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The top story this morning is the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the centerpiece of the nation’s new health care law – the so-called individual mandate to buy insurance. As Marcia Coyle of Legal affiliate The National Law Journal writes, it was upheld as a constitutional exercise of Congress’ taxing authority.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporters Gina Passarella and Zack Needles write that lawyers are focusing on the practical impact of the Affordable Care Act and advising clients on whether it makes sense to offer employees health care come 2014.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a Harrisburg municipal authority must pay $19 million it owes for technology installed in its garbage incinerator, which helped lead to a declaration of insolvency by the Harrisburg city government in 2011.
Also below the fold on Page 1, Gina Passarella writes that suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin has lost her bid to have the entire Allegheny County bench recuse itself from hearing the nine criminal charges against her.
As always, our People in the News section is on Page 2, and the top stories from our sister publications across the country make up the Page 4 National News section, including much more Supreme Court coverage.
In a Real Estate Law column on Page 5, Bernie Bittner writes that Pennsylvania has approved title insurance rate changes.
In a Litigation column on Page 7, Judy Weintraub and Harrie Samaras write another part in their series on mediation preparation, this time advising not to let the informality fool you.
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