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Board of Judges Picks Philadelphia's Interim DA

Max Mitchell

The First Judicial District's Board of Judges has selected Kelley Hodge to be Philadelphia's district attorney, marking the first time an African-American woman has served as the city's top prosecutor. She has been named to fill the post in the interim until a new district attorney can be elected in

Phila. Case Over Asbestos-Infused Talc Could Set Pattern for Series of Claims

Max Mitchell

The high-profile litigation in Missouri over talcum powder might be beginning to cool down, thanks to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, but a talc-related litigation in Pennsylvania is beginning to heat up, and may set a pattern for a growing area for tort claims.

Court Tosses $38.5M in Punitives Over Kraft Factory Shooting

Max Mitchell

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has tossed a $38.5 million punitive damages verdict awarded to the families of two Kraft employees who were fatally gunned down by a disgruntled co-worker.

Defendants Demand Pre-Discovery Evidence in Birth Control Packaging Suits

Max Mitchell

Pharmaceutical companies facing more than 100 lawsuits in federal court over improperly labeled birth control pills want the plaintiffs to provide pre-discovery information linking their claimed injuries to the defendants' products.

Third Circuit Grills Sausage Maker's Trademark Dispute

Max Mitchell

A hot dog by any other name, including a name similar to a well-known sausage company, is not likely to confuse consumers as long as it is clearly labeled on the packaging, a federal appeals court said in dismissing a trademark and false advertising suit brought by a sausage company.

Court Cuts Back Pete Rose's Defamation Suit Over Ex-Investigator's Statement

Max Mitchell

A federal court in Pennsylvania has trimmed the claims that former baseball star Pete Rose can bring against the man who investigated him for betting in the 1980s. That man, attorney John Dowd, had acted as special counsel to Major League Baseball, and gave a 2015 radio interview in which, Rose alle

Single Slur Can Establish Workplace Harassment, 3rd Circuit Rules

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A single racial slur in the workplace may be enough to establish a lawsuit for harassment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled July 14.

Meet the Candidates Who Want to Be Interim DA in Phila.

Max Mitchell

Since former District Attorney Seth Williams abruptly pleaded guilty to a bribery charge and resigned from the office last month, Philadelphia has been without an official chief prosecutor. Although voters are set to choose Williams' replacement in the general election in November, the process to fi

With Dissents and Appeals, Landowners Fight to Keep Pipeline Challenge Alive

Max Mitchell

Pennsylvania landowners who have been fighting with Sunoco over the Mariner East 2 pipeline project have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to bar the energy giant from using their land for the natural gas pipeline. Over the past year, they have seen a handful of unfavorable decisions from t

Ex-NFL Player's Family Wants CTE Suit Severed From MDL

Max Mitchell

The family of a deceased professional football player wants their suit against the National Football League and helmet-maker Riddell severed from the consolidated litigation pending in federal court so the case can be tried in state court.

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