News from November 2018

Superior Court upholds $2.5 million Risperdal verdict, remands case for punitive damages arguments

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 1, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has unanimously ruled that the first Risperdal case to be decided in the hands of a Philadelphia jury will have its $2.5 million verdict for the plaintiff stand.

Plaintiff claims he needed liver and kidney transplant after his doctor left his Hepatitis C untreated for seven years

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A patient has filed legal action against his physician, claiming that he was left uninformed he had tested positive for Hepatitis C for seven years, which he says later caused him permanent damage to his liver and kidneys.

Attack on paint industry spreads to Pennsylvania; Sherwin-Williams asks judge for help

By John O'Brien | Nov 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania will be the next battleground in historically hard-fought litigation over lead paint, as private lawyers seeking one-third of possible multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements are teaming with county officials on lawsuits.

Recruiting agency accused of violating Telephone Consumer Protection Act

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 1, 2018

PITTSBURGH — An insurance company has filed a class action lawsuit against Career Advantage of Mahoning Valley Inc. and related entities, citing alleged conversion and violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Rite Aid employee allegedly disclosed patient's HIV with loud announcement

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 1, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A man is suing a retail pharmacy corporation, citing alleged invasion of privacy and negligence.

Lawsuit blames Amtrak, horticultural society for pit bull attack

By Philip Gonzales | Nov 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A man is suing the Neighborhood Garden Trust, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Amtrak, property controllers, citing alleged negligence.

Federal government loses request to extend seal on a False Claims Act lawsuit

By Chandra Lye | Nov 2, 2018

District court documents stated they found no good reason to continue to keep the documents private.

PABCO denied motion for summary judgment in antitrust case

By Dawn Geske | Nov 2, 2018

The antitrust lawsuit filed by twelve homebuilders for alleged violations of the Sherman Act by seven indirect and direct drywall purchasers has denied summary judgment for the final defendant.

Supreme Court resolves jurisdictional agreement, regulations in Philadelphia taxicab case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - An ongoing battle between Pennsylvania transportation authorities and taxicabs in the Philadelphia area was settled in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Oct. 17.

Supreme Court says jury should determine whether medical malpractice case was filed in timely manner

By Charmaine Little | Nov 2, 2018

HARRISBURG - On Oct. 17, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that a lower court erred when it granted summary judgment to a number of health care providers sued for medical malpractice.

Airport Authority's preliminary objections overruled in dispute with Monroe County homeowners

By Charmaine Little | Nov 2, 2018

An airport authority isn’t entitled to its preliminary objections in a lawsuit that sparked after a couple claimed planes flew too close to their property, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania determined on October 15.

Worker allegedly struck by metal object at Children's Hospital project won't seek punitive damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The construction entities with ties to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Schuylkill project are facing a lawsuit from a concrete worker allegedly struck by a falling metal object on the job, though all parties have consented to punitive damages being off the table.

Norfolk Southern: Why is N.C. man suing us in Philadelphia?

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A North Carolina man and ex-employee for Norfolk Southern Railway Co. says the development of his colon cancer is directly tied to his work duties as a brakeman, conductor and engineer, while the rail company claims the case has no connection to Pennsylvania.

Woman says absentee landlord's negligence led to ceiling tiles falling on her head

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff who acts as guardian and caretaker to seven children is suing her allegedly absentee landlord, claiming his negligence in maintaining the property’s laundry room ceiling caused it to collapse on and severely injure her.

Norfolk Southern Railway opposes choice of Philly court for suit filed by Ga. man with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Georgia man and former employee of Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has chosen Philadelphia as a setting in which to argue that his contraction of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was a proximate result of his work environment, a move opposed by the rail company.

Contractor suing companies he says are behind his being knocked off scaffold in construction accident

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A man claiming to have been severely injured after being struck with a cement hose and falling off the scaffold on which he was working is suing the commercial entities supervising the construction project, who have not yet responded to the litigation.

Bill Cosby's attorneys claim former TV star owes more than $280,000 in legal fees

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A law firm is suing William Henry Cosby Jr., a Pennsylvania resident, citing alleged breach of contract.

Amtrak wants FELA complaint of deceased electrical technician's spouse dismissed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The widow of a former electrician and technician for Amtrak argues his death from colon and lung cancers was the result of his fulfilling his work duties for Amtrak in an unsafe environment, while the rail entity believes the complaint fails to state a claim and is ripe for dismissal.

Son of deceased nursing home resident seeks $225K settlement approval; Lawyers to get $75K

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The son of a woman who fell in the Wayne Center elder care facility and sustained both a broken elbow and hip before her death, is now seeking the distribution of $225,000 in settlement funds connected to litigation over her fall.

Giant supermarket seeks to dismiss suit brought by injured deliveryman

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A man said to be injured by a motorized and mechanized dock plate at a Giant grocery store has sued the supermarket chain for liability connected to negligence-related injuries.

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