Pennsylvania

  • March 08, 2024

    Construction Co., Ex-Worker Settle Travel-Time Wage Suit

    A Western Pennsylvania construction worker has settled his unpaid-wages suit against Home Pro Remodelers LLC, closing his claims that the company didn't pay him for travel time or time spent on work sites without a supervisor present.

  • March 08, 2024

    Widener U. Hit With COVID Campus Fee Refund Suit

    Pennsylvania private school Widener University has been hit with a proposed class action seeking prorated tuition and fee reimbursements over its decision to close its campus in spring 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a move which the suit says deprived students of resources they paid for.

  • March 08, 2024

    Pa. Court Grants Seizure Of Nursing Homes In 'Dire' Condition

    A Pennsylvania federal court has granted an emergency request for a receiver to take control of six nursing homes in the state that Revere Tactical Opportunities REIT LLC claims were left in a "dire financial condition" by the properties' owners, who had also allegedly defaulted on a $30 million loan.

  • March 08, 2024

    Pa. County Agrees To Update Air Pollution Permits

    The Allegheny County Health Department will move ahead on issuing updated air pollution permits for two Pittsburgh-area chemical plants, settling a lawsuit brought by an environmental group that claimed the county's missed deadlines hamstrung citizen engagement and enforcement efforts.

  • March 07, 2024

    Skechers Fined $1.25M Over Execs' Family Member Payments

    Skechers will pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $1.25 million to resolve claims it failed to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments made to its directors and their immediate family members who were hired by the sneaker giant as contractors or nonexecutive employees.

  • March 07, 2024

    Penn State Suit Sets Off Debate Over Trademarks' Function

    The Pennsylvania State University and sports apparel retailer Vintage Brand are locked in a legal battle that could force courts to reexamine how trademarks function in merchandise licensing and potentially make it harder to prevail on counterfeiting claims, according to attorneys.

  • March 07, 2024

    Pa. Justices To Consider Liability Of Parents Hiding Son's Gun

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania agreed to hear an appeal asking whether the parents of a convicted murderer can be held liable for the victim's family's emotional trauma because their alleged concealment of the murder weapon delayed the discovery of their son's body.

  • March 07, 2024

    Pa. Counselor Says She Got No Help At Non-Accessible School

    A former school counselor with a prosthetic leg says her nonprofit employer refused to help when her assigned school wouldn't accommodate her disability, then fired her for complaining, according to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court.

  • March 07, 2024

    Pa. Panel Chides Court For Sealing Murder Case Docket

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled in a precedential opinion that a county judge violated the First Amendment in sealing the docket in a criminal case and denying access to local media trying to report on the alleged murder-for-hire of a man in Westmoreland County.

  • March 07, 2024

    Estate, Collector Settle Spat Over 'Blade Runner' Poster Art

    The family of a former movie poster artist and a Pennsylvania attorney-turned-art collector have settled a dispute over the original art for a "Blade Runner" poster, with the parties agreeing to sell the art and split the proceeds.

  • March 07, 2024

    Nissan Cooling Fans Defective, Class Suit Claims

    A proposed class of car buyers is suing Nissan North America Inc. in Tennessee federal court, alleging the automaker made and sold Pathfinder and Infiniti vehicles with defective radiator fans, leading to engines overheating and shutting down.

  • March 06, 2024

    Meta Must Tackle Increased Account Hijackings, 41 AGs Say

    A bipartisan group of 41 attorneys general have urged Meta Platforms Inc. to tackle the "dramatic" increase in hackers taking over Facebook and Instagram accounts, saying the attacks have caused financial harm to victims and their families and friends.

  • March 06, 2024

    Pa. Pharma Co. Cops To Adulterated-Drug Charges

    A Pennsylvania generic drug manufacturer has pled guilty to federal charges that it sold adulterated drugs in the U.S. into interstate commerce and agreed to pay a $1.5 million penalty, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Choice Can Confirm Award Over $61M In Franchisee Claims

    Choice Hotels has been ordered to pay a roughly $780,000 arbitration award after dozens of South Asian franchisees earlier fought the hotel chain's bid to arbitrate their claims that a vendor kickback scheme cost them $61 million.

  • March 06, 2024

    Norfolk Southern Can't Shift Cleanup Costs To Tank Car Cos.

    Norfolk Southern cannot dump environmental cleanup costs on seven tank car owners and shipping customers with rail cars transporting chemicals and hazardous materials on the train that derailed in East Palestine last year, an Ohio federal judge said Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    3rd Circ. Questions Who Can Sue Under NJ Cannabis Law

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday struggled to pinpoint whether workers can sue employers under a New Jersey law that protects them from punishment for cannabis use, while also expressing unease about accepting Walmart's assertion that state regulators possess broad enforcement authority.

  • March 06, 2024

    NTSB Chief Says Boeing Isn't Sharing Info In Blowout Probe

    The National Transportation Safety Board's chief told a Senate panel Wednesday that The Boeing Co. still hasn't provided information about the door plug that blew off a 737 Max 9 jet two months ago, fueling troubling new questions as Boeing faces multiple probes into its safety culture and quality control.

  • March 06, 2024

    'Anarchists' Don't Absolve Newspaper Unions, Pa. Panel Told

    A Pennsylvania judge's finding that "anarchists" had joined up with striking unions outside a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette facility should not let the unions off the hook for blocking delivery vehicles from going in and out of the facility's parking lot, an attorney for the newspaper's publisher argued before a state appellate panel Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    3rd Circ. Bristles At Exxon Ignoring OSHA Whistleblower Order

    A Third Circuit panel on Wednesday seemed exasperated with ExxonMobil's refusal to reinstate two fired whistleblowers despite an Occupational Safety and Health Administration order to do so, repeatedly grilling the energy company's counsel to come up with a good reason for flouting the directive.

  • March 06, 2024

    Sewer Deal Kept On Ice During Appeal In Philly Suburb's Ch. 9

    A Philadelphia bankruptcy judge Wednesday rejected a utility's latest effort to lift the automatic stay triggered by the City of Chester's Chapter 9 bankruptcy, which has delayed a $276.5 million sewer sale, saying it would require her to answer questions that are on appeal from a similar motion she nixed last year.

  • March 06, 2024

    Logistics Co. Escapes Ex-Worker's Age Bias Suit For Now

    A federal judge has tossed a man's suit claiming a logistics company forced him to quit because he's in his 60s, saying it appeared that the ex-employee should have invoked the laws of Pennsylvania, not New Jersey.

  • March 06, 2024

    Correctional Facility Settles Inmate's HIV Bias Suit

    A Pennsylvania county and a private correctional facility management company agreed to end a former inmate's suit claiming he was unlawfully barred from working in the kitchen after his HIV status was improperly disclosed, his attorneys announced Wednesday.

  • March 05, 2024

    Penn Perpetuates 'Virulent Anti-Jewish Hatred,' Students Say

    The University of Pennsylvania has fostered a culture of antisemitism that has only escalated since Hamas-led killings in Israel on Oct. 7, according to an amended federal complaint accusing the school of cultivating a "pervasively hostile educational environment."

  • March 05, 2024

    Tank Car Cos. Can Inspect Derailed Train Parts, Judge Says

    An Ohio federal magistrate judge said Tuesday that the National Transportation Safety Board must allow rail tank car owners facing claims in sprawling consolidated litigation to inspect crucial components from the Norfolk Southern train that derailed in East Palestine last year.

  • March 05, 2024

    Philly, Dallas Feds Name New Top Attys

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Tuesday announced it has promoted its deputy general counsel to senior vice president and general counsel, following a similar announcement from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas about its former interim general counsel.

Expert Analysis

  • How Life Sciences Cos. Can Prevent Securities Class Actions

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    Though the overall volume of securities fraud class actions has dipped in the last couple of years, life sciences companies remain a particularly popular target for these filings and should employ best practices to minimize risk, say Joni Jacobsen and Angela Liu at Dechert.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Navigating Over-The-Counter Product Ads After FTC Warning

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    Attorneys at Hunton examine advertising substantiation requirements under both the Federal Trade Commission Act and Lanham Act, following recent FTC letters informing hundreds of companies that over-the-counter product marketing claims must be corroborated by scientific evidence.

  • AGs' Distaste For Food Bill May Signal Other State Issues

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    States' recent opposition to a proposed federal law that would block them from regulating out-of-state agricultural production could affect issues beyond this narrow debate, such as the balance of state and federal regulatory power, reproductive rights post-Dobbs, and energy production and water use, say Christopher Allen and Stephen Cobb at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Autonomous Vehicles Must Navigate Patchwork Of State Regs

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    With only modest action by the federal government on the autonomous vehicle regulatory front in 2023, states and localities remain the predominant source of new regulations affecting AVs — but the result is a mix of rules that both help and hinder AV development and adoption, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Federal Policies Keeping Autonomous Vehicles In Slow Lane

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    In the first installment of this two-part article, attorneys at Faegre Drinker examine recent federal regulations and programs related to autonomous vehicles — and how the federal government's failure to implement a more comprehensive AV regulatory scheme may be slowing the progress of the industry.

  • FLSA Ruling Highlights Time Compensability Under State Law

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    While the Third Circuit's August decision in Tyger v. Precision Drilling endorsed the prevailing standard among federal courts regarding time compensability under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it also serves as a reminder that state laws will often find a broader range of activities to be compensable, say Ryan Warden and Craig Long at White and Williams.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • Appellate Rulings Highlight Telecom Standard Uncertainties

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    Two recent contrasting appellate opinions in Cellco v. White Deer Township and NMSurf v. Webber — interpreting Sections 332 and 253 of the Communications Act, respectively — demonstrate the continuing uncertainty carriers face when challenging state and local requirements that may impede their provision of telecommunications services, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A One-State MDL?

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    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation prepares for its September hearing session where it will consider a petition in which the two constituent actions are both pending in Pennsylvania, but in different districts, Alan Rothman at Sidley points out that the presence of actions in a single state does not preclude the filing of an MDL petition.

  • 2 Cases May Expand CFPB's Reach On Deceptive Practices

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    In two separate cases, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asserting a broad interpretation of who is subject to the Consumer Financial Protection Act's prohibition on unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices, raising questions about what an expansion of its authority might mean for consumer credit markets, say John Coleman and Leslie Meredith at Orrick.

  • Exclusivity Loss Holds Power In Trade Secret Damages Claims

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    A Pennsylvania federal court's recent decision in Elite Transit v. Cunningham adds to a growing body of case law that illustrates how the loss of trade secret exclusivity alone may be sufficient for claiming damages, even when commercialization of a trade secret has not occurred, say Christopher DeBaere and Julia Bloch at Archway Research.

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