By Jaime Bochet
Of the Legal Staff
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Today's top story is by U.S. Courthouse Correspondent Shannon P. Duffy, who writes that a Pennsylvania Marine who claims he was falsely branded as a cold-blooded murderer by the late Congressman John Murtha has lost his bid to revive his civil rights suit now that a federal appeals court has ruled that members of Congress are immune from such claims.
Senior reporter Gina Passarella's Page 1 story is sure to catch your eye: The Commonwealth Court has upheld nearly $2.35 million in damages and attorney fees a tax collection law firm was ordered to pay to a class of taxpayers who sued for the administrative costs they had to pay the firm for collecting the delinquent real estate taxes.
Inside, on Page 3, Zack Needles writes that when Kyle Arnold arrived at the offices of Philadelphia-based litigation defense firm Marks O'Neill O'Brien & Courtney Thursday for what he thought was a deposition in his civil suit against Pep Boys, he was surprised by more than just tough questions. Arnold was instead apprehended by police as a suspect in a May armed robbery that took place in the parking lot of the very same Philadelphia Pep Boys location at the center of his civil suit.
As always, our People in the News section is on Page 2, and the top stories from our sister publications across the country are on our Page 4 National News page.
The first of our contributed columns is an ADR piece on "The Role of Pre-Hearing Security in Arbitration," written by Charles F. Forer of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott.
And today's Real Estate column is by Alan Nochumson, who writes: "A recent decision handed down by the Western District of Pennsylvania portrays a landlord coming to grips with the realization that he cannot obtain the reimbursement of his fees and costs against his tenant in the absence of such a written contractual provision."
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