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Today’s top story is an analysis of the effect state Sen. Jane Orie’s conviction might have on her sister, state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. As reporter Ben Present writes, Orie’s verdict Monday, in which she was found guilty on 14 of 24 corruption charges, does little to settle the fate of Orie Melvin, according to some legal observers. The larger issue for Orie Melvin might be her other sister, Janine Orie, whom the state hit with two rounds of corruption charges.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that workers can bring claims against their employers under both federal collective actions and state law class actions simultaneously.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that the state Supreme Court has defined the term “in paying quantities,” and attorneys believe it will have wide-reaching applicability for oil and gas companies. The court ruled that wells that are operated sporadically and don’t consistently turn a profit can still be considered to be producing in paying quantities as long as the operator has maintained the well in good faith.
In more Regional News on Page 3, Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a federal judge is allowing a private racketeering claim to proceed against a bank and payment processors involved with telemarketing schemes under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
Also on Page 3, insurance firm Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst announced plans to open a Washington, D.C., office.
In a Litigation column on Page 5, Harrie Samaras and Judy Weintraub write about 10 ways to introduce mediation to opposing counsel.
In this week’s GC Mid-Atlantic column on Page 7, Erica Smith-Klocek, Lisa Dykstra and Tara Lawler write about what should be considered when deciding to issue a litigation hold.
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