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Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

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SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

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.

Gov. Wolf to decide fate of GOP bill calling for regulation of prescription drug distribution to injured workers

HARRISBURG – A Republican-backed bill whose proponents and allies say has the potential to improve workers compensation law practices and help stop opioid addiction now heads to the desk of Gov. Tom Wolf, after passage in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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.

Deja Brew: Second Philly-area Wawa faces negligence lawsuit over hot coffee spill

PHILADELPHIA – For the second time in a month, a local Wawa convenience store is facing a negligence lawsuit from a customer claiming to be burned, figuratively and literally, by its coffee products.

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After four years on the job, counselor Dana Crall was terminated for allegedly falsifying her mileage reimbursement requests. She was subsequently denied unemployment benefits, too.

Parents of University of Pennsylvania student who committed suicide sue school, say officials ignored warning signs

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania is facing a lawsuit from the parents of a student at its Wharton School of Business who committed suicide two years ago, which charges the university with not adequately responding to the young woman’s repeated pleas for help.

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.

New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

Pa. small business advocate sees hurdles to legal reform that targets litigation funders

HARRISBURG – The passage of legal reform legislation in Wisconsin last week in part took aim at the practice of third-party litigation funding, but the director of the National Federation of Independent Business's Pennsylvania chapter says an unfavorable legal climate may prevent such a law from coming to the Keystone State.

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.

Lawsuit: Racially-charged confrontation led to man's arrest, false imprisonment

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man claims he was falsely arrested and imprisoned after he challenged the amount of change he received from a Dollar General store cashier, and the cashier used a racial epithet against him before calling the police and instigating the false arrest.

Huntingdon Valley couple alleges theft of nude photos, harassment by Franklin Mills Mall electronics store employee

PHILADELPHIA – In a new lawsuit, a Huntingdon Valley couple accuses an electronics store and one of its employees of stealing their intimate and personal photos from a cellular telephone brought in for sale, threatening to publish them online and invading their privacy in the process.

Man claims Philly police officers assaulted him and fractured his elbow during stop last summer

PHILADELPHIA – A civil lawsuit has been filed by a Philadelphia man and cyclist, who claims he was the target of an unprovoked incident of assault and battery by two members of the Philadelphia Police Department last summer.

Heartland Campus Solutions ordered to comply with request from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

A recent decision from Pittsburgh federal court shows that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, under new leadership, is continuing to pursue cases involving allegations of deceptive practices by student loan servicers, according to Jenny Lee, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Class action lawsuit accuses the Franklin Institute of deceptively marketing its Terracotta Warriors exhibit

ALLENTOWN – In a new class action lawsuit, a patron of the Franklin Institute has charged the museum with populating its notable “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor” exhibit with replicas and violating state law by depriving the public of the authentic experience it advertised.

State representative defends legislation to impeach state Supreme Court justices

HARRISBURG — State Rep. Chris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana, is defending legislation he filed to impeach four Democratic Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices following their unfavorable congressional map ruling by arguing that the move is not about gerrymandering at all.

Philly courtroom to hear Amtrak derailment engineer's FELA lawsuit later this year

PHILADELPHIA – The case of an engineer, one whose part in a fatal 2015 derailment remains in question, suing his former employer Amtrak with claims of an unsafe work environment is heading to trial later this year.

Narcoleptic loses case for unemployment compensation

HARRISBURG – The state Commonwealth Court has upheld an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review order that denied unemployment compensation to a former Arro Consulting employee who quit her job as a result of issues related to breaks and leave that allegedly were needed to cope with narcolepsy and migraines, according to a March 9 opinion written by Judge Anne E. Covey.

Pennsylvania second in the country for mesothelioma filings, up 32% from 2016

WASHINGTON – According to a report compiled by a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that covers mass tort and product liability litigation, Pennsylvania ranks a stark second nationwide in asbestos lawsuits filed by plaintiffs allegedly suffering from mesothelioma.