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The chief judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered Philadelphia’s federal courthouse closed Wednesday afternoon after learning two attorneys who recently appeared in the building began showing symptoms of COVID-19.
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Pa. Federal Court Closed After Attys Show Virus Symptoms

The chief judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered Philadelphia’s federal courthouse closed Wednesday afternoon after learning two attorneys who recently appeared in the building began showing symptoms of COVID-19.

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Pa. Top Court Cancels April Arguments Amid Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced Wednesday that it is canceling its scheduled April argument session in Pittsburgh, as part of the state judiciary’s ongoing efforts to curb the rate of new coronavirus infections.

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3rd Circ. Says Post-Gazette, Teamsters Had No Implied Deal

A Pennsylvania federal judge was wrong to make the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette rehire laid-off union delivery drivers because the newspaper's publisher had properly disavowed the terms of its now-expired contract and repudiated the existence of any "implied" continuations of that deal, a Third Circuit panel ruled Wednesday.

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Facebook Post Didn't Violate Patient's Privacy, Pa. Panel Says

A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center nurse's Facebook post about aging and chest pain did not invade the privacy of an emergency department patient who had shown up with those symptoms but was not identified by name in the post, a Pennsylvania appellate panel has ruled.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Pa. Atty In Client Theft Case Loses Law License

A Pittsburgh-area attorney lost his law license on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges of stealing nearly $200,000 while managing the will and estate of a deceased elderly client.

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ENFORCEMENT

15 AGs Call For Amazon To Improve Coronavirus Paid Leave

Fourteen states and Washington, D.C., penned a letter to Whole Foods and its owner, Amazon, on Wednesday urging the grocer and the online retail giant to enact the same paid sick leave policy that Congress enacted amid the coronavirus pandemic for all companies with fewer than 500 employees.

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LITIGATION

Deloitte Must Face Adelphia Collapse Suit In Pennsylvania

Deloitte & Touche LLP will have to face a lawsuit in Pennsylvania state court over the role of its accounting in the collapse of Adelphia Communications Corp. after a panel of Keystone State appellate judges said a lower court had been wrong to let Deloitte out of the case.

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Game Maker Says Eckert Seamans Can't Represent Rival

A Georgia-based game machine maker has asked a Pennsylvania federal court to block its onetime law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC from representing its rival, arguing the legal attacks the firm has leveled since jumping ship to counsel the rival are "a clear breach of its fiduciary duty."

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THIRD CIRCUIT

3rd Circ. Doubts Trade Group's Stake In Mazda Program Fight

The Third Circuit seemed mystified Tuesday about why the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers would have standing to launch a suit alleging a Mazda Motor of America dealership incentive program violates the state’s franchise practices law, since the coalition's 500-strong membership includes only 16 Mazda dealerships.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

10 E-Discovery Challenges Caused By COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.

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Stay Home Orders Unlikely To Trigger Civil Authority Coverage

As authorities order Americans to stay at home, insurers may see a surge in civil authority claims, but insureds will likely struggle to prove the property damage standard necessary to trigger such coverage, say Adam Fleischer and Michael Passman at BatesCarey.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Legal Community Rallies To Soften The Blow Of COVID-19

Amid the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the legal community has stepped up to lend financial support and services to colleagues, vulnerable populations, first responders and medical staff. Here, Law360 looks at some of the ways lawyers are helping others during the global crisis.

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Q&A

Coping With A Pandemic: Google's Mary Shen O'Carroll

As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Mary Shen O'Carroll, director of legal operations at Google and president of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

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ABA Says Gov't Should Declare Legal Workforce 'Essential'

The president of the American Bar Association on Tuesday called for the federal government to deem legal services "essential," so that lawyers are exempt from local shelter-in-place rules that prohibit employees from leaving their homes for work in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Relief Bill Would Expand Remote Court Hearings

The U.S. Department of Justice would receive an extra $1 billion and the federal courts would get $7.5 million as well as provisions allowing video or teleconferencing in some criminal hearings as part of the massive coronavirus relief bill, according to a draft of the bipartisan deal reached early Wednesday.

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Delaying Bar Exam Amid COVID-19 Is A Risky Move, Profs Say

With the coronavirus pandemic expected to disrupt the bar exam this summer, U.S. courts and regulators need to act fast to come up with a new way to license lawyers, and simply postponing the exam for later this year isn't going to cut it, according to a group of law professors.

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What Texas Patent Attys Need To Know For Remote Practice

Texas patent judges are working to adapt their pre-coronavirus pandemic courtroom procedures for the virtual world, even if that means conducting hearings with the occasional dog barking in the background or an attorney presenting argument in front of a backdrop designed by their children. Here, they break down what's been working for them.

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Virtual Arraignments Raise Real Concerns In NY Courtroom

New York criminal courts carried out the first virtual arraignments on Wednesday, an unprecedented step in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that was beset with delays and concerns over hard-to-see defendants and protective equipment for remaining courtroom staff.

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Old-School Mass. Courts Ill-Equipped For Pandemic, Attys Say

As Massachusetts state courts grapple with shutdowns and cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lack of widespread online filing and limited use of video and phone conferencing could make an already-backlogged docket even worse.

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Miffed Client Alleges Malpractice By Pot-Smoking Attorneys

A man who hired a Southern California law firm to help him acquire a cannabis dispensary license slapped the firm with a legal malpractice suit in California state court Wednesday that claimed the attorneys smoked pot during business meetings and overcharged him for "untimely incompetent legal services."

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Andrus Wagstaff 401(k) Participant Ends Nationwide Fee Suit

Nationwide Life Insurance and a former employee at mass tort firm Andrus Wagstaff PC have agreed to settle her 401(k) suit, six months after a federal judge rejected a bid to certify sweeping classes that would have covered thousands of retirement plans and plan sponsors, according to a Wednesday filing.

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Law Firm Leaders: Herrick Feinstein's Irwin Kishner

Irwin Kishner has served as executive chairman for midsize New York law firm Herrick Feinstein LLP for the last 12 years. Here, Kishner chats with Law360 about his firm’s strategy and goals, and how it is responding to the spread of COVID-19.

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