BUSINESS LAW



City Council agrees to partial settlement with Jordan Miles

2012-03-06 11:32:00

City pays $75,000 and in return gets dropped from the lawsuit against three police officers.


Midsized firms tout benefits to clients

2012-03-05 00:01:00

While large firms -- faced with an economic climate in which clients are increasingly tightening the reins on spending -- look to lateral hi


Judge denies grocery store company request for plaintiff's cell phone records

2012-03-05 00:01:00

A grocery store company's request for the cell phone records of a man who fell and injured himself when he tripped over a wooden pallet has


Deactivated email still can be searched; Court rules in child pornography case

2012-03-05 00:01:00

A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel has found the deactivation of an email account does not discount probable cause that the the Internet se


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 3/5/12

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Swensen Perer & Kontos announced that CJ Engel was named a partner.


Pitt seminars prepare students for marrying career and real world

Pitt seminars prepare students for marrying career and real world

2012-03-05 00:00:00

It wasn't your typical sales pitch. Speaking to a room full of University of Pittsburgh law students last month, Laura Ellsworth chose to sp


Lawyers to be certified in workers' comp law

2012-03-05 00:00:00

The expertise of lawyers practicing in the area of workers' compensation has been a concern for many years.


Uninsured drivers can sue insureds for economic damages, justices rule

2012-03-05 00:00:00

The state Supreme Court has ruled that an uninsured driver injured in an accident with an insured driver can sue the insured driver for econ


Altmire may hear by Monday whether he remains on ballot

2012-03-02 16:49:00

A Commonwealth Court judge may rule Monday whether U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, will stay on the primary ballot against fellow Rep


County's new public defender to bring 'passion' to the job

2012-03-02 00:00:00

The Downtown attorney named to be the new Allegheny County public defender pledged to bring to the post his "passion for criminal


New public defender promises 'passion'

2012-03-01 20:05:00

Elliot Howsie, the Pittsburgh lawyer named today to be the new chief public defender in Allegheny County, pledged to bring "a passion for cr


Debt collector Asset Acceptance settles FTC charges it flouted rules

Debt collector Asset Acceptance settles FTC charges it flouted rules

2012-02-27 12:18:00

One of the nation's biggest debt collectors has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company t


Insurer seeks to move Sandusky lawsuit

2012-02-27 00:01:00

An insurance company is trying to bring a lawsuit filed by Penn State University in Centre County about 200 miles east to the First Judicial


Reed Smith revenue up 3.7 percent

2012-02-27 00:01:00

Downtown-based Reed Smith saw its second consecutive year of revenue growth in 2011.


Sommer Law Group sues former employee and PNC

2012-02-27 00:00:00

Pittsburgh-based Sommer Law Group has sued its former legal administrator for using the firm's debit card to make fraudulent transactions.


BP spill trial delayed for 1 week

2012-02-27 00:00:00

NEW ORLEANS -- Spill 4.1 million barrels of oil into the ocean, and this is what you get: the lollapalooza, labyrinthine, mega-mother of all


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 2/27/12

2012-02-27 00:00:00

The Pittsburgh law firm of Sherrard, German & Kelly, P.C., has elected three new shareholders and two new directors.


Judge rules no spousal privilege in criminal child-abuse case

2012-02-27 00:00:00

A Franklin County trial judge has allowed into evidence text messages between a husband and wife.


Jordan Brown homicide proceedings closed to public

2012-02-22 15:47:00

The Pennsylvania Superior Court rejected today an appeal by three newspapers, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to open to the public t


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 2/20/12

2012-02-20 00:01:00

Cynthia C. Berger of Berger and Green has been elected secretary of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants'


Recusal rebuffed in church sex abuse comment

2012-02-20 00:01:00

The Philadelphia judge presiding over a criminal case in which a Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia church official is charged with endang


Pennsylvania is among the safest states to fall behind on credit card bills

Pennsylvania is among the safest states to fall behind on credit card bills

2012-02-20 00:00:00

Not that you should. Not that you'd ever want to. But if someday you happen to fall behind on credit card payments, Pennsylvania is among th


K&L Gates has flat year but expects to rebound

2012-02-20 00:00:00

K&L Gates had a relatively flat year when it came to gross revenue and revenue per lawyer, growing each by less than 1 percent.


Enforcing anti-piracy law on Internet encounters sea of turbulence

2012-02-20 00:00:00

A few weeks ago, Congress quickly shelved the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act after incurring vocal public outrage.


Nonlawyer to oversee Pepper Hamilton

2012-02-20 00:00:00

Pepper Hamilton has made a rare move for a major law firm by hiring a nonlawyer chief executive officer to take over management of the firm.


Marcellus Shale boom has pressed law firms to boost their staffs, but experts are in short supply

Marcellus Shale boom has pressed law firms to boost their staffs, but experts are in short supply

2012-02-13 10:45:00

The same year Bill Caroselli finished law school, Bob Dylan first told the world that the times were a-changin'. A half-century later, the b


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 2/13/12

2012-02-13 00:00:00

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC named Ron Schuler as member in charge of its Pittsburgh office. Mr. Schuler replaces David L. Robertson wh


Punitive damages denied in cell phone accident

2012-02-13 00:00:00

A Northampton County trial judge has found that talking on a cell phone while driving is not egregious enough to warrant punitive damages in


Court strikes down Chester ordinance against loitering

2012-02-13 00:00:00

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled last month that a Chester, Pa., ordinance making it illegal to loiter in a "high drug activity are


Recorders of deeds may not reject multiple gas leases

2012-02-13 00:00:00

In what attorneys said is a significant win for natural gas drillers, the Commonwealth Court has ruled that counties' recorders of deeds are


Corbett proposes flat judiciary funding

2012-02-13 00:00:00

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget would keep general-fund money allotted to the judiciary the same as last year, but funding f


Facebook plays role in family law

2012-02-06 00:00:00

As trial lawyers continue to test the discoverability of information on Facebook without guidance from an appellate court, family law


Officials' emails not always public records, court says

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Emails are not public records under the state's Right-to-Know Law simply because they were sent or received through a government agency's


Pitt's conference will spotlight nontraditional career paths in the field of sustainability

Pitt's conference will spotlight nontraditional career paths in the field of sustainability

2012-02-06 00:00:00

New nuclear power plants at Westinghouse Electric Co. New drilling rigs in Washington County. New legislation out of Harrisburg.


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 2/6/12

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Leech Tishman elected Kaylyn Boca as a partner of the firm. Ms. Boca practices in its real estate and corporate practice groups.


State law requiring American-made steel in public works projects upheld by 3rd Circuit

2012-02-06 00:00:00

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a Pennsylvania state law mandating that steel used in public works projects be made in


Pa. Superior Court: Oil, gas lease valid, although vague

2012-02-06 00:00:00

The state Superior Court has rejected what it called a "creative"


Occupy Pittsburgh ordered to leave BNY Mellon property

2012-02-02 00:00:00

The Occupy Pittsburgh movement has three days to exit the space at Mellon Green after an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge this afternoon


Efforts to protect jobless from hiring bias spur debate

Efforts to protect jobless from hiring bias spur debate

2012-01-30 00:00:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Job applicants sought -- but only if they don't need work. The message in some job advertisements these days is pretty


Program aids colleges without own lawyers

2012-01-30 00:00:00

When sexual abuse allegations against assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky first surfaced at Penn State University in 1998, the school di


Corporate negligence theory against dental provider survives early test

2012-01-30 00:00:00

A Lackawanna County judge has allowed a claim of corporate negligence in a dental malpractice action to proceed, permitting a case to go for


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 1/30/12

2012-01-30 00:00:00

M. Janet Burkardt was promoted to managing attorney for the Law Offices of Ira Weiss. Ms. Burkardt will be responsible for managing the dail


Boeing settles whistleblower suit

2012-01-30 00:00:00

The Boeing Co., the world's largest combined manufacturer of commercial jets and military aircraft, has agreed to pay nearly $4.4 million to


Council emails are public business; personal computer emails not exempt

2012-01-30 00:00:00

Commonwealth Court has ruled that emails sent between borough council members using their personal computers and regarding council business


Alcoa moves to dismiss billion-dollar bribery lawsuit

2012-01-27 00:00:00

Alcoa moved today to dismiss a billion-dollar lawsuit accusing the metals giant of involvement in a long-running bribery scheme, saying its


ObamaCare / The Title Bout: Top legal minds prepping for a match that will decide law's fate

ObamaCare / The Title Bout: Top legal minds prepping for a match that will decide law's fate

2012-01-23 00:00:00

President Barack Obama's health care overhaul won't create the death panels that his rivals prophesied, but the murder boards are already he


Sexual harassment by the police not covered by PHRA

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Sexual harassment is not akin to sexual discrimination in public accommodations such as police departments under the Pennsylvania Human Rela


Judiciary rejects governor's plan to 'freeze' budget

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Now that Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered a freeze of nearly $160 million in state spending and requested a freeze of almost $66 million from in


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 1/22/12

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Julian E. Gray and Frank A. Petrich, certified elder law attorneys with Julian Gray Associates, have been listed in the 2012 Best Lawyers ra


Federal, state agencies still sparring over shale

2012-01-23 00:00:00

A recent letter from the head of the state Department of Environmental Protection to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official called


It's Penn State vs. rental companies

2012-01-23 00:00:00

Penn State has brought a federal trademark infringement action against real estate companies that provide rental housing to people attending


The most compelling court cases of 2011

The most compelling court cases of 2011

2012-01-16 00:00:00

Is a 17-year-old with sketchy grammar and average grades mature enough to get an abortion without her parents' consent? Should a town be abl


Judge: Pa. law applies in coal tar cases

2012-01-16 00:00:00

An Allegheny County judge has ruled Pennsylvania law, rather than Texas law, should be applied in deciding the sufficiency of evidence linki


On the Docket: Jan. 16, 2012

2012-01-16 00:00:00

Dapper, Baldasare, Benson, Behling & Kane, P.C. elected Douglas J. Stipanovich as shareholder. Mr. Stipanovich was named a 2010 and 2011


$35 million settlement approved in baby products antitrust class action

2012-01-16 00:00:00

A federal judge has approved a $35.5 million settlement in a class action in which plaintiffs charged that Babies 'R' Us and a group of baby


$7 million settlement reached for man crushed by granite slab

2012-01-16 00:00:00

A man rendered a paraplegic after being crushed under a slab of granite has reached a $7 million settlement with the manufacturer and two di


Pa. justices vacate vaccine case after top court ruling

2012-01-16 00:00:00

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the landmark vaccination case Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has vacat


EEOC probes age bias against Ruby Tuesday

2012-01-12 00:00:00

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Tuesday filed a motion in federal court to enforce a subpoena against restaurant chain Ruby Tues


Chairman: Bank allowed Occupy to use park to avoid trouble

2012-01-10 00:00:00

The chairman of BNY Mellon of Pennsylvania testified this morning that his company allowed Occupy Pittsburgh to set up camp in its small par


Newspapers argue to open juvenile killing trial

2012-01-10 00:00:00

Attorneys from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and two other newspapers told the state's Superior Court today that journalists and the public ha


Carlota Bohm brings focus and experience to her new post on the bankruptcy bench

Carlota Bohm brings focus and experience to her new post on the bankruptcy bench

2012-01-09 00:00:00

Spend three decades as a bankruptcy attorney, and you might witness a handful of big, billion-dollar reorganizations. But you'll see a whole


Judge Dan Pellegrini is unanimous choice for Commonwealth Court's top spot

Judge Dan Pellegrini is unanimous choice for Commonwealth Court's top spot

2012-01-09 00:00:00

For Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini, his upcoming role as president judge is largely about making life on the bench run as smoothly


Business Workshop: IRS sets standards for tax preparation training

2012-01-09 00:00:00

The Internal Revenue Service is providing an example of how a government regulation, meant to protect consumers and businesses, can sometime


HIPAA can't bar all record disclosures

2012-01-09 00:00:00

A senior-care health facility is not protected by federal privacy laws from handing over patient medical information to a plaintiff who blew


Howland Abramson, former Philadelphia judge, joins telecom startup

2012-01-09 00:00:00

When trial judges retire from the bench, many start new careers at alternative dispute resolution shops, or as senior counsel at a law firm.


Analysis: Split Supreme Court lets stand mother's claim of negligent infliction of distress

2012-01-09 00:00:00

Three justices of the state Supreme Court have said a mother may have a cause of action for negligent infliction of emotional distress after


U.S. Justice Department argues that Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional

2012-01-09 00:00:00

The U.S. Department of Justice argues the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, in a brief filed in a Pennsylvania case over whether


On the Docket Pittsburgh for 01/09/12

2012-01-09 00:00:00

Legal people on the move


Husband and wife run two of the region's most important legal organizations

Husband and wife run two of the region's most important legal organizations

2012-01-02 00:00:00

Female members of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County recently gave a T-shirt to the academy's new president, Patricia Dodge. T


Ethics office missed chances

2012-01-02 00:00:00

It has been almost two months since Philadelphia lawyer Michael Kwasnik was indicted for stealing more than $1 million from an elderly Cherr


Court says couple tried to defraud lawyer

2012-01-02 00:00:00

A Western Pennsylvania lawyer may collect more than $40,000 in attorney fees after a panel of the state Superior Court affirmed that his for


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 1/2/2012

2012-01-02 00:00:00

Friday & Cox LLC said Brittany Marie Bloam has joined as its fourth attorney. Ms. Bloam had been managing editor of the Law Review at th


2011 IN REVIEW: For big firms, a year of poaching groups

2012-01-02 00:00:00

Go big or go home. That seemed to be the motto of large law firms in Pennsylvania when it came to growth opportunities in 2011. One-off late


No indemnity for $30 million copyright infringement award

2012-01-02 00:00:00

A Montgomery County judge has ruled that an insurance broker and its employee are not entitled to indemnity under their "advertising injury"


Court upholds sign-posting ordinance

2012-01-02 00:00:00

A Philadelphia ordinance banning the posting of signs on city utility poles, traffic signals and trees is not unconstitutional, the 3rd U.S.


Driller can use private roads

2012-01-02 00:00:00

An Allegheny County trial judge has ruled that a drilling company has not significantly burdened the residents along two private roads it us


Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 legislation

2012-01-01 00:00:00

Girls seeking abortions in New Hampshire must first tell their parents or a judge, employers in Alabama must verify new workers' U.S. reside


Cops had no reason to stop Jordan Miles, legal filing contends

2011-12-29 00:00:00

An expert hired by Jordan Miles' legal team in his federal civil rights suit against the city of Pittsburgh says three plainclothes police o


Judge: Highmark-West Penn Allegheny agreement should be public

2011-12-29 00:00:00

The purchase agreement between health insurer Highmark Inc. and the financially troubled West Penn Allegheny Health System ought to be relea


Castle Doctrine means no charges in bow-and-arrow killing

2011-12-27 00:00:00

Somerset County District Attorney Jerry Spangler will not charge a man who fatally shot another man with a bow and arrow, saying today that


Judge rules on GlaxoSmithKline's status in product liability cases

2011-12-26 00:00:00

A judge has again rejected GlaxoSmithKline's arguments that its corporate citizenship is different completely from several plaintiffs in dru


Following ruling on warnings, plaintiffs advance new drug liability theories

2011-12-26 00:00:00

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark ruling just under five months ago that pharmaceutical plaintiffs can't sue generic drugma


Pa. courts weigh in on social media

2011-12-26 00:00:00

Two Pennsylvania courts recently denied defense motions asking for access to plaintiffs' private social media pages, apparently evening up t


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 12/26/11

2011-12-26 00:00:00

Burns White LLC recently added four new associates to its Pittsburgh location: Katlin L. Connelly, Laura E. Pontzer, Nicholas D. Varischetti


Lawsuit filing: Cops identified themselves to Jordan Miles

2011-12-26 00:00:00

The police who subdued Jordan Miles clearly told him they were officers, had reason to believe that he had a gun and acted according to stan


Twice in a month, a Reed Smith lawyer appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court

Twice in a month, a Reed Smith lawyer appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court

2011-12-19 00:00:00

Just as every peewee football player fantasizes about appearing in the Super Bowl, law students who plan to be litigators dream of represent


No 'nexus' between hidden, pot-reeking cash and criminal activity

2011-12-19 00:00:00

A recent ruling from the Commonwealth Court overturning a Monroe County judge's decision that allowed the state to seize $15,000 hidden in a


Texas lawyers hope to tap into Western Pennsylvania's oil and gas boom

2011-12-19 00:00:00

The longest Marcellus Shale pipeline may be the one that extends from the heart of Texas to Western Pennsylvania. On Dec. 1, Houston-based T


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 12/19/11

2011-12-19 00:00:00

Robert J. Williams of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP was appointed vice chair of the Aerospace Law Committee of the Defense Researc


Court: Paper did not defame businessman

2011-12-19 00:00:00

After a decade of litigation and a second trial, a Luzerne County judge has ruled The Scranton Times, which owns and publishes the Citizens'


K&L Gates opens in South Carolina with seven partners

2011-12-19 00:00:00

Downtown-based legal giant K&L Gates has continued its geographic expansion by opening a new office in South Carolina formed with the ad


Judge expected to allow tweeting from Curley, Schultz hearing

2011-12-14 00:00:00

A Dauphin County judge is expected to allow tweeting and possibly emailing and texting by media covering the preliminary hearings Friday of


Pittsburgh defense attorneys question Sandusky strategy

2011-12-13 00:00:00

Two veteran Pittsburgh defense lawyers questioned the decision by former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's law


BNY posts removal lawsuit against Occupy Pittsburgh

2011-12-13 00:00:00

Occupy Pittsburgh supporters stood quietly near the Ross Street entrance to Mellon Green as four Allegheny County sheriff's deputies walked


Think hard before going to law school

Think hard before going to law school

2011-12-12 00:00:00

When the school year began each year, Ken Gormley used to ask his first year law students at Duquesne University to write an essay explainin


$14 million award in school bus accident may challenge municipal claims cap

2011-12-12 00:00:00

A record-breaking $14 million Bucks County Common Pleas Court verdict awarded to a teenager who was run over by a school bus could turn into


On the Docket Pittsburgh: 12/12/11

2011-12-12 00:00:00

Justin Tuskan joins Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC as an associate member. Mr. Tuskan concentrates his practice on banking, corpora


Second law firm added to lawsuit

2011-12-12 00:00:00

As a legal malpractice suit against Downtown-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney works its way through a Pittsburgh court, a judge has rul


Judge's ruling says 'Terrible' design infringes on Steelers' trademarked towel

2011-12-12 00:00:00

A federal judge has ruled that a Western Pennsylvania company's "Terrible T-Shirt" design infringes on the "Terrible Towel" trademark owned


Judge opens Sandusky hearing to live updates from reporters

2011-12-12 00:00:00

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- A judge hearing motions on the case against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky ruled this afternoon t


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