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Federal Communications Commission.

Third Circuit Blasts FCC Delay, Hints at Full Deregulation

By Ben Seal |

In a harshly worded opinion criticizing the Federal Communications Commission’s delays in reviewing various rules and definitions, the Third Circuit on Wednesday suggested that complete deregulation of the broadcast industry could be appropriate if the commission waits any longer.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby, right, arrives for a court appearance Feb. 3, 2016, in Norristown.

In Cosby's Criminal Case, Delaying Accuser Testimony a 'Risky' Move

By Lizzy McLellan |

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele chose not to put Bill Cosby's accuser on the stand Tuesday at the ­comedian's preliminary hearing, relying on a 2015 Pennsylvania Superior Court decision that allowed him to use only hearsay evidence. But that may have been a risky move, criminal defense attorneys said, since the decision has been taken up by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

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Phila. Jury Awards $7.7M for Failure to Detect Blood Clot

By Max Mitchell |

The family of a woman who suffered a fatal blood clot after emergency medical staff at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital allegedly failed to properly test for a pulmonary embolism has won a $7.7 million verdict.

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., pictured center, pleaded not guilty to corruption charges Aug. 18, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Election Lawyer Details Fattah’s Debt to Montgomery McCracken

By P.J. D’Annunzio |

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, ran up an $84,000 tab for legal work in connection with his unsuccessful 2007 Philadelphia mayoral campaign, but only paid for about half of it, election lawyer Gregory M. Harvey told a federal jury Wednesday.

Judge Tosses Former Vanguard Lawyer’s Whistleblower Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A tax lawyer whose whistleblower suit against Vanguard had the backing of the SEC saw his claims dismissed Tuesday when a Pennsylvania federal judge found a New York court’s state False Claims Act ruling estopped his federal claims.

Medical Costs

Phila. Court Cues Up Appeal Over Risperdal Punitive Damages Issue

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia judge has urged the state Superior Court to affirm a $500,000 verdict awarded last year to a man who allegedly suffered excess growth of breast ­tissue as a result of taking the ­antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

FJD Sets Protocol For Resentencing Of Juvenile Lifers

By Max Mitchell |

The First Judicial District has established a system to guide the process of resentencing hundreds of inmates given unconstitutional life sentences as juveniles.

Class Action Over Sunoco Rewards Card to Move Forward

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has rejected Sunoco's bid to arbitrate a proposed class action over alleged false advertising of its fuel rewards card benefits.

Bill Cosby speaking event with Judge Marvin Arrington at Benjamin E. Mays High School. .Photo by Zachary D. Porter/Daily Report .4/24/08.4/24/08

In Third Circuit, Cosby Defends District Court Ruling

By Lizzy McLellan |

In a brief to a federal appeals court, Bill Cosby argued that defamation claims brought by a Pittsburgh woman were rightly dismissed.

Bill Cosby

Cosby Case to Go to Trial

By Lizzy McLellan |

All of the sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby have been held over for trial, a Montgomery County magisterial district judge ruled Tuesday.

fracking

Fracking Water Transport Workers Eligible for OT Pay

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The transportation of fracking water between oil-and-gas drilling sites does not constitute the type of interstate commerce that would exempt employers from paying overtime wages, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Fewer Pa. Firms Found on Am Law 200

By Gina Passarella |

Movement up the rankings by some Pennsylvania law firms and a drop off by another has left just two Keystone State firms on the Am Law 200 this year..

<b>ON THE DEFENSE:</b> Entertainer Bill Cosby faces allegations that he drugged and ­molested women throughout his career.

Cosby Denied Stay in Criminal Case

By Lizzy McLellan |

Bill Cosby’s emergency application for a stay of his criminal case has been denied by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, allowing his preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday to proceed.

Allentown Sports Arena Tax Immune Under State Law

By Lizzy McLellan |

A property consisting of a sports arena, retail space and two parking decks is immune from taxation under the Economic Development Financing Law, the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas has ruled, because the properties are within the boundaries of an ­economic ­development zone, and are used in ways that promote economic development.

Erie Law Firm's Contingency Fee Upheld on Appeal

By Ben Seal |

An Erie law firm's contingency-fee award from a settlement it reached with an insurer on behalf of an injured client has been ­affirmed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

fracking

Energy Slowdown In Pa. Spurs Rise In Employment Suits

By Gina Passarella |

Three Fair Labor Standards Act cases have settled in Pennsylvania federal courts in as many months over workers' claims their employers in the fracking industry failed to pay them overtime.

Firm’s Suit Against Insurer Over Indicted Lawyer Moved

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

An action filed by a law firm against an insurance company over professional liability coverage for legal fees incurred from the criminal investigation of one of the firm’s lawyers has been removed from Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to federal court.

$1.15M Settlement Reached in Fatal Bus Crash Case

By Max Mitchell |

The father of a pregnant woman who was struck and killed by a school bus in Northeast Philadelphia has agreed to settle claims against the bus company for $1.15 million.

Lamb McErlane Launches Health Care Practice

By Lizzy McLellan |

Lamb McErlane has brought on the founding shareholder of a health law firm in Wayne to lead its newly formed health law department.

Center City Gay-Bashing Perpetrators Sued

By Max Mitchell |

The victims of a 2014 gay-bashing that occurred in Center City Philadelphia have launched a civil suit against the perpetrators of the assault.

Michael Doctrow

For IP Attorney, No Horsing Around During Triple Crown Run

By Lizzy McLellan |

The weeks between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes are action-packed and nerve-wracking, not just for a Triple Crown hopeful and its owners, but for the lawyer who represents them.

Handicapped sign at entrance to a business..photo by Jason Doiy.12-2-09.050-2009

Third Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Suit Over Handicapped Access

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A disabled-accessibility suit brought by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-subsidized agency against the owners of a factory converted into apartments was properly dismissed, a ­federal appeals court has ruled.

Federal Judge Ludwig, Known for Kindness, Dead at 87

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Edmund V. Ludwig, a senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and an advocate for awareness of mental health for criminal defendants, died of heart failure Tuesday morning three days shy of his 88th birthday.