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.)
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The top story in today’s Legal is the Third Circuit taking a skeptical view of reverse-payment settlements in a pharmaceutical patent case, rejecting the scope-of-the-patent test used by several other circuits to determine whether a settlement violates antitrust laws. As reporter Gina Passarella writes, the Third Circuit has instead adopted a rule-of-reason analysis to determine if the settlements warrant antitrust review.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that Pittsburgh-based Tucker Arensberg has defeated a legal malpractice claim.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a judge has denied a doctor a new trial in a case of test question theft.
In a Securities Law column on Page 5, Robert L. Hickok and Gay Parks Rainville writes that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case regarding the applicability of the fraud-on-the-market presumption.
In an Asset Management column on Page 7, Irvin G. Schorsch III writes about going beyond a lawyer’s fiduciary role in estate planning.
Today’s lead story in PLW is Lackawanna County outspending other counties on guardian ad litem services. Reporter Zack Needles writes that the county’s full-time guardian ad litem, Danielle M. Ross, made about $110,000 per year between 2009 and 2011.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Ben Present writes that cross motions for Facebook discovery were denied in an auto case.
On Page 3, Ben Present writes that the Superior Court has affirmed a $7.8 million verdict against Consol Energy.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he writes about ex parte communications with a judge; Daniel E. Cummins’ Civil Practice column on Medicare liens and personal injury matters; and Jeff Jubelirer’s Public Relations column on what to say when you can’t really say anything.
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