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U.S. Steel says it owes nothing to Allegheny Co. plaintiffs suing over alleged pollution at Clairton plant

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 18, 2018

PITTSBURGH – U.S. Steel is defending itself against a class action lawsuit alleging pollution from its Clairton Coke Works plant, denying it has made any nearby resident sick or diminished anyone's property value.

Hershey must face allegations of unsafe stairs in a lawsuit over a wave runner

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 18, 2018

HARRISBURG - The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co.'s motion to exclude some expert testimony related to safety safety codes introduced by a woman who allegedly was the victim of an accident at Hersheypark, according to an order entered June 12 by U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo.

Delaware County court considering approval of $130K settlement in pedestrian wrongful death action

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 17, 2018

MEDIA – A filing submitted in a wrongful death and survival proceeding subsequent to a fatal motor vehicle accident in Marple Township asks that a settlement of $130,000 be approved by a Delaware County court.

Court: TSA agents are not law enforcement officers and are shielded from civil tort claims

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 16, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Air travelers who feel Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers conduct screenings a bit too close for comfort and pursue lawsuits in response might now find those agents are immune from such claims, given the first ruling from a federal appellate court on the matter.

Woman aboard fatal Flight 1380 sues Southwest Airlines, GE; Passenger was partially sucked out of plane

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A woman aboard a Southwest Airlines flight last spring during which one passenger was partially sucked out of the plane, eventually leading to her death and precipitating an emergency landing to take place at Philadelphia International Airport, has sued the airline and the plane’s manufacturers for damages.

Pa. Supreme Court to consider statute of limitations in Risperdal cases

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 9, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania decided Thursday it would hear an appeal on the statute of limitations connected to two lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, a move that could have lasting ramifications for more than 6,000 fellow cases currently pending in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia federal court now hearing case of Va. airplane crash that claimed life of student pilot

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A strict liability lawsuit connected to a fatal airplane crash which claimed the life a student pilot in Virginia will now be heard in a Pennsylvania federal court, per a recent removal.

Suit alleging U-Haul employee's forklift crash caused injury thrown out

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania agreed with a trial court that an employee of McGrath Technical Staffing could not bring a lawsuit against U-Haul for work injuries because of an agreement signed with his employer, according to a June 22 opinion.

Class action plaintiffs suing Montgomery McCracken for $619M attempting a second bite at the apple, firm argues

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 3, 2018

SCRANTON – A law firm facing a $619 million legal malpractice lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court wants the case dismissed for failure to state a claim and other causes or alternatively, transferred to federal court in New York.

Insurer asked to provide defense in lawsuit from worker who fell 40 feet onto beam during construction

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An underlying personal injury action has a construction company seeking indemnification and defense from the Penn National and Travelers insurance companies in a separate, federal court lawsuit.

Woman sues in Philadelphia over fall in Las Vegas, then the judge sends the case to Nevada

By John Breslin | Jul 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A lawsuit filed against Venetian hotel and casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp. was transferred to a federal court in Nevada after a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania refused in a Feb. 21 ruling to dismiss the case.

$160 million settlement secured in food truck explosion case, said to be largest in Pa. state court history

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Four victims of a fatal food truck explosion in Philadelphia’s Feltonville neighborhood in 2014 will receive a record-setting $160 million through pre-verdict settlements secured in Pennsylvania state court.

Superior Court approves change of venue in Parx Casino personal injury case

By Sandra Lane | Jun 26, 2018

HARRISBURG – A three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania upheld the decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County to transfer the venue of a personal injury lawsuit to Bucks County from Philadelphia County, according to a June 12 Superior Court ruling.

Wal-Mart argues slip-and-fall plaintiff ignored warning cone, has injury-prone past

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A man who sued Wal-Mart for negligence after allegedly falling on a wet bathroom floor in one of the retail giant’s stores, is being labeled by defense counsel as a plaintiff with an extensive injury history and one who both disregarded a warning cone placed by the store and could not show the store had prior notice of the wet floor.

Spinal injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder plague McDonald's fall victim, she says

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A woman alleges she slipped and fell outside a South Philadelphia McDonald’s and has now sued the fast food titan, saying she suffered injuries to her limbs, spine and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lawsuit: Negligence leads to "horror movie-like" pit bull attack on plaintiff's dog

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A new lawsuit in state court says a plaintiff is reeling psychologically after witnessing the “horror movie-like incident” of his dog allegedly being attacked by two out-of-control pit bulls.

Man claims Chevy Camaro's engine defects caused fatal accident that sent him to prison for 20 years

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Bellefonte man alleges in a civil lawsuit that manufacturing defects in a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro automobile he rented from Hertz led to a tragic accident which claimed the lives of two motorists in April 2012, and further led him to receive an erroneous 20-year criminal conviction for vehicular homicide.

Lawsuit: Neighbors' negligence led to elderly woman being savagely attacked by German Shepherd

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An elderly Philadelphia woman claiming to have been savagely attacked by a neighbor’s German Shepherd dog has sued the dog’s owners, alleging their negligence directly led to the mauling.

SEPTA carpenter alleges faulty fence-installing tool gave him serious hernia injury

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) carpenter has initiated litigation against the entity for violation of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), claiming a machine it gave him to operate caused him to suffer an inguinal hernia last year.

Man says he suffered severe electric shock injuries from operating Toastmaster coffee maker

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff who suffered severe electric shock from operating a Toastmaster coffee pot is suing the manufacturers of the appliance and the store from where he purchased it, among other defendants.

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