The University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center and other similar centers across Pennsylvania recently lost funding for their health research projects. An arbitration panel charged with hearing cases involving the 1998 national tobacco settlement had earlier slashed such funding, ruling that the Commonwealth had not properly enforced parts of the so-called master tobacco settlement.

The Commonwealth has now made its case to restore the funding before a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge. Ballard Spahr partners David H. Pittinsky and Burt M. Rublin represent The Pennsylvania Cancer Alliance, which has filed an amicus brief on behalf of the institutions it represents that receive research money. Without additional funding, numerous cutting-edge research projects will be severed.

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