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Cargill Keeps Cocoa Case in Eastern District

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

$22 Mil. Settlement Reached in Allstate Bad-Faith Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A bad-faith suit against Allstate Insurance Co. stemming from an auto-accident case that produced a $19.1 million verdict in Philadelphia has been settled for $22 million.

Mixed-Use Developers Need Not Spell Out Exact Plans for Project

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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More Dark Times Ahead for Philadelphia's Court System?

By P.J. D'Annunzio 
and Hank Grezlak |

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.

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Court Upholds $10K Fee Lawyer Must Pay to Contest Custody

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Pa. Justices Say SEPTA May Fall Under City Discrimination Law

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Man Allegedly Injured in Cop Car Settles with City

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.

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Judge Awards Shareholders in Suit Over Company Sale

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.

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More Trouble for Philadelphia's Court System

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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

Kane Displays Select Emails to Reporters

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Pittsburgh Lawyer's Defamation Suit Moved From Phila.

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

$56.5 Million Settlement Over Adderall Marketing Claims

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The maker of Adderall, Pennsylvania-based Shire Pharmaceuticals, has settled a whistleblower suit for $56.5 million in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Judge Joseph Waters

Former Phila. Judge Waters Pleads Guilty to Case-Fixing

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Former Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to corruption charges stemming from fixing cases for campaign donors.

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Phila. Judge Waters Resigns Amid Alleged Charges

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Joseph C. Waters Jr. has resigned amid what sources say are pending federal charges against him.

$12 Mil. Awarded in Suit Over Ad Company Sale

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Morgan Lewis Merger With Bingham a 'Strategic Change'

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Government Answers Traffic Ct. Judges' Acquittal Requests

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Prosecutors in the Philadelphia Traffic Court ticket-fixing case said there was "overwhelming evidence" to support the perjury convictions against the four ex-judges seeking acquittal.

Federal Judge Returns FMLA, ADA Suit to State Court

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A federal judge has remanded a case originally brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act to state court.

Mall Had Duty to Invitee for Carjacking Injuries

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Justices to Mull Nonprofits' Bylaws, Use of Public Funds

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Workers' Comp Coverage Denied for Holistic Massage Treatment

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Defective Airbag Caused Paralysis, Plaintiff Claimed

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Pharma Whistleblower Can Bring Wrongful-Termination Claim

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A marketing director who blew the whistle on the pharmaceutical company she worked for can bring her state-law claim that she was forced out of her job in retaliation in federal court.

EDPA Nominees Move to Senate Floor

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The four nominees to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania have won approval from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which voted Thursday morning to move them to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Drexel University School of Law Dean Roger Dennis, Tom Kline of Kline & Specter, and Drexel University President John A. Fry

Drexel Renames Law School After Kline Donates $50 Mil.

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Drexel University's law school is to be renamed the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in honor of the Philadelphia litigator's $50 million donation to the university.

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Discovery Battles in McCaffery Defamation Case Persist

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Greenberg Traurig Seeks to Affirm $673K Award in Partner Row

By Gina Passarella |

Greenberg Traurig has asked a Philadelphia judge to affirm an arbitration award of $673,060 in its favor and against two former shareholders who left to form their own firm.

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Joinder of Pa. Bank Returns MERS Case to State Court

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

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Pennsylvania Firms Look to 'Reassert' Themselves Locally

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Justices Eye Counsel Fees as Loss Under UTPCPL

By Max Mitchell |

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-Air Critic of Lehigh DA Told to Preserve Records

By Max Mitchell |

A critic of the Lehigh County district attorney has been asked by a lawyer for the DA not to destroy documents related to statements the critic made on a talk radio program.

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Painter Claimed Intersection Accident Caused Brain Injury

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Fraud Case Opens Class Certification Question for Third Circuit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A suit alleging mass-market fraud on the part of Zions First National Bank and its subsidiaries gave the Third Circuit a chance to examine the standards for class certification.

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Aviation Lawyer Sues NTSB for Delaying Investigations

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Third Circuit Weighs GSK's 'Re-Removal' Efforts

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

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Third Circuit Eyes Timing of NFL Concussion Accord Appeal

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

Cozen O'Connor Argues Brady's $450K Legal Debt Forgivable

By Gina Passarella |

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.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building. October 16, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

FTC Continues Its Pay-for-Delay Battle Through AbbVie Suit

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Campaign's Legal Bills Top Justices' Argument Session

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Registry Company Can Assign Mortgages, Superior Court Says

By Max Mitchell |

The state Superior Court has reaffirmed that the mortgage registry MERS has the authority to assign a mortgage.

Qui Tam, Class Action Cases Against Merck Proceed

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Lawyers See Potential for Xarelto Mass Tort

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

With litigation surrounding the blood thinner Xarelto in its infancy, some lawyers examining cases said the litigation could expand to mass-tort proportions while others said it's too early to tell.

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Jury Sides With Defense in Sidewalk Trip-and-Fall

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Rear-ender Didn't Lead to Missed Work, Jury Finds

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.

Justice Ronald Castille

Castille Again Blasts Federal Defenders

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

In McCaffery Lawsuit, Judge OKs Subpoenas of Law Firms

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Superior Court Throws Out $2.5 Mil. Verdict in Fall Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has tossed a $2.5 million verdict awarded to a man who fell 40 feet from an electrical transmission pole after his lanyard detached from a ladder.

Leaders Managing 'Staggering' Costs of Firm Merger Talks

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Defendants May Now Have Easier Time Changing Venue in Pa.

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Justices Take Up Hospital's Liability for ER Doc's Acts

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Justices Won't Hear Case on Rights for Online Impersonators

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Jury Sides With Defense in Treatment Center Slip-and-Fall

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.

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Panel Affirms Ford's Win in Asbestos Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Ford Motor Co. cannot be held liable in a case involving asbestos-containing auto parts manufactured and distributed by its subsidiary in the United Kingdom, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Medical Supply Provider Appeals Class Decertification Decision

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A medical equipment provider is fighting a Philadelphia judge's decision to revoke class status given to medical providers suing insurance companies for failure to pay interest on late reimbursements.

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Secant Dismissed From Pelvic-Mesh Mass Tort

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Secant Medical, the sole Pennsylvania-based defendant in Philadelphia's pelvic-mesh mass tort, has been dismissed from the litigation.

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Lawyer Suspended for Using Client Money to Pay Support

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A lawyer who paid his child-support bills with money from a client's personal injury settlement has been suspended by the state Supreme Court for a year and a day.

Implied Warranty Doesn't Extend to Subsequent Home Buyers

By Max Mitchell |

Subsequent home buyers may not sue for breach of an implied warranty of habitability, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

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Complaints Are Separate From Liens, Superior Court Rules

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

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Judicial Estoppel Won't Apply to Employment Arguments

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Plaintiff Claimed Railing Unhinged, Caused Fall

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.

Local Lawyers Take a Break From Practice to Join JAG Corps

By Ben Seal |

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.

McCaffery Responds to Papers' Subpoena Request

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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."

Carl W. Hittinger

Antitrust Lawyer Hittinger Joins Baker & Hostetler

By Gina Passarella |

Baker & Hostetler has for the first time expanded its Philadelphia office beyond an intellectual property focus with the addition of DLA Piper antitrust practice co-chairman Carl Hittinger.

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Components to Launching and Establishing a Law Firm

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:

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Novak Druce Opens Philadelphia Office

By Jeff Mordock and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has expanded into Philadelphia, opening the Houston-based firm's ninth office.

Nursing Home Fights Grant of New Trial in Negligence Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Pelvic Mesh Mass Tort Filings Continue to Rise

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The number of filings in the pelvic mesh litigation in Philadelphia has increased since the mass tort's creation in February, court officials said.

Phila. Ban on Cops' Political Donations Tossed

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Philadelphia's rule banning police officers from donating to their union's political action committee is unconstitutional, the Third Circuit has ruled.

Lawyer Disbarred for Accepting 243 Pounds of Marijuana

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia attorney who was convicted on charges related to receiving a 243-pound shipment of marijuana has been disbarred by the state Supreme Court.

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Man Claimed Brain Injury After Armored-Truck Collision

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.

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Parties Settle After Inmate Gets Pepper-Sprayed

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

Cohen Seglias Petition to Collect $200K Dismissed

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

Dougherty Video Deposition Compelled in Defamation Suit

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Newspapers Make Bid to Subpoena Firms in McCaffery Case

By Gina Passarella |

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.

More Expert Testimony Barred in Zoloft MDL

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

In another blow to the plaintiffs alleging that Pfizer's antidepressant, Zoloft, causes birth defects, the federal judge handling the case rejected the testimony of three of their expert witnesses.

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McCaffery Seeks to Enjoin Papers' Publication of Personal Info

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Foreign Judgments Invalid Until Parties Invoke Recognition Act

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Funding Vote for Philadelphia School District Called Off

By John L. Kennedy |

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.

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Woman's Collision With Verizon Truck Leads to Accord

A woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury after being rear-ended by a Verizon bucket truck driver—who was on a cellphone while driving—settled her suit against the company for $3 million.

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Judge Denies Insurer's Objections in Wolf Block Suit

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Suit Over Disparaging Website Survives in Federal Court

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A website allegedly used by one Philadelphia-area financial planner and insurance provider to disparage a competitor is the center of a Lanham Act suit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Judge Disagrees With Colleague's Dismissal of Legal Mal Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

In response to an appeal of the dismissal of a legal malpractice suit, a Philadelphia judge said her former colleague's decision to toss the case was "inappropriate."

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Legal Battles Continue for Traffic Court Judges

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

While some former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges are moving on with their lives in the weeks after the two-month corruption trial ended, others still have legal battles to fight.

Federal Judge Lets Investment Researcher Off the Hook, Reluctantly

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Because Congress has left the courts unarmed, a federal judge said, he wasn't able to find an investment research firm liable for listing a Ponzi scheme in its hedge fund database used by investors.

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Mulgrew Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Fraud

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Newspapers Seek Supreme Court's Intervention in McCaffery Suit

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Election Worker Class Action Against City Dismissed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A class action composed of Philadelphia election workers claiming they were covered by the city's minimum-wage ordinance has been thrown out by a common pleas court judge.

Greene's Suit Against Newspapers Tossed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia judge has dismissed former Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl R. Greene's defamation suit against two newspapers.

Justices Won't Consider Oil and Gas Royalty Minimums

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments in a case that dealt with the interpretation of oil and gas royalties under the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act.

NLRB's McDonald's Decision Has Local GCs Concerned

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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$400K Attorney Fee Award for Ballard Spahr Representation

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A commercial landlord won more than $400,000 in attorney fees from a former tenant after it prevailed on its breach of contract claim with representation from Ballard Spahr.

Class Status Denial Upheld in Phila. Sheriff's Office Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Brain Injury Case Against Verizon Settles for $3 Mil.

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury after being rear-ended by a Verizon bucket truck driver—who was on a cellphone while driving—settled her suit against the company for $3 million.

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Pa.'s Strict Liability Bar Strips Two Claims From Mesh Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Pennsylvania's bar on strict liability claims for prescription drugs shaved two claims from a woman's case against a mesh manufacturer in federal court.

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Dougherty's Malpractice Suit Against Pepper Hamilton Is Tossed

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Cephalon Can't Rely on Patent in Reverse-Payment Antitrust Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

Football

Restlessness in NFL Concussion Settlement

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

Fed. Judge Applies Ban on Juvenile Life Sentences Retroactively

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Union Leader Dougherty Loses Bid to Reseal FBI Affidavit

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Nelson Levine Looks to Client to Fill COO Role

By Max Mitchell |

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.