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 former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman being ordered to sit for a deposition in the First Judicial District’s legal malpractice lawsuit against a former lawyer on the Philadelphia family courthouse deal. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, Newman is not entitled to a protective order from having to give a deposition.
Also above the fold on Page 1, Buchanan Ingersoll has agreed to pay $60 million to settle claims in the bankruptcy of its former client, Adelphia Communications Corp.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that GlaxoSmithKline has saved tens of millions of dollars by revamping the way it hires and pays for outside legal services over the past four years.
In more Regional News on Page 3, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that the Third Circuit has authorized private Medicare provider Humana Medical Plan Inc. to sue GlaxoSmithKline for expenses incurred from injuries consumers have suffered by taking the drugmaker’s Avandia diabetes drug.
On Page 5, Stephen A. Miller writes a quick rundown of all that has happened in the U.S. Supreme Court this term.
In a Business of Law column on Page 7, Frank Michael D’Amore writes three tips for creating a killer attorney Web bio.
Today’s lead story in PLW is the recent child sex-abuse cases in Pennsylvania spurring a legislative response. As Amaris Elliott-Engel and Ben Present write, there are bills waiting in the wings in Harrisburg regarding expert testimony in sexual assault cases, among others.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that recent events have highlighted Pennsylvania’s lack of indigent defense funding.
On Page 3, Ben Present writes that a judge has denied severance motions in two post-Koken cases.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he writes about lawyers billing for paralegals’ time; Scott A. Coffina’s Constitutional Law column handicapping the Pennsylvania voter ID litigation; and Peter J. Bietz’s Trusts & Estates column on testamentary capacity.
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