The plaintiffs in 316 dismissed cases from the scuttled Zoloft multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania federal court have appealed the judge's decision to end the MDL.
A Beaver County jury awarded nearly $1.2 million to a woman injured in a car accident in her lawsuit against an insurance company.
A man acquitted of vehicular homicide charges after he struck a police officer with his car was awarded more than $1 million for claims that he was the victim of a malicious prosecution stemming from the fatal incident.
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Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck, P.L.L.C. v. Law Firm of Malone Middleman, P.C., PICS Case No. 16-0560 (Pa. April 25, 2016) Baer, J. (22 pages).
A predecessor law firm was not entitled to breach of contract damages against a successor law for a share of legal fees where there was no contract between the law firms, instead only a contract between the predecessor law firm and an employee attorney who took the case to the successor law firm, such that the employee attorney as a nonpartner owed and imposed no fiduciary duty to split fees. Order of the superior court reversed.
Commonwealth v. Flor, PICS Case No. 16-0568 (Pa. April 15, 2016) Wecht, J., Saylor, C.J. (concurring) (22 pages).
PCRA court abused its discretion by ordering PCRA counsel to deliver to the commonwealth the entirety of trial counsel's file without first examining whether and to what extent the file contained privileged material. Vacated and remanded.
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