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The top story this morning is the state Superior Court mulling the pre-emption of generic drug suits. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, Judge Mary Jane Bowes asked during an oral argument session whether injured plaintiffs can sue no one if all brand-name pharmaceutical manufacturers withdraw from the market and only generic drugmakers are left.
Also above the fold on Page 1, reporter Saranac Hale Spencer writes that three nominees have been tapped by President Obama for federal judgeships in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, but vacancies persist.
Below the fold on Page 1, Saranac Hale Spencer writes that a suit brought by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh arguing that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act infringed on its right to freedom of religion was dismissed by a federal judge.
In more Regional News on Page 3, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that two more judges have challenged as unconstitutional the retirement provision that says they must leave the judiciary at the end of the year in which they turn 70.
In a Commercial Litigation column on Page 5, Jeffrey G. Weil and Michael J. Broadbent write about whether a choice of law is considered a waivable issue.
In this week’s Young Lawyer column on Page 7, the YL Editorial Board writes about whether there should be a penalty for ignoring an evacuation order.
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