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Bern firm, shut out of opioid litigation spot, says lead lawyers don't represent enough of Pennsylvania

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2018

MEDIA – After not being picked to a coveted leadership role in Pennsylvania’s opioid litigation, a Conshohocken plaintiffs firm is pleading with a Delaware County judge to reconsider.

A dissident emerges in Pennsylvania's opioid litigation: Lehigh Co. claims its case has been highjacked

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2018

The fight for control of Pennsylvania’s opioid litigation is not over, as Lehigh County is not happy that its case has been grouped in with more than 30 others and that lawyers it previously rejected have been tasked with overseeing the proceedings.

Unbeaten at trial, Bayer and Janssen say cycle of Xarelto lawsuits 'needs to be stopped'

By John O'Brien | Jun 13, 2018

Early returns haven't been positive for plaintiffs attorneys, so Xarelto liability theories have been mutating, defense says

House action possible on bill limiting punitive damages against nursing homes to 2.5 times compensatory award

By John O'Brien | Jun 12, 2018

Legislation that limits punitive damages in verdicts against nursing homes could soon be discussed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

From Legal Newsline

No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

Plaintiffs firm represented whistleblower in secret to avoid paying referral fee from multimillion-dollar case, lawsuit claims

By John O'Brien | May 24, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Texas personal injury law firm claims it is owed part of $16 million awarded to a corporate whistleblower because colleagues effectively poached the client and represented him in secret.

From Legal Newsline

State AGs united for #MeToo, but changing federal law could be slippery slope

By John O'Brien | Feb 24, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – State attorneys general are united in championing a new cause – abolishing clauses that require sexual harassment claims to be heard in arbitration. But would it set a bad precedent for changing federal law while scoring political points for its supporters?

From Legal Newsline

Litigation funder spending cash on political candidates like AGs of New York and Pennsylvania

By John O'Brien | Jan 4, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies that fund lawsuits can find themselves in the crosshairs of state regulators, and a recent New York Post article revealed that one such business has given tens of thousands of dollars to one of the nation’s most important public officials – who happens to have sued a competing company.

Firm wants Carlson's millions from recent settlement; He hasn't worked there in 13 years, calls lawsuit 'absurd'

By John O'Brien | Aug 10, 2017

PITTSBURGH – The way his former firm sees it, prominent Western Pennsylvania plaintiffs attorney R. Bruce Carlson has essentially been working for it for the past 13 years as he litigated a long-running class action – even though he resigned in 2004.

Phoney Lawsuits: House subcommittee holds hearing on TCPA 'lawsuit abuse'

By John O'Brien | Jun 21, 2017

WASHINGTON - As courts are asked to provide guidance on the future of a federal telemarketing law that was written before the cell phone era, a House subcommittee is hearing suggestions on how to modernize it.

Kampf pushes for bill targeting 'fraud' in asbestos system

By John O'Brien | May 10, 2017

HARRISBURG – Hoping to drum up support for a bill that seeks to reform the way asbestos lawsuits proceed, Rep. Warren Kampf spoke May 9 to a crowd of fellow lawmakers about what he feels is an ongoing fraud in the legal system.

Hershey's legal defense: Plaintiff is disbarred attorney looking for targets

By John O'Brien | Apr 28, 2017

LOS ANGELES - Hershey’s is defending a class action lawsuit by attacking the motives of the plaintiff – a disbarred attorney who has filed hundreds of lawsuits and wrote a how-to-sue book.

Phoney Lawsuits: A federal law is giving litigious people a new income stream

By John O'Brien | Mar 16, 2017

In June 2014, Melody Stoops began a business venture that would lead to the collection of at least 35 cell phones that she stored in a shoebox. Though she lived in a small town in central Pennsylvania, she used Florida area codes when she registered for a new phone number for each.

Fla. advocacy group filing majority of lawsuits in Pittsburgh

By John O'Brien | Mar 7, 2017

PITTSBURGH – A Miami advocacy group for the disabled is increasingly focusing its efforts in a Pennsylvania courthouse.

Despite Garlock settlement, Philly asbestos firm can't shake racketeering claims yet

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2016

CHICAGO - A company that frequently finds itself targeted by asbestos attorneys is taking the reins on racketeering claims that allege those lawyers manipulated the system to unfairly drive up the costs of settlements and verdicts.

Pa. Supreme Court race sets spending record; Democrats backed by plaintiffs bar win all three open spots

By John O'Brien | Nov 5, 2015

When all the cash was spent, the victors were Philadelphia judge Kevin Dougherty and Superior Court judges David Wecht and Christine Donohue. Contributions to seven candidates topped $11 million, and even more was spent by political action committees on advertising.

Survey: Pennsylvania's legal climate ranks 37th for business

By John O'Brien | Sep 10, 2015

The result is an improvement from the last version of the survey, though Philadelphia is singled out as one of the worst local jurisdictions for businesses.

Judge denies asbestos firms' motions to dismiss racketeering cases against them

By John O'Brien | Sep 9, 2015

Judge Graham Mullen said Garlock Sealing Technologies has adequately stated its RICO claims, but he did not rule on whether they were filed too late. The company is accusing asbestos firms of manipulating a compensation system that includes civil lawsuits and submissions to bankruptcy trusts established by companies.

Philadelphia was especially tough place to fight asbestos claims, bankrupt company's attorney testified

By John O'Brien | Jun 8, 2015

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series examining evidence submitted in Garlock Sealing Technologies’ bankruptcy proceeding that was recently unsealed as a result of Legal Newsline’s legal challenge.

Worker claims Flint Energy owes him overtime pay

By John O'Brien | May 22, 2015

HARRISBURG - A Montoursville resident is bringing allegations against an Oklahoma-based corporation, alleging violation of employment law from 2012 to 2014.

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