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Missouri Supreme Court rules application of Blaine Amendments unconstitutional

For the first time, The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a case from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals that governments must not deny religious entities money simply for being a religious organization.

NFL concussion settlement nears payout with Supreme Court rejection of challenge

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 12 denied a request by a group of retired National Football League Players to hear their challenge of a concussion lawsuit settlement approved in April 2015 in federal district court in Pennsylvania.

Federal court denies injunction against enforcement of Harrisburg buffer zone

A federal district court in Pennsylvania recently denied a preliminary injunction in Reilly v. City of Harrisburg, in which the plaintiffs have challenged a Harrisburg ordinance establishing a buffer zone around health care facilities.

Justice Thomas not on board with majority's ruling in case of Pa. man sentenced to death

WASHINGTON – Dissent in a capital murder case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that prosecutors can't judge actions they've prosecuted, is as instructive as the majority ruling, an expert in said during a recent interview.

Whistleblower case raises implications for in-house counsel

PHILADELPHIA - In December, attorney David Danon alleged in a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia federal court that investment company Vanguard had wrongfully terminated him after he raised concerns internally about alleged tax violations.

Employers should maintain strong policies following $188M Wal-Mart decision

Pennsylvania employers need to be wary of their procedures in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month not to review an appeal in a $187.6 million Wal-Mart class action case, say two attorneys who've blogged about the case.

Roman Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh, Erie petition U.S. SC over contraception mandate

WASHINGTON - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Diocese of Erie have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court over the contraception requirement of President Barack Obama’s federal health care law.

Temple Law dean given '14 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

JoAnne Epps, the dean of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, has

Obama nominates Dechert attorney Cheryl Ann Krause to Third Circuit

President Obama this week nominated Cheryl Ann Krause, an attorney who

Easton School Dist. to appeal 'I [heart] Boobies' free speech case to U.S. Supreme Court

A northeastern Pennsylvania school district has reportedly decided to

Veteran Pittsburgh-area lawyer appointed to four-year term on Pa. Judicial Conduct Board

Gov. Tom Corbett recently appointed a Pittsburgh-area attorney to serve out a four-year

Same-sex Pa. couples file federal suit over state's gay marriage ban

Weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act

Pa. Superior Court Judge Anne Lazarus to receive Phila. Bar Assoc. award

Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Anne E. Lazarus will receive the Philadelphia Bar

Phila. trial lawyer Robert Heim appointed to Pa. Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee

Veteran Philadelphia trial lawyer and past Philadelphia Bar Association chancellor

Pa. attorney general joins counterparts in supporting proposed legislation involving generic drug warning labels

Pennsylvania’s top law enforcer has announced that the commonwealth has joined 40 other state attorneys general in support of federal legislation that would give generic drug makers the same ability to correct label warnings as their brand-name counterparts.

Commonwealth Court rejects lawyer's attempt to remove Obama from Pa. primary election ballot

A state appellate court panel late last week rejected a request by a Philadelphia-area attorney to get President Obama kicked off the April primary election ballot.

Judge grants summary judgment to Pa. state police in case of job applicant's lawsuit over tattoo policy

A federal judge in Harrisburg last week granted summary judgment to the Pennsylvania State Police in a case in which an applicant seeking a job as a Liquor Enforcement Officer claimed he was discriminated against because of a tattoo.

Judge should have disclosed ties to Sandusky, critics say

Questions surrounding the conduct of the judge who arraigned former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky - now an accused pedophile -are being raised over what is being characterized as a surprisingly low bail.

PA GOP chair claims Wecht is 'owned' by trial lawyers

Rob Gleason, Pennsylvania’s GOP Chairman issued a statement that Pennsylvania Superior Court candidate David Wecht, a Democrat, is indebted to trial lawyers because he has received a $300,000 donation from the Committee for a Better Tomorrow, a political action committee financed by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association.