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The unruly inner child in an asbestos lawyer

By The Pennsylvania Record | Jan 14, 2019

Attorneys in Pennsylvania are claiming the law doesn't apply to them

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Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Pa. civil litigation reform groups, Philly Bar spar over ATRA's 'Judicial Hellholes' report

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – With Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania once again being featured on the American Tort Reform Association’s annual “Judicial Hellholes” and “Watch List," reactions among civil litigation reform groups and Philadelphia's Bar remain adversarial.

Lobbying groups financed by Pond Lehocky to oppose Workers' Comp bills fined for ethics violations

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 13, 2018

HARRISBURG – A pair of lobbyist organizations connected to plaintiffs law firm Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano and which sought to defeat Workers' Compensation reform bills were recently found to have violated the state’s Lobbying Disclosure Law and fined by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

Protecting accused pedophile priests: A terrible tradition continues in Pennsylvania

By The Pennsylvania Record | Dec 12, 2018

The cover-up persists with the redaction of names of priests accused of sexual abuse in five dioceses

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Trial lawyers find unusual allies in fight against arbitration: Conservative state treasurers

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 11, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Class action lawyers who see arbitration as a mortal threat to their business have found unlikely allies among some of the nation’s most conservative state officials.

Groups don't want Pa. Supreme Court to create Fair Share Act exception for asbestos lawsuits

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 10, 2018

HARRISBURG – Business and legal reform groups are calling on the state Supreme Court to uphold a specific application of a law that governs how defendants split the check when a plaintiff verdict comes in - opposing a so-called "carve-out" that would keep the law from applying to asbestos cases..

Philadelphia lands at No. 6 on American Tort Reform Association's annual “Judicial Hellholes” report

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Brotherly Love may have added its first Super Bowl trophy to its list of accolades this year, but a second distinction Philadelphia received in 2018 was another prominent placement on the American Tort Reform Association’s annual list of “Judicial Hellholes.”

A reputation is a terrible thing to waste

By The Pennsylvania Record | Nov 19, 2018

The American Law Institute is in danger of losing the influence its members have earned over the past century

Judge rejects ALI's controversial Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance theory

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 15, 2018

TOPEKA, Kansas – A recent decision reached in a federal court pertaining to breach of contract and bad faith claims in a fatal auto accident case rejects a theory from the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, and its recommendations for insurer liability for defense counsel conduct as “premature.”

Philly ambulance companies say New Jersey firm didn't file unemployment compensation documents

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A pair of Philadelphia-based paratransit services say a New Jersey human resources firm failed to file unemployment compensation fund documents, leaving them to be financially penalized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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Trump admin makes use of Medicare law in blunt warning to asbestos lawyers

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 19, 2018

In the Trump administration, at least, the government will no longer look the other way as asbestos lawyers negotiate lenient terms that make it easy for their current clients to get money at the expense of future claimants and federal entitlement programs.

Commonwealth Court voids state environmental regulations on fracking near playgrounds

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 28, 2018

HARRISBURG – A recent ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania deemed state rules used to consider the impact of fracking near playgrounds and recreational facilities as “void and unenforceable.”

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.

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