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Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton CEO Leaving the Firm

By Gina Passarella |

Scott Green, one of the first nonlawyer CEOs of an Am Law 100 or 200 firm, is leaving Pepper Hamilton to "pursue other interests," the firm said in a brief statement.

Morgan Lewis Finalizes Bingham Deal, Adds 510 Lawyers

By Gina Passarella |

Philadelphia became home Monday to the largest firm in the United States based on domestic attorney headcount with the addition of 510 lawyers to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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Panel Throws Out $19.5M Med Mal Verdict

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has reversed a $19.5 million verdict awarded to the husband of a woman who died from complications related to polyp-removal surgery.

Robert Kerns

Kerns Sentenced to Two Years' Probation

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Robert Kerns, the former Montgomery County Republican Party leader who was accused of rape, has been sentenced to two years' probation for indecent assault.

Lawyers, Not Clients, Must Pay Court Reporting Costs

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia trial judge, in an issue of first impression, ruled lawyers, not clients, are responsible for paying court reporting costs.

Suzuki Not Liable in ATV Crash

By Max Mitchell |

Suzuki will not be held liable for an allegedly defective four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle that flipped onto and severely injured the 14-year-old driver, an Allegheny County jury has determined.

Traffic Court

Divided Pa. Supreme Court Lifts Ex-Judge's Suspension

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Over the protests of two state Supreme Court members, including the chief justice, the court has lifted the suspension of former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael J. Sullivan.

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Turnpike Commission Case Concludes as Two Ex-Officials Plead Guilty

By Max Mitchell |

The remaining two defendants in the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission case have each pleaded guilty to felony conflict of interest.

The Public Interest Calendar of Events

On Thursday, the 22nd annual Face to Face Turkey Trot is set to be held in Fairmount Park in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Registration for the five-mile run and one-mile fun run/walk begins at 7 a.m. All proceeds benefit Face to Face, a human services organization that provides free meals, nurse-managed health care, legal and social services, computer training and children's after-school and summer programming to the impoverished Germantown community. For more information, visit www.facetofacegermantown.org or register online at www.lin-mark.com.

'The New Jim Crow' to Be Explored at Annual CLE Day

By Su Ming Yeh |

The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association is set to present its Annual Public Interest Law Day CLE Program on Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, CLE Conference Center, Wanamaker Building, 10th floor, Philadelphia. This CLE program will offer six substantive and two ethics CLE credits and will present a wide array of hot topics in public interest law. It will be followed by the Public Interest Section's Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception at the Marriott at 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, in the Independence Ballroom, where the Hon. Louis H. Pollak Award will be presented to retired Judge Edmund Spaeth. The Andrew Hamilton Award will also be presented.

Juvenile Law Center Initiative Promotes Second Chances

By Riya Saha Shah |

Juvenile court has traditionally been viewed as a "court of second chances"—a place where youth who make mistakes receive treatment and rehabilitation so that they can grow into productive citizens. However, public access to juvenile arrest and court records can impede successful transitions to adulthood for many youth, especially when records remain available long after juvenile justice system involvement has ended.

Tom Donnelly

A Skeptic's Admission: The Benefits of Arbitration

By Tom Donnelly |

I do not generally characterize myself as a fan of arbitration. While proponents argue arbitration is a superior form of dispute resolution and more efficient than litigation, my personal experience in the representation of privately held businesses and individuals is otherwise.

People in the News - Nov. 24, 2014 - Ashery Becomes Partner at Caesar Rivise

Lawrence E. Ashery joined Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow as a partner.

The Cost of Pa. Supreme Court Scandal on Monday's 'The American Law Journal'

"The porn emails got the headlines," said Lynn Marks, executive director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, "but that was just the tip of the iceberg."

Albert Chapar

Suit Over Alleged Beating at T.I.'s Studio Reinstated

By Greg Land |

The Georgia Court of Appeals has breathed new life into a suit brought by a man claiming he was held prisoner and beaten by associates of rapper T.I. at his Atlanta studio.

(l-r) Brett Kavanaugh, Judith Rogers, and Nina Pillard.

Merits of CFPB Challenges Saved for Another Day

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit spent several hours Nov. 19 weighing whether corporations and state attorneys general had legal standing to challenge the existence of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Board, the merits of their challenges notwithstanding.

Making a Safe Bet When Playing Poker in Pa.

By James W. Cushing |

Many people play poker for fun with friends or competitively, but if one wishes to organize a league, tournament or a game that is more than simply a few hands of cards among friends, one must ensure he does not run afoul of the law. If one is interested in organizing a formal poker game, be sure to consider the below when doing so.

Justices Decline to Adopt Third Restatement

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has held that Pennsylvania will continue to follow the Restatement (Second) of Torts in products liability cases.

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Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Governmental Damages Cap

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court has denied a student, whose leg was amputated after being run over by a school bus, the ability to bypass the $500,000 statutory damages cap and collect the full $14 million verdict for her injuries.

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Beetlestone Confirmed as Federal Judge in Eastern District

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Wendy Beetlestone, a lawyer at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate to join the federal bench in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Morgan Lewis Offers 300 Bingham Professionals Full-Time Jobs

By Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has extended offers of full-time employment to more than 300 legal professionals at Bingham McCutchen, a source close to Morgan Lewis said.

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Chancery Ruling Means Shareholder May Pursue Claim Over Zynga IPO

By Jeff Mordock |

A corporation’s contractual obligations do not trump an individual director’s fiduciary duties in cases where the rights of all shareholders collectively are implicated, the Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled.

PUC Decision Opens Door to Region Becoming World Energy, Jobs Hub

By Michael L. Krancer, Christopher A. Lewis and Frank L. Tamulonis III |

The Greater Philadelphia region's economic future just took a big turn for the better. Why the turnaround? On Oct. 2, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) took an important vote that will help propel the region into becoming a major energy hub and jobs creation center. The PUC's opinion and order was entered Oct. 29.

People in the News - Nov. 21, 2014 - Kovler Named VIP Volunteer of the Month

Christopher Scott D'Angelo of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads was a speaker on the program, "Ethical Challenges Facing In-House Counsel," at the annual meeting of the Product Liability Advisory Council.

Chamber Hopes to Stem Class Actions Over Food Labeling

By Amanda Bronstad |

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and at least one other business group intervened in the appeal of a class action in hopes of stemming food-labeling cases in California.

Juror Number 2, author Laura K. Curtis

Defendants Not Biased by Juror's Tweets, Judge Finds

By Mark Hamblett |

An outbreak of juror tweeting was not enough to derail the convictions of two lawyers in a sweeping immigration scheme to submit thousands of fraudulent asylum applications.

Ronni Solomon

When to Identify, Preserve and Produce Text Messages in Litigation

By Ronni Dawn Solomon |

Most in the e-discovery industry would agree that preserving and producing text messages from mobile devices in litigation is challenging, whether the mobile devices are issued by the corporation or personally owned by employees.

Judge Denies Pepper Hamilton's Bid to Preclude Freeh Documents

By Max Mitchell |

A Potter County judge has denied Pepper Hamilton's motion to preclude documents related to the creation of the Freeh report from the suit between the family of Joe Paterno and the NCAA.

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Brody Hears Grievances Over NFL Concussion Settlement

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The peculiar fault lines in the case against the NFL split before the federal judge overseeing the litigation during the highly anticipated fairness hearing for the settlement in a class action over head injuries Wednesday morning.

Third Circuit Mulls Whether Reverse Payment Means Cash

By Gina Passarella |

The Third Circuit grappled Wednesday with whether pharmaceutical companies that settle patent litigation for terms other than cash payments can still fall under the specter of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in FTC v. Actavis that allowed for antitrust scrutiny of large reverse-payment settlements.

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Ex-FJD Supervisor Charged With Stealing $155K in Bail

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A former supervisor of the First Judicial District Bail Acceptance Unit has been charged with stealing roughly $155,000 in bail funds.

Traffic Court

Traffic Court Defendants' Sentencing Delayed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The three Philadelphia Traffic Court ex-judges convicted of perjury and one convicted of lying to the FBI, originally slated for sentencing Wednesday and today, are instead set to be sentenced early next month.

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Knowing When You Are Not Prepared to Offer Legal Advice

By The YL Editorial Board |

So you recently graduated from law school and just found out you passed the bar. You must be able to jump right in and practice law, right? What about giving advice to family and friends who are excited they can now get free legal advice from you? Do you know enough to dispense this advice when requested? Take it from Ygritte in the "Game of Thrones" series: You know nothing, (insert your name here).

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A Brace for Petitions From Federal Prisoners in Drug Cases

By Zoe Tillman |

More than 46,000 federal prisoners could be eligible for early release under new sentencing guidelines that took effect this month, putting a new burden on already strained resources in the judiciary and in public defender offices.

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Regulators Extend Air Bag Recall to Entire Nation

By Amanda Bronstad |

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday ordered a nationwide recall of cars and trucks with air bags made by Takata Corp.

People in the News - Nov. 20, 2014 - Phila. Bar Association Meeting

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

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals Calendar of Events

Today, the technology committee meeting is set from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. at Flaster Greenberg, Four Penn Center, 1600 JFK Blvd., second floor. Coleen Abbott and Kyndra Worrell of Veritext will discuss how to navigate through the legal ethics associated with keeping information secure. Topics will include types of private information, virtual private network, implications of using the cloud and the safeguards of multifactor authentication. Contact the technology committee at technology@philaparalegals.com to confirm your attendance and to be included on the building security list.

Firm Managing Partners Invited to Business Networking Breakfast

The PaLaw Managing Partners Breakfast, The Legal's gathering of Pennsylvania's law firm leaders for a networking and information session filled with useful business intelligence, is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Top of the Tower, Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch St., Philadelphia.

PAP Conference Focuses on Ethical Aspects for Paralegals

By Lyndora Patterson Tiller |

Paralegals can certainly attend continuing legal education opportunities through a variety of institutions including the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) as well as the Philadelphia Bar Association, which provide year-round CLE classes. However, most CLE classes tend to concentrate on strengthening a particular skill set or developing knowledge in a specific area of law. The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals (PAP) Annual Education Conference, however, offers a selection of 16 different continuing education sessions, thus appealing to every paralegal experience level and encompassing almost every area of law, including ethics.

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Lawyer for Lynn Attacks Child Endangerment Conviction

By Max Mitchell |

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

Will New Expert Be Allowed to Save Zoloft MDL?

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Several months after tossing the key expert witness for plaintiffs who allege that Pfizer's antidepressant drug Zoloft causes birth defects, a federal judge in Philadelphia considered allowing them to offer a new one.

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

By Max Mitchell |

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

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Third Circuit Hears Argument in Luzerne County Defender's Suit

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Attorneys in the wrongful termination case of former Luzerne County Chief Public Defender Albert J. Flora Jr.—who, before being forced out, had sued the county for underfunding the office—grappled Tuesday with a key issue: whether he filed his funding suit as a private citizen or as a public official.

FLSA Complaints Failing to 'Connect the Dots' Subject to Dismissal

By Patrick T. Ryan |

The number of lawsuits alleging uncompensated work time has skyrocketed in recent years, as employees in many industries, such as health care, retail, food service, manufacturing and financial services, allege that employer practices or policies undercompensate them for required activities. Most of the lawsuits are brought as potential collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and many include claims under analogous state wage laws. The FLSA does not define what constitutes "work" or a "workweek," and courts have been forced to address these issues in an increasing number of cases alleging unpaid overtime for work performed beyond the statute's 40-hour threshold.

People in the News - Nov. 19, 2014 - Roderick to Speak at Growth Capital Summit

Mark Roderick, a shareholder with Flaster Greenberg, is set to join a panel of crowdfunding experts at the Growth Capital Summit, scheduled from 2 to 6:30 p.m. today in Washington, D.C.

Terror Victims Can't Claim Domains to Satisfy Judgments

By Zoe Tillman |

Victims of terror attacks and their families have been largely unsuccessful in collecting billions of dollars in damages from state sponsors of terrorism.

Loretta Lynch.

Lynch on Voting Rights, Terror Trials and the Press

By Mike Sacks |

President Obama put an end to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch's relatively low profile when he nominated her to be the next U.S. attorney general.

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Visa Agreement Important Step to Promote U.S.-China Trade

By Michele Gallo |

On Nov. 10, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Beijing, President Obama announced an agreement with China to lengthen the visa validity periods for certain visa classifications. In exchange, China will also extend the visa validity periods for U.S. citizens traveling to China in these same categories.

Morgan Lewis Takes 'Hybrid' Approach in Growing Law Firm

By Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has grown over the years to one of the largest law firms in the world in terms of both revenue and attorney head count and has done so without adopting the merger-focused strategy of some of its fellow global brethren.

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

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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

Gas Pipeline Doesn't Violate Landowners' Rights

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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

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Concealing Sanction Payments Earns Attorney Probation

By Max Mitchell |

A founding member of the former Booth & Tucker law firm has been sentenced to two years of probation with a stayed suspension for hiding expenses and sanction penalties from a client and his former partner.

Pa. Law Weekly - People in the News - Nov. 18, 2014 - Dan Clifford Honored with 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award

Dan Clifford, managing partner of Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby's Norristown, Pa., office, was honored with the 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award.

Superior Court Denies New Trial Over Anti-Gay Email

By Max Mitchell |

A trial court's decision to exclude from evidence an email attachment containing anti-gay material that a defendant did not read or open was not a sufficient basis to grant a new trial for the plaintiff, the state Superior Court has said.

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Title IX Actions Involving Teacher-Student Sexual Harassment

By Mark Clouser |

Of all the courts to be addressing a Title IX action for a teacher-student sexual harassment claim, it was the Commonwealth Court that laid down the law for this type of claim for future federal courts and school law lawyers to rely on in the future.

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The State of Compulsory Integration in Pennsylvania

By Michael P. Joy, Robert M. Jochen and Steven R. Chadwick |

On Aug. 29, Hilcorp Energy Co. withdrew its long-pending application for well spacing units from proceedings before the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Executive and Legislative Action for Week of Nov. 10

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of Nov. 10. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled for swearing-in to the 2015-16 session on Jan. 6, 2015.

Court Eases Pleading in Worker's Retaliatory-Discharge Case

By Lizzy McLellan |

An ex-employee suing an employer for wrongful discharge in violation of the Workers' Compensation Act need not allege that a claim petition was ever filed with the Workers' Compensation Bureau, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

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Group Home Settles With Brother of Deceased Resident

By Lizzy McLellan |

The brother of a deceased, mentally disabled man has reached a settlement with the owner and operator of the group home where the man was a resident.

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Benefits Granted for Dog Bite on Outdoor Work Premises

By Lizzy McLellan |

Injuries sustained from a dog bite that occurred on an employer's outdoor premises during a smoke break were compensable under the state Workers' Compensation Act, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

GOP Chooses More Conservative Leadership to Oppose Wolf

By John L. Kennedy |

Not only is Gov.-elect Tom Wolf not expected to get a honeymoon period with the General Assembly when he takes office in January, he's unlikely to even get a first date.

Gaming Control Board Set to Decide on Second Phila. Casino

By John L. Kennedy |

The five-member Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is set to vote today on whether Philadelphia will get another Category 2, or standalone, casino.

Federal Judge William Martini, Newark, NJ

Federal Judge Grants Remand in Giants Memorabilia Suit

By David Gialanella |

In what has been a drawn-out jurisdictional battle, a New Jersey federal judge has decided that a lawsuit by a former sports memorabilia dealer against the New York Giants belongs in state court.

Same-Sex Couple Can't Bar Paternity Test Bid, Court Says

By Joel Stashenko |

A married same-sex couple cannot use a marital statute to block a man's paternity petition for the child he fathered with one of the spouses during the women's marriage, a Family Court judge in New York has determined.

People in the News - Nov. 18, 2014 - Zane of Archer & Greiner Promoted to of Counsel

Kristine Roddick of King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul is set to serve as the next president of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association. Her term begins January 2015.

Abraham J. Gafni

Explaining Waiver of Court Trial in Arbitration Agreements

By Abraham J. Gafni |

When an agreement provides for arbitration, what language waiving access to the courts will be enforceable, particularly when one of the parties may be unsophisticated?

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Landlord Didn't Properly Dispose of Tenant's Personal Belongings

By Alan Nochumson |

Earlier this year, in Brown v. Premier Properties, 2014 Pa. Dist. & Cnty. Dec. LEXIS 64 (March 6, 2014), a trial court judge in Allegheny County highlighted the obligations of a landlord under the common law and now under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 to allow a tenant to retrieve her personal belongings after the tenant loses possession of the leased premises by way of eviction proceedings.

Animal Law and Rights

Animal Law & Rights

In this special advertising section benefiting Pets for Vets, an organization that provides a second chance for returning veterans and needy shelter animals, topics include shelter dogs, proposed legislation for animals, common mistakes made by dog owners and more.

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Six-Justice Court to Eye Informed Consent, House Arrest

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court composed of just six justices is expected to hear arguments on a variety of issues this week in Harrisburg, including the use of informed consent evidence in a medical malpractice case, the definition of incarceration in relation to unemployment benefits and whether an administrative official with the Catholic Church can be convicted of endangering the welfare of children abused by other priests.

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

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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

Sam Stretton

Changes Allow Judicial Candidates to Personally Solicit Funds

By Samuel C. Stretton |

I am going to be running for judicial office in 2015. Can I call potential donors and ask them for a donation to my campaign committee?

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The Ethical Tensions in Lawyer-Judge Interactions

By Daniel J. Siegel |

The relationships between lawyers and judges and the dynamics of how they interact have always been fraught with issues.

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Justices to Eye Phila. Asbestos Consolidation Procedure

By Lizzy McLellan |

When the state Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments in Rost v. Ford, it gave itself the opportunity to consider a unique rule that requires the consolidation of asbestos-related cases in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Company Hit With Attorney Fees for Disseminating Covert Tapes

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Shifting legal arguments made on behalf of a medical device manufacturer that is facing a whistleblower suit have cost the company attorney fees for the plaintiff.

$45M Verdict Awarded in Philadelphia Dungeon Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A mentally disabled woman who was imprisoned in Philadelphia basements for nearly a decade has won a $45 million verdict in the civil case against her captors.

Magisterial District Judge Charged With Misconduct

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Dauphin County magisterial district judge has been formally charged with seven counts of judicial misconduct by the Judicial Conduct Board.

Frank D'Amore

Five Essential Components to Becoming a Winning Lawyer

By Frank Michael D'Amore |

I was surprised when someone recently pointed out that this column has now entered its 10th year of publication. Time certainly marches on at an inexorable pace.

NFL Concussion Accord, Fairness Hearing on Monday's 'The American Law Journal'

Tonight at 7 on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, "The American Law Journal" presents, "The NFL Concussion Settlement: Good for the Players? Or Better for the Owners and Lawyers?"

Morgan Lewis Votes to Admit 227 Bingham McCutchen Partners

By Brian Baxter and Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partners voted in the early afternoon of Nov. 14 to admit 227 Bingham McCutchen partners into their partnership. The firm confirmed the mass lateral move, which a trio of sources briefed on the matter say is not a merger, in a press release.

People in the News - Nov. 17, 2014 - AACCNJ Honors Archer & Greiner

The Villanova University School of Law Center for Law, Entrepreneurship and Innovation is set to host a lecture on venture capital—the second event of its Financing Growth Business Lecture Series—at noon Thursday in Room 102.

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The Biggest Fan of Net Neutrality: Justice Scalia?

By Jenna Greene |

Before net neutrality became a left-wing cause célèbre, it had an unlikely champion: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Wrongfully Imprisoned Man Loses Suit Against NYPD

By Mark Hamblett |

A man who was released from prison 15 years after a robbery conviction because another man confessed to the crime has lost his civil rights suit against New York City police and a prosecutor in the case.

Helping Women of Color to Break Through the Glass Ceiling

By Albert S. Dandridge III |

When I was a young Marine sergeant, I was "adopted" by a group of African-American Marines called the Montford Point Marines. During World War II, Montford Point was the training base for African-American Marines before the armed forces were desegregated by President Harry S. Truman. The Montford Point Marines who adopted me were career Marines, most of whom had fought in three wars. This was a proud, professional and patriotic group of men. Realizing their options were limited, they chose to stay in the Marine Corps and make it a career. Each one of them were senior enlisted men, first sergeants and sergeant majors. They also had something else in common. They were all married to school teachers.

How to Make the First Steps Toward a Happy Career

By Dena Lefkowitz |

We live in a world where the expectation is that we'll know what we want to do at 18, select an appropriate major, graduate from college and be headed toward a career. If we go to law school or get a master's degree, we are done before we turn 30. It's no wonder that as people mature in their 30s and 40s, those early choices are not always on the money.

New Eastern District Judge Nominated to Third Circuit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Luis Felipe Restrepo, who joined the Eastern District of Pennsylvania just over a year ago, has been nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

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'Secret Archive' Files Sought in Clergy Abuse Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The plaintiff in a priest sex-abuse case has asked the court to compel the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to reveal its "secret archive" files and personnel records on 17 priests.

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Area Firms Strong on Inventory, Lagging on Rates

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania and Delaware law firms could have a banner year if the 2014 collections cycle goes well, according to another survey that shows area law firms have strong inventory along with revenue projections that are outpacing expense growth. But the firms still lag when it comes to rate increases and come in above the national average when it comes to attorney head count growth in what one banker described as an industry that continues to deal with overcapacity.

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U.S. Supreme Court Passes on Third Circuit Privilege Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The Third Circuit's application of the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege announced earlier this year will stand for now, since the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to review the case.

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Former Turnpike Commission Chair Pleads Guilty

By Lizzy McLellan |

Mitchell Rubin, former chairman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, has pleaded guilty to one count of commercial bribery.

Morgan Lewis Votes to Admit 227 Bingham Partners

By Brian Baxter and Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partners voted early Friday afternoon to admit 227 Bingham McCutchen partners into their partnership, according to a source briefed on the matter. Morgan Lewis subsequently confirmed the mass lateral move—not a merger—in a press release.

Adverse Event Letter: What Is It and What Is Its Significance?

By Stephen J. Pokiniewski Jr. |

You get a telephone call or email from a potential client advising that he or she or a family member was in the hospital recently and a problem occurred in the course of his or her medical care causing injury or death. You are advised that shortly after the event he or she was given a letter from a hospital representative expressing the hospital's concern for what happened and briefly discussing the event.

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High Court to Rule on Interpretive Guidance of Federal Regulations

By Bryan P. Franey and Zachary N. Moor |

Upon first glance, the list of cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing oral argument during the next year does not appear to offer anything of interest to environmental practitioners. The court's prior term, which began in October 2013, offered a pair of blockbuster Clean Air Act cases involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate interstate air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Firm Managing Partners Invited to Business Networking Breakfast

The PaLaw Managing Partners Breakfast, The Legal's gathering of Pennsylvania's law firm leaders for a networking and information session filled with useful business intelligence, is scheduled from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at the Top of the Tower, Three Logan Square, 1717 Arch St., Philadelphia.

People in the News - Nov. 14, 2014 - Skipton Joins Pietragallo Gordon

Jean M. Hadley joined Flaster Greenberg as the firm's new director of recruitment and professional development.

LSAT Prep Company Ordered to Pay $927K in Legal Fees

By Zoe Tillman |

A test prep company has been ordered to pay more than $900,000 in legal fees and costs to plaintiffs who accused the company of violating District of Columbia consumer protection laws.

Justices Wrestle With City's Cell Tower Denial Notice

By Marcia Coyle |

The city of Roswell, Ga.'s denial of a cellphone tower proposed by T-Mobile South LLC drew the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday into conflicting arguments over how and when local governments should explain their reasons for denials as required by federal law.

Bingham Settlement Smoothed Way for Morgan Lewis Talks

By Brian Baxter |

Bingham McCutchen’s ongoing odyssey to find a merger partner could be coming to an end following a recent vote by the firm in favor of a union with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which has yet to hold its own referendum on a potential combination.

The Uncertain Path of the Anti-Commandeering Rule

By Charles A. Kelbley |

The U.S. Supreme Court has often had to resolve conflicts between the federal government and the states. Some of the conflicts have concerned federal authorities "commandeering" state officials to enforce federal rules and policies.

Deal Work Gives Midsized Firms Hope for Strong 2014 Finish

By Max Mitchell |

The current fiscal year may have gotten off to a slow start in terms of legal work, but many midsized firms are reporting steady year-over-year growth as fiscal year 2014 begins to wrap up.

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State Officials Say NCAA Collaborated on Freeh Report

By Max Mitchell |

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