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The top story this morning is a lawsuit filed by Elliott Greenleaf & Siedzikowski against a former partner and his new firm, Stevens & Lee. Reporter Gina Passarella writes that Elliott Greenleaf is suing former Harrisburg officer managing shareholder William R. Balaban and two associates who quit Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 to join Stevens & Lee. The suit alleges that Balaban installed software on the firm’s computers that allows him to have continued access to the firm’s files through the “cloud.”
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes about a panel discussing forum in mass torts. It has become an important issue recently as the forum in which plaintiffs and their lawyers select to bring mass torts in pharmaceutical and asbestos litigation has taken center stage, including the state Supreme Court’s recent rejection of drugmaker Bayer’s request for the court to exercise its jurisdiction over the most convenient forum for several drug products liability cases brought by out-of-state plaintiffs.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Dan McCormick writes that Villanova graduate and San Diego Padres CEO Jeffrey Moorad is giving $5 million to his alma mater for the creation of a sports law program. Also on Page 3 is a report that Widener University School of Law is among the first battles in a campaign of litigation over alleged deliberate fudging of law school graduate employment statistics.
In a Litigation column on Page 5, Harrie Samaras and Judy Weintraub write about the dispute resolution clause in mediation.
On Page 7 is today’s Law Firm Technology column, going over 10 important steps to help minimize cybercrime exposure in your firm.
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