Superior Court of Pennsylvania News

One of the key Risperdal cases in Philadelphia just settled under the threat of punitive damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 7, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A prominent Risperdal case where the issue of punitive damages applicability reached the state Superior Court has been resolved through a settlement in Philadelphia, according to mutual confirmation from plaintiff counsel and the drug’s manufacturer.

Court dismisses lawsuit against Pocono Mountain recovery center where patient fell on icy ground

By Charmaine Little | Apr 30, 2019

HARRISBURG – Dismissing arguments from a Monroe County couple accusing a recovery center of negligence that led to a patient's fall, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed summary judgment for Pocono Mountain Recovery Center LLC on April 24.

Bath Fitter failed to link $1 million in lost sales to competitor's YouTube video, court rules in defamation case

By Charmaine Little | Apr 30, 2019

HARRISBURG – Summary judgment for two companies accused of defaming a competing business in a YouTube video shown to customers was affirmed in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on April 23.

Superior Court says woman didn't have authority to sign arbitration agreement for father before he died

By Charmaine Little | Apr 30, 2019

HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that a woman had the authority in the state to sign an arbitration agreement for her father who later passed away.

Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon prevail over plaintiff who claimed product-related injuries in pelvic mesh trial

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 25, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – After five years of litigation, a Philadelphia jury recently found in favor of Johnson & Johnson, one of its subsidiaries and partner companies, who were accused of manufacturing a pelvic mesh product that a plaintiff claimed caused her to suffer incontinence and other injuries.

Wrongful death case against Quest Diagnostics revived in York County

By Takesha Thomas | Apr 23, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has reversed a trial court ruling involving a medical malpractice suit filed against Quest Diagnostics, granting a motion for reconsideration.

Superior Court backs health care company sued over woman's fall on ice at Lehigh Valley Hospital

By Charmaine Little | Apr 22, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania backed the granting of a motion for compulsory nonsuit for Crothall Healthcare Inc. on April 9 after it was sued for negligence stemming from a woman’s slip and fall.

Pennsylvania court to hear lawsuit over duodenoscope, though procedure occurred in North Carolina

By Takesha Thomas | Apr 22, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania reversed a lower court ruling in determining a negligence case against Olympus Medical System can be heard in the Keystone State.

Exclusion of medical expert's testimony warrants new damages phase in slip-and-fall trial against Residence Inn

By Charmaine Little | Apr 22, 2019

HARRISBURG – A denial of a man’s damages judgment was reversed in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on April 9.

Pa. Supreme Court set to consider jurisdiction questions in pelvic mesh litigation

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 18, 2019

HARRISBURG – Pelvic mesh litigation in Philadelphia may now be greatly affected by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s choice to examine a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision pivotal to the issue of jurisdiction.

Geisinger Medical Center beats lawsuit over bypass surgery

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 11, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling in favor of Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC) in a lawsuit filed by a patient claiming negligence regarding his coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

Superior Court affirms ruling for Hershey Medical Center in malpractice claim

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 4, 2019

HARRISBURG - The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a trial court’s ruling against a couple who sued Penn State Hershey Medical Center for alleged medical malpractice.

Washington Legal Foundation urges Superior Court to stop letting out-of-state plaintiffs sue in Pennsylvania

By John Breslin | Mar 28, 2019

HARRISBURG - Opponents of what is called "forum shopping" are urging the full panel of Pennsylvania's Superior Court to overturn a decision finding that out-of-state plaintiffs can sue any company registered in the state.

Appeals court rules Dragonetti Act protects attorney from opposing counsel's pursuit of sanctions

By Scott Holland | Mar 19, 2019

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a lower court incorrectly interpreted the Dragonetti Act in deciding to let a request for sanctions against defense counsel in a medical malpractice trial proceed.

Man wanted slip-and-fall case heard in Philadelphia, but Superior Court says no

By Rich Peters | Mar 15, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - A slip-and-fall plaintiff has been denied in his attempt to have his lawsuit moved from Delaware County to Philadelphia.

Norfolk Southern Railway denied stay motion in Ga. man's FELA lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Litigation over whether Norfolk Southern Railway Company’s alleged negligence caused one of its former employees to contract lung cancer was recently rejected for a stay motion filed by the railway company.

Court rules not being able to play catch with son in his final months isn't viable claim for dad hurt in wreck

By Scott Holland | Mar 12, 2019

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania appeals panel upheld a personal injury award for a man injured in a car crash who sought increased compensation due to the death of his son.

Supreme Court arguments: Companies in asbestos cases want to pay their 'fair share,' not split verdicts evenly

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 7, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Justices from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania warned of the possibility of “junk science” interjecting its way into product liability lawsuits, if juries were tasked with the specific assignment of defendant damages through the Fair Share Act.

Big asbestos case on this week's schedule for state Supreme Court; Will decide if Fair Share Act applies

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 5, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Supreme Court of Pennsylvania arguments arrive in Philadelphia this week, including a hearing of a key case whose connection to the Fair Share Act and its applicability may have far-reaching implications in strict liability cases statewide for many years to come.

Chevron gets access to land for developments, despite owners' attempts to block it with injunction

By Charmaine Little | Feb 26, 2019

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a preliminary injunction for Chevron Appalachia LLC on Feb. 8 that allows it to use lessors’ land to develop oil and gas entities.

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