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The top story today is the state Supreme Court ruling that uninsured drivers can sue insured drivers for economic damages. As reporter Zack Needles writes, the court ruled unanimously in favor of plaintiff Mary Corbin, an uninsured motorist who was injured in an accident and had sought to sue the other driver, who was insured, for economic damages. Justice Seamus P. McCaffery, writing for the majority, said that while the issue seemed to deal with two incongruous sections of the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, when considered together “there is no ambiguity.”
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that Cozen O’Connor has hired Joseph Dever, who most recently served as an assistant regional director of the enforcement division for the Securities and Exchange Commission in New York, as the new chairman of its securities litigation and SEC enforcement practice group.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille asked Thursday that legislators find more funding for the state judiciary. He recommended an extension of a temporary fee surcharge to traffic citations in order to help cover a project $29.6 million shortfall under Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget.
In a Franchise Law column on Page 5, Craig R. Tractenberg writes that most franchise professionals have expressed a cautious optimism for the industry, despite economic pressures that abound.
In an Environmental Law column on Page 7, Katherine L. Vaccaro and Diana A. Silva write that uncertainty looms over the EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule.
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