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Despite Delay, Failure to Plead, and Participation in Litigation, Federal Court Enforces Arbitration Clause

Mandatory arbitration clauses have proven to be very powerful weapons employed by businesses to avoid the duration, expense, and often times negative publicity associated with protracted litigation in both federal and state…more

Arbitration, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

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NTSB Overturns Administrative Law Judge Decision and Holds That Federal Aviation Regulation 91.13 (Careless or Reckless Operation) Applies to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) is feverishly working on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) governing commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), which it intends to have ready by the end of 2014. Details about…more

Aircraft, Drones, FAA, NTSB, Pirker

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New Amendments to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 6: Appeal in a Bankruptcy

On December 1, 2014, amendments to various federal rules of practice and procedure took effect. The only amendment to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure made three substantive changes to Rule 6, which deals with…more

Appeals, Bankruptcy Code, Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, Legal Filings, New Amendments

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The "Separate Entity Rule" Remains Alive and Well in New York State

On October 23, 2014, in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank, No. 162, 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 2946 (2014), the New York State Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, answered in the affirmative the following question…more

Appeals, Asset Freeze, Banks, Foreign Subsidiaries, Judgment Creditors

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Supreme Court Provides Guidance on the Subject Matter Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court invalidated claims directed to methods and computer systems for using an intermediary to reduce the settlement risk in certain financial transactions. The claims were invalidated on the ground…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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FAQ: Making Wage Deductions to Recover Inadvertent Overpayment of Wages and Repayment of Advances to Employees

Can I make deductions from employee wages to recover overpayment of wages or repayment of advances given to my employees? When? How? These are questions that arise often for many employers. Until last year, such wage…more

Advances, Deductions, DOL, Employer Liability Issues, Overpayment

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Supreme Court Provides Guidance on the Subject Matter Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court invalidated claims directed to methods and computer systems for using an intermediary to reduce the settlement risk in certain financial transactions. The claims were invalidated on the ground…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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Ninth Circuit Overrules Longstanding (But Questionable) Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Precedent to Allow Bankruptcy Court to Re-Characterize Debt as Equity

Bankruptcy trustees and lenders to a potentially insolvent debtor — particularly any lender who has or intends to acquire an equity stake in the borrower — should take note of a recent decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of…more

Debt, Re-Characterization

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Supreme Court Holds That CERCLA Preemption Is Inapplicable to Statutes of Repose

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), preempts statutes of limitations applicable to state-law tort actions for personal injury or property damage in certain circumstances…more

CERCLA, Contaminated Properties, CTS v Waldburger, Environmental Liability, Environmental Policies

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Pennsylvania Bureau Changes Due Dates for Renewing Charitable Solicitation Registrations

On October 14, 2014, Governor Corbett signed H.B. No. 359 into law, changing the due dates for certain fundraising registrations required under Pennsylvania law. These changes take effect 60 days after the signing. Most…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Fundraisers

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Eligibility for Reimbursement from the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund Cannot Be Determined on a Per Tank Basis

On June 17, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Young’s Sales and Service v. Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board, reversed a decision of the Commonwealth Court and held that eligibility for indemnification for…more

Eligibility, Indemnification, Reimbursements, Standards & Procedures, Storage Tanks

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14 Labor & Employment Resolutions For 2014

Our government managed to reach a deal to avoid another government shutdown. And so, while our tax refunds will continue to be processed and parks remain open, it is that time of year again — the time to review and reflect on…more

Affordable Care Act, Bring Your Own Device, Compliance, Criminal Background Checks, DOMA

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Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Approved in New Jersey’s Trenton, Montclair

Residents of both Trenton and Montclair voted to approve mandatory paid sick leave by employers in their respective municipalities, bringing the total number of municipalities in New Jersey that now have mandatory paid sick…more

Compliance, Employee Rights, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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Consider a Private Foundation to Fulfill Your Philanthropic Goals

There are a variety of vehicles through which individuals and families can promote their charitable giving goals, and private foundations are often a leading choice. Simply stated, a private foundation is a type of charitable…more

Charitable Donations, IRS, Private Foundations

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Eighth Circuit Opens Circuit Split on the Scope of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) makes it unlawful for any creditor “to discriminate against any applicant, with respect to any aspect of a credit transaction . . . on the basis of . . . marital status.” The statute was…more

Creditors, Discrimination, ECOA, Guarantors, Marital Status

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Third Circuit Enforces Strict Deadline to Petition for Permission to Appeal Class Certification Ruling

Rule 23(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allows a party to petition for permission to appeal a class certification decision within 14 days after entry of an order denying or granting class certification. In Eastman v…more

Class Certification, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Filing Deadlines

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New York's Highest Court Does Not Recognize Claims for Medical Monitoring – For Now: Using "Phobia" Claims as a Backdoor to "Medical Monitoring?"

In Caronia v. Philip Morris USA, Inc., 2013 N.Y. LEXIS 3476, 2013 N.Y. Slip. Op. 8372 (December 17, 2013), the New York Court of Appeals, in a 4-21 decision with sharp and barbed contrasts between majority and dissent, ruled…more

Healthcare, Medical Monitoring

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Supreme Court of Florida Holds That Economic Loss Doctrine Applies Only to Product Liability Cases

In a recent decision likely to significantly expand the use of tort law in areas previously restricted to contract law, the Supreme Court of Florida limited application of the economic loss doctrine to product liability cases…more

Breach of Contract, Economic Loss Doctrine, Loss Coverage, Professional Service Exclusion, Settlement

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Doing Good While Doing Well — Delaware Is the 19th State to Adopt Public Benefit Corporation Law

A new Delaware law authorizing the creation of public benefit corporations (“PBCs”) in Delaware becomes effective on August 1, 2013. PBCs are a new type of socially conscious for profit corporation intended to operate in a…more

Business Formation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Benefit Corporation

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Pennsylvania Bureau Changes Due Dates for Renewing Charitable Solicitation Registrations

On October 14, 2014, Governor Corbett signed H.B. No. 359 into law, changing the due dates for certain fundraising registrations required under Pennsylvania law. These changes take effect 60 days after the signing. Most…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Fundraisers

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Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans: The U.S. Supreme Court Seems Ready to Hold that a Borrower’s Right of Rescission Under TILA Need Only be Exercised by Timely Notice, not a Lawsuit

On November 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, the case that will decide whether a borrower can timely exercise the right of rescission under the Truth in Lending Act simply by…more

Jesinoski v Countrywide, Notice of Intent, Rescission, SCOTUS, Statute of Limitations

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Superior Court Affirms Dismissal of Paxil Birth Defect Case Lacking Proximate Causation

In its March 4, 2013 non-precedential decision in Pettit v. GlaxoSmithKline, LLC, No. 850 EDA 2012, the Pennsylvania Superior Court (applying Ohio law) affirmed an order of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Sandra Mazer…more

Birth Defects, Paxil, Pharmaceutical, Prescription Drugs

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Sherzer v. Homestar Mortgage Services: The Third Circuit Takes Sides in a Circuit Split Over How a Borrower Exercises Rescission Rights Under TILA

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit took sides in a split between U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal over what action borrowers must take to exercise their right to rescind a loan under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). It ruled…more

Disclosure Requirements, Lenders, Mortgages, Notice Requirements, Rescission

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Opening the Library Doors to the World: Second Circuit Finds Universities’ Book Scanning Project Constitutes “Fair Use” of Copyrighted Materials

On June 10, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, No. 12-4547, 2014 U.S. App. Lexis 10803 (2d Cir. Jun. 10, 2014), a case in which a group of…more

Books, Copyright, Fair Use

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The "Separate Entity Rule" Remains Alive and Well in New York State

On October 23, 2014, in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank, No. 162, 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 2946 (2014), the New York State Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, answered in the affirmative the following question…more

Appeals, Asset Freeze, Banks, Foreign Subsidiaries, Judgment Creditors

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Recent Pennsylvania Superior Court Decision Highlights Importance of Objections to Preserving Issues for Appellate Review

The Superior Court recently held that an attorney’s failure to make timely or effective objections to the composition of a jury prevented a trial court from vacating a judgment and granting a mistrial. The Superior Court’s April…more

Appeals, Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Objection Procedures

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Nonprofit Law Revitalization Comes to New York

On December 18, 2013, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 which modernizes the New York nonprofit corporation law. The Act overwhelmingly passed both houses of the New York…more

Andrew Cuomo, Audits, Board of Directors, Conflicts of Interest, Corporate Governance

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Delaware Adopts the 2010 Article 9 Amendments

Requirements for financing statements to be filed in Delaware will change on July 1, 2013 with the adoption of the 2010 Amendments to Article 9 of the UCC. On May 3, 2013, with the signing of HB8 by Governor Jack…more

Creditors, Debtors, Default, New Legislation, Safe Harbors

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No Right to Jury Trial Under Pennsylvania’s Whistleblower Statute

On August 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held that individuals bringing suit under the Pennsylvania Whistleblower Law have no right to a jury trial. Writing for the court, Judge Judith Olson explains that “the plain…more

Employee Rights, Jury Trial, Whistleblower Protection Policies, Whistleblowers

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Assumption of Risk on the Field of Play – A 2014 New York Roundup

Assumption of Risk is a simple doctrine. If you head down the ski slope, you assume the risk that you will wipe out – or that another skier will lose control and smack into you. If you play baseball, you assume the risk that you…more

Assumption of the Risk, Bodily Injury, Rules of Civil Procedure, Sports

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US Department of Education Levies More Fines for Clery Act Violations

President Obama recently called attention to the issue of sexual violence on college campuses, stating that “more needs to be done to ensure safe, secure environments for students” and that “we must strengthen and address…more

Clery Act, Colleges, Department of Education, DOJ, Rape

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Doing Good While Doing Well — Delaware Is the 19th State to Adopt Public Benefit Corporation Law

A new Delaware law authorizing the creation of public benefit corporations (“PBCs”) in Delaware becomes effective on August 1, 2013. PBCs are a new type of socially conscious for profit corporation intended to operate in a…more

Business Formation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Benefit Corporation

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Action Needed by March 31, 2014 to Avoid Proposed Changes to New York Estate Taxes and Trust Income Taxes

If Governor Cuomo’s proposals are enacted, New Yorkers and non-residents with property located in New York may be facing new taxes this April Fools’ Day. - New York Estate Tax First, the good news — under the proposal:…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Income Taxes, Trust Income, Trusts

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California Supreme Court Eases Admissibility of Oral Statements in Contract Fraud Disputes

California, like most jurisdictions, prohibits parties to integrated contracts from introducing “parol evidence” — this is, evidence of prior written or verbal agreements made by a party to a contract — if those alleged…more

Bank of America, Bank of America v Pendergrass, Borrowers, Commercial Loans, Foreclosure

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The Enhanced Scrutiny of Class Definitions Under the Ascertainability Requirement: An Additional Hurdle for Plaintiffs or an Increased Burden for Defendants?

When a plaintiff seeks certification of a class, the issue of whether the class is “ascertainable” has become an increasingly significant battleground issue in class certification proceedings. While not explicitly set out in…more

Class Action, Class Certification, Consumer Fraud, Rule 23

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Supreme Court of PA Reaffirms the Broad Scope of the Commonwealth Court’s Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction in Challenges to Agency Interpretations of Statutes

Many Pennsylvania Lawyers only encounter the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in its appellate guise, but the court enjoys an unusual hybrid nature, having both appellate and original jurisdiction. The court’s original…more

Declaratory Judgments, Jurisdiction, Public Records, Statutory Interpretation

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Aftermarket Competitors Given a Boost by the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States recently decided that a supplier of replacement parts to printer remanufacturers can rely on U.S. Trademark Law to maintain a suit for unfair competition. In what began as a copyright…more

Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lanham Act, Lexmark v Static Control Components, Manufacturers

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Third Circuit Enforces Strict Deadline to Petition for Permission to Appeal Class Certification Ruling

Rule 23(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allows a party to petition for permission to appeal a class certification decision within 14 days after entry of an order denying or granting class certification. In Eastman v…more

Class Certification, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Filing Deadlines

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Resolving Legal Disputes in the United States: Litigation, Arbitration or Mediation

As Indonesian companies expand their businesses into the United States, the potential for conflict also increases. Many parties doing business in the United States opt to resolve their disputes through litigation in the U.S…more

Arbitration, Mediation

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The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 and What It Means to You

On Jan. 2, 2013, President Obama signed the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012” (the “Act”) which was passed by the House and Senate the previous day to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.” The Act prevents many of the tax…more

Alternative Minimum Tax, American Taxpayer Relief Act, Business Taxes, Capital Gains, Dividends

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Ninth Circuit Overrules Longstanding (But Questionable) Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Precedent to Allow Bankruptcy Court to Re-Characterize Debt as Equity

Bankruptcy trustees and lenders to a potentially insolvent debtor — particularly any lender who has or intends to acquire an equity stake in the borrower — should take note of a recent decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of…more

Debt, Re-Characterization

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Extension of Time to Appeal May Not Be Available When a Party Has Failed Adequately to Monitor Events in a Case

If you do not learn of a federal trial court’s dispositive order until more than 30 days after the order’s entry, can you still appeal? A recent decision in Texas instructs that the answer may be “No.” In Two-Way Media, LLC v…more

E-Filing, Rules of Civil Procedure, Time Extensions

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The "Separate Entity Rule" Remains Alive and Well in New York State

On October 23, 2014, in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank, No. 162, 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 2946 (2014), the New York State Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, answered in the affirmative the following question…more

Appeals, Asset Freeze, Banks, Foreign Subsidiaries, Judgment Creditors

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US Department of Education Levies More Fines for Clery Act Violations

President Obama recently called attention to the issue of sexual violence on college campuses, stating that “more needs to be done to ensure safe, secure environments for students” and that “we must strengthen and address…more

Clery Act, Colleges, Department of Education, DOJ, Rape

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American Arbitration Association Panel Distinguishes Third Circuit’s Holding in Opalinski

The intersection of class actions and arbitration continues to raise issues for parties to consider in evaluating whether arbitration clauses do or do not permit class actions in arbitration. One such issue involves who gets to…more

American Arbitration Association, Appeals, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Arbitrators

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Data Breach - Your Organization Needs a Plan

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s Chronology of Data Breaches lists 3,671 incidents affecting 607,295,463 records since 2005,1 including these three: - A worker steals customer records containing credit card, bank…more

Breach Notification Rule, Data Breach, Data Protection, Security and Privacy Controls, Training

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Affirmative Business Litigation in the United States and in Other Countries

For a long time, businesses have thought of litigation as a burden, requiring many hours of employee time responding to discovery requests, as well as often incurring significant legal fees and other related costs. Consequently,…more

Multidistrict Litigation

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Consider a Private Foundation to Fulfill Your Philanthropic Goals

There are a variety of vehicles through which individuals and families can promote their charitable giving goals, and private foundations are often a leading choice. Simply stated, a private foundation is a type of charitable…more

Charitable Donations, IRS, Private Foundations

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Consider a Private Foundation to Fulfill Your Philanthropic Goals

There are a variety of vehicles through which individuals and families can promote their charitable giving goals, and private foundations are often a leading choice. Simply stated, a private foundation is a type of charitable…more

Charitable Donations, IRS, Private Foundations

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Supreme Court Holds That CERCLA Preemption Is Inapplicable to Statutes of Repose

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), preempts statutes of limitations applicable to state-law tort actions for personal injury or property damage in certain circumstances…more

CERCLA, Contaminated Properties, CTS v Waldburger, Environmental Liability, Environmental Policies

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Recent NJ Appellate Court Decision Indicative of Continuing Uncertainty Regarding Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Manufacturers Using U.S. Distributors

The past few years have seen the United States Supreme Court issue a number of important decisions on the subject of personal jurisdiction. For example, the Court’s decisions in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746 (2014) and…more

Auto Manufacturers, Automotive Industry, DaimlerAG, DaimlerChrysler v Bauman, Distributors

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Ninth Circuit addresses TILA tender requirement and RESPA statute of limitations

Under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), a borrower may seek to rescind a loan under certain circumstances. The rescission process under TILA is as follows: the borrower notifies his lender that he intends to rescind the loan; the…more

CFPB, Mortgages, RESPA, Statute of Limitations, TILA

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Third Circuit Holds That a Court, Not an Arbitrator, Must Decide Whether an Arbitration Agreement Authorizes Class-wide Arbitration

Who decides whether an arbitration agreement allows for class-wide arbitration — a court or an arbitrator? In the wake of mixed signals from the U.S. Supreme Court, lower courts have been reluctant to answer this question…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Arbitrators, Class Action, Class Action Arbitration Waivers

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NJ Banks May Not Face Common Law Tort Claims for Improper Electronic Funds Transfers

The New Jersey Supreme Court in a matter of first impression held that a non-customer of a bank cannot bring a common law negligence claim against that bank for an improper money transfer via the Internet. In ADS Associates…more

Banks, Breach of Duty, EFTA, Money Transfer, UCC

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Pennsylvania Superior Court Reverses Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal of International Air Crash Case, But Don’t Equate Pennsylvania with Cook County, Illinois (Just Yet)

United States courts facing forum non conveniens (FNC) motions, at least with respect to lawsuits arising out of air crashes that occur outside of the United States, seem to fall into two distinct camps: Cook County, Illinois,…more

Airlines, Forum, Forum Non Conveniens

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Texas Plaintiff Takes Another Swing at the "Baseball Rule"

For many, excitement at the ballpark includes the possibility, however remote, of a batted ball heading into the awaiting throngs in the stands. Because this is considered an ordinary part of the game that fans expect, if not…more

Bodily Injury, Liability, Sports, The Baseball Rule

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Upcoming Supreme Court Case Highlights Appealability Pitfalls When Cases Are Consolidated

Consolidation of cases in federal courts can take many forms. Sometimes cases are consolidated for all purposes. Sometimes, they are consolidated only for limited purposes of discovery or pretrial proceedings. A case in which…more

Antitrust Injuries, Antitrust Litigation, Appeals, Appellate Review, Banks

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"You Like 'To-May-Toe,' I Like 'To-Mah-Toe'" – Distinctions Without a Material Difference: Supreme Court Reverses Lower Court Rejection of ATSA Immunity

The events of September 11 were by no means the first examples of terrorism involving aviation, but they unified the U.S., if not the world, in its effort to make air travel safer. It was in the wake of 9/11 that Congress…more

Air Wisconsin v. Hoeper, Airlines, ATSA, Defamation, First Amendment

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Are You Ready for Philadelphia's October 31, 2013 Building Benchmarking Deadline?

In 2012, the City of Philadelphia enacted Section 9-3402 of the Philadelphia Code. The new section requires annual reporting of energy usage, water usage, and other attributes for all buildings in the City with more than 50,000…more

Building Codes, Building Standards, ENERGY STAR Program, EPA, Municipalities

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The New Product Liability Paradigm In Pennsylvania: The PA Supreme Court Declines To Adopt The Third Restatement, But Overrules Precedent Prohibiting Consideration Of Negligence Principles In Strict Liability Cases

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this past week dramatically altered the landscape of product liability litigation in Pennsylvania. In Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., No. 17 MAP 2013 (Pa. November 19, 2014), the Court overruled…more

Negligence, Strict Liability

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FFIEC Proposes Guidance for Use of Social Media by Banks

The primary bank regulatory agencies, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the…more

Banks, FFIEC, Marketing, Social Media

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Supreme Court Holds That Solicitation of Clients is Not a Permitted Use Under the Driver's Privacy Protection Act

On June 19, 2013, in Maracich v. Spears, No. 12-25, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion interpreting the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (the DPPA), which prohibits the use of personal information from motor…more

DPPA, Driving Records, General Solicitation, Maracich v. Spears, Motor Vehicles

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Supreme Court Provides Guidance on the Subject Matter Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Inventions

On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court invalidated claims directed to methods and computer systems for using an intermediary to reduce the settlement risk in certain financial transactions. The claims were invalidated on the ground…more

Alice Corporation, CLS Bank, CLS Bank v Alice Corp, Mayo v. Prometheus, Patent Litigation

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PA Supreme Court to Address Confusion Concerning the Statute of Limitations Governing Guaranties

On November 21, 2011, the Pennsylvania Superior Court filed an opinion in Osprey Portfolio, LLC v. Izett, 2011 Pa. Super. 248, holding that a suit to enforce a guaranty is subject to the 20 year statute of limitations applicable…more

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NLRB Holds Employees May Use Employer Email for Union Organizing and Other Non-Business Purposes

The National Labor Relations Board this morning released its aptly-named Purple Communications decision, 361 NLRB No. 126, available here. Last May, the Board announced that in connection with its review of the administrative…more

Email, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Purple Communications, Unions

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The New Product Liability Paradigm In Pennsylvania: The PA Supreme Court Declines To Adopt The Third Restatement, But Overrules Precedent Prohibiting Consideration Of Negligence Principles In Strict Liability Cases

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this past week dramatically altered the landscape of product liability litigation in Pennsylvania. In Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., No. 17 MAP 2013 (Pa. November 19, 2014), the Court overruled…more

Negligence, Strict Liability

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NJ Appellate Courts Permit Employers to Shorten Statute of Limitations Period Through Employment Applications

A New Jersey Appellate Court recently held that a provision in an employment application shortening the statute of limitation from two years to six months was enforceable under New Jersey law. As a result, the employee’s…more

Appeals, Discrimination, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Application

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Lift of Prohibition on Same-Sex Marriages in Pennsylvania Provides New Estate Planning Opportunities

On May 20, 2014, in the case of Whitewood v. Wolf, Judge John E. Jones III of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriages. Like many of the rulings…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage

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The New Product Liability Paradigm In Pennsylvania: The PA Supreme Court Declines To Adopt The Third Restatement, But Overrules Precedent Prohibiting Consideration Of Negligence Principles In Strict Liability Cases

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this past week dramatically altered the landscape of product liability litigation in Pennsylvania. In Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., No. 17 MAP 2013 (Pa. November 19, 2014), the Court overruled…more

Negligence, Strict Liability

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Third Circuit Rejects New Jersey's Effort to Sanction Sports Wagering

Tony Soprano’s business is safe, for now — the Third Circuit recently invalidated New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports wagering because it violated a federal law that prohibits most states from licensing such activities. In…more

Gambling, PASPA, Sports, Sports Betting

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Clarifying Media Reports Regarding Maryland Law and Causation in Asbestos Exposure Cases

It has been recently reported in Law360 that the Court of Appeals of Maryland, in Dixon v. Ford Motor Co., No. 82, 2013 Md. LEXIS 465 (Md. July 25, 2013), broke with established precedent and endorsed the “any exposure” theory…more

Asbestos, Asbestos Litigation, Causation, Media, Toxic Exposure

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Consider Taking These Actions Before March 16, 2013, The Effective Date of New U.S. Patent Laws

Eighteen months after enactment of patent reform via the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, important new provisions of U.S. patent law will become effective on March 16, 2013. Inventors, their employers, and other owners of…more

America Invents Act, First-to-File, First-to-Invent, Patent Applications, Patent Reform

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