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Nicole Acchione

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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Barry Alexander

"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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Sara Aliabadi

McCarn v. HSBC USA, Inc.: A Federal Court Dismisses a Plaintiff's Attempt to Apply Antitrust-Conspiracy Principles to a Consumer Financial Protection Statute

On November 13, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, in McCarn v. HSBC USA, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162257, issued an important decision rejecting as inadequate a plaintiff’s attempt to apply…more

Class Action, Conspiracies, Discovery, Equitable Tolling, HSBC

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Eric Boden

Is the United States Supreme Court Poised to Overrule or Modify Basic Inc. v. Levinson?

On November 15, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari to Petitioner Halliburton Company (“Halliburton”) in the case entitled Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., f/k/a Archdiocese of…more

Basic v Levinson, Class Action, Class Certification, Fraud-on-the-Market, Halliburton

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John B. Britton

Electronics Recyclers Will Have To Do More and No Doubt Spend More To Obtain Certification Under R2 Solutions’ R2:2013 Standard

On October 10, 2012, R2 Solutions made available for comment its Draft 2013 R2 Standard (“R2:2013”). If adopted, R2:2013 would specify the requirements with which an electronics recycler would have to comply in order to receive…more

Electronics, Recycling

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Allison Brown

New York City Council Passes Law Prohibiting Discrimination Against Unemployed, Overriding Mayor’s Veto

On March 13, 2013, the New York City Council voted to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of Bill Number 814-A, which prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants on the basis of employment status. Although…more

Discrimination, Hiring & Firing, Job Applicants, Unemployment Discrimination

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M. Christine Carty

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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Kevin Coleman

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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Peter Colonna-Romano

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses ... But Not Your Plaintiffs: Supreme Court Decision Limits General Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Defendants

It is no secret that U.S. courts are among the most favorable to plaintiffs, especially with regard to damages awards. For this reason, there has been a growing trend of foreign plaintiffs bringing law-suits in the U.S. even…more

Foreign Defendants, Foreign Jurisdictions, Foreign Nationals, Forum Non Conveniens, Jurisdiction

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Marla K. Conley

The City of Philadelphia Passes Two Bills Affecting Taxes on Nonprofits

The City of Philadelphia (the “City”) recently adopted two bills related to the revenue the City generates from nonprofit organizations. In its summary statement on tax reform regarding nonprofits, the City states that these…more

Charitable Organizations, Local Ordinance, Municipalities, Non-Profits, Tax Reform

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Ronald S. Cusano

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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Alizah Z. Diamond

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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Harris Feldman

Whistleblower Guidance from NJ Appellate Court May Help Employers Keep More CEPA Claims from Reaching a Jury

A plaintiff cannot succeed in whistleblower litigation against his former employer without demonstrating a specific, objectively reasonable belief that the employer violated a law or public policy, according to a recently…more

CEPA, HHS, Patients, Whistleblower Protection Policies, Whistleblowers

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Walter Ferst

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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Aaron Fickes

Recent Supreme Court Decision Highlights Some Pitfalls of Federal Appellate Procedure

Rarely do dissenting Justices advise practitioners to ignore a majority opinion. But, because the five-Justice majority in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, No. 11- 1059, 569 U.S. __ (2013), assumed without deciding an issue…more

Collective Actions, FLSA, Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, Mootness, SCOTUS

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Ariene Fickler

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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Allison Fihma

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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Alison Finnegan

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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Cynthia Fischer

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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Jonathan R. Flora

The City of Philadelphia Passes Two Bills Affecting Taxes on Nonprofits

The City of Philadelphia (the “City”) recently adopted two bills related to the revenue the City generates from nonprofit organizations. In its summary statement on tax reform regarding nonprofits, the City states that these…more

Charitable Organizations, Local Ordinance, Municipalities, Non-Profits, Tax Reform

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Stephen Fogdall

The "Effective Vindication" Doctrine is a Virtual Dead Letter After American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant

On June 20, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court, in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, No. 12- 133, held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires courts to enforce a contractual waiver of class action procedures…more

American Express, American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant, Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Class Action

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John Gisleson

Third Circuit Remands Marcellus Shale Case Based on the Class Action Fairness Act's Local Controversy Exception

The Third Circuit recently clarified the home state and local controversy exceptions to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), remanding proceedings in a case involving Marcellus Shale oil and gas leases to a Pennsylvania trial…more

CAFA, Marcellus Shale, Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas, Shale Gas

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Emily Hanlon

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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Christopher Hart

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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Arleigh Helfer

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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Sarah Hewitt

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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Patrick Horan

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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Levi Jones

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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Anne Kane

Attorneys' Fees Provisions: Not a Blank Check to Overreach

In the American legal system, attorneys’ fees and costs are not recoverable as damages unless expressly authorized by statute. Legal fees are simply a cost of doing business unless the parties to a contract agree otherwise…more

Attorney's Fees, Fee Agreements, Terms and Conditions

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Matthew Kelly

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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Rebecca Lacher

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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Joseph Langkamer

New Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure Include a Change to Briefing Requirements

On December 1, 2013, several amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure are scheduled to go into effect. The most significant change for most appellate practitioners is that Rule 28 now consolidates the Statement of…more

Appellate Briefs, Appellate Rules

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Sekou Lewis

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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Barbara E. Little

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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Melissa Lor

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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Theresa Loscalzo

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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Bruce Merenstein

Supreme Court Confirms That Merits Decisions Are Final and Appealable Even When Contractual Fees Remain Unresolved

The U.S. Supreme Court has provided much-needed clarity and uniformity on the issue of whether contractual attorney’s fees are a part of a merits decision for the purposes of determining timeliness of a federal appeal. Ray…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Final Judgment, Litigation Fees & Costs, Ray Haluch Gravel v International Union of Operating Engineers

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Scott Miccio

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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Kerry O'Dell

Does Mutual Pharmaceutical Co., Inc. v. Bartlett Herald the Demise of the "Failure-To-Withdraw" Theory?

In most states that use a “risk utility” test to determine whether a product is “not reasonably safe” (i.e. defective) as designed, an alternative design for the product is generally considered to be a critical element of the…more

Design Defects, Failure To Warn, Mensing, Mutual Pharmaceuticals v Bartlett

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James Olson

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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Valerie Peo

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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Monica Platt

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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Pedro Ramos

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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Christopher A. Reese

Supreme Court Confirms That Merits Decisions Are Final and Appealable Even When Contractual Fees Remain Unresolved

The U.S. Supreme Court has provided much-needed clarity and uniformity on the issue of whether contractual attorney’s fees are a part of a merits decision for the purposes of determining timeliness of a federal appeal. Ray…more

Appeals, Attorney's Fees, Final Judgment, Litigation Fees & Costs, Ray Haluch Gravel v International Union of Operating Engineers

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Nicole Reimann

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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Ira Richards

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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Bruce Rosenfield

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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Roy Ross

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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Katrin Rowan

Recent Superior Court Decision Highlights Perils of Post-Trial Practice in Pennsylvania

The Superior Court’s recent decision in Vietri v. Delaware Valley High School, No. 648 EDA 012 (March 22, 2013), brings into sharp focus the intricacies of Pennsylvania post-trial practice and the need to proceed cautiously in…more

Appeals, Jurisdiction, Post-Trial Order

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Michael Scalera

Third Circuit Provides Guidance on Time for Filing a Notice of Appeal

Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a)(1)(A) states that a notice of appeal “must be filed with the district clerk within 30 days after entry of the judgment or order appealed from.” In Cumberland Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v…more

Appeals, Filing Requirements, Notice Requirements, Summary Judgment

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Carl J. Schaerf

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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Stephen J. Shapiro

In the Crosshairs: District Courts Utilize Gunn to Dismiss Patent-Related Legal Malpractice Claims for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

In an opinion and order dated May 7, 2013, the Honorable Mitchell S. Goldberg of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction a legal malpractice action…more

Attorney Malpractice, Operating Agreements, Patent Applications, Patents, Subject Matter Jurisdiction

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Christian Sheehan

Recent Superior Court Decision Provides Important Lessons on Appellate Practice in Cases Removed to Federal Court

The Pennsylvania Superior Court’s recent decision in Kurns v. Soo Line Railroad, 2013 Pa. Super. LEXIS 1657 (July 17, 2013), highlights the difficult task that litigants can face in simultaneously navigating the state and…more

Appeals, Court Appearances, Summary Judgment

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Edward Sholinsky

Exceptions in Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Not Necessary to Preserve Weight-of-the-Evidence Claim on State-Court Appeal

In a unanimous en banc decision, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania held on November 12 in In re Estate of William O. Smaling, No. 3353 EDA 2011, that filing exceptions to a Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court order is not necessary to…more

Appeals, Estate Planning, Evidence, Orphan's Courts

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Samuel Silver

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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Carl Solano

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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Jonathan Stern

"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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Joyce Sun

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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Kevin Taylor

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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John R. Timmer

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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Ronald Ventola

New Generic Top-Level Domains Will Create New Trademark Issues: The Trademark Clearinghouse Can Help

A top-level domain is the part of an Internet address appearing to the right of the last period. A generic top-level domain (gTLD) is a top-level domain that is not a geographic or national designation—“.com,” “.org,” and “.net”…more

gTLD, Internet, Trademarks

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Benjamin D. Wanger

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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Scott Wenner

Protecting Your US Business From Unfair Competition by Former Employees Requires Timely and Prudent Action

The potential risks posed to a business by former employees are common to employers worldwide. Whether an employee is working in Jakarta, London or New York at termination of the employment relationship makes little difference…more

Goodwill, Non-Compete Agreements, Restrictive Covenants, Trade Secrets, Unfair Competition

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Michael Wietrzychowski,

New Jersey's New Leave Law – SAFE Act – Took Effect October 1. Is Your Company Ready?

On October 1, 2013, absent any extensions, New Jersey’s Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act) went into effect. Here are a few questions and answers to help you understand and comply with the NJ SAFE…more

Domestic Violence, SAFE Act, Sexual Assault, Unpaid Leave

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Nancy Winkelman

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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Gordon S. Woodward

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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Stephenie Yeung

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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