When the Dodd-Frank Act was passed in 2010, the sweeping financial industry regulations got a lot of attention from the scores of entities under its reach and the law firms that represented those institutions. But five years later, a sometimes-overlooked section of the law now has employment lawyers busy and some clients behind the compliance 8-ball.
The absence of some monitoring records and potential for spoliation of evidence by defendants should have precluded summary judgment in a slip-and-fall case against the Lehigh Valley Mall, the Superior Court has ruled.
The $2.5 million verdict awarded to the plaintiff in the first Risperdal case to go to trial in Philadelphia built momentum for the plaintiffs in the litigation, attorneys said, but it is not a nail in the coffin for Janssen Pharmaceuticals' defense.
The plaintiff in a priest sex-abuse case is appealing a Philadelphia judge's ruling that the statute of limitations barred his claims. Meanwhile, the case that will be the second priest sex-abuse lawsuit to go to trial in Philadelphia is set to head to the courtroom in early March.
The Third Circuit has denied the appeal of labor-union leader John Dougherty, who sought to reseal a years-old FBI affidavit of probable cause to search his home that has been made public in state litigation and the press.
A dispute has arisen over whether the gay lawyer suing Anapol Schwartz for allegedly scuttling his lateral move should be able to introduce evidence regarding discrimination he allegedly experienced while at the firm.
The state Superior Court has granted a request by Dr. Frances Batzer Baylson and her husband, U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson, to transfer back to Philadelphia their Dragonetti suit over litigation involving Batzer Baylson's business contracts to store frozen sperm.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has reinstated former CBS news anchor Alycia Lane's lawsuit against CBS and former co-anchor Larry Mendte over his hacking of Lane's emails and CBS's failure to stop him.
An anonymous pro se defendant has beaten copyright infringement claims brought against him in federal court by a maker of pornographic videos. The defendant's victory runs counter to the result in a similar case in front of a different Eastern District judge.
A Philadelphia jury has awarded a verdict of more than $1.5 million to the administratrix of Dorothy Johnson's estate, finding that St. Joseph's Hospital's breach of corporate duties led to Johnson's death.
The Philadelphia judge who sanctioned attorney Nancy Raynor for close to $1 million for evoking a banned reference to smoking in a lung-cancer-related medical malpractice case—which resulted in a mistrial—said Raynor's punishment was "reasonable."
A bill that would enable Philadelphia City Council to review conflict counsel contracts awarded to the Defender Association of Philadelphia and other organizations that represent the indigent was unanimously passed by the council Thursday.
When the administrative assistant to the lead law firm partner handling the 2012 Harleysville-Nationwide merger began working longer hours in preparation for the deal, she explained to her boyfriend why.
The owner of a Villanova, Pa., mansion that burned to the ground has sued Reed Smith for legal malpractice regarding the firm's negotiation of a $20.5 million insurance settlement that was disputed by the tenants of the home.
On June 7, 2012, plaintiff Nichele Morgan, 23, a pharmacy technician, was driving on Calumet Street near Ridge Avenue, in Northwest Philadelphia, when the front driver's side of her Honda Accord was struck by the front of a 1998 Ford Econoline van.
In a contentious cross-examination of former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler by Janssen Pharmaceuticals' counsel, defense lawyer Diane Sullivan grilled Kessler over his fees and testimony in other drug cases.
Post & Schell's reevaluation of its place in the larger insurance-defense market over the last few years has resulted in partner defections, shifts in internal leadership and changes to other firms that have grabbed Post & Schell attorneys.
Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. David Kessler testified Thursday in Philadelphia's first Risperdal trial that Johnson & Johnson knew about the drug's ability to raise levels of the hormone that causes male breast growth.
The grocery stores and restaurants that have alleged price-fixing among the country's major egg producers can present an economist as an expert witness while they seek to get class certification, the federal judge handling the case has ruled.
A bill that would enable Philadelphia City Council to review conflict-counsel contracts awarded to the Public Defender's Office and similar organizations was introduced Wednesday before the council's Law and Government Committee.
Challenges to reverse-payment settlements—the deals made by major pharmaceutical companies with generic drugmakers in order to keep the cheaper drugs off the market—don't have a new threshold to meet, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled in an opinion defining the contours left open in a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
The Third Circuit has reinstated more than $137,000 in fees owed to Fox Rothschild, as counsel to the trustee of a bankrupt media enterprise, over what the court found were vexatious allegations by the debtor's counsel that the firm and the trustee orchestrated a bribery scheme.
Five board members who oversaw the downfall of a century-old care home for elderly African-Americans in Pittsburgh had the punitive damages that a jury imposed on them lifted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
The first expert offered by plaintiffs to show the antidepressant Zoloft caused birth defects in babies born to mothers who took it is still unacceptable, the federal judge handling the case has ruled.
Wal-Mart's internal investigation of injuries sustained by a patron of one of its Pennsylvania stores is not enough to prove the patron's damages claim exceeded the $75,000 threshold required to get the case into federal court.
Opening arguments in the first trial of Philadelphia's Risperdal mass-tort actions began Jan. 23 with attorneys squaring off over whether the drug's maker failed to warn patients about the risk of male breast growth associated with taking the medication.
A Girl Scout who allegedly sustained a traumatic brain injury after falling off a rock formation during an outing has settled for nearly $3 million with the Susquehanna County camp where the fall occurred.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority will have to pay over $100,000 to cover the cost of the legal representation for persons who sued a division of the PPA over the number of taxicabs that are inaccessible to people in wheelchairs, under a federal magistrate judge's order.
In the summer of 1989, U.S. senators debating the Americans with Disabilities Act excluded behavior they deemed immoral from the ADA's protections, including "transvestism, transsexualism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, gender identity disorders not resulting from physical impairments, or other sexual behavior disorders," according to the text of the law.
Since late 2012, the Nutter administration has been trying to establish an organization to represent indigent defendants when the Public Defender's Office has a conflict. Now the only candidate for the contract is the defender's office itself.
A gay attorney suing personal injury firms for alleged discrimination is pointing to a confidential settlement to help establish the value of lost compensation he claims to have sustained because of the firms' allegedly scuttling his lateral move.
On June 2, 2013, plaintiff Mahmoud Ahmad, 25, a pizza deliveryman, was driving an Acura TL sedan on Lycoming Street toward the intersection with K Street, in Northeast Philadelphia.On June 2, 2013, plaintiff Mahmoud Ahmad, 25, a pizza deliveryman, was driving an Acura TL sedan on Lycoming Street toward the intersection with K Street, in Northeast Philadelphia. Ahmad claimed that he stopped at a four-way stop sign, then drove into the intersection. As he did so, the driver's side of his car was struck by a Nissan Maxima driven by Mohammed Abuawada, who was traveling on K Street. Ahmad maintained that Abuawada struck his car at 80 to 85 mph. Ahmad suffered a fracture to his left clavicle, which he claimed was a serious impairment of a bodily function.
A Dauphin County judge has denied the bid by three former Penn State administrators charged with covering up the crimes of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky to have the cases against them dropped.
A federal appellate judge with chambers at Sixth and Market could exist in isolation—driving into the parking garage and taking the judges-only elevator up to the top floors of the courthouse where he could read briefs and write his opinions, stopping to take lunch in the judges-only lunch room a few floors below, "where the food was really lousy," said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.
A federal judge in Philadelphia has decided to develop the record in a case that, according to the judge, "tests the outer bounds of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the context of workplace violence."
The estate of former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Robert C. Daniels, who died after a fall during a party at Berger & Montague shareholder Sherrie Savett's home in 2011, has settled with Savett and others, but the defense has not been able to execute judgment.
A former Fox 29 anchor who was fired after using a racial epithet will not have to wait for his former employer's interlocutory appeal before his employment discrimination suit can go to trial, a federal judge has ruled.
The Pennsylvania ACLU and several media outlets, including the Philadelphia City Paper, are challenging a state law they claim is aimed at silencing convicted felons and those who publish the words of felons.
While a small-firm lawyer from Philadelphia was not what many may have expected in Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's selection of his general counsel, those who know Denise Smyler say she is the perfect person for the job both for her temperament and her legal and political acumen.
One of the defendants in a cluster of thalidomide lawsuits in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is seeking nearly $177,000 in fees as a sanction against the plaintiffs' counsel, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.
On Oct. 1, 2010, plaintiff Shawn Garnett, 19, a retail employee, was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Explorer traveling on New Falls Road in Middletown Township. The driver, Meagan Peterson, lost control, crossed the center line, and struck two other vehicles head-on. Garnett, who was in the rear seat behind the driver, claimed he suffered a fractured left femur.
A Philadelphia judge has ordered the immediate release on parole of a man who has served more than 40 years of a life sentence, which he claimed was the result of prosecutorial misconduct and false testimony.
Even if Pepper Hamilton violated a former client's confidentiality by disclosing an FBI affidavit of probable cause to search that client's home, the firm can't be sued considering the affidavit was made public prior to the firm's disclosure, a Philadelphia trial judge has ruled.
According to the pretrial memorandum of plaintiff Eunice Rogers, on June 2, 2012, the plaintiff's mother, Mildred D. Rogers, who was 83 at the time, was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital, of the North Philadelphia Health System, for treatment of aspiration pneumonia.
In light of the state Supreme Court's 2013 ruling that a police officer's PTSD stemming from a fatal car collision was a compensable injury, the Commonwealth Court has changed its position on whether an armed robbery at a liquor store constitutes a normal working condition for workers' compensation purposes.
Psychological evaluations for a student who allegedly touched the genitals of another student in their special-needs class are privileged under a combination of state and federal laws, a federal judge has ruled.
Nearly a year-and-a-half after awarding the plaintiff in a nonsolicitation case $6.9 million in compensatory and punitive damages, the Chester County judge overseeing the matter authored an opinion in support of the award, detailing in sharp terms the defendants' alleged misconduct.
The latter part of 2014 brought with it not only the biggest business of law news for Pennsylvania, but perhaps for the country. All eyes watched during the second half of the year as Morgan, Lewis & Bockius entertained merger discussions with struggling Boston-based firm Bingham McCutchen. A full-on acquisition of the more than 700 lawyers at Bingham would have been a big departure for Morgan Lewis' typical growth strategy of acquiring groups of attorneys from firms that are disbanding.
Just after the Obama administration gave final approval to the Corbett administration's health care plan, Healthy PA, Philadelphia-based Community Legal Services filed suit to stop the plan. The group says Healthy PA puts the health care of low-income Pennsylvanians at risk.
Seven dissident ex-pro football players have been denied permission to appeal U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's conditional certification, for the purpose of facilitating settlement, of class plaintiffs in the NFL concussion lawsuit.
After hearing reargument over whether a jury that awarded a $14.5 million asbestos verdict had been told to award a specific number for noneconomic damages in the case, an en banc Superior Court panel threw out the verdict.
In a Philadelphia tax assessment case, the Commonwealth Court has said the city's tax collection tactics may need review, but it was unable to review them because the defendant waived his right to appeal.