By Jaime Bochet
Of the Legal Staff
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Today's paper is especially full, because it includes our Pennsylvania Law Weekly section, which appears every Tuesday and includes analysis pieces, our Verdicts & Settlements section, and contributed columns by Samuel Stretton (Ethics), Sean Connolly (State Government), Leonard Deutchman (Cyberlaw/E-discovery) and Joel Rose (Law Firm Management). But more on the PLW in a moment ...
On the top of The Legal's front page, Gina Passarella writes about a growing trend: law firms entering the municpal recovery area. "Two years post what some say was the technical end to the nation’s recession may not seem like the best time for law firms to seek out financially troubled clients, but that is just what a select few are doing. And they are finding the need is great."
Below the fold, Shannon P. Duffy writes: "Finding that a chemical company CEO offered a 'flimsy' excuse for destroying boxes of documents that had already been subpoenaed in an environmental cleanup case, a federal judge in Harrisburg has ruled that the jury must be instructed to assume that the documents would be damaging to the defense. But U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo's ruling was a significantly more lenient sanction than the plaintiffs had requested. The judge refused to enter a judgment for the plaintiffs because doing so would prejudice other defendants that played no part in the document destruction."
On Page 3, Amaris Elliott-Engel introduces the Pennsylvania Bar Association's first diversity officer, who will be responsible not only for working with law firms and other legal organizations to improve the number of diverse attorneys within their ranks, but also to improve diversity among the association's membership.
As always, our People in the News section is on Page 2, and the top stories from our sister publications across the country are on our Page 4 National News page.
Our Litigation contributed article on Page 5 by Royce W. Smith of Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig will be of interest to sports fans, as Smith explores the lessons of the NFL lockout for trial attorneys.
The Page 7 Commercial Litigation article by Jeffrey G. Weil and Stuart A. Weiss of Cozen O'Connor examines a recent 3rd Circuit decision that demonstrates how seemingly innocuous word choices can have far-reaching results in forum-selection clauses.
The pull-out section of the Pennsylvania Law Weekly features a front-page article by our newest reporter, Ben Present, on changes to be expected from the passage of the Fair Share Act. Below the fold, Zack Needles further covers a case he previously reported on, dealing with "preconception torts," this time asking med mal lawyers what they think of the issue. Read the full article here.
The PLW has much more, so head to the main website of that section to check out even more.
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Jaime Bochet is the Magazines & Supplements Editor for The Legal. Follow her on Twitter at @JaimeBochetTLI or e-mail JBochet@alm.com.