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The Legal Names 2017 Lawyers on the Fast Track

Earlier in the year, The Legal asked the Pennsylvania legal community to submit nominations for our annual Lawyers on the Fast Track. The nomination forms and any letters of recommendation accompanying them were then sent to a six-member judging panel composed of evaluators from all corners of the legal profession and the state.

What Do Pa. Lawyers Get in Trouble for the Most?

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Over the past decade, lawyers in Pennsylvania have gotten into trouble with the state's disciplinary board for offenses spanning from ripping off clients and being disrespectful to judges to arson, assault, and even homicide.

Duane Morris Adds Dealmaker From Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pepper Hamilton corporate partner Michael Gallagher has left the firm to join the Philadelphia office of Duane Morris.

Phila. Judicial Ballots Quietly Trimmed, Stirring Confusion

By Max Mitchell |

When Philadelphia voters look at their ballots during the May 16 primary, they may find fewer open seats than they had expected in the judicial races, especially if they are following the number of endorsements from the Democratic City Committee.

Salary History Law Adds Hurdle to Law Firm Hiring

By Lizzy McLellan |

With the city poised to bar employers from asking about job applicants' salary history, Philadelphia's business community is preparing for guessing games. But legal recruiters in the city are sure of one thing—their jobs are about to be more challenging.

The Legal Names 2017 Attorney of the Year Finalists

As part of The Legal’s upcoming Professional Excellence supplement, which will publish on June 13, we are pleased to announce the three finalists for Attorney of the Year.

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Municipality Cannot Initiate Civil Enforcement While Appeal Is Pending

By Blaine A. Lucas and Alyssa E. Golfieri |

On March 29, the Commonwealth Court rendered a decision in Borough of West Conshohocken v. Soppick, 2017 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 90 (Pa Commw. Ct. 2017), significantly limiting when a municipality may initiate a civil enforcement action seeking a judgment for fines for the alleged violation of its zoning ordinance.

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Third Circuit Overturns $36M Judgment Against Travelers

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled an exclusion in Travelers insurance company's policy with a company hit with asbestos claims shields the insurer from paying $36 million to cover multiple settlements.

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Cozen O'Connor Grabs Construction Group From Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor has new leadership in its construction practice after bringing on a four-lawyer group from Pepper Hamilton.

Property Owners Continue to Say 'No' to Pokémon GO

By Jeffrey N. Rosenthal |

Pokémon GO—the latest iteration of the immensely popular Pokémon media franchise, best known for ­producing a series of video games in which players act as "trainers" with the goal of capturing and collecting fantasy creatures called Pokémon—has continued to sweep the nation. Downloaded over 650 million times, this revolutionary mobile app relies on various smartphone technologies—including GPS, camera and gyroscope features—to create an "augmented reality" gaming ­experience in which players locate and capture virtual Pokémon by exploring their physical surroundings.

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People in the News—April 25, 2017—Raynes McCarty

Regina Foley, an attorney at Raynes McCarty, was honored by the Support Center for Child Advocates as a distinguished advocate.

What Your Partners Don't Know Can Hurt You

By Meg Charendoff |

In law firms across the country—from small boutiques to the largest of Big Law firms—retreat planning committees are working diligently to ensure that their firm's annual gathering of the partners goes off without a hitch. Any number of articles, blogs and presentations offer sound and sage advice about what makes a great ­partner retreat—from the right mix of work and leisure activities, to creating ­programming that's more than the warmed-over version of the same presentations from the year(s) before.

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Judge Nixes Unfair Collection Claims Against Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pepper Hamilton partner M. Kelly Tillery's use of his firm's letterhead for collection letters did not make him or the firm a debt collector under federal law, a federal judge ruled.

Patent Marking Offers Rights, Quick Damage Recovery

By Lawrence E. Ashery |

Have you ever noticed patent ­numbers on a product that you purchased? Those patent numbers show up everywhere: on the back of an appliance, on the bottom of a candy dispenser—even on the cardboard insulator for a hot coffee cup. Placing a patent number on a patented product is called "patent marking" and it is strictly voluntary, but doing so can afford the patent holder with significant rights.

Corporate Counsel and Trump's Regulatory Reform Agenda

By Christopher D. Carusone |

Since taking office on Jan. 20, President Donald Trump has ­issued two executive orders designed to implement what his chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon has described as "deconstruction of the administrative state."