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Justices Rule Against Kane in Grand Jury Leaks Case

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has denied state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's efforts to toss a potential prosecution against her for allegedly leaking confidential grand jury information.

Judge Won't Modify Broad Protection Order in Paterno Suit

By Max Mitchell |

A broad protection order barring disclosure of pretrial discovery materials will stay in place in the Paterno v. NCAA suit, the judge overseeing the case has ruled.

Cozen O'Connor Could Fill Market Void With Chicago Merger

By Gina Passarella and Brian Baxter |

Cozen O'Connor leadership said as recently as last week that it was looking to grow in the Midwest this year, and, according to one media report, that may happen sooner rather than later if merger talks with Chicago's Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson result in a union.

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Jury Awards $38.5M in Punitives for Fatal Kraft Factory Shooting

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury has awarded more than $38.5 million in punitive damages to the estates of two Kraft employees who were fatally gunned down by a disgruntled co-worker.

Defense Focus in Risperdal Cases May Shift to Causation

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

While the second Risperdal trial resulted in a verdict favoring drugmaker Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the company was still found negligent in failing to warn—as it was in the first trial—leading some attorneys to speculate that Janssen will focus less on failure to warn defenses and more on the individual facts of each case.

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Phila. Bar Releases 2015 Judicial Candidate Ratings

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The first batch of 2015 judicial candidate ratings from the Philadelphia Bar Association were released Monday, including for the first time ratings of some candidates for the state's appellate courts.

People in the News - March 31, 2015 - Dudeck to Speak at Seminar

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel attorney Elizabeth A. Gocke was appointed co-chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Risk Management Association's young professionals committee.

Study: Law Faculties Short on Republicans, White Christians

By Karen Sloan |

The demographic groups most underrepresented on law faculties include white Christians and Republicans, according to research by Northwestern University School of Law professor James Lindgren.

Handling Eyewitness Identification Experts and Cases

By Jules Epstein and Marissa Bluestine |

One year ago, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling permitting trial judges, in appropriate cases, to have experts in memory, vision and perception, and/or psychology testify about how memory may be fallible and even become distorted.

Emile Ashe

Make a Personal Injury Mass-Tort Client Feel Like Your Only Client

By Emily Ashe |

It goes without saying that things change with time, and the legal industry has been no exception. Mass torts have become increasingly more common and have immensely changed the landscape of the legal industry.

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Janssen Prevails in Second Phila. Risperdal Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The jury in the second Risperdal mass-tort case in Philadelphia, while finding that Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn about the risk of male breast growth from the drug, determined that the drug did not cause the plaintiff's gynecomastia.

The Social Security Disability Program Is Senselessly Under Attack

By Thomas J. Giordano Jr. |

What if I told you that you have a disability fund you have been paying for since the day you started working and paying taxes?

Kenneth Racowski

No Consensus on Application of 'Comcast v. Behrend'

By Kenneth L. Racowski |

It has been two years this month since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Comcast v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013), reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit's class certification of antitrust claims brought by more than 2 million cable subscribers.

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Arbitrator Exceeded Authority on Officer Pay Grievance

By Lizzy McLellan |

A grievance arbitrator acted outside his jurisdiction and authority when he crafted an award requiring higher pay for on-duty police officers working large-scale events, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of March 23

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of March 23. Members of the state House of Representatives were set to return to session March 30; Senate members are set to return April 13.

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Carpenter Secures Settlement in Forklift Incident

By Lizzy McLellan |

A union carpenter who was injured on the job reached settlement with the heating and air conditioning subcontractor whose employee allegedly struck the plaintiff with a forklift.

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Small and Midsize Pa. Firms See No Litigation Lag

By Max Mitchell |

Although some large firms have reported a lag in litigation, and even some talk of layoffs, several midsize and smaller Pennsylvania firms are seeing an uptick.

Building Owner's Appeal May Continue Despite Abatement

By Lizzy McLellan |

Getting a tax exemption for property improvements under the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act does not render moot any previous appeals to tax assessments of that property following those upgrades, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Sam Stretton

Taking Shares in a Client's Business Is Ill Advised

By Samuel C. Stretton |

Is it ethical for a lawyer to take a share of stock in a corporation he is forming for his client, in lieu of a fee, if the client is cash poor, assuming the lawyer gives proper warning to the client to get independent counsel?

James Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation.

Union, Legal Services Corp. Fight Over Contracts

By Jenna Greene |

There's no dispute among the employees and managers at Legal Services Corp. about the value of their work providing legal aid to millions of low-income Americans. But they don’t see eye to eye on much else.

Wolf's State Police Commissioner Nominee Encounters Controversy

By John L. Kennedy |

Marcus Brown, Gov. Tom Wolf's nominee for Pennsylvania State Police commissioner, might wish by now he had stayed in Maryland. The latest in Brown's controversial nomination is a letter he reportedly received that read: "No [racial epithet] lover will wear my uniform."

State Lawmakers Buried in Public Pension Crisis

By John L. Kennedy |

The city of York's accumulated $10 million pension payments, added on to this year's obligation, would take a 25 percent bite out of the city's entire budget, according to Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

David G. Mandelbaum

The Budget, New Regulations and the Fear of Fracking

By David G. Mandelbaum |

The first 10 days of March were interesting for those who attempt to divine regulatory priorities or enforcement strategies from environmental policy pronouncements.

Pa. Law Weekly - People in the News - March 31, 2015 - Sargent Appointed to CCHS Board of Trustees

James Sargent of Lamb McErlane was appointed to the Chester County Historical Society's (CCHS) board of trustees.

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Raising Pa. Supreme Court Output Easier Said Than Done?

By Lizzy McLellan |

Despite the wide field of candidates running for the state Supreme Court, some common themes have emerged, including wanting the court to hear more cases and issue more opinions, a campaign promise observers said could be hard to deliver.

Plaintiff's Lawyer Barred from Defense's Medical Exam

By Max Mitchell |

A plaintiff's attorney is not allowed to be present during neuropsychological testing of his or her client, a Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas judge has ruled.

Duane Morris Partner Named to EEOC Harassment Task Force

By Gina Passarella |

The EEOC has tapped a Philadelphia law firm partner to be part of a 16-member national task force charged with studying workplace harassment.

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One-Third of Phila. Judicial Candidates Have Quit Race

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Of roughly 60 candidates who were running for judgeships in Philadelphia's common pleas and municipal courts, 20 have dropped out of the race.

Widener Splits, Renames Delaware, Pa. Law Schools

By Gina Passarella |

Widener University has officially split its Wilmington, Delaware, and Harrisburg law school campuses into two law schools, each with different names and different deans.

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Suit Survives Against US Over Judge Accused of Groping

By Max Mitchell |

A federal judge has given a woman who was allegedly groped by an administrative law judge a second chance at filing a civil suit against the United States for failing to protect against the alleged assaults.

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Judge Rules Against Prudential in ERISA Case

By Gina Passarella |

The fact that a Tyco International Management Co. employee was out on disability when he sought to collect the $100,000 employer-sponsored life insurance policy on his deceased wife didn't provide a legitimate reason for the company to deny the claim, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled.

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Corporate Practice Chair, Partner Resign From Duane Morris

By Christine Simmons |

The chair of Duane Morris’ corporate practice, George Nemphos, and corporate partner Jay G. Cohen have resigned from the partnership, effective March 26, according to a firm spokesman.

Angela Giampolo

California's Proposed Ballot Measure on Death Penalty for Gays

By Angela D. Giampolo |

The anti-LGBT rights movement has reached the height of absurdity and in doing so opens up the floodgates for people to legally channel their bigotry and hatred into the political discourse. On March 25, California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a court to intervene and allow her to block a reprehensible ballot measure proposed by a California attorney titled the Sodomite Suppression Act (SSA), which authorizes the public to shoot gays and lesbians in the head. Yes, in the very state of California, we are dealing with a proposed law making being gay punishable by death.

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Hope for Philadelphia to Increase Firm Diversity Numbers

By Wesley R. Payne |

This is the time of year that I become excited. Not only because spring is near or because baseball season is just around the corner, but because the newest class of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG) Fellows Program is now taking final form. The time-consuming tasks of reviewing and vetting applications and interviewing candidates have been completed. Further, offers have been made by the member organizations and accepted by the newly minted PDLG fellows. The new fellows are at the beginning of their legal careers.

Virginia Sloan.

Report Confronts Lack of Attorneys at Bail Hearings

By Marcia Coyle |

Jurisdictions throughout the country should appoint lawyers for poor defendants in publicly held, initial bail and release hearings, a bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts recommended March 18.

Returning to Work After Injury on the Job on Monday's 'The American Law Journal'

Tonight at 7 on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, "The American Law Journal" presents "After Injury on the Job: Time to Return to Work?"

People in the News - March 30, 2015 - Dilworth Paxson Adds Associate

Dilworth Paxson added Malini Rao as an associate in the litigation department.

Carnegie Mellon, Marvell to Face Off in Federal Circuit

On the Friday before Christmas in 2012, jurors deliberating a hard-fought patent case against Marvell Technology Group sent the judge a request: Could they have a calculator?

Pending Appeal Won't Bar Discovery in Dragonetti Case

By Max Mitchell |

Attorney-client privilege and work-product protections will not bar discovery in a Dragonetti Act case against a Delaware County firm, even though the underlying matter is ongoing, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Cozen O'Connor Grows Revenue 2.1 Percent, PPP 2.8 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Cozen O'Connor grew revenue 2.1 percent and boosted profits per equity partner (PPP) 2.8 percent on a year driven by growth in the firm's corporate, real estate and commercial litigation practices, the firm's CEO said.

$6.3M Awarded to Montco Stroke Victim

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A 76-year-old woman in Montgomery County alleging her doctor ignored the signs of an impending stroke has been awarded $6.3 million in her medical malpractice case.

Gerald Council

Indictments Jeopardized by NJ Judge’s Comments to Grand Jury

By Mary Pat Gallagher |

Defense lawyers in Mercer County, New Jersey, are looking into the possibility that comments made by the county’s presiding criminal judge, Gerald Council, to a grand jury might have tainted some cases.

Eight Creative Ways for Law Firms to Get Client Feedback

By Shilpa Malik |

In nearly every industry, customer feedback is an effective way to illustrate a company's ethos, bolster its track record, and offer prospective clients a glimpse of the organization as a whole. Law firms, in particular, rely heavily on this measure to entice new clients and broaden their social presence. Client feedback is also beneficial in identifying areas requiring attention. That is, where can your firm improve in its customer service and other service offerings? Take a moment to consider your firm's clientele.

People in the News - March 27, 2015 - Fox Appointed to SEPTA board

Robert D. Fox of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox was appointed to serve on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority board.

Supreme Ct. Tosses Disciplinary Action Facing Foley Partner

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dismissed its disciplinary action against Foley & Lardner partner Howard Shipley over his submission of a jargon-filled petition last year that had been mainly written by his client, a German business executive and nonlawyer.

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Judge Says Defense Lawyer's Hiring by DA Created Conflict

By Andrew Keshner |

A judge has ordered a new trial in a 26-year-old murder case, saying that when the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office hired the defendant's lawyer, Michael Vecchione, a conflict of interest arose endangering the defendant's right to counsel.

FCRA and the Adoption of Facial Recognition Technology

By Paul Bond and Albert Hartmann |

Most shopkeepers would be delighted if they could tell, just by looking at them, which shoppers had previously been detained on suspicion of shoplifting. Retailers also could prevent significant fraud losses if prior check-bouncers and identity thieves had their mugshots pinned to their jacket as they walked to the checkout line. While we don’t walk around with this information visible to the world, our faces are almost always visible for all to see. Increasingly, that’s just as useful.

Heinz-Kraft Deal Bottles Legal Work for Dozens

By Gina Passarella |

Two of the country's largest food companies have agreed to merge in a deal put into place with the help of dozens of lawyers across four law firms.

No Class Action in Suit Against Cephalon for Actiq

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Cephalon won't have to face a nationwide class-action suit over its heavy-duty painkiller for cancer patients, Actiq, since a federal judge in Philadelphia denied class status in the case this week.

Drone Patent Battle Flies Toward Trial

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A contentious patent dispute between drone makers is heading toward trial to determine damages, since the federal judge handling the case entered default judgment against the defendant as a sanction after months of discovery delays.

High Court Rejects Full Ban on Informed Consent Evidence

By Gina Passarella |

The state Supreme Court has declined to adopt a bright-line rule that informed-consent information is always irrelevant to a medical malpractice case, but reiterated that a patient's consent to a procedure is irrelevant to the question of negligence.

Pennsylvania's Judiciary Needs an Injection of Youth

By The YL Editorial Board |

On Nov. 24, 2014, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan to appoint attorney Leondra Kruger to the California Supreme Court. Brown described Kruger as a "distinguished lawyer," an obvious reference to her work within the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel and Office of the Solicitor General, and her work as a law clerk for Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Superior Court Revives Lyme Disease Med Mal Suit

By P.J. D’Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has reversed the dismissal of a medical malpractice suit filed by a wheelchair-bound woman claiming her Lyme disease was misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis.

Courts Must Do Better Regarding the IDEA and Mental Health

By Kevin A. Golembiewski and David J. Berney |

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza killed 28 individuals, including school children and teachers, before taking his own life at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in one of the deadliest mass shootings that this country has ever witnessed. The Child Advocate of Connecticut, the state agency that was charged with investigating the incident, reported that Lanza had been suffering from mental health issues throughout his educational career but had received "minimal" supports from his various schools to address such issues. The Child Advocate concluded that this failure amounted to a "lapse" in the education system's response to Lanza's needs.

People in the News - March 25, 2015 - Phila. Bar Meeting

Joe Bongiovanni joined Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding as a partner in the firm's Philadelphia office.

US Chamber Says Corporate Accords Go to 'Slush Funds'

By Sue Reisinger |

Law enforcement is increasingly becoming a for-profit phenomenon, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce isn't happy about it.

<b>OHIO:</b> Couples, seen here in August, await the outcome of the gay-marriage ruling.

Marriage-Rights Advocates at Odds Over Who Will Argue Cases

By Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro |

As with other potentially landmark challenges in the U.S. Supreme Court, lawyer egos, client wishes and historic high stakes in the same-sex marriage cases have become a classic recipe for a difficult, sometimes tense discussion about who will argue before the justices.

Sentence Upheld for Priest Convicted of Sexual Abuse

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has upheld the prison sentence of Charles Engelhardt, a priest convicted of indecent assault, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Little Direct Impact Expected From Federal Fracking Rules

By Lizzy McLellan |

A new set of rules governing hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands likely will not impact Pennsylvania directly, observers said, but it does set the stage for future regulation at the state level.

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Arbitration Clause at Issue in Reed Smith Case

By Gina Passarella |

The owner of a destroyed Main Line mansion who is suing Reed Smith for its advice on insurance claims argues the firm's mandatory arbitration clause contained in client engagement letters is unenforceable.

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Superior Court Upholds $2M Bad-Faith Verdict

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A $2 million bad-faith verdict—including roughly $1.5 million in punitive damages—against an insurance company in a property ownership dispute originating in Lackawanna County has been affirmed by the state Superior Court.

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PennDOT Faces Adverse Inference for Road Repair

By Max Mitchell |

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation faces an adverse inference after repairing a road soon after it was damaged by a diesel fuel spill allegedly caused by the defendants, according to a ruling from the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas.

Four Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Via Corporate Culture

By Jason Straight |

Recent high-profile data breaches at large corporations like Sony Corp., Target Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and The Home Depot dispel a persistent fallacy about cybersecurity—that protection of data is a technical problem for the IT department to solve. Many companies already have ramped up spending on technology and IT staff to protect their data, yet there’s little evidence that such a strategy alone is sufficient to address the risks. Often it is not until a major incident occurs that other business stakeholders—most notably the legal department—recognize the full impact a data breach can have on an organization.

People in the News - March 25, 2015 - Pellegrini to Receive PBA Award

The Pennsylvania Bar Association's administrative law section is set to present its James S. Bowman Award to Commonwealth Court President Judge Dan R. Pellegrini at a PBA luncheon today at the Harrisburg Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill.

Faegre Baker Grows Chicago Office With Nine Lateral Hires

By Jennifer Henderson |

Minneapolis-based Faegre Baker Daniels has expanded its Chicago office by hiring nine partners from four firms, including from Locke Lord Edwards, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, Seyfarth Shaw and Ulmer & Berne.

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Seton Hall Picks Finalists in Law School Dean Search

By Charles Toutant |

A search committee at Seton Hall University School of Law is interviewing five finalists as it seeks to replace the law school's departing dean, Patrick Hobbs.

Post & Schell Brings in New Health Care Principal

By Max Mitchell |

A veteran of state government agencies has left the public sector to join Post & Schell.

Patent Office Disbands Warning System; Defenses Still in Place

By Lawrence E. Ashery |

Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled an internal program that had been designed to flag patent applications of questionable subject matter. The Sensitive Application Warning System (SAWS) had existed for many years as a way for the patent office to try to prevent the issuance of patents that were "controversial and noteworthy." Although the program no longer exists, there are still mechanisms in place to prevent such patents from issuing.

The Legal Intelligencer’s New Partners Yearbook

The Legal Intelligencer will be publishing in May our first New Partners Yearbook. To submit profile information on your new Pennsylvania partners for 2015, including lateral partners, use the form attached to this article.

Judge Seeks Precision in Cephalon Expert Reports

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Defense lawyers have 30 days to whittle down their 13 voluminous expert reports to the essential points before the federal judge overseeing the case decides who will be allowed to testify to what at trial.

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Punitive Phase Begins in $8M Factory Shooting Trial

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury on Monday watched surveillance video of a disgruntled Kraft employee shoving a gun into the security booth outside the factory where two of her co-workers were gunned down minutes later.

Diagnosis Starts Clock for Filing Asbestos Claim

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has ruled the statute of limitations for an asbestos-related wrongful-death claim begins to run at the time of a diagnosis of illness.

People in the News - March 24, 2015 - ABA to Honor Schwartz

Dilworth Paxson attorney Richard L. Fox was elected as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Ideas to Get Credentialed and Develop Your Own Reputation

By Stacy West Clark |

In many law firms, senior partners with well-known practices and reputations can overshadow the business development efforts of younger partners and associates. Their reputations can loom extremely large. This can cause younger lawyers great frustration in jumpstarting their own marketing efforts. However, there are easy tried-and-true ways for a junior lawyer to slowly, yet predictably, get out of the shadow of a senior lawyer and develop his or her own reputation and client roster.

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Planning for Retirement

By Robert H. Louis |

There is no shortage of advice offered to those approaching and planning for retirement: how to invest, where to live, what insurance to buy. Despite this abundance of guidance, many people are not preparing in a way that will maximize their chances of a comfortable retirement. Here are five mistakes that should be avoided, and can be, with thoughtful planning.

A Push by Some for Looser State Rules Over Referral Fees

By Gina Passarella and P.J. D'Annunzio |

A media report earlier this month about law firm emails that purport to show former Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, and not his wife, may have been the one to refer out certain cases while on the bench, has again raised questions about Pennsylvania's comparatively lax referral-fee rules.

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The Role of an Advisory Board for a Startup

By Rachel Lilienthal Stark |

Many startup companies utilize advisory boards with industry recognition to bring credibility to their ventures and to make introductions, or to bring individuals with particular skill sets to advise on certain issues. This can be an attractive solution for a startup with a limited budget and no independent board.

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How Audit, Compliance and GCs Can Work Together

By Brian H. Benjet and Mark A. Kasten |

Many in-house lawyers and chief compliance officers over the past 10 years have found themselves, at one time or another, struggling to find common ground with their colleagues in internal audit.

Noel A. Fleming

Effective Corporate Governance in the Nonprofit Sector

By Noel A. Fleming |

At its most fundamental level, corporate governance is concerned with the state law statutory regime that grants to a corporation's board of directors the authority and responsibility to manage and govern the affairs of a corporation.

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How to Manage the Threat of a Derivative Lawsuit

By E. McCord Clayton |

You're the chairman or CEO of a major corporation. Unfortunately, your company has had some negative press recently. Whatever the cause, the result is that your team has been scrambling to recover.

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It's Time for Board Succession Planning to Take Hold

By Mary J. Mullany and Kaleena F. Laputka |

Succession planning is not a new idea. All types of organizations—from the largest publicly traded company, to privately held companies, and, yes, to your favorite sports team—engage in some form of succession planning to ensure that they have the proper mix of personnel with the right skills and expertise to meet their goals.

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Special Challenges for Board Oversight of Family Businesses

By A. Duie Latta |

It can be difficult for any business to attain effective corporate governance. Even those that might achieve it must still struggle to maintain it, since all businesses are susceptible to what Warren Buffett calls "the ABCs of business decay" (arrogance, bureaucracy and complacency).

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Keeping Your Eye on Risk: A Guide for Boards

By Yelena M. Barychev and Jane K. Storero |

Appropriate risk-taking is a key element in the operation of a successful company. The board of directors of a company is charged with overseeing the management of the company, which includes oversight of the company's risk management, as well as the process of evaluating risk.

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Corporate Governance

The Corporate Governance supplement includes articles on managing the threat of a derivative lawsuit, succession planning for a board of directors, approaches to risk management, corporate governance in the nonprofit sector and more.

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks after he took the oath of office to become the 47th governor of Pennsylvania, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Wolf's Early Days Spotlight Powers, Authority of Office

By Lizzy McLellan |

In his first two months as Pennsylvania's chief executive, Gov. Tom Wolf has seemed unafraid to make waves, and the resulting legal battles may dramatically affect the power of the governor's office.

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Justices Agree to Consider Amendment of Case Caption

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to take up an issue of first impression over the amendment of a case caption, substituting a bankruptcy trustee as the plaintiff in an action brought by the entity in bankruptcy.

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Philadelphia Jury Awards Paralyzed Heroin Addict

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury has awarded more than $6 million to a heroin addict who was paralyzed from the chest down due to alleged negligent medical treatment.

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Lawyer Ordered to Repay Millions for Diverting Assets

By Gina Passarella |

A federal judge ordered a suspended Bridgeport attorney and his law firm to pay $18.4 million in restitution for his alleged misuse of millions of dollars in funds from several employee-benefit plans.

Executive, Legislative and Judiciary Action for Week of March 16

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive, legislative and judiciary action for the week of March 16. Members of the state House of Representatives are scheduled to return to voting session March 30; Senate members are scheduled to return April 13.

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Cooperation Is the Best Approach Before the Judicial Conduct Board

By Samuel C. Stretton |

What are some tips for representing judges before the Judicial Conduct Board?

Parent in Wrongful-Death Case Barred From Nonmoney Damages

By Lizzy McLellan |

A parent bringing a wrongful-death and survival action over a child's death may not recover nonpecuniary damages because of the Sovereign Immunity Act, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Justices Mull Uniformity in Mechanic's Lien Procedure

By Max Mitchell |

Not allowing mechanic's liens and actions to compel judgment on those liens to be filed under the same case caption and number is a trap for the unwary, an attorney representing a demolition company argued before the state Supreme Court.

Pa. Supreme Court Denies Allocatur in Rollover Case

By Max Mitchell |

After an allocatur denial by the state Supreme Court, a suit against a car dealership involving a vehicle rollover will be reinstated.

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Bypassing the Media's Filter to Relay Your Message

By Jeff Jubelirer |

Just over two decades ago, if you wanted to raise awareness of your firm or organization, you would have to either pay for an ad or pitch your story to a journalist at a newspaper, radio or television station and hope they would cover it.

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Financially Distressed Municipalities Obtain New Taxing Powers

By Timothy J. Horstmann |

On Oct. 31, 2014, then-Gov. Tom Corbett signed HB 1773 into law, as Act 199. Act 199 represents the most significant reform in decades of Pennsylvania's financial recovery program, commonly known as the Act 47 program.

Pa. Law Weekly - People in the News - March 24, 2015 - Clifford Appointed to Pa. Supreme Court Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee

Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby attorney Dan Clifford was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee.

NJ Can't Prosecute Chaperones in Overseas Sex Case

By Michael Booth |

New Jersey authorities cannot prosecute two high-school chaperones accused of having sex with three high-school students on a school trip to Germany, the state Supreme Court ruled March 18.

<b>ANGELI RIOS:</b> She decried a “cumbersome” disability screening process.

Next Round in LSAT Disability Accommodation Fight

By Karen Sloan |

If an aspiring law student passed an earlier standardized test with an accommodation for a disability, does that merit similar treatment for the Law School Admission Test? Or must he prove again that he needs extra time or a separate testing room?

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Family Law and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

By James R. Nixon Jr. |

In a perfect world, divorce, custody and support proceedings would wrap up at the trial court level, and the parties involved could move on to the next chapter of their lives.

Wolf, Republicans Battle Over School Funding Letter

By John L. Kennedy |

Republican lawmakers called Gov. Tom Wolf out on a letter from his acting secretary of Education, sent to the state's school districts, asking how they would spend money they haven't yet received.