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The top story this morning is an Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruling that Internet service providers must disclose the names of their subscribers who are accused of using a file-sharing site to copy a pornographic movie. As reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes, with no 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals standard for balancing the right to anonymous speech against discovery, the court adopted a five-point test used by the 2nd Circuit.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that records related to the safety of natural gas pipelines are not public, according to a ruling by the Commonwealth Court. A three-judge panel reversed a determination by the state Office of Open Records that had directed the Public Utility Commission to turn over records to a Wall Street Journal reporter.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Ben Present writes that a federal magistrate judge has tossed an injured man’s plea for punitives in an accident where he alleged the driver that hit him “looked at” his cellphone. The court held that looking at or using a cellphone while driving could not support a claim of “reckless indifference” or an “evil motive.”
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Jeff Mordock writes that a Delaware Supreme Court judge has approved an order retroactively applying spousal testimonial privilege to a same-sex couple who were married in California in 2008. Their partnership was not legally recognized in Delaware until the state’s civil union law went into effect earlier this year.
As it is Thursday, this week’s Young Lawyer column is on Page 5, as Elizabeth F. Collura writes about leveraging document review work into a permanent position.
In a Business Law column on Page 7, Nevena Simidjiyska writes about practicing law in an international world, discussing the importance of U.S. export control compliance for clients.
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