Welcome to your Wednesday morning round-up of stories in today’s edition of The Legal Intelligencer. 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 consolidation of four concussion lawsuits against the National Football League in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. As reporter Zack Needles writes, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted the league’s motion to consolidate and centralize the lawsuits, with the potential for 16 similar suits to follow. “We find that these four actions involve common questions of fact,” said John G. Heyburn II, a U.S. District Court of the Western District of Kentucky judge and chairman of the MDL panel.
On the bottom of Page 1 today, reporter Ben Present writes that the speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has filed a redistricting lawsuit, arguing that the 2001 lines are unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court is expected to issue an opinion within the week explaining its unprecedented decision to reject and remand the maps approved by the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission in December.
In other Regional News on Page 3, a federal judge has allowed a fee dispute between a Delaware County firm and a New Jersey lawyer to proceed. According to court documents, plaintiff George R. Szymanski claimed that after his client fired him and hired defendant Sacchetta & Baldino, a Media, Pa.-based firm, the firm promised him a quantum meruit fee but never paid.
In today’s Real Estate column on Page 5, Alan Nochumson writes about the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania upholding an ordinance requiring rental property inspections to obtain a rental license.
As it is Wednesday, the weekly GC Mid-Atlantic column is in today’s paper on Page7, and it uses the upcoming Super Bowl and its popular advertisements to discuss the importance of corporate compliance and establishing standards for your company.
If you have questions or comments about any of today's stories, or our coverage as a whole, we invite you to e-mail any of the reporters directly. We hope you'll enjoy today's Legal.