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When Is A Mixed Insurance Contract A Maritime Contract?

February 22, 2017

Eric Chang

Whether a mixed insurance contract (i.e., an insurance contract with maritime and non-maritime elements) permits the exercise of admiralty jurisdiction…

Responsible Party’s Efforts To Avoid Payment Of Clean Up Costs Denied

February 21, 2017

Eugene J. O'Connor

In U.S. v. American Commercial Lines,  the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana considered a 2008 oil…

Philly says NO to asking about prospective employee’s wage history

January 27, 2017

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia became the first city in Pennsylvania to enact a Wage Equity Law prohibiting employers from…

O.W. Bunker Litigation in the United States: O.W. Bunker “provided” necessaries and has maritime liens

January 24, 2017

By Robert E. O'Connor

United States District Judge Valerie E. Caproni recently issued a highly anticipated order and opinion in three O.W. Bunker “test”…


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2017 New Year Business Succession Resolutions
February 6, 2017

Bylined Articles

Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal

February 10, 2017

By John G. Papianou

When the U.S. Supreme Court decided Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), a little over a year…

The Saga of the Athos I Litigation Continues: Recent Decision on Safe Berth Warranty and Wharfinger’s Negligence

January 30, 2017

Eugene J. O'Connor
By The Charterers P&I Club Newsletter

In a meticulous 174-page Opinion handed down on July 25, 2016, following an 8-week trial held in the spring of…

The U.S. House just passed a bill that will make startup demo days more accessible

January 13, 2017 Philly
By Ernie Holtzheimer

On Tuesday, January 10, the U.S. House of Representatives once again passed a bill designed to make it easier for…

What Bai Brands’ $1.7 billion exit could mean for Philly startups

December 28, 2016 Philly
By Ernie Holtzheimer

Bai means “pure” in Mandarin Chinese but it may begin to mean something else for startups in the Philadelphia area,…

In the News

Farnese acquitted of corruption charges in federal trial

February 2, 2017

Metro Philly
By Sam Newhouse

A Democratic state senator from Philadelphia beat the U.S. government Wednesday and walked out of federal court after being acquitted…

Philadelphia jury says state Sen. Larry Farnese not guilty on fraud charges

February 1, 2017

By Bobby Allyn

A federal jury has acquitted state Sen. Larry Farnese of all charges after a five-day trial. He was accused of…

Federal Jury Acquits Farnese in Bribery Case

February 1, 2017

The Legal Intelligencer
By P.J. D'Annunzio

After a five-day trial, state Sen. Lawrence Farnese and Philadelphia Democratic committeewoman Ellen Chapman were acquitted in federal court today…

Pennsylvania senator acquitted in ward election case

February 1, 2017

Morning Times
By Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal court jury acquitted a Pennsylvania senator Wednesday of charges he spent $6,000 in campaign money…

Press Releases

Melanie A. Leney Elected to Partner at Montgomery McCracken

February 15, 2017

Cherry Hill, N.J. – Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce Melanie A. Leney has been elected to the firm’s partnership….

Four Montgomery McCracken Attorneys Elected to the Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association

February 14, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce four attorneys have assumed leadership positions on the Young Lawyers Division (YLD)…

Firm Successfully Defends State Senator Lawrence Farnese Against Bribery Charges

February 1, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – February 1, 2017 – A defense team of Montgomery McCracken attorneys led by Mark B. Sheppard successfully defended…

Montgomery McCracken to Receive Two Awards at The M&A Advisor’s 11th Annual Turnaround Awards

January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017 – Montgomery McCracken is pleased to announce the firm will receive the “Restructuring Deal of the Year…