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Foreclosure Mediation Program Continues

The Berks County Bar Association, in conjunction with the Berks County Courts and Neighborhood Housing Services, have created a program by which those threatened with the loss of their home can seek relief. The program began January 1 and is continuing.  Those served with a complaint in a consumer debt or home mortgage case may take advantage of the program.

Read More› for a description of the program.

The program is also explained on a recent "Ask a Lawyer" television show. Go here to view the program. As of July 16, 216 cases have requested to participate. Go here for a detailed update.

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EU parliament approves CETA trade deal with Canada

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Kenya appeals court orders release of doctors' union leaders

A judge for the Court of Appeals [official website] in Kenya on Wednesday ordered the release of seven officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists' Union (KMPDU) [official website] who were jailed earlier this week due to an ongoing strike. The decision of the court also mandates [East African report] that they resume negotiations with the government to be presented to the court on February 23. The doctors want the government to honor agreements the government made in 2013, including [DW report] a 150 to 180 percent increase in salaries, better working conditions, and to address under-staffing in... Full Story››

Federal judge rules 'sweeps' of Washington homeless camps can continue

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Anthem sues Cigna to block termination of health insurer merger

Anthem [corporate website] filed a lawsuit [press release] on Wednesday in an attempt to block Cigna Corp [corporate website] from terminating their proposed $54 billion deal [merger agreement, PDF]. The deal in question would have created the largest membership of any US health insurer. Cigna ended the merger after a federal judge ruled against the merger [JURIST report] last week, stating it would further complicate an already concentrated market. Cigna has stated [Reuters report] that Anthem is required to pay $1.85 billion in break-ups fees and is seeking $13 billion in damages for its shareholders who did not receive the... Full Story››