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The top story this morning is lawyers in the Catholic Archdiocese sex-abuse trial sparring over an explanation of what it means to have a duty of care to not endanger the welfare of children. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, prosecutors want the jurors in the case to hear the explanation, while Alan J. Tauber of Lindy & Tauber said that providing such an explanation makes “greater the risk the jury will convict one of these men on a concept of negligence.”
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young has sued client Sovereign Bank to stop threats of a malpractice lawsuit. The firm filed a complaint “seeking to put an end to ongoing and baseless assertions and threats of malpractice being voiced by defendant, Sovereign Bank N.A.”
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that the Chemical Weapons Act was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on remand from the U.S. Supreme Court. The court was hearing the case of a spurned spouse’s alleged revenge plot, which included the use of highly toxic chemicals from her employer, chemical manufacturer Rohm and Haas, but declined to say the act was unconstitutional.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Ben Present writes that Penn State has appealed the venue decision in its insurance dispute, seeking to keep the litigation between the university and its insurer from unfolding in Philadelphia.
In an Environmental Law column on Page 5, Jessica R. O’Neill writes about “disinvesting” in the federal enforcement of environmental laws.
In an Employment Law column on Page 7, Michael D. Homans writes that banning smokers may harm your company’s health in the long term.
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