Max Mitchell

Mass Tort Programs Saw Inventory Spike in 2016

Max Mitchell

The number of mass tort cases pending in Philadelphia's Complex Litigation Center at the start of 2017 has risen to its highest level in more than five years.

New Montco Bar Leader Seeks to Raise Association's Profile

Max Mitchell

The new president of the Montgomery Bar Association, Eric B. Smith, wants to make the association an integral part of being a young lawyer in Montgomery County. And, given that the High Swartz attorney has been involved in the association for his entire legal career, he may have some unique insight

Defense Bar Sees Jury Instructions Win in Latest Post-'Tincher' Ruling

Max Mitchell

The Pennsylvania Superior Court's recent decision in High v. Pennsy Supply was a victory for plaintiffs in a products liability case, but the defense bar is chalking up the opinion as a win in a legal landscape still unsettled in the wake of the game-changing products liability case Tincher v. Omega

Court Revives Patient Suicide Suit Against Hospital

Max Mitchell

The state Superior Court has reinstated a lawsuit against a hospital over claims it was grossly negligent in allowing a suicidal patient to leave the facility and end her life by walking into oncoming traffic.

New Montco President Judge Looking Forward to Busy Tenure

Max Mitchell

As the newly installed president judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Judge Thomas DelRicci will have a lot on his plate. The Saint Joseph's University graduate, who received his law degree from Loyola University and has served on the Montgomery County bench for nearly 20 years, was

DA Williams Agrees to Pay More Than $60K Over Ethics Violations

Max Mitchell

Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams has been hit with more than $60,000 in fines and penalties in connection with failing to properly report gifts and payments he received—many of which came from prominent defense attorneys and firms.

Judge Wrongly Decided Dangers of Wet Concrete, Superior Court Rules in Post-'Tincher' Case

Max Mitchell

The game-changing decision in means that a jury should decide whether wet concrete is an unreasonably dangerous product, the state Superior Court has ruled in one of its first full-throated applications of the seminal products liability case.

Lackawanna Judge Nixes Request for Multiple IMEs

Max Mitchell

Finding that unusual circumstances must exist before a court can order a plaintiff to undergo multiple independent medical examinations, a Pennsylvania judge has shot down Weis Markets' efforts to have a woman undergo two exams by different orthopedic specialists.

Judge Approves Subpoena for Docs Underlying Guilty Plea in Opioid Civil Suit

Max Mitchell

A man suing Cephalon over claims its fentanyl lollipop was overly addictive and led to his son's eventual methadone overdose will be allowed to subpoena federal prosecutors for documents related to a guilty plea the company entered over its marketing practices.

UPMC Owed No Duty to Protect Employee Info From Hacking

Max Mitchell

One of the largest employers in Pennsylvania did not owe a legal duty to protect its employees' personal and financial information that was hacked and later used to make fraudulent tax filings, the state Superior Court has ruled.

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