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Split at Pittsburgh plaintiffs firm turns nasty; A stolen spreadsheet contains possible targets for ADA lawsuits, attorney says

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 25, 2019

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh law firm is suing a former partner for an alleged violation of trade secrets regarding its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) practice.

SEPTA blames City of Philadelphia for hole in sidewalk that led to lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 22, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A pair of plaintiffs injured by a fall caused by a hole in the concrete curb on a Philadelphia sidewalk, have levied a lawsuit for damages against both the City of Philadelphia and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) – though SEPTA claims the lone fault for the incident rests with the City alone.

Op-ed: American Law Institute preaches patience on insurance law Restatement

By Stephanie Middleton | Mar 21, 2019

"We hope that the Texas legislature, when it reviews the final draft, will find the document similarly useful. Most of the Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance is made up of statements of law or definitions that are uncontroversial and well established — across all jurisdictions."

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Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

Servicemembers with alleged hearing loss are suing 3M over earplugs; Six cases recently filed in Philadelphia

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Minnesota-based 3M finds itself the target of litigation from U.S. military veterans nationwide, who claim the company’s Combat-Arms Earplugs, worn by troops from 2003-2015, were the proximate cause of hearing damage and deafness to countless military service members.

Claustrophobia as a disability: Employee sues fireworks company for not providing him an office with a window

By Karen Kidd | Mar 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH — A longtime employee's federal lawsuit against his former employer for allegedly failing to accommodate his condition of claustrophobia follows a series of similar cases introduced since a change in disabilities law in 2008.

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.

Texas lawmakers say the ALI's insurance law project 'not worthy of recognition by the courts'

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 18, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas – In response to the controversial passage of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance last year, legislation has recently been filed by Texas lawmakers to discourage its being relied upon by courts.

Pottsville High athlete sues over suspension; School says harassment of mentally disabled man included nude dance, vile behavior with lollipop

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 14, 2019

The parents of a Pottsville Area High School football player have filed suit against the school district after their son was suspended for allegedly performing a nude dance with a towel in the locker room.

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Hershey says class action lawyers recruited plaintiffs through a website; Fight over subpoena ensues

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 14, 2019

SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – Chocolate maker Hershey's, who was sued by some customers regarding alleged artificial flavoring in its Brookside dark chocolate products and has moved to dismiss the case, is now facing challenges of its subpoena against the plaintiff's lawyer.

Attorney: If judges take ALI's controversial insurance project seriously, policyholders would suffer

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Despite passage at last year’s annual meeting of the American Law Institute, multiple states and courts have since expressed opposition to the application of the ALI’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance.

Philadelphia law firm Gibbons PC denies claims that female attorney was fired based on gender

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 12, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A female attorney is suing a Philadelphia law firm claiming she was fired based on her gender.

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.

Judge tosses climate change lawsuit against Trump, says he won't tell the President what to do

By Scott Holland | Mar 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — Tasked with deciding a climate change lawsuit brought on behalf of children, a federal judge says he won’t supervise the White House’s actions on the environment.

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'Easy grandstanding': Congress backs trial lawyers' effort to condemn chemicals, win lawsuits while science debated

By John O'Brien | Mar 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – As Congress vilifies chemicals known as PFAS, some question whether the research upon which lawmakers – and trial lawyers – are relying shows that anyone has actually been harmed by them.

Teva Pharmaceuticals ordered to pay $455K in legal fees to former director; He said Israeli company fired him for being American

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 8, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Teva Pharmaceuticals is now on the hook to pay in excess of $455,000 in legal bills to one of its former senior executives who successfully sued it for retaliation.

Several, including school nurse, face lawsuit after Penncrest High student allegedly attacked

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 8, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — The parents of a Penncrest High School student are suing the district over alleged shoddy treatment of their son following an assault in the campus cafeteria.

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.

Pennsylvania opioid lawsuits are homeless while trial lawyers take shots at each other

By John O'Brien | Mar 6, 2019

Seven appeals and plenty of in-fighting have Pennsylvania counties behind schedule in their quest to hold dozens of companies liable for the nation's painkiller crisis

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.

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