HARRISBURG – In a seemingly unprecedented move, a recent decision from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania allowed deposition testimony and an affidavit from an “unavailable witness" who had not been vetted by all defendants before he passed.
HARRISBURG – Plaintiffs lawyers and the business community await a ruling from an en banc panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, which is deciding whether the state can require companies who wish to do business here to consent to also being sued here.
WASHINGTON – In an annual report of “Judicial Hellholes” released today by the American Tort Reform Association, Philadelphia has claimed the No. 1 ranking – in part due to a historic $8 billion punitive damages verdict rendered this year in litigation connected to Johnson & Johnson’s anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.
LANCASTER – Counsel for the estate of a 56 year-old Pennsylvania woman and her 22 year-old son left seriously injured from a fatal September 2018 tractor-trailer accident in East Hempfield Township, reached a $13 million settlement with a national trucking firm whose driver allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel and caused the crash.
PHILADELPHIA – Settlement proceedings have been granted a sixth time extension to obtain further evidence, in an action filed by a man on board the infamous Southwest Airlines flight from April 2018 where one passenger was partially sucked out of the plane and later died.
PHILADELPHIA – A collector of “Magic: The Gathering” playing cards has filed a motion for summary judgment, claiming the breach of contract and fraud accusations made against him by a New Jersey man are baseless and without merit, as the plaintiff counters their deal was in fact a valid contract.
PHILADELPHIA – Through a pair of case dismissals, it seems two federal judges in Philadelphia have sided with the view of the Trump Administration, which said private attorneys wasted more than 1,500 hours of its time with frivolous whistleblower lawsuits filed against major players in the American health care industry.
HARRISBURG – A number of officials have been dismissed from a lawsuit filed against the Borough of Gettysburg by a local business owner, who alleged they re-instituted a decades-old parking ordinance in order to retaliate against her for leading an opposition to a zoning dispute.
PITTSBURGH – A plumbing company named in a lawsuit from a notable Pennsylvania plaintiffs’ law firm has discounted itself from liability claims levied by the firm and fellow defendants that a faulty water supply hose leaked and led to damage in the firm’s Pittsburgh offices.
PITTSBURGH – A man accused of spitting on and striking the wife of his son’s youth hockey coach has claimed he can’t prepare an adequate defense because they haven’t responded to his request for documents and interrogatories, and a state court judge agreed.
PHILADELPHIA – A local man who claimed local police officers beat him at a political rally supporting immigration last year has settled his case with those officers and the City of Philadelphia for $10,000.
PITTSBURGH – The breach of contract lawsuit brought by a food service distributor against a now-closed restaurant named for a former Pittsburgh Steelers player is now being handled in federal court mediation.
ERIE – A negligence and strict product liability lawsuit from a man seeking $2 million after being allegedly injured from ingesting metal shards contained in hot dogs purchased at his local Wegman’s was dismissed earlier this year.
PHILADELPHIA – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has both upheld a $70 million compensatory damages award given to a Tennessee plaintiff in a case tied to the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, and set the stage for another fight on punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson – which recently yielded a historic $8 billion verdict in a Philadelphia courtroom, in another action.
PITTSBURGH – A woman who claimed she was brutally assaulted by her ex-girlfriend at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Pittsburgh, has settled with both the hotel chains involved for negligence and the former girlfriend over the injuries she sustained.
PITTSBURGH – A settlement has been reached between a Pittsburgh resident who sued a canine academy and one of its dog trainers, for allegedly failing to keep the trainer’s dog under control before it both bit and injured her.
PITTSBURGH – An Indiana man says that he acted in a reasonable fashion and is not responsible for a New York resident who permanently lost his sight in an alleged fireworks mishap in Westmoreland County more than two years ago.
HARRISBURG – According to a pair of majority rulings from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, a factual analysis must be undertaken in each individual case involving Johnson & Johnson anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, before a jury can decide when the statute of limitations begins to toll for bringing a claim.