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.)
The top story in today’s Legal is the state Superior Court reviving a $500 million malpractice claim against K&L Gates. As reporter Gina Passarella writes, K&L Gates and accounting firm Pascarella & Wiker are being sued for allegedly failing to detect fraudulent activity at the now bankrupt Le-Nature’s when they conducted an internal investigation years before the bankruptcy.
Also above the fold on Page 1, Gina Passarella writes that Cozen O’Connor is seeking to reopen a discontinued lawsuit filed against it by former Wolf Block lawyers.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Zack Needles writes that the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a case regarding whether attorney-client privilege protects clients’ identities from being made public.
In a Professional Conduct column on Page 5, David B. Picker writes about a potential new duty to preserve pre-closing transaction documents.
In an Environmental Law column on Page 7, Thomas J. Farnan writes that a case regarding the definition of “mineral” could have a big impact on shale.
Today’s lead story in PLW is the state Supreme Court holding oral arguments last week in a case balancing the Coroner’s Act with the Right-to-Know Law. As reporter Ben Present writes, a media company was prohibited from immediately looking at a coroner’s autopsy reporter to find out the manner in which a Pennsylvania college student died and was appealing the issue.
Below the fold on Page 1, Ben Present writes that the Supreme Court will take up will-contest proceeds in a divorce case in a case of first impression.
On Page 3, Ben Present writes that the Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments regarding whether retirement packages block unemployment benefits.
There’s much more inside this week’s PLW, including Samuel C. Stretton’s Ethics Forum, in which he writes that veteran lawyers often face more disciplinary action than younger ones; William F. Kerry Jr.’s Municipal Law commentary, in which he writes that the Pa. real estate tax structure presents dilemmas for municipal officials; and Jeff Jubelirer’s Public Relations commentary, in which he writes that PR should be done by your employees, not just outside assistants.
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