Happy Friday! Welcome to your daily round-up of stories in today's edition of The Legal Intelligencer. Click the links below to access stories directly, or head to The Legal homepage. (Some stories may require registration or a paid subscription.)
Leading the front page of this Friday paper, U.S. Courthouse Correspondent Shannon P. Duffy has coverage of a compelling insurance case from the U.S. Eastern District. Forced to predict how the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would rule on an important question of auto insurance law, a federal judge has ruled that a new stacking waiver is required when a car owner cancels the under-insured motorist coverage on her auto insurance policy and later decides to add the UIM coverage back onto the policy.
Below the fold, Amaris Elliott-Engel has an interesting case about the city's public transit service. An en banc Commonwealth Court panel ruled 6-1 last week that the Southeast Transportation Authority (SEPTA) does not owe a duty to a passenger hit by an apparent uninsured motorist while transferring on foot from a bus line to a trolley line.
On Page 3, our Regional News story is from our sister paper, the Delaware Law Weekly, where reporter Jeff Mordock writes: A Widener University Law School panel last Thursday cleared law professor Larry Connell of charges that he made racist, sexist and violent comments in his law course, according to his lawyer. However, he was found to have violated the university's code against retaliation.
As always, our People in the News section is on Page 2, including a note for you to head to The Legal's Facebook page to check out photos from the recent "Cooking Up Justice" event we held, featuring famed chef Georges Perrier and Fox News morning anchor Mike Jerrick. The top stories from our sister publications across the country make up the Page 4 National News section.
Our first contributed is a Commentary by Scott A Coffina, who says the Hatch Act is a "shadowy minefield for federal employees." This much is clear -- a federal employee may not solicit or accept contributions for a political candidate. Then it gets murky.
Next up is our Technology Law column by William E. Viss of Archer & Greiner, who wonders if your smartphone might be TOO smart? The smartphone in your briefcase is probably tracking and storing your location. As a consumer, you may enjoy this feature and even pay a premium to enhance its use. However, other smartphone owners are less impressed.
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