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Superior Court upholds exclusion of expert testimony in Zoloft birth-defect lawsuit

Pam Wright May 22, 2017, 9:57am

PHILADELPHIA — The state Superior Court upheld a lower court's decision to exclude expert testimony in a lawsuit filed by a Philadelphia couple against pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline who claimed that the anti-depressant drug Zoloft led to their son's birth defect.

Superior Court reverses ruling, says six-figure sum in Wells Fargo account not exempt from garnishment

Shanice Harris May 18, 2017, 11:39am

PHILADELPHIA — The state Superior Court has reversed a Bucks County judgment, with the appeals court holding that nearly $200,000 in a Wells Fargo bank account wasn't exempt from garnishment by Bollard & Associates.

Superior Court reinstates wrongful death lawsuit against hospital

Laura Halleman May 18, 2017, 11:36am

HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania on May 8 reversed a lower court’s decision that granted judgment to a hospital where a woman died in an emergency room based on the timeliness of the plaintiff's filing.

Woman whose bowel was cut nearly in half during hysterectomy to get new trial, appeals court rules

Melissa Busch May 15, 2017, 9:58am

PITTSBURGH — An appeals court granted a new trial to a woman who lost her medical malpractice suit against a surgeon who severed her bowel while performing her hysterectomy.

Former USAir flight attendant loses appeal in legal malpractice case

Dee Thompson May 12, 2017, 10:07am

A former flight attendant for USAir, after years of battling in court to receive disability benefits, has lost her legal malpractice case against the attorneys who formerly represented her.

New trial ordered after jurors googled litigant's past

Chandra Lye May 12, 2017, 8:54am

HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court recently affirmed a decision by a trial court to allow a new trial to proceed in a dispute that involves jurors accessing information that was not permitted by the court.

Superior Court affirms dismissal of wrongful termination case against Nova Chemicals

Sara McCleary May 11, 2017, 10:52am

PITTSBURGH — The state Superior Court has found that the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County was correct in dismissing Joseph Gross’s wrongful termination case against Nova Chemicals Services.

Couple's appeal against Deutsche Bank thrown out because of late response

Tabitha Fleming May 11, 2017, 10:23am

PHILADELPHIA — Timely appeals are still necessary regardless of the underlying facts, according to a non-precedential ruling from the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Superior Court rejects Honda’s call for new trial in $55M case

David Hutton May 11, 2017, 9:50am

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania appeals court has rejected American Honda Motor Co.’s motion for a new trial after a lower court’s jury awarded $55.3 million in damages to Carlos Martinez, who was paralyzed in an accident in a Honda vehicle.

Superior Court gives new life to decade-old lawsuit

Shanice Harris May 5, 2017, 11:34am

PITTSBURGH — The state Superior Court has reversed a Westmoreland County decision that had granted summary judgment to a maker of "belleville washers" in a long-running lawsuit over trade secrets.

Retired railroad worker loses appeal alleging negligence by Norfolk Southern, Consolidated Rail

Tabitha Fleming May 5, 2017, 11:04am

PHILADELPHIA — A lifelong railroad worker won’t be able to hold his employer liable for what he claimed were unsafe working conditions that led to long-term injuries.

Superior Court holds foreclosure case open until deadline issue is resolved

Mike Helenthal May 5, 2017, 11:01am

PHILADELPHIA — A lower court will be asked to decide whether an appeal filed in a mortgage foreclosure case was filed within a court-ordered deadline, according to a Pennsylvania Superior Court decision handed down April 24.

Wheel makers not responsible for foot injury suffered at modular home manufacturing site, Superior Court rules

Tabitha Fleming May 4, 2017, 8:52am

HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently denied an appeal seeking injury damages by a former employee at a modular home manufacturing plant in Renniger v. A&R Machine Shop and Cass Hudson Company.

Superior Court upholds judgment to dismiss pharmaceutical patent suit

Glenn Minnis May 3, 2017, 10:30am

PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Superior Court on April 3 upheld a lower court’s judgment in a licensing agreement dispute between a pharmaceutical company and the creators of a drug technology.

Testimony of plaintiff's expert not enough, Superior Court rules in med-mal case

Carrie Salls May 3, 2017, 10:26am

PHILADELPHIA – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently upheld a lower court ruling that granted a request for compulsory non-suit in a lawsuit filed against Dr. David A. Vaughn and Surgical Specialists of Lancaster.

Third-party financing of litigation is a crime in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Record May 2, 2017, 8:51am

The negative effects of champerty and the bad incentives it creates are well-documented and have been known for centuries. Nevertheless, it has its appeal for attorneys hoping to profit by it without being challenged and held accountable.

Superior Court affirms medical malpractice win for defendants

Shanice Harris Apr. 26, 2017, 11:35am

PHILADELPHIA – The Superior Court recently ruled in favor of defendants Chestnut Hill Hospital, Tri-County Emergency Physicians and many of its associates in an appeal filed by Ellesia Blaque of a trial court decision clearing the healthcare provider of medical malpractice.

Luzerne County judge cites Right To Farm Act and rules to dismiss neighbors' nuisance complaints

Nicholas Malfitano Apr. 26, 2017, 8:39am

WILKES-BARRE – A state court judge cited Pennsylvania’s Right To Farm Act (RTFA) in recently dismissing a case from neighbors who filed a lawsuit over the use of liquid swine manure as part of the defendants' farming operations.

Superior Court upholds Philadelphia court's decision to transfer casino injury suit to Bucks County

Nicholas Malfitano Apr. 24, 2017, 9:55am

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled that a state court in Philadelphia was not in error when it transferred a plaintiff’s premises liability action against a Bensalem casino to its counterpart court in Bucks County.

Widow's cancer negligence case denied for lack of documentation

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Apr. 20, 2017, 1:09pm

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a ruling in favor of a hospital after a woman sued her husband’s health care providers because his cancer returned and the hospital didn’t inform them or provide proper treatment.