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Settling Ashley Madison Data Breach Lawsuit Was Likely 'Inevitable'

By Ed Silverstein |

Experts say that the settlement, announced for $11.2 million earlier this month, made sense for all parties involved.

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'Bristol-Myers' Disruptive Effect Nearly Instant in Missouri Talc Case, Transcript Shows

By Amanda Bronstad |

A newly available transcript from St. Louis Civil Court shows just how quickly the U.S. Supreme Court's game-changing decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California transformed a Missouri case over the alleged link between talcum powder and cancer.

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Phila. Case Over Asbestos-Infused Talc Could Set Pattern for Series of Claims

By Max Mitchell |

The high-profile litigation in Missouri over talcum powder might be beginning to cool down, thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, but a talc-related litigation in Pennsylvania is beginning to heat up, and may set a pattern for a growing area for tort claims.

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Court Tosses $38.5M in Punitives Over Kraft Factory Shooting

By Max Mitchell |

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has tossed a $38.5 million punitive damages verdict awarded to the families of two Kraft employees who were fatally gunned down by a disgruntled co-worker.

CFPB Sets Up Summer Showdown Over Arbitration Rule

By C. Ryan Barber |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is moving forward on a rule that would restrict arbitration agreements that block consumers from bringing class actions against banks. Now, it's game on for the rule's supporters and opponents. The battle may not be confined to Capitol Hill. Ready for a "legal hail Mary"?

Federal Government Weighs In on Transgender Rights Under ADA

By Charles Toutant |

The U.S. Department of Justice has entered the fray in a New Jersey transgender rights suit in hopes of averting a constitutional challenge over protections granted under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Reed Smith Partner Jumps to Cozen O'Connor Amid Lateral Spree

By Lizzy McLellan |

Building on recent expansion in its Pittsburgh office, Cozen O'Connor has brought on a real estate partner from Reed Smith, as well as two associates from other firms.

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Duane Morris Partner Named Knight of Italy for $100M Bondholder Battle

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Philadelphia lawyer from Duane Morris is one of the newest knights of the Republic of Italy, a distinction he received for his legal work against the Republic of Argentina on behalf of Italian citizens.

Defendants Demand Pre-Discovery Evidence in Birth Control Packaging Suits

By Max Mitchell |

Pharmaceutical companies facing more than 100 lawsuits in federal court over improperly labeled birth control pills want the plaintiffs to provide pre-discovery information linking their claimed injuries to the defendants' products.

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Husband Can't Sue Over Pastor's Affair With Wife

By Zack Needles |

There's no cure for a broken heart—at least not under Pennsylvania law. A man whose wife had an affair with the pastor of their church has no legal recourse, a Philadelphia trial judge has ruled.

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High Court Report Card: How the Third Circuit Fared in 2016-17

By Howard J. Bashman |

The U.S. Supreme Court's recently concluded 2016-2017 term will most likely be remembered as the term in which the court largely avoided the ­limelight as it awaited the arrival of a ninth justice, who joined the court only in time for its final two-week oral argument session. Although the court did decide some high-profile cases, there were far fewer than in recent terms. That could be about to change, however, now that the court has returned to full strength.

Former VO Financial GC Gets Year in Prison on Obstruction Charge

By Sue Reisinger |

Joshua Gayl, formerly of VO Financial, will also pay a $5,000 fine and spend three years under supervised release.

Kelley Hodge, Elliot Greenleaf

Board of Judges Picks Philadelphia's Interim DA

By Max Mitchell |

The First Judicial District's Board of Judges has selected Kelley Hodge to be Philadelphia's district attorney, marking the first time an African-American woman has served as the city's top prosecutor. She has been named to fill the post in the interim until a new district attorney can be elected in November and sworn in in January 2018.

People in the News—July 19, 2017—Griesing Law

Julie Negovan joined Griesing Law's ADR and commercial litigation practice group as of counsel.

People in the News—July 20, 2017— McAndrews Law Offices

Dennis McAndrews, founder and ­managing partner of Berwyn-based multistate law firm McAndrews Law Offices, is set to ­perform his self-written play "If JFK Survived Dallas: Presidential Reflections of an Elder Statesman" on July 29 at the Stokes County Arts Council in Danbury, North Carolina.

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Why Supreme Court Must Take Up the Establishment Clause Question

By Julianne Opet |

On June 26, just before breaking for summer recess, the U.S. Supreme Court forged a dramatic exit by ­issuing a per curiam opinion on the hotly debated "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," ­Executive Order No. 13780, 82 Fed. Reg. 13209, more colloquially known as the travel ban.

Acknowledging Hard Work, Court- Appointed Lawyers Get Pay Increase

For many years, the Philadelphia courts have depended on the hard work, skill and selflessness of those attorneys who choose to represent clients through the court appointment process.

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Referral Mills Are Not Allowed

By Samuel C. Stretton |

I am a relatively young lawyer, but I have many contacts and am able to get a number of different types of cases. I, myself, am not interested in trying cases or handling them. What I want to do is advertise and then when the cases come in, I will refer these cases to other competent lawyers and receive referral fees. Can I do that?

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane arrives at Montgomery County courthouse for her sentencing hearing in Norristown, Pa., Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Kane was sentenced Monday to 10 to 23 months in jail for illegally disclosing details from a grand jury investigation to embarrass a rival and lying about it under oath. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

After Penn State, Kane Cases, Court Launches Grand Jury Review

By Lizzy McLellan |

In the wake of several high-profile grand jury investigations in Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court has enlisted a team to re-evaluate how grand juries operate.

Capitol Report

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for July 14 and the week of July 17. Both houses of the General Assembly are in recess, subject to the call of the president of the Senate and speaker of the State House of Representatives. House leaders issued a call to reconvene beginning July 22.

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The 'Protz' Redemption: 2 Huge Breaks for Injured Workers

By Samuel H. Pond 
and Susan Nanes |

In everyone's favorite weekend afternoon movie on TNT, "The Shawshank Redemption," Morgan Freeman's character, Red, describes Tim Robbins' character Andy's love of geology: "Geology is the study of pressure and time. That's all it takes really. Pressure and time."

Growth of HDHPs Could Result in Child Support Litigation

By Hugh J. Algeo IV |

There is a growing trend in health insurance that will have an impact on family law, child support and spousal support. To reduce costs and increase preventative care, the health insurance industry is shifting focus toward high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). An increasing number of employers are eliminating traditional health insurance plans as they currently exist entirely in favor of HDHPs.

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Supercharge Your Career With the Power of Belief

By Frank Michael D'amore |

The power of belief and its thesis that you can accomplish virtually anything you put your mind to, is pooh-poohed by some as New Age nonsense. The critics assail the concept as happy talk that is unproven and certainly has no place in professions such as law.

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An Update on Pennsylvania's Local Employment Laws

By Ethan M. Dennis |

Over the past few years, Congress has operated at a deadlock, preventing major new federal workplace legislation from being adopted. Although in its infancy, it seems increasingly unlikely that this congressional term will see a wave of new workplace legislation. Despite this congressional deadlock, federal workplace law continues to evolve as the courts and agencies interpret, and sometimes make, policy.

Paralegals: Don't Discount the 'Value' of Securing Medical Bills

By Christine M. Flynn |

Medical bills or itemized ­statements are associated with care rendered to an individual by a physician, hospital or group practice for a specific ­illness or condition. These amounts relate to hospital admissions, office visits, therapy or surgeries.

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Employee: Unsafe Factory Practice Led To Arm Amputation

On Nov. 11, 2011, plaintiff Daniel Albarracin, 46, a machine operator, had his right hand and lower forearm severed while working at a candy and nut processing plant, in Allentown. He worked on a conveyor belt, known as an E2 line, on which liquid chocolate pours onto toffees and nuts. The nuts, however, release a natural oil, which causes the conveyor belt to slip: the drive roller continues to spin but fails to move the belt. Meanwhile, the product sits on the stationary belt.

State Senate Slashes $1M From PPA Funding

By Victoria Hudgins |
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Therapists Settle Class Action Claims On Overtime Pay

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has given final approval to an $865,000 settlement that resolved claims from 55 behavioral health professionals alleging they were denied overtime pay by the clinic where they worked.

PLW People in the News—July 25, 2017—Meyer, Unkovic & Scott

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott partner Ron Hicks was elected to serve on the board of directors of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

General Assembly Sends ‘Planned Subsidence’ Bill to Wolf

By Victoria Hudgins |

The General Assembly approved SB 624, a bill that would prohibit "planned subsidence" in bituminous coal mining from being considered presumptive evidence that the mining has the potential to cause pollution as defined by the state's Clean Streams Law.

People in the News—July 21, 2017—Dilworth Paxson

Dilworth Paxson partner Linda Dale Hoffa is a scheduled speaker on "What to Do When the Feds Knock on Your Door: Compliance, Response and Prevention" from 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 at the 14th annual Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel symposium, "A New World View: How Corporate Counsel Understand Risk."