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Toyota Forklift Seller Not Liable for Lack of Safety Features

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Toyota retailer that sold a forklift without safety features to a warehouse is not liable for the injuries of a worker who was struck by the forklift, a federal judge has ruled.

Elevator Company Ordered to Return Maintenance Device

By Ben Seal |

A federal judge has ordered an elevator company to return a maintenance tool to Berks County so it can service and repair dysfunctional elevators in two of its government buildings.

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Estate of Woman Killed by Drunken Driver Awarded

By Ben Seal |

In the early hours of July 8, 2012, Confesora Aquino Rosario was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by Paul LaBranche that was struck from behind by Matthew Carter, who was driving while intoxicated at an excessive rate of speed, according to the plaintiff's assessment of damages.

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Plaintiff Wins Verdict After Sidewalk Fall

In August 2013, during daylight hours, plaintiff Lucia Polasik, in her 50s, was walking with her children at 2535 E. Westmoreland St., in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Polasik claimed that she tripped on a raised portion of the sidewalk and fell on her right hand, fracturing her fifth finger.

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Casino Server Wins Verdict in Sexual-Harassment Suit

On April 27, 2014, plaintiff Allyson Pelesky worked as a server at Rivers Casino, in Pittsburgh. She claimed that a male customer put his hand down her shirt and placed a casino chip in her bra, making contact with her breast. Pelesky told a supervisor about the incident, and she was interviewed by the state police.

Hospital Found Liable For Bedsore Injury

A Delaware County jury found negligence on the part of Main Line Hospitals Inc. in the amount of $650,000 in a medical malpractice case related to a bedsore the plaintiff developed while an inpatient at Lankenau Hospital.

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Travelers Agrees to Pay in Asbestos Cases

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has ordered the Travelers insurance company to pay $36 million in excess liability coverage to a company that settled tens of thousands of asbestos lawsuits against it.

Home Developer Hit With Verdict in Chester County

A Chester County jury has returned a $20 million verdict for a country-club operations company that alleged a developer breached an agreement to build a residential community.

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Judge Awards Victim of Abortion Doctor Gosnell

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia judge awarded nearly $4 million to the daughter of a woman who died while under the care of Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor convicted of murder in 2013.

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AG's Office Reaches Settlement With Marketing Company

By Ben Seal |

The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General reached a $1 million settlement with a Philadelphia company that allegedly deceived consumers in its marketing of language-learning programs, according to settlement papers.

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Jury Awards Woman Who Had Improper Tracheostomy

By Max Mitchell |

A Delaware County jury has awarded a woman $2.78 million for having a tracheostomy placed too high, which allegedly caused her to no longer be able to breathe without the tubing.

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Woman Injured in Car Crash Reaches Settlement

By Ben Seal |

A woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury and has had multiple surgeries as the result of a car accident has reached a $725,000 settlement on her personal-injury claims through JAMS mediation.

Law Guiding Impairment Evaluation Found Unconstitutional

By Lizzy McLellan |

The Commonwealth Court has struck down a section of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act as unconstitutional because it relies on standards set by a private entity.

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Biotech Company Agrees to Settlement With Shareholders

By Lizzy McLellan |

A federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has approved a settlement between a Philadelphia biotechnology company and a class of shareholders.

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Receptionist Wins Verdict for Aggravated Arthritis

On July 15, 2013, plaintiff Jeanne Zatavesky, a receptionist in her early 60s, was walking on the sidewalk at 2005 E. Moyamensing Ave., in South Philadelphia. She claimed that she tripped on a raised slab of sidewalk (approximately three inches in height), which caused her to fall on her right knee.

Jury Awards Pedestrian After Being Hit By SUV

On May 23, 2013, plaintiff Madona Balamoun, 21, a restaurant employee, was riding a bus eastward on Oregon Avenue, in South Philadelphia. When the bus stopped midblock, near the intersection with Broad Street, she stepped off. She began to cross the avenue, stepping out from between the bus and another bus that was stopped in front of it. While crossing the street, she was struck by a Toyota Highlander traveling west on the far side of the road. She was thrown 10 feet and suffered a spine fracture.

Jury Finds Against Pharmacy in Lithium Toxicity Suit

A Chester County jury of 12 found a pharmacy, but not the prescribing physician, liable for lithium toxicity suffered by plaintiff Briggite Armbruster. Armbruster was awarded $250,000, but the jury found her 25 percent negligent.

Nursing Care Patient Awarded for Negligent Treatment

From March 14 to April 7, 2011, plaintiff Genevieve Thompson, 74, was a patient at Lankenau Medical Center, in Wynnewood. Her admission was due to a change in her mental status and her history of bipolar disorder with mania, psychosis, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, hypertension, osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and morbid obesity. She needed maximum assistance from the nursing staff for all activities of daily living, including bed repositioning to offload pressure points.

LLC, Principals Must Pay Over Failed Venture

A Bucks County Court of Common Pleas judge has awarded a packaging company more than $138,000 in restitution against a limited liability company, and allowed the plaintiffs to pierce the corporate veil to recoup the money.

Defense Verdict in Case of Burst Pipes

A Western District of Pennsylvania jury returned a defense verdict in a breach-of-contract suit over $8.1 million in water damages.

Jury Awards SEPTA Driver in Motor Vehicle Collision

A Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury has awarded a SEPTA bus driver $750,000 for noneconomic damages and loss of consortium after a motor vehicle collision with a trash removal truck left him with a traumatic brain injury.

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Foster Care Agency Settles With Brothers Over Alleged Abuse

Two brothers alleging they were physically and sexually abused in foster care homes settled their claims against a foster care agency for $1.35 million in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, lawyers in the case said.

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Restaurant Liable for Patron's Injuries in Altercation

A Philadelphia jury sided with plaintiff Timothy St. Clair in his suit against Center City bar Misconduct Tavern over injuries he suffered after he was punched when entering the bar.

Girl's Family Reaches Settlement With Pit Bull Owners

By Alex Carpenter |

Family members reached a prelitigation structured settlement after a pit bull bit an 11-year-old girl during a family gathering.

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Machinery Supplier Awarded in Contract Dispute

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal jury handed up a $3 million verdict in favor of a packaging machinery company that alleged a tray manufacturer it dealt with stole its business by ultimately selling directly to the company's clients.

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Trooper Secures Verdict in Crash With Drunken Driver

A 12-member jury awarded a Pennsylvania state trooper $1.44 million after a drunken driver struck his car on Route 422 in Montgomery County.

Plaintiff Wins Verdict For Risperdal Complication

A Philadelphia jury awarded $1.75 million to a plaintiff who alleged that taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal caused gynecomastia, a condition in which boys grow excessive breast tissue.

Delayed-Diagnosis Verdict for Woman With Cancer

By Ben Seal |

A woman whose cancer diagnosis was delayed more than four years by her doctors' failure to report a mass on her lung has been awarded a $3 million verdict by a Jefferson County jury. The verdict is the largest ever reported in Jefferson County, according to a review of The Legal's annual listing of top verdicts and settlements.

Longenecker-Wells v. Benecard Serv., PICS Case No. 15-1492 (M.D. Pa. Sept. 22, 2015) Caldwell, J. (14 pages).

Even if plaintiffs make up a well-defined class, particularly known to defendants, no cause of action may exist for negligence that results solely in economic damages, unaccompanied by physical or property damage.

Lovett v. Connect, PICS Case No. 15-1469 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 11, 2015) Hey, J. (16 pages).

A proposed settlement that keeps confidential the precise amount of the settlement fund does not thwart the purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act, because it does not hide defendant employer's allegedly illegal compensation practices. Proposed settlement of wage claims of 54 plaintiff employees approved.

Glaberson v. Comcast Corp., PICS Case No. 15-1491 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 22, 2015) Padova, J. (35 pages).

In an extensively litigated, highly complex antitrust case, a court can approve a class-action settlement provided that it is fair, reasonable and adequate. Motion to approve $50 million settlement granted.

Kowalski v. Pocono Country Place, Inc., PICS Case No. 15-1450 (C.P. Monroe April 2, 2015) Zulick, J. (8 pages).

A property owners association was an indispensable party in a suit concerning improprieties in the election of its board of directors, and plaintiff was therefore permitted to amend his complaint to substitute the POA's governing corporation. Demurrer sustained.