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Right-to-Know ruling strikes 'reasonable balance' between requests and response time, says advocate

Carrie Salls Aug. 16, 2016, 11:50am

HARRISBURG – A recent Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruling could have a significant impact on the length of time public entities have to review and respond to requests for large volumes of records under the commonwealth’s Right-to-Know Law (RTKL).

Electric co-op wins fight to keep $53 million patronage capital retirement case in federal court

Carrie Salls Aug. 15, 2016, 9:20am

PITTSBURGH – A class action lawsuit filed against REA Energy Cooperative Inc. by current and former members seeking the retirement of $53 million in allocated patronage capital will remain in federal court after the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed a motion by the plaintiffs to send the matter back to state court.

Unknowns surround ballot question on judges' retirement age as deadlines loom

Carrie Salls Aug. 10, 2016, 12:47pm

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider on an emergency basis a lawsuit challenging the language to be used in a ballot question regarding the mandatory retirement age for judges in the state.

Philadelphia council changes ordinance to address use of credit checks by employers

Carrie Salls Aug. 5, 2016, 9:17am

A recently enacted amendment to the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance makes it illegal for employers in Philadelphia to ask for, obtain or use credit-related information when considering whether to hire an applicant for many non-managerial positions.

Pa. minor league baseball players lose bid for class action certification

Carrie Salls Aug. 4, 2016, 9:44am

Minor league professional baseball players in several states, including Pennsylvania, lost their bid for certification of a class in an attempt to seek compensation for baseball-related activities performed outside of the regular season.

Former Philly solicitor to grow Chamberlain Hrdlicka's office

Carrie Salls Aug. 1, 2016, 3:09pm

PHILADELPHIA – Complex litigation and business attorney Ken Trujillo has moved to Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. 

Class counsel believe Samsung washing machine defect affected hundreds of thousands

Carrie Salls Jul. 20, 2016, 9:51am

PHILADELPHIA – A class-action lawsuit filed June 30 against Samsung Electronics America Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania centers on an alleged defect that attorneys believe has affected hundreds of thousands of people nationwide.

Philadelphia attorney hopes claim justification orders become routine in mass tort cases

Carrie Salls Jul. 12, 2016, 10:16am

PHILADELPHIA – Reed Smith LLP counsel Rachel B. Weil hopes that Lone Pine orders like a recent one requiring plaintiffs in a knee implant multi-district case to submit expert declarations backing up their injury claims become a routine part of the tort litigation process.

Altoona personal care home not liable for resident's off-site death caused by drunk driver

Carrie Salls Jun. 23, 2016, 3:23pm

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently affirmed a Blair County court ruling that an Altoona personal care home was not negligent in allowing a resident of the home to leave the premises of his own free will before he was killed by a drunk driver while walking through an intersection in 2010.

Army vet/business owner taking tax dispute with Philadelphia to U.S. Supreme Court

Carrie Salls Jun. 22, 2016, 8:54am

PHILADELPHIA – The attorney for the owner of a Philadelphia real estate business said he and his client “are very dismayed” by a May ruling issued by a federal appeals court that held the man is not entitled to the tax liability protections afforded by the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to business owners while they are actively serving the U.S.military.

Former FTC attorney: Win in Hershey/Pinnacle merger 'critically important'

Carrie Salls Jun. 22, 2016, 8:49am

HARRISBURG – The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) attempt to block a merger between the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System, the first of two rejected hospital merger injunction requests in as many months, will be heard next by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.