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The top story this morning is the U.S. Secretary of Labor filing an ERISA suit against Philadelphia litigation firm Harvey Pennington. As reporter Zack Needles writes, the suit alleges the firm, its managing owner and another shareholder mishandled employees’ 401(k) contributions in violation of the act.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a class action being brought against two major manufacturers of blood reagents was certified by a federal judge.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a group of drugmakers over whether federal law pre-empts the claims of at least 2,000 plaintiffs that their use of generic versions of metoclopramide caused them to have an incurable neurological disorder called tardive dyskinesia.
Also below the fold on Page 1, suspended Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister Janine Orie have been ordered by an Allegheny County judge to stand trial together.
In an Employment Law column on Page 5, Jeffrey Campolongo writes about employees who have medical conditions but do not specifically ask for accommodation.
In a Franchise Law column on Page 7, Craig R. Tractenberg asks if, when a franchisor files, the franchisee can keep the name.
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