On August 2, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania judge granted an injunctive order against Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Labor, ordering the secretary to stop preventing and delaying a construction project.
HARRISBURG – According to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and after a four-year-long court battle, the City of Pittsburgh has the ability and authority to mandate all of its employers to provide their employees with paid sick days.
HARRISBURG – A medical malpractice liability insurance association has filed its latest lawsuit to protect its status as a private entity, from what it feels are repeated attempts on the part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to acquire it and its assets for use in the state budget.
HARRISBURG – Testimony hearings continued Wednesday within the Pennsylvania Senate’s Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC), featuring insurance and medical college representatives who say current medical malpractice venue rules should not be reversed.
HARRISBURG – This week, the Pennsylvania Senate’s Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) is holding a two-day set of hearings discussing the impact of reverting current medical malpractice litigation venue rules could have on the access to health care and maintenance of health care systems statewide.
PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently upheld a lower court summary judgment ruling that an unsolicited information request delivered by fax did not qualify as an advertisement under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), despite it being sent for a business purpose.
PHILADELPHIA – In a potentially far-reaching ruling which diverted from those made in recent years at both state and federal levels, a judge declared that the requirement for out-of-state corporations to register in Pennsylvania and thus consent to general jurisdiction within it, is both “a statutory scheme” and “unconstitutional.”
WASHINGTON – Is the American Law Institute remaining true to its mission of restating law to produce accurate advisory guidelines for courts to decide cases in various aspects of law, or is it straying into territory apart from that mission?
PHILADELPHIA – A wheelchair-bound woman who charged a Sky Zone trampoline park facility with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing adequate parking facilities has settled with the park.
HARRISBURG – A fraternity has not convinced a Pennsylvania appellate court to order a new trial over the 2013 death of a freshman during a ritual known as “The Crossing” that took place in the Poconos, though the court has decided a ban on operating in the state went too far.
WASHINGTON - An unusual coalition of consumer advocates and business interests joined to delay and possibly defeat a controversial “restatement” of consumer contract law that critics said presents a misleading picture of how courts are actually deciding cases in the rapidly evolving area of “clickwrap” and “browsewrap” agreements.
WASHINGTON – The attorneys general of 23 states, led by the State of New York, have sent a letter to the American Law Institute (ALI) opposing a proposed Restatement of Consumer Contract Law, set to be voted on at the ALI’s annual meeting this week.
PHILADELPHIA – A King of Prussia man has just collected a $33,000 payday in a Philadelphia federal court - the latest triumph in his history of litigation brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
AUSTIN, Texas – New records show that the American Law Institute has hired lobby assistance to oppose legislation filed by Texas lawmakers to discourage the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance from being relied upon by courts.
PHILADELPHIA – A renewed debate over the rules governing venue for medical malpractice litigation statewide was sparked over a letter written to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania late last year, asking the body to re-examine the issue. It’s a letter the public may never see.
LANCASTER – A group of citizens is challenging a new revolving loan program in the Borough of Columbia, arguing the borough has no authority to use public funds to make investments in private entities.
HARRISBURG – State Sen. Anthony Williams isn't commenting much about a lawsuit filed against him by his former constituent services worker who was fired a few weeks before Christmas after she says she had to take time off for breast cancer treatment.
PHILADELPHIA – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Enacted in 1991, its purpose is to protect the public from unwanted telemarketing calls. However, for some professional plaintiffs, it has also proven to be a source of serial litigation generating settlement payoffs.
PHILADELPHIA - One of the latest projects from a legal group that influences judges relies upon a faulty analysis of case law to support its conclusion that courts have developed new ways to interpret “clickwrap,” “browsewrap” and other standardized consumer agreements, some law professors say in a pair of recent articles.