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The top story this morning is the First Judicial District settling its suit over the Philadelphia family courthouse for $4 million. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel agreed to pay $2 million, while the firm’s ex-partner Jeffrey Rotwitt’s malpractice insurer, Travelers, agreed to pay $2 million, according to the terms of the settlement.
Below the fold on Page 1, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that the next chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Kathleen D. Wilkinson, announced that one of her initiatives will be launching a leadership program to assist young attorneys, women attorneys and attorneys of diverse backgrounds in the profession.
Also below the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that a $3.4 million settlement was reached in the death of a 20-year-old college student who died after drunkenly falling 30 feet over a railing at a fraternity house on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus.
In more Regional News on Page 3, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a federal judge granted most of the attorney fees requested after an employment discrimination case was resolved with a Rule 68 offer of judgment, despite the defense’s argument that one of the attorneys lacked experience in employment cases.
In an Intellectual Property column on Page 5, Paul F. Prestia asks if patents are becoming impediments to innovation.
In this week’s GC Mid-Atlantic column on Page 7, Timothy Long and Lauri Damrell write about dealing with complex gender-discrimination issues in the workplace.
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