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  • A health care facility can’t use HIPAA to avoid handing over discovery about patients identified as potential witnesses in a retaliation case against the company, according to Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Stanton Wettick.  (Yes, he of the infamous property tax reassessments.)  I believe this was a case of first impression here.  [Legal Intelligencer]
  • In 2011, large Pennsylvania law firms decided it was easier to poach entire departments from other firms than to hire lateral associates and partners one at a time.  Great news if you already have a job at a big firm.  [Law.com]
  • Mount Lebanon and Thornburg are allowed to collect more than 5 percent of revenue from property tax reassessments because they’ve been granted an exemption to the anti-windfall regulation affecting the rest of the County. Uh oh.  [Trib]  And it looks like the reassessments are disproportionately affecting people in blighted or working class neighborhoods.  [Post Gazette]
  • A mother whose baby was born with birth defects may have a negligent infliction of emotional distress claim against the doctor who said her ultrasounds looked normal.  [Legal Intelligencer]