Max Mitchell

FJD to Curtail Cellphone Use in CJC—With Exemption for Lawyers

Max Mitchell

The First Judicial District is planning to use cellphone-locking technology at the Criminal Justice Center—although attorneys and court officials will be largely exempt from the new rules.

Judge Rules Invokana Litigation Should Remain in Federal Court

Max Mitchell

The litigation that began in state court over the diabetes drug Invokana should be handled in federal court, a district judge has ruled.

Court Narrows Claims Over Essure Birth Control Device

Max Mitchell

A federal judge has shaved several theories from a cluster of cases against Bayer Corp. over its Essure birth control device, finding that express pre-emption applied to many of the plaintiffs' claims.

Phila. Taps Dechert, Eyes Hogan Lovells to Protect Sanctuary City Policy

Max Mitchell

As legal clashes over its status as a sanctuary city appear likely, Philadelphia is turning to a team of local big-law attorneys to advise it on how to handle the controversial immigration issue.

Commonwealth Court Says Whistleblower Law Doesn't Apply to Judicial Employees

Max Mitchell

Even though the code of conduct for Pennsylvania judicial employees once referred to the state Whistleblower Law, the statute does not apply to the judiciary, the Commonwealth Court has ruled in declining to revive a case against the administrator of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

Judges Probe Jury Charge on Defects in 'Tincher' Remand

Max Mitchell

An attorney representing plaintiffs in a case that has become synonymous with a new era of products liability law in Pennsylvania argued before a panel of the state Superior Court on Tuesday that juries do not need to find that a product was unreasonably dangerous in order to determine that the pro

Class Action Against Wyndham Hotels Over Cost Disclosure Survives

Max Mitchell

A federal judge has rejected efforts by international hotel chain Wyndham Hotels and Resorts to throw out a proposed class action lawsuit against it over claims that its website didn't tell customers the full cost of their reservations before booking.

Elevator Worker Settles Arm Injury for $4.4 Million

Max Mitchell

A case involving an elevator mechanic who claimed he was injured when protective flooring slipped as he was moving an elevator door has settled for $4.4 million, according to counsel for the plaintiff.

Punitive Damages in Play in Suit Against Travel Stop Over Truck's Brake Fire

Max Mitchell

A federal judge said a jury should decide whether a nationwide travel center and auto repair shop should be hit with punitive damages for failing to properly fix a tractor-trailer before allowing it back on the road where the brakes later caught fire.

Williams' Career Felled in 'Perfect Storm' of 'Self-Inflicted Wounds'

Max Mitchell

Attorneys and political observers used words like "sad" and "self-inflicted" when describing the downfall of the once-promising career of Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams. But few said they were surprised.

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