Blank Rome LLP

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One Logan Square
130 North 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6998, United States
Phone: 215.569.5500
Fax: 215.569.5555
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Criminal Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
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  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
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  • Maritime Law
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  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • D.C.
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
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  • China
Number of Attorneys
400+ Attorneys

Supreme Court Limits Where Patent Cases Can Be Brought—Can You Move to Your Home Court?

The Supreme Court, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, issued an opinion that may limit the number of patent suits brought in courts perceived to be plaintiff-friendly and may give companies the opportunity to…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Drill on Through to the Other Side: No Trespass When Drilling Through Mineral Estate with Surface Use Agreement

Action Item: The Texas Supreme Court annunciated two critical points in Lightning Oil Co. v. Anadarko E&P Onshore: (1) unauthorized interference may be a trespass only when it impacts the mineral lessee’s ability to exercise its…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities

IRS Criminal Investigation Division Announces New Priorities

At the ABA Section of Taxation’s 2017 May Meeting, Erick Martinez, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division’s Director of Field Operations – Northern Area, provided insight into the Division’s current priorities and strategies…more
 /  Criminal Law, Taxation

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Debt Collectors Are Not Liable under the FDCPA for Pursuing Time-Barred Claims in Bankruptcy Court

Action Item: The U.S. Supreme Court holds that filing a proof of claim on a time-barred debt is not a false or deceptive collection practice within the meaning of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In a 5-3 decision in…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

New Jersey Attorney General Announces Two New Incentives Programs to Generate Leads in Public Corruption Cases

Action Item: The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office has announced two programs to combat public corruption. Corporations self-reporting corruption may seek a waiver of prosecution, while individuals may seek prosecution…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law

Salary History Inquiries to Be Off-Limits to New York City Employers

Action Item: On May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill DiBlasio signed Int. No. 1253-A, a bill making it unlawful as part of the hiring process for an employer to ask about or rely on a prospective employee’s prior salary…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Don’t Be an April Fool: How to Avoid the Hague Hangover

In the latest variation on “April Fool,” the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary will become effective in the U.S. on April 1, 2017. In one of its parting…more
 /  International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Begins This Week

Action Item: Pennsylvania’s tax amnesty program begins this week and runs through June 19, 2017. Significant penalty and interest relief is available to all who participate, and taxpayers not known to the taxing authority can…more
 /  Taxation

Philadelphia Postpones Salary History Ban

Action Item: The City of Philadelphia has agreed to a court order postponing the effective date of a law that would prohibit employers from inquiring into a job candidate’s salary or benefit history during the application…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

REGULATORY UPDATE - Ten Investment Advisory Firms Subject to Steep Penalties after Violating Pay-to-Play Rules - In January 2017, 10 investment advisory firms agreed to settle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Anticipating and Managing Bankruptcy Risk

Blank Rome Partner Ira Herman authored “Anticipating and Managing Bankruptcy Risk,” a series of articles prepared for the Financial Restructuring & Bankruptcy module of Lexis Practice Advisor, a comprehensive practical guidance…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

Seventh Circuit Is First to Hold that Title VII Protects against Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Action Item: In a landmark decision yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal circuit court in the nation to hold that discrimination based on sexual orientation is prohibited…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Stretching Sovereign Immunity: The New Jersey High Court Immunizes the State from New Jersey Spill Act Liability for Pre-1977 Discharges

Action Item: The New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in NL Industries, Inc. v. State of New Jersey will frustrate the equitable allocation of cleanup costs at sites involving pre-1977 discharges where the State would otherwise…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

U.S. Supreme Court Rules That New York General Business Law § 518 Regulates Free Speech Provided for in the First Amendment

Action Item: U.S. Supreme Court unanimously holds that New York law limiting credit card disclosures regulates speech under the First Amendment. In a unanimous decision in Expressions Hair Design, et. al. v. Schneiderman,…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Constitutional Law

Stirring Up The Hornet’s Nest: Political Risk and Infrastructure

As the agenda at this year’s Northeast U.S. Petrochemical Construction Conference (June 19-20, Pittsburgh) will attest, there’s one thing that any new buildout of downstream petrochemical facility needs and that is an ample and…more
 /  Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities
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