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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-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.

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.

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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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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.

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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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.

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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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Attorney Wins Defamation Suit Over 'Secret Legal Fees'

By Max Mitchell |

A prominent Pennsylvania attorney has secured more than $1.5 million against news outlets that published stories falsely accusing him of steering "secret legal fees" from the Pennsylvania Convention Center to his law firm.

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Centre County Jury Awards Rare Med Mal Plaintiffs Verdict

By Hannah Winegar |

A couple in Centre County was awarded nearly $1 million after a weeklong trial over an undiagnosed infection of the spine following surgery.

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Defendant's Back Injuries Pre-existed Crash, Jury Finds

On Oct. 10, 2012, plaintiff Carmelo Vargas, in his late 60s, was rear-ended while stopped at a red light on Susquehanna Road, at the intersection with Jericho Road, in Abington. He was in a Chevrolet sedan when it was struck by a Nissan sedan driven by Deborah Maria Gormley. He claimed back injuries, which resulted in a serious impairment of a bodily function.

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Jury Finds Against Prison Contractor in Inmate's Suicide

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal jury hit a prison health care provider and associated medical staff with a combined $11.9 million verdict after they were found to have not properly addressed the psychiatric needs of an inmate who killed himself.

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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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$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 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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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 Plaintiff in Slip-and-Fall at Panera Bread

On June 5, 2014, plaintiff Jennifer Maull, 40, a regional director of an education company, slipped and fell at a Panera Bread restaurant, in Newtown Square. She had been walking toward the restroom when she slipped on a greasy substance and landed on her knees, injuring her left knee. (The fall was captured on video surveillance.)

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Jury Finds Crash Led to Plaintiff's Neck, Back Injuries

On Jan. 28, 2012, plaintiff Ibrahim Ibrahim, 49, a chef, broadsided a car on Sumneytown Pike near Kristin Circle, in Lansdale. He was driving a Toyota Camry when he struck the passenger's side of a Ford Fusion sedan, which was approaching from the opposite direction and making a left turn into a church parking lot. He claimed multiple neck and back injuries.

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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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Med Mal Verdict in Northumberland Co. Largest in 16 Years

By Zack Needles |

In what appears to be the county's largest reported medical malpractice jury verdict in at least 16 years, a Northumberland County jury awarded $625,000 to a man who was permanently disabled after ­suffering what is known as a "mini stroke."

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Judge Finds Highway Crash Did Not Cause Serious Injuries

On July 8, 2012, plaintiff Mary Alexander, 60, was rear-ended by another car in stop-and-go traffic on Interstate 76, in Philadelphia. She claimed injuries to her neck, back and knee, resulting in a serious impairment of a bodily function.

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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.

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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Family of Child With Fingertip Amputated By Game Settles

On Dec. 11, 2013, plaintiff Julian Milillo, 2, accompanied his mother to the Warrington Chuck E. Cheese, where he played a coin-operated basketball game called "Street Hoops." While playing the game, Julian reached down to grab a basketball when a sharp flap from the game mechanism came down and severed the middle finger of his right hand.

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Phila. Jury Sides With Plaintiff in Rear-Ender

On Oct. 7, 2013, plaintiff Brian Johnson Jr., 27, was rear-ended while stopped on Chestnut Street at 55th Street, in West Philadelphia. He had been waiting at a red light, intending to turn right, when his car was struck by a sedan. He claimed back injuries which resulted in a serious impairment of a bodily function.