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Now we know what James Grinestaff's handicap is

Life is full of hazards. If we’re not completely obtuse, we learn from experience to pay attention, exercise caution and anticipate obstacles and pitfalls.Some of life’s hazards are clearly marked; some aren’t.

Climbing the ladder to $u¢¢e$$

A self-proclaimed ladder liability expert testified on behalf of plaintiff Dennis Mercurio, affirming, among other observations, that the ladder in question in his lawsuit – like all ladders – is potentially dangerous.

When the weather outside is frightful

Brittany Gray probably wishes she'd stayed inside by a warm, cozy fire on March 25, 2013, instead of venturing out into the snow.

AG Shapiro's CFPU is a real stinker

Passed in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, the Dodd-Frank Act (named for two controversial members of Congress) was a classic case of a cure worse than the disease.

Hey, everybody, look at me! I'm a drunken clod!

An open manhole, a loose balcony railing, a frayed bungee jump-cord – those are genuine hazards that could cause serious injury and justify a lawsuit. But riding a mechanical bull in a state of intoxication? That's asking for it.

Warning: Blood thinner thins blood

Bellwether trials have delivered defeats to plaintiffs lawyers suing over Xarelto.

'I don't want to talk to you, but please call back!'

Three years ago, Pennsylvania resident Melody Stoops bought 35 cell phones, acquired Florida area-code phone numbers for them, and waited for them to ring.

Mark Emmett has a grumbling problem

If a person refuses to accept responsibility for his own actions, how can he blame someone else for them?

Asbestos attorney Benjamin Shein finds himself in the dock

When first targeted by asbestos lawyers, Garlock Sealing Technologies accepted its victim role and strove to accommodate the predators. When it later changed tactics and started fighting back instead, the bullies with briefs turned into snowflakes.

Dragonetti slayer rebuked

There are lots of attorneys in Pennsylvania who would like to slay the Dragonetti Act, and Thomas Schneider is one of them. He almost did it, too.

Will death put an end to David Greenstein's lawsuits?

Greenstein is currently suing Pennsylvania-based Hershey for the psychological trauma he suffered after purchasing a pack of Jolly Ranchers that was less full than he thought it should be, a phenomenon known in the trade as “slack fill.”

When rules defy common sense

Thinking – taking everything into consideration – seems like a no-brainer: something every employer would want employees to do, something every teacher would want students to learn how to do.

Third-party financing of litigation is a crime in Pennsylvania

The negative effects of champerty and the bad incentives it creates are well-documented and have been known for centuries. Nevertheless, it has its appeal for attorneys hoping to profit by it without being challenged and held accountable.

Another headline with the term 'Mafia-style' in it

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me.” It's not much of a taunt, is it? In fact, it's positively foolhardy insofar as it encourages the name-caller to abandon his verbal attack and start throwing hard and pointed objects.

'I'm happy, but you have the wrong number'

Who wants to get unsolicited phone calls? Who would take steps to maximize the likelihood of receiving them by buying multiple cell phones with separate numbers?

Paige Kalika is incontinent to stand trial

“You made me pee myself!” Would you announce that to the world? Would you make a federal case out of it, or even a county court case?

False Claims Act encourages false claims

It's back! The Taxpayer Protection Against Fraud Act will be introduced in the General Assembly again this year, this time by Democratic Rep. Brandon Neuman.