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.)
The top story in today’s Legal is an analysis of the suspension of state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. As reporters Zack Needles and Ben Present write, observers say that the suspension creates a less effective bench.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that Pennsylvania firms are raising rates more than any other region in the country, but aren’t raising revenue, according to a flash report by Citi Private Bank Law Firm Group.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a federal judge has ruled that a waiver of underinsured motorist benefits carries forward to vehicles added to an existing policy.
In more Regional News on Page 3, Gina Passarella writes that class action firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll has reopened in Philadelphia with a qui tam group and the hire of three Berger & Montague attorneys.
In a Litigation column on Page 5, Charles F. Forer writes about illusory arbitration agreements.
In a Bankruptcy Update on Page 7, Rudolph J. Di Massa Jr. and Aaron J. Margolis writes that the justices are split over cramdown plans precluding credit bidding.
Today’s lead story in PLW is a look at state Supreme Court Justice Thomas G. Saylor’s disposition for dissent. As Ben Present writes, Saylor is the court’s most frequent dissenter by a wide margin.
Below the fold on Page 1, Zack Needles writes that the high court will mull the scope of the state Board of Claims’ jurisdiction.
On Page 3, Zack Needles writes that the Commonwealth Court has ruled that the operation of a compressor station falls within the definition of “gas production.”
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he writes about lawyers maintaining copies of clients’ wills; Daniel E. Cummins’ Litigation column, in which he writes about five common mistakes to avoid during deposition; and David Mandelbaum’s Environmental Law column, in which he wonders where environmental justice currently stands.
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