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Longtime Morgan Lewis leader pursues 'encore career' at age 64

Friday February 12th, 2016 07:38:49 PM Jeff Blumenthal
After three decades as one of the most recognizable faces at Philadelphia’s biggest law firm, James Pagliaro has opted to pursue what he terms his “encore career” at age 64.The longtime Morgan Lewis & Bockius partner resigned from the partnership last month to join Bernero & Press, a legal consulting firm formed a year ago by Wendy Bernero, a non-lawyer executive at several large firms and a partner at legal consultancy Hildebrandt International, and Aric Press, the former editor-in-chief…

Judge OKs Urban Outfitters' late evidence in Navajo case

Friday February 12th, 2016 07:35:21 PM Kenneth Hilario
A New Mexico federal court on Tuesday granted Urban Outfitters permission to present more than 3,000 pages of evidence showing the Navajo Nation failed to police its trademarks against third parties – a decision that likely forces the tribe to stick the case out in court if it wants to keep the name away from other retailers.The Navajo Nation for nearly four years has been embroiled in a legal battle with the Philadelphia-based retail giant for alleged trademark infringement, violations of the…

DreamIt Health expanding accelerator class with Blackstone grant

Friday February 12th, 2016 07:22:06 PM Alison Burdo
More early-stage companies will have a shot at Dreamit Health's well-recognized accelerator now that it is a recipient of a $325,000 grant from Blackstone.Headquartered at the University City Science Center, Dreamit's Philadelphia innovation hub was one of 13 organizations to get a chunk of the $2 million awarded in Blackstone Innovation Grants, selected from a field of more than 450 applicants. The award is meant to help organizations dedicated to strengthening entrepreneurship in their communities.The…

Philly ad industry vet: The Oscars are not alone in diversity deficiency

Friday February 12th, 2016 07:00:56 PM
And the envelope, please?Even though the Oscars represent one of the most prominent award shows, so many of us as business executives have felt the pang of anticipation when our company was up for an industry honor.It represents a pinnacle of achievement. A recognition by our peers. An affirmation that long nights, tiresome days and passionate perseverance may some day pay off.While we in most industries don’t have the glamour of the red carpet or paparazzi surrounding our respective award…

The Supreme Court's class-action decision: All is not lost for business defendants

Friday February 12th, 2016 06:43:32 PM Gerald Arth and Ryan Becker
The U.S. Supreme Court has put a damper on defendants’ increasingly popular use of a technique to get rid of purported class action lawsuits at an early stage, but has left open the door for careful defendants to avoid potentially ruinous liability.For some time, class action defendants have tried to use Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure – allowing a defendant to make an offer of judgment giving a plaintiff all the relief he or she is entitled to receive – in order to moot an…

CHOP part of $3.5M investment in medical device firm

Friday February 12th, 2016 04:01:43 PM John George
Velano Vascular, a medical device company with offices in San Francisco and Philadelphia, raised $3.5 million this week in a private stock sale involving a group of investors that included Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.The company plans to use the proceeds from the offering, an extension of a $5 million Series A financing completed early last year, to support the development and commercialization of its a proprietary device designed to reduce blood draw-related discomfort and anxiety for…

David L. Cohen: The cruel irony of the 'digital divide' and how it's hurting Philadelphia

Friday February 12th, 2016 01:46:49 PM
For more than a decade, there has been a national debate about how to close the digital divide: the gap between those who are connected to high-speed Internet at home and those who are not. The issue not only has a profound impact on individual families, but also on our region’s business owners, economy builders, and employers.Because of the digital divide, millions of low-income Americans lack basic digital literacy skills that make them unqualified to fill higher-paying, 21st Century jobs.…

5 things to know & holy cow! The Navy Yard keeps getting bigger & bigger

Friday February 12th, 2016 01:27:58 PM Dell Poncet
The chill is in the air. Bundle up for the next few days.Let's see what happened while we weren't looking.Blank Rome brings in some moreA very large law firm got even bigger. Blank Rome, the Philadelphia-based international mega-firm, which had 520 lawyers now has more than 100 more.Jeff Blumenthal, who has been covering the legal beat since Clarence Darrow was arguing with his fellow third-graders, has the story.Which candidate does which business person like?In another interesting Jeff…

Uber to pay $28.5 million in class-action settlement over safety claims

Friday February 12th, 2016 01:26:55 PM Annie Gaus
Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million as part of a class-action settlement claiming that it misled riders with claims over the safety of its service.The settlement includes both two lawsuits, Philliben vs. Uber Technologies Inc. and Mena vs. Uber Technologies Inc. The lawsuits said that Uber misled consumers in claiming that its rides offered "industry-leading" safety, or "the safest rides on the road." Uber had also imposed a "safe rides" fee, which the company said was used for background checks…

PoliticsPA: In first interview in months, Kane talks failed ouster

Friday February 12th, 2016 01:10:49 PM Nick Field
Kathleen Kane emerged victorious yesterday and hit the airwaves to reflect.After the State Senate failed to remove her from office, the Attorney General granted her first interview in months to WNEP’s Sarah Buynovsky.“I’m happy and I believe my supporters are happy and Pennsylvanians are happy to move on,” she said of the result.The Attorney General also made clear she believes it is her mission to remove politics from government.“Now that I’m on the inside and I see it and I…

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