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Drugmaker Settles Qui Tam Suit

The maker of the intravenous antifungal medication Mycamine has settled a whistleblower action against it with the U.S. government and several states for $7.3 million.

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Jury Sides With Defense Over Broken Needle Mid-Surgery

A Philadelphia jury issued a defense verdict to a doctor sued after a needle he was using for a bone biopsy broke off in the plaintiff's back, requiring an additional surgery to remove it.

Big Personal Injury Results Outpacing Last Year

By Zack Needles |

If the first four months of 2014 are any indication, large verdicts and settlements in Pennsylvania personal injury cases this year are on pace to outnumber those in 2013.

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Hospice Provider Settles Federal Whistleblower Suit

A major provider of home hospice and health care services has settled whistleblower claims for $150 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Allegheny Jury Awards Plaintiff for Delayed Diagnosis

By Max Mitchell |

According to a the plaintiff's pretrial memorandum, in the evening of Sept. 28, 2010, Thomas Mol, who was 34 and working as a financial manager, presented to the emergency room of the Forbes Regional Hospital. During the visit, Mol was seen by Dr. Elizabeth Moy, who was employed by EMP of Allegheny County LTD. The memo said that Mol complained of back pain and numbness. A CT scan was performed, and Night Hawk Radiology interpreted the readout. The memo said that Mol was sent home even though he was unable to walk under his own power.

$11 Mil. Topamax Verdict Against Janssen Stands

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia judge has upheld an $11 million jury verdict awarded to the parents of a child born with a severe cleft lip caused by the anti-seizure drug Topamax, which his mother took during pregnancy.

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Jury Awards Couple Injured in Alleged Hit-and-Run Accident

By Max Mitchell |

According to the plaintiffs' pretrial memorandum, on Sept. 10, 2012, plaintiff George Sabu, 39, a laborer, was driving a vehicle along North 5th Street in Philadelphia, with Mebitha Sabu, 31, a homemaker, as passenger, when a vehicle collided with the rear of the Sabu vehicle. The plaintiffs alleged that either Larry Sharp or Jalonda D. Hall was driving the vehicle. The plaintiffs claimed the accident caused back injuries.

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Jury Sides With Gas Pipeline Builder in Contract Case

By Zack Needles |

A Delaware County jury has awarded more than $24.3 million to a company that claimed an oil and gas company failed to pay it for work it did to build a natural gas pipeline system.

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Jury Sides With Plaintiff Who Injured Knees in Crash

By Zack Needles |

A Montgomery County jury awarded $1 million to a woman who suffered knee injuries in an automobile accident caused when the defendant made a left turn in front of a vehicle in which the plaintiff was a passenger.

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U.S. Gov't Settles With Mine Foreman Over Electric Shock

By Max Mitchell |

According to a complaint filed by plaintiff Robert D. Williams Jr., he suffered an electric shock as a result of misconduct by U.S. Mine Safety Health Administration inspectors during a surprise inspection.

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Phila. Jury Sides With Driver Injured In Van Crash

On Oct. 14, 2010, plaintiff Vincent Casino Jr., 44, was operating a van toward the intersection of N. 12th Street and W. Allegheny Avenue, in the Glenwood section of North Philadelphia, when the passenger's side of his vehicle was struck by the front of a sedan.

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Montco DA Settles With Wrongly Accused Contractor

By Zack Needles |

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office has apologized to a contractor it wrongfully charged with defrauding a church and has agreed to settle with him for $1.7 million.

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Ironworker Reaches Accord in Leg Amputation Case

According to the plaintiffs' mediation memorandum, 47-year-old plaintiff Alfonso Jones was working on the renovation of the Lafayette Building in Philadelphia, which was being prepared to house the Hotel Monaco.

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Mother, Son Injured In Read-End Collision

On Jan. 5, 2012, plaintiff Freddie Jackson, in his mid-30s at the time, was operating a minivan that was stopped in traffic on the eastbound section of Interstate 76, near the exit for Conshohocken, when the rear of his vehicle was struck by the front of a sedan being driven by Hongyen Tran.

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Philadelphia Jury Sides With Plaintiff In UM Case

Following a two-day trial and less than two hours of deliberation, an eight-member jury awarded $250,000 to a man who was injured in a car accident while driving a vehicle insured under an uninsured motorist policy through Progressive Advanced Insurance Co.

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Jury Finds Fire Set Intentionally in Insurance Dispute

According to the amended complaint from plaintiffs Stephen and Michele McKean, property they owned was damaged by fire on Sept. 22, 2011. The plaintiffs had insurance through Nationwide Insurance Co., which provided coverage for fire damage, and they timely notified the carrier, the complaint said. However, the carrier did not provide the coverage, the complaint said.

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Jury Sides With Cyclist Hit by Van

A woman who was injured when a van struck her bicycle in its rear end and was subsequently run over after colliding with the opened door of a parked car has been awarded $2.4 million by a Philadelphia jury.

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Mesothelioma Claim Fails for Lack of Causation Proof

From 1977 to 1979, plaintiff Joseph Salerno studied auto and diesel mechanics at his Philadelphia-area high school's vocational-technical program.

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Woman Disabled by Slip-and-Fall Settles With Dairy Company

A woman who was partially paralyzed after slipping on liquid that had leaked out of a milk crate has settled her case with the dairy company for $6.5 million.

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Phila. Jury Awards Limit in SEPTA 'Jerk-and-Jolt' Case

According to the plaintiff's pretrial memorandum, on Feb. 2, 2013, plaintiff George Norman Green, 43, a drycleaning company employee, was a passenger on a SEPTA bus when the bus abruptly stopped, causing Green to brace himself by grabbing onto a pole

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Plaintiff Awarded Lost Profits in Patent Case

A company that was previously found to be in contempt of a federal judge's order to stop selling patent-infringing electrical wire connectors has been ordered to pay the plaintiff patent holder about $1.5 million in attorney fees after the parties could not reach an agreement on an appropriate amount.

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Judge Orders Punitives Against Insurance Carrier

A Berks County trial judge has levied $18 million in punitive damages and $3 million in attorney fees against defendant Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

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Honda Slammed With Crashworthiness Verdict

A Philadelphia jury awarded $55.3 million to a man who was paralyzed when his head struck the roof of his 1999 Acura Integra as it rolled after a tire blew out.

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Phila. Jury Sides With Defense In Intersection Collision

On July 14, 2011, plaintiff Kenneth Davis was driving through the intersection of Cottman Avenue and East Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia with plaintiff Eric Ligon as passenger, when the sedan Davis was driving collided with a sedan being driven by defendant Halyna Onipko, according to the plaintiffs' complaint.

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Man Awarded After Hand Was Crushed In Printing Press

On Oct. 24, 2011, plaintiff Phillip R. Smith, who was in his 50s, finished greasing an offset printing press that had been designed, manufactured and installed by Manugraph Dauphin Graphic Machines, according to the plaintiff's pretrial memorandum

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Jury Awards No Damages In Dragonetti Action

Blank Rome and longtime client St. Luke's University Health Network were each found by a jury to have improperly sued family members of two former patients who had sued the hospital over allegations a former nurse killed their loved ones, but the firm and health system were not assessed any damages.

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Soccer Prospect Awarded for Botched Bowel Procedure

A college soccer star once weeks away from going to Colombia on a contract to play professionally was awarded $3.34 million for injuries he suffered after a botched groin surgery that put an end to his athletic career

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Jury Awards Plaintiff In Admitted Rear-End Collision

According to the plaintiff's pretrial memorandum, Michael B. Clark, who was 66 at the time and had formerly worked as a lineman at PPL, was driving east along Blakeslee Boulevard when he stopped to make a left turn onto Mall Lane in Mahoning Township, Pa.