Most Viewed Verdicts

Corporate Governance

In the Legal's Corporate Governance supplement, read about change in control of transactions, board composition and compensation and proposals to change how directors are nominated.

verdicts and settlements

Elevator Worker Settles Arm Injury for $4.4 Million

By 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.

verdicts and settlements

Defense: After Hip Replacement, Patient Received Proper Care

On Sept. 27, 2011, James Tomsula, 68, underwent a left total hip arthroplasty by orthopedic surgeon David Hartmann at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, in Pittsburgh.

verdicts and settlements

Turnpike Commission Must Pay $2.3 Million for Would-Be Hotel

By Max Mitchell |

A Bucks County jury determined that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission should pay $2.3 million for a 2.6-acre parcel of land that the owners said they had planned to turn into a hotel.

verdicts and settlements

Tenant Faulted Housing Authority for Stairway Fall

On Nov. 27, 2013, plaintiff Robert Adside, 51, fell through a wooden stair at his apartment building, in North Philadelphia.

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.

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.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

Plaintiff Alleges Sideswipe Caused Permanent Back Pain

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

verdicts and settlements

Doctor, Hospital Hit With $14.5M Verdict Over Birth Injury

By Max Mitchell |

A western Pennsylvania jury has awarded nearly $14.5 million to a family over an allegedly mishandled delivery that led an infant to develop severe cerebral palsy.

verdicts and settlements

Family: CAT Scan Misinterpretation Proved to Be Fatal

On Feb. 4, 2010, the plaintiff's decedent Gretchen Altemus, 68, suffered a fall and struck her head.

verdicts and settlements

Driver Blames Car Accident for Harm To Neck and Back

On Feb. 26, 2015, Tiffany Frazier, 30, was broadsided while driving on Franklin Mills Circle road, in Philadelphia.

verdicts and settlements

IKEA Agrees to Pay $50M in Dresser Tip-Over Litigation

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Swedish furniture company IKEA has agreed to pay $50 million to three families whose children were killed when the company's dressers fell onto them.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

Rear-Ender Did Not Precipitate Injuries, Defense Contended

On July 28, 2012, plaintiff Margaret Luzier, a graphic designer in her late 40s, was rear-ended while stopped in traffic on Robinson Town Centre Boulevard, in Pittsburgh. She had been driving a sedan, which was struck by a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle.

verdicts and settlements

Sal Army Building Collapse Case Settles For Record $227M

By Max Mitchell |

Parties in the Salvation Army building collapse civil case have settled the matter for $227 million, an amount plaintiffs attorneys say is the largest personal injury settlement out of a Pennsylvania state court.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

Plaintiff Asserts Car Accident Aggravated Spine Condition

On March 19, 2015, plaintiff Miriam Thompson, in her mid-40s, was sideswiped on Spruce Street at 11th Street, in Center City, Philadelphia. She had been traveling in the right lane of Spruce Street when her 2001 Oldsmobile sedan was struck by a Ford Econoline van that had been in the left lane and attempted to turn right at the intersection. She claimed neck and back injuries.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

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.

verdicts and settlements

Authority Must Pay $1.25 Million for Condemned Property

By Max Mitchell |

According to the pretrial memo of condemnees, John E. and Joyce E. Gearhart, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of York filed a declaration of taking under the state's Eminent Domain Code in February 2014, seeking to take property the Gearharts owned that was located in York. The nearly three-acre parcel housed a vacant building that had been the York County Prison until the facility was closed in 1979, the memo said.