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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.