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Secrecy surrounds letter that sparked Pa. Supreme Court's re-examination of medical malpractice venue rules

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 8, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A renewed debate over the rules governing venue for medical malpractice litigation statewide was sparked over a letter written to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania late last year, asking the body to re-examine the issue. It’s a letter the public may never see.

Columbia residents challenge borough's authority to lend public funds to private developers

By Brian Brueggemann | May 3, 2019

LANCASTER – A group of citizens is challenging a new revolving loan program in the Borough of Columbia, arguing the borough has no authority to use public funds to make investments in private entities.

Philly mayoral candidate sued for firing one of his Senate aides who says it was related to her breast cancer

By Karen Kidd | May 3, 2019

HARRISBURG – State Sen. Anthony Williams isn't commenting much about a lawsuit filed against him by his former constituent services worker who was fired a few weeks before Christmas after she says she had to take time off for breast cancer treatment.

Money piles up for serial TCPA lawsuit-filer from King of Prussia; This week's trial looks like a win

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 2, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Enacted in 1991, its purpose is to protect the public from unwanted telemarketing calls. However, for some professional plaintiffs, it has also proven to be a source of serial litigation generating settlement payoffs.

'This doesn't help': Law profs say influential group's take on Internet agreements is based on faulty analysis

By Daniel Fisher | May 1, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - One of the latest projects from a legal group that influences judges relies upon a faulty analysis of case law to support its conclusion that courts have developed new ways to interpret “clickwrap,” “browsewrap” and other standardized consumer agreements, some law professors say in a pair of recent articles.

Health care group pleased Pennsylvania slowed down effort to erase medical malpractice litigation reform

By John Breslin | Apr 25, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania hospitals association is glad that a rulemaking process that would have overturned reforms implemented early this century has slowed.

Legal observers say ALI's pending Copyright Law Restatement encroaches on federal decision-making territory

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 24, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The American Law Institute’s pending Restatement of the Law, Copyright has some law scholars questioning its compilation, merits and intentions as to its given subject, while the ALI stands by the integrity of its Restatement-drafting process.

Philadelphia law firm sues NTSB, says withholding of crash investigation records constitutes FOIA violations

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 19, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia law firm has sued the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and alleged the government organization has illegally withheld information and evidence from families and loved ones of multiple crash accident victims, in violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

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New Jersey using contingency fee lawyers to take lead in PFAS litigation

By Karen Kidd | Apr 9, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country in using private lawyers to sue manufacturing companies over chemicals known as PFAS, whose toxicity levels are still being determined by federal regulators while lawsuits stack up.

Beware of even the fine print, attorneys warn of ALI's insurance law Restatement

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 8, 2019

Beware of even the fine print, attorneys warn of ALI's insurance law Restatement

Finance firm hit with $4K fine for TCPA violations against Huntingdon Valley company

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 4, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge levied a $4,000 fine on a finance corporation that sent eight unsolicited faxes to a Huntingdon Valley-based aircraft engine manufacturer and real estate corporation, stating it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Another state rejects ALI's controversial insurance Restatement; North Dakota joins Ohio as other states mull similar moves

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 4, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – State opposition to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance continues to accumulate, as North Dakota recently passed a law striking down the document and Arkansas introduced similar legislation in its state senate.

Pa. courts won't turn over letter that sparked medical malpractice reform debate

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 26, 2019

HARRISBURG – Where it had first been seen as a surprise that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania was considering reversing course on where medical malpractice lawsuits can be filed, it was recently revealed just where the inspiration to reconsider the policy came from.

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.

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.

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