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Attorney: Bill increasing police body cams shouldn't limit access to records

Karen Kidd Nov. 9, 2016, 9:18am

HARRISBURG – The state Legislature will need to walk a fine line in a controversial measure that would have more police officers wear body cams but would sharply reduce public access to the resulting video, a government transparency expert says. 

Anxiety not a claim for damages in data breach case

Karen Kidd Nov. 1, 2016, 11:27am

PITTSBURGH – Plaintiffs in a data breach class action lawsuit against Barnes & Nobles fixed their standing problem but still couldn't adequately allege damages, a Pittsburgh attorney says.

Third Circuit decision in product-hopping case may be at odds with prior case, attorney says

Karen Kidd Oct. 26, 2016, 1:37pm

PHILADELPHIA – A decision out of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit earlier this fall that a pharmaceutical company in a Pennsylvania product-hopping case did not violate the Sherman Antitrust Act seems to be at odds with a prior precedent-setting case, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney says.

Wage and labor agencies hoping to reduce duplicate efforts, attorney says

Karen Kidd Aug. 24, 2016, 7:46am

HARRISBURG – Reducing duplicate effort is among the benefits that government wage and hour officials hope will result from a recent partnership between federal and state agencies, a Philadelphia labor and employment attorney says.

Change in Pa. unclaimed property law coming, leaves Delaware on its own

Karen Kidd Aug. 16, 2016, 11:58am

HARRISBURG – Provisions in Pennsylvania's new budget will make Delaware the odd state out when it comes to notifying property owners prior to the Department of Treasury taking over unclaimed property, an administrative law attorney said during a recent interview.

New common pleas judge on public service: Do it for the right reasons

Karen Kidd Aug. 9, 2016, 2:03pm

PHILADELPHIA – Up-and-coming attorneys considering a career that includes public service should do it for all the right reasons, one of the newest judges on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas said during a recent interview.

Third Circuit consistent with other courts in pro-employer ruling, attorney says

Karen Kidd Aug. 2, 2016, 8:35am

PITTSBURGH — A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decision regarding employment references is in line with previous rulings, an employment law attorney says.

Court decision in 'take-home toxic-tort' case more subtle than widely reported, attorney says

Karen Kidd Jul. 27, 2016, 10:18am

TRENTON, N.J. – A New Jersey Supreme Court decision reported to extend company responsibility for employees exposed to potentially hazardous material to include their housemates is more subtle than has been widely reported, an insurance attorney says.

Attorney: Extra $5M law enforcement policy for DNC could come in handy

Karen Kidd Jul. 26, 2016, 10:35am

PHILADELPHIA – City officials took out $250 million in insurance coverage ahead of the 2016 Democratic National Convention currently running in Philadelphia, and an attorney says it is probably a good thing the City took out an extra $5 million for coverage in lawsuits against law enforcement.

Justice Thomas not on board with majority's ruling in case of Pa. man sentenced to death

Karen Kidd Jun. 23, 2016, 3:34pm

WASHINGTON – Dissent in a capital murder case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that prosecutors can't judge actions they've prosecuted, is as instructive as the majority ruling, an expert in said during a recent interview.

Pittsburgh judge in polypropylene mesh case 'followed well-settled law,' attorney says

Karen Kidd Jun. 23, 2016, 3:27pm

PITTSBURGH – A decision handed down by a federal judge in the state's western district, dismissing most claims but allowing others to proceed against polypropylene mesh manufacturers and providers, is unique perhaps only in its normalcy, a Philadelphia attorney said during a recent interview.

Union president having 'crisis of confidence' over governor's signing of Pa. liquor modernization bill

Karen Kidd Jun. 17, 2016, 1:39pm

HARRISBURG – A union local president said he was perplexed that Pennsylvania's governor earlier this week signed a Republican-sponsored liquor reform bill to allow beer and wine sales in state-licensed grocery stores, restaurants and hotels into law.

U.S. Attorney says review of Philadelphia restaurants netted positive results

Karen Kidd Jun. 10, 2016, 9:29am

PHILADELPHIA – Earlier this year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania decided to find out if people with disabilities could enjoy popular and often frequented restaurants in Philadelphia as readily as patrons with no disabilities.

Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuit against SEPTA one of rising number, attorney says

Karen Kidd May 27, 2016, 12:15pm

PHILADELPHIA – The recent federal class action lawsuit filed against Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other laws is one of many making those claims, an attorney knowledgeable of the FCRA said during a recent interview.

Self-reporting review that led to U.S. Attorney's lawsuit against Philly pub is inadequate, disability rights attorney says

Karen Kidd May 25, 2016, 10:24am

PHILADELPHIA – The good news may be that 24 of 25 popular and often frequented restaurants in Philadelphia are not being sued by a U.S. Attorney but South Philadelphia Tap Room is, all of which is surprising, a disability rights attorney said during a recent interview.

Dem AG candidate says, if elected, he won't seek higher office

Karen Kidd May 18, 2016, 9:54am

HARRISBURG – State attorney general-hopeful Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, doesn't have to respond to his rival's May 2 challenge to "take politics out of the AG’s office" by agreeing to not run for higher office because Shapiro already has said as much, a spokesman for his campaign said.

Pennsylvania provides steps to report and retrieve unclaimed property, attorneys say

Karen Kidd May 18, 2016, 9:18am

HARRISBURG – Legal and commercial entities that must file a report with the Pennsylvania Treasury if they have reportable unclaimed property can follow certain steps, two attorneys who specialize in unclaimed property issues said in a recent interview.

Employers should maintain strong policies following $188M Wal-Mart decision

Karen Kidd May 5, 2016, 3:47pm

Pennsylvania employers need to be wary of their procedures in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month not to review an appeal in a $187.6 million Wal-Mart class action case, say two attorneys who've blogged about the case.

Similar issue led to rejection of Wal-Mart's $188M appeal, attorney says

Karen Kidd Apr. 26, 2016, 3:14pm

Timing likely played its part in the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to not hear an appeal in a $187.6 million Pennsylvania class action case involving Wal-Mart, an attorney representing the class says.

Many in gas and oil industry relieved high court did not overturn estoppel by deed, attorney says

Karen Kidd Apr. 26, 2016, 2:56pm

Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry recently breathed a sigh of relief after the state Supreme Court unanimously reaffirmed the long-standing "estoppel by deed," or rule of after-acquired title, a Pittsburgh industry attorney who wasn't surprised by the ruling says.