Failing to recognize that her client wasn’t eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act may have been an “honest mistake,” but not dropping the case as soon as the mistake was discovered has cost a Pittsburgh attorney nearly $5,000 in sanctions. U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon of the Western District of Pennsylvania recently ordered Kraemer, Manes & Associates attorney Christi Wallace to pay $4,900 in attorney fees to compensate defendants for having to pursue the FMLA claim Wallace filed on behalf of plaintiff Christopher Deming-Archambault. READ MORE
A Fox Rothschild partner in the suburbs of Philadelphia appears to have a very lucky client. According to the Pennsylvania Lottery, an entity called Emerald Legacy Trust last week claimed a Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball jackpot valued at $456.7 million. The Associated Press reports that Fox Rothschild partner Andrew Santana signed the ticket and claim form along with the trust, opting to receive a $273.9 million cash prize, which comes out to $199.8 million after federal and state taxes. READ MORE
After 30 years in business, King of Prussia-based firm Powell Trachtman is winding down, as one group of attorneys, including the firm’s last remaining founding shareholder, prepares to join Wisler Pearlstine, and another group strikes out on its own with a new firm. While there does not seem to be any dispute among the departing attorneys that Powell Trachtman was and is financially healthy, there is still some disagreement over what the firm’s prospects for the future would have been had its sole remaining founding shareholder, Michael Trachtman, not made the decision to leave. READ MORE
A Philadelphia jury handed up a defense verdict in favor of Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, finding that the label on the blood thinner Xarelto adequately warned patients about the danger of severe bleeds. The jury, deliberating in the second Xarelto trial to come before a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury, rendered its verdict the morning of April 27, after more than two weeks of trial and about two days of deliberation. READ MORE
The Pennsylvania Bar Association assumed control of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute after audits showed the PBI lost more than $4.1 million between 2015 and 2017 and had been operating since Jan. 1 at an operating loss of roughly $44,000 per week, according to a letter sent to the PBI’s directors and officers from outgoing PBA president Sharon Lopez last week. The PBI board, which has many members in common with the PBA board, voted to eliminate the officers and directors of the PBI in April. READ MORE

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Bill Cosby brought an all-star cast to defend him against sexual assault charges at his retrial in Montgomery County. But his lawyers’ attempts to discredit Cosby’s multiple accusers did not get very far with the jury, which found the comedian guilty on all counts April 26. The defense team tried to inject doubt in jurors’ minds in multiple ways, but the dominant theme was an attack on the credibility of Cosby’s accusers. That strategy may not work so well anymore, lawyers said. READ MORE
Facing a false advertising lawsuit from a competitor involving claims that it has no significant presence in Pennsylvania, Orlando-based personal injury law firm Morgan & Morgan has hired a lawyer to handle cases in Philadelphia. The firm hired Kevin Clancy Boylan as the managing attorney of its one-person Philadelphia office. Boylan, who was admitted to the bar in 2012, formerly worked at the truck accident injury firm of Fellerman & Ciarimboli, located in Kingston. READ MORE
The leader of Pepper Hamilton’s alcoholic beverage industry group has made a move to DLA Piper, after only two years at Pepper Hamilton. Philadelphia-based Alva Mather said DLA Piper reached out to her about a year ago, but she was hesitant to make a move, given how recently she had joined Pepper Hamilton from Griesing Law. But as her clients look to grow globally, she said, it made sense to join a firm with an international platform. READ MORE
Two black men who were arrested April 12 at a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia while they were waiting to meet an acquaintance reached a settlement with the city and will not pursue civil complaints against the police department. The two men—Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson—will accept $1 each as a token settlement, along with an apology from the city, which also has agreed to set aside $200,000 to fund a program aimed at assisting young entrepreneurs, according to news reports. READ MORE
Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby is bulking up its medical malpractice capabilities in New Jersey, bringing on a five-lawyer group from Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker. Led by partner Ken Brown, the group represents hospitals, health care systems and providers in medical malpractice litigation as well as medical device cases. Brown, four associates and a paralegal are joining Weber Gallagher’s Bedminster, New Jersey, office. READ MORE

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