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Court rules against troubled Pittsburgh psychiatrist sued for allegedly hooking patient on oxycodone

By Erianne Leatherman | Aug 14, 2018

A civil court has overruled preliminary objections in a professional negligence lawsuit filed by a Pittsburgh man against his psychiatrist, who allegedly overprescribed oxycodone, resulting in his dependency and addiction to the drug.

Lawsuit over fall off platform in Alabama bar was filed in Philly but dismissed by judge

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A liability lawsuit filed against Irish Bred Pub Concepts Co. by two patrons of an independently owned and operated establishment was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in an April 25 ruling.

Latest mass tort trial sees N.J. man allege that Xarelto caused his near-fatal gastrointestinal bleeding

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – In an environment in which recent statistics say only 16 percent of new pharmaceutical case plaintiffs reside in Pennsylvania, litigation continues to be heard in Philadelphia’s County Court of Common Pleas on the more than 1,800 cases surrounding blood thinning-drug Xarelto.

Uber not liable for driver attacking passenger, but plaintiff can amend claim

By Charmaine Little | Aug 10, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted ridesharing service Uber Technologies, Inc.'s motion to dismiss a lawsuit in which a passenger accused one of Uber's drivers of attacking him, according to a July 27 opinion written by U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg.

Forklift driver alleges truck's unsafe condition caused him to suffer multiple spinal fractures

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 10, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A forklift driver claims a truck he was riding in on the job was unsafe for loading and unloading, and that very same defective condition caused him to sustain several spinal fractures when the forklift fell from the truck.

Opioid lawyer trying to avoid 'cesspool' asked for by major national firm

By Dan Fisher | Aug 9, 2018

Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."

New trial for med-mal plaintiff suing University of Pennsylvania

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 9, 2018

A former patient of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital will receive a new trail in a medical malpractice case, an appellate court ruled.

Lawsuit over black ice at Jersey Shore Area High School fails

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 7, 2018

An appellate court dismissed a Lycoming County student's lawsuit over her slip and fall on black ice in a school parking lot.

$300K for family that sued the Boy Scouts when a tree limb fell on 8-year-old during camping trip

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 6, 2018

The family of a boy injured at a Boy Scout camping event will settle a lawsuit with the Boy Scouts of America and a local troop.

Philadelphia court will hear cases against Bayer over Essure birth control device

By Karen Kidd | Aug 6, 2018

More than a dozen lawsuits against Bayer Essure over a contraceptive device will go back to state court after a federal court ruling.

Erie Law ordered to pay former client nearly $657K after presenting 'no meaningful' defense

By Karen Kidd | Aug 6, 2018

A Philadelphia law firm must pay more than $656,000 to a former client in a legal malpractice case, a federal judge ruled on July 19.

Painter alleges restaurant employee knocked him off ladder, causing him to suffer broken leg

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A painter working at the premises of a restaurant in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia claims an employee opened an awning and knocked him off the ladder he was working on, causing him to fall and break his leg in multiple places.

SEPTA conductor: Malfunctioning trap injured her shoulder, spine and legs

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) conductor is suing the agency for violation of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and Federal Locomotive Inspection Act (FLIA), alleging a malfunctioning trap caused her to suffer serious shoulder, spine and leg injuries.

After gas grill explodes, Reading man suffers extensive injuries, receives $9.3 million in damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Reading couple who sued both a local merchant and the manufacturer of a gas-powered stove after the husband-plaintiff was severely burned and injured by that same stove when it exploded, received more than $9.3 million in damages earlier this year.

White Pittsburgh cop who shot black, unarmed teen Antwon Rose II in the back also facing excessive force lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 1, 2018

PITTSBURGH – Two men have filed a lawsuit against the police officer who shot teenager Antwon Rose II in June, alleging he violated their civil rights when he used excessive force and unlawfully detained them in a previous altercation at the University of Pittsburgh last year.

Woman sues SEPTA, says her head and neck were caught in the doors of a moving elevated train

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) passenger whose head and neck were trapped in the doors of an elevated line train last year has initiated negligence-based litigation against the entity.

Customer and Wal-Mart trade blame in trip-and-fall case; Company says fire pit was an obvious danger

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 1, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania woman is suing Walmart Inc., doing business as Wal-Mart Supercenter, and Wal-Mart Stores East LP for injuries she allegedly received when she fell over a fire pit in the garden center of a West Mifflin store.

Patient's appeal of malpractice trial result not valid, rules Superior Court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 30, 2018

HARRISBURG – A three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania threw out the post-trial appeal of a plaintiff who filed a medical malpractice complaint against Philadelphia-area doctors for reasons of jurisdiction, due to the trial court not having entered a final judgment on the case’s verdict.

In Philadelphia, only 16% of new pharma cases are from Pennsylvania residents

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A notable 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision intended to limit the practice of forum-shopping has not deterred thousands of plaintiffs from filing pharmaceutical litigation in Philadelphia courts, recently-released statistics show.

Trial pushes settlement of widow's Philadelphia asbestos lawsuit; Husband was a mechanic

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Asbestos litigation brought by the widow of a former auto mechanic for Rohm & Haas, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, was settled this week in a Philadelphia court.

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