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.)
Also in today’s paper is the 2012 edition of PaLaw, our annual report on the legal profession.
The top story in today’s Legal is this year’s managing partners survey. As reporter Gina Passarella writes, layoffs and de-equitizations could return in Pennsylvania, according to the managing partners anonymously surveyed.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that a discovery order in the Zoloft multidistrict litigation has been approved. The opposing sides negotiated the plan to set relatively early trial dates while also setting early hearings over the science behind allegations.
Below the fold on Page 1, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes the second in her Claims Chaos series, this time on mass money in claims administration raising questions.
As always, our People in the News section is on Page 2, and the top stories from our sibling publications across the country make up the Page 4 National News section.
In a Health Care Law column on page 5, Vasilios J. Kalogredis and Karilynn Bayus write that the OIG has issued a favorable on-call coverage arrangement opinion.
In a U.S. Supreme Court column on Page 7, Stephen A. Miller and Thomas M. O’Rourke write about the limits of judicial authority.
Today’s lead story in PLW is a preview of state Supreme Court oral arguments that are opening today. As reporter Ben Present writes, the viability of the “error in judgment” medical malpractice defense tops the argument session.
Below the fold on Page 1, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that law enforcement is increasing its focus on “false confessions.”
On Page 3, reporter Zack Needles writes that a Lackawanna County judge has tossed a coal dust exposure FELA claim.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he writes about lawyers who represent corporations and serve on boards; Matthew T. Mangino’s Criminal Practice column about how Miller v. Alabama changes the dynamics of sentencing; and Leonard Deutchman’s Cyberlaw column on backup tapes.
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