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The top story this morning is a class action against HSBC that has settled for $23.5 million. As reporter Gina Passarella writes, the plaintiffs brought the suit against the credit card issuer over the company’s payment protection plan for its users.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that a Bucks County jury has awarded $3.6 million to a developer that claimed a bank breached its contract when it reneged on a $12.3 million loan for a retail and office complex. The 11-member jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the plaintiff on Feb. 10, following a two-week trial and about two hours of deliberation.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Jeff Mordock writes that e-discovery litigator Kevin F. Brady has left the Wilmington, Del., office of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz to join Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott. Brady will focus on corporate litigation, e-disovery issues, environmental insurance coverage litigation and director and officer insurance coverage litigation.
On Page 5, the Editorial Board writes that, having been acquitted of murder, William J. Barnes should be released from prison. Barnes shot a Philadelphia police officer in 1966 and when the officer died in 2007, the district attorney charged Barnes with murder.
In a Public Interest column on Page 7, Mark S. Schwartz, Judy F. Berkman and Margaret Henn write that pre-condemnation municipal liens are causing problems for homebuyers. Page 7 also features the public interest calendar of events.
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