Law Firm News

Company Has No Legal Mal Claim in Factory Fire Case

Zack Needles | April 22, 2014

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a company whose factory burnt down in a fire caused by a furnace has no legal malpractice claim against a Bucks County attorney and his former firm for failing to assert a products liability claim against the furnace distributor.

Company Has No Legal Mal Claim in Factory Fire Case

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a company whose factory burnt down in a fire caused by a furnace has no legal malpractice claim against a Bucks County attorney and his former firm for failing to assert a products liability claim against the furnace distributor.

Defamation Suit by Cyberintelligence Company Survives

By Gina Passarella |

A cyberintelligence company that happened upon patient data mistakenly made accessible on the Internet by a cancer detection facility can sue the facility for defamation after it alleged in a video and book that the intelligence company worked with the government to surveil private businesses, a federal judge has ruled in denying a motion to dismiss.

Job Market Still Tough for Area Law School Graduates

By Zack Needles |

Nine months after graduation, area law schools, with the exception of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, were lucky if more than half of their graduating classes had found full-time, long-term employment that required bar passage, according to data recently released by the American Bar Association.

Blank Rome Partner David Kittner Dies

Blank Rome partner David Kittner died April 18.

Drinker Biddle's Revenue, PPP Down 1 Percent

By Zack Needles |

Drinker Biddle & Reath saw its gross revenue and profits per equity partner (PPP) dip slightly in 2013, but executive partner Andrew C. Kassner still called it a "fine year," considering it began with a slow start in corporate work and ended with inclement weather and inconveniently placed holidays hampering litigation.

Pa. Seeing Influx of Out-of-State Firms, Despite Mature Market

By Zack Needles |

Despite talk for years that the Philadelphia region's legal market is oversaturated with firms, several out-of-state firms have entered the market over the past few years.

Dilworth Adds to Trend of Meshing Marketing, Business Roles

By Gina Passarella |

Dilworth Paxson has continued what appears to be a trend among large law firms in hiring someone who can jointly oversee the marketing and business development functions of the firm.

Ex-Delco ADA Suspended for Alcohol-Related Hit-and-Run

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A former Delaware County prosecutor who, while driving after drinking hit a 14-year-old youth and fled the scene, has been suspended from the practice of law for one year after a recommendation from the state Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board.

Atlanta Firm Opens in Phila. With Four From Spector Gadon

By Zack Needles |

Atlanta-based litigation firm Freeman Mathis & Gary has opened in Philadelphia with the addition of four labor and employment attorneys from Spector Gadon & Rosen and one from litigation boutique Green, Silverstein & Groff.

Trial Lawyer Diversity Stagnant, but Change Could Be Coming

By Zack Needles |

The Legal's seventh annual survey looking at diversity among Pennsylvania's largest plaintiffs firms showed less than a 1 percent increase in the number of female attorneys at those firms and a decrease in the number of attorneys from racial minority groups.

Duane Morris Revenue, PPP Relatively Flat

By Zack Needles |

Duane Morris saw a 0.2 percent uptick in its revenue in 2013, while its net income dipped by 5 percent.

Drinker Biddle CMO Departure Latest Marketing Move

By Gina Passarella |

The once-ephemeral tenure of chief marketing officers among Am Law 200 firms has, for many, morphed into a much longer-term position as the legal marketing industry has matured. But nothing lasts forever.

Cozen O'Connor Seeks Approval to Recover $50 Mil. Foxwoods Fee

By Gina Passarella |

The owner of the once-proposed Foxwoods Casino, which entered bankruptcy earlier this week, has asked the bankruptcy judge to allow Cozen O'Connor to represent the entity in recovering the $50 million fee it paid for a casino license that was later revoked.

Med Mal Attorney Appeals Nearly $35K in Sanctions

By Max Mitchell |

A White and Williams attorney has filed an appeal of nearly $35,000 in sanctions leveled against him by a Northampton County Court of Common Pleas judge.

Saul Ewing Revenue Up 5.3 Percent, RPL Down 0.9 Percent

By Zack Needles |

Saul Ewing saw its gross revenue grow by 5.3 percent but its revenue per lawyer (RPL) dip by 0.9 percent in 2013, a year in which the firm increased its overall headcount by 14 lawyers.

Trade-Secrets Case Against Patterson Belknap Survives

By Gina Passarella |

A misappropriation of trade secrets case against Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler and a former associate has survived a motion to dismiss after the judge found the plaintiff stated a "plausible factual basis" to show the defendants "obtained the trade secrets by improper means."

IP Litigator Leaves Kessler Topaz for Condo Roccia Firm

By Zack Needles |

A little over three years after starting a patent litigation practice at Radnor, Pa.-based class action firm Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, partner Michael J. Bonella has left to join Philadelphia-based intellectual property boutique Condo Roccia Koptiw as a partner.

GCs to Law Firms: Employ Caution When Cross-Selling

By Gina Passarella and Zack Needles |

The law firm model of multiple offices and dozens of practice areas almost requires firms to cross-sell to be successful—but the quest for more business from existing clients could have the opposite effect if not done the right way, several general counsel have said.

Ex-Cozen O'Connor Lawyer's Wire Fraud Conviction Upheld

By Gina Passarella |

The Third Circuit has upheld the conviction and 70-month sentence of a former Cozen O'Connor attorney who was found guilty of diverting fees from the law firm and not paying taxes on that unreported income.

Pitt Firm Pushes for Discovery in Case Against Lundy

By Zack Needles |

A month after Philadelphia personal injury firm Lundy Law shot back at competitor Larry Pitt & Associates' second amended complaint by saying the Pitt firm has "stretched the facts as far as truth will allow—and beyond," the Pitt firm has responded that it has sufficiently alleged antitrust claims and that the case must proceed to discovery.

Longtime Beasley Firm Lawyer Benedict Casey Dies at Age 85

Benedict A. Casey, a member of The Beasley Firm in Philadelphia for more than 40 years, died March 14 at the age of 85.

Data Security

How are law firms dealing with the issue of data security? Explore the technology of staying cyber-safe in this collection of articles.

Seven Lavin O'Neil Lawyers Join Dissolving Hollstein Keating

By Zack Needles |

Seven lawyers from Philadelphia litigation defense firm Lavin, O'Neil, Ricci, Cedrone & DiSipio, including name shareholder William J. Ricci and three other shareholders, are leaving to start a new firm with the 11 lawyers who currently make up fellow defense firm Hollstein Keating Cattell Johnson & Goldstein, which is currently in the process of dissolving.

Lawyers Question Decision to Dismiss Case Against Kerns

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Several lawyers have questioned the logic behind the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office's decision to drop rape charges against lawyer and former county GOP Chairman Robert Kerns when there was "sufficient" probable cause that could have been used to carry on the prosecution.

Do Law Firms Need Cyberinsurance?

By Gina Passarella |

Despite the risk-averse nature generally associated with the legal industry, many law firms do not view themselves as at risk for a data breach and, therefore, have not purchased what is known as cyberinsurance.

Ex-Spector Gadon Attorney Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

By Gina Passarella |

Former Spector Gadon & Rosen attorney Gomer Thomas Williams III pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud related to his theft of more than $500,000 from some of his former firm's trusts and estates clients.

Cozen O'Connor Revenue Dips 1.3 Percent, PPP Rises 1.4 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Cozen O'Connor saw a 1.3 percent decline in gross revenue in 2013 as its headcount dropped nearly 3 percent in a year that saw a number of attorneys leave the firm in places such as Chicago and Philadelphia.

Merger of Buchanan Ingersoll And Fowler White Official

By Julie Kay and Gina Passarella |

Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is set to merge today with Tampa-based Fowler White Boggs, creating a 530-lawyer firm that would become one of the 100 largest in the country by headcount.

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Law Firms' Prime Data Security Threat: Their Own Employees

By Gina Passarella |

From kill commands and encryption codes to government espionage and foreign hackers, law firm life is beginning to resemble the plot line of a spy thriller.

Marshall Dennehey Opens Cincinnati Office With New Hire

By Zack Needles |

Philadelphia-based insurance defense firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin opened a Cincinnati office Monday with one new lateral hire and the relocation of one of its Cleveland-based shareholders.

Failure to Communicate May Have Dire Effects, GCs Warn Law Firms

By Zack Needles |

Current and former in-house counsel said lack of communication by outside firms, particularly when it comes to billing and legal strategy, can damage the attorney-client relationship beyond repair.

Reed Smith Grows Revenue 6.1 Percent, PPP 5.5 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

In a year in which Reed Smith underwent a major leadership change, the firm finished out 2013 with a 6.1 percent rise in gross revenue and a 5.5 percent increase in partner profits.

Company Owes Legal Fees After 'Calling Shots' in Litigation

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that an investment management company is responsible for paying more than $71,000 in legal fees to a Pittsburgh firm that defended litigation related to a distressed shopping center, despite the company's contention that its subsidiary should be on the hook for the bills.

Bill on Oversight Of Conflict Counsel Becomes Law

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A measure to increase Philadelphia City Council's oversight role in implementing a plan to establish a private conflict counsel entity for criminal cases has become law.

Ballard Spahr Helps to Generate $1.86 Billion Sale of PGW

By Gina Passarella |

When 33 potential bidders expressed interest in August in vying for Philadelphia Gas Works as part of the city's anticipated sale of the largest municipally-owned gas utility in the country, Ballard Spahr's Gregory L. Seltzer knew his client was in good shape.

Law Firms Face Pressure From Clients on Data Security

By Gina Passarella |

Forget client service or rate flexibility. If a law firm wants to get, or even keep, business, data security plans are often now the price of admission.

Flaster Greenberg Settles Suit With Former Associate

By Zack Needles |

Less than two months after a federal judge allowed a former Flaster Greenberg associate to continue with her claims against the firm for breach of implied contract and promissory estoppel/detrimental reliance, the parties have reached a settlement, according to court documents.

Buchanan Ingersoll Lawyer Can't Quash Rigas Subpoena

By Gina Passarella |

A Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney lawyer who represented defunct Adelphia Communications for years has lost a battle to quash a subpoena he was served by Rigas family members who previously owned Adelphia.

Justices Won't Mull Arb Agreements' Impact on Wrongful-Death Suits

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not hear arguments over whether wrongful-death suits can be controlled by decedents' arbitration agreements.

Objection to K&L Gates, Le-Nature's Accord Withdrawn

By Gina Passarella |

Less than 24 hours after the trustee for Le-Nature's said an accounting firm's objection to his $23.75 million settlement with K&L Gates was unfounded, the objection has been withdrawn.

Plaintiffs and Defense Lawyers Differ on Use of Trial Technology

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

As the use of trial technology continues to advance, several plaintiffs attorneys say they consider tools such as interactive displays, computer animations and multimedia presentations to be essential in keeping the attention of modern jurors and effectively illustrating facts.

Co-Defendant Opposes K&L Gates, Le-Nature's Accord

By Gina Passarella |

Pascarella & Wiker, the accounting firm that was sued along with K&L Gates by the trustee of bankrupt Le-Nature's, has opposed a $23.75 million settlement between the law firm and the trustee.

Firms Settle Fee Dispute After Sex-Bias Class Action Resolves

By Gina Passarella |

Hamburg & Golden has settled its suit against Sanford Heisler over fees the former alleged it was owed after the two firms worked together on behalf of the plaintiffs in a gender-discrimination class action.

K&L Gates Revenue Up 9.3 Percent, RPL Down 5 Percent

By Zack Needles |

After remaining flat between 2011 and 2012, Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates saw its revenue grow by about 9.3 percent in 2013, a year that saw the firm's financials impacted significantly by its Jan. 1, 2013, merger with Australia-based Middletons.

Cop Can Sue Man for Fleeing Arrest, Superior Court Rules

By Max Mitchell |

A police officer who broke his leg while chasing a man caught urinating on someone else's property may pursue personal injury claims against the man who fled, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Pa. Firms: Accounting Changes Could Cost Legal Industry Billions

By Gina Passarella |

While law firms are increasingly modeling their business practices after their clients', one they have not been interested in mimicking is the accrual method of accounting. But it may be coming.

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As Clients' Budgets Shrink, Firms Aim to Prove Their Worth

By Zack Needles |

As in-house legal budgets continue to tighten, legal departments are taking a hard look at the value they're receiving from outside counsel. As a result, even firms with longstanding relationships are finding themselves under the microscope.

Pepper Hamilton Disqualified From Defamation Suit

By Gina Passarella |

Pepper Hamilton has been disqualified from representing the owners and publishers of The Philadelphia Inquirer in a suit filed against the paper by union leader John J. Dougherty, a former client of Pepper Hamilton.

Lawyer Can't Claim Privilege Once Client Waives It

By Gina Passarella |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling that attorney-client privilege is a two-way street did not mean the attorney can claim the privilege, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Court Must Decide if Firm Documents Are Protected From Discovery

By Zack Needles |

In litigation it said has "consumed significant judicial resources," the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a Philadelphia trial judge failed to address why 30 documents he compelled Blue Bell, Pa.-based Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein to hand over to the plaintiffs in a wrongful use of civil proceedings and abuse of process suit were not protected by attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine.

Wolf Block Sued for Failing to Advise on Subsurface Rights

By Gina Passarella |

A bankrupt Florida business has sued Wolf Block for malpractice, alleging the firm failed to advise it that the company's plans to build multimillion-dollar homes on a West Virginia property it bought would be stifled by the fact that others owned the subsurface mineral rights.

Visibility Key to Gaining New Clients in Tough Market

By Zack Needles |

How can a law firm find new clients in a business climate where demand for legal services has dwindled and corporate counsel tend to favor sticking with the outside firms they already use? The answer is probably familiar to anyone who's ever braved their first day at a new school: Get out there and make friends.

Revenue Dips, PPP Rises as Blank Rome Cuts Partner Ranks

By Gina Passarella |

Blank Rome's gross revenue fell 2.6 percent to $320.5 million in 2013 while other key metrics rose as overall headcount fell and the equity partner tier was cut by 16.4 percent.

City Council Holds Hearing on Bills Related to Conflict Counsel

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

In the wake of the Nutter administration's failed bid to appoint a firm to act as conflict counsel, lawyers and city officials gathered before Philadelphia City Council's Law and Government Committee on Tuesday to discuss new legislation that would affect the city's plan to establish a conflict counsel entity.

Panitch Schwarze Makes First Hire In New Del. Office

By Jeff Mordock |

Patricia S. Rogowski, a former intellectual property attorney at Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg's Wilmington, Del., office, has joined Philadelphia-based Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel, where she will lead her new firm's expansion into Delaware.

Dechert Partner Krause to Be Nominated to Third Circuit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Cheryl Ann Krause, who practices white-collar defense at Dechert, will be nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, according to a release from the White House.

U.S. Rep. Andrews Set to Join Phila.-Based Dilworth Paxson

By Gina Passarella |

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J., is leaving Congress later this month to join Philadelphia-based Dilworth Paxson in March, he announced Tuesday.

'Parachuting in' to Lead Firms May Be Next Lateral Trend

By Gina Passarella |

One of the last bastions of law firms operating as a profession—the near certainty that a lifelong partner of the firm would be the one at its helm—appears to be changing as a number of Pennsylvania firms in recent years have looked to outsiders to fill leadership voids.

Pepper Hamilton Grows Revenue 5.4 Percent

By Zack Needles |

Pepper Hamilton saw its revenue jump by 5.4 percent in 2013, despite what CEO Scott Green characterized as an "investment year" for the firm. The firm's revenue grew from about $354.5 million in 2012 to $373.5 million in 2013.

Gaming Rises—and Falls—Sweeten Pot of Opportunities for Lawyers

By Gina Passarella |

Slices of the gaming pie may be getting smaller as more jurisdictions vie for gamblers' dollars, but the industry's expansion—and contraction—has meant more opportunities for lawyers to get in on the action.

Mezrow Suffers Third Mistrial in Two-Year Period

By Zack Needles |

For the third time in just over two years, personal injury lawyer Steven M. Mezrow's actions have resulted in a mistrial in Philadelphia court.

Dechert Grows Revenue 6.6 Percent, PPP 2.4 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Dechert saw a 6.6 percent rise in gross revenue to $777 million in 2013—a year that was spent digesting the office expansion and lateral growth of 2012.

K&L Gates Aims to Settle Malpractice Case for $23.8 Mil.

By Gina Passarella |

K&L Gates has agreed to settle a $500 million legal malpractice case filed against it by the trustee of defunct beverage manufacturer Le-Nature's for $23.75 million, according to a proposed settlement agreement filed in the Le-Nature's bankruptcy

New MP Says Saul Ewing Will Increase Industry Focus

By Zack Needles |

Just over six months after Saul Ewing announced the leadership change, Baltimore-based partner Barry F. Levin officially took over as managing partner of the firm Jan. 21.

Phila.-Based Post & Schell Loses 14 Lawyers, Adds Practice With Two Hires

By Zack Needles |

In just over a week, Philadelphia-based Post &qmp; Schell has lost 14 attorneys, including six principals, from its casualty litigation and workers' compensation departments and has started an environmental regulatory and transactional practice with two new hires.

Eckert Seamans Hires Former Bayer Associate GC

By Zack Needles |

Pittsburgh-based Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott has hired Gary D. McConnell, former vice president and associate general counsel of Bayer Corp., as a member in its products liability, mass tort and commercial litigation practices.

Firms Begin to Eye Pricing Analysis

By Gina Passarella |

After a few years of collecting financial data and applying project management techniques to the legal process, law firms are beginning to dedicate resources to pricing analysis.

Kauffman Leaves Blank Rome to Be GC of Insurer FOJP

By Gina Passarella |

About six months after leaving the in-house world to join Blank Rome, Robert Kauffman has left the firm to take another general counsel position.

Blank Rome Set To Add 21 Lawyers In Calif. Expansion

By Gina Passarella |

Blank Rome will open a San Francisco office and add to its Los Angeles and New York locations with the addition of 21 lawyers from two different West Coast firms, the firm has said.

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Smaller Plaintiffs Firms Benefiting From Others' Selectivity

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Several attorneys at small and midsized plaintiffs firms say they are seeing more medical malpractice and serious personal-injury cases referred to them by their large firm counterparts because of those firms' selectivity in taking cases.

Marshall Dennehey Acquires Bulk of NY-Based Jones Hirsch

By Gina Passarella |

Philadelphia-based Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin will acquire New York City-based Jones Hirsch Connors Miller & Bull's approximately 30 lawyers by July 1, the firm said Friday.

Some Solos Find They Need Big-Firm Life

By Zack Needles |

While there has recently been a trend of lawyers leaving the midsized- and large-firm setting to start their own practices with alternative business models, not everyone finds being out on their own to be the answer for their practice.

Blank Rome Hires Head of Marketing, Business Development

By Gina Passarella |

Blank Rome has hired Hans T. Haglund from Patton Boggs to serve as the firm's first chief business development and marketing officer, Blank Rome said Friday.

Firms Eschew Mandatory Arbitration Clauses With Clients

By Gina Passarella |

Mandatory arbitration clauses have found a home in some law firms' standard engagement letters, but one malpractice case in Philadelphia federal court is challenging whether such clauses violate public policy, or at least should be more detailed in explaining to a client what he or she is giving up by agreeing to arbitration.

Change in Law Triggering Race to Patent Office, Attorneys Say

By Gina Passarella |

As the final pieces of the America Invents Act are about to go into effect March 16, intellectual property lawyers are scrambling to get thousands of last-minute patent filings in before the old rules expire Friday.

Caperton Saga Leaves 15-Year Imprint on Reed Smith Duo

By Gina Passarella |

It's the kind of case that has an attorney up at 3 a.m. pondering the next play or just the seeming injustice of it all. And for two Reed Smith attorneys, the case has been going on for upward of 15 years.

Back to Square One for Conflict Counsel Contract

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The current notice of intent to contract and request for proposals issued by the city of Philadelphia to create a for-profit agency to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases has been canceled by the city.

Hartman Underhill Names First Female MP

By Zack Needles |

Lancaster, Pa.-based Hartman Underhill & Brubaker has named Kim R. Smith its new managing partner.

Montco Bar President to Stress Leadership, Senior Rights

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

New Montgomery Bar Association President Michael F. Rogers said that under his direction the bar association will pursue initiatives aimed at enhancing attorney leadership and increasing the awareness of legal rights among senior citizens.

Attorney: Wine-Smuggling Charges Won't Impact Lawyer's License

By Gina Passarella |

A lawyer for a Chester County attorney charged with running a "high-end wine smuggling" operation said he doesn't think the allegations against his client would implicate the client's law license.

Hartman Underhill Names First Female MP

By Zack Needles |

Lancaster, Pa.-based Hartman Underhill & Brubaker has named Kim R. Smith its new managing partner.

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Making Expansion Into Asia Profitable a Tricky Business

By Gina Passarella |

As many Am Law 200 firms look beyond mainland China to Asian markets less populated by U.S. law firms, Duane Morris is entering the country for the first time with its planned Shanghai location.

Lawyers Leaving Firms in Search of New Business Models

By Zack Needles |

In a post-recession legal landscape, the era of clients with seemingly unlimited legal budgets is becoming an increasingly distant memory along with the concept of limitless hourly rates.

Former State Chief Diversity Officer Takes PBA Post

By Max Mitchell |

An attorney with a background of fighting for diversity and civil rights has been tapped to head diversity and inclusion initiatives for the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

More Women Partners at Pa. Firms, but Overall Ranks Stagnant

By Gina Passarella |

Even as the percentage of women partners has increased over the last decade, female lawyers continue to make up less than one-third of the attorney population at Pennsylvania's 100 largest law firms, according to data tracked by Legal sibling publication PaLaw magazine.

Carter R. Buller, Former Chairman of Montgomery McCracken, Dies at 80

Carter R. Buller, a former partner and chairman of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, died Jan. 8.

Beasley Estate Can't Collect Malpractice Deductible of $75K

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that the estate of James E. Beasley Sr. is not entitled to a reimbursement of $75,000 that Beasley and three former Beasley Firm lawyers had paid to settle a legal malpractice case.

Dechert Names New Phila. Office Managing Partner

By Gina Passarella |

Dechert has named a new managing partner of its Philadelphia office as longtime office leader Richard Rizzo readies for retirement.

Offit Kurman Adds Labor and Employment Duo From Archer & Greiner

By Zack Needles |

Maryland-based Offit Kurman has added labor and employment attorneys Neil A. Morris and Richard R. Morris to its Philadelphia office from Haddonfield, N.J.-based Archer & Greiner.

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Buchanan Ingersoll in Merger Talks With Fla. Firm

By Julie Kay and Gina Passarella |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney is deep into merger talks with Tampa-based Fowler White Boggs, according to top management of both firms.

Firm Not Entitled to $2 Mil. in Attorney Fees

By Zack Needles |

An Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal judge has found that Philadelphia-based Mitts Law is not entitled to nearly $2 million in attorney fees it is seeking from former clients it represented in a RICO class action against IBM.

Allegations Against Latham Fully Pled, Company Argues

By Gina Passarella |

A Pennsylvania-based legal services management company said it doesn't have to give any more particulars just yet on its allegations against Latham & Watkins regarding misappropriation of trade secrets.

Lawyer's 'Inflammatory' Words Don't Warrant New Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

An attorney's closing remarks about corporate greed during a personal injury case—deemed inflammatory by the trial court—were not enough to warrant a new trial, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Could Baldwin's Role Doom Case Against PSU Officials?

By Max Mitchell |

If three ex-Penn State administrators facing charges stemming from failing to properly deal with reports of child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky are found to have appeared before a grand jury without proper advice of counsel, their testimony could be incurably affected and even tossed, several white-collar defense attorneys have said.

Phila. Conflict Counsel Contract Set to Be Awarded

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The city of Philadelphia has named the lawyer to whom a contract is set to be awarded for the creation of a for-profit firm to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases where the Public Defender's Office has a conflict.

New Allegations Raised in Ongoing Pitt-Lundy Dispute

By Zack Needles |

Just shy of three weeks after a federal judge tossed personal injury firm Larry Pitt & Associates' monopoly claims against competitor Lundy Law with the opportunity to replead them, the Pitt firm has raised new allegations that Lundy Law is engaged in a "horizontal conspiracy" in which it refers work to other law firms in exchange for their agreement not to advertise on SEPTA buses.

Ex-Associate's Suit Can Proceed Against Flaster Greenberg

By Zack Needles |

A federal judge has allowed a former Flaster Greenberg associate to continue with her claims for breach of implied contract and promissory estoppel/detrimental reliance against the firm, but dismissed her claim for negligent misrepresentation.

Attorney Donald B. Scace Jr. Dies at 66

Attorney Donald B. Scace Jr. died Dec. 26 at Bryn Mawr Hospital at age 66.

Wolf Block Can't Claim New Jersey Base, Insurer Argues

By Gina Passarella |

Wolf Block's claim that some of its partners' New Jersey roots make it a New Jersey firm for diversity jurisdiction purposes is belied by the defunct firm's own statements that it has no partners, Wolf Block's insurance company argued in an effort to keep the case against it in federal court.

Large Plaintiffs Firms Say They're Becoming Choosier

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Several plaintiffs attorneys from larger firms say they have established minimum financial thresholds in determining whether a case is worth pursuing and will often refer cases of potentially lesser financial value to smaller firms.