In the Region
Jobless rate up in Pa.
The U.S. Labor Department said civilian unemployment in Pennsylvania ticked up 0.1 percentage point to 7.9 percent in December, compared with November. In New Jersey the number fell by the same fraction, to 9.6 percent for the same period. The rates are seasonally adjusted. The national unemployment rate in December was 7.8 percent. In regional numbers, the Mid-Atlantic held steady at 8.4 percent unemployment. - Reid Kanaley
Lawyers feud over fees
GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C.'s settlement of Avandia drug cases triggered a challenge by nine law firms that object to a bid by lead attorneys for almost three-quarters of a $143 million fee fund, including one seeking about $2,700 per hour, according to two people familiar with the matter. Attorneys suing on behalf of users of the diabetes medicine, who said it caused heart attacks and strokes, filed objections to the fee request in federal court in Philadelphia, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter isn't public. - Bloomberg News