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The top story this morning is defendants in a Philadelphia judge declaring a mistrial in a hotly contested asbestos case in which plaintiffs counsel amended a portion of his post-trial motion. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, the original motion alleged the verdict sheet in the case was developed because of alleged ex parte contact by the defense lawyers with the leadership of Philadelphia’s civil courts, which court leadership strongly denied.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that the Restatement (Second) of Torts is still the law in Pennsylvania products liability cases after a ruling by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
In more Regional News on Page 3, Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a class representing hundreds of students suing the Lebanon School District for allegedly collecting fines above the $300 allowed by the state’s truancy law has been certified in federal court.
In a Business of Law column on Page 5, Sandra G. Mannix writes that an Abelson Legal Search survey illustrates some of the trends in paralegal careers, including many working more than 40 hours per week and fewer than half being paid overtime.
This week’s Law Technology News page details how videoconferencing is maturing as a courtroom tool.
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