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Attorney Cecelia L. Fanelli Joins Steptoe & Johnson LLP

NEW YORK - Steptoe & Johnson LLP has announced that Cecelia L. Fanelli has joined as a partner in the Litigation Department in the firm's New York City office. Fanelli brings more than 30 years of experience in litigation, dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute...

The Alien Tort Statute - A Viable Tool To Sue Corporate Defendants?

In this Emerging Issues commentary, Jonathan Drimmer, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, D.C., discusses a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co., 621 F.3d 111 (2d Cir. 2010) . The decision deals with whether the Alien Tort Statute...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Asbestos Suits Against Employers Now Permitted In Pennsylvania In Some Situations

By James J. A. Mulhall | The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Western Division, issued an extremely important decision on November 22, 2013 in the Tooey and Landis holding [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The consolidated appeals involved asbestos lawsuits against employers when...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Court Excludes Causation Expert’s Opinion, Tosses Chemical Exposure Case

By Devin C. Daines A recent Pennsylvania Superior Court decision illustrates the importance of ensuring that a medical expert’s opinions meet the minimum threshold for admissibility. As in most toxic exposure cases, this crucial step can often be the difference between an early win for the defendant...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Subcontractors Beware - Ohio Supreme Court Upholds ‘Pay-If-Paid’ Provisions

By Eric J. Hulett and Matthew A. Brandt The Ohio Supreme Court recently changed the landscape in construction law when it held that a payment provision in a subcontract which included the term “condition precedent” was sufficient to transfer the risk of the owner’s non-payment from...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Know How: Timely Tips for Avoiding Sanctions for Failure to Preserve Evidence

By Bridget M. Cohee, Member With the nationwide move to using electronic medical records in lieu of paper charts, the duty to preserve evidence has become a more complicated process for medical providers. The duty to preserve evidence arises when a party has notice that the evidence is relevant to...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: W. Va. Residential Homeowner Can Recover Costs of Repairs Even If Greater Than Fair Market Value of House

By Eric J. Hulett, Member Until recently, owners of damaged homes in West Virginia had some limits on the amount of damages they could recover in a lawsuit. Now, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has significantly revised prior case law and expanded available damages in Brooks et al v. City...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Legislature Changes Medical Professional Liability Act

By Paul K. "Kip" Reese and Jace H. Goins During its recent 2015 session, the West Virginia Legislature passed significant tort reform measures affecting Long Term Care (LTC) providers. These measures largely involve changes to the West Virginia Medical Professional Liability Act (MPLA),...