U.S. Supreme Court News

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.

SCOTUS takes case of Pa. woman forced to make her land open to public because of graveyard

By Elizabeth Alt | May 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a property rights lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania landowner who has a graveyard on her property, and the decision could have far-reaching implications across the country, according to the Pacific Legal Foundation - a group that is representing the landowner.

Sen. Scarnati appeals federal judge's order to pay League of Women Voters for costs of gerrymandering challenge

By Karen Kidd | May 3, 2018

A state senator is appealing a federal judge's order earlier this month to pay more than $29,300 to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania in reimbursement for the fees and costs of its successful gerrymandering challenge.

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 13, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite optimism from the defense side, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to again consider a high-profile class action lawsuit is a boost to plaintiffs lawyer, a Philadelphia attorney says.

Missouri Supreme Court rules application of Blaine Amendments unconstitutional

By Elizabeth Alt | Nov 15, 2017

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

By Carrie Salls | Dec 21, 2016

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

By Kathleen McGuire Gilbert | Oct 11, 2016

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

By Karen Kidd | Jun 23, 2016

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

By Russell Boniface | May 13, 2016

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

By Karen Kidd | May 5, 2016

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 4, 2015

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

By Jon Campisi | Mar 6, 2014

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

Obama nominates Dechert attorney Cheryl Ann Krause to Third Circuit

By Jon Campisi | Feb 6, 2014

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

By Jon Campisi | Oct 31, 2013

A northeastern Pennsylvania school district has reportedly decided to

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

By Jon Campisi | Jul 18, 2013

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

By Jon Campisi | Jul 10, 2013

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

By Jon Campisi | Apr 29, 2013

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

By Jon Campisi | Nov 2, 2012

Veteran Philadelphia trial lawyer and past Philadelphia Bar Association chancellor

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

By Jon Campisi | May 17, 2012

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

By Jon Campisi | Mar 20, 2012

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.

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