Our Blog: Litigation

Practicing Careful Time Keeping: Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees Under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL)

June 8, 2021
By Kathleen Mannard
Posted in Litigation

If an attorney works on a plaintiff’s claim raised under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), they must be careful with their time keeping of billable hours if they want to recover... Read more

UPDATE: Supreme Court to Hear Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. First Amendment Speech Protection Case

May 10, 2021
By Adam Tragone
Posted in First Amendment Matters, Litigation

The Supreme Court of the United States will hear argument in Mahanoy Area School... Read more

Thinking about including a no-poach clause in your contract? Think again.

May 7, 2021

At the end of April, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided whether no-hire, or “no-poach,” provisions that are ancillary to a services contract between business entities are enforceable under the laws of this... Read more

Strict Liability in Pennsylvania’s Consumer Fraud Law: It’s Not About a State of Mind.

May 6, 2021
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in Business Services, Litigation

In 1999, Gary and Mary Gregg enlisted the services of Robert A. Kovalchik, a financial advisor and insurance salesperson for Ameriprise Financial, Inc. As a result of misrepresentations made by Mr. Kovalchik, the... Read more

Potato, Potahto… Email, Slack

May 5, 2021

By Gretchen E. Moore and the eDiscovery Committee at SMGG:   Read more

The Perils of Self-Collection of Electronically Stored Information

April 28, 2021

By Gretchen E. Moore and the eDiscovery Committee at SMGG:  Read more

Earl v. NVR, Inc., trading as Heartland Homes of PA: Werwinski is Dead

March 18, 2021
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in Litigation, Real Estate

Like many Western Pennsylvania homebuyers, Lisa Earl was enticed by Heartland Homes’ billboards and post signs touting luxury finishes, timeless design, and quality architecture. Understandably, when she chose to... Read more

Government Lightens Enforcement of HIPAA Rules to Aid COVID-19 Vaccinations

January 20, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law, Litigation

On January 19, 2021 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced that it will not impose penalties for violations of the Health Insurance Portability and... Read more

Excellus Health Pays $5.1 Million to Resolve HIPAA Breach Involving Over 9 Million People

January 19, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Health Law, Litigation

On January 15, 2021 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“HHS”) announced a $5,100,000 settlement with Excellus Health Plan, Inc. ("Excellus") for violations of the Health... Read more

For Title IX and Athletics Professionals in Higher Education, One Less Moving Part

November 24, 2020

Year after year, the issue of sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX on college campuses continues to confront higher education leaders.  The topic is one on which innumerable individuals and special interest... Read more