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

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.

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

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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?

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

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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'

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Land Tycoon sues Agriculture Department, others over Luzerne County property

HARRISBURG - A Pennsylvania-based organization has sued the federal government, a Lebanon-based agency and an Orangeville resident, alleging property rights infringement dating to 2012.

NYC asbestos firm fighting subpoenas in RICO case; Philly firm has motion to transfer its case denied

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The New York City asbestos firm Belluck & Fox is fighting to keep the company that has accused it of racketeering from gathering more information.

Philly firm calls N.C. lawyer 'incompetent' in defamation lawsuit over loss of client

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia corporate law firm called a North Carolina lawyer “incompetent” in a recently filed defamation lawsuit and is seeking more than $75,000 from her.

Woman, fired for arguing about bringing dog to work at hotel's banquet room, loses lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA – A former Bucks County banquet manager who was fired partly over an argument over whether she could bring her dog to work has lost her age discrimination lawsuit.

Alzheimer's Institute of America brought infringement suit over Swedish mutation in bad faith, judge rules

PHILADELPHIA – Ruling that the Alzheimer’s Institute of America is not the patent-holder for a specific genetic mutation, a federal judge has decided it should have to pay the attorneys fees Avid Radiopharmaceuticals incurred in an infringement lawsuit between the two.