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Proposed Arbitration Limitations and the FAA: Are We Headed for a Showdown?

By Michael Olsan 
and Daryn Rush |

Attorneys representing consumers have for many years sought to escape mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts, arguing that the arbitration system inherently and unfairly favors corporate defendants. In the wake of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act as well as recent scandals, including revelations of fraud at Wells Fargo Bank, policymakers and public interest advocates have joined the fight against arbitration. While the recent attacks have focused on arbitration clauses in consumer contracts, arbitration clauses in other types of contracts—e.g., employment contracts and insurance policies—could also be challenged. This article will provide a brief summary of prior challenges to arbitration, review recent developments adding fuel to the fire and examine what the future of arbitration may look like.

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Parties Settle for $19M in Suit Over Delayed C-Section

By Max Mitchell |

A Northeastern Pennsylvania hospital and obstetrician have agreed to pay more than $19 million to settle claims that an allegedly delayed cesarean section caused a newborn's severe brain damage, recently unsealed documents show.

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Plaintiff Suffered No Permanent Injuries in Rear-Ender: Defense

On Nov. 22, 2013, plaintiff Timothy Vanbeverhoudt, a security officer in his mid-40s, was rear-ended while stopped at a traffic light on Baltimore Pike (Route 322) at Conchester Avenue, in Concordville. He had been driving a Mercury Mountaineer sport utility vehicle when it was struck by a Chevrolet Cavalier sedan. He claimed neck and back injuries that resulted in a serious impairment of a bodily function.

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EEOC: Hospital Failed Religious Exemption For Flu Vaccine

In January 2014, six claimants (whose suit was brought on behalf of plaintiff Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) were terminated from their employment at Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie.

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Dauphin Jury Awards $88M to Victim in Child Rape Civil Case

By Max Mitchell |

A Dauphin County jury has handed up an $88 million verdict against an HIV-positive man who pleaded guilty to raping a 6-year-old boy.

Interconnectedness and Manufacturer Responsibility in Automated Vehicles

By Marion Munley |

Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" is here. Automated technology is transforming the consumer products industry. Watches, appliances, cars, jet engines, drones and mobile medical devices are all part of the Internet-of-Things (IoT). The IoT refers to smart devices featuring embedded electronics, software, sensors and actuators that give them network connectivity, thereby enabling the IoT products to gather and leverage data.

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Turnpike Workers Settle PTSD Claims for $2M

By Max Mitchell |

Date of Verdict:Nine Pennsylvania Turnpike workers who saw their co-worker get hit by a truck while on a road maintenance project have settled for $2 million over claims that the fatal crash caused post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Brain Damage From Tonsillectomy Leads To Jury Award

By Gina Passarella |

A Montgomery County jury awarded $12.7 million to a woman who was left brain damaged after doctors allegedly too quickly removed her breathing tube at the conclusion of her tonsillectomy.

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Jury Sides With School Bus Driver in Crash With Truck

On Nov. 4, 2013, plaintiff Yvonne Pinder, 60, was involved in a collision with a flatbed truck while driving a school bus west on Ardleigh Street, in North Philadelphia. She claimed neck injuries and a concussion.

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Amtrak Settles Philadelphia Train Derailment Litigation

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Amtrak has agreed to pay $265 million to settle claims stemming from the May 2015 train derailment that killed eight people and left hundreds injured in Philadelphia.

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Audi Denied Sedan's Push-Button Ignition Was Defective

At the end of 2015, plaintiff Joseph Zuritsky leased a 2015 Audi S6 sedan for $51,320.60, in Montgomery County. He claimed that, within a month or two of leasing the car, he began experiencing issues with the push-button ignition-starting mechanism. Specifically, it took several attempts of pushing the start button before the car's engine activated. On three occasions, he had taken the car for inspection at an Audi dealership, but no problem with the ignition was found.

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Cops Used Excessive Force in Wedding Row, Couple Alleged

On June 23, 2012, plaintiff Nicholas Williams was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and disorderly conduct, in the borough of Olyphant, in Lackawanna County.

Legal Departments of the Year: Axalta, Outside Counsel Management

Axalta Coating Systems is a NYSE-listed public company doing business in 130-plus countries, with 12,000-plus employees and 150 years of history, yet it has existed as a stand-alone company for just three and a half years. Formed through The Carlyle Group's acquisition of the DuPont Performance Coatings business unit in February 2013, Axalta has experienced a tremendously active first few years, from its separation from DuPont to an IPO to the evolution into a widely held public company.

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Man Awarded $15M For Hand Crushed In Industrial Shear

By Max Mitchell |

A man whose hand was crushed in an industrial shear machine has secured a $15 million verdict against the device's manufacturer.

Women in the Profession Roundtable

The editorial staff of The Legal has always been aware that the hiring and retention of female attorneys is an ongoing issue in the legal community. In an effort to discuss some of the specific problems facing female attorneys and present potential solutions to those problems, we invited 11 practitioners to talk about how to bolster the role of women in the law. This year the panelists tackled issues such as work-life balance, equal pay and the lack of positive change and opportunities for women in the legal profession.

Women in the Profession Roundtable

The editorial staff of The Legal has always been aware that the hiring and retention of female attorneys is an ongoing issue in the legal community. In an effort to discuss some of the specific problems facing female attorneys and present potential solutions to those problems, we invited 11 practitioners to talk about how to bolster the role of women in the law. This year the panelists tackled issues such as work-life balance, equal pay and the lack of positive change and opportunities for women in the legal profession.

2016 Pennsylvania Top Women in Law-Caitlin P. Strauss

By The Legal Staff |

The Legal’s editorial staff set out on a mission to identify the Top Women in Law, a group of attorneys who stand out for their notable achievements.

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Driver in Sideswipe Blame Game Gets $7,500 for Injuries

A jury in Philadelphia awarded a woman involved in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in neck injuries $7,500.

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Unsolicited Calls Earn Remodeling Company $5.2 Million Penalty

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A home remodeling company will pay $5.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit for making numerous unsolicited phone calls to over 1 million people.

2016 Pennsylvania Top Women in Law-Sharon Lopez

By The Legal Staff |

The Legal’s editorial staff set out on a mission to identify the Top Women in Law, a group of attorneys who stand out for their notable achievements.

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Jury Sides With Woman Who Lost Leg in Bus Accident

On June 6, 2014, plaintiff Joan Grove, 59, an accountant, was struck by a bus while walking across Montour Way at Sixth Avenue, in Pittsburgh.

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Suit: Slip on Sidewalk Resulted From Failure To Clear Ice, Snow

A jury awarded a man $2,729 after he slipped and fell on ice on a sidewalk in South Philadelphia and fractured his ankle.

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Jury Awards Man $2.5M in Commercial Vehicle Accident

The jury awarded a $2.5 million verdict to a man who was injured in an automobile accident that caused injuries to his head, neck and spine.

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Plaintiff Alleges Sideswipe Caused Permanent Back Pain

A Philadelphia County jury awarded a man involved in a motor vehicle accident $105,000.

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Firm Fired Women After Harassment Complaints: EEOC

In October 2013, plaintiff-intervenors Crystal Cole and Fetema Johnson (whose claims were pursued by plaintiff Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) were terminated from their jobs at Labor Ready Northeast Inc., a labor staffing firm based in Tacoma, Washington.

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$2.6M Verdict for Trooper in Defective Gun Holster Case

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury has hit a firearms accessories manufacturer with a $2.6 million verdict for an allegedly defective holster that caused a state trooper's gun to fire into his leg while he was exiting his vehicle.

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Jury Sides With Driver in Car Accident Case

On March 17, 2014, plaintiff Lori Kerpius, 47, was a front-seat passenger in a Volvo station wagon that backed into wooden structure in a restaurant parking lot, in Phoenixville. She claimed injuries to her neck, back, and elbow, resulting in a serious impairment of a bodily function.

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Autozone Hit With Jury Verdict Over Slip-and-Fall

On Feb. 17, 2014, plaintiff Bernadette Tanner, a home health-care administrator in her early 40s, slipped and fell on snow and ice at 3900 N. Broad St., in North Philadelphia. She dislocated and fractured her left ankle.

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Hosts Denied They Served Alcohol to Minor Before Crash

A jury awards a minor passenger of a vehicle who was involved in a rollover accident in which alcohol played a part $10,000.