Our Blog: Litigation

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

Allegheny County Foreign Subpoena Procedure: A Miscellaneous What?

April 1, 2020
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in Litigation

Envision this scenario: a civil action is filed in Delaware [the foreign action]. The plaintiff in the foreign action wants to subpoena documents from an entity located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Delaware court issues a Delaware subpoena... Read more

Performance of Contracts During the Coronavirus Outbreak: Force Majeure and Impracticability

March 17, 2020

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.[1] Internationally, precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have had a negative impact on trade due, in part, to the... Read more

Title IX: 10 Proactive Steps for Leaders in Education While Waiting for the New Regulations

January 22, 2020

Any day now, Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’s new Title IX regulations will be published. They are expected to substantially change the requirements for responding to sexual misconduct in an educational environment. While the final content... Read more

FLSA Overtime Exemptions To Go Into Effect January 1, 2020

October 14, 2019

On September 27, 2019, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued revised regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) that increase the minimum salary threshold to qualify for exemption from overtime.  The prior rule has been in... Read more

50th Anniversary of the Historic Passing of Ordinance #395

August 16, 2019

On July 7th, 2019, the In Sisterhood Project celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the historic passing of Ordinance #395—an event which cemented Pittsburgh’s place in the women’s movement. The event premiered the “Changing the Want Ads”... Read more

Bad News for Internet Retailers – Supreme Court says Retailers Must Collect Sales Tax Everywhere

June 26, 2018
By S. John Kelly
Posted in Business Services, Litigation

On June 21, the Supreme Court decided that states can force out-of-state retailers to collect state and local sales tax on goods and services shipped to in-state residents.  South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ___ U.S. ___ (2018) Read more

New Year, New Issues

February 1, 2018

The New Year always brings with it renewed hope for the future.  In 2018, the New Year will bring Pennsylvania businesses many issues to address, old (sexual harassment) and new (medical marijuana).  Here’s my list for the three issues your... Read more