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The top story this morning is Pepper Hamilton acquiring Louis Freeh’s law firm and consulting group. As reporter Gina Passarella writes, Pepper Hamilton had been working for months with the firm, Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan, on the investigation into Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that antitrust claims against a merger of two of the country’s largest pharmaceutical benefits management companies, Medco Health Solutions and Express Scripts, were dismissed by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that the state Supreme Court has ruled that a Montgomery County trial judge’s jury charge did not instruct the jury that it needed to find intent to harm in order to find that medical battery occurred in a case in which a woman claimed she did not consent to the cesarean section a surgeon performed on her.
In more Regional News on Page 3, Merck has appealed a “pay-for-delay” deal ruled on by the Third Circuit to the U.S. Supreme Court. Also on Page 3, Pepper Hamilton is advising IBM on its push into social networking.
In this week’s GC Mid-Atlantic column on Page 5, Tiffani L. McDonough writes that health care reform is leading to more wellness initiatives.
In a Real Estate Law column on Page 7, James M. Lammendola writes that the Commonwealth Court considered eminent domain and Act 70 in a recent decision.
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