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 a look at whether Pennsylvania is being forced to decide the Restatement issue it is facing. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, after the Third Circuit said for the third time that the Restatement (Third) of Torts governs products liability cases in the state, some attorneys said the federal appeals court seems to be trying to force the issue.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that employees of West Penn Allegheny Health System have been barred by collateral estoppel from filing a class action in state court when a Pittsburgh federal judge already ruled against certifying a collective action in a similar suit by the same plaintiffs.
In a Health Care Law column, Vasilios J. Kalogredis and Karilynn Bayus write that hospitals are beginning to feel the effects of quality initiatives.
In a Supreme Court column on Page 7, Stephen A. Miller and Thomas M. O’Rourke write a look into the effect of the ¬Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes case and expansion of “rigorous” review.
Today’s lead story in PLW is a look at campaign fundraising in the attorney general race. As reporter Ben Present writes, Kathleen Kane has bolstered her coffers, narrowly outpacing David Freed.
Below the fold on Page 1, Ben Present writes that a Commonwealth Court en banc panel allowed General Motors to unilaterally suspend an injured worker’s benefits without the required paperwork because the man had taken a voluntary retirement package.
On Page 3, reporter Zack Needles writes that the Superior Court has blocked the discovery of past surgical notes in a medical malpractice suit.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he writes about violating attorney-client privilege when a client’s financial situation changes; Caren E. Morrissey’s Family Law column in which she writes that mental health records should be discoverable in custody matters; and Peter J. Bietz’s Trusts and Estates column, in which he writes that attorneys may need to change their practices after the EGTRRA’s sunset.
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