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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.

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.

American Law Institute symposium raises eyebrows

By The Pennsylvania Record | Mar 4, 2019

Eyebrows were raised and speculation prompted when the Philadelphia-based American Law Institute (ALI) announced that one of its symposia discussing the newly-adopted Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance would include a pair of judges in a federal courthouse.

'That can't be right': Group defending disputed insurance law project gets judges involved

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 21, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – It's curious that a group of lawyers and scholars that traditionally sought to help judges by restating existing laws - but has since been accused of trying to create its own - is involving federal judges as it explains itself, attorneys feel.

This Pennsylvania committee is proposing changes that benefit five of its members' law firms

By John O'Brien | Feb 20, 2019

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court committee is proposing a new rule that will help medical malpractice lawyers, but a look at the makeup of the committee shows five lawyers, including its chair, who work at firms that file medical malpractice cases.

American Law Institute hits the road to explain controversial Restatement; It has been called 'litigation fuel'

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – After passing a controversial Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance at its annual convention last May, the American Law Institute is convening events across the country discussing the document in further detail.

A world with fewer doctors, more lawyers

By The Pennsylvania Record | Feb 12, 2019

For trial lawyers, the days before a 2002 law addressed health care costs are worth going back to, and the state Supreme Court might be ready to send Pennsylvania back to those dark days.

Counsel for Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty denies wrongdoing in brother's FBI embezzlement and corruption probe

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The federal indictment and subsequent investigation of local labor union leader John Dougherty has also brought a cloud of suspicion over his brother, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice Kevin Dougherty, who is suspected of receiving benefits courtesy of union funds that his brother embezzled.

Senate responds as Pa. Supreme Court considers annulling a 2002 law, to trial lawyers' benefit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 7, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate will study whether forum-shopping by medical malpractice lawyers raises health care costs in the areas they target - a move that comes as the state Supreme Court considers allowing those lawyers to file cases in the courts of their choosing.

Supreme Court considers overriding 2002 med-mal reform; Groups warn it could create another health care crisis

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 16, 2019

HARRISBURG – Venue guidelines governing medical malpractice litigation statewide which were brought into law through 2002’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act may be abandoned by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee.

The unruly inner child in an asbestos lawyer

By The Pennsylvania Record | Jan 14, 2019

Attorneys in Pennsylvania are claiming the law doesn't apply to them

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Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Pa. civil litigation reform groups, Philly Bar spar over ATRA's 'Judicial Hellholes' report

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – With Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania once again being featured on the American Tort Reform Association’s annual “Judicial Hellholes” and “Watch List," reactions among civil litigation reform groups and Philadelphia's Bar remain adversarial.

Lobbying groups financed by Pond Lehocky to oppose Workers' Comp bills fined for ethics violations

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 13, 2018

HARRISBURG – A pair of lobbyist organizations connected to plaintiffs law firm Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano and which sought to defeat Workers' Compensation reform bills were recently found to have violated the state’s Lobbying Disclosure Law and fined by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

Protecting accused pedophile priests: A terrible tradition continues in Pennsylvania

By The Pennsylvania Record | Dec 12, 2018

The cover-up persists with the redaction of names of priests accused of sexual abuse in five dioceses

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