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Underwriting important for insurance policies in product contamination claims

By Robert Lawson | Jan 9, 2017

PITTSBURGH – A Pennsylvania federal court made a ruling this year using New York law determining that an insurer could rescind its product contamination policy because of an insured’s material misrepresentations made during the application process concerning its loss history. 

SCOTUS asked to review whether state laws, not federal, should apply to aviation industry

By Robert Lawson | Nov 22, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — An aircraft pilots association is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that allowed states to impose their own safety standards in place of federal law.

Attorney: Liquor Control Board opinion not consumer-friendly

By Robert Lawson | Nov 17, 2016

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in October issued a legal advisory opinion about the ability of breweries, wineries and distilleries to purchase and sell limited winery and distillery products carried in state stores and whether they may be eligible for wholesale discount.

Pittsburgh Fraternal Order of Police president explains position on Act 47 challenge

By Robert Lawson | Sep 6, 2016

PITTSBURGH — The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in Pittsburgh has been involved with a civic conundrum over police union member contracts and, as part of an Act 47 challenge, will now head to court over the matter.

Ruling adds uncertainty for contractors working for governments

By Robert Lawson | Aug 30, 2016

HARRISBURG — It will be more difficult for contractors in Pennsylvania to collect payments and legal fees from local and state government agencies withholding payment in bad faith after a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision. 

Court rejects physician's claims that Pottstown Memorial violated Anti-Kickback and False Claims Act

By Robert Lawson | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected surgeon Alan Cooper's claim that his on-call contract termination by Pottstown Memorial Medical Center (PMMC) violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act.

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