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Federal Circuit Court reverses fee collection by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, cites Pa. attorneys' amicus brief

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 21, 2018

LANCASTER – Lawyers from firm Barley Snyder who authored an amicus brief on behalf of the American Bar Association, had that same brief cited when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a landmark decision allowing for collection of attorney’s fees by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

Supreme Court strikes down 2012 law, says lawmakers passed it in unconstitutional fashion

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 14, 2018

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down Act 80, a law giving cash assistance to some of the state's poorest residents, due to constitutional issues on how the law was passed.

Third Circuit: De La Fuente not prevented from appearing on 2016 Presidential Election ballot

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A federal appellate court has denied claims from an independent presidential candidate from Florida, who alleged improper prevention of his name from appearing on ballots for the 2016 Presidential Election in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Wrongful termination case filed by former manager of Ritz-Carlton Hotel suspended, sent to arbitration

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 8, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Arbitration has been chosen to resolve a dispute between a former manager at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the hotel company itself, with the plaintiff believing the business violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act when it terminated him almost five years ago.

Ohio lawmakers send first-of-its-kind rejection to powerful legal group

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 3, 2018

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Through a bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday, the State of Ohio has legislatively opposed the American Law Institute’s long-debated and recently-passed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance wholesale, an unprecedented development in the 95-year history of the ALI.

Employers would be granted some relief from asbestos lawsuits under proposed Pa. law

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 23, 2018

HARRISBURG – Pending legislation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would essentially overrule a 2014 state Supreme Court decision and change asbestos litigation statewide, to plaintiff lawyers' dismay, if it were to pass.

Pa. Supreme Court rules Philadelphia's controversial soda tax is legal, legislators look to continue fight

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 22, 2018

HARRISBURG – A soda and sweetened beverage tax that has divided the City of Philadelphia and been the subject of controversy since its implementation is legal, according to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Yahoo wins TCPA case after plaintiff's expert reports 'offer nothing'; Attorneys sought recovery for 27K texts

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 16, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – In a long-litigated Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case filed, Yahoo has had its verdict of summary judgment upheld by a federal appellate court for a second time, and had the plaintiff’s expert reports excluded.

Op-Ed: Leave Pittsburgh's animal handling law in place

By Jennifer O'Connor | Jul 10, 2018

In filing suit against the city of Pittsburgh to fight regulations that protect animals, the Syria Shriners are not only squandering money, they are swimming against the tide of public opinion against exploiting animals in circuses.

Pennsylvania House votes down bill to limit punitive damages in nursing home litigation

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 2, 2018

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsors viewed as a reform measure that sought to limit punitive damages in verdicts against nursing homes was defeated in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week.

Before landmark U.S. SC ruling, Pa. teachers sued over payment of union fees

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 2, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A trio of retired and current public schoolteachers have initiated potential class action litigation in federal court over the legality of a state law that mandates them to pay “fair-share fees” to the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), its affiliates or a union-approved charity.

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