Welcome to your Tuesday morning round-up of stories in today’s edition of The Legal Intelligencer, which also includes this week’s edition of Pennsylvania Law Weekly. 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 paper also includes the Workers' Compensation supplement.
The top story in today’s Legal is reporter Ben Present’s look at the state attorney general race, in which candidates Kathleen Kane and David Freed diverge on health care and the investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Both candidates answered questionnaires, which appear in full in the paper.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that an ex-priest said Monday that he reported alleged abuse to Monsignor William J. Lynn, a defendant in the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex-abuse case. The ex-priest said he left the priesthood because one of his colleagues, whom he claims abuse him for four years, was not removed from ministry by church officials.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that Stevens & Lee has filed a sanctions motion against Elliott Greenleaf and its chairman for alleging that a partner who left Elliott Greenleaf for Stevens & Lee misused escrow funds. This is the latest chapter in an ongoing battle between the two sides.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a federal judge has ruled in favor of South Philadelphia sandwich shop Steak’em Up in a trademark suit filed by national frozen food giant Steak-umm.
In an E-Discovery column on Page 5, Ross Cunningham and Elizabeth Lemoine write about preparing for e-discovery supplemental obligations.
In a Litigation column on Page 7, Harrie Samaras and Judy Weintraub write about what you need to know about selecting a mediator for ADR.
Today’s lead story in PLW is the state Supreme Court grappling with PTSD benefits for police during oral arguments last week. As Ben Present writes, the question of “abnormal working conditions” and “extraordinary” events loom large.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that the plaintiffs bar is criticizing the state Supreme Court’s ruling that courts must consider a product’s multiple uses when assessing that product’s risk. Some plaintiffs attorneys have said it gives defendants an unfair advantage.
On Page 3, Ben Present writes that a Lackawanna County judge has ruled that a pair of Pennsylvania homeowners may proceed with their claim that Wells Fargo committed a breach of contract by failing to offer the permanent changes to their mortgage payments after a trial period with lower rates.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he says a lawyer must be careful if paying a non-expert witness; Sam Pond and Allison Wheeler’s workers’ compensation commentary about proposed legislation extending treatment time that promotes “doctor shopping”; a defamation suit against a mortgage company pre-empted by the FCRA; a ruling that PennDOT highway plans were de facto taking; and Jeff Jubelirer’s public relations commentary about how to respond to commenters.
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