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  • If your discovery “meet and confer” process involves screaming at and berating opposing counsel, you can rest easy.  Your oppsing counsel can’t sue you for defamation because Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that such comments are covered by the litigation privilege.  Carry on!  [Legal Intelligencer]
  • Yesterday, Judge Wettick granted the school district’s request to delay implementing new property tax rates until 2013.  This gives everyone a year to hash out the reassessed value of their homes.  However, if you feel your reassessed values are unfair, you must still file an appeal by February 24.  The judge said he won’t grant any more extensions.  [Trib]
  • Congratulations to Ronald Schuler, who was just named the managing partner of Pittsburgh firm Spilman Thomas & Battle.  [Business Times]
  • In a decision that’s good news for all the big Pittsburgh law firms defending asbestos lawsuits and a victory for Pittsburgh K&L Gates partner Nicholas Vari, the California Supreme Court ruled that manufacturers of products that they know could be used with asbestos cannot be held liable for asbestos-related damages.  [Law.com]
  • Judge Ward will not issue a ruling on BNY Mellon’s motion to evict Occupy Pittsburgh for weeks.  My theory is that she’s just hoping the weather will render the whole thing moot.  [Post-Gazette]