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L.A. Fitness shielded from slip-and-fall lawsuit by customer agreement

A woman who claims that she was injured after falling at a L.A. Fitness in Huntingdon Valley in 2013 cannot prevail in her lawsuit because she signed a membership agreement that included a release and waiver and her "issues on appeal lack merit," according to a recent decision filed in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Superior Court says ATV trenches an 'inherent risk' of downhill skiing

A skier who fractured his leg at Blue Knob Ski Resort cannot recover damages from the resort for negligence because his injury was an “inherent risk” of downhill skiing and because such suits are barred under a clause in his season pass agreement, according to a decision filed on April 19 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Superior Court partly reverses dismissal of $8M defamation suit; Plaintiff allegedly accused of using executive bathroom for prostitution

A Pennsylvania appellate court has partly reversed the dismissal of an $8 million lawsuit that claimed a Blue Cross Blue Shield contractor failed to stop accusations that a former employee was sneaking into a company bathroom to engage in homosexual prostitution, according to a ruling filed on April 4 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Court sides with constable in Westmoreland Co. slip-and-fall case

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has reversed a lower court's order in a constable's slip and fall case in Westmoreland County.

Superior Court rules that attorney-client privilege applies to emails about deadly wreck in Cumberland County

A Pennsylvania appellate court has ruled that a transportation company doesn’t have to release documents it says are privileged in a case stemming from a deadly, multi-vehicle accident in Cumberland County, according to a decision filed on April 20 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Superior Court affirms decision to consolidate lawsuits over business relationship gone bad

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that a lower court didn’t abuse its discretion when it consolidated two lawsuits stemming from a business relationship gone bad, according to a decision filed on April 3.

Pa. Superior Court rejects petition to compel arbitration in negligence case against medical facility

A Pennsylvania appeals court recently affirmed a trial court’s decision to deny a medical facility’s petition to compel arbitration in dispute with a woman who allegedly fell and broke her leg at the facility, according to a decision filed on March 29 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Right to Farm Act protects Salem family farm from lawsuit over its smell

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a trial court’s decision to dismiss a case against a family-owned farm in Luzerne County that was accused of creating a disturbing odor in the neighborhood, according to a decision filed on March 29.

Pa. Superior Court upholds dismissal of defamation suit against law firm and attorney

A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss defamation claims brought by an attorney who said a firm falsely accused him of witness intimidation, according to a decision filed on March 29 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Berks Co. $21M bad-faith verdict overturned; Insurers welcome the ruling, attorney says

Insurance companies are the real winners in a recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling that vacated a $21 million bad-faith insurance verdict in a more than 20-year-old collision claim, a Philadelphia-based litigator said during an interview.

Pa. legal reform group: More regulation needed of litigation funders

HARRISBURG – The leader of a prominent civil litigation reform organization in Pennsylvania questions whether the aims of Wisconsin’s recent groundbreaking legal reform legislation extend far enough.

Superior Court upholds decision to not award damages to woman who allegedly was bitten by dog

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a jury's decision to not award damages to a woman who sued a couple after she was allegedly bitten by their dog, according to a decision filed on April 3.

After Fair Share Act ruling, tool can help Pa. asbestos defendants spread blame

WASHINGTON - Asbestos defendants facing verdicts in Pennsylvania can now make sure jurors know when plaintiffs have also blamed other companies - and ask that they dole out fault proportionally.

Court allows defendant in trip-and-fall to argue plaintiff had been drinking alcohol

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a trial court’s decision to allow evidence that the plaintiff in a personal injury case had been drinking before he got hurt, according to a decision filed on March 15.

Superior Court reverses ruling granting new trial in medical malpractice case

HARRISB​​​​URG – A two-year-old medical malpractice ruling that granted a new trial has been reversed by the Superior Court because the appellee's post-trial motions were not addressed.

Do we really want to be a magnet for mass tort cases?

America may be a mecca for immigrants, but Philadelphia County has become a magnet for mass tort plaintiffs, and the wretched refuse keep coming.

Superior Court affirms transfer of whistleblower's multimillion-dollar legal malpractice case

HARRISBURG – The state Superior Court has affirmed a previous ruling that changed venue in an appeal brought by a whistleblower seeking a piece of a $56 million settlement.

Supreme Court won't hear appeal of woman who blamed fatal wreck on GM ignition switch

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will not hear an appeal related to Lakisha Marie Ward-Green’s conviction on charges of manslaughter and reckless driving, according to a Dec. 7 order, allowing a Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruling made in the case to stand.

Superior Court ruling places punitive damages on the table in Risperdal litigation

HARRISBURG – Plaintiffs in more than 6,400 product liability cases concerning injuries allegedly resulting from the use of anti-psychotic drug Risperdal in a Philadelphia court will now be able to seek punitive damages, per a recent decision from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

US Airways gets out of lawsuit filed by baggage handler hit by door

HARRISBURG – The state Superior Court has awarded summary judgment to US Airways in a lawsuit filed by an injured baggage handler, but he can continue his claims against companies that designed, built and maintained the door.