PITTSBURGH – A negligence case against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital which currently awaiting a decision from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, may have broad implications for judicial supervision of the process of jury selection in civil litigation statewide.
HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that a lower court properly dismissed a shareholder's second amended complaint against a Pittsburgh hydrocarbon exploration and pipeline transport company.
PHILADELPHIA – In stark contrast to the $8 billion punitive damages verdict reached this past fall, two Risperdal cases were dismissed through successful motions for summary judgment from Johnson & Johnson in Philadelphia courtrooms.
HARRISBURG – A Pennsylvania Senate Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) report on the effects of changing current medical malpractice litigation venue rules is nearly finished and may be released in February, its executive director said.
HARRISBURG – In a seemingly unprecedented move, a recent decision from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania allowed deposition testimony and an affidavit from an “unavailable witness" who had not been vetted by all defendants before he passed.
HARRISBURG – Plaintiffs lawyers and the business community await a ruling from an en banc panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, which is deciding whether the state can require companies who wish to do business here to consent to also being sued here.
WASHINGTON – In an annual report of “Judicial Hellholes” released today by the American Tort Reform Association, Philadelphia has claimed the No. 1 ranking – in part due to a historic $8 billion punitive damages verdict rendered this year in litigation connected to Johnson & Johnson’s anti-psychotic drug Risperdal.
LANCASTER – Counsel for the estate of a 56 year-old Pennsylvania woman and her 22 year-old son left seriously injured from a fatal September 2018 tractor-trailer accident in East Hempfield Township, reached a $13 million settlement with a national trucking firm whose driver allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel and caused the crash.
PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh couple are facing a lawsuit over a former tenant's allegations she was forced to leave her apartment after she discovered her landlord had entered the apartment and aroused himself while going through her personal effects, clothes and property.
MEDIA – An Upper Darby woman struck by a vehicle while trying to cross an intersection in the Township of Haverford alleges the pedestrian traffic control signal was malfunctioning at the time of the collision.
PITTSBURGH – A plumbing company named in a lawsuit from a notable Pennsylvania plaintiffs’ law firm has discounted itself from liability claims levied by the firm and fellow defendants that a faulty water supply hose leaked and led to damage in the firm’s Pittsburgh offices.
PITTSBURGH – A man accused of spitting on and striking the wife of his son’s youth hockey coach has claimed he can’t prepare an adequate defense because they haven’t responded to his request for documents and interrogatories, and a state court judge agreed.
HARRISBURG – On Nov. 20, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Western District determined that employers cannot use a fluctuating work week (FWW) method to calculate overtime for nonexempt, salaried employees.