Philadelphia / Eastern PA

Suit Against Amazon Over Student Suicide Won’t Be Arbitrated

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Congressman Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, listens to testimony from Attorney General Eric Holder during the Department of Justice Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Overview Hearing before the House Appropriations Committee on March 16, 2010.

Feds Aim to Bar Fattah's 'Good Deed' Evidence

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Dechert Forms Association With Saudi Arabia Firm

By Gina Passarella |

Dechert has expanded its reach in the Middle East through an association with the Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Zoloft.

Plaintiffs' Expert Scrutinized in Zoloft 'Daubert' Hearing

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Court Reverses $3M Legal Malpractice Verdict

By Max Mitchell |

The state Superior Court has tossed a more than $3 million legal malpractice verdict against two Philadelphia attorneys, finding the suit had not been initiated within the statute of limitations.

Firm Seeks to Bar Witnesses in Scuttled Lateral Suit

By Max Mitchell |

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.

SRC, School District Can't Cap Charter School Enrollment

By Max Mitchell |

The School District of Philadelphia and the School Reform Commission do not have the power to enforce enrollment limits on charter schools, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Court Unseals Porn Emails, Other Kane-Related Filings

By Lizzy McLellan and Max Mitchell |

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.

Congressman Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, listens to testimony from Attorney General Eric Holder during the Department of Justice Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Overview Hearing before the House Appropriations Committee on March 16, 2010.

Fattah Asks Judge to Allow Contact With Witnesses

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, has asked a judge to permit him contact with people on the prosecution's list of potential witnesses in the corruption case against him.

Jury Awards $2.8M for Improper Tracheostomy

By Max Mitchell |

A Delaware County jury has awarded a woman $2.78 million for having a tracheostomy placed too high, which allegedly caused her to no longer be able to breathe without the tubing.

Novartis Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

J&J CEO Excused From Deposition in Qui Tam Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Del. Water Authority Agrees to Pay for Alleged Violations

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Whistleblower Withdraws Case Against Syringe Maker

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Class of Unpaid Insurance Workers Certified

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Judge Orders $6.5M in Attorney Fees in Patent Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., pictured center, pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Aug. 18, 2015, in Philadelphia.

US Rep. Fattah Declares Innocence in Federal Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

More Risperdal Cases Headed to Trial

By Max Mitchell |

A second wave of trials in the Risperdal mass tort has been scheduled for October, and several more cases are gearing up for trials in the spring.

More Appeals Filed in NFL Concussion Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Three more former professional football players have appealed the settlement between the National Football League and its former players who suffered head injuries while playing for the NFL.

Union Station, Washington, D.C.  May 13, 2015.  Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Faction of Plaintiffs Lawyers Contest Amtrak MDL

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Suspension With Pay Not Cause for Discrimination Suit

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Ex-Client's Suit Against Squire Patton Is Ended

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Congressman Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, listens to testimony from Attorney General Eric Holder during the Department of Justice Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Overview Hearing before the House Appropriations Committee on March 16, 2010.

Fattah Hires New Lawyers in Corruption Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr. has tapped a new legal team to defend him against federal corruption charges stemming from his alleged acceptance of bribes and an illegal $1 million campaign loan.

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Delco Jury Awards $12.5M to Paralyzed Man

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Delaware County jury has awarded $12.5 million to a paralyzed man and his wife following an alleged delayed diagnosis of a cervical abscess.

Antibiotic MDL Could Be Coming to Pennsylvania

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Morgan Lewis Hires Ex-Head of US Attorney's Office in Trenton

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Lawyer's ADA Suit Against Marshall Dennehey to Be Arbitrated

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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SEPTA Not Subject to Phila.'s Anti-Discrimination Law

By Max Mitchell |

SEPTA is not subject to a Philadelphia ordinance forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

MDJ Charged With Indecent Assault

By Max Mitchell |

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 Wants Arb Award Confirmed in Ex-Partner Beef

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Philadelphia City Hall building at night

FJD Set to Close for Papal Visit

By Max Mitchell |

The First Judicial District is scheduled to be closed for four business days when Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia in late September.

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Dechert Expands Arbitration Practice With Weil Gotshal Duo

By Gina Passarella |

Dechert has expanded its international arbitration capabilities to the United States with the hire of two Weil, Gotshal & Manges partners in Washington, D.C.

Suit Over Undelivered Gaming Machines Tossed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has dismissed a gaming company's suit against a producer of pub video-gaming units for lost profits stemming from a failure to deliver gaming software and hardware.

Bayer Agrees to $56.9M Settlement Program for Yaz Claims

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Chicken Suit Involving Pfizer Stays in Pennsylvania

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A lawsuit filed by Mexican chicken breeders against pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Zoetis for producing faulty chicken vaccines will be litigated in Pennsylvania, a federal judge has ruled.

St. Joe's Hires Lawyers in Softball Hazing Suits

By Gina Passarella |

Saint Joseph's University has hired lawyers at Saul Ewing to represent it in two lawsuits filed over allegations of hazing in the women's softball program.

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Firm Partnership Ranks at K&L Gates Being Trimmed

By Gina Passarella |

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.

In this May 7, 2015 photo, Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., speaks during a My Brother's Keeper town hall at the School of the Future in Philadelphia. Fattah, an 11-term Democrat from Philadelphia, was indicted Wednesday, July 29, 2015, on charges that he misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

US Rep Fattah Hit With Corruption Charges

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Gay Wedding Exchanging Rings

Common Law Marriage Retroactively Applied to Same-Sex Couple

By Gina Passarella |

A Pennsylvania state court judge has declared a same-sex couple married under common law even though one of the spouses died before the state's ban on same-sex marriage was struck down.

<b>ON THE DEFENSE:</b> Entertainer Bill Cosby faces allegations that he drugged and ­molested women throughout his career.

Plaintiff Rebuts Cosby Allegation of Settlement Breach

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Judge Won't Certify Class Over Pre-emptive Settlement Fears

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has denied a plaintiff's request to form a class action in the hopes of blocking the defendant from pre-emptively settling with her.

Class Certified in Provigil Antitrust Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has certified a class of direct purchasers of the drug Provigil in their antitrust case against generic drug makers Ranbaxy Laboratories and Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Hospital CMO's Malpractice Case Against Duane Morris Settles

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Traffic Court

Ex-Traffic Court Judge Gets Two Years' Probation

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Magisterial District Judge Charged With Extortion

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Buchanan Hires Leave Novak Druce Lawyerless in Phila.

By Gina Passarella |

Part of a string of lateral hires by Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in Philadelphia appears to have left Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg's year-old office in the city without any attorneys.

Ex-Judge Found Guilty of Theft, Conflict of Interest

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Judge Orders Tyco Entity to Pay $126M in Shareholder Suit

By Gina Passarella |

Tyco Electronics is liable to a group of former Com-Net Critical Communications shareholders for $125.8 million, an Allegheny County judge ruled last week.

Cosby Says Accuser's Court Reporter Released Deposition

By Lizzy McLellan |

A lawyer for Bill Cosby is seeking to strike a motion that sought to unseal records from the comedian's 2006 settlement with Andrea Constand.

City Hall in Philadelphia

Former Secretary Testifies in Ex-Judge's Criminal Trial

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Ex-Fox Rothschild Partner Pleads Not Guilty to Insider Trading

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A former Fox Rothschild lawyer who was with the firm during its handling of the 2012 Harleysville-Nationwide insurance merger pleaded not guilty in federal court to insider-trading charges.

Defense Attacks Key Witness in Ex-Judge's Trial

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Bancroft's Paul Clement

Clement Talks Same-Sex Marriage, Affordable Care Act

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Buchanan Ingersoll Names Phila. MP as Next CEO

By Gina Passarella |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has set a leadership transition plan in place, naming Philadelphia office managing shareholder Joseph Dougherty as the CEO-elect.

verdicts and settlements

Jury Favors Defense In Dram Shop Action

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Chester County jury has decided in favor of the defendants in a dram shop case where the plaintiff drove drunk and sustained severe brain injuries.

Ex-Fox Rothschild Lawyer Charged With Insider Trading

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A former Fox Rothschild lawyer who was with the firm during its handling of the 2012 Harleysville-Nationwide insurance merger has been charged by federal authorities with insider trading.

Pfizer to Turn Over 'Ex Parte' Emails in Zoloft MDL

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Pfizer has agreed to hand over email chains between the drugmaker's expert witness in the Zoloft multidistrict litigation and authors of studies on the risks of the antidepressant.

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General Counsel Say They Want Law Firms to Personalize the Pitch

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Zoloft.

Zoloft Plaintiffs Seek Pfizer Expert's Ex Parte Messages

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Philadelphia City Hall building at night

Mass Tort Inventory Stays High in Wake of Program Changes

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Union Station, Washington, D.C. May 13, 2015.

Amtrak Won't Contest Compensatory Damages in Derailment Cases

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Adjusters Could Face Negligence Claims in Pa., Judge Rules

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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$32.8M Verdict Upheld in Chesco Brain Injury Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has affirmed a $32.8 million verdict awarded to a child who suffers from severe cerebral palsy as the result of sustaining brain damage minutes before birth.

Electrical Expert's Testimony Allowed in House Fire Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Amputee Gets $12M Settlement Before Retrial

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

<b>ON THE DEFENSE:</b> Entertainer Bill Cosby faces allegations that he drugged and ­molested women throughout his career.

In Unsealed Documents, Cosby Admits Giving Drugs to a Woman

By Lizzy McLellan, Gina Passarella and Max Mitchell |

A federal judge has unsealed a number of documents revealing information about Bill Cosby's 2006 settlement with Andrea Constand over allegations of sexual assault and other claims.

Firm Must Pay Fee to Avandia MDL Committee

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

JCB Chair Facing Criminal Investigation

By Max Mitchell |

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.

verdicts and settlements

Jury Awards Carpenter After Stairway Collapse

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury awarded $3 million to a carpenter who broke his shoulder after the temporary stairway he was walking on collapsed.

verdicts and settlements

Jury Awards Pizzeria Owner For Loss of Taste

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.

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Claim Against Insurer In Estate Fire Case Allowed to Survive

By P.J. D'ANnunzio |

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 Took Risks in Its Rebranding

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train derailment May 13 in Philadelphia.

Amtrak Consents to Derailment MDL

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Jury Renders Defense Verdict for Infant Cataract Claims

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury has rendered a defense verdict for a pediatrician over claims that he failed to diagnose an infant's cataract.

Stable CMO Market Sees Some Unexpected Movement

By Gina Passarella 
and Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Phila. Jury Rejects Claims Over Infant Cataracts

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury has rendered a defense verdict for a pediatrician over claims that he failed to diagnose an infant's cataracts.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train derailment May 13 in Philadelphia.

Amtrak Derailment Plaintiffs Petition to Create MDL

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Constitutionality of Alabama Law Argued in Tylenol MDL

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

IPad Texts Not Private Under Wiretap Act

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Committee Vote Set for Restrepo, but Delay Seems Likely

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

No Punitives in Tylenol MDL, at Least on Paper

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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 Agrees to Conditional $145K Sanctions Payout

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Injured Motorcyclist Secures $1.2M Settlement in Dauphin

By Max Mitchell |

A motorcyclist who fractured her pelvis after being hit by a sedan in Dauphin County has settled her claim against the defendant-driver for $1.2 million.

In Pricey Markets, Midsize Firms Must Acquire to Grow

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

FMLA Termination Suit Revived by Third Circuit

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Justices Reject Per Se Rule on Guilty Plea Withdrawal

By Max Mitchell |

Asserting innocence after pleading guilty does not provide sufficient reason for a trial court to grant a presentence request to withdraw the plea, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly speaks with members of the media at NFL football minicamp June 17, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Chip Kelly Tackled for $80K in Rent, Costs

By Max Mitchell |

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."

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Jury Finds for Pfizer In Zoloft Birth Defect Suit

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Defense Verdict in Case of Anchor Fired for Racial Slur

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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 Fights Against Newspapers' Fee Suit

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Traffic Court

Sentencing Date Set for Last Traffic Court Judge

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train derailment May 13 in Philadelphia.

Defense Counsel Retained, Motions Filed in Amtrak Cases

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

As new lawsuits continue to emerge over the May 12 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, motions have begun to surface and a firm representing Amtrak has entered its appearance.

Supreme Court's Mandatory Minimum Ruling Viewed as 'Game-Changer'

By Max Mitchell |

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.

City Hall in Philadelphia

Jury Issues Defense Verdict in Case of Anchor Fired for Racial Slur

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Judge OKs Suit Against ADA Over Civil Forfeiture

By Max Mitchell |

A federal judge has allowed a civil suit to go forward against a Philadelphia assistant district attorney and his supervisor over their conduct during civil forfeiture proceedings.

<b>ON THE DEFENSE:</b> Entertainer Bill Cosby faces allegations that he drugged and ­molested women throughout his career.

Subpoena of Cosby Settlement Put on Hold

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

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Public Interest Leadership Changes Reflect National Trend

By Ben Seal |

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.

verdicts and settlements

Jury Awards Man For Unnecessary Skin Grafts

By Max Mitchell |

A man who burned himself while cooking has been awarded $3 million for undergoing unnecessary skin grafts.

Zoloft.

Pfizer Wins Zoloft Failure-to-Warn Suit

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Campbell Hires GC From Lincoln Financial

By Lizzy McLellan |

Campbell Soup Co. has appointed Adam G. Ciongoli as general counsel, the company announced Thursday.

Lawyer Seeks Sanctions Against Anapol Schwartz

By Max Mitchell |

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.