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Third Circuit: Jury could decide company is liable for temp's discrimination claims

On Nov. 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided that employers that hire temporary employees from staffing agencies may be held liable for claims made by those employees

Attorney: Pa. SC upholding noncompete contracts regulations ‘clearly makes exception’ in law

Last month, the state Supreme Court upheld the state’s strict regulations that limit an employer’s ability to prevent an employee from working for its competition.

Philly firm hires privacy officer to protect clients' info; Expert says it's a 'dual-edged sword'

In the wake of a recent FBI report that said 80 percent of large law firms have experienced a data breach, a Philadelphia firm is beefing up its internal security.

Oil and gas association applauds Superior Court decision making acquiring subsurface rights more difficult

After the development the drilling of the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, many legal battles have emerged across the state as surface owners claim subsurface rights to oil and gas.

Commonwealth Court approves higher customer utility surcharges to finance infrastructure repair

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently issued a decision reaffirming the ability of utility companies to charge a greater surcharge on customers’ monthly bills to cover infrastructure improvements.

Professor: State Senate could and should remove AG Kane from office

A professor at Duquesne University says state Attorney General Kathleen Kane is likely collecting a paycheck while not being able to perform the duties of her office while her law license is suspended, and that the state Senate has the authority to remove her from office.

Philadelphia judge rules Mich. Risperdal plaintiffs must subscribe to Michigan law

A recent decision in a Philadelphia court dismissed the claims of 13 plaintiffs who alleged that they developed gynecomastia after taking the drug Risperdal during adolescence.

Punitive damages barred in nearly 1,500 Risperdal cases at Philadelphia CLC

Last month, Judge Arnold New, Supervising Judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, released an opinion explaining why punitive damages are barred in nearly all of the 1,500 Risperdal mass tort claims filed in the court's Complex Litigation Center, holding that cases must subscribe to the laws of the states in which the alleged punitive conduct actually occurs.

PA Chamber focuses on “safe and responsible” energy in wake of fracking decision

GRANT TOWNSHIP, Pa. – After a district court judge issued an opinion effectively supporting hydraulic fracking within Grant Township, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry celebrated the role that the energy market has played in the state’s development.

Court reform group upset with Democratic group's ads targeting state Supreme Court candidates

A committee chaired by the former chair of the state Democratic Party, Pennsylvanians for Judicial Reform (PJR), has recently sponsored ads against the three Republican candidates campaigning for the three open seats in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Suit filed against U.S. Postal Service and union over alleged unjust termination

A Cumberland County resident filed suit against the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) claiming that she was unjustly fired.