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Today’s top story is a judge siding with the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the attorney-client privilege issue regarding 12 communications between outside counsel hired by the archdiocese and the former secretary of clergy charged with endangering the welfare of children allegedly abused by priests he supervised. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said during the last pretrial hearing before the trial opens today that she doesn’t see how defendant Monsignor William J. Lynn’s attorneys can establish that he sought counsel personally and separately from the interests of the archdiocese.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that a federal judge has denied an oil and gas trade group’s petition to hold the U.S. Forest Service in contempt for allegedly delaying drilling projects.
Below the fold on Page 1, Zack Needles writes that a Philadelphia jury has awarded more than $3 million to a woman whose colon cancer went undiagnosed for nearly two years.
In more Regional News on Page 3, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that admission into a pretrial intervention program bars defendants from bringing a federal civil rights suit over the underlying events of their arrest.
On Page 5 today is the Public Interest Page, as Lawrence Szmulowicz writes that the courts are showing a reluctance to protect victims of stalking.
In a Health Care Law column on Page 7, Vasilios J. Kalogredis and Karilynn Bayus write about the 3rd Circuit’s recent opinion on a physician’s employment contract dispute.
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