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Leading the front page this morning, U.S. Courthouse Correspondent Shannon P. Duffy has a verdict story from the Eastern District of Pa.: "A federal judge has awarded more than $17.5 million in a medical malpractice suit against the Veterans Administration brought by a former Marine who suffered a disabling stroke after a dental procedure in which his blood pressure had dropped precipitously several times."
Below the fold, senior reporter Gina Passarella writes, "It seems to be the age old question for Pennsylvania courts -- is SEPTA a state agency or not? Attorneys for both the regional transportation authority and a group of railroad division employees trying to sue SEPTA in state court under the Federal Employers Liability Act argued before the state Supreme Court Wednesday that case law and statutes were on their side. The problem is they are on very different sides of the argument."
Reporter Zack Needles has today's Page 3 Regional News story, also from Supreme Court oral arguments: "The state Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday regarding the Philadelphia Parking Authority's procedure for enacting new regulations. The question before the court was whether the PPA is a 'hybrid agency with a unique rulemaking procedure' and is therefore exempt from having to solicit public comment on its proposed regulations."
Today's Page 5 "Asset Management" column is from one of our sister publications, the New Jersey Law Journal, which examines the idea of distributing "virtual" assets in contemporary estate planning,including social media and electronic personal property.
The Page 7 column is on "Environmental Law" by Kenneth J. Warren of Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, who writes, "On July 22, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposal to revise its Definition of Solid Waste rule. Companies engaged in hazardous materials recycling should carefully review the proposed regulations and consider commenting on them."
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