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The top story this morning is the latest in the family courthouse saga. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge Stanton R. Wettick Jr. ruled that attorney Jeffrey B. Rotwitt cannot claim that he and his ex-firm, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, are joint tortfeasors and that the law firm owes him contribution. Wettick did say that Rotwitt can amend his claim for contribution.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a federal judge has confirmed a $35 million arbitration award, plus $5.6 million in attorney fees, for a security services firm following a soured business deal.
In more Regional News on Page 3, Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a federal judge has dismissed two of three counts against Aetna Life Insurance Co. in a suit where the plaintiff is seeking to recover life insurance benefits she said she is owed under ERISA.
In a Cyberlaw column on Page 5, Jeffrey N. Rosenthal writes about whether lying on Facebook or in online profiles is a crime.
In this week’s Young Lawyer column on Page 7, the YL Editorial Board writes that the voter ID law infringes on the fundamental rights of citizens.
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