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 a look at the Pennsylvania Am Law 200 firms’ 10-year results. Reporter Gina Passarella compares the numbers from the Am Law 200 in 2003 to those from 2012, noting that the gap between those toward the top and the rest of the list has widened over the past decade.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporters Zack Needles and Ben Present write that lawyers and litigants are taking issue with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts’ guardian ad litem report, which found “no evidence” that the Lackawanna County guardian ad litem had been billing hundreds of thousands of dollars to litigants.
Also below the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a federal judge has extended attorney-client privilege to a third-party contractor who worked closely with a company.
In an Eastern District column on Page 5, Peter F. Vaira writes about the do’s and don’ts of proposed findings and conclusions.
In a Commentary on Page 7, Jordan Furlong writes that most large firms today are overlawyered.
Today’s lead story in PLW is the Supreme Court granting allocatur in a Tender Years Act sex-abuse case. As Ben Present writes, the issue is whether a young girl’s out-of-court statements were properly admitted in her father’s child rape case when the girl had previously been determined incompetent to testify.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes about the latest attempt in Harrisburg to reduce the state prison population by changing criminal law.
On Page 3, Ben Present writes that an arbitration clause between two companies has been ruled a nonfactor in a lawsuit against a CEO.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he writes about “black robe disease”; Matthew T. Mangino’s Criminal Practice column on the Supreme Court striking mandatory life sentences for juveniles; and Carolyn R. Mirabile’s Family Law column on what happens when a spouse dies during a divorce.
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