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New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Pro-reform group touts data showing immigrant economic impact in Pennsylvania

NEW YORK — Immigrants in Pennsylvania paid $7.5 billion in taxes in 2014 and wielded $20.2 billion in spending power over the same year, according to data released today by New American Economy (NEA) – a coalition of businesses and lawmakers calling for immigration reform.

Pennsylvania's legal climate ranks in lower tier of states, according to national survey

Pennsylvania ranks in the lower tier of U.S. states as it continues on its path to becoming a mass tort mecca

Superior Court reverses ruling in long-running lawsuit between North Wales senior center, rabbi's estate

PHILADELPHIA – A seven-year-long legal battle between a North Wales senior medical care provider and the estate of a long-serving northwest Philadelphia rabbi is on its way back to common pleas court after a higher court ruling earlier in August.

Pittsburgh teacher's defamation suit says colleague's sexual harassment claim is made up; Defendant's response says it happened

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh kindergarten teacher who finds herself a defendant in a defamation lawsuit for alleging sexual harassment against a fellow educator says the unwelcome smacking, grabbing and other inappropriate conduct really did happen, according to her counterclaim filed earlier this summer.

Health care facility files objections to lawsuit over choking-related death of 81-year-old woman

LANCASTER – Attorneys for a Neffsville long-term care facility and its corporate owner say agents described as acting on its behalf in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in the 2016 death of an 81-year-old resident have not been properly identified, according to objections filed in the case.

Inmate's religious freedom allegation over less choir practice thrown out; Dissenting judge says case not frivolous

HARRISBURG — A prison inmate's allegations that Pennsylvania Department of Correction officials are infringing on his religious practices were upheld as frivolous by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in a 2-1 ruling handed down May 1.

Superior Court: Jury must decide questions in 2006 slip-and-fall incident

A jury needs to decide whether Maytag is liable for injuries suffered by a truck driver when he slipped and fell in a trailer drop at a Pittston industrial park more than a decade ago, Pennsylvania's Superior Court ruled in March.

Fracking counties experience more prosperity and violent crime, study says

MONTOURSVILLE – Pennsylvania counties experiencing a boom in fracking also see increases in employment, salaries and violent crime, a shale networking organization said in a recent newsletter.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court, bodies in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh make 'Judicial Hellholes' watch list

WASHINGTON – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas made the watch list of American Tort Reform Association's 2016-17 Judicial Hellholes list, issued earlier today.

Judge: Harassment of gay man 'exactly the evil' a federal law should address

PITTSBURGH – A federal judge provided a "solid foundation" for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's lawsuit regarding a gay man allegedly harassed by his manager at a Pittsburgh-area health care center, an employment litigator said during a recent interview.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.