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The top story this morning is the state Supreme Court rejecting a request by the state Association of County Commissioners and 10 counties to order the General Assembly to take legislative action and provide state funding for a centralized, unified judicial system. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, the court said it trusts the branches of government will cooperate to decide what local functions of the justice system need to be unified in a central system.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a suit alleging a natural gas drilling operation violated the Clean Air Act has survived a motion to dismiss in federal court and raised novel questions about abstention.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella takes a look at recent indications that law firms could become e-discovery vendors. Drinker Biddle & Reath, for example, created a subsidiary to handle the technical aspect of mining electronic data in litigation.
In a Securities Law column on Page 5, Katayun I. Jaffari and Jill M. Stadelman write that the SEC has adopted conflict mineral disclosure and due diligence rules.
In this week’s Young Lawyer column on Page 7, Michael J. Joyce writes about the daily struggles of handling the novelties of practice.
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