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 the third in reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel’s series on products liability, as she writes about how the role of settlement has been growing in products liability cases.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that the insurance trust fund for the Miami police officers’ union has brought a class action suit against AstraZeneca for its drug Nexium and the manufacturers of its generic versions. The suit, filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleges AstraZeneca paid the generic companies to keep their drugs off the market.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that a Lehigh County judge took issue with the uptick in law agencies’ use of child pornography laws to prosecute teens who “sext.”
In more Regional News on Page 3, Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a Middle District judge awarded more than $1 million in attorney fees to members of the funeral industry who won their suit against the state Board of Funeral Directors and took the defense to task for their approach to the litigation.
In a Health Care Law column on Page 5, Vasilios J. Kalogredis and Karilynn Bayus write about a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling on providers’ discovery obligations.
In a Trusts and Estates column on Page 7, Robert H. Louis writes about the importance of planning over the next four months.
Today’s lead story in PLW is the state Supreme Court ruling that tax collectors’ pay must be reasonable, a ruling plaintiffs counsel called a “watershed moment” for Pennsylvania’s elected tax collectors, as reporter Zack Needles writes.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Ben Present writes that attorneys have said there was no ethical breach for a Dauphin County judge with political ties to state Senator Jeffrey E. Piccola. The judge presided over one of the estates that Piccola worked on in his work with an “heir-hunting” firm.
On Page 3, Zack Needles writes that the state Supreme Court has agreed to take up the question of whether a government entity is a “person” subject to lawsuits under the Unfair Trade Practice and Consumer Protection Law.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he writes about lawyers waiving future conflicts; Brandon Swartz’s Personal Injury column on hand injuries; and David Mandelbaum’s Environmental Law column on the Act 13 decision.
If you have questions or comments about any of today's stories, or our coverage as a whole, we invite you to e-mail any of the reporters directly. We hope you'll enjoy today's Legal.