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Justices See Federal Pre-emption in Nursing Home Dispute

By Max Mitchell |

A string of Pennsylvania Superior Court decisions have drifted away from nearly-automatic application of arbitration agreements in nursing home litigation, but a state Supreme Court decision may change that, according to at least one attorney who practices in the long-term care litigation arena.

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No Agency Liability for Unpaid Construction Work, Justices Rule

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act does not permit contractors and subcontractors to sue a property owner's agents over unpaid work, the state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled.

Pa. Justices Strike Broad Portions of Oil and Gas Law

By Ben Seal |

In a wide-ranging ruling reviewing "special treatment" granted to Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry by the General Assembly, the state Supreme Court has struck down several sections of Act 13, the state's oil and gas law, including provisions that allowed gas companies to employ eminent domain, exempted private water sources from notification after a spill and prevented doctors from disclosing information about their patients’ chemical exposures.

FJD Hires Salvation Army Attorney to Eye CJC Elevator Safety

By Max Mitchell |

The First Judicial District has hired an attorney handling the Salvation Army building collapse suit to look into the safety of elevators at the Criminal Justice Center, where two elevators malfunctioned and injured two people in early August.

‘Informed by What I Am’: Judges Talk Faith, Duty and the Law

Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has boosted diversity on the federal bench with his judicial picks. This month he added a name to his list of barrier-busting nominees: Abid Qureshi, believed to be the first Muslim tapped for a federal judgeship.

A logo sign outside of facility occupied by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, in Somerville, New Jersey on May 31, 2015.

Counsel Aims to Save Risperdal Cases, Challenging Cutoff Date

By Max Mitchell |

A trial judge's decision to establish a litigationwide cutoff date for when claims should have been brought against Janssen Pharmaceuticals over the drug Risperdal fails to apply standard discovery-rule principles, unfairly placing hundreds of cases at risk of dismissal, an attorney representing numerous plaintiffs told a state Superior Court panel Tuesday.