Welcome to your Tuesday morning round-up of stories in today’s edition of The Legal Intelligencer, which also includes this week’s edition of Pennsylvania Law Weekly. All of the links below will take you directly to today’s stories, or you can head straight over to The Legal’s homepage. (Some stories may require registration or a paid subscription.)
Today’s top story is the third and final installment in a series looking at law firm growth in a no-growth market. Reporter Zack Needles writes that midsized firms are mining their existing client base as a method for revenue growth, seeking to provide the most value to existing and prospective clients.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina has denied the latest defense motion to dismiss charges in the priest sex-abuse case. Prosecutors called the motion to dismiss charges “a press release … [that] spews false information that serves no purpose other than to pollute the pool of jurors.” The case is in the second week of jury selection.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that a federal judge’s comments affected sentencing in a $74 million fraud case. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has remanded the case for resentencing.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Ben Present writes that a RICO claim has survived an early motion in the “kids-for-cash” suit. A federal judge allowed the claim to move forward, but dismissed claims under the Civil Rights Act because they were barred by the statute of limitations.
On Page 5 today is a Commentary written by Troy Crichton, who writes about the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia celebrating its “Meet the Judges and Legislators” event.
In a Litigation column on Page 7, Harrie Samaras and Judy Weintraub write about determining whether mediation is the right choice for your dispute.
As it is Tuesday, it’s also your chance to read this week’s Pennsylvania Law Weekly. The lead story for PLW comes from Ben Present, who writes an analysis of the campaign funds for the Pennsylvania attorney general race. Former Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane has more cash in her coffers, but former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has a wider array of supporters.
Below the fold on Page 1, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes about a Pennsylvania workers’ compensation certification process that is set to launch in the fall.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he discusses lawyers making campaign contributions to judges; Sam Pond and Allison Wheeler’s commentary on proposed utilization review changes that they believe will prove unfair to injured workers; the state Superior Court ruling that a deactivated e-mail account can still be searched; and David Mandelbaum’s Environmental Law column on tracking environmental debts.
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