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Friday, Nov 16


Pittsburgh radio stations reach agreement with creditors


WPNT Inc.’s two FM stations in Western Pennsylvania are WRRK-FM in Braddock and WLTJ-FM in Pittsburgh.

Thursday, Nov 15


Pa. AG's office fines 20 car dealerships for Craigslist ads


The dealers advertised vehicles on Craigslist in the “for sale by owner” section.

Tuesday, Nov 13


Small cable companies want DOJ to reinvestigate Comcast's merger with NBC


The request to the Justice Department by Comcast’s rivals adds renewed pressure on the agency to revisit Comcast’s 2011 merger with NBC

Tuesday, Nov 6


Federal labor officials fine Collier tree company over unpaid overtime wages

Sidelines Tree Service agreed to pay $43,304 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 69 employees.


Meet the robocall avenger: Andrew Perrong, 21, sues those pesky callers for cash

Meet Andrew Perrong, a college student who regularly sues and scores settlements against companies he claims illegally call him.

Monday, Nov 5


As the guilty pleas pile up in tuna case, will consumers ever get anything back?

The three big tuna players combined controlled 80 to 85 percent of the U.S. market between 2003-2015, according to legal documents.

Thursday, Nov 1


Fed proposes easing capital rules, testing of some big banks

Officials want to relax rules implemented in response to the financial crisis that pushed the economy into the Great Recession.

Friday, Oct 26


Committee: Ex-PSU counsel Cynthia Baldwin did not violate ethics rules; final decision pending


The state Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board must decide whether to follow the recommendation to clear Ms. Baldwin of alleged wrongdoing.

Tuesday, Oct 23



With Mega Millions hitting $1.6B, lottery pools should craft clear rules. Best bet? Put it in writing


Legal disputes in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have interfered with some lottery players’ hopes of getting a share of big jackpots.

Thursday, Oct 18


StarKist agrees to plead guilty in DOJ investigation into price fixing in tuna industry


It’s the sixth charge to have resulted from the federal antitrust investigation.

Tuesday, Oct 16


Wednesday, Oct 10


Sears could finally be nearing bankruptcy after years of decline


The former iconic American retailer has reportedly hired an advisory firm to prepare a bankruptcy filing.


PNC changes mind, allows woman to access mother’s will in safe deposit box


After the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on the dispute, PNC made arrangements for the woman to access the safe deposit box on the first day after the Columbus Day bank holiday.

Tuesday, Oct 9


Pa. justices to decide whether Fifth Amendment privilege covers password case

Justices agreed to hear whether the defendant, who is facing child pornography charges, can be compelled to disclose the memorized password.

Monday, Oct 8

Tuna companies, plaintiffs battle in court over price fixing allegations

Lawyers for Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee argued that the plaintiffs shouldn’t get that green light for class action certifications

Sunday, Oct 7


Obituary: Eunice Mercedes Latshaw Ross / Longtime judge, trailblazer for women in the law

Judge Ross was among the first women appointed to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in 1972.

Friday, Oct 5


Jury awards $3 million to scientist who sued PPG for gender bias

Carol Knox claimed her supervisor at the coatings giant was “uncomfortable around women” and part of the “old boys club.”

Friday, Sep 28


Rivertowne's brewery, restaurants go up for sale


Brewery filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May.

Tuesday, Sep 25


Judge trims 'DC rates' in Pittsburgh employment case, but lawyers still land more than $2.2M in fees


“We cannot simply accept Washington billing rates as being reasonable in Pittsburgh,” the judge said.

Monday, Sep 24

Trust protectors: The modern-day godfather of estate planning


You are really placing a lot of trust in the person or organization acting as trustee.

Sunday, Sep 23


U.S. Steel's efficiency plan was a sham, lawsuit asserts


Shareholder suit alleges the Pittsburgh steelmaker’s Carnegie Way initiative crippled mills, ruthlessly cut costs, and fabricated savings.

Tuesday, Sep 18


Monday, Sep 17


There's over $16 billion in unclaimed World War II bonds. Pennsylvania is trying to find the owners here.


And more than 75 years after the U.S. entered WWII, over $16 billion of those bonds remain unclaimed — due to either being lost or forgotten

Tuesday, Sep 11


Chesapeake reaches settlement with large class of Pa. landowners in royalty dispute


The agreement applies to about 10,000 early Chesapeake leases located mainly in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, Sep 5


Court orders Bethel Park restaurant to pay back wages to workers

The judgment requires Danny’s Pizza to pay $39,577 in back wages to 16 current and former employees and an additional $9,128 penalty.

Tuesday, Sep 4


As big law steps on their turf, midsized firms bet on niche practices

Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, based in Pittsburgh, was built on a niche focus in environmental law from the start.


With sheriff's sale looming, Century III Mall files for bankruptcy

The mall was expected to go up for sheriff’s sale on Sept. 4. Instead, owners Moonbeam Capital filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Monday, Sep 3


Len Boselovic’s Heard off the Street: Local apartments named in mortgage scam

An indictment says four men falsified rent, other data to fraudulently obtain loans for apartments in Western Pennsylvania and New York.

WorkZone: She used to practice the cello; now she practices law

“You don’t need to practice with a capital ‘P,’” a law professor told Ginevra Ventre. “Just play ... and don’t ever let that part of you go.”