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Today’s top story is the next chapter in the Jerry Sandusky case, as reporter Ben Present writes that state prosecutors may have to turn over psychological records of several individuals accusing the former Penn State assistant football coach of sexual abuse, according to criminal defense attorneys. Following an order Tuesday from the judge presiding over the case, the state has one week to provide a reason why the records of the alleged victims are privileged under state law. That privilege is waived for any such records the prosecution already has in its possession, according to lawyers.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that a Philadelphia jury has awarded $4.6 million in compensatory damages to a man who feel 40 feet while painting a utility pole. The award to plaintiff Vincent P. Nertavich Jr. was reduced by the jury’s finding that he was 49 percent negligent.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the FAA pre-empts a Pennsylvania ban on class action waivers in arbitration cases. A three-judge panel in Quilloin v. Tenet Healthsystem reversed a U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruling, holding that a class action waiver does not render an arbitration agreement a nurse signed with the hospital unconscionable.
As it is Wednesday, this week’s GC Mid-Atlantic column is on Page 5, as Hayes Hunt and Jonathan R. Cavalier write about the 2nd Circuit granting a stay of a challenge to the SEC’s settlement policy.
In a column on Page 7, Joel Feldman writes about showing compassion while also sticking to responsibility when working with bereaved clients.
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