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In Cosby Trial, Judge to Allow One of 13 Prior Accusers

By Lizzy McLellan |

In Bill Cosby’s criminal trial for alleged sexual assault, prosecutors will be allowed to present testimony from just one other accuser, aside from the alleged victim, the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas has ruled.

A logo sign outside of facility occupied by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in Somerville, New Jersey on May 31, 2015.

Janssen Wants More Medical Info From New Risperdal Plaintiffs

By Max Mitchell |

A dispute has arisen in the Risperdal litigation in Philadelphia over whether new plaintiffs in the mass tort should have to include prescription records and documentation of a Risperdal-related injury in their plaintiff fact sheets.

FJD to Curtail Cellphone Use in CJC—With Exemption for Lawyers

By Max Mitchell |

The First Judicial District is planning to use cellphone-locking technology at the Criminal Justice Center—although attorneys and court officials will be largely exempt from the new rules.

Justices to Consider Quantum Meruit in Nonpartner Fee Dispute

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is giving Pittsburgh-based Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck a second chance at recovering damages for attorney fees under quantum meruit, in a case where multiple justices acknowledged that court precedent had muddied the waters on what the firm could argue.

Judge Rules Invokana Litigation Should Remain in Federal Court

By Max Mitchell |

The litigation that began in state court over the diabetes drug Invokana should be handled in federal court, a district judge has ruled.

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Court Narrows Claims Over Essure Birth Control Device

By Max Mitchell |

A federal judge has shaved several theories from a cluster of cases against Bayer Corp. over its Essure birth control device, finding that express pre-emption applied to many of the plaintiffs' claims.

Philadelphia City Hall building at night

Phila. Taps Dechert, Eyes Hogan Lovells to Protect Sanctuary City Policy

By Max Mitchell |

As legal clashes over its status as a sanctuary city appear likely, Philadelphia is turning to a team of local big-law attorneys to advise it on how to handle the controversial immigration issue.

Pot Bar Takes Shape in Pa. as Cannabis Business Grows

By Lizzy McLellan |

As Pennsylvania takes stock of evolving legal issues surrounding marijuana and more law firms get involved, local bar associations are looking to provide guidance on the burgeoning but complicated area of law.

One-Time Kane Lawyer Must Face Extortion Lawsuit

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge ruled Amil Minora and his co-defendants must face allegations that they abused the legal process to extort a settlement from a businessman.

Pepper Hamilton

Amid Departures, Pepper Hamilton Revenue Drops 10 Percent, PPP Down 28 Percent

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firm leaders said double-digit declines were misleading, but there are signs that partners are unsettled.

Class Action Against Wyndham Hotels Over Cost Disclosure Survives

By Max Mitchell |

A federal judge has rejected efforts by international hotel chain Wyndham Hotels and Resorts to throw out a proposed class action lawsuit against it over claims that its website didn't tell customers the full cost of their reservations before booking.

Kevin Greenberg.

Greenberg Traurig Grabs Government, Corporate Partner From Flaster Greenberg

By Lizzy McLellan |

Government and corporate lawyer Kevin Greenberg has left Flaster Greenberg, taking his practice to 1,800-lawyer Greenberg Traurig.

Punitive Damages in Play in Suit Against Travel Stop Over Truck's Brake Fire

By Max Mitchell |

A federal judge said a jury should decide whether a nationwide travel center and auto repair shop should be hit with punitive damages for failing to properly fix a tractor-trailer before allowing it back on the road where the brakes later caught fire.

Seth Williams.

Williams' Career Felled in 'Perfect Storm' of 'Self-Inflicted Wounds'

By Max Mitchell |

Attorneys and political observers used words like "sad" and "self-inflicted" when describing the downfall of the once-promising career of Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams. But few said they were surprised.

Law Firm Love Story: Tale of Two Partners

By Lizzy McLellan |

Luke and Allison Sizemore see advantages in the personal and professional crossover as attorneys at Reed Smith.

Kate Deringer Sallie of Pillar+Aught.

Case Study: Bringing Startup Culture to Pa. Law

By Lizzy McLellan |

Central Pennsylvania isn't exactly the Silicon Valley of the East. But a group of Harrisburg lawyers has left Rhoads & Sinon with a mission to bring some startup style to their newly formed law firm.

Mike McQueary, former assistant football coach at Penn State

Penn State Doubts Judge in $7M McQueary Appeal

By Max Mitchell |

The judge who presided over the trial that ended with a more than $7 million award to Michael McQueary was biased, Penn State has claimed in a filing aimed at overturning that verdict.

Gina Maisto Smith, left, and Leslie Gomez, right, of Cozen O'Connor.

Cozen O'Connor Launches Sexual Misconduct Practice With Pepper Hamilton Pros

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor debuted a new practice group focused on institutional responses to sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, hiring five Philadelphia lawyers, including four attorneys from Pepper Hamilton.

Judge Rejects Attorney Fee Bid in Patent Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer said litigation tactics employed in a suit over an infant chair didn't qualify as "exceptional."

Syrian Family Turned Back at Philadelphia Airport Sues Feds

By Tom McParland |

Attorneys said the family had visas when they were denied entry into the United States under the president's executive order.

Blank Rome Takes Corporate, Finance Partners From Pepper, Cadwalader

By Lizzy McLellan |

The hires bolster Blank Rome's corporate and securities practice in Pittsburgh and its energy and finance practices in Washington, D.C.

Hospital Must Face 'Patient-Dumping' Case, Judge Says

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The law suit focuses on whether Pottstown Memorial Medical Center admitted a patient complaining of chest pain or just put him under observation the day before he suffered a fatal heart attack.

David Caputo, left, and Andrew Youman, right, of Youman & Caputo.

Kline & Specter Partners Jump Ship to Form New Firm

By Lizzy McLellan |

Two Kline & Specter partners, Andy Youman and David Caputo, are leaving to form their own shop, Youman & Caputo.

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Trial Date Set for Ex-Penn State Administrators in Abuse Cover-Up Case

By Max Mitchell |

After years of pretrial litigation, the three former Penn State administrators charged with covering up the sex abuse of convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky are set to have their criminal case go before a jury next month.

Amazon, UPenn Reach Settlement Over Student's Suicide

By Max Mitchell |

Amazon and the University of Pennsylvania have agreed to settle claims brought by the family of a deceased student who committed suicide using cyanide she bought through the online retail giant.

Timothy Katsiff of Ballard Spahr.

Ballard Spahr Snags Securities Litigator From Morgan Lewis

By Lizzy McLellan |

The firm added Philadelphia litigator Timothy Katsiff as a partner in its Philadelphia office.

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Eckert Seamans Acquires Pittsburgh Trusts and Estates Boutique

By Lizzy McLellan |

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott is combining with a small trusts and estates law firm in Pittsburgh, Tener, Van Kirk, Wolf & Moore.

James A. Byrne federal courthouse in Philadelphia.

Eastern Pa. Federal Court Names New Clerk of Courts

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Kate Barkman is the permanent replacement for Michael Kunz, the longest serving clerk in federal judicial history.

Outgoing Montgomery Bar Association president Carolyn Mirabile, left, passes the gavel to 2017 bar president Eric B. Smith at the association’s annual Business Luncheon on Jan. 13.

New Montco Bar Leader Seeks to Raise Association's Profile

By Max Mitchell |

The new president of the Montgomery Bar Association, Eric B. Smith, wants to make the association an integral part of being a young lawyer in Montgomery County. And, given that the High Swartz attorney has been involved in the association for his entire legal career, he may have some unique insight into accomplishing that.

Paul Legaard, Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young

Stradley Grabs Life Sciences IP Pro From Pepper Hamilton

By Lizzy McLellan |

Paul Legaard, who joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young this month, said Philadelphia could soon catch up with Boston as a life sciences hub.

People participate in a peaceful demonstration against President Donald Trump's immigration policies at International Arrivals Hall inside Philadelphia International Airport, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.

Phila. Team Convenes 'On the Fly' for Detainees, Prepares for Future Fights

By Lizzy McLellan |

A network of Philadelphia lawyers moved quickly Saturday when immigrants were detained at the Philadelphia International Airport, and they're readying for a prolonged fight ahead against the executive order blocking certain individuals from entering the country.

Judge Thomas Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, speaking at the Federalist Society’s 2016 National Lawyers Convention, at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

Eyes Shift to Hardiman as Trump Prepares His Supreme Court Pick

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

As President Donald Trump prepares to announce on Tuesday night his nominee to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, all eyes in Pennsylvania are on Pittsburgh's Thomas Hardiman.

Risperdal at the Root of Mass Tort Spike

By Max Mitchell |

The pharmaceutical inventory in Philadelphia is at its highest level in recent years, and that could be due to one mass tort program: Risperdal.

Ronald Schiller, Hangley Aronchick

Ex-DLA Piper Partner Named First Nonfounder Chairman at Hangley

By Lizzy McLellan |

Ronald Schiller, who joined Hangley Aronchick with a group of DLA Piper lawyers eight years ago, is the firm's first chairman who isn't also a founding partner.

Wrongful Adoption Suit Can Proceed on RICO Claims

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

While the bulk of a lawsuit in which three families allege an adoption agency lied about Polish orphans' disabilities to couples looking to adopt them has been tossed, two Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization claims against its owner remain.

Mike Fitzpatrick.

Departing Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick Lands at Obermayer

By Lizzy McLellan |

After two stints serving Pennsylvania's eighth district in Washington, Michael Fitzpatrick is returning to private practice in the Philadelphia office of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel.

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Judges Question ACA's Usage in Med Mal Damages

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Lawyers relying on the Affordable Care Act to mitigate their client's liability in medical malpractice cases have been dealt a series of setbacks in state and federal courts amid concerns Congress will repeal the law.

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Superior Court Affirms $3M Jefferson Co. Failed Diagnosis Verdict

By Max Mitchell |

The state Superior Court has declined to toss a $3 million verdict that a Jefferson County jury awarded against two radiologists who failed to detect a woman's lung cancer.

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Mass Tort Programs Saw Inventory Spike in 2016

By Max Mitchell |

The number of mass tort cases pending in Philadelphia's Complex Litigation Center at the start of 2017 has risen to its highest level in more than five years.

Blank Rome Snags Pittsburgh Energy Duo From Norton Rose

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Blank Rome welcomed two new energy partners in Pittsburgh this week, capitalizing on the closure of Norton Rose Fulbright's office in the city earlier this month.

Reed Smith Loses Health Care Partners, Gains Dentons Emerging Markets Pro

By Scott Flaherty |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has boosted its health care practice with two Reed Smith partners in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., while Reed Smith snagged a notable hire from Dentons in D.C.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Thomas Del Ricci.

New Montco President Judge Looking Forward to Busy Tenure

By Max Mitchell |

As the newly installed president judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Thomas DelRicci will have a lot on his plate. The Saint Joseph's University graduate, who received his law degree from Loyola University and has served on the Montgomery County bench for nearly 20 years, was sworn in as the new leader of the court on Jan. 6 at a time when several major projects are underway. The Legal spoke with DelRicci about his goals and the challenges he may face during what appears likely to be a very busy tenure.

DA Williams Agrees to Pay More Than $60K Over Ethics Violations

By Max Mitchell |

Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams has been hit with more than $60,000 in fines and penalties in connection with failing to properly report gifts and payments he received—many of which came from prominent defense attorneys and firms.

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More Than 150 Texts Between Judge and DA Won't Bar Retrial

By Max Mitchell |

Clinton County Judge J. Michael Williamson said he was "deeply disturbed" by the ex parte communications during trial but had no evidence they were prejudicial.

Out-of-State Firms Look to Phila. for Core Practice Building Blocks

By Lizzy McLellan |

National and regional law firms have recently looked to Philadelphia as a source for legal talent and access to clients on a quest to beef up their core practices.

Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor

Cosby Accuser, Castor Duel Over Discovery

By Lizzy McLellan |

A defamation battle between a woman who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and a former prosecutor who declined to charge the embattled entertainer is heating up in discovery, with both sides claiming the other failed to produce requested records in the case.

20-Year-Old Whistleblower Claims Against Drugmaker Ruled Timely

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel said the case can move forward because previous claims were filed within the six-year statute of limitations.

With New Law in Place, Phila. Taxi Drivers Drop Uber Suit

By Max Mitchell |

Leaders of Philadelphia's taxi union said they are planning to withdraw their lawsuit against the city's parking authority over allegations that it failed to properly regulate rideshare services, like Uber and Lyft.

Joe Nguyen, with Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young

Stradley Adds Litigator From Ocwen In-House Post

By Lizzy McLellan |

Class action pro Joe Nguyen joined Stradley Ronon's Philadelphia office Jan. 3, the firm announced Monday.

Left to right: Daniela Berisiartu, Michael Stevenson and Scott Bettridge, Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor Adds Immigration Group From Fox

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cozen O'Connor has lured three immigration attorneys from Fox Rothschild to its Miami office, continuing its growth in South Florida and adding a new practice area to the mix.

Montgomery County first assistant district attorney Kevin Steele speaks with members of the media after Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s preliminary hearing Nov. 10, 2015, in Norristown.

DA Accuses Cosby of Attempting to Handpick Jury

By Lizzy McLellan |

Prosecutors are not opposing Bill Cosby's request for a jury from outside Montgomery County, but they are opposing a change of venue in the case, and the way in which Cosby wants the venire chosen.

Duane Morris Faces $625M Suit Over Appellate Brief

By Lizzy McLellan |

Duane Morris is facing a $625 million lawsuit for allegedly failing to file an appellate brief, but contends that the plaintiff was never a client of the firm.

Hari M. Osofsky, new dean of Penn State Law.

Penn State Names Minnesota Professor as New Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

Pennsylvania State University has tapped Hari Osofsky, a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, as the new dean of its University Park law campus and School of International Affairs.

Justices Clear Path for Suit Against NCAA Over Student Death

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied the NCAA's bid to overturn a ruling that said it could be sued for allegedly failing to perform proper medical testing of a student-athlete who died during a late-night basketball practice.

Judge Says $13.7M Judgment for Defective Mesh Should Remain

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia judge presiding over a transvaginal mesh case that resulted in a $13.7 million judgment said the award should not be disturbed on appeal.

Longtime Spector Gadon Lawyer Edward G. Fitzgerald Dies at 71

Edward G. Fitzgerald, longtime ­principal of Spector Gadon & Rosen, died on Dec. 4, 2016, after a brief illness. He was 71.

Josh Quinter, left, and Karin Corbett, right, of Offit Kurman.

Offit Kurman Creates Suburban Philadelphia Presence

By Lizzy McLellan |

Baltimore-based Offit Kurman is opening its first office in the suburbs of Philadelphia with the hire of two lawyers from Blue Bell-based Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein.

Missing Refund Snowballs Into $308K Judgment for QVC

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge found EnvirOx is liable for a $175,000 refund for the cleaning kits sold on the televised shopping network plus interest and attorney fees.

Bill Cosby is escorted back to the courtroom at the Montgomery County courthouse Nov. 1 after a midafternoon recess where he will find out if testimony dating back 12 years and more will be admitted in the case against him.

Cosby Wants Trial Moved From Montco Court

By Lizzy McLellan |

Bill Cosby wants his criminal case to be transferred out of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, arguing that potential jurors in that county have been unfairly influenced by media coverage of the comedian's alleged crimes.

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For Big Law, 2016 Served Up a Surprise at Every Turn

By Gina Passarella |

For Pennsylvania's largest law firms, 2016 waffled like an indecisive kid in a candy store, with news of mergers that almost were, finances that looked bad to start but perked up by year's end, unexpected choices to be had on salaries and bonuses, and layoffs coupled with streams of large acquisitions.

Jury Instructions Seen as Most Salient Post-'Tincher' Issue for 2017

By Max Mitchell |

In the two years since the state Supreme Court recalibrated products liability law in Pennsylvania with its decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex, several contentious battles over the meaning of the seminal decision have repeatedly cropped up.

After Witness Deaths in Legal Mal Case, Non Pros Affirmed

By Lizzy McLellan |

A 20-year-old legal malpractice case against an Elk County law firm will not be reopened after a non pros ruling, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled, noting that six years of inactivity and the death of several witnesses prejudiced the defendants.

Barton Winkour of Dechert.

CDI Shareholders Want Winokur, Dechert Out

By Lizzy McLellan |

Barton Winokur, the former head of Dechert and a longtime member of the board of directors at Philadelphia-based CDI Corp., is facing a public call for his resignation from the company's board by two shareholders.

Midsize, Small Firms Aimed for Fast Growth in 2016

By Lizzy McLellan |

For Pennsylvania's small and midsize law firm market, 2016 was a year of geographic expansion.

2016: Comm. Court Was Thrust Into Local, National Politics

By Zack Needles |

From refereeing seemingly endless battles over the judicial retirement age ballot question to forcing Jill Stein to drop one of her many post-election recount bids, the Commonwealth Court found itself weighing in on local and national politics often in 2016.

Workers' Comp Lawyers Pay Fee Refund After Appeal

By Lizzy McLellan |

In an outcome some plaintiffs' lawyers feared would cause a "chilling effect," the Commonwealth Court has ruled that a workers' compensation claimant's lawyer can be ordered to repay the employer unreasonable contest attorney fees when the employer prevails on an appeal.

Robert McDonnell. July 9, 2013.

McDonnell Case Casts Long Shadow in Public Corruption Prosecutions

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

This year saw significant changes in the way public corruption is prosecuted thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's bribery conviction.

Same-Sex Couple Can Annul Adoption to Marry

By Lizzy McLellan |

An Allegheny County same-sex couple will be allowed to revoke their adoptive relationship in order to marry, the Superior Court has ruled.

Judge Rips Defense, Gives $1.3M in Fees to Spurned Vendor

By Zack Needles |

Chastising the defense for its "overly aggressive litigation strategy," a federal judge has ordered the School District of Philadelphia to pay about $1.3 million in attorney fees, costs and prejudgment interest to a vendor that lost out on a no-bid contract when former Superintendent Arlene C. Ackerman illegally steered the work to a minority-owned company.

Conclusions, Rights Issues, Mark Pa. Federal Courts' 2016

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Pennsylvania's federal courts consistently handle myriad cases and 2016 was a year in which some of the most significant ones, some with lasting national impact, were decided in the state's three federal districts.

FJD Completing a Year of Big Changes, Challenges

By Max Mitchell |

For the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, 2016 was a year of significant administrative changes on the civil side, challenges on the criminal justice side, and of course, big verdicts.

Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Convicted of Mischief, Ex-Prosecutor Suspended 30 Months

By Lizzy McLellan |

A former high-ranking attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has been suspended from practicing law for 30 months after using her position to help, then seek revenge upon a one-time paramour.

After Tumultuous Year, Pa. Energy Law Will be Active, But Uncertain

By Lizzy McLellan |

As 2016 comes to a close, Pennsylvania's energy industry, and the lawyers who serve it, have experienced a roller coaster of legal and regulatory change, causing them to be hopeful in some cases and heed caution in others. But the long-term effects of these changes are yet to be seen, and will likely become more clear in 2017.

Senior Judge R. Stanton Wettick.

Judge Wettick, Leading Voice on Discovery, To Retire

By Max Mitchell |

Alleghany Judge R. Stanton Wettick, stepping down at the mandatory retirement age of 78, presided over cutting-edge discovery disputes.

Cooley Adds Pepper, Chadbourne Partners in Play to Boost Mid-Atlantic Foothold

By Lizzy McLellan |

Cooley has grabbed groups from Chadbourne & Parke and Pepper Hamilton to bolster its life sciences and international arbitration practice on the East Coast.

City Hall in Philadelphia

Is Asbestos Trial Consolidation Ending in Philadelphia?

By Max Mitchell |

Defense attorneys have long said the practice of consolidating asbestos trials in Philadelphia gives the plaintiffs' bar an unfair advantage, but some are now looking to a recent state Supreme Court decision as an indication that the consolidation of asbestos trials might be on its way out.

Attorney Francis Malofiy, representing Randy California's Estate, leaves federal court during a trial in a lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin's rock classic song

Suspended 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawyer: Judges Had It In for Me

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Francis Malofiy, a lawyer who gained notoriety for suing rock stars—most famously Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement over their 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven"—refuses to take a final bow, claiming that the federal judges who suspended him for breaking conduct rules violated his right to a fair trial.

DOJ Charges Ex-Pharma Execs With Price-Fixing

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Two former high-level executives of a generic pharmaceutical company have been charged with rigging prices for an antibiotic, the Department of Justice announced.

Court Can't Enforce Settlement Over IDEA Plan, Judge Rules

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has ruled the court cannot enforce a settlement in the case of a disabled student suing a school for not providing an individualized education plan to meet her needs.

Bill Cosby is escorted back to the courtroom at the Montgomery County courthouse Nov. 1 after a midafternoon recess where he will find out if testimony dating back 12 years and more will be admitted in the case against him.

DA, Cosby Lawyers Spar Over 13 Accusers at Contentious Hearing

By Lizzy McLellan |

Even before legal arguments began in a pretrial hearing for Bill Cosby, evidentiary discussions devolved into shouting matches, as the court prepared to determine whether women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault should be allowed to testify at trial.

Dan Filler.

Daniel Filler Tapped for Dean's Job at Drexel Law

By Karen Sloan |

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law's next leader knows the institution well—he's a member of the inaugural faculty that opened the Philadelphia school in 2006.

received 9/14/16-  (handout)  Michael Rynowecer, president and founder of BTI Consulting Group

BTI Report: Client-Targeted Marketing Boosts Leading Law Firms

By Lizzy McLellan |

Firms that know their clients well and tailor their strategies to each client will be the most financially successful, the head of BTI Consulting said.

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Judge Tosses Hazing Claims Against Penn State, Fraternity

By Max Mitchell |

A judge has tossed numerous claims against Penn State and a fraternity over allegations that it allegedly allowed extreme hazing practices on its campus.

Deborah Gross, incoming Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Incoming Chancellor Commits to Strengthening Bar's Legal Aid Services

By Max Mitchell |

At a time when the political winds across the country are shifting, the incoming chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association wants the organization to take a leading role in ensuring that those in need can access legal aid.

Murray Shusterman.

Murray Shusterman of Fox Rothschild Dies at 104

By Lizzy McLellan |

Murray H. Shusterman, a longtime partner at Fox Rothschild, died Monday at the age of 104, after an 80-year career.

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, at a hearing Jan. 26, 2016. Photo: P.J. D'Annunzio.

Feds Seek More Than 17 Years’ Jail Time for Fattah

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Federal prosecutors want to lock up convicted former Congressman Chaka Fattah for 17-and-a-half to 22 years for racketeering, bribery and other corruption charges, according to a court document.

Bill Cosby

Cosby Deposition to Be Allowed at Trial

By Lizzy McLellan |

Bill Cosby has lost in his attempt to keep his deposition testimony from a 2005 lawsuit out of the courtroom in his ongoing criminal case.

David Kleppinger of McNees Wallace & Nurick. HANDOUT.

McNees Wallace Opens First Md. Office in Frederick

By Lizzy McLellan |

Central Pennsylvania-based McNees, Wallace & Nurick has opened an office in Frederick, Maryland, in response to clients moving south from Pennsylvania.

Inventory Boost Gives Pa. Firms Optimism in Collections Season

By Lizzy McLellan |

Pennsylvania law firm leaders are cautiously optimistic as they work through collections season, in slightly better shape than the overall industry.

Roberta Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan & Black, and Dianne Nast, of Nast Law

In 'Extremely Rare' Move, Two Women Appointed to Lead Antitrust MDL

By Max Mitchell |

In an "extremely rare" move, one that was hailed as an advance for diversity, two women have been tapped to lead a federal multidistrict antitrust litigation.

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary.

McQueary Awarded $5M for Whistleblower Claims in PSU Sex Abuse Scandal

By Max Mitchell |

A Pennsylvania judge has awarded nearly $5 million to Mike McQueary, a whistleblower and key witness in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The verdict comes about a month after a jury awarded McQueary more than $7 million on related claims.

SEPTA bus in Philadelphia.

Commonwealth Court Won't Revive Ex-Officer's Defamation Suit Against SEPTA

By Max Mitchell |

The Commonwealth Court has declined to revive a defamation suit that an ex-transit police officer, fired after getting into an altercation with a woman at a Dunkin' Donuts, brought against his former employer over a bulletin that alleged the man had impersonated a police officer and pointed a loaded gun at a pedestrian.

Villanova University School of Law

Alumna Donates International Criminal Court Collection to Villanova Law School

By Hannah Winegar |

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law library now houses a ­historical display of notes and other ­materials involved in the conception of the International Criminal Court, thanks to a recent donation by an alumna who helped create the court.

Was Election Boon or Bad Omen for Pa. Oil and Gas Industry?

By Zack Needles |

While the impending shift to a Republican-led federal government and the expected rollback of environmental regulations would seem to be clear cause for celebration in the struggling oil and gas industry, the post-election mood among Pennsylvania's energy and environmental lawyers ranged from optimism to apprehension.

Pittsburgh Lawyer Suspended for Repeated Frivolous Filings

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended a Pittsburgh lawyer for one year and a day after he brought seven separate pro se actions, all regarding similar claims against 34 defendants over allegations people broke into his office and stole files.

Julia D. Corelli, Vice Chair of the Executive Committee (far left), and Thomas M. Gallagher, Chair of the Executive Committee (far right), with Pepper Hamilton’s newly elected partners and of counsel, from left to right: Judith L. O'Grady, Jessica A. Rickabaugh, Shirley R. Kuhlmann, Abigail A. Hazlett, Tracey E. Diamond, and Nilufer R. Shaikh.

Pepper Hamilton to Promote All-Female Partner Class

By Lizzy McLellan |

The six lawyers to be promoted at Pepper Hamilton in January all have one thing in common—they are women.

Zane Memeger

US Attorney Zane Memeger Announces Resignation

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Zane Memeger is the third and final U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania to resign before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.  

A logo sign outside of facility occupied by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in Somerville, New Jersey on May 31, 2015.

Janssen Seeks to Move Phila. Invokana Cases to Federal Court

By Max Mitchell |

Janssen Pharmaceuticals is seeking to move the growing litigation over its diabetes medication Invokana from state to federal court.

Pepper Hamilton

Partner's Use of Pepper Letterhead Brings Firm Into FDCPA Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A couple who rented residential property from a Pepper Hamilton partner has sued the partner and the firm for violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, alleging the lawyer tried to intimidate the couple by writing letters seeking payment on the firm's letterhead.