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Cozen O'Connor to Acquire Bulk of Chicago Firm

By Gina Passarella |

Cozen O'Connor is set to significantly bolster its Chicago presence with the acquisition of 60 lawyers from 70-attorney Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson, the firms said Thursday morning.

Jury to Mull Future Damages in Drone Tech Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

As a patent dispute between drone makers heads toward trial to determine damages next week, the federal judge handling the case has preserved the question of future damages for the jury.

Family Awarded $4.5M in Costa Rica Crash Suit

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has awarded $4.5 million to a family injured in Costa Rica when a resort-owned shuttle bus crashed and partially flipped over.

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Palin Settlement of Copyright Infringement Suit Over 9/11 Photo Stalled

By Charles Toutant |

Sarah Palin and her political action committee have agreed in principle to pay $15,000 to settle a copyright infringement suit filed in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, by North Jersey Media Group, but the deal has been held up by a lengthy dispute over the terms of a confidentiality agreement.

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The Pendulum Swings in Two Massachusetts Franchise Cases

By Craig R. Tractenberg and Jessica Schachter Jewell |

The franchise bar was shocked in 2011. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court announced in Awuah v. Coverall North America, 2011 Mass. LEXIS 734 (Mass. Aug. 31, 2011), that the potential cost of misclassifying workers as franchisees in Massachusetts is significant, and that for a successful claimant, return of franchise fees, advertising fees, counsel fees and treble damages were available.

People in the News - April 24, 2015 - Roper to Receive PBA Award

The Pennsylvania Bar Association's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) rights committee is set to present its inaugural David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award to Philadelphia lawyer Mary Catherine Roper, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

The Business Case for Including LGBT Lawyers in Firms

By Karen Sloan |

Richard Rosenbaum will never forget the day two decades ago when an associate working for him at Greenberg Traurig came out during a business trip. Previously, the Miami-based younger lawyer had passed for straight, even discussing a girlfriend in faraway Baltimore.

Court Sets Limits on Dog Sniffs During Traffic Stops

Police violate the Fourth Amendment if they extend a lawful traffic stop to conduct a dog sniff for drugs without reasonable suspicion that drugs are present, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

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Noncompete Controversy Taking Shape in Pa. Supreme Court

By Jeffrey Campolongo and William T. Wilson |

It appears that things are starting to heat up in the world of noncompete clauses in employment agreements. Apparently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court kicked off a firestorm of arguments when it decided to grant review of the Superior Court's decision in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, 2014 PA Super 103, 99 A.3d 928, appeal granted, 105 A.3d 659 (Pa. 2014).

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Current Status of Intended Use, Intended User Doctrines

By Patrick C. Lamb and Patrick Devine |

In November 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its landmark opinion in Tincher v. Omega Flex. Among other things, the court held that a plaintiff can satisfy the "defective condition" element of her products liability action by proving that the product in question was "dangerous beyond the reasonable consumer's contemplations."

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NFL Concussion Settlement Approved

By Saranac Hale Spencer and P.J. D'Annunzio |

The highly contested settlement between the NFL and its former players who allege they suffered head injuries while playing for the league has gotten final approval from the federal judge overseeing the case.

Choice of Law Key to Punitives in Tylenol MDL

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Whether punitive damages will be unlimited or not available at all in the bellwether trial for the Tylenol MDL will depend on whether Alabama or New Jersey law applies.

Damages Cap Doesn't Exclude Multiple Payouts

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Pennsylvania's statutory damages cap applies individually to multiple state agency defendants in the same case, the Commonwealth Court has ruled in an apparent issue of first impression.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane speaks during a news conference Jan. 21, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Kane Moves to Stabilize OAG Leadership, Messaging

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is looking to get her embattled office back on message with the hire of ex-Gov. Edward G. Rendell's former press secretary and the elevation of the head of one of her most active units to chief of staff.

PSU Trustees Seek Freeh Docs to Weigh Liability, Future Litigation

By Max Mitchell |

A cadre of Penn State trustees say they need full access to Freeh report source materials not only to monitor the university's civil liability for child sexual-abuse claims, but also to evaluate the possibility of instituting a future lawsuit over the report itself.

Pro Bono: Helpful or Hurtful to Do Something for Nothing?

By The YL Editorial Board |

Philadelphia lawyers have a great history of doing pro bono work. Sometimes it is work we take on as individuals, through the wonderful public-interest organizations that serve the citizens of our city or even through our firms. According to Pennsylvania Disciplinary Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1, lawyers should render public-interest legal service by providing professional services at no fee or a reduced fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations; similarly, the American Bar Association has issued a call for every attorney in the private practice of law to perform, at a minimum, 50 hours of pro bono legal service annually.

Brian Eric 'Rick' Appel, Attorney and Legal Educator, Dies at 74

Brian Eric "Rick" Appel, attorney and legal educator, died April 19 from esophageal cancer at age 74.

People in the News - April 23, 2015 - Clifford to Speak PBI Institute

Dan Clifford, managing partner of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby's Norristown office, is set to speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute 2015 Family Law Institute and at the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association (ERICSA) Annual Training Conference and Exposition this month.

Janice Rogers Brown.

D.C. Circuit Judge Gives Advice on How to Talk to Police

By Zoe Tillman |

"I do not wish to have an encounter with the police right now. Am I free to leave?" That's advice from Judge Janice Rogers Brown about what to say to police on patrol in Washington for illegal guns.

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Secretary Drops FMLA Suit Against NJ Judge

By Charles Toutant |

A suit claiming Essex County, New Jersey, Superior Court Judge Francine Schott demoted her secretary for taking time off to care for a sick relative has been mutually dismissed by the parties.

Shining a Light on the Potential Dangers of Dark Data

By Johan T. Widjaja |

There is a danger lurking in the dark within your firm. Nobody is monitoring this danger, and it is multiplying rampantly. Not only is this danger increasing rapidly, the number of different places where this danger is hiding is also spreading.

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Don't Ignore the Details of the Arbitration Agreement

By Abraham J. Gafni |

Often the alternative dispute resolution provisions in a contract are considered only after a lengthy and complex negotiation involving the substantive aspects of a transaction.

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Will Firms Lose Savings From Secondary Markets?

By Gina Passarella |

The past few years have seen a lot of talk and some action around law firms creating outposts in secondary markets where they can not only house back-office administrative operations, but lawyers who charge out at lower rates.

Pittsburgh Jury Awards $13M in Gender Discrimination Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A federal jury in Pittsburgh awarded $12.5 million in punitive damages to a woman who was routinely called a "bitch" by her male colleagues at an insulation manufacturing plant in southwest Pennsylvania.

Justices Decline to Hear Dragonetti Action Over 'Killer Nurse'

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court has decided not to hear arguments in a hospital's case against an attorney over filing of what it called "patently frivolous" wrongful-death lawsuits stemming from its employment of serial killer Charles Cullen as a nurse at the facility.

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Del. Vice Chancellor Lauds, Reflects on Dismissal of 26-Year-Old Case

By Gina Passarella |

Delaware Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III doesn’t want anyone to be confused about the seemingly new docket number attached to the environmental cleanup case he just agreed to dismiss

The Debate Over Fee-Shifting in Patent Infringement Litigation

By Lawrence E. Ashery |

The Innovation Act is a bill currently before Congress to revamp several statutes relating to patent litigation. Earlier this month, over 150 university presidents received a letter from the Consumer Electronics Association urging those presidents to support the Innovation Act. At issue is a controversial proposal to provide for fee-shifting in patent infringement litigation.

People in the News - April 22, 2015 - Arnold Elected ACTC President

Joan C. Arnold, a partner with Pepper Hamilton and chair of the firm's tax practice group, was elected president of the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC).

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Associate Pay Still Lags Behind Prerecession Levels

By Karen Sloan |

The country's largest law firms have largely rebounded from the recession, but associate pay has yet to fully recover, according to a law report released April 16 by the National Association for Law Placement.

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Court Says NJ Pension Head Overstepped Authority

By Mary Pay Gallagher |

The head of the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits had no legal authority to overrule a decision by the board that oversees pensions for police officers and firefighters, a state appeals court held April 15.

Addressing Data Seizure, Policy Management in US and Europe

By Kristoph Gustovich and Joe Schwarze |

The growing differences on data privacy between the United States and Europe are turning the subject into a highly politicized matter that is affecting corporations at every level, and in particular the office of the general counsel. Whether you consider former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden a hero, a traitor, a patriot or a whistleblower, he has permanently changed the information privacy landscape. His revelations have opened the public’s eyes to one of the hottest topics in the information privacy landscape: data seizure.

You Are Being Watched: How Long Is Too Long?

By Alan F. Wohlstetter |

The cities of Baltimore, New York and Chicago continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of city-owned video camera networks as they relate to crime reduction, effective law enforcement, and increased officer safety. It is worth noting, however, that publicly owned video camera networks are by and large unregulated.

$512M Settlement Reached in Cephalon Reverse-Payment Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

An antitrust lawsuit against Cephalon and associated pharmaceutical companies involving the alleged delay of introducing a generic version of the drug Provigil into the market has settled for $512 million.

In-House Lawyers Applying Metrics in New Ways

By Gina Passarella |

In-house counsel are using an increasing array of metrics to drive behavior both inside their organizations as well as within external sources ranging from outside counsel to politicians.

EDPA Judge Rules Product-Hopping Not Anti-competitive

By Gina Passarella |

Mylan Pharmaceuticals has lost its bid to deem an Australian producer of acne medication in violation of antitrust laws for alleged “product-hopping.”

Worker Can't Be Fired for 'Argumentative' Email

By Max Mitchell |

A state employee should not have been fired for sending an “argumentative” email to a co-worker, even though he had been the subject of prior disciplinary action, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Eligibility for Benefits Trumps Social Security Offset

By Lizzy McLellan |

The employer of a workers' compensation claimant whose work injury occurred after he became eligible to receive Social Security benefits is not entitled to a credit or offset for those benefits, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

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Jury Returns Defense Verdict in Limited Tort Case

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Lackawanna County jury has decided in favor of the defendant in a 2009 motor vehicle case.

Legislative Action for Week of April 13

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of legislative action for the week of April 13. Members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session April 20.

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Bars Settle With Family of Man Beaten to Death

The estate of a 23-year-old man beaten to death after a night out in the Old City section of Philadelphia has settled for $7 million with the bars that served the man's attackers, according to lawyers in the case.

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New Rules to Favor Release for Summary Offenses

By Max Mitchell |

State rules aimed at reducing the chances defendants will be incarcerated for failure to post collateral for minor offenses are set to go into effect this summer.

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The Current Referral Fee System Benefits Everyone

By Samuel C. Stretton |

I have been reading articles about referral fees in Pennsylvania and how they should be abolished or severely restricted. Do you agree?

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Make Time for Pro Bono Representation

By Craig Robinson |

In the fall of 2007, I met "Kacie" at the York County Prison, where she had been detained for illegally crossing the border into the United States. Kacie and I were from two vastly different walks of life.

Senate Approves DNA 'Modernization'

By John L. Kennedy |

Last week, the state Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation that the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, said would "strengthen and modernize" the state's use of DNA technology to fight violent crime.

Senate Preempts Local Governments on Paid Time Off

By John L. Kennedy |
Joined by Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor (second from right) lifts up the Seneca Women Global Leadership Award she received April 15.

Female Justices Unite in Tribute to Sandra Day O’Connor

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court's three female justices came together in Washington on April 15 to pay tribute to retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and her legacy in the law, her work with women judges and her push to improve civic education.

Defendant Lawyer Not to Blame for Late Affidavit of Merit

By David Gialanella |

A New Jersey appeals court has rebuffed an ex-client's effort to blame a tardy affidavit of merit in a legal malpractice action on the defendant lawyer's alleged withholding of necessary documents.

People in the News - April 21, 2015 - GSBA to Honor Archer Lawyer

Lloyd Freeman, an associate in Archer & Greiner's Haddonfield, New Jersey, office, is set to be honored with the Young Lawyer Award by the Garden State Bar Association.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Pa. Legislature Should Reauthorize Independent Counsel Statute

By John M. Morganelli |

The recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the matter of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane underscores the need for legislative action. One of the main issues in the case was whether there was any legal authority that authorized the appointment of a special prosecutor for investigating the attorney general.

Pa. Law Weekly - People in the News - April 21, 2015 - Pollock Honored by Washington County Bar Association

Family law attorney David S. Pollock was the recipient of the Years of Service Award, presented by the Washington County Bar Association.

Cop Can't Sue Tavern Over Assault by Patron

By Lizzy McLellan |

A police officer who was allegedly assaulted by a patron while responding to a call at a drinking establishment may not sue the business for negligence and Dram Shop Act liability, the state Superior Court has ruled.

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Tactical Issues When Multiple Parties Oppose Your Client

By David G. Mandelbaum |

Environmental matters typically involve adverse organizations—government agencies, business entities or NGOs—not just two individuals. Moreover, they quite typically involve more than one party on each "side," and sometimes have more than two sides. That situation poses some tactical issues for environmental lawyers.

Stats Show Improvements in High Court Efficiency

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court seems to be making marginal improvements in productivity, a comparison of 2014 statistics on the court's rulings to the past several years shows.

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Oral Modifications of Written Marital Settlement Agreements

By Scott J.G. Finger |

Can a written marital settlement agreement be modified orally? What if the agreement requires that all future modifications must be in writing?

Split Court Says Plaintiff Can Keep Arbitration Rights

By Lizzy McLellan |

A party that went to court to enforce an arbitration agreement did not waive its right to arbitration by bringing that claim, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

The Legal Intelligencer's New Partners Yearbook Deadline

The Legal Intelligencer will be publishing in May our first New Partners Yearbook. Submit profile information on your new Pennsylvania partners for 2015, including lateral partners, to have them included in the yearbook.

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Saul Ewing Revenue Up 6.5 Percent, RPL Up 4.3 Percent

By Max Mitchell |

Saul Ewing saw its gross revenue grow by 6.5 percent and its revenue per lawyer (RPL) rise by 4.3 percent in 2014—a year in which the firm said it beat its budget by 19 percent.

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Woman Paralyzed After Spinal Surgery Awarded $4.9M

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

April Mendel, a former school bus driver, was awarded roughly $4.9 million by a Philadelphia jury after becoming a paraplegic from a post-spinal surgery infection.

Phila. Family Wins Back Rare Coins From U.S. Government

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Ten rare gold coins at the center of a tug-of-war between the federal government and a Philadelphia family are back in the hands of the family following a split Third Circuit decision issued Friday.

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Gas Drilling Company Must Disclose Chemicals Used at Site

By Max Mitchell |

A natural-gas exploration company does not have standing to appeal a trial court's order compelling it to disclose proprietary ingredients of chemicals used on a drill site, the state Superior Court has ruled.

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Legal Duties for Schools in Addressing Student-on-Student Harms

By Megan E. Grossman and Kim N. Nguyen |

In today's public-school environment, the definition of bullying is constantly evolving. From a legal perspective, what is bullying and what may not be bullying seem to be viewed on a highly situational basis, depending on many factual issues and further, often varied factual accounts of an event or a series of events.

People in the News - April 20, 2015 - White and Williams Adds Partner

White and Williams added Michael Gallo as a partner in the firm's business department.

LGBT Issues and Rights in the Workplace on Monday's 'The American Law Journal'

Indiana and Arkansas' religious freedom restoration acts are under scrutiny.

Podcast Examines Murder Case Explored by 'Serial'

By Karen Sloan |

Millions of listeners couldn’t get enough of "Serial"—the "This American Life" spinoff podcast that for three months chronicled the case against Adnan Syed, convicted in the 1999 murder of his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.

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Suit Claims Indigent Defendants Are Illegally Jailed

By R. Robin McDonald |

After Adel Edwards pleaded guilty to burning leaves in his yard without a permit, Pelham, Georgia, police and a private probation firm hired by the city jailed him for several days because he could not afford to make a $250 payment on his fine, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Albany, Georgia.

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Questions and Answers Regarding Business Development

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

I receive questions throughout the year and periodically answer them in this forum. Business development-related queries are quite popular; this month, the two most common submissions are addressed.

Fox Rothschild Opens in Chicago

By Gina Passarella |

Fox Rothschild has entered the Chicago market with the hire of four Nixon Peabody attorneys who focus on gaming, real estate, litigation and corporate law.

Stroke Victim Awarded $7.4M in Delco Med Mal Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A man who claimed his stroke was the result of a doctor’s failure to treat his high blood pressure has been awarded a verdict of roughly $7.4 million by a Delaware County jury.

Access to Facebook Profile Denied in Class Action Lawsuit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The woman bringing a potential class action against the maker of treats that allegedly killed her dog doesn’t have to open her Facebook account to the defense, a federal judge has ruled.

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Third Circuit Clarifies Class Certification Rules

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The Third Circuit reined in runaway readings of its recently adopted standard for assessing class action cases Thursday.

Reed Smith Malpractice Case Headed for Trial

By Gina Passarella |

Reed Smith has lost its bid to send to arbitration a legal malpractice case over the firm’s advice in a $20.5 million insurance settlement.

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Religious Nonprofits Win Contraception Mandate Relief

By Marcia Coyle |

A group of Pennsylvania religious nonprofits, challenging contraceptive insurance under the federal health care law, won temporary relief from an appellate court ruling after action by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. on Wednesday.

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Death and Bankruptcy Discharge Are Not Mutually Exclusive

By Francis J. Lawall and Justin C. Esposito |

Typically, upon completion of a Chapter 13 plan, a debtor can expect to receive a discharge and a "fresh start" free of his or her prior obligations. What happens, however, if the debtor dies before the end of the five-year plan term, but the liquidation minimum under Section 1328(b)(2) has been met? Is the debtor still entitled to a discharge, or do the prior debts now become claims against the decedent's probate estate? In a recent decision, In re Lizzi, 2015 Bankr. LEXIS 1098 (Bankr. N.D.N.Y. Apr. 3, 2015), a New York bankruptcy court addressed this question in favor of the debtors over the objection of the Internal Revenue Service by finding that a deceased debtor may obtain a hardship discharge.

People in the News - April 17, 2015 - Duquesne Law Awards

Melissa A. Scartelli, founder and president of Scartelli Olszewski, is set to serve as faculty at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute CLE seminar.

'Misconduct' Might Merit Attorney Fees, Federal Circuit Says

By Sheri Qualters |

A federal judge abused her discretion in denying attorney fees to a patent litigant after finding "an egregious pattern of misconduct" by the other side, a federal appeals court has ruled.

<b>ROLE MODEL:</b> Tricia Dennis tells hard truths about running her personal-injury practice.

Podcast Provides Inside Look at Lawyer Career Paths

By Karen Sloan |

"I'm attorney Tricia Dennis, and I can turn your car crash into lots of cash!" Dennis, a personal injury attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee, knows that her television ad—complete with a rhyming jingle of her office phone number—is tacky. But she says tacky attracts clients in her competitive plaintiffs market.

A Look at the Evolving Legal Landscape of Fantasy Sports

By David O. Klein and Neil E. Asnen |

Fantasy sports once represented a seasonal hobby among friends and coworkers. However, it has now undeniably blossomed into a force in both the American culture and, more important, the U.S. economy. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, some 42 million Americans now play some form of fantasy sports contest. Moreover, additional estimates indicate that fantasy sports represented a $4 billion to $5 billion industry in 2014. The number of unique users that visited just the two leading daily fantasy sports websites, FanDuel and DraftKings, increased by over 800 percent on mobile devices, and nearly 500 percent on the Internet from 2013 to 2014, according to Nielsen's "The Year in Sports Media Report 2014."

Investors Win $48M Against Financial Advisers

By Max Mitchell |

An arbitrator has awarded two investors more than $48.4 million for the alleged misrepresentations of a registered investment adviser and investment firm that the claimants’ counsel said bordered on a Ponzi scheme.

The Legal Names 2015 Diverse Attorneys of the Year

Every two years, we at The Legal recognize a group of outstanding minority attorneys from across Pennsylvania. This year, we solicited nominations from our contacts around the legal profession and went back through our archives to look at some of the major players from the past two years. We received dozens of responses, all highlighting the impressive work done by attorneys from all corners of the legal profession. While all of them are certainly worthy of praise, the editorial staff has selected the following individuals in recognition of their outstanding professional achievements.

Old-City Beating Death Leads to $7M Dram Shop Settlement

By Gina Passarella |

The estate of a 23-year-old man beaten to death after a night out in the Old City section of Philadelphia has settled for $7 million with the bars that served the man’s attackers, according to lawyers in the case.

Cephalon's Profits Fair Game in FTC Suit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The Federal Trade Commission can go after six years of Cephalon’s profits in a reverse-payment case against the pharmaceutical company, a federal judge has ruled.

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JCB Charges Former Traffic Court Judges

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Judicial Conduct Board has filed charges against four judges of the defunct Philadelphia Traffic Court, including one who was cleared of all federal charges against him in the ticket-fixing case last summer.

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Class Action Over Alleged Energy Fraud Survives

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A 2002 prediction from the Third Circuit that Pennsylvania courts would bar contract actions from being brought under statutory fraud claims because of the economic loss doctrine is no longer valid, a federal district judge has ruled.

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The Future of the Paralegal Profession Includes Regulation

By Valerie A. Wilus |

Employment of paralegals is projected to grow 17 percent through 2022, according to the Department of Labor. Most paralegals have a bachelor's degree, an associate's degree or a certificate in paralegal studies. Some have little legal experience or specialized education before being hired and receive on-the-job training.

How Can You Stand Out From the Crowded Applicant Field?

By Charles J. Dennen |

You have successfully survived your first year of law school. You've spent countless hours reading case law, researching and writing your first brief, typing and memorizing outlines, and furiously typing as you regurgitate as much information as you can muster on your final exams.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in February speaks at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Sotomayor: Don't Blame Justices for High Ct. Politicization

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on April 9 blamed outside factors, not the justices themselves, for the public perception that the high court has become a political institution.

<b>ATTENTION:</b> The study defined big cases, in part, according to attention paid by The New York Times and other news organizations, citations as precedent and the number of amicus briefs filed.

Why the Justices Save the Big Rulings Until the End

By Tony Mauro |

June is known as the month for weddings—and for blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decisions. This June will be no exception, with the strong likelihood that landmark cases dealing with same-sex marriage and other hot topics will be decided then.

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals Calendar of Events

Today, the public relations and marketing committee meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at IFMI LLC, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Suite 1703. Contact committee chair Theresa Coger at marketing@philaparalegals.com to confirm your attendance.

Individual Retirement Accounts: IRAs and Roths

By David Itkoff |

Whenever April 15 approaches on the calendar, thoughts (and advertisements) often focus on the variety of retirement plans available and the range of tax consequences they present.

Wal-Mart Wins Gun Case With Third Circuit Reversal

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Wal-Mart won back control of its policy for the sale of guns with high-capacity magazines with a short order from the Third Circuit on Tuesday.

Corporate Counsel Denounce Disclosure in Paterno Case

By Max Mitchell |

The Association of Corporate Counsel is concerned with what it claims will be a serious erosion of the attorney-client privilege in Pennsylvania if a recent decision in Paterno v. NCAA is allowed to stand.

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DA Group Files Brief Against Wolf's Death Penalty Reprieve

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, in a filing to the state Supreme Court, said Gov. Tom Wolf’s death-penalty moratorium violated constitutional rules on granting reprieves and suspension of laws.

School Slip-and-Fall Case Settles for $5M

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A woman who slipped on flooring glue in the school where she worked, sustaining debilitating back injuries, has settled her case against a contracting company for $5 million.

Lawyer's Role in Involuntary Psych Commitments Before Third Circuit

By Gina Passarella |

Delaware County’s involuntary commitment procedures and the liability of the court-appointed attorney who represented people facing extensions of forced psychiatric treatment were at issue before the Third Circuit on Tuesday.

What Corporations Can Learn From the Clinton Controversy

By Carolyn Casey |

For those organizations that haven't yet had a wake-up call about "bring your own device," or BYOD, the recent fallout from Hillary Clinton's use of a personal rather than an official email account during her tenure as secretary of State can be especially instructive.

People in the News - April 15, 2015 - Homans to Speak at PBI Seminar

Michael D. Homans, a shareholder in the labor and employment practice group at Flaster Greenberg, was selected by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute to participate as a panelist at the "Understanding Damages and Indemnities in Commercial Contracts" seminar.

A Woman's Place: Supreme Court, and Frozen-Food Section

By Marcia Coyle |

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been the subject of law review articles, books, editorials, T-shirts and now—ice cream activism?

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$30M Added to Verdict After Lawyer Marks Boy's Last Seconds

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The Chrysler trial that led to a $150 million verdict in Bainbridge, Georgia, featured a $30 million minute.