Pennsylvania firms are not immune from a nationwide dip in demand, which industry observers predict will lead to layoffs, but the impact in Pennsylvania may not be as severe as in other regions, where more firms have raised first-year associate salaries to $180,000.
Nationwide litigation over the blood thinner Xarelto is starting to take shape, as the multidistrict litigation is beginning to see an increase in filings and the first trial dates are getting firmed up in the mass tort in Philadelphia.
Siding with a subsidiary of Daikin, the world's largest HVAC manufacturer, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled that a plaintiff who brought breach of warranty and other claims hadn't done enough to pursue his case as a class action.
Two transgender people have settled their lawsuit with the Pennsylvania Department of Health over a policy that required gender confirmation surgery before residents could change the gender marker on their birth certificates.
Thomas R. Anapol, shareholder at Anapol Weiss and longtime member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, recently took over as president of that organization, and plans to spend the coming year working to make its ranks strong and diverse.
A SEPTA employee fired after she was seen at a taping of the "Live With Kelly & Michael" television program while on sick leave will not be able to revive her hostile work environment and discrimination claims against the transportation authority, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit challenging the civil-forfeiture practices of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office are seeking to add four top officials of the First Judicial District as defendants.
Former Philadelphia Judge Alex Bonavitacola, who held the powerful posts of both administrative judge and president judge at different times and died of heart failure at 85 on July 29, was hailed by colleagues as a "pioneer" who helped change the court system from one plagued by backlogs to one seen as a model of efficiency.
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel has lost its bid to arbitrate a lawsuit filed against the firm by a former associate who alleged its billing rate allocation denied associates their fair share of bonuses.
A retaliation lawsuit brought by Frank Fina and other former Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General employees against Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been dismissed for failing to show violations of the plaintiffs' First Amendment rights.
Ken Trujillo, a Philadelphia litigator from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis and a player in the local political scene, has left the firm to join Houston-based Chamberlain Hrdlicka and grow its Philadelphia presence.
Clients of Ballard Spahr want the firm's suit against them thrown out, arguing the law firm has no claim to a cut of the proceeds from a merger that resolved antitrust litigation Ballard filed on their behalf.
Eighteen months into two-year experimental licenses granted to Uber and Lyft to operate their ride-sharing services in Pennsylvania, the companies' presence in Philadelphia continues to be a point of contention as regulators and legislators attempt to bridge the gap between city and state laws.
While certain firms made individual gains in attorney diversity since last year, improvement in the number of minority and female trial attorneys remained sluggish from 2015 to 2016, based on The Legal's ninth annual survey examining diversity at the largest plaintiffs firms in the state.
In the wake of a series of massive verdicts in cases over defective pelvic mesh, Boston Scientific is hammering out settlements, but, according to attorneys involved in the litigation, don't expect a global settlement in the MDL any time soon.
Dilworth Paxson's attorney head count has taken some noticeable hits in recent months, leading some to express concern for the firm's future, but its leader said he is encouraged by the shape Dilworth has taken since he began implementing a new strategy more than two years ago.
While Pennsylvania's largest law firms maintained a steady head count overall in 2015, a number of firms experienced noticeable gains and decreases due to mergers, strings of departures or group moves, according to data reported by Legal affiliate The National Law Journal.
The $70 million verdict a Philadelphia jury levied against Janssen Pharmaceuticals on July 1 may not survive challenges that it is excessive, but the award was a definitive win for the plaintiffs in the Risperdal mass tort litigation, attorneys who work in the pharmaceutical arena said.
At a hearing on Bill Cosby's breach of contract lawsuit against the woman who accused him of sexual assault and her lawyers, an attorney for Cosby argued that the comedian should not have to sit for a deposition while his criminal case is pending.
Court-appointed attorneys may have come to Philadelphia Judge Teresa Sarmina's courtroom June 24 morning intending to represent indigent clients in post-conviction cases, but it was the Philadelphia court-appointed process that was on trial, with proceedings often breaking into heated exchanges where both the judge and attorneys despaired at the state of the system.
Opening arguments were held Monday in the fifth case from the Risperdal mass tort to go to trial. There are nearly 1,750 Risperdal cases pending in Philadelphia with plaintiffs from across the country.
Hank Grezlak's role with ALM as Regional Editor-in-Chief for the Northeast—including The Legal Intelligencer—has been expanded to include oversight of all regional brands including the New York Law Journal, The Recorder, Texas Lawyer, Daily Report and the Daily Business Review. The move is one of several promotions ALM has made to its senior editorial leadership team as part of its efforts to move toward a more digital-first, global newsroom.
When Gov. Tom Wolf announced his nominees for 16 interim appointments to Pennsylvania's courts of common pleas, judges around the state let out a sigh of relief. For shorthanded courts, open seats on the bench have meant heavier workloads, scheduling concerns and, in some cases, delays in hearing certain types of cases, judges said.
While making clear to say the court did not condone a teacher's conduct, the Commonwealth Court has ruled that the School District of Philadelphia failed to adhere to mandatory provisions of the School Code when it fired him for using vulgar language and making inappropriate comments to students.
Penn State is seeking to immediately appeal a recent decision barring it from receiving insurance coverage for damages stemming from much of the sexual abuse by convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky.
Attorneys agree that selecting juries and attending sentencing hearings are essential elements when handling any case, but city of Philadelphia officials charged with processing payments for court-appointed attorneys might think differently. According to numerous sources, the unit within the Philadelphia Department of Public Safety responsible for processing payments for court-appointed attorneys has recently begun cutting fees for nearly all work, except for days spent at trial.
The First Judicial District touted its cost-saving measures and cooperation with other criminal justice agencies when it came before Philadelphia City Council on Wednesday asking for approval of its nearly $158 million budget for next year.
Philadelphia court officials have identified a backlog of at least 600 pending Post-Conviction Relief Act cases sitting in the court system, and exacerbating the problem is the fact that there are fewer than 10 attorneys on the list of court-appointed counsel who are equipped to handle these cases.
McGuireWoods is set to hire a team of lawyers from Reed Smith's Pittsburgh office led by partner Mary Hackett, a former head of Reed Smith's financial services litigation group, Reed Smith has confirmed.
Personal injury firm Messa & Associates denied on Friday wage-and-hour claims levied by a former paralegal, instead saying she was fired because she posted negative things about the firm in public forums.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is seeking a full-bench recusal in her criminal trial, as well as the quashing of all charges, alleging she is the victim of a "selective and vindictive prosecution."
A month after a trial judge explained why Reed Smith's mandatory arbitration agreement in a client engagement letter was unenforceable, the law firm withdrew its appeal, dashing the chance for the first-impression issue to reach the state's appellate courts.
Numerous recorded phone calls allegedly showing case-fixing between former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph Waters and Municipal Court Judge Dawn Segal were played for the Court of Judicial Discipline during Segal's disciplinary trial Thursday.
In its bid to toss a $3 million verdict, Janssen Pharmaceuticals has asked the state Superior Court to find that federal law pre-empts a plaintiff's negligent failure-to-warn claims over the name-brand anti-seizure medication Topamax.
Even as his attorneys attempt to withdraw from his corruption case for nonpayment, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, told a federal judge Tuesday morning that he would focus on his re-election bid before committing fully to his legal defense.
The device at the center of the second pelvic-mesh trial in Philadelphia was the "worldwide gold standard" in treating the stress-related incontinence that the plaintiff had suffered, an attorney defending its design told jurors during her opening statement Monday.
Five people including two scientists working for GlaxoSmithKline have been charged with taking part in a scheme to steal trade secrets and methods for manufacturing cancer medication from the drugmaker, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced Wednesday.
Attorneys representing parties embroiled in a class action over pay deductions argued in federal appeals court over whether workers in a cleaning service franchise were considered independent contractors or employees of the franchisor.
A former AT&T service executive who claimed the telecommunications company fired him because of his age has been awarded $370,000 by a federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
A federal jury has handed up a $4.8 million verdict against the owners of a company who tried to sidestep nearly $6 million in liability by transferring the company's assets through sale to a successor entity.
A one-time partner at a national law firm is facing a federal misdemeanor charge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania over an allegation that she assaulted another person during a flight that was forced to divert to Philadelphia.
Bill Cosby's appeal of a federal court order unsealing documents from a 2005 lawsuit against him is "pointless" and moot, lawyers for The Associated Press said in a reply brief filed this week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
A former paralegal at personal injury law firm Messa & Associates has filed a proposed collective and class action against the firm, alleging it failed to pay her overtime wages and then fired her for complaining about the payment practices in private Facebook messages.
In an answer to a defamation complaint, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. has said his statements about a Bill Cosby accuser were true, including statements that her allegations to police differed from her civil claims, and therefore do not form a basis for the lawsuit.
The Philadelphia district attorney has asked for reconsideration of an appellate court's recent decision to vacate the conviction of Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church administrative official convicted of endangering the welfare of children abused by other priests.
The former sheriff of Philadelphia has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted gifts and illegal campaign donations from the heads of two companies his office hired to help advertise and process sales of delinquent properties.
The family of a woman who died in a Philadelphia International Airport restroom while waiting nearly an hour for emergency services to arrive will be able to pursue their civil claims against the city of Philadelphia government, which owns and operates the airport, a common pleas judge has ruled.
A medical record from 2011 allegedly linking the plaintiff in the ongoing pelvic-mesh trial to a potential implant-related products liability suit means her case should be tossed for failure to file within the statute of limitations, the defense attorney told jurors in his closing argument.
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young has defeated a long-running malpractice suit filed by former client Santander Bank, which claimed the firm failed to protect the bank's security interest in $95 million it was owed by a bankrupt mortgage servicer.
BMW's regular attendance at the Philadelphia Auto Show should not be enough to keep a man's suit against the car company and Takata over allegedly defective air bags in Philadelphia, according to a common pleas judge.
When Sozi Pedro Tulante takes over as Philadelphia’s new city solicitor next year, he says his focus will be on improving communications within city government, and making the office an "agent of change."
A Janssen Pharmaceuticals official and the statistician who recently conducted a hotly contested reanalysis of data purportedly linking Risperdal to gynecomastia were "hoagie buddies," according to the plaintiff's attorney in the ongoing Risperdal-related case.
The incoming chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association said he does not just want to focus on getting more people involved in the association, but instead wants to focus on getting the bar association more involved in the greater community.
The suit against Amazon and the University of Pennsylvania over a student's suicide using chemicals she bought through the online retail giant will be allowed to proceed, a common pleas judge has ruled.
Claims against Janssen Pharmaceuticals over the efficacy of the blood thinner Xarelto will be wrapped into Philadelphia's existing mass tort that focuses on claims the drug led to excessive bleeding, under a court order issued Wednesday.
In a federal appeal, attorneys for Bill Cosby have argued that a federal judge was wrong to unseal documents from a 2005 lawsuit against the comedian, denouncing the contention that Cosby, as a "public moralist," has a diminished privacy interest.
Lawyers representing passengers injured in May's Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia commended an agreement reached by members of Congress on Tuesday to raise the compensation limit for passengers from $200 million to $295 million.
A federal judge has thrown out Philadelphia media and political consultant Frank Keel's case against David Axelrod in which Keel claimed the former adviser to President Obama took credit for a political strategy developed by Keel.
Attorneys representing several plaintiffs with claims stemming from their use of the antibiotics Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro have petitioned the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to consolidate the cases into a mass tort program.
An ex-transit police officer, fired after getting into an altercation with a woman at a Dunkin' Donuts, will not be able to proceed with a defamation suit against his former employer, which had issued a safety bulletin alleging the man was impersonating a police officer and had pointed a loaded firearm at a pedestrian.
Attorneys representing dozens of former NFL players in the nationwide concussion litigation argued in a federal appeals court today that the league's $1 billion settlement left certain players suffering from brain trauma without compensation.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired lawyers from Littler Mendelson in Philadelphia to represent her in a civil suit filed by a former deputy in her office who alleged he was fired after testifying before the grand jury investigating Kane.
Attorneys for the plaintiff and drugmaker McNeil Consumer Healthcare went back and forth Tuesday in federal court over motions to exclude pieces of evidence—some related to profit margins and lobbying—in the first bellwether trial in the Philadelphia-based Tylenol multidistrict litigation.
A federal judge has denied Tylenol maker and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeill Consumer Healthcare's motions to toss the bellwether case in the Tylenol multidistrict litigation based in Philadelphia.
A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of a lawyer's case against the Philadelphia Police Department in which he claimed that he was falsely arrested and imprisoned for elbowing a social worker.
In ruling that Wyeth Pharmaceuticals will not need to perpetually pay operation and maintenance costs for a wastewater treatment plant in Chester County, the Commonwealth Court has reversed a $1.7 million breach of contract award to the borough of West Chester.
After cable giant Comcast and a putative class of subscribers reached a settlement agreement in an antitrust case surrounding cable boxes, a federal judge decided Thursday to deny the proposed $15.5 million settlement as well as certification of the class.
A SEPTA employee who was fired after she was seen at a taping of the "Live With Kelly & Michael" television program while on sick leave will not be able to proceed with her hostile work environment and discrimination claims against the transportation authority, a federal judge has ruled.
A defense neurology expert testified on Thursday in the third Risperdal gynecomastia trial about the benefits and risks associated with prescribing the drug to children suffering from Tourette syndrome.
Former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael J. Sullivan's guilty plea for paying employees of his bar under the table was supposed to be entered in federal court Tuesday morning, but the judge had other ideas.
The doctor who treated the plaintiff in the third Risperdal trial against Janssen Pharmaceuticals testified that he would not have prescribed the drug if he had more information about its potential to cause gynecomastia.
Garage and strip club owner Henry P. Alfano was sentenced today by a federal judge to three years of probation after pleading guilty to trading pornographic videos, seafood and auto repairs to a Philadelphia Traffic Court judge for fixing his friends' tickets.
Despite cutting turkey production due to an avian flu outbreak, a Philadelphia judge has ordered Kraft Heinz to provide a family-owned meat processor with thousands of pounds of turkey twice a week for the rest of the year.
A federal judge has allowed a series of shipbuilding-related asbestos cases to proceed, despite the defendants' assertion that the plaintiffs were barred from bringing them because the cases were not listed as assets in the plaintiffs' respective bankruptcies.
Defense experts' testimony not covering the defendants' state of mind when entering into reverse-payment settlement agreements can be admitted in the antitrust litigation against Cephalon and associated pharmaceutical companies involving the alleged delay of introducing a generic version of the drug Provigil, a federal judge has ruled.
A federal judge has tossed three complaints filed against Pepper Hamilton, Blank Rome and Dechert filed by a law student who claimed the firms' decision not to hire him for a summer position violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Zoloft birth-defect multidistrict litigation based in Philadelphia, which once had as many as 600 cases, has been reduced to roughly half its original size. The drop is the result of hundreds of cases involving non-cardiac injuries being dismissed.
A Delaware County jury found negligence on the part of Main Line Hospitals Inc. in the amount of $650,000 in a medical malpractice case related to a bedsore the plaintiff developed while an inpatient at Lankenau Hospital.
The Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas is ramping up efforts to clear out a backlog of cases dating as far back as 1980, and in the coming months the court will put more than 100 languishing cases on an expedited case-management schedule that will entail putting attorneys on 48-hour trial notice.
The Coca-Cola Co. and several bottling companies have lost a bid to dismiss a putative class action filed against them by a former employee who said his identity was stolen after 55 laptops with employee data went missing from the bottling company's possession.
Chartwell Law Offices is set to acquire the 22-lawyer Florida law firm Wadsworth Huott, bringing Valley Forge-based Chartwell to more than 110 attorneys, including 40 in the Sunshine State. The merger is expected to go into effect Oct. 5.
The smartphone passwords of two former Capital One data analysts accused of insider trading will remain a secret to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a federal judge has ruled in a case one securities lawyer said covered rarely-trodden ground.
A federal judge has dismissed all claims against GlaxoSmithKline in the Wellbutrin XL antitrust litigation in which the pharmaceutical giant was accused of delaying the entry of generic versions of the antidepressant medication to market by entering into illegal agreements with generic drug makers to settle patent infringement lawsuits.
The judge overseeing the corruption case against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, has denied federal prosecutors' request to keep the congressman from introducing evidence of "good acts" performed during his career to the jury.
Shazim Uppal and Benjamin Rauf both started out in Temple University's Beasley School of Law's evening program, eventually transitioning to the full-time track and graduating within months of one another earlier this year. But by August, Uppal was found dead in his car in a Delaware parking lot, killed, according to police, by Rauf in an alleged drug-related robbery.
With less than a week before the World Meeting of Families kicks off the pope's visit to Philadelphia, law firms are still making decisions on whether and when to close down in a Center City that will largely be barricaded from Sept. 25-28.
An insurer's cases against an adjustment agency for allegedly filing fraudulent claims on behalf of a church—and against the lawyers who litigated those claims after they were denied—can move forward, a federal judge has ruled.
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young is in the midst of a fee dispute with an attorney and his parents over fees the firm claims it is owed for work representing the attorney in a civil suit filed by a Russian boy the lawyer was convicted of raping.
In the early hours of July 8, 2012, Confesora Aquino Rosario was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by Paul LaBranche that was struck from behind by Matthew Carter, who was driving while intoxicated at an excessive rate of speed, according to the plaintiff's assessment of damages.
A Montgomery County lawyer who has faced charges on multiple fronts has been disbarred in relation to a number of alleged professional conduct violations, in a chain of events stemming from the sale of a home.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams' decision not to fire three employees involved in pornographic and racist email chains while working for the state Attorney General's Office will likely lead to some political backlash, according to political observers and consultants.
A doctor can be found as an agent of a hospital in a medical malpractice case under the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act, the state Supreme Court has ruled, but a nurse may not be able to provide expert testimony on patient care when both doctors and nurses were involved in the treatment.
The majority of Pennsylvania law firms on this year's rankings of associate satisfaction by Legal affiliate The American Lawyer saw strong improvement, thanks in large part to both investments in technology and paying closer attention to what the associate committees had to say.
Jeffrey Downs, the attorney who recently lost a civil suit over his scuttled lateral move, may have wanted to focus on allegedly improper jury instructions during a post-trial motion hearing Thursday, but the judge handling the case wanted to discuss Downs' allegations that the judge had played favorites during the trial.
Evidence issues took center stage in the corruption case against U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, on Wednesday as two court filings were docketed: an appeals court decision on a search warrant for Fattah's emails and a prosecution motion to keep out anecdotes of good deeds performed by the congressman.
The suit against Amazon stemming from a University of Pennsylvania student who killed herself using chemicals allegedly bought through the online retailer is not headed for arbitration under a stipulation agreed upon by both sides.
After being postponed for several months, a Daubert hearing in the Zoloft MDL kicked off again with counsel for Pfizer claiming the plaintiffs' causation expert was unqualified to offer opinions in the case and used improper methodology to arrive at his conclusions that Zoloft causes cardiac birth defects.
A law firm facing retaliation claims by a former associate over a scuttled lateral move is seeking to preclude several witnesses from testifying in the trial scheduled to take place next month in federal court.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unsealed a number of court documents related to the grand jury that recommended criminal charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane, containing information about the pornographic emails exchanged between state officials, including members of the Office of Attorney General.
Alex Gorsky, the former CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals and present head of Johnson & Johnson, does not have to give a deposition in a false-claims whistleblower case against Novartis, a federal judge has ruled.
The Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA) has agreed to pay state and federal environmental protection agencies $1.38 million as part of a consent decree to settle allegations that it improperly discharged pollutants into the Delaware River and its tributaries.
A former employee of syringe maker Unilife Corp., who claimed he was the subject of a retaliatory firing for pointing out in 2011 that the company was in violation of FDA regulations, has withdrawn and apologized for his claims.
A federal judge has granted conditional class status to a group of insurance claims representatives who alleged they were unpaid by Farmers Insurance Exchange for work performed before they clocked in each day.
In a patent infringement case that has traveled the appellate ladder up to the U.S. Supreme Court and back down again, a district judge has ordered the plaintiff to pay the defendants roughly $6.5 million in legal fees for bringing the lawsuit in bad faith.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, who is facing corruption charges related to allegedly accepting an illegal $1 million campaign loan and taking bribes, repeatedly asserted his innocence at an arraignment held in federal court in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Although most plaintiffs in the Amtrak derailment litigation and the railroad company itself agreed to the establishment of a multidistrict litigation, three plaintiffs attorneys have argued consolidation is not the way to go.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled in a case of first impression that suspension from work with pay does not count as an adverse employment action for a discrimination case under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
A multimillion-dollar malpractice and fraud suit against Squire Patton Boggs over its 17-year relationship with client Alliance Holdings was withdrawn Wednesday, a few months after a settlement agreement appears to have been reached, court documents show.
Philadelphia could be home to a multidistrict litigation involving antibiotics produced by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer, pending a decision from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius has been focused on deepening its white-collar defense bench over the past several months, most recently adding Harvey Bartle IV as a partner in the firm's Philadelphia and Princeton, New Jersey, offices.
A federal judge has sent to arbitration an ADA case against Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin involving an attorney who said the firm didn't make accommodations for her fear of taking the elevator to her 24th-floor office.
A York County magisterial district judge has been charged criminally for allegedly groping a woman who had appeared in his court, and making inappropriate comments to other women who had also appeared before him.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is seeking confirmation of an arbitration award in a dispute between the firm and a former partner who had previously been alleged to have assisted a plaintiff in an intellectual property case against longtime Morgan Lewis client Apple.
The makers of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella have agreed to provide nearly $56.9 million to establish a settlement program for plaintiffs claiming they suffered arterial blood clots as a result of taking the birth-control drugs.
When more than 90 partners in seven months leave a law firm, no matter how large, eyebrows are raised and at least 91 different stories can be had about the cause. For K&L Gates, those stories have played out publicly across legal media in recent weeks as former partners and the firm's chairman offer up their explanations for departures across the 2,000-lawyer firm's increasingly global platform.
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, and four associates have been indicted on racketeering charges stemming from several schemes, including one in which Fattah allegedly accepted an illegal $1 million campaign loan, according to federal prosecutors.
In two memoranda filed Tuesday, counsel for Andrea Constand, who reached a settlement with Bill Cosby in 2006, said the plaintiff did not breach the parties' confidentiality agreement, but it was the comedian who did so.
Duane Morris has settled a legal malpractice case filed against it by the former chief medical officer of Aria Health, who argued the firm's representation of him in an underlying suit caused his termination.
An ailing Fortunato N. Perri Sr., the last Philadelphia Traffic Court judge to be sentenced for involvement in the court's ticket-fixing scandal, was given two years of probation by a federal judge July 24.
The suspended Dauphin County magisterial district judge who was charged by the state Judicial Conduct Board last year is now facing criminal charges for allegedly demanding campaign contributions from the constables who worked for him.
A jury has found retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. guilty on charges of theft of services and conflict of interest related to his running a real estate business out of his judicial chambers.
The former secretary of retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. testified at Berry's criminal trial Tuesday that she helped to run his rental property business out of his judicial office.
The attorney for retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. attacked the credibility of the prosecution's star witness during opening statements, saying she is only testifying out of retaliation.
Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement gave his annual recap to the Federalist Society of the most significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions of the term, spanning from the landmark same-sex marriage decision to its Affordable Care Act ruling to cases involving the First Amendment.
Lawyers need to differentiate themselves through relationship-building and personalized pitches that demonstrate a deep understanding of the client's specific business, a panel of general counsel in Philadelphia said Thursday in explaining how to win and keep their business.
The plaintiffs in the Zoloft multidistrict litigation have asked the court to order discovery of ex parte email chains between drugmaker Pfizer's expert witness and authors of studies used in the litigation.
Despite changes to the mass tort program the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas put in place a few years ago, the inventory in the Complex Litigation Center remains high and the number of out-of-state plaintiffs has largely remained steady.
In the first two answers filed by Amtrak in the train 188 derailment cases, the railroad company said it would not contest compensatory damages proximately caused by the May 12 accident that injured more than 200 passengers and killed eight others.
Predicting that Pennsylvania courts may allow for negligence claims against individual insurance adjusters, a federal judge has found a couple did not fraudulently join adjusters as defendants in their bad-faith case to destroy federal diversity jurisdiction.
A federal judge has allowed an electrical expert's testimony on the cause of a house fire, despite the defendant electrical parts manufacturer's claim that he did not use scientific methodology in drawing his conclusions.
When the state Superior Court affirmed an order granting a new trial in a case involving a construction vehicle incident, a 10-year-old operator and an overturned $20 million verdict, the plaintiffs were receiving the final payments in a $12 million settlement.
A firm that used work product from a plaintiffs' steering committee in the Avandia multidistrict litigation must pay a percentage of the settlement proceeds from its cases to the committee's attorney compensation fund.
The chair of the state Judicial Conduct Board has been relieved of some of her duties as a magisterial district judge in Lancaster County because of an ongoing criminal investigation that appears to center around her handling of three traffic citations.
On Sept. 1, 2009, plaintiff Antonio Costagliola, 34, a pizzeria owner, presented to otolaryngologist Samuel Rizzo, of Pittston, because of episodes of recurrent tonsillitis for approximately five years.
The renter and prospective owner of a Philadelphia Main Line estate destroyed by fire may move forward with her claim that the insurance company tried to keep from paying her the entire cost of rebuilding.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius was a different firm a year ago. Certainly many of the same practices and office locations existed, but since then the firm has a new chairwoman and has completed two mergers that catapulted it to the largest in the United States by domestic head count with nearly 2,000 attorneys worldwide.
Amtrak has agreed with plaintiffs in the Train 188 derailment litigation that all cases should be funneled into a multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's legal marketing community has seen relative stability over the past few years as many of the largest law firms have installed and maintained the next generation of chief marketing and business development officers. But there have been a few changes of late, including what the marketing community has perceived as the abrupt departure of Saul Ewing's marketing leader.
As personal injury lawsuits continue to be filed against Amtrak in federal court, a request has been made to funnel all of the cases surrounding the Philadelphia derailment into a single multidistrict litigation.
Lawyers in the bellwether case in the Tylenol multidistrict litigation Wednesday argued over whether the lack of a formula for determining punitive damages under Alabama's wrongful-death law violates the due process rights of the drug's maker.
An iPad does not fall within the telephone exemption under the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act, and users of the device do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy when it comes to sending text messages, the state Superior Court has ruled in a case of first impression.
A U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee vote to confirm Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is likely to be pushed back, once again delaying the already-drawn-out confirmation process.
A federal judge has ordered that punitive damages may not be pursued in the bellwether case in the Tylenol MDL, but the plaintiff's lawyer said punitive damages are already factored into the case under the law of the plaintiff's home state, Alabama.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro has conditionally agreed to pay pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH $145,000 in sanctions for prosecuting three thalidomide injury suits a federal judge had determined were meritless.
Markets like New York and Washington, D.C., can be tempting for midsized Pennsylvania firms looking to grow, but legal observers and recent events suggest that mergers are a better way to go in those high-priced markets.
A woman fired after submitting faulty medical-leave paperwork to her employer should have been able to correct her submission before being terminated, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled.
A collection action has begun against Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly after he was hit with a nearly $80,000 judgment over a lease dispute for a penthouse in what court papers describe as the "most expensive rental in Philly."
A Philadelphia jury handed up a defense win in a suit brought by an Illinois woman who said her use of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy was the cause of her daughter's congenital heart defects.
A federal jury unanimously handed up a defense verdict, rejecting allegations of discrimination by Tom Burlington, the white news anchor who was fired by the Fox 29 television station after he used the word "n-----" in an editorial meeting.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has disputed it should return to former client Interstate General Media around $700,000 in fees the Philadelphia newspaper company said it was "bled" through the firm's alleged disloyal representation.
After months of delay, a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Fortunato N. Perri Sr.—the last Philadelphia Traffic Court judge awaiting sentencing for involvement in the court's ticket-fixing scandal.
The state Supreme Court's decision tossing the mandatory minimum sentencing scheme for drug-free school zones effectively strikes down numerous mandatory minimum sentencing laws in the state, and leaves the question of whether these schemes will return in the hands of the General Assembly, according to court watchers.
A federal jury unanimously handed up a defense verdict, rejecting allegations of discrimination by Tom Burlington, the white news anchor who was fired by the Fox 29 television station after he used the word "n*****" in an editorial meeting.
It will not be known whether three women suing Bill Cosby for defamation can obtain information about the comedian's confidential 2006 settlement until a judge decides whether the case should be dismissed.
The Philadelphia public interest community is in the midst of a flurry of leadership changes, and as longtime pillars of the community pass on their organizations' torches, the same appears to be happening nationwide as a generational shift occurs.
A Philadelphia jury Thursday handed up a defense win in a suit brought by an Illinois woman who said her use of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy was the cause of her daughter's congenital heart defects.
In what has become a duel between competing motions for sanctions, the gay lawyer who sued Anapol Schwartz over his scuttled lateral move is seeking to recover some court costs against the defendant law firm over a motion for sanctions the firm filed late last month.
A federal judge weighing whether to approve a $1.2 billion settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Cephalon has denied class certification to a group of plaintiffs suing Cephalon and others over the same allegations of antitrust violations.
When Community Legal Services Executive Director Catherine C. Carr accepted the Philadelphia Bar Association's Sandra Day O'Connor Award, she did so in front of her former boss and the first woman to receive the award more than 20 years ago.
A worksharing agreement between the EEOC and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission shows that a charge of discrimination filed by a plaintiff with one is deemed to have been filed with the other on the same date, a federal judge has ruled in an issue not yet addressed by the Third Circuit.
U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania—who has been tapped to preside over cases stemming from last month's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia—is the right person for the job of handling the complexity of disaster litigation, according to those who know him.
As business consolidation has increased along with economic improvement, there have been more senior-level in-house counsel looking for new positions and that typically means a stop, for however long a time, in law firms.
As he faces a lawsuit by three women in Massachusetts federal court, Bill Cosby has filed a motion to prevent disclosure of information from his 2006 settlement in a Pennsylvania federal court with a plaintiff who alleged the comedian assaulted her.
An Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge has dismissed a class action suit against UPMC over a data breach, ruling Pennsylvania law does not recognize a civil cause of action against companies for failing to keep confidential information secure.
A manufacturer of asbestos-containing products can present evidence of damages against an insurer claiming it did not owe the company excess insurance coverage in underlying asbestos litigation, a federal judge has ruled.
Thomas Burlington, the white news anchor who was fired after he used the word "n*****" in an editorial meeting, was largely successful in recent pretrial motions for his reverse discrimination suit against the Philadelphia Fox television station where he had worked.
When a former Drinker Biddle & Reath contract attorney received a two-year suspension last week for overbilling a client on document review, the legal community's reaction focused not so much on the behavior as on the lawyer's billing rate.
The state Superior Court has remanded a sex-crime victim's Fraudulent Transfer Act suit for further consideration about whether the perpetrator and the businessman who purchased the perpetrator's small business are indispensable parties in the case.
After settlement of the third case to head to the courtroom in Philadelphia's Risperdal mass tort, the lead trial attorney for the plaintiffs said it is too soon to expect a global resolution of the litigation.
Companies aren't strictly liable for asbestos injuries caused by aftermarket parts they didn't manufacture, but they might be liable for a claim of negligence, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled, predicting how the state Supreme Court would come down.
Defendants opposing claims of discrimination, retaliation and defamation brought by a gay lawyer over his scuttled lateral move have renewed their attempts to have the federal court case against them dropped.
A Philadelphia Commerce Court judge rejected Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' argument that a fee dispute by the owner of Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers should be moved to the Delaware Court of Chancery.
The gay lawyer who sued Anapol Schwartz over his scuttled lateral move should be sanctioned for allegedly making false statements about a key fact in the case, the defendants argued in a post-trial motion.
On May 17, the 36th annual Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Support Center for Child Advocates was held at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Approximately 1,200 people participated in the 5K Run/Walk, the 1 Mile Dash, the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Kids' Dash and the Caesar Rivise Team Competition.
A Philadelphia judge has refused to certify a proposed class of roughly 200,000 individuals whose personal and health information was stored on a flash drive and allegedly lost by their health insurance companies.
For the past couple of months, a 1,200-person alternative legal services provider has been quietly building up its team in a new location that serves Philadelphia, Wilmington, Delaware, and South Jersey.
A commercial real estate company was not liable for hiring a contractor who was found negligent after a multi-alarm warehouse fire, as the plaintiff failed to show evidence of negligent hiring, the Superior Court has decided.
Editor's note: Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille was named Attorney of the Year at The Legal's Professional Excellence Awards dinner Wednesday. His fellow finalists were U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius chairwoman Jami Wintz McKeon.
The state Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments on whether a former in-house lawyer for a defunct business entity can invoke attorney-client privilege to keep from submitting subpoenaed documents in a suit against it.
After having been put on hold for several months, efforts to resume collection against Nancy Raynor, an attorney sanctioned by a Philadelphia judge for nearly $1 million for eliciting banned testimony about smoking in a medical malpractice case, have picked up again.
The Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday announced the creation of a mortgage foreclosure diversion test program aimed at helping residents who face the threat of eviction to stay in their homes.
Lawyers bringing the case alleging that Zoloft caused birth defects in babies born to women who took the antidepressant have to turn over the report that their expert produced in similar litigation over Prozac, the federal judge handling the case has ruled.
Three weeks after the settlement between the National Football League and its former players who suffered head injuries while playing for the NFL got final approval, challenges to it are getting under way.
As police and government officials were sorting through the wreckage Wednesday of Tuesday evening's derailment of Amtrak 188, lawyers began sifting through potential claims and, for some, offering their services to potential clients.
Lingering over the liability claims expected to be raised by victims of the Amtrak 188 derailment is a 1997 federal law that creates a $200 million damages cap to be paid out for any single railroad accident.
The plaintiff in a civil clergy sex-abuse case is asking the court for summary judgment against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Monsignor William Lynn based on the reinstatement of Lynn's criminal conviction.
In the wake of the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia that, according to public officials, resulted in the deaths of at least seven people and injured more than 200, lawsuits seem all but certain to be filed.
As Pennsylvania's Supreme Court justices took up an issue on health care rates and the Right-to-Know Law during oral arguments in Harrisburg last week, they eyed the use of "middlemen" for government functions, specifically the extent to which records of contracts and subcontracts should be publicly available.
The attorney defending Anapol Schwartz against claims of defamation and tortious interference by a gay lawyer whose lateral move was scuttled took the stand to explain his role during an exit interview with the plaintiff.
Mark LeWinter, who supervised Jeffrey Downs, the gay attorney suing Anapol Schwartz for defamation, testified Wednesday his trust had been "betrayed" when Downs told another firm leader to keep LeWinter in the dark about Downs' threat of a lawsuit.
Cozen O'Connor has continued its expansion efforts this year with the addition of a 10-person state attorneys general practice from Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, D.C., and the firm's leadership said it isn't stopping there.
Leaders of Philadelphia's court system and District Attorney's Office on Tuesday urged City Council to make adjustments to Mayor Michael A. Nutter's proposed 2016 city budget in order to fund several criminal-justice initiatives.
The Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement should not have terminated a former police officer's pension without providing an explanation of his malfeasance leading to that decision, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
In response to a Philadelphia judge's second defense of issuing roughly $1 million in sanctions against attorney Nancy Raynor, several attorneys have called the magnitude of the sanctions "unprecedented."
A plaintiff's contested residency claims regarding an underinsured motorist coverage policy will be tried separately from the plaintiff's action regarding a motor vehicle collision, a court of common pleas judge has ruled.
An oncologist's expert testimony in a medical malpractice case against a podiatrist did not compromise the validity of the plaintiff's verdict, the state Superior Court has ruled, upholding a $750,000 award.
The highly contested settlement between the NFL and its former players who allege they suffered head injuries while playing for the league has gotten final approval from the federal judge overseeing the case.
An antitrust lawsuit against Cephalon and associated pharmaceutical companies involving the alleged delay of introducing a generic version of the drug Provigil into the market has settled for $512 million.
The estate of a 23-year-old man beaten to death after a night out in the Old City section of Philadelphia has settled for $7 million with the bars that served the man's attackers, according to lawyers in the case.
The estate of a 23-year-old man beaten to death after a night out in the Old City section of Philadelphia has settled for $7 million with the bars that served the man’s attackers, according to lawyers in the case.
The state Judicial Conduct Board has filed charges against four judges of the defunct Philadelphia Traffic Court, including one who was cleared of all federal charges against him in the ticket-fixing case last summer.
A 2002 prediction from the Third Circuit that Pennsylvania courts would bar contract actions from being brought under statutory fraud claims because of the economic loss doctrine is no longer valid, a federal district judge has ruled.
Delaware County’s involuntary commitment procedures and the liability of the court-appointed attorney who represented people facing extensions of forced psychiatric treatment were at issue before the Third Circuit on Tuesday.
The associate compensation landscape in Pennsylvania is slowly evolving and, in the wake of Dechert's local salary bump, could see more changes as a number of law firms say they are evaluating their compensation programs.
Tyco's decision to fire Jeffrey Wiest was likely caused by sexual comments he made to female co-workers, not by his challenge to the corporate spending on extravagant parties in the wake of a similar scandal that put Tyco's former CEO in jail, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled.
In an apparent case of first impression in Pennsylvania, a Lackawanna County judge has decided that a sentinel event report prepared for a private accreditation commission is subject to discovery in a psychiatric malpractice action.
Keonna Thomas, the 30-year-old Philadelphia woman who is accused of making plans to join the terrorist group ISIS, will be held in federal custody until trial, U.S. Magistrate Judge Marilyn Heffley of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Thursday afternoon.
A counterclaim to a breach of contract case—involving a Wayne-based company, a former executive and employment agreements requiring litigation of disputes in three different states—must be handled in Montgomery County, a judge has ruled.
A businessman and attorney suing Reed Smith for legal malpractice said his status as a former practicing lawyer should have nothing to do with whether the firm fully informed him of the rights he was giving up by signing a mandatory arbitration clause.
Dechert took the Philadelphia market-high for associate compensation to a new level for dozens of junior lawyers when it announced Monday that it would increase salaries to between $160,000 and $280,000 for first- through eighth-year associates.
Several U.S. attorneys have begun courting False Claims Act litigation in recent years, according to lawyers who practice in the area, chipping away at the dominance that Philadelphia and Boston once had on whistleblower cases.
Competition among law firms for market share is fierce, and so too, it seems, is the competition for associates. In the past two years, Pennsylvania law firms have been bumping up, sometimes quietly, associate salaries.
Two days before Keonna Thomas was allegedly going to join ISIS in Syria, federal agents searched her Philadelphia home and charged her with attempting to give material support to a foreign terrorist organization, according to the criminal complaint unsealed April 3 in federal court in Philadelphia.
A federal judge threw out what could potentially be one of just a handful of remaining thalidomide cases against GlaxoSmithKline in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, finding the statute of limitations expired decades ago.
The Montgomery County district attorney has said she will review the information gathered by a special prosecutor who investigated whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane leaked confidential grand-jury information.
Cozen O'Connor leadership said as recently as last week that it was looking to grow in the Midwest this year, and, according to one media report, that may happen sooner rather than later if merger talks with Chicago's Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson result in a union.
The jury in the second Risperdal mass-tort case in Philadelphia, while finding that Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn about the risk of male breast growth from the drug, determined that the drug did not cause the plaintiff's gynecomastia.
Cozen O'Connor grew revenue 2.1 percent and boosted profits per equity partner (PPP) 2.8 percent on a year driven by growth in the firm's corporate, real estate and commercial litigation practices, the firm's CEO said.
The owner of a destroyed Main Line mansion who is suing Reed Smith for its advice on insurance claims argues the firm's mandatory arbitration clause contained in client engagement letters is unenforceable.
Defense lawyers have 30 days to whittle down their 13 voluminous expert reports to the essential points before the federal judge overseeing the case decides who will be allowed to testify to what at trial.
A media report earlier this month about law firm emails that purport to show former Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, and not his wife, may have been the one to refer out certain cases while on the bench, has again raised questions about Pennsylvania's comparatively lax referral-fee rules.
A Philadelphia jury on Monday watched surveillance video of a disgruntled Kraft employee shoving a gun into the security booth outside the factory where two of her co-workers were gunned down minutes later.
Pepper Hamilton grew gross revenue nearly 3 percent in 2014 thanks to double-digit revenue gains in the intellectual property and white-collar litigation and investigations practices along with strong growth in its health effects and corporate practices, firm leaders said.
The jury in the second Risperdal mass-tort case in Philadelphia, while finding that Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn about the risk of male breast growth from the drug, determined that the drug did not cause the plaintiff's gynecomastia.
Closing arguments in the second bellwether trial in Philadelphia's Risperdal mass tort were as much commentary on the lawyers' styles as they were about whether Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately warn doctors that the drug could cause boys to grow breasts.
In an opinion that has defined a section of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a law that has been clouded by decades of amendments, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled in favor of an Internet startup company and against retail giant QVC.
PepsiCo Inc. won summary judgment in a Pennsylvania federal court over claims it reneged on a $30 million oral agreement for the installation of energy efficiency equipment in 100 of its facilities worldwide.
A federal judge has ordered a suspended Bridgeport attorney and his law firm to pay $18.4 million in restitution for his alleged misuse of millions of dollars in funds from several employee-benefit plans.
According to the plaintiff's mediation memorandum, on Oct. 5, 2011, plaintiff Jessica M. Ng, a scientific researcher, was standing in an aisle and talking to a co-worker at the Colket Translational Research Center in Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, when a 32-pound wood panel fell from a tech desk and struck her on the head.
A hearing Tuesday in the case of defense attorney Nancy Raynor, sanctioned $1 million for eliciting banned testimony, took on the atmosphere of a boxing ring with lawyers and the judge engaging in heated shouting matches in all directions.
The group behind a controversial advertising campaign designed for public transportation in major cities has defeated SEPTA's policy that kept its ads off of Philadelphia-area buses after bringing a First Amendment challenge in federal court.
During the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's argument session Wednesday in Philadelphia over whether a supervising grand jury judge had the power to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate alleged leaks of grand jury secrets by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, several justices peppered the special prosecutor with questions on the specifics of how he'd been appointed and how his investigation was handled.
The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that makes children's Tylenol has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge for its failure to correct faulty manufacturing practices, agreeing to pay $25 million to resolve the matter.
In filing charges against three more public officials in a public corruption investigation that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to prosecute, Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams had harsh words for Kane's portrayal of the case as evidence of "racial targeting" and "dead" before her arrival to the office.
A court of common pleas judge has said a judicial conduct rule that requires him to resign from two financial boards in June violates his constitutional rights, and the state Supreme Court, while rejecting his initial application for relief, has not entirely disposed of the challenge.
The plaintiff in a motor vehicle accident will not need to undergo additional medical testing that the defendants' expert claimed is necessary to render a more accurate examination of the plaintiff's claimed post-traumatic stress disorder, a Lackawanna County judge has ruled.
With the largest number of judicial candidates in recent memory running for vacancies on the city's bench, the Philadelphia Bar Association has its hands full with evaluating each candidate's fitness for office.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter has proposed an increase of nearly 10 percent in spending for the First Judicial District while keeping funding for the District Attorney's Office largely unchanged.
Three-and-a-half years after Coulter Loeb was arrested while he took photos of a Philadelphia police officer removing a homeless woman from Rittenhouse Square, his civil rights case is in front of a federal jury.
When the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in 2010, the sweeping financial industry regulations got a lot of attention from the scores of entities under its reach and the law firms that represented those institutions. But five years later, a sometimes-overlooked section of the law now has employment lawyers busy and some clients behind the compliance 8-ball.
The absence of some monitoring records and potential for spoliation of evidence by defendants should have precluded summary judgment in a slip-and-fall case against the Lehigh Valley Mall, the Superior Court has ruled.
The $2.5 million verdict awarded to the plaintiff in the first Risperdal case to go to trial in Philadelphia built momentum for the plaintiffs in the litigation, attorneys said, but it is not a nail in the coffin for Janssen Pharmaceuticals' defense.
The plaintiff in a priest sex-abuse case is appealing a Philadelphia judge's ruling that the statute of limitations barred his claims. Meanwhile, the case that will be the second priest sex-abuse lawsuit to go to trial in Philadelphia is set to head to the courtroom in early March.
The Third Circuit has denied the appeal of labor-union leader John Dougherty, who sought to reseal a years-old FBI affidavit of probable cause to search his home that has been made public in state litigation and the press.
A dispute has arisen over whether the gay lawyer suing Anapol Schwartz for allegedly scuttling his lateral move should be able to introduce evidence regarding discrimination he allegedly experienced while at the firm.
The state Superior Court has granted a request by Dr. Frances Batzer Baylson and her husband, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson, to transfer back to Philadelphia their Dragonetti suit over litigation involving Batzer Baylson's business contracts to store frozen sperm.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has reinstated former CBS news anchor Alycia Lane's lawsuit against CBS and former co-anchor Larry Mendte over his hacking of Lane's emails and CBS's failure to stop him.
An anonymous pro se defendant has beaten copyright infringement claims brought against him in federal court by a maker of pornographic videos. The defendant's victory runs counter to the result in a similar case in front of a different Eastern District judge.
A Philadelphia jury has awarded a verdict of more than $1.5 million to the administratrix of Dorothy Johnson's estate, finding that St. Joseph's Hospital's breach of corporate duties led to Johnson's death.
The Philadelphia judge who sanctioned attorney Nancy Raynor for close to $1 million for evoking a banned reference to smoking in a lung-cancer-related medical malpractice case—which resulted in a mistrial—said Raynor's punishment was "reasonable."
A bill that would enable Philadelphia City Council to review conflict counsel contracts awarded to the Defender Association of Philadelphia and other organizations that represent the indigent was unanimously passed by the council Thursday.
When the administrative assistant to the lead law firm partner handling the 2012 Harleysville-Nationwide merger began working longer hours in preparation for the deal, she explained to her boyfriend why.
The owner of a Villanova, Pa., mansion that burned to the ground has sued Reed Smith for legal malpractice regarding the firm's negotiation of a $20.5 million insurance settlement that was disputed by the tenants of the home.
On June 7, 2012, plaintiff Nichele Morgan, 23, a pharmacy technician, was driving on Calumet Street near Ridge Avenue, in Northwest Philadelphia, when the front driver's side of her Honda Accord was struck by the front of a 1998 Ford Econoline van.
In a contentious cross-examination of former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler by Janssen Pharmaceuticals' counsel, defense lawyer Diane Sullivan grilled Kessler over his fees and testimony in other drug cases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On June 2, 2013, plaintiff Mahmoud Ahmad, 25, a pizza deliveryman, was driving an Acura TL sedan on Lycoming Street toward the intersection with K Street, in Northeast Philadelphia.On June 2, 2013, plaintiff Mahmoud Ahmad, 25, a pizza deliveryman, was driving an Acura TL sedan on Lycoming Street toward the intersection with K Street, in Northeast Philadelphia. Ahmad claimed that he stopped at a four-way stop sign, then drove into the intersection. As he did so, the driver's side of his car was struck by a Nissan Maxima driven by Mohammed Abuawada, who was traveling on K Street. Ahmad maintained that Abuawada struck his car at 80 to 85 mph. Ahmad suffered a fracture to his left clavicle, which he claimed was a serious impairment of a bodily function.
A Dauphin County judge has denied the bid by three former Penn State administrators charged with covering up the crimes of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky to have the cases against them dropped.
A federal appellate judge with chambers at Sixth and Market could exist in isolation—driving into the parking garage and taking the judges-only elevator up to the top floors of the courthouse where he could read briefs and write his opinions, stopping to take lunch in the judges-only lunch room a few floors below, "where the food was really lousy," said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.
A federal judge in Philadelphia has decided to develop the record in a case that, according to the judge, "tests the outer bounds of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the context of workplace violence."
The estate of former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Robert C. Daniels, who died after a fall during a party at Berger & Montague shareholder Sherrie Savett's home in 2011, has settled with Savett and others, but the defense has not been able to execute judgment.
A former Fox 29 anchor who was fired after using a racial epithet will not have to wait for his former employer's interlocutory appeal before his employment discrimination suit can go to trial, a federal judge has ruled.
The Pennsylvania ACLU and several media outlets, including the Philadelphia City Paper, are challenging a state law they claim is aimed at silencing convicted felons and those who publish the words of felons.
While a small-firm lawyer from Philadelphia was not what many may have expected in Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's selection of his general counsel, those who know Denise Smyler say she is the perfect person for the job both for her temperament and her legal and political acumen.
One of the defendants in a cluster of thalidomide lawsuits in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is seeking nearly $177,000 in fees as a sanction against the plaintiffs' counsel, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.
On Oct. 1, 2010, plaintiff Shawn Garnett, 19, a retail employee, was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Explorer traveling on New Falls Road in Middletown Township. The driver, Meagan Peterson, lost control, crossed the center line, and struck two other vehicles head-on. Garnett, who was in the rear seat behind the driver, claimed he suffered a fractured left femur.
A Philadelphia judge has ordered the immediate release on parole of a man who has served more than 40 years of a life sentence, which he claimed was the result of prosecutorial misconduct and false testimony.
Even if Pepper Hamilton violated a former client's confidentiality by disclosing an FBI affidavit of probable cause to search that client's home, the firm can't be sued considering the affidavit was made public prior to the firm's disclosure, a Philadelphia trial judge has ruled.
According to the pretrial memorandum of plaintiff Eunice Rogers, on June 2, 2012, the plaintiff's mother, Mildred D. Rogers, who was 83 at the time, was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital, of the North Philadelphia Health System, for treatment of aspiration pneumonia.
In light of the state Supreme Court's 2013 ruling that a police officer's PTSD stemming from a fatal car collision was a compensable injury, the Commonwealth Court has changed its position on whether an armed robbery at a liquor store constitutes a normal working condition for workers' compensation purposes.
Psychological evaluations for a student who allegedly touched the genitals of another student in their special-needs class are privileged under a combination of state and federal laws, a federal judge has ruled.
Nearly a year-and-a-half after awarding the plaintiff in a nonsolicitation case $6.9 million in compensatory and punitive damages, the Chester County judge overseeing the matter authored an opinion in support of the award, detailing in sharp terms the defendants' alleged misconduct.
The latter part of 2014 brought with it not only the biggest business of law news for Pennsylvania, but perhaps for the country. All eyes watched during the second half of the year as Morgan, Lewis & Bockius entertained merger discussions with struggling Boston-based firm Bingham McCutchen. A full-on acquisition of the more than 700 lawyers at Bingham would have been a big departure for Morgan Lewis' typical growth strategy of acquiring groups of attorneys from firms that are disbanding.
Just after the Obama administration gave final approval to the Corbett administration's health care plan, Healthy PA, Philadelphia-based Community Legal Services filed suit to stop the plan. The group says Healthy PA puts the health care of low-income Pennsylvanians at risk.
Seven dissident ex-pro football players have been denied permission to appeal U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's conditional certification, for the purpose of facilitating settlement, of class plaintiffs in the NFL concussion lawsuit.
After hearing reargument over whether a jury that awarded a $14.5 million asbestos verdict had been told to award a specific number for noneconomic damages in the case, an en banc Superior Court panel threw out the verdict.
In a Philadelphia tax assessment case, the Commonwealth Court has said the city's tax collection tactics may need review, but it was unable to review them because the defendant waived his right to appeal.
A review of roughly 4,000 emails sent between members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Office of the Attorney General has revealed that no improper communications between members of the two bodies took place, according to a report released by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts on Dec. 19.
After eluding execution on his fourth capital appeal, a convicted murderer has been put back on death row by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, prompting its chief justice to issue criticism of the Philadelphia judge who reversed the death sentence.
The legal expenses racked up in fighting a 2007 mayoral ballot challenge were not incurred to influence the outcome of an election, so forgiving that debt is not bound by campaign finance limits, the state Supreme Court has ruled.
Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced charges against two state representatives from Philadelphia implicated in the corruption probe that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane had called "non-prosecutable."
The attorney-client privilege covering communications made in anticipation of a business merger belong to the company that resulted from the merger, not the executives of the company that was swallowed, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's civil war—and our immediate legal crisis—came to an end when former Justice Seamus McCaffery decided to retire, but the lingering questions about the competency of the Judicial Conduct Board remain.
In a 12-year-old defamation case that has twice been remanded to trial court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to consider whether the latest Superior Court ruling granting a third trial complies with the First Amendment.
The $50 million agreement proposed in October to settle a decade-old case brought by Comcast subscribers who alleged the company had monopolized the local cable market has gotten preliminary approval from the federal judge handling the case.
It's a Friday afternoon in November and Rogers Stevens is in the wrong city. A few hours ago he was in Ballard Spahr's Philadelphia office on Market Street and all was well, but now he's in a car at the airport, rushing to change out of his suit because he's got a plane to catch and a show to play and that show is in Calgary. He's not even in the right country.
The son of a man who collapsed at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and died shortly thereafter can proceed with his wrongful-death suit but the judge in the case dismissed most of the plaintiff's negligence claims.
The parties in a class action composed of tenants whose possessions were destroyed during an apartment building fire and subsequent demolition have reached a $4.75 million settlement, attorneys in the case have said, pending approval from the court.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner of the court's Criminal Division is the newest recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award.
Incoming Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III said getting lawyers more involved with helping the poor and veterans, as well as promoting diversity, will be top priorities during his tenure.
Modern sexual habits—such as sexting, for example—may cause a constitutional problem for broad federal statutes aimed at stopping child pornography, but the group of professional pornography producers who are challenging the laws might not be the right plaintiffs to prove that problem.
The Commonwealth Court has ruled that the validity of the consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State that included a $60 million sanction against the university will remain on the table in the dispute over where the money will eventually end up.
A doctor and hospital sued for medical malpractice were not at fault for allegedly failing to properly follow up on the discovery of brain tumors that led to a woman's death from metastatic melanoma, the state Superior Court has ruled.
Retired Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes will serve two years in federal prison for perjury in front of the grand jury that was investigating ticket-fixing in her court, under a sentence handed down by a federal judge Thursday.
Retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. has decided not to take a plea deal regarding the theft and conflict of interest charges he faces for allegedly using his judicial positions and public money to help run his personal real-estate business.
A federal judge has allowed to survive several of the claims in an antitrust suit against the maker of opioid dependency drug Suboxone over allegations the company engaged in a "product-hopping" scheme.
Former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew will serve 18 months in prison for perjury in front of the grand jury that was investigating ticket-fixing in his court, under a sentence delivered Wednesday by a federal judge.
The state is responsible for carrying out the terms of a settlement made between a disabled student and the now-defunct charter school that had signed the agreement, a federal judge has ruled in an apparent case of first impression.
A caustic advertising campaign that has won the right to publish on public transportation in New York and D.C. is looking to come to Philadelphia. And the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the organization run by two bloggers who are critical of Islam, has won a round against SEPTA in federal court in Philadelphia.
Duquesne University School of Law and its dean alleged in a response to a discrimination suit by one of its law professors that it wasn't her age, gender or teaching a course in Islamic law that caused her to be denied tenure but her "consistently poor teaching record."
In clarifying a 2011 state Supreme Court decision, the Commonwealth Court has ruled that the city of Philadelphia will not be able to recoup funds from a third-party settlement reached by a police officer who received Heart and Lung Act benefits after his cruiser was rear-ended by a drunk driver.
The parent company of Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers has sued Morgan, Lewis & Bockius over the firm's alleged "disloyalty" in siding with one faction of two feuding ownership groups while the firm was supposed to be acting more neutrally as counsel for the parent entity.
In an underinsured motorist case, a Lackawanna County judge has decided that a jury should be told the plaintiff had UIM coverage, but should not know the insurer has already paid first-party benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Retired Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes has agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of conflict of interest in the bribery probe that was previously shuttered by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, according to a court filing over Tynes' sentencing in an unrelated federal case.
A Philadelphia-based litigation funding company is suing a California law firm and its client over the failure to repay funds loaned to help support the client during his copyright suit against musical artist Usher and various record labels.
A Montgomery County jury awarded $124.3 million in a civil case against Rafael Robb, the former University of Pennsylvania economics professor who pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his estranged wife.
On May 15, 2012, plaintiff Jennifer Enloe, in her mid-30s, was visiting Ridley Creek State Park, at 1023 Sycamore Mills Rd., in the borough of Media. Enloe alleged that she exited the park's visitor center, walked down a flight of stone steps, and as she reached the landing, slipped on mud, which caused her to roll her left ankle, fracturing it.
Holding that the Federal Railroad Safety Act does not preempt common-law negligence claims for property damage, the state Supreme Court has ruled that SEPTA can be held liable for flood damage allegedly caused by a more-than-100-year-old railroad bridge.
Jeffrey Downs, the gay attorney who sued personal injury firms Anapol Schwartz and Raynes McCarty for allegedly scuttling his lateral move because of discrimination complaints he made, is arguing that his case is too contentious for the court to grant any of the defendants' summary judgment motions.
A lawyer for U.S. District Senior Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and his wife, Dr. Frances Batzer Baylson, said a Philadelphia trial judge was wrong to find the couple's Dragonetti action could only be filed in the county in which the underlying litigation arose.
Although some schools saw passage rates for the Pennsylvania bar exam drop by around 10 percentage points, the overall passage rate for the Pennsylvania bar exam's July test saw only a slight drop over last year.
A federal judge has decided that Gemalto Inc. does not have to pay more than $600,000 to a former employee who asserted claims that he was terminated because of his military service under the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and the Pennsylvania Military Leave of Absence Act.
Retired Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes turned herself in Thursday on corruption charges stemming from a bribery investigation that Attorney General Kathleen Kane had previously said was dead.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is not often in the business of confirming or denying the existence of, let alone commenting on, pending or closed investigations. But the office issued a public statement Tuesday to say no criminal charges would be filed against suspended state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery or his wife, Lise Rapaport, in relation to an investigation into Rapaport's acceptance of referral fees.
After broaching the issue in a nonprecedential opinion released last summer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit suggested during arguments Tuesday morning that it might soon answer definitively whether the catalyst theory for recovering attorney fees applies in ERISA cases.
A private hospital and a public university could face millions of dollars in damages since a nursing student won summary judgment on her civil rights claim after she was tossed out of her graduate program for refusing to take a drug test.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife and chief judicial assistant, Lise Rapaport, have dropped their defamation lawsuit against The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News over articles about referral fees Rapaport was paid, the parties confirmed.
A nursing and rehabilitation facility chain is paying $38 million to settle claims that it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid programs by billing for substandard care in what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling the largest failure-of-care settlement with a chain of this type yet.
According to the pretrial memorandum of plaintiff Joseph W. Consonery Jr., he was incarcerated on Feb. 6, 2009, at the Washington County Correctional Facility. On that day, he told a nurse he had an infected tooth and he needed to see a dentist, the memo said. Days later, Consonery's tooth "snapped," which led to ongoing bleeding, the memo said.
The dedication of the Philadelphia Family Court building Thursday afternoon marked the culmination of a years-long process—at times mired in controversy—to centralize the city's family court system into one location.
The time for Edmund Andre to bring a suit against the maker of thalidomide has long since passed, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled, rejecting Andre's expert and the argument that the company's initial cover-up of the drug's effect on babies born to women who took it would extend the statute of limitations.
The unsettled question of whether an agricultural collective's accidental inclusion of a non-agricultural member would cut through the collective's shield from certain antitrust laws has been certified to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
A Pennsylvania company has filed a nine-count complaint against its longtime outside general counsel, Squire Patton Boggs, over allegations the firm was conflicted in representing the company and its sole founder and allegedly helped that founder inappropriately benefit from the company's stock plan to the tune of millions of dollars.
Bob prepares intensely for mediation. He spends a lot of time preparing his client so the client's "extemporaneous" remarks in joint session send a strong message to the other side and suggest creative ways to settle the dispute.
On April 20, 2012, plaintiff Harriet Greenberg, 66, was driving a 2003 BMW sedan through an intersection at a shopping center at 1657 The Fairway, in Jenkintown, Pa. As she proceeded through the intersection, the front driver's side of her car was struck by the front of a Nissan Maxima driven by Katherine Stoever. Greenberg claimed that she suffered an injury to her left shoulder.
On March 8, 2012, plaintiff Daniel Contreras IV, 20, was contacted by his sister, Veronica DeJesus, regarding a family dispute outside their grandmother's beauty salon, located in the 3300 block of north Front Street in North Philadelphia.
A nursing and rehabilitation facility chain is paying $38 million to settle claims that it defrauded Medicare and Medicaid programs by billing for substandard care in what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling the largest failure-of-care settlement with a chain of this type yet.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin M. Dougherty is set to take over as administrative judge of the court's trial division after the retirement of Administrative Judge John W. Herron, sources have confirmed to The Legal.
The judge overseeing a defamation case filed by state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife and chief judicial assistant, Lise Rapaport, has laid the groundwork for discovery, ordering the couple to answer detailed questions about the referral fees Rapaport was paid that were the subject of the allegedly offending newspaper articles.
Reaffirming that the General Assembly cannot make laws explicitly to overturn court rulings, the state Supreme Court has determined that a portion of a law granting retroactive tax exemptions to charter schools that appealed their prior tax assessments violated the separation of powers doctrine.
State law aimed at curbing eminent domain abuse prevents a water authority from condemning land for the purpose of building a water and sewer facility that would be used by a private developer for a residential subdivision, the state Supreme Court has ruled.
Pepper Hamilton Chairman Louis J. Freeh is stepping down from the role nearly two years after taking the helm of the firm and a little more than one month after he was in a serious car accident in Vermont.
A Philadelphia judge has let the owners of a nightclub and a parking lot out as defendants in the case of a man who was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing the street from the nightclub to get to his parked car.
A real estate company is challenging the $2.6 million recalculation of a $4 million deficiency judgment, which had originally been tacked onto an $8.4 million property value judgment, in a case stemming from a sheriff's sale of condominiums.
Although a federal judge in Philadelphia called a business dispute between Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate and ABCO Laboratories "California-centric," he held that venue was proper in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that a local municipality could tentatively approve a mixed-use development—known as planned residential developments—without requiring immediate disclosure of the exact nature of the buildings planned for the project.
The recent guilty plea of a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge to case-fixing charges and the suspension of two other judges, all occurring with the Philadelphia Traffic Court scandal still fresh in the public's mind, has seriously damaged the reputation of the Philadelphia judicial system, members of the legal community said.
A $10,000 payment a former Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney attorney agreed to make every time he attempted to change his child custody agreement is enforceable, the state Superior Court has ruled, rejecting the trial court's determination that the payment was against public policy.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a lower court's ruling that SEPTA is an agency of the state that falls outside the scope of Philadelphia's local discrimination law. A divided high court sent the question back to the Commonwealth Court for an analysis of whether the goals of the transportation authority or the city should win out.
At about midnight on June 23, 2011, plaintiff James McKenna was at a bar in Philadelphia with his girlfriend, the plaintiff's pretrial memorandum said. McKenna attempted to purchase a drink for an acquaintance who was at the bar with defendant Jesse O'Shea, a police officer with the Philadelphia Police Department, the memo said. O'Shea told McKenna that "neither his company nor his offer to buy a drink was wanted," the memo said. O'Shea then identified himself as a police officer and demanded McKenna leave the bar.
A Philadelphia judge has ruled in a shareholder suit that an advertising company's corporate officers were liable for accepting for themselves $12 million in proceeds from the company's sale, rather than distributing it.
In the wake of former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr.'s guilty plea to case-fixing, two more Municipal Court judges have been suspended and it has come to light that a Philadelphia court administrator has been fired for misappropriating funds.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane has allowed reporters to view emails containing reportedly pornographic photos and videos that her office uncovered during the investigation into how the state Attorney General's Office handled the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case.
A Pittsburgh attorney who was falsely called a child molester in fliers cannot keep his defamation suit in Philadelphia, the state Superior Court has ruled, despite his claims that having the case in his home county would damage his reputation.
A Philadelphia judge has ruled in a shareholder suit that an advertising company's corporate officers were liable for accepting for themselves $12 million in proceeds from the company's sale, rather than distributing it.
A full-scale law firm acquisition would be somewhat of an outlier in Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' growth strategy, but it may be just what the firm is about to do with reports this weekend that leadership at Morgan Lewis and Boston-based Bingham McCutchen have agreed to press forward with a merger.
Evidence that a dangerous crime occurred anywhere in the Steamtown Mall parking garage provided a sufficient basis to dismiss the mall's argument that it had no duty to ensure the safety of a business invitee who was injured during an alleged carjacking attempt, the state Superior Court has ruled.
The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether an endorsement of a union president candidate by the nonprofit corporation that administers benefits for the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police was an improper use of public money and violated the group's articles of incorporation and bylaws.
An injured worker cannot be compensated for the holistic Ayurvedic medical treatment she underwent in India because it was not done through the referral or under the supervision of a licensed Pennsylvania health care practitioner, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
According to the plaintiffs' pretrial memorandum, on Aug. 20, 2010, John Cancelleri, 83, retired, was driving a Mercury Sable south along Route 307 in Spring Brook Township, Pa., when a Ford Mustang traveling north made a left turn. The Mustang struck Cancelleri's vehicle in a head-on collision, the memo said. Cancelleri's vehicle was equipped with a driver's-side airbag, but it did not deploy.
The discovery battles in a defamation lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife and chief judicial assistant, Lise Rapaport, against the owners of Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers have shed light on a number of topics raised by the papers' publications at issue.
Since a federal judge agreed to join a Pennsylvania-based bank to a lawsuit against the owner and operator of the mortgage recording system MERS, the case has bounced back to the state court where it was first filed.
As Pennsylvania-based law firms were setting their sights on national and international markets, out-of-town firms started opening up shop in the state. With foreign expansion slowing down for many Pennsylvania firms and competition in the local market increasing, area firms are refocusing their efforts on their own backyards.
Allowing the costs associated with retaining counsel to count as an ascertainable loss under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law would lead to a "cottage industry" of "private attorneys general," an attorney representing a car rental company argued before the state Supreme Court in Philadelphia last week.
On March 11, 2010, plaintiff Bruce Roemer, 54, a contractor-painter, was driving a pickup truck westward along Oxford Valley Road in Falls Township, when the side of his vehicle was struck by an SUV being driven along Trenton Road by Patricia Cattani, according to court documents. Cattani's vehicle was owned by Cattani's Beverages Inc., doing business as Cattani's US 1 Beer. The plaintiffs' memo said Roemer sustained fractures, back and neck soft-tissue injuries and permanent traumatic brain injury.
Aviation attorney Arthur Wolk of The Wolk Law Firm has sued the National Transportation Safety Board in federal court for allegedly failing to properly respond to FOIA requests related to his clients' cases.
Since closing the question about GSK's corporate citizenship last year, the Third Circuit opened the narrower question about where the remaining cases over its antidepressant drug Paxil would be heard. That issue was before the appeals court Wednesday.
All three judges on the appellate panel summoned by objectors to the settlement in the NFL concussion case wanted to know why their review had been sought at this point—before the trial judge has held the fairness hearing scheduled for November.
It is "irrational" and "illogical" to suggest U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., is still a candidate for Philadelphia mayor and thus bound by city campaign finance laws in repaying $450,000 in legal fees seven years after Brady lost the primary, his attorney argued before the state Supreme Court.
As the pharmaceutical industry awaits the Third Circuit's decision in a case over whether pay-for-delay settlements are anti-competitive even without including a direct cash payment, the Federal Trade Commission has sued a number of pharmaceutical companies in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania over one such accord.
Whether or not Cozen O'Connor will be able to forgive the $450,000 in legal bills U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., racked up during a failed mayoral bid in 2007 is the highlight case on the docket for the state Supreme Court's oral argument session in Philadelphia this week.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has allowed the majority of claims to proceed against Merck & Co. in a qui tam suit and related antitrust putative class action over the company's testing and government sales of its mumps vaccine.
According to a pretrial memorandum from the plaintiffs, 54-year-old plaintiff Debbie McAdams exited a taxicab at Ninth Street and Washington Avenue in the Italian Market in Philadelphia. As she walked on the sidewalk outside M&L Donuts, which was owned by defendants Michael Chan and Linda Ma Chan, McAdams, who was working as an assistant bank manager, tripped and fell. McAdams allegedly sustained a hand injury.
On April 23, 2012, plaintiff Kirsten Robinson, a nurse's aide in her mid-20s, was driving a sedan that was stopped on Montgomery Avenue at the intersection of Gay Street, in West Chester, when she was rear-ended by a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Ashlee Palmer.
One of the most vocal opponents of federal defenders' tactics in capital cases, Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille has again issued scathing criticism of the defenders in an opinion stemming from an ongoing death-penalty appeal.
The judge overseeing the defamation suit filed by state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife and chief judicial aide, Lise Rapaport, has dismissed the couple's objections to subpoenas of seven law firms that paid Rapaport referral fees.
In an economy in which revenue is hard to come by, mergers are increasingly viewed as a way for firms to capture market share. But merger discussions could also lead to lost revenue opportunities, making them a tricky proposition for firm leadership.
The uphill battle defendants faced when trying to get their cases moved from a plaintiff's chosen venue has been leveled somewhat thanks to the state Supreme Court's decision last month in Bratic v. Rubendall, according to attorneys who spoke with the Law Weekly.
The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear argument on whether a plaintiff may state a claim for vicarious liability against a hospital for the alleged conduct of an emergency room doctor by pointing out that she was part of an emergency response team and had not previously treated the patient.
The state Supreme Court has declined to hear argument on whether online commenters have a constitutional right to falsely attribute nonsatirical postings to someone with direct connection to the subject matter.
According to a pretrial memorandum from the plaintiffs, on Aug. 31, 2010, Robert Smith was treated at the renal department of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Actions to compel judgment on mechanic's liens must be filed separately from the liens themselves, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled, affirming both case law on the issue and the trial court's opinion.
A health care company was not barred from arguing in a workers' compensation action that a former employee was acting outside the course of his employment, even though the company had admitted in a previous civil action that the former employee had been acting in the course of his employment, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
On March 31, 2011, plaintiff Joseph Ragan, 31, an independent salesperson for third-party energy suppliers, was accessing his basement at 10031 Westbourne Place in Northeast Philadelphia. Ragan leased the property from Kathleen Dragoni and Thomas Garofolo III. Ragan alleged that as he descended the basement stairway, he grasped the wooden railing and in doing so it unhinged, which caused him to fall down the stairs, approximately 12 steps. Ragan claimed that he suffered a spine injury.
Practicing at a private law firm can be plenty stressful, and the demands placed on lawyers are often exhausting, but two Philadelphia attorneys are going through intense training in order to use their legal skills in an entirely new situation.
In response to The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News' bid to subpoena law firms for information on referral fees paid to his wife, state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery in a court filing called the papers' bid "improper."
By Rebecca Rosenberger Smolen and Amy Neifeld Shkedy
As we marked the two-year anniversary of our fledgling two-attorney law firm May 15, we thought it would be helpful to reflect and share our gleanings on the key components for launching and sustaining a law firm, based on our experience to date:
The grant of a new trial in a nursing-home negligence case must stand because the plaintiffs should not have been barred from pursuing claims of corporate negligence against the facility, according to a Philadelphia judge.
According to the pretrial memorandum of plaintiff Frank Jazlovietcki, he was driving northbound along Brookwood Drive near the intersection with Street Road in Bensalem on April 21, 2012, when the passenger-side door was struck by a vehicle owned by defendant Garda CL Atlantic Inc. and operated by defendant Kevin Moss. Moss was traveling west along Street Road. The memo said Moss entered under a red light, and that the Garda vehicle weighed approximately seven tons.
According to the plaintiff's amended complaint, on Jan. 7, 2011, plaintiff Ernest Soreth, 57, turned himself in at the Bucks County Correctional Facility, at the direction of his parole officer. After sitting in his cell for about 13 minutes, he felt severe chest pain and fell to the floor, the complaint said
A federal district judge has upheld a bankruptcy court's finding that a creditor with whom Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman filed an involuntary petition in order to collect debts from a defunct business acted in bad faith, resulting in dismissal of the petition, including the firm's claim.
Despite his claims a videotaped deposition containing potentially embarrassing information could be disseminated by the media, the state Superior Court has ruled that union leader John J. Dougherty's deposition will not be sealed.
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News have argued in court papers that they have a right to subpoena law firms to determine whether Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery's claims that he and his wife always acted ethically in regard to his wife's acceptance of referral fees are accurate.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife and chief judicial aide, Lise Rapaport, have filed a motion for a mandatory injunction seeking to prohibit Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers from publishing any personal information about the couple.
Following federal case law interpreting two statutes on the enforcement of foreign and out-of-state judgments, the state Superior Court has ruled that a foreign judgment cannot be valid without first being recognized by state courts.
State House of Representatives leadership decided not to call members back to Harrisburg for a scheduled Aug. 4 session day to vote on legislation allowing Philadelphia to impose a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to raise money for the school district.
A Philadelphia judge has denied preliminary objections of the insurance company for defunct Wolf Block in a coverage suit involving the firm's decision not to make severance payments to a former partner after the firm dissolved.
Ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for a scheme to defraud the state Department of Community and Economic Development out of state grant funds awarded to nonprofits.
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are asking the Supreme Court to decide the state of the law on false-light invasion of privacy in Pennsylvania before discovery or a trial begins in a defamation suit brought against the papers by one of the court's own justices.
A one-line email last week from the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel to McDonald's has brought to the fore an issue that local GCs and labor lawyers say has been bubbling up for nearly a year.
Plaintiffs claiming that homeowners were owed $53 million in surplus money from sheriff's sales cannot initiate a class action against the state's Treasury Department, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
After two other courts found an FBI affidavit of probable cause to search union leader John J. Dougherty's home was appropriately in the public domain, a Philadelphia judge has thrown out Dougherty's legal malpractice suit against Pepper Hamilton for using the affidavit in a separate defamation action.
Cephalon can't rely on the strength of its patent for a narcolepsy drug in a reverse-payment antitrust suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission because the judge found in a related case that the patent is invalid.
Discord among the dozens of lawyers representing thousands of former NFL players in a suit against the league for head injuries was illustrated in the motion filed Tuesday seeking the data that underpins the recently reached settlement.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama, deeming mandatory life sentences without parole for juvenile homicide defendants unconstitutional, applies retroactively.
Labor union leader John J. Dougherty has lost an attempt in federal court to reseal a years-old FBI affidavit of probable cause to search his home that was made public through litigation in state court.
As part of an effort to add muscle to the firm, Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton has hired a longtime Harleysville Insurance senior official as the new executive vice president and chief operations and strategic officer.
The Philadelphia Traffic Court trial, which endured for nearly two months, concluded with jurors finding four of the traffic court judges guilty of perjury and giving false statements, but not guilty of charges related to ticket-fixing.
A recent Philadelphia Bar Association ethics opinion detailing how lawyers may instruct their clients on the use of social media provides greater clarity to lawyers caught in the middle of a constantly "evolving" digital landscape, some attorneys said.
The city of Philadelphia has agreed to a $1.43 million settlement in a class action brought by unsuccessful applicants to carry firearms who alleged the city disclosed confidential information about the applicants on a website database, the plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday.
The state Superior Court has upheld a $10 million verdict against McNeil-PPC in a case in which a 3-year-old girl was left blind in one eye and suffered damage to her reproductive system and permanent disfigurement of much of her skin after taking several doses of Children's Motrin.
During the final day of arguments in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek made clear that federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials stood by their case against the defendants, despite claims from a defense attorney that the investigation went too far.
In response to the prosecution's argument that ordinary people couldn't get special treatment for their tickets from traffic court judges, a defense attorney in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Friday said "the little people" never "got screwed."
One of the doctors who was allegedly part of a scheme to inflate the cost of medical care for car accident victims can't use his fellow doctors' settlement agreements with State Farm to dodge his part of a $12 million judgment, a federal judge has ruled.
A legal malpractice suit against Gross McGinley has been reinstated after the state Superior Court found there was a question of fact as to whether the plaintiff and primary shareholder of the law firm's client had standing to sue on behalf of his company.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has granted final approval of a $130 million settlement in an antitrust suit between independent truck-stop owners on one side and trucker fleet payment card company Comdata Inc. and three national truck-stop chains on the other.
In the eighth week of trial for Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused of ticket-fixing, both the defense and the prosecution finished presenting their evidence. Closing arguments are scheduled to start Thursday morning.
Chester County Magisterial District Judge Mark Bruno testified in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial that he had never heard of the term "consideration" as it relates to the alleged ticket-fixing scheme.
The rural Pennsylvania school district that had to allow a girl to wrestle on a boys' team after she brought a suit in federal court now has to pay more than $70,000 in attorney fees to cover the cost of the girl's legal representation in the case.
Over the objection of one of its members, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made official through a rule change what a divided court was forced to do when it couldn't reach a majority decision on the discoverability of attorney-expert communications: It made the communications off-limits in discovery.
The case of a carpenter who was injured after sustaining an electric shock on the job—and who was also alleged to have developed ALS as a result of the shock—has been settled with property owners and electricians for $2.5 million.
A college soccer star once weeks away from going to Colombia on a contract to play professionally was awarded $3.34 million for injuries he suffered after a botched groin surgery that put an end to his athletic career.
A restructuring of Jefferson Health System that did away with the need for the 40-person staff working for the system's parent entity meant Deputy General Counsel R. Christopher Raphaely was back on the market for a private-practice gig.
Removing the $675 million limit on the amount that the NFL would have to pay to former players suffering from head injuries satisfied the federal judge overseeing the massive case, as she granted preliminary approval today to the parties' second attempt at settlement.
A developer and property owner, sued by the firm that represented him in two real estate cases for not paying $375,000 in legal bills, has challenged a Philadelphia judge's ruling in favor of the firm.
Prosecutors in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial today played a video of a motorcycle rally in which defendant Willie Singletary blessed motorcycles and asked attendees to contribute to his campaign, claiming they would need his "hookup" in traffic court.
With five people stepping in to take over the roles of one of its retiring executive committee members, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is continuing its leadership transition with the goal of better aligning its management with the needs of a firm that has grown significantly in the past decade.
Blank Rome and longtime client St. Luke's University Health Network were each found by a jury Tuesday of improperly suing family members of two former patients who had sued the hospital over allegations a former nurse killed their loved ones, but the firm and health system were not assessed any damages.
Exotic dancers who worked at a Philadelphia strip club that substantially controlled the work environment and took cuts of tips and lap dance proceeds are employees and can bring an FLSA collective action, a federal judge has ruled.
The road to victory for plaintiffs alleging that Pfizer's antidepressant, Zoloft, causes birth defects has gotten steeper since a federal judge barred the testimony of one of their key expert witnesses.
Less than a week after a federal judge granted a Pittsburgh-area Catholic diocese a preliminary injunction from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate, a different federal judge in Philadelphia has denied such an injunction to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The judge presiding over state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery's defamation lawsuit against The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and several of their reporters and editors has denied all of the defendants' preliminary objections.
Four "pay-for-delay" agreements that Cephalon entered into with separate generic drug manufacturers eight years ago don't establish a conspiracy among the companies, a federal judge has ruled. In the agreements, Cephalon paid a "substantial amount of money" to the generic companies, U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said, and the companies agreed to enter the market for a lucrative narcolepsy drug in April 2012.
After a decade of mostly steady decline, punctuated by a few fleeting spikes, Pennsylvania medical malpractice filings saw a marginal uptick in 2013, which some lawyers said could be indicative of a leveling off as more time passes since the shock to the system from the Supreme Court's tort reform measures.
Senior leadership at the Office of Attorney General under Gov. Tom Corbett failed to promptly investigate and charge serial child molester Jerry Sandusky in 2010, a report issued Monday by Attorney General Kathleen Kane said.
On Oct. 1, 2012, former Spector Gadon & Rosen attorney Gomer "Tom" Williams III was sitting in his car with a shotgun, he recounted to a federal judge today, about to end his life over what he said was overwhelming guilt for stealing more than $500,000 from clients.
A federal judge has granted Wolf Block's request to remand a case against the defunct firm's insurer to state court, finding the citizenship of the firm's partners at the time of dissolution is a genuine issue in determining whether there is diversity of citizenship for federal jurisdiction.
Rape and sexual-assault charges against lawyer Robert Kerns have been dropped for the second time. However, the former Montgomery County Republican Party leader is still set to return to court on other charges.
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has announced his office will be taking over a political corruption investigation of public officials that was dropped by Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office earlier this year.
The logistics of getting a strip club's bus out of a Philadelphia Parking Authority lot in 2010 was the primary topic of conversation on tapes played to the jury in the trial of several Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused of ticket-fixing Wednesday.
A federal judge faced with determining whether to order a state court to reseal a mistakenly revealed FBI affidavit of probable cause to search labor union leader John Dougherty's house asked both sides Tuesday, "Why do you care what I do?"
The tension in the courtroom seemed to elevate in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Tuesday as a prosecutor and defense lawyer sparred over burden of proof issues during the questioning of a witness.
Plaintiffs are increasingly winning in the earlier stages of data breach litigation and defendants may be helping set unrealistic settlement figures out of a fear of going through discovery, attorneys on both sides of the issue said Thursday.
A Philadelphia trial judge has allowed three plaintiffs in a personal injury case to seek punitive damages against a truck driver they claim was talking on his cellphone when he collided with their vehicle.
A woman who was injured when a van struck her bicycle in its rear end and was subsequently run over after colliding with the opened door of a parked car has been awarded $2.4 million by a Philadelphia jury.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ordered a trial judge to make a more thorough analysis of whether a products liability case involving a plane crash in Portugal should stay in Philadelphia trial court or be sent to a Portuguese court.
The plaintiffs in Philadelphia's Risperdal mass tort are belatedly changing their legal argument in an effort to sway a judge to reconsider his ruling denying the plaintiffs a chance at punitive damages, Risperdal maker Janssen Pharmaceuticals argued in a court filing this week.
Following a two-day trial and less than two hours of deliberation, an eight-member jury awarded $250,000 to a man who was injured in a car accident while driving a vehicle insured under an uninsured motorist policy through Progressive Advanced Insurance Co.
According to the amended complaint from plaintiffs Stephen and Michele McKean, property they owned was damaged by fire on Sept. 22, 2011. The plaintiffs had insurance through Nationwide Insurance Co., which provided coverage for fire damage, and they timely notified the carrier, the complaint said. However, the carrier did not provide the coverage, the complaint said.
Because the IRS couldn't prove that former state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo had taken concrete steps toward sheltering his wealth with family members, a federal judge has tossed a special assessment that the department had levied on him.
In what several attorneys say is the largest reported verdict in a Pennsylvania uninsured motorist case since the state Supreme Court's game-changing 2005 ruling in Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania v. Koken, a Philadelphia jury has awarded $250,000 to a man who was injured in a car accident while driving a vehicle insured under UM policy with defendant Progressive Advanced Insurance Co.
Any time divergent areas of the law intersect within a bankruptcy proceeding, the possibility of an unexpected outcome substantially increases. Such a case was evidenced by an unusual order recently entered in In re Mrozik, No. 08-12533 (Bankr. N.D. Cal. Apr. 18, 2014), which permitted a Chapter 7 trustee to keep open a bankruptcy to await the death of the holder of a life estate so that the creditors of the remainderman could recover from the proceeds of the remainder interest upon termination of the life estate.
A Traffic Court officer testified during the trial of several former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges that he would typically see a note attached to a defendant's file and that defendant would be directed to a judge's personal assistant for a conference.
Jurors in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Tuesday listened to recorded phone conversations among a former judge, court administrator and business owner, which prosecutors said provide further evidence of a ticket-fixing scheme.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in the recent nonprecedential opinion Bose v. SDI Technologies, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 4812 (Fed Cir. 2014), analyzed several different "points in time" to determine whether a defendant, charged with inducement and contributory patent infringement claims, had the requisite level of intent required to support these indirect infringement theories. In Bose, the Federal Circuit reversed a summary judgment holding of no liability based on the conclusion that SDI may have had the requisite level of intent for indirect infringement at "several points in time," and therefore the summary judgment of no liability at those points in time was improper.
The former personal assistant to suspended Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew testified in federal court Monday that Mulgrew "knew what he was doing" in considering requests for the downgrading or dismissal of traffic tickets.
On Jan. 5, 2012, plaintiff Freddie Jackson, in his mid-30s at the time, was operating a minivan that was stopped in traffic on the eastbound section of Interstate 76, near the exit for Conshohocken, when the rear of his vehicle was struck by the front of a sedan being driven by Hongyen Tran.
According to the plaintiffs' mediation memorandum, 47-year-old plaintiff Alfonso Jones was working on the renovation of the Lafayette Building in Philadelphia, which was being prepared to house the Hotel Monaco.
A Philadelphia judge has ruled that an insurer had no statutory or contractual duty to warn its insureds that their policy was set to expire after they failed to timely respond to a renewal offer a month earlier.
U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has been named as The Legal's Attorney of the Year for his many notable efforts throughout 2013, including shepherding a $2.2 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson regarding off-label marketing, filing indictments of nearly the entire Philadelphia Traffic Court and focusing heavily on community outreach.
A Montgomery County jury awarded $1 million to a woman who suffered knee injuries in an automobile accident caused when the defendant made a left turn in front of a vehicle in which the plaintiff was a passenger.
According to a complaint filed by plaintiff Robert D. Williams Jr., he suffered an electric shock as a result of misconduct by U.S. Mine Safety Health Administration inspectors during a surprise inspection.
Evidence police collected from a GPS device they attached to a suspect's vehicle without a warrant should be admissable because the officers relied in good faith on legal precedent at the time, the U.S. Attorney's Office argued in front of an en banc panel of the Third Circuit on Wednesday.
An ironworker whose right leg was amputated and left foot crushed when a 3,000-pound granite base stone toppled over onto him during the renovation of a 106-year-old Philadelphia building has settled with the work site's general contractor and three other defendants for $16.3 million.
Prosecutors told jurors in federal court Tuesday in the Philadelphia Traffic Court case that the defendants were responsible for creating a culture of favoritism that, through fixing tickets, robbed the city and Pennsylvania of funding.
Some judges have a good sense of history when dealing with big cases. Rather than passing the buck to a higher court, or puffing up and delivering self-indulgent decisions, they write an opinion that not only makes important law, but makes it easier for society to absorb historical shifts.
On Oct. 14, 2010, plaintiff Vincent Casino Jr., 44, was operating a van toward the intersection of N. 12th Street and W. Allegheny Avenue, in the Glenwood section of North Philadelphia, when the passenger's side of his vehicle was struck by the front of a sedan.
Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild saw its gross revenue increase by about 8.7 percent in 2013, a year in which the firm grew by more than 40 attorneys across the country, including a 16-attorney merger in Denver.
Despite a plaintiffs expert's testimony that minimal exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, the state Superior Court has ruled that prohibition of "any exposure" causation theories did not apply in an asbestos case against Ford Motor Co.
In the wake of a lawyer's year-and-a-day suspension for neglecting cases after the death of his son—and despite shorter suspensions given to two other lawyers for sexual misconduct—attorneys say the state Supreme Court's disciplinary board's role isn't to police attorneys tarnishing the profession's image as much as it is to protect clients.
By Zack Needles, Max Mitchell and P.J. D'Annunzio
Immediately following U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania's ruling overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage, many Pennsylvania attorneys were exuberant about the decision, but several also wondered with some trepidation what comes next.
Since an industry research organization may have unintentionally been a conduit for communicating information among conspirators in a price-fixing scheme among major manufacturers of drywall, plaintiffs in the related multidistrict litigation can collect some of the organization's confidential information, a federal judge has ruled.
Lawyers for about 3,000 plaintiffs suing GlaxoSmithKline over its drug Avandia may have been able to skirt federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act but were ultimately stymied in their effort to get out of U.S. court by the rules on diversity jurisdiction.
A federal judge has ruled that Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael Lowry's Fifth Amendment privilege against potential self-incrimination was not violated when he participated in an interview conducted by consultants reviewing the court's operations.
Calling the defense counsel's behavior "unjustifiable," a West Virginia federal judge has sanctioned Drinker Biddle & Reath in the Ethicon transvaginal surgical mesh multidistrict litigation for continuing to remove cases filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia despite the judge's previous rulings that the cases belong in Pennsylvania state court.
Lawyers for the plaintiffs alleging price-fixing among major makers of drywall will have to divulge the facts that support their claims while discovery is ongoing, the federal judge handling the multidistrict litigation has ruled.
DLA Piper has been granted an expedited hearing as to whether legal fees from the parent company of once-proposed Foxwoods Casino paid to the firm prior to the company's bankruptcy filing were property of the estate, thus transforming DLA Piper into a creditor.
A new law concerning the mandatory reporting of suspected instances of child abuse has led several attorneys to question whether the legislation threatens attorney-client privilege by requiring lawyers to report suspected abuse.
In a profession that relies heavily on precedence, research of all forms has long driven even the business decisions of law firms. But in the past few years that function has morphed from one of printing out reams of information into one that involves targeted business analysis that often requires a leap of faith rather than following the doctrine of stare decisis.
According to the plaintiffs' pretrial memorandum, on Sept. 10, 2012, plaintiff George Sabu, 39, a laborer, was driving a vehicle along North 5th Street in Philadelphia, with Mebitha Sabu, 31, a homemaker, as passenger, when a vehicle collided with the rear of the Sabu vehicle. The plaintiffs alleged that either Larry Sharp or Jalonda D. Hall was driving the vehicle. The plaintiffs claimed the accident caused back injuries.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over the conviction of Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church administrative official convicted of endangering the welfare of children abused by other priests.
A minority owner of two major Philadelphia daily newspapers has been let out of a defamation case filed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his chief aide, Lise Rapaport, while the remaining defendants argued in filings that the complaint didn't allege any false reporting by the newspapers.
The statute governing health insurance coverage for in-school treatment of autism spectrum disorders is unambiguous and bars appeal of a denial, an insurance carrier argued Wednesday before the state Supreme Court in Harrisburg, Pa.
A Philadelphia judge has ordered that defense attorney Nancy Raynor be sanctioned for allowing a defense expert to make a prohibited reference to smoking in a lung cancer-related medical malpractice case.
A Philadelphia judge has upheld an $11 million jury verdict awarded to the parents of a child born with a severe cleft lip caused by the anti-seizure drug Topamax, which his mother took during pregnancy.
A finding of fraud in U.S. Bankruptcy Court does not mean that the issue has already been decided for liability purposes in Pennsylvania courts, the state Superior Court has ruled in an apparent issue of first impression.
The excess liability insurer for Pottstown Memorial Medical Center has filed suit in federal court accusing the hospital's umbrella liability insurer of intentionally delaying settlement during the hospital's appeal of a $78.4 million medical malpractice verdict in an attempt to "spend down" its $20 million policy limit by unnecessarily retaining appellate counsel.
PepsiCo's claims of fraud against a Pennsylvania company—brought after discovery got under way in a $9 million breach of contract case the company had initially filed against PepsiCo—have survived a motion to dismiss in federal court.
The son of a man who allegedly underwent several post-mortem surgeries, including a brain removal—against the wishes of his family—is set to have his case against Albert Einstein Medical Center sent to trial.
The state Supreme Court has reinstated a Montgomery County attorney who was suspended for six months after being convicted of charges related to covertly filming up the skirts of two females—one of whom was a minor—in a public place.
Defense counsel for suspended Traffic Court Judge Michael J. Sullivan argued in federal court Monday that evidence used to support a wiretap on Sullivan's cellphone was improperly obtained by law enforcement.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that courts may not sustain preliminary objections that improperly raise affirmative defenses when the opposing party specifically challenges the procedural defect.
Montgomery County attorney Robert Kerns, 66, has been charged again for rape and related offenses, this time by the state Attorney General's Office, which was referred the case when misinterpreted lab reports forced the county District Attorney's Office to drop similar charges related to the same offense.
A federal judge has ruled that a man's adoptive parents can proceed with a civil rights suit against the city of Philadelphia and a Department of Human Services caseworker under a "state-created danger" theory for allegedly knowingly placing him in a violent and abusive home when he was a child.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court en banc heard reargument Wednesday over whether the damages portion of a Chester County trial judge's molded $18.5 million verdict against Genuardi's Family Markets must be reduced to present value.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court en banc heard reargument Wednesday over whether Philadelphia union leader John Dougherty is required to show good cause for why his videotaped deposition in his defamation suit against Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Karen Heller should be sealed.
According to court documents, plaintiff Gary Murray, 57, was rear-ended while driving along 7 Oaks Drive at its intersection with Cheltenham Avenue in Philadelphia. Murray claimed that the accident caused soft-tissue injuries of the back, neck and shoulder.
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.
A federal judge has allowed the estate of a woman who died of hemopericardium in Lankenau Medical Center's emergency room to proceed with a claim against the hospital for failure to screen under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, finding that the hospital could not adequately articulate its own screening procedure as a defense.
A bad-faith suit against Allstate Insurance Co., which stemmed from an auto accident case that produced a $19.1 million verdict in Philadelphia, has been sent back from federal court to common pleas jurisdiction, a federal judge has ruled.
Officials of the First Judicial District, the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the District Attorney's Office gathered before Philadelphia City Council on April 16 to request additional funding for their departments.
A federal judge has allowed the estate of a woman who died of hemopericardium in Lankenau Medical Center's emergency room to proceed with a claim against the hospital for failure to screen under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, finding that the hospital could not adequately articulate its own screening procedure as a defense.
Officers of the Transportation Security Administration aren't immune to Bivens actions, a federal judge has ruled in a case arising from the contentious search of a woman's baggage at the Philadelphia airport.
Pfizer has asked the federal judge handling the multidistrict litigation alleging that its antidepressant drug Zoloft causes birth defects to limit a key plaintiffs expert's testimony to the content of her report.
A Montgomery County jury has awarded an orthopedic surgeon $2 million, including $1 million in punitive damages, in a defamation suit against a local newspaper's former parent company and one of the paper's former reporters.
Three judges are set to be temporarily reassigned to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas family division from other sections of the First Judicial District in order to deal with a backlog of child custody cases.
A Philadelphia judge has granted the request of several defendants in a defamation suit filed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and Lise Rapaport for the entire Philadelphia trial court to recuse and an out-of-county judge to be appointed.
A Philadelphia jury awarded about $7.8 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, to the wife of a jockey who was killed when his horse bucked and trampled him after being spooked by a chicken at Parx Casino and Racetrack.
DLA Piper has outlined its fee arrangement with Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners in the firm's application to be approved as bankruptcy counsel to the owners of the once-proposed Foxwoods Casino.
A lawyer for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery called attorneys at Sprague & Sprague "recusal-happy" in response to a motion to have McCaffery's defamation suit against The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News heard by a judge outside of Philadelphia.
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.
According to the plaintiff's arbitration memorandum, on June 24, 2010, Maryann C. Dunlap, 70, was walking to her car, which was parked in the lower parking lot of the Ridley Park Swim Club, when a tree fell on her.
A Philadelphia personal injury attorney who has been accused in a legal malpractice suit of neglecting a slip-and-fall case after becoming a contestant on the reality television show "The Bachelorette" is attempting to move the case out of bankruptcy court.
Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals has settled 76 cases in which plaintiffs alleged that the anti-seizure drug Topamax, taken during pregnancy, caused birth defects, according to a Philadelphia court order.
Following a five-day Markman hearing in a complex patent dispute between Comcast and Sprint, the federal judge presiding over the case decided to take the uncommon step of appointing a technical adviser.
Sixteen years after the case began, a Montgomery County jury has awarded an orthopedic surgeon $2 million, including $1 million in punitive damages, in a defamation suit against a local newspaper's former parent company and one of the paper's former reporters.
On Sept. 3, 2010, plaintiff Kimla Robinson, who was 47 at the time, was walking in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia when she saw a crowd of people and several police officers involved in a fight with Askia Sabur, according to the plaintiff's settlement memorandum.
A noncompete and nonsolicit agreement will be enforceable against three independent contractors who were trained by and worked for a public adjustment company but began operating their own business, the state Superior Court has ruled.
The Commonwealth Court has deemed unconstitutional state regulations barring estates from collecting tax rebates under the Senior Citizens Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance Act if the senior citizens paid taxes for the year but died before they could collect the rebates.
The Boyertown Area School District could be liable for the 14th Amendment claims brought by a high school student who was sexually assaulted by a teacher who had a history of harassing girls in his classes, a federal judge has ruled.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife and aide, Lise Rapaport, have laid out their defamation and related claims against The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and certain owners and editorial staff in a 60-page complaint filed late Tuesday.
The state Supreme Court's dismissal of a case challenging the constitutionality of flat fees paid to defense counsel in capital cases has been described by several lawyers as a significant disappointment.
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads criminal defense partners Richard Scheff, Ellen Brotman and Lathrop Nelson spent many days in Fort Bragg, N.C., this year with their team and co-JAG counsel Maj. Sean Foster going over trial strategy and sometimes scratching their heads at the oddities, and often the frustration, of the military justice system.
The war of words between the state attorney general, former state prosecutors and the Philadelphia district attorney has been escalating over the past few days, and if the public bickering becomes a trend, it won't be good for prosecutors, attorneys who spoke with The Legal said.
The state Superior Court has vacated a $1.4 million verdict against a manufacturer of cryogenic research machines because it was unclear whether the trial court incorrectly doubled the damages in the case.
Sheller P.C. managing partner Brian J. McCormick Jr., whose practice is heavily focused on pharmaceutical mass torts and whistleblower litigation, is leaving the firm to join Ross Feller Casey, both firms confirmed Friday.
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.
The plaintiff in a priest sex-abuse case is petitioning the court to compel information on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's ownership interest, management and funding of the Villa St. John Vianney, a facility used for psychiatric treatment by clergy members.
Yahoo's system for automatically texting its users when their email accounts have received a new message doesn't violate the federal law that protects consumers from unsolicited calls, a federal judge has ruled.
A mandatory arbitration clause in Bracewell & Giuliani's client engagement letter meets the limited criteria in Pennsylvania for such clauses to be enforceable, a federal judge has ruled, declining to step into what he said was the sole purview of the state Supreme Court to expressly outline what steps a law firm must take to make such clauses fair for the client.
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.
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.
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.
A Bucks County trial judge awarded a molded jury verdict of $800,341 to plaintiff Klipper Construction Associates after a jury found that defendant Warwick Township Water and Sewer Authority breached its contract by failing to pay Klipper the balance of its contract for improvements it made to the township's wastewater treatment plant.
According to the pretrial memorandum of plaintiff Margaret Wilson, on Oct. 7, 2007, she presented to the office of Dr. Peter L. King, of Mercy Hospital in Philadelphia, with complaints of a plantar ulcer on her left foot.
An excess insurance carrier involved in a multimillion-dollar settlement stemming from a 1998 Montgomery County service station gasoline leak has a duty to defend a pipe manufacturer involved in the settlement on subsequent cross-claims, the state Superior Court has ruled.
In considering whether or not a police stop where a man was asked for identification was an "investigative detention" or a "mere encounter," the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices searched for a bright-line rule to distinguish between the two.
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.
A $70 million case over the lease of precious metals between family-owned companies is going to proceed in federal court in Philadelphia alongside an action in the English courts, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled.
Temple University law professor Edward Ohlbaum, known in the legal community as a pioneer in trial advocacy, the author of a treatise on evidence, and for mentoring attorneys of all ages, died of cancer Thursday at age 64.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments March 12 over whether the Federal Railroad Safety Act preempts common-law negligence claims for property damage allegedly caused by water diverted from poorly maintained railroad tracks.
A Philadelphia jury awarded $7.2 million against nine companies whose products were allegedly used by a shipfitter whose estate claimed his exposure to the asbestos-containing products caused the man's mesothelioma and death.
The parents of a child born with a cleft lip and palate linked to the mother's use of the anti-seizure drug Topamax during pregnancy have received a $3 million jury award in a failure-to-warn case in Philadelphia.
According to the plaintiff's pretrial memorandum, on the evening of March 2, 2010, plaintiff Zsaron Simpson, a food services worker, was playing basketball with his cousin on courts in the gym owned and operated by World Fitness & Sports Center Inc.