.

  • February 23, 2024

    US Trustee Objects To Rite Aid Disclosure Statement

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has flagged what it called "objectionable" proposals from Rite Aid to hold post-confirmation votes on some Chapter 11 plan releases, as well as shortening senior secured voting and preemptively deeming unsecured creditors as detractors.

  • February 23, 2024

    US Gun Cos. Seek Time For Justices' Input On Mexico's Suit

    Gunmakers facing a recently revived lawsuit looking to hold them liable for firearms trafficking and cartel violence in Mexico on Friday asked a Boston federal judge to stand down and halt proceedings so the U.S. Supreme Court can have a chance to review the case.

  • February 23, 2024

    Pa. Dentist Hit With $11M Verdict In Cancer Patient's Suit

    A Pennsylvania jury has awarded an $11 million verdict to a woman who claimed her dentist failed to promptly send her for a biopsy of a sore in her mouth that eventually developed into Stage IV cancer, her attorneys announced Friday.

  • February 23, 2024

    Ex-Metals Co. Exec Says He Was Denied Promised Bonuses

    A former vice president for finance and administration at a Pennsylvania metals company told a state court that he was promised yearly performance-based bonuses of about $20,000, but was thwarted by the company's lack of goals and its claim that it wasn't performing well enough even as other employees got bonuses.

  • February 23, 2024

    Workers Snag Partial Win On Tip Notice Dispute With Denny's

    It is unclear whether 10 members of a collective in a suit against diner chain Denny's received a tip credit notice, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled, nevertheless granting an early win to the other workers claiming defective tip credit notices.

  • February 22, 2024

    Ex-Capital One Analyst Faces 2 Years For Insider Trading

    A former Capital One data analyst was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in a complex $3.1 million scheme to use his employer's credit card transaction data to guess revenue numbers public companies were poised to announce.

  • February 22, 2024

    IP Forecast: Samsung Eyes Ex-Attys' Litigation Funder Chats

    Samsung plans to ask a Texas court to force a patent litigation business to disclose communications with litigation funders ahead of a trial next month over whether the tech giant's former in-house counsel stole trade secrets. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • February 22, 2024

    Survey Website Must Clearly Say It's Selling Customers' Info

    The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office on Thursday announced a settlement with a Colorado company that was allegedly selling the information of visitors to its website to telemarketers without disclosing what it was doing.

  • February 22, 2024

    YouTube Privacy Judge 'Flummoxed' By Kids' Liability Theory

    A California federal judge indicated Thursday that she's open to trimming a revived proposed class action alleging Google and companies that host child-friendly YouTube channels illegally collected children's data from targeted ads, expressing concerns about the requested relief and saying she's "flummoxed" by the consumers' belated liability theory against the channels' owners.

  • February 22, 2024

    3rd Circ. Won't Protect AbbVie's Atty-Client Communications

    The Third Circuit has denied AbbVie Inc.'s bid to block a Pennsylvania federal court's order to turn over attorney communications from a patent case allegedly cooked up just to extend the company's monopoly on a testosterone drug, but the appellate court's explanation remained under seal Thursday.

  • February 22, 2024

    Ex-Philly Union Manager's Allies Get Embezzlement Sentences

    Three co-defendants of former Philadelphia union leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty have been sentenced for their participation in an embezzlement scheme spearheaded by the former International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 business manager.

  • February 22, 2024

    Anapol Weiss Absorbs Injury Boutique Attys, Adds Partner

    Anapol Weiss has joined forces with a Philadelphia personal injury boutique and added a partner from Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky PC, the firm announced this week.

  • February 22, 2024

    Disbarred Pa. Attorney Faces Forgery, Tampering Charges

    A disbarred Pennsylvania attorney now faces criminal charges for allegedly presenting fake court documents to clients with forged signatures of judges while pretending to litigate dismissed lawsuits.

  • February 22, 2024

    Wage Rules Don't Apply To Ursinus Bonds, Pa. Justices Say

    Bonds arranged by a government-created authority for the expansion of a private Pennsylvania college did not become "public funds" through the government's involvement — or subject the project to prevailing wage rules for publicly funded construction, the Keystone State's highest court ruled Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2024

    Steptoe & Johnson Adds Enviro Atty In Pittsburgh

    An attorney with more than 30 years of experience carrying out policy initiatives with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has moved to private practice at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC's Pittsburgh office, where she hopes to further environmental justice progress by guiding responsible economic development projects with industry clients.

Expert Analysis

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    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • What Courts' Deference Preference Can Mean For Sentencing

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Vargas decision deepens the split among federal appeals courts on the level of deference afforded to commentary in the U.S. sentencing guidelines — an issue that has major real-life ramifications for defendants, and is likely bound for the U.S. Supreme Court, say Jennifer Freel and Michael Murtha at Jackson Walker.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • What To Watch As Justices Take Up Title VII Job Transfer Case

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    With its recent decision to hear Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an involuntary job transfer can count as employment discrimination under Title VII — an eventual ruling that has potential to reshape workplace bias claims nationwide, says Adam Grogan at Bell Law Group.

  • How Judicial Privilege Shields Attys Facing Wiretap Violations

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    A recent ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, as well as past rulings across the country, indicates that the judicial privilege is applicable to alleged violations of wiretapping laws, so attorneys presented with audio evidence beneficial to their case should not fear being sued, says David Scott at Kang Haggerty.

  • Nursing Homes Must Prepare For Ownership Scrutiny

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    Due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' designation of nursing home ownership changes as a high risk category, and increased transparency and notice obligations for changes in skilled nursing facility ownership set to take effect in Pennsylvania in October, owners should anticipate a heightened level of review and delays, say Mark Mattioli and Paula Sanders at Post & Schell.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Pointers For Tackling Antitrust Class Action Set-Aside Orders

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    As federal district courts have increasingly been willing to enter set-aside orders for the benefit of class counsel, varying rulings have made the propriety of such orders in antitrust class actions a thorny issue — so attorneys should time their filings strategically and explore opportunities for cost-sharing, say William Reiss and Laura Song at Robins Kaplan.

  • Perspectives

    A Judge's Pitch To Revive The Jury Trial

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    Ohio state Judge Pierre Bergeron explains how the decline of the jury trial threatens public confidence in the judiciary and even democracy as a whole, and he offers ideas to restore this sacred right.

  • Rebuttal

    Mallory Ruling Doesn't Undermine NC Sales Tax Holding

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    Contrary to the conclusion reached in a recent Law360 guest article, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Mallory ruling shouldn't be read as implicitly repudiating the North Carolina Supreme Court’s sales tax ruling in Quad Graphics v. North Carolina Department of Revenue — the U.S. Supreme Court could have rejected Quad by directly overturning it, says Jonathan Entin at Case Western Reserve.

  • How To Recognize And Recover From Lawyer Loneliness

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    Law can be one of the loneliest professions, but there are practical steps that attorneys and their managers can take to help themselves and their peers improve their emotional health, strengthen their social bonds and protect their performance, says psychologist and attorney Traci Cipriano.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Disclosure Should Be Mandatory

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    Despite the Appellate Rules Committee's recent deferral of the issue of requiring third-party litigation funding disclosure, such a mandate is necessary to ensure the even-handed administration of justice across all cases, says David Levitt at Hinshaw.

  • Recalling USWNT's Legal PR Playbook Amid World Cup Bid

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    As the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team strives to take home another World Cup trophy, their 2022 pay equity settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation serves as a good reminder that winning in the court of public opinion can be more powerful than a victory inside the courtroom, says Hector Valle at Vianovo.

  • Opinion

    Justices' Job Transfer Review Should Hold To Title VII Text

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Muldrow v. City of St. Louis should hold that a job transfer can be an adverse employment action, and the analysis should be based on the straightforward language of Title VII rather than judicial activism, say Lynne Bernabei and Alan Kabat at Bernabei & Kabat.

  • 11th Circ. Ruling May Impede Insurers' Defense Cost Recoup

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent Continental Casualty v. Winder Laboratories ruling that insurers cannot obtain reimbursement of defense costs from their insureds where the policy itself does not require such reimbursement is likely to be cited as persuasive authority in Georgia and other states without clear precedent on the issue, say Christy Maple and Robert Whitney at Phelps Dunbar.

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