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Today’s top story details the wave of changes that are coming for Philadelphia’s criminal courts when the new judicial calendar starts later this month. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, the changes include the addition of a 10th courtroom dedicated to homicide cases, the elimination of “chamber weeks” for civil judges and the creation of a “ready trial room” to immediately hear the trials of defendants who initially waive their right to a jury, but then demand that right.
On the bottom of Page 1 in today’s Legal, reporter Gina Passarella writes that recent changes in leadership in two of Ballard Spahr’s most prominent departments are part of a larger shift in practice management for the firm. John B. Langel took over as chairman of the firm’s litigation group, while William C. Rhodes will now lead the public finance department.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that two United Kingdom entities seeking to pursue debt claims against Nortel Networks Inc. in the U.K. are not governmental units and cannot invoke the police protection exemption in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, writes reporter Jeff Mordock in today’s Page 3 story.
James P. Goslee writes today’s Litigation column on Page 5, detailing the major changes in store for removal jurisdiction in 2012. As Goslee writes, the most significant change set in motion by President Obama’s new legislation is the Later-Served Rule, which means each individual defendant has 30 days from the date they were served to remove the case. There had previously been a split in the circuit courts on this topic.
Today’s Technology Law column on Page 7 details ways to protect your company in the new social media world, including implementing strict social media policies and being aware of litigation considerations regarding social media.
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