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PSU Administrators' Prosecutions on Hold

By Max Mitchell |

The prosecution of three former Penn State administrators for allegedly covering up the crimes of convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky will remain on hold pending the appeals of a ruling from January denying the defendants' bid to drop the case.

Former Worker Quashes University's Subpoena

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A former University of Scranton police officer has persuaded a federal judge to keep the school from subpoenaing her current employer for her records.

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In First Crack at Fracking Issue, Judge Sides With Driller

By Gina Passarella |

A federal judge, in a case of first impression involving fracking in Pennsylvania, took a literal definition of "adjacent" when determining whether a gas company's compression sites should be lumped together when looking at potential Clean Air Act violations.

Dauphin County Aims for One Judge Per Family

By Lizzy McLellan |

Culminating a multi-decade effort, Dauphin County has opened a designated family court, with three judges dedicated to family court cases.

Nelson Brown's Big Drop in Head Count Raises Questions

By Max Mitchell |

In a little more than the past year, insurance boutique Nelson Brown Hamilton & Krekstein has gone from roughly 75 attorneys to now around 25, leading to questions about the firm's long-term future.

Attorney Fees in Patented App MDL Denied

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The chief judge of the Western District of Pennsylvania has denied attorney fees to a bank that had been accused of violating another company's patent in its banking app.

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McCord Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Extortion

By Gina Passarella |

Former state Treasurer Rob McCord, 55, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of extortion related to his attempts to secure campaign contributions for his 2014 gubernatorial bid.

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NCAA-Penn State Settlement Turned on Court Ruling

By Max Mitchell |

When an en banc panel of the Commonwealth Court ruled in April 2014 that the consent decree the NCAA levied against Penn State, which included a $60 million penalty, might not have been properly entered into, the lead attorney in the case knew he was about to be slammed with discovery demands.

Corman Releases Discovery Docs in NCAA Suit

By Max Mitchell |

Calling upon the NCAA to conduct an investigation into how it imposed a consent decree against Penn State, state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, released nearly 5,000 pages of documents uncovered while his suit against the college athletics governing body was being litigated.

Supreme Court to Eye 1806 Law in Oil and Gas Case

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case in which the heirs to a Centre County property were stripped of their oil and gas rights because of an "arcane" and outdated tax assessment law.

Case Over Fired Open Records Officer Set for En Banc Hearing

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Commonwealth Court has scheduled a March en banc session to hear arguments over Gov. Tom Wolf's dismissal of the executive director of the Office of Open Records.

U.S. Gov't Fails to Get Out of Nuclear Cleanup Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The federal government has failed in its attempt to get out of a multimillion-dollar suit over the cleanup of a radioactive waste disposal site in central Pennsylvania, even though it already agreed to pay the state $10 million a decade ago, under a federal judge's order.

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Centre County DA Accused of Forgery, Alleges Conspiracy

By Max Mitchell |

An embattled district attorney who has been accused of forging a judge's signature is claiming that she is the subject of a conspiracy.

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Contractor Entitled to Mechanic's Lien

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Lycoming County judge has decided that Linde Corp., a contracting company, is entitled to a mechanic's lien of more than $216,000 for work it performed on a water withdrawal facility, despite the defendants' claim that the owner of the property did not approve the work.

Jury in Murder Case Not Swayed by Facebook, Judge Rules

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The case of a convicted accomplice to murder was not prejudiced by social media posts made by the victim's friends and family, a Lackawanna County judge has ruled in an apparent case of first impression.

Obermayer Rebmann Caught Between Client, Litigation Funder

By Gina Passarella |

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel has asked a Pittsburgh federal judge to decide whether the firm's client or a litigation funding company is owed certain money from the client's underlying settlement.

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NCAA, PSU to Settle $60M Dispute, Repeal Sanctions

By Max Mitchell |

Parties on both sides of a dispute over the validity of a consent decree the NCAA imposed against Penn State announced the sanction will be repealed under a proposed settlement agreement.

Luzerne County Defender's Termination Suit Can Proceed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Luzerne County Chief Public Defender Albert J. Flora Jr.—who, before being forced out, had sued the county for underfunding the office—can continue with his previously dismissed wrongful-termination suit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled.

Out-of-Contract Agreements Tossed From Motel 6 Trademark Trial

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Texas law would bar a reference to promises made outside of a written franchise agreement in a trademark dispute brought by Motel 6 against owners of a hotel in central Pennsylvania, so those owners can't refer to alleged extra-contractual promises at trial in Harrisburg, a federal judge has ruled.

Drilling Contamination Case Narrowed Against Cabot

By Gina Passarella |

A Pennsylvania federal judge has significantly curtailed the claims in a suit over allegations oil and gas drilling led to the contamination of a Susquehanna County township's water supply.

Court Denies Access to Judge's Email on Sandusky Case

By Max Mitchell |

The Commonwealth Court has denied a right-to-know request for an email a former supervising grand jury judge sent a prosecutor regarding his opinion of the prosecution of convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky.

Bucknell Student's Defamation Claim Against Lawyer Survives

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A federal judge has dismissed all claims made by a former Bucknell student against the university following the 2010 internal student conduct proceeding stemming from an accusation that he had assaulted a female student. His claim against the woman's lawyer, though, has survived.

Fracking, Penn State Topped Commonwealth Court Agenda

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Commonwealth Court in 2014 took on several issues of national importance.

Pa. Justices Take on Noncompete Agreement Case

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a first-impression case that defined employers' obligations to an employee signing a noncompete agreement.

Pa. Supreme Court Takes Up Attorney's Breath-Test Appeal

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over whether an attorney, who declined to undergo a chemical test following his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence but offered to alternatively take breathalyzer and urinalysis tests, should have his driver's license suspended for one year.

Class Arbitration Question Certified to the Third Circuit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Classwide arbitration is a murky area of law and a federal judge in Pennsylvania has certified one of its threshold questions—whether district courts or arbitration panels are supposed to decide which one will determine if a given contract allows for arbitration of classwide claims—as an interlocutory appeal to the Third Circuit.

Union Violated Law by Discouraging Volunteer Firefighters

By Lizzy McLellan |

A firefighters' union was in violation of labor law provisions when it told volunteer firefighters to refrain from responding to fires in the Chambersburg Borough, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Superior Court Waives Defective Complaint in Foreclosure Case

By Max Mitchell |

The state Superior Court has waived the appeal of a mortgage foreclosure action in which a bank's complaint was verified in possible violation of the rules of civil procedure.

Benefits Denied in Noose and 'N-Word' Case

By Max Mitchell |

The Commonwealth Court has found that expert reports were insufficient to warrant an award of workers' compensation benefits for the only black female worker at a Carlisle, Pa., foundry, despite reports of one co-worker using "the N-word," another making disparaging comments about women and a noose being hung in an office.

NCAA Fights for Broad Protection Order in Paterno Suit

By Max Mitchell |

The NCAA is citing its ongoing spat with state officials in a separate case as evidence that a protection order in Paterno v. NCAA should limit pretrial disclosure.

Court Recording Devices Raise Concerns in Monroe County

By Max Mitchell |

Attorneys in Pennsylvania are once again concerned about the use of audio equipment in courtrooms possibly recording confidential conversations between attorneys and their clients.

High Court to Consider Reasonable Suspicion for Sobriety Test

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on reasonable suspicion to perform sobriety tests in a York County DUI case.

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Jury Awards Damages To Injured Driver With UIM Coverage

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Centre County jury has awarded $400,000 to a man who was injured in a car accident outside of Nittany Mall.

Fed. Judge Sends Spanier, Freeh Suit Back to State Court

By Max Mitchell |

A federal judge has remanded a potential defamation suit against Louis J. Freeh to state court, effectively ending for now Freeh's attempts to have the federal court take up the case.

Justices Ponder Eligibility for Benefits During House Arrest

By Lizzy McLellan |

Following arguments last Tuesday in Harrisburg in Chamberlain v. UCBR, the state Supreme Court is tasked with deciding whether a person under house arrest can be eligible for unemployment compensation benefits.

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Lawyer for Lynn Attacks Child Endangerment Conviction

By Max Mitchell |

The attorney representing the first Catholic Church administrative official convicted of endangering the welfare of children abused by other priests argued Tuesday before the state Supreme Court that the conviction should not stand because the official did not have any supervisory interactions with the children.

Pa. Justices Urged to Bar Informed Consent in Med Mal Cases

By Max Mitchell |

For at least one state Supreme Court justice, the issue of whether informed consent forms should be barred from strict medical malpractice suits comes down to the idea that a plaintiff cannot consent to negligent treatment.

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'Kids-for-Cash' RICO Case Moved to Middle District

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A federal judge in Pittsburgh has moved a RICO suit stemming from the "kids-for-cash" judicial scandal to Scranton, where the events underlying the case took place.

Gas Pipeline Doesn't Violate Landowners' Rights

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The construction of a natural gas pipeline on private property by a utility company does not infringe upon the landowners' rights, a Lycoming County judge has ruled.

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Decedent's Wife Awarded in Perry Co. Dram Shop Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The wife of a man who was killed in a collision with a drunken driver has been awarded $2.5 million in her dram shop case by a Perry County jury.

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State Officials Say NCAA Collaborated on Freeh Report

By Max Mitchell |

Newly released emails show the NCAA collaborated with the Freeh Group in the lead-up to the release of the Freeh report, according to state officials involved in the dispute over the $60 million consent decree the athletic body levied against Penn State University.

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$2.5M Awarded in Perry County Dram Shop Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The wife of a man who was killed in a collision with a drunken driver has been awarded $2.5 million in her dram shop case by a Perry County jury.

Ballard Spahr Fills Chief Marketing Role With Wilmer Hire

By Gina Passarella |

Ballard Spahr's chief marketing position, which had been vacant for more than a year, has been filled by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr Director of Business Development Timothy John H. Delaney.

Insurance Carrier Off the Hook for Teen's Suicide

By Max Mitchell |

An insurance carrier will not have to be financially responsible for the suicide of a 16-year-old living with her mother and her mother's gun-owning boyfriend, a common pleas judge has ruled.

Cephalon Reverse-Payment Issue Debated Post-Actavis

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Thirty lawyers and a federal judge wrestled with the question of whether the U.S. Supreme Court introduced a new threshold for plaintiffs to reach when they challenge the payments made by major pharmaceutical companies to generic drugmakers in order to keep the cheaper drugs off the market.

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Justices Take Case on 'Any Exposure' Asbestos Theory

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over whether an "any exposure" causation theory should have been prohibited in an asbestos case against Ford Motor Co.

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Judge Denies Post-Trial Motions in Traffic Court Case

By Gina Passarella |

The federal judge who oversaw the corruption trial of several former Philadelphia Traffic Court officials indicted in a ticket-fixing scheme has denied motions for acquittal or a new trial filed by the four judges who were found guilty of the lesser charges filed in the case.

State Won't Need to Review Feds' Files on Charged Driller

By Max Mitchell |

Although the ExxonMobil subsidiary the state attorney general last year charged criminally for violations related to fracking can subpoena federal investigators for Brady material, a Lycoming County judge has ruled that state prosecutors will not need to review the federal government's investigative files on the company.

Justices Deny NCAA's Bid to Resolve $60M Consent Decree Case

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has denied the NCAA's bid to have the justices strike down a Commonwealth Court ruling that questioned the validity of the $60 million consent decree the athletic body levied against Penn State University.

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Gender Requirement Trumps Seniority in Lackawanna County

By Lizzy McLellan |

Lackawanna County did not violate a collective bargaining agreement when choosing to hire a female detention officer over 12 senior males, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

McCaffery's Seat Likely to Stay Empty Through 2014

By Max Mitchell and Lizzy McLellan |

The state Supreme Court seat left empty by former Justice Seamus P. McCaffery will likely remain vacant until next year's election, political and legal sources who spoke with the Law Weekly said.

Overall Pennsylvania Bar-Passage Rate for July Test Dipped

By Max Mitchell |

Although some schools saw passage rates for the Pennsylvania bar exam drop by around 10 percentage points, the overall passage rate for the Pennsylvania bar exam's July test saw only a slight drop over last year.

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Subcontractor Could Be on Hook for Construction Death

By Lizzy McLellan |

After waiving its immunity under the Workers' Compensation Act, a masonry subcontractor may have to reimburse the general contractor for a $3.1 million settlement owed after the death of the subcontractor's own employee at the construction site, now that the state Superior Court has decided that parts of an indemnification contract are valid as clear agreements.

Superior Court Kicks Auto Case to Centre County

By Max Mitchell |

The state Superior Court is using the recent ruling in Bratic v. Rubendall to allow defendants to transfer a motor vehicle case from Philadelphia to the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.

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$60M NCAA, PSU Consent Decree Dispute Continues

By Max Mitchell |

Although seemingly resolved a month ago, another dispute has arisen between the NCAA and state officials over the $60 million consent decree the athletic body levied against Penn State University. This time the NCAA wants the state Supreme Court to get involved.

Courts Split on Class Arbitrability in Energy Cases

By Gina Passarella |

In the wake of a Third Circuit ruling as to whether the court or the arbitrator determines if a case is suitable for class arbitration, two district judges in the Middle District of Pennsylvania split on how to apply the ruling to separate putative class cases involving the same energy company.

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Partition Case Reinstated Due to Immunity Question

By Max Mitchell |

The Commonwealth Court has reinstated a personal injury suit against a school because the record lacked sufficient information about how an accordian-style partition was secured to school property to justify the application of governmental immunity.

Justices Take Up Whether Juries Should Determine Biosolids Use

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether juries should be able to determine if spreading a fertilizer made from recycled sewage sludge, known as biosolids, constitutes a "normal agricultural practice."

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Berks Judge Rejects Nursing-Home Arbitration Agreement

By Hank Grezlak |

A trial judge has ruled an arbitration agreement a Reading, Pa., nursing home made a resident's family sign was unconscionable because it was so one-sided and violated public policy.

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Judge Rules Insurers Can't Keep Plaintiffs' Records in Crash Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Insurers of defendants in a drunken-driving accident case must destroy or return the plaintiffs' confidential records at the conclusion of the litigation, a Pittsburgh judge has ruled.

Energy Company Wins Lease Extension

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A change-of-ownership provision in an oil and gas lease saved a contract extension made by the energy company's predecessor, a federal judge has ruled in an issue of first impression for Pennsylvania.

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Two Turnpike Defendants Offered ARD

By Max Mitchell |

State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has offered two defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission corruption case accelerated rehabilitative disposition in exchange for a dismissal of charges.

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Montco Clerk Files $100 Mil. Suit Against Big Banks

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Three months after a federal judge entered declaratory judgment for the Montgomery County recorder of deeds in a class action case she brought against the private mortgage recording service called MERS, she has filed suit against the big banks that used that service.

Fraud Claim in $40 Mil. Energy Dispute Gets Green Light

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A claim of fraud in a $40 million business dispute brought by a pipeline contractor against a natural gas company has survived a motion to dismiss in federal court along with a claim for punitive damages.

AmerisourceBergen Denied Attorney Fee Coverage

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

AmerisourceBergen is not entitled to coverage from its insurance carrier for attorney fees incurred because of a Massachusetts qui tam suit, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Discovery of Doctor Reviews Halted to Address Privilege

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Based on an insurer's position that there is no case law to refute its claims that its physician reviews are privileged, a Lackawanna County judge has stayed an order compelling discovery of those documents pending the outcome of an appeal.

Parties Spar Over Court's Role in Insurance Liquidation Process

By Max Mitchell |

An attorney representing the Pennsylvania insurance commissioner argued before the state Supreme Court that when considering a rehabilitator's plan to liquidate an insurance carrier, the courts should defer to the experts.

Lawyer Argues Before Justices That MRI Use Should Be Tax-Free

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Counsel for a radiology practice argued before the state Supreme Court last week that medical equipment, including MRI and CT machines, software and the electricity used to power the equipment, qualify for the manufacturing exclusion under the Tax Reform Code.

Involuntary Plaintiffs Are Subject to Counterclaims

By Max Mitchell |

A party joined in a case as an involuntary plaintiff is not immune to counterclaims brought by a defendant, the state Superior Court has ruled.

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Spanier Asks AG to Turn Over Purported Emails

By Max Mitchell |

The attorney for former Penn State University President Graham B. Spanier is pointing to the Moulton report as reason to believe that prosecutors have access to several emails pertaining to the three former university administrators facing charges related to the handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.

Judge Uses Act 13 Ruling to Deny Drilling Project

By Max Mitchell |

Relying on the state Supreme Court's recent interpretation of Act 13, a Lycoming County judge has denied an energy company's bid to construct an oil and gas well pad in the county.

Superior Court Says Application of UIM Rejection Is Unclear

By Max Mitchell |

Although the language of an insurance clause rejecting underinsured motorist coverage was legally sufficient, it failed to specify whether the cancellation applied to subsequent policies, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Superior Court Revives Malicious Prosecution Case

By P.J. D'annunzio |

The state Superior Court has revived a malicious prosecution suit brought by a couple that had been accused of stealing gasoline from a Schuylkill County minimart.

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No Fees for Non-Admitted Lawyer in Debt Collection Case

By Gina Passarella |

While the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act provides for attorney fees if a debt collector violates the law, those fees can't be paid to a non-admitted attorney who, while claiming to have acted in only a consulting capacity, did more than local counsel, a Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled.

Prisoner's Ejaculation Suit Can Proceed

By Gina Passarella |

A Pennsylvania federal judge has denied prison officials' motions for summary judgment in a civil rights suit by a prisoner who was denied medication to treat retrograde ejaculation because of the prison's policy that ejaculation is forbidden.

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State Justices Take Up Third Circuit's Privilege Question

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court has agreed to review the question of whether an allegation of sexual misconduct against a teacher by a former student—made outside of a "quasi-judicial" proceeding—counts as a privileged communication.

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Pair Can't Get Punitives Vacated After Settlement

By Gina Passarella |

A Pennsylvania federal judge has denied the request to vacate $2.25 million in punitive damages against two former heads of a medical supply company who argued they settled the underlying patent infringement cases post-verdict and the judgment was hurting their chances of obtaining new employment.

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Defendants May Now Have Easier Time Changing Venue in Pa.

By Max Mitchell |

The uphill battle defendants faced when trying to get their cases moved from a plaintiff's chosen venue has been leveled somewhat thanks to the state Supreme Court's decision last month in Bratic v. Rubendall, according to attorneys who spoke with the Law Weekly.

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Defense Contractor Settles Following Collision in Kuwait

By Max Mitchell |

According to court documents, on Nov. 19, 2009, Brian Mark Patton, a 37-year-old Pennsylvania resident who worked as a corrections officer but was serving a tour of duty as a reservist for the U.S. Navy, was driving an SUV along a two-lane road in Kuwait with David Morgan, who was also a corrections officer serving a tour of duty, as passenger.

Third Circuit Sets FMLA Return-to-Work Standard

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A Reading Hospital office worker's Family and Medical Leave Act claim has allowed the Third Circuit to set a standard for when an employee's right to return to work is triggered.

Justices Deny Rohm and Haas' Appeal in Brain-Cancer Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear a brain-cancer-cluster case against Rohm and Haas that was initially dismissed, but revived later by the state Superior Court.

Archer & Greiner Sues Client for $1.15 Mil. in Fees

By Gina Passarella |

New Jersey-based Archer & Greiner has sued a Pennsylvania-based client in federal court for more than $1.15 million in alleged unpaid legal fees.

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Justices to Eye Estoppel by Deed in Oil and Gas Cases

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether a lease entitles an oil and gas company to a 62-acre property, despite the fact that the lease was entered into when the landowners only had title to half the property and payment only covered 31 acres.

Attorney to Lose Driver's License Despite Breath-Test Consent

By Max Mitchell |

An attorney who declined to undergo a chemical test following his arrest for allegedly driving under the influence will still lose his driver's license for a year, even though he offered to alternatively take breathalyzer and urinalysis tests, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

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Freeh Asked to Show Cause to Move Suit by Spanier to U.S. Ct.

By Max Mitchell |

The federal judge presiding over Louis J. Freeh's attempts to remove a possible defamation case against him from state to federal court has ordered Freeh to show why the federal court has jurisdiction to take the case.

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Pa.'s Ban on Political Contributions Struck Down

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Pennsylvania's law barring corporations and associations from making political contributions, which had been in direct conflict with Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, has now been permanently enjoined.

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State Police to Fight U.S. Justice Department Sex Bias Suit

By John L. Kennedy |

A recent federal court ruling that the FBI engaged in gender discrimination in its physical fitness requirements should help the Pennsylvania State Police defend its standards against a July 31 complaint by the Department of Justice, legal experts said.

Jury May Eye Fault of Docs Who Settled in Med Mal Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Even after several doctors in a medical malpractice suit settled with the plaintiff, jurors could weigh their liability along with the remaining defendants in the case, a Carbon County judge has ruled.

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Lawyer's ERISA Claim Against Former Firm Tossed

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A lawyer's suit against The Webb Law Firm in Pittsburgh alleging that he was misclassified as an independent contractor while he worked there was tossed by a federal judge.

Fired ROTC Teacher's Claims Stand Against School District

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

An ROTC teacher who was fired from a Pennsylvania public school sued the district after a school board member divulged the teacher's name on a blog over the advice of the board's solicitor.

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Federal Judge Won't Stop Spanier Prosecution

By Max Mitchell |

A federal judge has dismissed ex-Penn State University President Graham Spanier's suit seeking to have the prosecution against him dropped.

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Football Head-Injury Case Against High School Survives

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Sheldon Mann took two major hits in one high school football practice and is now described in court papers as "incapacitated."

Girl Wrestles Attorney Fees From School District

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The rural Pennsylvania school district that had to allow a girl to wrestle on a boys' team after she brought a suit in federal court now has to pay more than $70,000 in attorney fees to cover the cost of the girl's legal representation in the case.

Property Owner May Be Liable for Fatal Motorcycle Crash

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A man who briefly owned a property in between sheriff sales could be held liable for a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred on the property during that time, a Northampton County judge has ruled.

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Freeh Seeks Federal Court's Help in Spanier Suit

By Gina Passarella |

Louis J. Freeh has filed an action for declaratory judgment in federal court, seeking an interpretation of the federal removal statute after a state court's ruling that it wouldn't force former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier to outline his claims against Freeh in a possible defamation lawsuit.

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Spector Gadon Co-Founder Steven Gadon Dies at 82

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Steven F. Gadon, known not only for being the managing partner of Spector Gadon & Rosen, but also for his love of the Philadelphia Eagles, running marathons and his generous, warmhearted demeanor, died July 4 of pancreatic cancer at age 82.

Maker of Restasis Responds to Whistleblower Claims

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The pharmaceutical company Allergan said that qui tam claims against it are "defective" and "baseless," and should be dismissed, according to a response filed in federal court.

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Third Circuit Deals Final Blow to Same-Sex Marriage Ban

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A Schuylkill County official, who tried to step in and appeal the historic decision issued in May allowing for same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, has had her lawsuit thrown out of court by the Third Circuit.

In Mortgage Case, County Officials' Claims Set for Trial

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The recorders of deeds in Pennsylvania's 67 counties won declaratory judgment from a federal judge who ruled that Merscorp must create and record property transfers with the county offices.

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Superior Court Won't Take Up Spanier's Defamation Suit

By Max Mitchell |

The state Superior Court has decided not to force Graham Spanier to file a complaint in the possible defamation action he has pending against Louis Freeh.