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Wolf's Promise to Nominate Two Justices Raises More Questions

By Lizzy McLellan |

Who—if anyone—may sit on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for the rest of the year remains a mystery, even to the person who can nominate the interim justices.

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Post & Schell Departures Spur Christie Pabarue Name Change

By Gina Passarella |

Post & Schell's reevaluation of its place in the larger insurance-defense market over the last few years has resulted in partner defections, shifts in internal leadership and changes to other firms that have grabbed Post & Schell attorneys.

Judge Strikes Class Claims Before Certification Motion

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A federal judge in Pittsburgh has taken the unusual step of tossing the class allegations from a suit brought by neighbors of a coal-fired power plant before they had even moved for class certification.

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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.

Former FDA Commissioner Says J&J Knew About Risperdal Dangers

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler testified Thursday in Philadelphia's first Risperdal trial that Johnson & Johnson knew about the drug's ability to raise levels of the hormone that causes male breast growth.

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Suggestions for How to Work Smarter, Not Harder: Part I

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

The American Dream was built on a foundation of hard work and that ethos still permeates our business world. In fact, if things come too easily, observers' eyebrows will be raised askance and even the doer may feel guilty due to not having broken a sweat.

People in the News - Jan. 30, 2015 - Wren Joins Clark Hill

Lisa S. Wren joined Clark Hill as a member in the banking and finance practice group.

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Court May Release Foley Partner's Sanctions Response

By Tony Mauro |

A Foley & Lardner partner's response to sanctions threatened by the U.S. Supreme Court may be made public next month as the result of a surprise change in court policy.

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Treatment Programs Not 'Work' Under FLSA, Court Finds

By Mark Hamblett |

A requirement that two city police employees undergo off-duty alcohol treatment and counseling to keep their jobs is not "work" requiring compensation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal judge ruled Monday.

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Seeking Recourse Under the IDEA After a School Closure

By Megan E. Grossman |

Recently, the news headlines have been filled with stories about funding for public education. The School District of Philadelphia is in the midst of financial woes. The York City School District is dealing with receivership and is considering a full conversion to charter schools. Numerous charter schools have closed suddenly, including Wakisha Charter School and Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School, or are on the brink of closure. If a public school at which a special-education-eligible student is enrolled closes, where do the parents turn to obtain appropriate education for their children?

Seeking Best Legal Departments Submissions

The Legal is seeking nominations for its 2015 Best Legal Departments contest, honoring the best in-house legal departments in Pennsylvania. Nominations can come from anyone. In last year's Best Legal Departments, published as part of the Professional Excellence Awards supplement, we honored departments in categories such as Community Service, Diversity, Innovation, In-House Management and Litigation.

Federal Judge: No New Burden in Reverse-Payment Challenges

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Challenges to reverse-payment settlements—the deals made by major pharmaceutical companies with generic drugmakers in order to keep the cheaper drugs off the market—don't have a new threshold to meet, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled in an opinion defining the contours left open in a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Survey Shows Pa. Firms Had Solid 2014, but Tough Road Ahead

By Gina Passarella |

The legal industry finished out 2014 strong, thanks in large part to a return of high-end corporate work, with Pennsylvania firms often doing better than their national counterparts on key financial metrics, according to a recent bank survey.

Expert Allowed at Class Certification Stage in Egg MDL

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The grocery stores and restaurants that have alleged price-fixing among the country's major egg producers can present an economist as an expert witness while they seek to get class certification, the federal judge handling the case has ruled.

3rd Circuit Revives $137K Sanction Awarded to Fox Rothschild

By Gina Passarella |

The Third Circuit has reinstated more than $137,000 in fees owed to Fox Rothschild, as counsel to the trustee of a bankrupt media enterprise, over what the court found were vexatious allegations by the debtor's counsel that the firm and the trustee orchestrated a bribery scheme.

New Conflict-Counsel Oversight Bill Introduced in Phila.

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A bill that would enable Philadelphia City Council to review conflict-counsel contracts awarded to the Public Defender's Office and similar organizations was introduced Wednesday before the council's Law and Government Committee.

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Superior Ct. Judges Lead PBA Group's High Court Ratings

By Max Mitchell |

Members of the state Superior Court were leading the pack in the first batch of candidate ratings for three open seats on the state Supreme Court released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Commission.

Simplifying Documents: A Paperless Life and Law Firm

By Johan T. Widjaja |

I detest any physical mail I get in my mailbox, at home or at my firm. What is the point? I get most of my news online, use online or automated bill pay, and ignore promotional materials. I get important messages via email and manage them separately. Paper documents are clunky, they take up a lot of space to store and the information in them is hard to manage or share.

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Identifying and Improving on the Positives in Your Career

By Dena Lefkowitz |

When we think about what we want to accomplish in the coming year, we generally focus on how we want to change ourselves, what we didn't like about our behavior last year and maybe even what we did wrong. While I am always in favor of a conscious effort to improve, I am going to suggest that it is extremely worthwhile to devote some time to identifying what worked really well last year, where you excelled and what you're doing that you would like to see more of.

People in the News - Jan. 29, 2015 - Barrett Joins Griesing Law

Alan L. Yatvin was named to the American Diabetes Association's board of directors.

Justices Decline to Block Warren Hill Execution in Ga.

By Marcia Coyle |

A long-fought legal battle to prevent the execution of a Georgia death-row inmate ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday when the court, over the dissents of Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor, denied Warren Hill's request to delay his execution.

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Drone Law Practices Beginning to Take Flight

By Andrew Ramonas and Katelyn Polantz |

For now, the commercial use of drones in the United States is prohibited without special Federal Aviation Administration approval. Hobbyists can fly small drones under certain conditions, but only companies in a handful of industries, like movie-making and real estate, have earned one of the 14 highly specific flight exemptions the agency has granted so far.

Shifting Focus Is a Bigger Challenge for Smaller Firms

By Max Mitchell |

Shifting a law firm's practice focus might be a necessity in today's legal market, but for small and midsize firms, it could be one of the most difficult processes a firm faces.

Punitives Against Nursing Home Board Members Tossed

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Five board members who oversaw the downfall of a century-old care home for elderly African-Americans in Pittsburgh had the punitive damages that a jury imposed on them lifted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

US Study Faults Phila. Indigent Defense

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

According to a new study, Philadelphia's appointed defense counsel system has key deficiencies affecting the quality of representation that can't be fixed without state intervention.

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Medical Records Don't Count as Expert Reports, Panel Says

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A woman claiming a doctor's prescription of steroids caused her to vomit blood cannot use her medical records as expert reports, the state Superior Court has ruled.

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What Does It Mean for a Patent to Be Defined as 'Quality'?

By Lawrence E. Ashery |

Ask any client what he or she expects from the lawyers who are handling his or her work, and invariably the answer you receive is that the work must possess "quality." Everyone wants to know that when they purchase legal services, they will get quality in return. But in the patent realm, what does it mean for a patent to have quality?

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'Trolls?' The Term Isn't Helpful, Says Patent Director

By Jenna Greene |

Outlining her vision for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Deputy Director Michelle Lee—whose nomination to head the agency is pending before the Senate—on Jan. 22 stressed quality and innovation in an hour-long talk before a Washington think tank.

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No Discipline for Judges Who Dined With Indicted Friend

By Michael Booth |

Two New Jersey judges will not be disciplined for fraternizing with a close friend—a public official under indictment on corruption charges—even though they violated ethics rules, the state Supreme Court ruled Jan. 21.

People in the News - Jan. 28, 2015 - Shah Named Partner

Amit J. Shah was named a partner at Martin LLC.

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Plan and Respond to Protect Against Retaliation Claims

By Teleicia J.R. Dambreville |

Retaliation claims are the most common employment-related suits filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Since 1997, retaliation claims have been on a steady rise, and in 2013, such claims made up 41.1 percent of all charges filed with the EEOC, according to its own statistics. Because all of the laws enforced by the EEOC, which prohibit discrimination in employment, also prohibit retaliation in any aspect of employment, employers are highly susceptible to retaliation claims. Employers must take proactive steps to train managers, supervisors and human resources personnel to protect themselves against the ever-increasing liability of retaliation lawsuits.

Pa. Supreme Court May Be Shorthanded All Year

By Lizzy McLellan |

Vacancies on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court—a nearly constant problem and concern over the past 20 years—may go unfilled until after November's judicial elections, setting the stage for the court to function with only five justices throughout 2015.

Zoloft Plaintiffs Fail on Second Try to Keep Expert

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The first expert offered by plaintiffs to show the antidepressant Zoloft caused birth defects in babies born to mothers who took it is still unacceptable, the federal judge handling the case has ruled.

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Business Registration in Pa. Required Before Verdict

By Gina Passarella |

A company not registered to do business in Pennsylvania has until the verdict—and no later—to salvage what would otherwise be an invalid lawsuit given the state's ban on suits brought by unregistered companies, the state Superior Court has ruled.

In a Wide-Open Supreme Court Race, We All Need to Step Up

By Hank Grezlak |

If, like me, you've had enough drama and discord from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to last a lifetime, the prospect of three open seats on the court is probably a source of both hope and concern. With so much change coming to the court, and with it likely to be far and away the most expensive judicial race Pennsylvania has ever seen, it's really in everyone's best interest if bar associations and lawyers explain what we should be looking for from our future justices.

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Legal Technology

The Legal Technology supplement includes articles on trying cases with an iPad, barriers to predictive coding, the dearth of data in the litigation field and more.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Justices to Hear Kane's Challenge to 'Special Prosecutor'

By Max Mitchell |

As part of her challenge to a potential prosecution on perjury charges in connection with allegedly leaking grand jury secrets, state Attorney General Kathleen Kane questioned the authority of judges to appoint special prosecutors.

Arbitrator Conflict of Interest Not Appealable After Result

By Lizzy McLellan |

A challenge to an arbitrator's partiality is waived if it is not raised during the arbitration proceedings, a split en banc panel of the Superior Court has ruled, though the court did not specifically rule on the merits of that challenge.

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of Jan. 19

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of Jan. 19. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to session Jan. 26.

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All Lawyers Should Establish IOLTA and Escrow Accounts

By Samuel C. Stretton |

As a practicing lawyer, do I have to have an IOLTA/escrow account if I never receive clients' funds?

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Earning Capacity and Its Impact on Support

By Carolyn R. Mirabile |

The Pennsylvania support statute defines earning capacity and outlines the factors a court must consider in applying earning capacity. There are also hundreds of cases in Pennsylvania that discuss earning capacity. But what does it really mean and what is its effect on the final support order?

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Commonwealth Court Reinforces Sale Notice Requirements

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania's taxing authorities and bureaus are held to strict rules when it comes to notice of tax sales, and the Commonwealth Court has cracked down on some authorities in recent cases.

Pa. Law Weekly - People in the News - Jan. 27, 2015 - Don Geiter Selected as Leader for Barley Snyder Group

Don Geiter was selected as the practice group leader for Barley Snyder's finance and creditors' rights group.

Quitting Over Loss of Transport a Disqualifier for Benefits

By Lizzy McLellan |

A worker cannot collect unemployment compensation after terminating employment when the reason for quitting is a loss of employer-provided transportation, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

A Practical Defense Perspective on the 'Tincher' Ruling

By Bill Ricci, William J. Conroy and Katherine A. Wang |

On Nov. 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided Tincher v. Omega Flex, 2014 Pa. LEXIS 3031, significantly changing the landscape of the state's products liability law by adopting a new design-defect test for strict products liability cases and unanimously overruling Azzarello v. Black Brothers, 391 A.2d 1020 (Pa. 1978).

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Girl Scout Settles With Susquehanna Camp

By Max Mitchell |

A Girl Scout who allegedly sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling off a rock formation during an outing has settled for nearly $3 million with the Susquehanna County camp where the fall occurred.

Samuel H. Pond and Andrew F. Ruder

Retaliatory Discharge Following a Workers' Comp Claim

By Samuel H. Pond and Andrew F. Ruder |

Injured workers are faced with many unavoidable challenges when they become totally disabled as a result of a work injury. After missing significant time from work without any source of income, disabled workers and their families struggle to simply make ends meet.

Wal-Mart Loses Bid to Keep Slip-and-Fall Case in Federal Court

By Gina Passarella |

Wal-Mart's internal investigation of injuries sustained by a patron of one of its Pennsylvania stores is not enough to prove the patron's damages claim exceeded the $75,000 threshold required to get the case into federal court.

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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.

Senate Panel OKs Bills Aimed at Protecting Lessors of Gas Land

By John L. Kennedy |

In the first action of the new legislative session, the state Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee approved three bills, with no negative votes, that would protect landowners leasing property to natural gas drillers.

Public Pension Reform Legislation to Be Reintroduced

By John L. Kennedy |

State Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Montgomery, announced he will reintroduce legislation in the state House of Representatives to reform the pension systems for the state workers and public school teachers.

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Judge Punts Suit Against Riddell Over Helmet Claims

By David Gialanella |

Class litigation against Riddell, claiming the company falsely advertised its football helmets as able to reduce the incidence of concussions, was tossed out by a New Jersey federal judge, though the plaintiffs will have a chance to amend the claims.

Client's Guilty Plea Helps Lawyer Avoid Legal Mal Lawsuit

By David Gialanella |

A legal malpractice suit against a New Jersey lawyer who advised a client to cooperate with an FBI investigation despite having no criminal law experience was deemed properly dismissed.

People in the News - Jan. 27, 2015 - HBAPA to Recognize Lee

Salvatore M. DeBunda, a partner with Archer & Greiner in Philadelphia, was appointed to Gov. Tom Wolf's transition team as part of the Department of Agriculture's transition committee.

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Marketing Activities That Will Pay Off the Most in 2015

By Stacy West Clark |

It's 2015. Are you ready to get to work and grow your firm's business? No matter the size of your firm, but particularly small to midsized firms, it is time to wake up and get energized to market effectively in 2015.

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Parents May Be Liable for Child's Activity on Facebook

By Jeffrey N. Rosenthal |

It's 10 p.m. Do you know what your children are posting online?

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At Trial, an iPad Can Serve as a Useful Tool

By Joseph Marano |

A few years back, I was sitting in my office with two other attorneys from my firm. The attorneys had recently used a Smart Board and Trial Director during a large environmental case and were unhappy with the clumsiness, ineffectiveness and high cost of the these trial tools. For their next trial, we discussed the possibility of using an iPad.

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Going Paperless Cuts Costs, Improves Services

By Suzette Allaire |

By the close of the first quarter of 2015, Lindquist & Vennum—a regional firm with 185 attorneys and offices in Minneapolis, Denver and Sioux Falls, S.D.—will officially be a fully digital law firm. All new matters will be filed only electronically; if a document enters the firm as paper, it will be converted into a digital file and stored electronically.

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Technology Curve Gives Way to Focus on Survival

By Steve Fletcher |

The firm's management committee has hired a consultant to resurrect a neglected strategy plan. "What if you could purchase technology that would enable you to do legal work in half the time?" she asks. "Searching, drafting and review of standard agreements; leases, loan agreements, employment contracts. You could quickly locate the best practice work you’ve already done, to help you craft new agreements in a fraction of the time."

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Coping With the Dearth of Data in Business Litigation

By Galina Davidoff and Wendy L. Hufford |

There are no absolute certainties in business, but company leaders aggressively aspire to get all the available data and to glean as much certainty from that data as they can. Data mining is all the rage. New technologies deliver more data than ever before and every day businesses learn something new and update their algorithms.

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Seven Barriers to the Use of Predictive Coding

By David R. Cohen and Marcin M. Krieger |

On Feb. 24, 2012, Judge Andrew Peck issued his opinion in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), the first case to approve the use of predictive coding in a litigation matter. Many legal commentators declared that this was a death knell for the use of traditional human document review to identify relevant documents in litigation.

First Risperdal Trial in Philadelphia Begins

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Opening arguments in the first trial of Philadelphia's Risperdal mass-tort actions began Jan. 23 with attorneys squaring off over whether the drug's maker failed to warn patients about the risk of male breast growth associated with taking the medication.

Morgan Lewis Brings Bingham Lawyers Into Leadership Fold

By Gina Passarella |

In the span of two days, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius made changes to leadership in nine of the firm's 28 offices, with many of the changes adding a recently hired Bingham McCutchen partner to co-lead with an existing Morgan Lewis managing partner.

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First National Bank's $2.6 Million Insurance Case Survives

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A $2.6 million suit filed by a bank against an insurer has survived a motion to dismiss in federal court in Pittsburgh.

Pa. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Police Officers' Insurance Fraud Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear argument in the case of two police officers who claimed they were subject to an insurance fraud scheme aimed at denying uninsured and underinsured motorist benefits.

Mental Injuries Triggered on the Job on Monday's 'The American Law Journal'

Tonight live at 7 on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, "The American Law Journal" presents "Wrap Your Head Around This One: The Latest in Mental Injuries on the Job."

Reframing the Legislative Debate on Women's Health

By Amal Bass |

Just over a year ago, the bipartisan Women's Health Caucus of the Pennsylvania Legislature initiated the Pennsylvania Agenda for Women's Health, an ongoing, pro-choice campaign that addresses women's equality, safety and economic stability. This ambitious initiative is led by Women's Health Caucus co-chairs state Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, and Sens. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, and Chuck McIlhinney, R-Bucks. Its inclusive definition of women's health recognizes that women and their families cannot be healthy if they are financially insecure, physically unsafe, or otherwise subjected to gender bias and discrimination.

People in the News - Jan. 26, 2015 - Shoumer Joins Phila. VIP Board

Klasko Immigration Law Partners is set to hold its first EB-5 seminar Feb. 10 at the Hub Cira Centre in Philadelphia.

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Law Students Combating Urban Blight in Memphis

By Karen Sloan |

Memphis has been fighting urban blight for years, and now students from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law are joining the battle.

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To This Litigant, Judicial Campaign-Finance Case Is Personal

By Marcia Coyle |

To understand the potential for corruption or the appearance of corruption from big money in judicial elections, consider the experience of Hugh Caperton.

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Justice Requires That Legal ID Be Affordable to All

By Niki Ludt |

If you live in Pennsylvania, and don't drive, you wouldn't have a driver's license, which would have negative ramifications for you, given the many types of transactions for which a driver's license is asked to be shown. There's an alternative, of course—a Pennsylvania non-driver's photo ID, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. But those needing non-driver's IDs are finding themselves in a catch-22, because they need the ID, but obtaining one is prohibitively expensive for a large segment of those people.

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Ex-Phila. Judge Waters Gets Two Years for Case-Fixing

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for corruption charges stemming from fixing cases for campaign donors.

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Gymnast Taxed $125K in Costs in Suit Against Cornell

By Gina Passarella |

A federal magistrate judge reviewing whether the clerk of courts should have taxed a losing plaintiff more than $100,000 in costs recommended the court increase the amount owed to defendant Cornell University to nearly $125,000.

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.

PPA Ordered to Pay Attorney Fees in Disabled Access Suit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The Philadelphia Parking Authority will have to pay over $100,000 to cover the cost of the legal representation for persons who sued a division of the PPA over the number of taxicabs that are inaccessible to people in wheelchairs, under a federal magistrate judge's order.

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Bankrupt Franchisor Has Its Cake and Eats It Too in IP Dispute

By Craig R. Tractenberg |

Franchisors and large multiunit franchisees sometimes file for bankruptcy. The purpose of filing for bankruptcy would be to protect the brand name and reorganize with a different financial structure or management. This business strategy can help their brands continue to survive and thrive. Examples would include the Ground Round Inc., 7-Eleven, Schlotzsky's, Manhattan Bagel and many others. We can watch the results in the Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. franchise system, which had a very interesting outcome to the sale of its assets.

The Legal Intelligencer's Best Law Firm Corporate Practices Contest

The Legal Intelligencer's Best Law Firm Corporate Practices contest will have two distinct portions: a general contest to award the top department in overall corporate work by law firms, as well as a contest to determine the top specialty practice departments.

People in the News - Jan. 23, 2015 - Breslin Joins Saul Ewing

Flaster Greenberg shareholders elected attorney Kenneth S. Goodkind to serve on the firm's executive committee.

Attorney Bayard M. Graf, Member of the Bar for 60 Years, Dies at 88

Attorney Bayard M. Graf died Jan. 16 at the age of 88.

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Appeals Ct.'s Lengthy 'Unpublished' Ruling Draws Criticism

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Jan. 20 sharply criticized a federal appeals court for issuing a lengthy opinion that was nonetheless unpublished, which he called a "disturbing aspect" of the case before the high court.

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Law School Campuses That Excel at Producing Lawmakers

By Karen Sloan |

There is no shortage of lawyers on Capitol Hill—they comprise 45 percent of the 114th Congress. But unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, whose nine justices hail from just three elite law schools, a state school law degree won't hamper and may even smooth the way to the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate.

Use of Implicit Bias Evidence to Prove Discrimination

By Jeffrey Campolongo |

Are you or your co-workers guilty of "unconscious discrimination"? Is your manager or supervisor guilty of "implicit bias" in the workplace? These terms and others like it are used in social science to describe the inherent nature of stereotyping that takes place in everyone. The issue courts are being confronted with on a more frequent basis revolves around whether evidence of this type of stereotyping can form the basis for liability under anti-discrimination laws.

Kane's Attorney Blasts Release of Grand Jury Report

By Max Mitchell |

Attorney General Kathleen Kane's lawyer blasted Thursday's release of a grand jury report that outlined findings leading the grand jury members to recommend that she face criminal charges in connection with allegedly leaking grand jury secrets.

Grand Jury Recommends Shield Law Change

By Max Mitchell |

The grand jury that recommended Attorney General Kathleen Kane be charged criminally for allegedly leaking grand jury secrets has also recommended that the state General Assembly create a crime-fraud exception to the Shield Law for journalists.

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Unsealed Docs Show Perjury Recommendation Against Kane

By Max Mitchell |

Documents unsealed Wednesday show that a statewide grand jury has recommended that criminal charges be filed against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane in connection with a breach of grand-jury confidentiality.

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Xarelto Mass Tort Established in Philadelphia

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Litigation surrounding Xarelto, a blood thinner that is alleged by plaintiffs to cause uncontrollable and sometimes fatal bleeding, has been organized into a mass tort in Philadelphia.

Judge Approves $35.5M Babies R Us Antitrust Accord, Again

By Gina Passarella |

A $35.5 million class-action settlement in an antitrust case against Babies R Us has received final approval—for the second time.

Transgender Woman Challenges Constitutionality of ADA Exclusion

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

In the summer of 1989, U.S. senators debating the Americans with Disabilities Act excluded behavior they deemed immoral from the ADA's protections, including "transvestism, transsexualism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, gender identity disorders not resulting from physical impairments, or other sexual behavior disorders," according to the text of the law.

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Phila. Defender Association Sole Entrant in New Conflict-Counsel Bid

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Since late 2012, the Nutter administration has been trying to establish an organization to represent indigent defendants when the Public Defender's Office has a conflict. Now the only candidate for the contract is the defender's office itself.

Working to Advance Your Career While Raising a Family

By Jennie Philip |

Recent statistics, as reported by The Legal, indicate there has been no movement in the percentage of women lawyers practicing in this state's 100 largest law firms in the last 10 years. Undoubtedly, a confluence of factors contributes to this sobering fact, which is the subject of another article completely. Many articles in this category often focus on the reason why women leave the profession. I'd like to offer a tiny glimpse of why I chose to stay.

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals Calendar of Events

On Friday, the real estate committee meeting is set for 12:30 p.m. at Cozen O'Connor, 1900 Market St., third floor, conference room 3D. The committee will discuss its 2015 meeting schedule and plan dates and topics for the 2015 CLE course offerings. Current real estate happenings will also be discussed. Light refreshments will be served. Contact committee chair Harry Reichner to confirm your attendance.

People in the News - Jan. 22, 2015 - Phila. Bar Association Meeting

This month's Philadelphia Bar Association's board of governors meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. today in the 10th-floor boardroom at the bar association.

Home Depot Case Split Between Consumers, Banks

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal judge in Atlanta has divided the litigation over last year's data breach at The Home Depot Inc. into two tracks: consumers and financial institutions.

The SEC's on a Long Winning Streak, Analysis Shows

By Jenna Greene |

As criticism mounts that its in-house forum is unfair, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won every administrative case last year, according to an analysis by Legal affiliate The National Law Journal.

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Paralegals Play Integral Role in Handling Photographs

By Christine M. Flynn |

A picture is worth a thousand words. Photographs enable individuals to express themselves through images as well as document and preserve important moments throughout life. These visual images safeguard memories, capture feelings and convey stories. Photographs depict a variety of emotions, including joy, pain, fear, anger and sadness. Digital cameras, tablets and cellphones simplify our ability to instantly record these emotions. In the age of social media, thousands of snapshots are uploaded 24/7 portraying everything from daily activities to life-changing events. Whether a single print, scrapbook or memory box, these illustrations document life and hold our feelings, emotions and body language in time.

Third Circuit Nixes Feds' Bid to Limit Employment Suits

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The U.S. Department of Justice can't set a six-year deadline for federal workers to sue their employer for Title VII violations, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled.

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Gay Lawyer Suing Firms Seeks Confidential Settlement Info

By Max Mitchell |

A gay attorney suing personal injury firms for alleged discrimination is pointing to a confidential settlement to help establish the value of lost compensation he claims to have sustained because of the firms' allegedly scuttling his lateral move.

Girl Scout Secures $2.8M Settlement After Fall From Rock

By Max Mitchell |

A Girl Scout who allegedly sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling off a rock formation during an outing has settled for nearly $3 million with the Susquehanna County camp where the fall occurred.

People in the News - Jan. 21, 2015 - Carlos Receives DELVACCA Award

Suzanne Ilene Schiller, a litigation partner with Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, is set to be a panelist on an upcoming program titled, "Arranger Liability Under CERCLA: Leveraging Recent Court Decisions."