A Harvard Law professor has issued a report recommending a cap on all contingent fee contracts for attorneys representing former players individually and rejecting arguments that parties should pay an additional set-aside toward a common benefit fund for class counsel attorneys.
The federal judge overseeing the implementation of the $1 billion concussion-related settlement involving the NFL has barred third-party litigation funders from entering into assignment agreements with retired players.
A Philadelphia jury awarded nearly $28 million to the plaintiffs in the first bellwether trial to take place in state court over the blood thinner Xarelto. The verdict came after three straight losses for plaintiffs in federal court.
A federal judge has sided with class counsel in the NFL concussion litigation on several disputes, including how the former players' claims should be processed and whether attorney fee awards should be delayed until more payments are made to the claimants.
A Philadelphia jury has awarded nearly $28 million to the plaintiffs, attorneys said, in the first bellwether trial to take place in state court over the blood thinner Xarelto. The verdict comes after three straight losses for plaintiffs in federal court.
The attorneys representing embattled hip hop star Meek Mill have said in court filings that there was a federal investigation into the conduct of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley, who last sentenced the rapper to prison time for violating his probation.
Chris Seeger, co-lead counsel for the class of NFL players in concussion litigation, responded Friday in a court filing to recent criticism that he did not disclose his ties to a third-party litigation company that has provided loans to ex-players.
The first Xarelto bellwether trial in Philadelphia took a turn into political themes during closing arguments Friday, with attorneys making references to so-called "fake news," rising xenophobia, and even quoting Michelle Obama.
Philadelphia's district attorney-elect has announced who will be leading his upcoming transition, and the list of names includes several prominent political and criminal justice figures, including former Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille.
If the state Supreme Court decides that common-law forfeiture does not exist in Pennsylvania, criminals convicted of gun violence will have an easier time taking back their firearms and child pornographers would also be able to repossess the camera equipment and devices they used in committing their crimes, the Adams County district attorney told a full complement of the court Wednesday.
Barring whistleblowers from recovering noneconomic damages against their former employers might be "distasteful," but it is inherent in sovereign immunity, a lawyer representing the Pennsylvania Turnpike argued before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Allowing the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue ongoing penalties against companies for the continued presence of pollutants in state waters would essentially give the agency an unlimited ability to fine companies for pollution beyond their control, an attorney representing a prominent natural gas company told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.
A lead attorney in the NFL concussion settlement has been very critical of numerous third-party litigation funding companies that have loaned money to retired players involved in the class action, but it is his alleged failure to publicly disclose his history with another litigation funding company that has raised some eyebrows recently.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments for the second time in two years over when defendants in medical negligence cases should be barred from introducing evidence of a procedure's risks and complications.
During its upcoming oral argument session, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear debate about whether whistleblowers should be compensated for emotional damages, as well as whether companies can be subject to continuous penalties for their pollution.
District Attorney-elect Larry Krasner has been very quiet about his transition so far, but, according to numerous sources familiar with the workings of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, there are signs that efforts are proceeding apace.
Lawyers representing plaintiffs in three separate cases against Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries have alleged over the past six weeks that attorneys for the health care products company have engaged in improper contact with witnesses in the cases.
The decision of embattled Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill's lawyer to publicly criticize the judge handling his client's long-running case is certainly a bold, and brash, legal strategy, but one that has left many local attorneys scratching their heads.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a case about the complex attorney-client privilege issues that can arise during derivative actions involving nonprofit corporations and special investigating committees.
The start of the first Xarelto trial in Philadelphia was sidelined Monday morning by a motion alleging that a Janssen Pharmaceutical sales representative may have influenced the testimony of a key witness in the case.
With four open seats on the Pennsylvania Superior Court and two open seats on the Commonwealth Court, the 12 candidates vying for spots on the intermediate appellate courts have brought in some impressive sums.
The judge considering whether the DOJ can withhold federal grant money from Philadelphia due to its status as a sanctuary city spent much of an oral argument session Thursday grilling federal lawyers about whether their arguments matched the facts.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania is allowing a consolidated litigation to advance against a pharmaceutical company that allegedly helped the maker of Suboxone delay generic versions of the opioid addiction treatment medication from entering the market.
Nearly 20 attorneys and firms involved in the NFL concussion litigation are challenging a lead attorney's proposal for divying up $112 million in attorney fees, which had allocated the lion's share to his firm.
The benefits manager for a Philadelphia teacher's union has filed a class action suit against Purdue Pharma and Abbott Laboratories, contending the drugmakers misled the fund about the efficacy and risks of opioids.
A defendant facing the first asbestos-related talc case in Philadelphia has asked a judge to reconsider dismissing the case in the wake of a recent ruling rejecting the testimony of two key experts for the plaintiffs.
Philadelphia-area attorney and political consultant Kenneth Smukler has been charged in connection with allegedly helping to funnel a $90,000 payoff that U.S. Rep. Bob Brady's 2012 congressional campaign made to former Philadelphia Judge Jimmie Moore, who had run against Brady during the primary.
In the wake of revelations that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. dropped two probes involving high profile-targets whose attorneys donated large sums to his campaign, the issue of having defense attorneys donate to district attorneys' political campaigns has come under scrutiny.
An attorney representing the DEP told the state Supreme Court that, in the year since the Marcellus Shale Coalition won a preliminary injunction blocking portions of new oil and gas drilling regulations, over 700 sites have been drilled.
"Limitless liability" is what health care providers in Pennsylvania would be exposed to if the state Supreme Court determined that UPMC could be liable for the conduct of a former drug-addicted employee who caused a hepatitis C outbreak in Kansas two years after being fired by the Pittsburgh-based hospital, a lawyer representing the hospital told the justices.
Appellate courts in Pennsylvania have distorted case law dealing with sovereign immunity and improperly created an arbitrary distinction for highway guardrails, an attorney argued before the state Supreme Court.
If the state Supreme Court upholds a decision that workers' compensation lawyers can be ordered to pay the employer's attorney fees for unreasonable contest, if the employer prevails on appeal, there will be a chilling effect on smaller cases, a lawyer representing a claimant told the justices.
The judge overseeing the pelvic mesh mass tort in Philadelphia has agreed to let the plaintiffs perform limited additional depositions related to a jurisdictional dispute that recently reignited in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California.
The products liability landscape in Pennsylvania following the Supreme Court's game-changing decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex has often been referred to as the "Wild West" by practitioners, and the practice may just have gotten a little wilder.
A former professor who was fired after creating an online parody video depicting faculty members as Nazis can proceed with his breach of contract claims against the university where he worked, a federal court in Pennsylvania has ruled.
During the oral argument session that is set to begin Tuesday the state Supreme Court is set to wade into muddy waters over quantum meruit claims for non-partner lawyers, and hear arguments on an issue that some say could have a chilling effect on the workers' compensation bar.
Chris Seeger, one of the lawyers leading class counsel in the settlement has made a $70 million fee request on behalf of his firm, Seeger Weiss, which he outlined Tuesday in a 22-page declaration to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Outspoken liberal actress Susan Sarandon and baseball star-turned-conservative commentator Curt Schilling may not have much in common politically, but both have contributed to candidates vying to become Philadelphia's next top prosecutor.
The judge overseeing the Xarelto mass tort in Philadelphia is considering a flurry of motions and responses that are expected to shape the state court litigation as it is gearing up for next month's bellwether trial.
Less than 24 hours after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its first ruling on the long-simmering debate over what it takes to bring bad-faith claims against an insurer in Pennsylvania, that case, Rancosky v. Washington National Insurance, was being briefed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
The state Superior Court has withdrawn a decision that tossed $38 million in punitive damages awarded over a fatal shooting at a Kraft factory, and decided that an expanded panel of judges should reconsider the case.
Methods two experts used to detect asbestos in talcum power were not scientifically rigorous enough to allow those experts to testify in court, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled in a case that attorneys have said is likely the first of its kind in the Keystone State.
A litigation funding company is facing off in federal court against attorneys representing class counsel in the NFL concussion litigation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over whether retired players should be able to sell their stakes in the $1 billion settlement.
Plaintiffs do not need to provide so-called "smoking gun" evidence of ill will to bring bad-faith claims against insurance carriers, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled in an issue of first impression for the court.
A decision saying it was a jury question—and not a matter of law—whether caustic wet cement was unreasonably dangerous has been allowed to stand as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to review the products liability case.
Depending on who you ask, a workers' compensation firm having an ownership stake in a pharmacy is either an ethical quagmire or a practical way for law firms to provide quick and inexpensive coverage to injured workers who might otherwise be left to suffer while their cases are litigated.
The family of deceased professional football player Aaron Hernandez filed a $20 million lawsuit against the National Football League and the New England Patriots in Boston federal court, but there's a chance the case may end up before the federal judge in Pennsylvania who is overseeing a nearly $1 billion settlement already in the works aimed at compensating former players for their brain injuries.
A policy issued by Safe Auto Insurance Co. that excluded coverage for non-family members who live with the vehicle owner but were not specifically included in the policy is enforceable under the state's Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled.
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has sued rival Johnson & Johnson over claims the company forced health care providers and insurers into exclusionary contracts aimed at blocking a competing autoimmune medication Pfizer recently introduced into the market.
Kelley Hodge has been Philadelphia's top prosecutor since the First Judicial District's Board of Judges chose her in July to take over in the tumultuous wake of former District Attorney R. Seth Williams, who pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in June. Since taking over, Hodge has made high-level staffing changes and is working to implement several new programs and initiative she said she hopes will outlast her tenure.
A lawyer representing class members in the NFL concussion settlement told a Philadelphia federal judge Tuesday that he would urge her to refer litigation funding and settlement management companies to criminal investigators if discovery into allegedly deceptive conduct turns up evidence of fraud.
The makers of the testosterone therapy AndroGel could not have prevailed on patent infringement actions they filed against a generic drug maker over the medication, a federal judge has ruled. The decision is a win for the Federal Trade Commission, which is contending that the drugmakers only filed the patent actions to delay a generic form of the drug from entering the market.
A federal judge has rejected Uber's bid to halt a class action lawsuit over the company's overtime pay practices, and ordered the parties to address whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The judge overseeing pelvic mesh mass tort litigation said the New Jersey-based defendant may have had a "strong" relationship with a Pennsylvania mesh-manufacturer, but he questioned whether that relationship would be enough to allow the Keystone State to retain jurisdiction over 90 pelvic mesh cases involving out-of-state plaintiffs.
If the state Supreme Court decides a municipal agency cannot be held liable for damages caused by the involuntary movement of a government vehicle, then the motor vehicle exception to governmental immunity under the Tort Claims Act is dead, an attorney told a full complement of the high court Wednesday.
Plaintiffs counsel in the National Football League concussion settlement lost a bid for discovery from a litigation funding company over agreements it made with ex-players, but U.S. District Judge Anita Brody granted a separate request by the plaintiffs to have several companies turn over information related to settlement-management agreements those companies are said to have with more than 80 claimants.
As parties begin gearing up for the first bellwether trials to start soon in state court over the blood thinner Xarelto, disputes have flared up over whether punitive damages should be allowed into the cases, and what experts should be allowed to testify.
Attorneys have characterized the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in as game-changing for mass tort programs in state court, but lawyers for more than 90 plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson over their pelvic mesh products have said in court papers the ruling should not affect the mass tort program pending in Philadelphia.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear arguments mostly on criminal issues as the fall 2017 argument session gets underway, but the seven-member court is also expected to hear a handful of arguments regarding civil matters, ranging from how nonlawyer consultants should be paid to the limits of the vehicle exception when it comes to governmental immunity.
A federal circuit court has rejected attempts by Pennsylvania medical device makers to unseal records that were part of a grand jury investigation that resulted in officials from those companies pleading guilty to unlawful off-label marketing.
Evidence that members of a group conducted election-related violence and showed "tacit support for radical Islam" are not enough to establish that the group is a low-level terrorist organization whose members must be deported, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled.
A Scranton attorney who recovered $125,000 for his client in a bad-faith case wanted $1.12 million in fees, costs and interest, but the presiding judge has instead awarded his firm nothing and referred the case to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Plaintiffs alleging stand-alone violations of either Title VII or the Americans with Disabilities Act cannot seek relief in federal court for deprivation of civil rights under section 1983, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held in declining to revive claims a former Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission employee brought against her former employer.
A state court judge has tossed the civil suit attorney Nancy Raynor filed against the lawyers who sought to have her hit with a $1 million sanction over her handling of an expert in a medical malpractice case.
Attorneys Thomas R. Kline and Patrick Fitzgerald of Kline & Specter and Robert Mongeluzzi of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky say filing a lawsuit quickly after a train wreck is one of the most important strategic decisions when dealing with potentially large matters in litigation, and a move that allows the plaintiffs attorneys to take the reins of the litigation early.
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