Philadelphia / Eastern PA

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Attorney Charged With Sexual Assault of 14-Year-Old

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia lawyer has been accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl who was forced into prostitution by a Germantown couple, according to Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.

Judge Rizzo, Head of Foreclosure Program, Leaving the Bench

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

After 16 years on the bench, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Annette M. Rizzo is set to leave the court to work in alternative dispute resolution.

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Panel Throws Out $19.5M Med Mal Verdict

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has reversed a $19.5 million verdict awarded to the husband of a woman who died from complications related to polyp-removal surgery.

Retaliation Case Against School District on Track for Trial

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The Philadelphia School District can't dodge a First Amendment case with qualified immunity, the Third Circuit has ruled.

Morgan Lewis Finalizes Bingham Deal, Adds 510 Lawyers

By Gina Passarella |

Philadelphia became home Monday to the largest firm in the United States based on domestic-attorney head count with the addition of 510 lawyers to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton CEO Leaving the Firm

By Gina Passarella |

Scott Green, one of the first nonlawyer CEOs of an Am Law 100 or 200 firm, is leaving Pepper Hamilton to "pursue other interests," the firm said in a brief statement.

Robert Kerns

Kerns Sentenced to Two Years' Probation

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Robert Kerns, the former Montgomery County Republican Party leader and lawyer who was accused of rape, has been sentenced to two years' probation for indecent assault.

Judge Allows Explanation of UIM in Jury Instructions

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

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Imprisoned Woman Awarded in Phila. Dungeon Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A mentally disabled woman who was imprisoned in Philadelphia basements for nearly a decade has won a $45 million verdict in the civil case against her captors.

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Truck Driver Wins Verdict After Serving Jail Time

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A truck driver who was accused of stealing gasoline from his employers and sent to jail for three months has won his malicious prosecution case against the Philadelphia food bank he worked for.

Lawyers, Not Clients, Must Pay Court Reporting Costs

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia trial judge, in an issue of first impression, ruled lawyers, not clients, are responsible for paying court reporting costs.

Suzuki Not Liable in ATV Crash

By Max Mitchell |

Suzuki will not be held liable for an allegedly defective four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle that flipped onto and severely injured the 14-year-old driver, an Allegheny County jury has determined.

Traffic Court

Divided Pa. Supreme Court Lifts Ex-Judge's Suspension

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Over the protests of two state Supreme Court members, including the chief justice, the court has lifted the suspension of former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Michael J. Sullivan.

Justices Decline to Adopt Third Restatement

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has held that Pennsylvania will continue to follow the Restatement (Second) of Torts in products liability cases.

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Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Governmental Damages Cap

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Beetlestone Confirmed as Federal Judge in Eastern District

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Wendy Beetlestone, a lawyer at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, was confirmed Thursday by the U.S. Senate to join the federal bench in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Morgan Lewis Offers 300 Bingham Professionals Full-Time Jobs

By Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has extended offers of full-time employment to more than 300 legal professionals at Bingham McCutchen, a source close to Morgan Lewis said.

Football

Brody Hears Grievances Over NFL Concussion Settlement

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

Third Circuit Mulls Whether Reverse Payment Means Cash

By Gina Passarella |

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.

City Hall in Philadelphia

Ex-FJD Supervisor Charged With Stealing $155K in Bail

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A former supervisor of the First Judicial District Bail Acceptance Unit has been charged with stealing roughly $155,000 in bail funds.

Traffic Court

Traffic Court Defendants' Sentencing Delayed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Will New Expert Be Allowed to Save Zoloft MDL?

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

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Lawyer for Lynn Attacks Child Endangerment Conviction

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Concealing Sanction Payments Earns Attorney Probation

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Justices to Eye Phila. Asbestos Consolidation Procedure

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

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Group Home Settles With Brother of Deceased Resident

By Lizzy McLellan |

The brother of a deceased, mentally disabled man has reached a settlement with the owner and operator of the group home where the man was a resident.

Company Hit With Attorney Fees for Disseminating Covert Tapes

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Shifting legal arguments made on behalf of a medical device manufacturer that is facing a whistleblower suit have cost the company attorney fees for the plaintiff.

$45M Verdict Awarded in Philadelphia Dungeon Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A mentally disabled woman who was imprisoned in Philadelphia basements for nearly a decade has won a $45 million verdict in the civil case against her captors.

Magisterial District Judge Charged With Misconduct

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Dauphin County magisterial district judge has been formally charged with seven counts of judicial misconduct by the Judicial Conduct Board.

NFL Concussion Accord, Fairness Hearing on Monday's 'The American Law Journal'

Tonight at 7 on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, "The American Law Journal" presents, "The NFL Concussion Settlement: Good for the Players? Or Better for the Owners and Lawyers?"

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'Secret Archive' Files Sought in Clergy Abuse Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The plaintiff in a priest sex-abuse case has asked the court to compel the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to reveal its "secret archive" files and personnel records on 17 priests.

Driver Accused of Theft Wins Case Against Philabundance

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A truck driver who was accused of stealing gasoline from his employers and sent to jail for three months has won his malicious prosecution case against the Philadelphia food bank he worked for.

Tynes to Plead Guilty in Revived Probe

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Litigation Funder Sues Composer It Backed In Usher Copyright Suit

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Ex-Professor Must Pay Wife's Estate Over Her Killing

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

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State Not Liable for Muddy Steps in Park

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.

Court and city officials at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Philadelphia Family Court building. From Left: U.S. Rep Bob Brady, D-Pa.; former Gov. Edward G. Rendell; Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille; Family Court Supervising Judge Margaret T. Murphy; Family Court Administrative Judge Kevin M. Dougherty; Justice J. Michael Eakin; Deputy Mayor Everett A. Gillison.

Murphy Named AJ of Philadelphia Family Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court has named Judge Margaret T. Murphy as the new administrative judge of the First Judicial District's Family Division, taking over for Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty.

$1.2M in Attorney Fees for Wage-and-Hour Suit Against TD Bank

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Class counsel who settled a wage-and-hour suit brought by tellers at TD Bank for $6 million have been awarded $1.2 million in attorney fees.

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Concrete Co. Disputes Its Liability for Agent's Negligence

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A concrete company hit with a $2.3 million judgment after a man was knocked into an open basement by an out-of-control hose attached to a concrete truck is appealing the verdict.

Justices Allow Flooding Suit Against SEPTA

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Phila. Court of Common Pleas Judge James A. Lineberger Dies at 84

Retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge James A. Lineberger died Oct. 29 at the age of 84.

Gay Lawyer Seeks Trial in Suit Over Scuttled Lateral Move

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Baylson, Wife Argue Dragonetti Case Should Stay in Phila.

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Ex-Fox 29 Anchor's Case Over Racial Slur Survives, Again

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

One co-anchor's role in getting the other fired over a racial slur ties their employer, Fox 29, closely enough to the resulting lawsuit that the case has withstood summary judgment twice.

Report: Pa. Federal Judges Carrying Average Caseload

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Pennsylvania's three federal trial courts fall roughly in the middle of a ranking of the country's nearly 100 district courts for workload per judge.

Overall Pennsylvania Bar-Passage Rate for July Test Dipped

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Superior Ct. Upholds $19.1M Award in Auto Accident Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A $19.1 million verdict awarded to a man whose right leg was amputated above the knee as the result of two successive car accidents has been affirmed by the state Superior Court.

Littler Mendelson Hit With Fees By Federal Court in Case It Won

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Littler Mendelson has been ordered to pay sanctions in a case that it won on summary judgment in federal court in Philadelphia.

Pa. Superior Court Upholds Dismissal of Asbestos Exposure Claims

By Max Mitchell |

The testimony of two co-workers was not enough evidence to allow asbestos exposure claims against six manufacturers to proceed to a jury trial, the state Superior Court has ruled.

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Employer Did Not Discriminate in Firing Ex-Military Employee

By Lizzy McLellan |

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.

Ex-Traffic Court Judge Charged in Revived Bribery Probe

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Statement Issued by U.S. Attorney On Justice McCaffery 'Unusual'

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Third Circuit Wrestles With Attorney Fees Under ERISA

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

Student Nurse's Civil Rights Lawsuit Gets Green Light

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

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McCaffery, Rapaport Drop Defamation Suit

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Third Circuit Considers Arbitrator Fitness Rules

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Where the burden falls for investigating the fitness of arbitrators could determine the outcome of a multimillion-dollar suit against investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Medical MDL Consolidated in Eastern District

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

More than 20 cases brought against health insurance company Aetna have been centralized in federal court in Philadelphia.

Abuse of Process Case Against Fox Rothschild Withdrawn

By Gina Passarella |

An abuse of process suit against Fox Rothschild and two of its partners settled on the eve of trial with no monetary damages being paid.

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Nursing Home Chain Settles False Claims Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

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Jail Failed to Treat Prisoner's Decaying Tooth

By Max Mitchell |

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.

Court and city officials at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Philadelphia Family Court building. From Left: U.S. Rep Bob Brady, D-Pa.; former Gov. Edward G. Rendell; Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille; Family Court Supervising Judge Margaret T. Murphy; Family Court Administrative Judge Kevin M. Dougherty; Justice J. Michael Eakin; Deputy Mayor Everett A. Gillison.

New Phila. Family Court Building Dedicated by FJD

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Eastern District Judge Tosses Thalidomide Case Against GSK

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

Mushroom Antitrust Case Set for Review By Third Circuit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

NTSB Seeks Dismissal of Wolk Firm Suit

By Gina Passarella |

The National Transportation Safety Board has argued an aviation law firm and several of its clients don't have standing to sue the board for failure to provide crash investigation materials.

'Extremist' Group Can Continue Sidewalk Demonstrations

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has ruled that an "extremist" group's racially-charged demonstrations on the sidewalk outside of a Philadelphia mall were protected by the First Amendment.

The Philadelphia Association of Paralegals Calendar of Events

On Oct. 20, the board of directors meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Saul Ewing, 1500 Market St., Centre Square West, 38th floor.

Longtime Client Sues Squire Patton for Malpractice, Fraud

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Blocking the Use of Mediation Documents in Litigation

By Charles F. Forer |

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.

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Asbestos Lawsuit Tossed for Lack of Causation Evidence

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Although evidence suggested that a woman's husband may have been exposed to asbestos, it did not prove that the possible exposure was the cause of her mesothelioma, the state Superior Court has ruled.

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Intersection Collision Leads to Shoulder Injury

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.

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Family Dispute Leads to Attack With Broken Glass

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.

Whistleblower Suit Against Nursing Home Chain Settles for $38M

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

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.

Attorney Fights $245K Default Judgment in Legal Mal Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A lawyer who was hit with a default judgment in the amount of $245,000 in a legal malpractice case has appealed a Philadelphia judge's ruling against him.

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Dougherty to Be Next AJ of Phila. Court's Trial Division

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

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Law Firms in Phila. Market Looking In-House for Talent

By Gina Passarella |

While the Philadelphia lateral market has been languishing when it comes to firms hiring from one another, in-house counsel seem to be an attractive draw.

The new civil jury room, located in Room 195 and 196, opened Wednesday in Philadelphia City Hall.

New Civil Jury Room Open for Business in Phila. City Hall

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A newly completed jury room designated for civil cases opened in Philadelphia City Hall on Wednesday with roughly 200 jurors passing through its threshold.

$15.6 Mil Verdict Against Toyota Dealerships Upheld

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has affirmed a $15.6 million verdict awarded to a driver and passengers in a Toyota van who were injured when the vehicle malfunctioned and careened into a ravine.

Pa. Justices Win Turf Battle With CJD

By Max Mitchell |

The dispute between the Court of Judicial Discipline and the state Supreme Court over which body has the power to suspend judges has been ongoing since the CJD was created more than 20 years ago.

McCaffery, Rapaport Ordered to Answer Referral Fee Questions

By Gina Passarella |

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.

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Reverse-Payment Nexium Suit Moved to State Court

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

AstraZeneca and three generic makers of its drug Nexium have failed in their bid to keep an antitrust action brought by dozens of insurance companies in federal court.

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Retroactive Tax Exemption Violates Separation of Powers

By Max Mitchell |

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 Bars Eminent Domain for Private Enterprise

By Max Mitchell |

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.

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Allstate Settles Accident-Related Bad-Faith Claim

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.

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Adderall Maker Settles Whistleblower Suit

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.

GSK Moves Paxil Birth-Defects Case to Ohio

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has succeeded in getting a case filed against it in federal court in Philadelphia moved to the Southern District of Ohio.

Pepper Hamilton Chairman Thomas Gallagher

Gallagher Succeeds Freeh as Pepper Hamilton Chairman

By Gina Passarella |

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.

Teachers' Discrimination Suit Against Archdiocese Survives

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has denied the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's request to toss a discrimination case brought against it by Catholic school teachers who claim they were dismissed because of their age.

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Businesses Not Liable for Fatal Accident on State Road

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

State Law Claims Survive in Pitt-Lundy Dispute

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

State law claims in the case between two Philadelphia personal-injury law firms have survived a motion to dismiss in federal court.

Company Fights $2.6 Mil. Interest Figure in Condo Sale Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Judge OKs Trade-Secrets Claims Against Latham & Watkins

By Gina Passarella |

A federal judge has allowed to proceed half of the claims legal services consulting company Mattern & Associates filed in its trade-secrets case against Latham & Watkins

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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.