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Editorial: Commonwealth needs lawsuit abuse reform now

Why should a defendant in a civil case be responsible for paying the entire judgment when it's only partially liable for an accident?
The question has been pondered for years in the commonwealth, which has one of the worst legal systems in the country. Tort reform received legislative traction in 2006; however, a reform bill died on then-Gov. Ed Rendell's desk.

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Highmark income rises $275M for 2010

Buoyed by lower-than-expected increases in health care costs due to the poor economy, and by rebounding investment income and strong performances from its subsidiaries, 2010 net income at insurer Highmark Inc. surged ahead of the prior year.

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Poll: Pa. needs legal reform

Three-quarters of respondents to a recent survey said they believe state government needs to do more to improve the overall legal climate in Pennsylvania. And 65 percent said they believe the number of lawsuits in the state is too high.

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