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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?

Jury could infer doctor took 'bystander' approach to treating jailed HIV-positive cancer patient, judge rules

JOHNSTOWN – A federal judge won't grant summary judgment to a doctor who is being sued after treating an inmate at the Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands.

Wife of late country music star Troy Gentry files wrongful death lawsuit against companies involved in his fatal chopper crash

PHILADELPHIA – Angela Gentry, the widow of country music star Troy Gentry, who was killed in a helicopter accident in Medford, N.J. last fall, has filed a survival and wrongful death action in a Philadelphia court against the companies involved in her late husband’s fatal crash.

Lawsuit reform group hopes next judiciary chairs are 'open-minded and willing to listen'

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform Executive Director Curt Schroder said his organization looks forward to working with the next chairs of the state's judiciary committees following announcements that both of the current leaders oplan to retire.

A 'surprising' Third Circuit ruling separates religious beliefs from a hospital worker's refusal of a flu shot

PHILADELPHIA – Religious fervor has nothing to do with refusing a flu shot, according to a federal appeals court in Philadelphia.

Legal reform on the mind of GOP gov candidate; Product liability law 'an incoherent mess'

PITTSBURGH – Jones Day of counsel and Republican gubernatorial candidate Laura Ellsworth has several ideas for legal reform and changes to the current civil justice system that she would like to implement if she wins the office.

A possible financial boost awaits thousands of out-of-state plaintiffs in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – Though a recent Superior Court ruling has livened plaintiff attorneys as to the potential of winning punitive damages in Philadelphia's packed Risperdal program, one lawyer is cautioning against “banking” on such a possibility.

Fatal fire in Pittsburgh results in lawsuit; Plaintiff says her mother burned to death

PITTSBURGH – The proprietors of a Pittsburgh apartment complex that allegedly lacked an emergency sprinkler system are now facing a negligence, survival and wrongful death action from the daughter of a woman killed in a fire there last year.

Shapiro says feds criminalizing marijuana oversteps state’s medical pot law

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said federal action to continue criminalizing marijuana despite the state’s legalizing of the drug for medical purposes amounts to a threat and an overstepping of authority.

In Pennsylvania, you can drive an Uber while still collecting unemployment

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overturned a ruling of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review that denied benefits to a former behavioral specialist who took on work as an Uber driver, according to a Jan. 24 opinion.

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

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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.

Lawsuit: Payroll professional defrauded IRS, embezzled $55K to pay for tropical vacations

PITTSBURGH – A new state court lawsuit alleges a commercial payroll professional embezzled more than $55,000 to lavish herself with tropical vacations, instead of submitting a construction’s company payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Former Army football player claims head trauma caused Lou Gehrig's disease, sues NCAA

PHILADELPHIA – A former college football linebacker has launched legal action against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), charging the governing sports body’s alleged negligence in not informing him of the dangers of repeated head trauma led him to develop Lou Gehrig’s disease

U.S. Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP's request to consider congressional redistricting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has an answer for Pennsylvania Republicans who wanted the judiciary to examine the constitutionality of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision to redraw its congressional districting map: “No.”

Senate President Scarnati vows to oppose Supreme Court's congressional redistricting order

HARRISBURG – State Senate President Joseph Scarnati, believes the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania unconstitutionally usurped authority from the Legislature in its recent orders to re-draw the state’s map of 18 congressional districts – and therefore, says he won’t comply with them.

Bill banning non-compete agreements sits in Pa. House; Passage looks unlikely, attorney says

HARRISBURG – The proposed Freedom to Work Act, which proposes a ban on non-compete agreements by Pennsylvania employers, could cause a great deal of concern but faces a long road to passage, a Fisher & Phillips attorney says.

Supreme Court disbars former Washington County Common Pleas judge over use of seized cocaine

HARRISBURG – The state Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to a request from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to disbar former Washington County Common Pleas Judge Paul Michael Pozonsky.

Litigation funder's identity will stay secret after Pittsburgh judge's order

PITTSBURGH – A federal judge recently ruled that work product documents and a litigation funding agreement, one connected to a consolidated patent infringement lawsuit involving magnetic technology used in computer hard drives, will remain shielded.

Court restores disability benefits for former Duquesne Light worker who claimed bomb threats caused a panic disorder and PTSD

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has reversed a Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB) decision that terminated a former Duquesne Light Co. employee’s medical benefits related to treatment of panic disorder - but also upheld termination of her benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder symptoms.