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Today’s top story is a look at Philadelphia jury verdicts in 2011, which dropped 31 percent on average. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, the average civil jury verdict in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court fell from $1.49 million in 2010 to $1.02 million last year, according to First Judicial District statistics.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that antitrust and monopoly claims have been narrowed in a suit filed nearly 10 years ago against Comcast, allowing the allegations to proceed, according to a federal judge’s ruling last week.
Also below the fold on Page 1, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that Dow Chemical Co. was denied in its effort to block a plaintiff’s subpoena in a brain cancer case. The state Supreme Court ruled to allow the subpoena, which would allow plaintiffs counsel to explore whether Dow and its predecessor, Union Carbide, failed to report the existence of employees with brain cancer who worked in their plants producing the toxic chemical vinyl chloride.
In a White-Collar Law column on Page 5, Peter D. Hardy and Abraham Rein write that changes may be coming to corporations’ federal sentencing.
In a Litigation column on Page 7, Abraham J. Gafni writes about pretrial discovery from non-parties in arbitration under state law.
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