The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that an investment management company is responsible for paying more than $71,000 in legal fees to a Pittsburgh firm that defended litigation related to a distressed shopping center, despite the company's contention that its subsidiary should be on the hook for the bills.
More than 75 people who got cancer and allege that it is a result of breathing the radioactive uranium released from a nuclear processing facility in western Pennsylvania have won back the right to present four expert witnesses at trial in federal court.
During the trial that led to the conviction of 19-year-old Gregory Brown Jr. for allegedly starting a fatal fire, one witness's testimony put Brown at the scene as smoke started rising from the house and another witness said that Brown later bragged about setting the blaze.
Relying on precedent that federal agencies may avoid litigation by taking steps to cure National Environmental Policy Act violations on their own, a federal judge has ruled that a case in which oil and gas industry groups sued the U.S. Forest Service over its 2007 revised land resource management plan for the Allegheny National Forest is, at least for the time being, moot now that the agency has backed off enacting the revisions.
After remaining flat between 2011 and 2012, Pittsburgh-based K&L Gates saw its revenue grow by about 9.3 percent in 2013, a year that saw the firm's financials impacted significantly by its Jan. 1, 2013, merger with Australia-based Middletons.
A roofer's suit against a building owner, which stems from a fall through a rare skylight thought to be more than 100 years old, will be allowed to proceed after the state Superior Court determined the action fit the exceptions to the premises liability law.
K&L Gates has agreed to settle a $500 million legal malpractice case filed against it by the trustee of defunct beverage manufacturer Le-Nature's for $23.75 million, according to a proposed settlement agreement filed in the Le-Nature's bankruptcy
Pittsburgh-based Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott has hired Gary D. McConnell, former vice president and associate general counsel of Bayer Corp., as a member in its products liability, mass tort and commercial litigation practices.
A mother will be able to continue her pursuit of a protection order after the Superior Court ruled that findings in emergency room reports indicating signs of possible sexual and physical abuse constituted facts on which her expert could base his opinion.
A criminal defendant who moves for a new trial does not necessarily waive double jeopardy arguments in future proceedings, the state Superior Court has ruled in a holding that overturns a more than five-year-old decision.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling striking down the uniform zoning ordinance provision of the Act 13 of 2012 amendments to the state Oil and Gas Act was widely considered a win for local governments, but another potential ramification of the ruling could put a damper on their victory celebration.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and Department of Environmental Protection face steep odds in asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to strike down as unconstitutional the Act 13 of 2012 amendments to the state's Oil and Gas Act, but it's not completely out of the realm of possibility, appellate lawyers said.
The state Supreme Court has ruled that a U.S. Postal Service certificate of mailing is not the only document that can establish "proof of mailing" under the notice provision of the Real Estate Tax Sale Law.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional amendments to the state's Oil and Gas Act requiring municipalities to adopt uniform zoning ordinances that would allow drilling in all zoning districts.
The Commonwealth Court has ruled that under the Restatement (Second) of Torts, the doctrine of "active concealment" in the context of common-law fraud imposes liability on a party even where disclosure of information is not required by law, while fraudulent nondisclosure only applies where there is a legal duty to disclose.
Less than a month after the unexpected death of managing partner Guy Cellucci, Philadelphia-based White and Williams has elected Patricia Santelle to a three-year term as its new managing partner and chair of its executive committee, effective immediately.
Although the law in the Third Circuit is muddled as to how far the state-created danger theory reaches into the arena of high school sports, the appeals court declined to settle it with a case brought by a cheerleader who got a head injury during practice.
The second challenge to be brought in federal court against Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage should take a similar tack to the first and focus on the state's secretary of Health and secretary of Revenue, the attorney general suggested in a motion filed today.
The state Superior Court has rejected a general contractor's bid to gain immunity from civil liability in a case where a laborer was injured on the job, ruling that there were outstanding questions as to who the man was working for when he was injured.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the overturning of a $525,000 legal malpractice verdict against Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, making moot the firm's request for a new trial in the event its judgment notwithstanding the verdict was reversed.
While there is currently debate over whether the rise of the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania has created as many jobs as some had originally projected, there is little disagreement among attorneys and legal recruiters that there is, at the moment, plenty of legal work flowing from the drilling industry and, as a consequence, steady demand for oil and gas lawyers.
A northeastern Pennsylvania regional bank, which was accused of providing dubious loans to board members—among them Michael T. Conahan, the former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas president judge who is now incarcerated after his conviction on charges stemming from the "kids for cash" scandal—has agreed to settle a shareholder derivative claim for $5 million.
On Sept. 26, 2009, plaintiff Amanda Delval was driving a vehicle along Mifflin Road in Pittsburgh with plaintiff Michael Trail and decedents Jessica Trail and William Grice as passengers, when a vehicle being driven by Timothy Lesko allegedly crossed the center line and collided with the other vehicle. Michael Trail sustained a leg injury, and Delval sustained a back injury. Jessica Trail died at the scene and Grice died several months after the accident.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the Workers' Compensation Act does not cover occupational diseases, such as mesothelioma, that manifest more than 300 weeks after employment ends. The decision frees potential plaintiffs to seek compensation from their former employers through common-law actions.
Punitive damages are fair game for plaintiffs bringing claims against Novartis Pharmaceuticals for a drug made to manage metastatic bone cancer that they claim caused permanent disfigurement, a federal judge has ruled.
A complaint alleging that Alcoa products caused the mesothelioma of a Brazilian factory worker has been removed from the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings in a Brazilian court.
Moving a legal malpractice case from Philadelphia to Dauphin County would require the state Supreme Court to relax the standards of forum non conveniens to such a degree that case transfers would become the norm throughout the state, the plaintiffs counsel in Bratic v. Rubendall argued before the high court Tuesday.
Judges and magisterial district judges can be disciplined for illegal conduct that affects the integrity of the office, regardless of whether the conduct occurred within the judicial decision-making process, the state Supreme Court has ruled.
The state Supreme Court is set to hear whether the Restatement (Second) of Torts or the Restatement (Third) of Torts should govern Pennsylvania products liability at oral arguments today in Pittsburgh.
The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office and former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin are continuing their fight in the Superior Court over whether the portion of her sentence requiring her to send written apologies to every member of the judiciary, her family and others should be stayed permanently.
In a ruling that explored the ethical implications of practicing lawyers sharing fees with sitting judges, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that an Allegheny County trial judge who is suing his former law partners over the distribution of their now-defunct firm's assets is not entitled to an accounting of contingent fee cases that were resolved following the firm's dissolution.
A verdict against two Pittsburgh attorneys and a doctor has been tripled to $1.3 million in a case where they were found liable by a federal civil jury in West Virginia for violating the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act by prosecuting 11 fraudulent asbestos claims by railroad employees against CSX Transportation.
A Philadelphia jury has awarded a $2.5 million verdict to a man who alleged he was incorrectly portrayed by attorneys from Lentz, Cantor & Massey as being pertinent to a case surrounding the misuse of a family's assets through power of attorney.
A Butler County law firm has been harshly criticized by the state Superior Court for filing a declaratory judgment action against a former client, because the court said it was nothing more than a "ploy" to have the former client's legal malpractice action tried in the firm's home county.
Documents created by nursing staff after receiving an incident report are safe from disclosure during medical malpractice discovery under the Peer Review Protection Act, an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge has ruled.
A sharply divided Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the bulk of a nearly $1.5 million Beaver County insurance bad-faith award, including nearly $1.3 million in punitive damages and $150,000 in attorney fees, against Travelers Personal Insurance Co.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has once again cleared the way for drilling to continue in the Allegheny National Forest after a long battle between mineral rights owners, the U.S. Forest Service and environmental groups.
While Carnegie Mellon University presented three competent experts on damages during the jury trial that granted it a billion-dollar verdict in its patent suit against Marvell Technology Group, two of the defense's three expert witnesses slept, the federal judge said in an opinion on post-trial motions.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case in which it is being asked to decide if third parties need to get a certificate of merit in order to sue defendants for professional negligence, even if they weren't a client or patient.
An invasion of privacy claim involving the alleged interception and transmission of a Washington state woman's emails and communications to a company in Pennsylvania - via a "spy" program on a rent-to-own computer - cannot be dismissed based on lack of jurisdiction, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled.
Attorney General Kathleen Kane has turned aside criticism from the business community that her pursuit of criminal charges against XTO Energy Inc., a natural gas driller and subsidiary of ExxonMobil, is excessive and counterproductive.
In a case brought by an energy industry publisher alleging copyright infringement against a steelworkers' union that distributed its electronic newsletter to several executives from a single subscription, a federal judge has ruled that summary judgment would be premature on nearly all issues.
It was not bad faith on the insurer's part but the "pace of litigation" that caused delay in settling a plaintiff's claim of a herniated disc in his neck from a motorcycle accident, a judge has ruled in a case out of Blair County.
In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a nursing home arbitration agreement does not bind a resident's heirs because a wrongful death lawsuit is an independent cause of action.
Property insurance agents who offer customers advice on the replacement value of their homes have a duty of care to their customers, a Crawford County Common Pleas Court judge has ruled, but that duty only lasts for the length of the insurance policy's initial contract.
Three former members of Pittsburgh-based Burns White, including the chair of its construction group and co-chair of its business practices group, have left the firm to start Burke Cromer Cremonese, a litigation boutique with a focus on professional liability.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has launched another volley in the ongoing dispute with Highmark and West Penn Allegheny Health System, filing a suit in federal court in Pittsburgh alleging that Highmark has started a campaign of false advertising in an effort to steer patients away from UPMC.
Sean McLaughlin, the chief district judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, will begin the next phase of his career as general counsel at Erie Indemnity Company and the affiliated companies of the Erie Insurance Group.
Legislation recently signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett has come under fire by some attorneys and industry watchers for what they say is vague and overly broad language allowing natural gas drillers to pool properties into units without leaseholders' consent and to decide, with little oversight, how much the owners of those properties should be paid.
Discovery in two separate, but related, qui tam cases filed against a Pittsburgh-based for-profit education company should be coordinated, a federal judge said as he upheld a special master's decisions on contentious discovery issues in a suit where plaintiffs are aiming to prove a "multibillion-dollar" fraud.
Stating in a published opinion what it had previously held in an unpublished memorandum, the state Superior Court has ruled that when a case is removed from state court to federal court, the state court's orders are "transformed" into federal court orders that must be appealed in federal court.
The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether, in a firearm possession case, a defendant's willingness to stipulate that he or she is banned from possessing a firearm should preclude the prosecution from entering the disqualifying prior conviction into evidence.
After the Supreme Court denied K&L Gates' appeal of the reinstatement of a $500 million suit against it by the trustee of bankrupt Le-Nature's, the firm has gotten its chance to respond to the allegations.
An Allegheny County judge has dismissed a hospital and a personnel placement company from a lawsuit that claimed the two were liable for a man's infection with hepatitis because the hospital and staffing agency allegedly knew a former lab technician was using hospital needles to support his drug addiction and did not prevent him from working at other hospitals.
A federal judge in Pittsburgh has granted a preliminary injunction to a Christian college that objects to certain provisions of Obamacare, which could require it to include female contraceptives, like Plan B, in the health care coverage it makes available to students.
As traditional summer associate programs are cut back year after year, it is harder than ever to score a coveted summer position. But you've done it. You have a legal job for the summer. Finals are over for the year, the weather has warmed up and it's time to get to work. For law students, summer jobs are not just a matter of putting nose to grindstone. A summer position comes with unique potential and risk, and must be treated as more than just a paycheck for the summer. You should go into the office with an understanding of what the job is and what it is not, and tailor your performance accordingly.
A woman has been allowed to remove PNC Bank as her trustee because her move away from Pennsylvania and a spate of corporate mergers were a "substantial change in circumstances" allowing her to switch trustees under the new no-fault provision in the probate code, the state Superior Court has ruled.
The state Superior Court has instructed a Potter County judge to calculate attorney fees in favor of the defense related to two trade secrets claims that the plaintiffs agreed to withdraw prior to prevailing before a jury in the remainder of their lawsuit.
A student may sue her school district anonymously, a federal judge has ruled in the second case to challenge the placement of a monument displaying the Ten Commandments at a public school within the last year.
The family of a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a drunken driver has reached a $15.6 million settlement with the driver's insurer and the Hofbrauhaus restaurant in Pittsburgh, where the driver had been served just prior to the accident.
Citizens Bank dodged a multimillion-dollar bullet when a federal jury in Pittsburgh agreed with its designation of assistant branch managers as salaried employees not eligible for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The Commonwealth Court has vacated a nearly $200,000 judgment, which included a penalty and attorney fees, against West Allegheny School District and in favor of a sheet metal subcontractor that had done work on a project to remodel West Allegheny High School.
As a Christian college in Western Pennsylvania faces a deadline for committing to a student health-insurance plan for the coming academic year, a federal judge has agreed to revive its case challenging Obamacare.
As the call for alternative fee arrangements morphed from lip service to something that might actually become a part of law firm business models, Reed Smith head of strategy Michael Pollack wanted to get out ahead of the game and have a plan in place before clients had to do the asking.
An Allegheny County judge has ruled that the "different manufacturers exception" to 21 U.S.C. Section 355(j)(2)(A)(v), which permits a generic drugmaker's warning label to deviate from the brand-name manufacturer's label in certain respects, does not allow generic manufacturers to include warnings that are not also disclosed on the brand-name equivalent's label.
Big verdicts in patent cases mean big attention by the media, but is there a way to turn all the attention into something positive? The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is trying to do just that.