The Lycoming County trial judge in the criminal case against ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy over a fracking wastewater spill has denied the company's request for a bill of particulars, saying that, at 17 pages, it "reads more like a discovery request in a civil case."
Pa. Law Weekly
Determining when a case is strong enough to prosecute and when a confidential informant might be too compromised to take the witness stand are decisions typically made behind closed doors.
A federal judge has allowed the estate of a woman who died of hemopericardium in Lankenau Medical Center's emergency room to proceed with a claim against the hospital for failure to screen under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, finding that the hospital could not adequately articulate its own screening procedure as a defense.
From the Blogs
How do you maximize productivity of staff that utilizes text messaging or instant messaging as the "normal" means of communication? Do you try to eliminate texting from the workplace? Or do you accept it as the reality of a younger generation and instead try to manage the impact to productivity and to the culture of the firm?
More than 1,100 professionals recently attended the Legal Marketing Association's annual conference (Twitter hashtag #LMA14) to collaborate, contemplate and commiserate about the opportunities and challenges inherent in legal marketing.
People in the News
The following is a portion of a list of pro bono volunteers who assisted the Support Center for Child Advocates in 2013:
Clark Hill Thorp Reed attorney Stephanie K. Rawitt is set to serve as a member of the faculty for a CLE program presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute titled "A View Through the Looking Glass: Key Issues in Federal and State Wage-and-Hour Laws."