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The top story this morning is a judge rejecting a discovery request on former state Senator Vince Fumo in the First Judicial District’s legal malpractice lawsuit against its ex-attorney on the family courthouse project. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, the request was for Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel to answer questions on whether Fumo requested the firm compensate him for including state funds for a new courthouse in the state’s capital budget for public works projects.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that allegations that more than a dozen Lackawanna County employees were fired as “political retaliation” following the county’s shift to Democratic control after the 2007 election survived summary judgment in federal court.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that managing employee 401(k) plans could be dangerous for lawyers, as Philadelphia litigation firm Harvey Pennington recently learned when the U.S. Secretary of Labor filed suit against the firm alleging it mishandled employee contributions.
In an Intellectual Property column on Page 5, Anthony S. Volpe and Max S. Morgan write about applying patent teachings in products liability cases.
In this week’s GC Mid-Atlantic column on Page 7, Bruce Green and Jordan Thomas of Legal affiliate Corporate Counsel write about when a corporation’s lawyer can blow the whistle.
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