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.)
Today's paper also includes the Women in the Profession supplement, so check out the whole thing, including videos of the roundtable discussion.
The top story in today’s Legal is reporter Gina Passarella’s look at multi-office lateral groups in the wake of Cozen O’Connor wooing nine intellectual property attorneys from four different Duane Morris offices. There can be logistical challenges in making moves like this, but the benefits can make up for it in the end.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporters Ben Present and Zack Needles write that the Lackawanna County guardian ad litem has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against her for allegedly threatening parents with sanctions if her recommendations were not followed. The guardian ad litem, Danielle Ross, claims she has judicial immunity. The county’s common pleas court was also named a defendant in the lawsuit, and earlier this month asked to be dismissed from the matter, asserting 11th Amendment immunity.
Below the fold on Page 1, Zack Needles writes about an Erie County judge’s siding with the defense in a slip-and-fall case, ruling that residents in snowy locales should expect icy hills.
Also below the fold on Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that the judge presiding over the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest sex-abuse trial must decide whether to hear from additional accusers who claimed in 2010 that they were sexually abused by defrocked priest Edward Avery.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that an anti-fracking group has added defamation and conspiracy claims to its suit against a private surveillance company that the government allegedly hired to watch over it.
Also on Page 3, Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a Medicare contractor has claimed immunity before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
In a Legal Marketing column on Page 5, Stacy West Clark writes about time she has spent with multimillion-dollar rainmakers and some tips and observations she gained from it.
In a Cyberlaw column on Page 7, Jeffrey N. Rosenthal writes about online dispute resolution.
Today’s lead story in PLW is the Pennsylvania Superior Court granting a new trial to a Pennsylvania couple pursuing a bad-faith claim against their insurance carrier. As Ben Present writes, it shows that a consumer law violation may provide a path for proving bad faith.
Below the fold on Page 1, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that the Pennsylvania custody law has changed for deployed soldiers.
On Page 3, Dan McCormick writes that cost of living adjustments are marital property, according to a Superior Court panel.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he says that clients’ notes subject to attorney-client privilege must be clearly marked as such; Matthew Weisberg’s Commentary on the legal profession in which he writes about when and how to seek a judge’s recusal; a billboard ban passing constitutional muster, according to a Delaware County judge; expert testimony is required in a dispute involving SEPTA and a supplier; and Joel A. Rose’s Law Firm Management column, in which he writes about proven strategies for effectively implementing the two-tier partner structure.
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