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Thursday, Jul 19


Pa. Attorney General sues housing lender for 'deceptive' practices


The suit accuses Harbour Portfolio of “unfairly and deceptively” targeting consumers who incorrectly believed they were purchasing a home.

Tuesday, Jul 17


Walgreens can't dodge shareholder suit over failed Rite Aid merger, judge rules


Statements by officials in 2016 that questioned media reports about the faltering merger were potentially misleading, the judge said.

Monday, Jul 16


No judge needed: Pa. law gets behind collaborative divorces


Couples are free to agree on any type of financial plans that work for them, even if it might be outside of the authority of the courts.

Career changes: This Franklin Park attorney figures he's held 47 jobs over a lifetime


But Franklin Park attorney Cris Hoel, a former journalist and investment company executive, has worked a lot of other jobs to earn a buck.

Tuesday, Jul 10


Obituary: Lawrence J. McCabe / A 'serious' Heinz executive with strong work ethic and humorous side

He was born in Uniontown to Beatrice Kane McCade and the late Patrick J. McCabe on July 19, 1935.

Saturday, Jul 7


McDonald’s wants ‘nonsense’ cheese lawsuit dismissed. It would create ‘utter chaos,’ lawyer says

The suit complains customers have been charged the full price of a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, even after they asked for no cheese.

Tuesday, Jul 3


Off the salary battlefield, public sector struggles with retention, student debt

Top-paying U.S. law firms are now offering starting salaries of $190,000, after a recent wave of raises. But the latest data on public sector lawyer pay shows starting salaries of less than a third that amount.

Friday, Jun 29


Legal dispute with Sears looms over Century III Mall sheriff's sale


The auction, scheduled for July 2, has been postponed again, and is now set for Sept. 4, according to court documents.

A pact to keep Amazon deal details secret for 5 years? State and local officials say it ain't so.

Even a local judge overseeing a right-to-know case couldn’t coax the information from the government guardians.

Wednesday, Jun 27


In historic decision, Supreme Court rules mandatory union dues violate free speech

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled public sector unions cannot require non-members to pay fees, a decision that could sap unions of revenue.

Tuesday, Jun 26


Man who injured waitress with forcible kiss ordered to pay her $3 million


Her court papers said the entire incident was caught on the restaurant’s surveillance video, a copy of which was submitted into evidence.

Friday, Jun 22


Pa. House votes to reinstate exams for severely injured workers


The bill reinstates follow-up evaluations that can cap benefits for severely injured workers, after the exams were struck down last summer.

Thursday, Jun 21


Dow Chemical awarded $1 billion in dispute with Nova Chemicals

Nova and Dow began operating a joint venture in Alberta in 2000 to produce ethylene, a gas used in plastics, agriculture and other products.

Tuesday, Jun 19


Judge Says Pa.'s corporate registration law doesn't create jurisdiction


A Philadelphia judge has dealt a blow to the increasingly popular argument that Pennsylvania’s unique corporate registration statute gives state courts jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants.

Tuesday, Jun 12

After trademark dispute, Voodoo Brewery relaunches Pitt-themed beer with tongue-in-cheek name


The Meadville-based beer maker is honoring the school, but also poking a little fun at it with Non-Trademark Infringement Alma Mater IPA.


Pennsylvania lowers the bar to help retired lawyers assist those in need


Retired lawyers can now apply for emeritus status through the disciplinary board of the state Supreme Court.

Thursday, Jun 7


Bail set at $1 million for Bumble Bee CEO

Christopher Lischewski, who stepped down as president and CEO at the tuna giant in late May, also surrendered his passport on June 6

Tuesday, May 29


Law firm cybersecurity 'an imperative' as clients make demands clear


As corporate clients fret over the potential threat posed by cyber breaches, Pennsylvania law firms are increasingly making data privacy and cybersecurity a top priority.

Friday, May 25


CEO of Bumble Bee Foods steps down following indictment


“Chris Lischewski has taken a leave of absence to defend himself from the accusations made against him,” the company said in a statement

Tuesday, May 22


Tuna giant Chicken of the Sea to settle antitrust claims with Walmart

Chicken of the Sea International, one of the “big three” tuna companies under federal investigation for alleged price-fixing, said it reached a settlement with Walmart Inc. to resolve antitrust claims.


Was 3-year suspension adequate discipline for sexting to client's underage daughter?


The punishment could signal that the state Disciplinary Board is taking matters involving sexual misconduct more seriously than before.

Monday, May 21

Inheriting property can be a headache, rather than a blessing


Mark Mikesell got a lucky break five years ago — so it seemed — after learning that he and his 12-year-old brother were named heirs to their great-grandfather’s estate.


Homeowners insurance policies cover many perils — just not landslides


One month after a dramatic landslide sent the hill looming over his backyard tumbling down on his Millvale home, 70-year-old Rich Mitesser is still living with his daughter. He’s waiting for the borough to allow him back on his property to…

Thursday, May 17


Tuna price-fixing investigation leads to indictment of Bumble Bee executive

The chief executive of one of the “big three” tuna companies has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he conspired to fix the prices of packaged seafood, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 15


State bar association takes over legal institute, citing 'substantial losses'


The Pennsylvania Bar Association has assumed control of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute after audits showed the institute lost more than $4.1 million between 2015 and 2017 and had been operating since Jan. 1 at an operating loss of roughly …

Friday, Apr 27


Will the environmental rights amendment broaden our horizons?


There is no room for big ideas — existential ideas — at a water obstruction permit hearing.

Wednesday, Apr 18


Taxing bodies file objections to Pittsburgh Athletic Association's reorganization plan


The Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue on Tuesday filed 11th-hour objections to the bankrupt Pittsburgh Athletic Association’s amended reorganization plan in a dispute over taxes.

Thursday, Apr 12


Pittsburgh task force issues proposals to improve fair housing


From proposals regarding tenant screening, increased legal assistance for low-income renters facing eviction, applying fair housing criteria to proposed development projects and inclusionary zoning, a task force unveiled a series of draft…

Thursday, Apr 5

Pa. court redefines some fracking as trespassing

For more than a century, Pennsylvania law has allowed drilling companies to sink a well and then drain oil and gas from a neighboring property without paying the neighbor.

Tuesday, Apr 3


Pittsburgh company Noveome testing medication aimed at treating CTE

An Oakland biotech is preparing to test a new medicine the company says may be effective in treating a brain injury associated with playing football.