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The top story this morning is the state Supreme Court ruling that “highly reckless” conduct is an affirmative defense in products liability cases. As reporter Zack Needles writes, it requires defendants to show that a plaintiff’s highly reckless conduct was the sole or superseding cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that attorneys may become mandated reporters of child abuse if one of the recommendations suggested by a task force created in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky and Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest sex-abuse scandals is passed into law.
Below the fold on Page 1, reporter Gina Passarella writes that a federal court refused to disqualify William Pietragallo from representing a defendant in a case in which he had previously contemplated representing the plaintiff.
In more Regional News on Page 3, Zack Needles writes that Spector Gadon & Rosen has started an energy and environmental practice group with the addition of environmental lawyer Kermit L. Rader, who will chair the group.
In this week’s GC Mid-Atlantic column on Page 5, Julie A. Uebler writes about what employers can do to decrease the risk of employment litigation.
In a Trusts and Estates column on Page 7, Robert H. Louis writes about planning in an uncertain planning environment as we come to the end of 2012.
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