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Phila. jury awards $72.6 million to plaintiffs in Pfizer hormone replacement therapy case

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 2:59pm

Three plaintiffs in a consolidated mass tort trial who had alleged their respective breast cancer diagnoses were directly related to their ingestion of hormone therapy medications have won the first part of their quest to hold a pharmaceutical giant responsible for their conditions.

Jury awards $14 million in school bus accident; Judge likely to reduce award to $500K cap

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 7, 2011, 2:54pm

A woman who was hit by a school bus in January 2007 when she was a high school student, was awarded $14 million by a Bucks County, Pa. jury Dec. 5 for pain and suffering that was the result of the accident that occurred outside Pennsbury High School. The victim, 21-year-old Ashley Zauflik, lost her leg and was in a medically induced coma for a month.

Decorum order outlining media rules issued for Sandusky hearing

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 7, 2011, 2:47pm

Senior Judge John M. Cleland, the trial judge appointed to handle matters related to the sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Gerald A. Sandusky, has issued a decorum order outlining the rules of conduct for the media and public during the preliminary hearing.

Phila. judge certifies class action status in case of environmental hazard at townhouse site

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 7:42am

A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has granted class action status in a case where homeowners who purchased townhouses in a residential development that apparently had high levels of lead and arsenic were suing over their alleged ignorance of the condition of the residential tract.

Federal judge rules Pa. company can amend its complaint against NY manufacturer

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 7:39am

A Pennsylvania company that specializes in the business of cylinder re-qualification and maintenance can move forward with seeking increased damages against a New York-based products manufacturer, after a federal judge last week granted the plaintiff’s motion to file an amended complaint.

Phila.-based firm Ballard Spahr creates Mortgage Banking Group

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 7:34am

Philadelphia law firm Ballard Spahr has announced that it has created a new Mortgage Banking Group, and has retained to head the unit four Washington, D.C. attorneys “whose skill and depth of experience put them at the forefront of evolving regulatory developments in the industry,” firm chairman Mark Stewart announced Monday.

Court holds 'lottery' for public seating in Sandusky preliminary hearing

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 7:30am

Expecting a large turnout given the strong public interest in the case, but working with a venue that’s rather limited in physical size, court officials in central Pennsylvania have decided to hold a “lottery” to award seats to those interested in attending the Jerry Sandusky preliminary hearing.

Penn State: insurance, not tax dollars, to cover potential sex-abuse litigation

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 7:27am

Any potential financial liability stemming from the Pennsylvania State University child sex-abuse scandal will not affect taxpayers.

Phila. security firm agrees to settlement in case of Muslim woman's firing

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 7:19am

A security firm based in Northwest Philadelphia has agreed to shuck out $50,000, plus other equitable relief, in a case in which a former employee alleged she was terminated for wearing a religious head covering on the job.

Montgomery County, Pa. commissioner charged with perjury after 18-month grand jury investigation

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 7:10am

The chairman of the Montgomery County, Pa. Board of Commissioners was arrested on perjury charges Tuesday, capping an 18-month grand jury investigation into the county’s three-member board.

Central Pa. district attorney announces bid for state attorney general's seat

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 6:55am

The top law enforcer in one central Pennsylvania county has announced his bid to become the next top prosecutor in the commonwealth.

Plaintiff can't link harmful asbestos exposure to defendant, court rules

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 6, 2011, 3:00pm

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno granted summary judgment Thursday for the defendant in a case transferred from California as part the asbestos multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania's eastern district.

Pa. Supreme Court rules against $4M attorneys fees

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 5, 2011, 12:42pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Friday that attorneys fees in a class action lawsuit against Kia Motors America were inappropriate.

Changes happen in archdiocese abuse cases

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 5, 2011, 12:34pm

There have been two new developments in the ongoing litigation of the allegations of sexual abuse involving priests from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries to pay $10.56 million settlement

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 4, 2011, 10:30am

Allentown's Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, which operates as Diakon Hospice Saint John (Diakon), reached a settlement for violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) by paying the U.S. government $10.56 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Philadelphia court postpones sheriff's property sales

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 4, 2011, 10:24am

Court of Common Pleas Judge Pamela Pryor Dembe issued an order Dec. 1 postponing hundreds of sheriff's sales of properties for which the mortgages have been foreclosed.

Lancaster lawyer convicted of fraud

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 4, 2011, 10:19am

Lancaster attorney Kenneth G. Reidenbach, 61, was convicted Dec. 1 of fraud charges in connection with three bankruptcy proceedings in which he represented the debtors.

Four charged for defrauding Sheriff's Office

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 4, 2011, 10:16am

Charges were filed Nov. 30 against four people who allegedly defrauded the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office.

Pa. lawmaker behind 'venue shopping' bill discusses legislation

Jon Campisi Dec. 3, 2011, 8:42am

Before getting elected to Pennsylvania’s General Assembly five years ago, Bryan Cutler worked in healthcare.

Settlement reached in injunction filed against charity in Penn State case

Jon Campisi Dec. 3, 2011, 8:32am

A settlement has been reached in one of the civil actions filed in the wake of the Pennsylvania State University child sex-abuse scandal.