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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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Jury Sides With Defense in Case Over Eye Injury

On April 30, 2012, plaintiff Patricia Frantz, an event specialist in her 70s, underwent a cataract phacoemulsification with insertion of an intraocular lens to her right eye, which was performed by ophthalmologist Dr. Ramakumar Gounder at The Waterfront Surgery Center in Homestead, Pa.

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Woman's Collision With Verizon Truck Leads to Accord

A woman who sustained a traumatic brain injury after being rear-ended by a Verizon bucket truck driver—who was on a cellphone while driving—settled her suit against the company for $3 million.

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Man Claimed Brain Injury After Armored-Truck Collision

According to the pretrial memorandum of plaintiff Frank Jazlovietcki, he was driving northbound along Brookwood Drive near the intersection with Street Road in Bensalem on April 21, 2012, when the passenger-side door was struck by a vehicle owned by defendant Garda CL Atlantic Inc. and operated by defendant Kevin Moss. Moss was traveling west along Street Road. The memo said Moss entered under a red light, and that the Garda vehicle weighed approximately seven tons.

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Parties Settle After Inmate Gets Pepper-Sprayed

According to the plaintiff's amended complaint, on Jan. 7, 2011, plaintiff Ernest Soreth, 57, turned himself in at the Bucks County Correctional Facility, at the direction of his parole officer. After sitting in his cell for about 13 minutes, he felt severe chest pain and fell to the floor, the complaint said

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Arbitrator Awards Plaintiffs for UIM, Bad Faith and Fees

According to the plaintiff's complaint, on Nov. 16, 2010, plaintiff Elsie Carraghan was driving a sedan south along Kings Highway in Lehigh County when her vehicle was struck head-on by a vehicle being driven by Kim Coleen Ruppert.

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Parties Settle Truck-Stop Pay Card Dispute

A Pennsylvania federal judge granted final approval of a $130 million settlement in an antitrust suit between independent truck-stop owners on one side and trucker fleet payment card company Comdata Inc. and three national truck-stop chains on the other.

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Auto Accident in Kuwait Leads to Jurisdictional Dispute

By Max Mitchell |

When Virginia resident Morgan Lee Hanks' Mitsubishi Pajero collided with the Dodge Durango driven by Pennsylvania native Brian Mark Patton, who died in the accident, the ensuing motor vehicle litigation was anything but ordinary.

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Plaintiff Claimed Railing Unhinged, Caused Fall

On March 31, 2011, plaintiff Joseph Ragan, 31, an independent salesperson for third-party energy suppliers, was accessing his basement at 10031 Westbourne Place in Northeast Philadelphia. Ragan leased the property from Kathleen Dragoni and Thomas Garofolo III. Ragan alleged that as he descended the basement stairway, he grasped the wooden railing and in doing so it unhinged, which caused him to fall down the stairs, approximately 12 steps. Ragan claimed that he suffered a spine injury.

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Plaintiff Claimed Police Struck Him With Gun

On Dec. 1, 2010, plaintiff Anthony Kenney, a self-employed car detailer in his late 30s, was driving on Federal Street in the North Side of Pittsburgh, when he turned onto Lafayette Avenue and was pulled over by an unmarked police car.

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Defense Contractor Settles Following Collision in Kuwait

By Max Mitchell |

According to court documents, on Nov. 19, 2009, Brian Mark Patton, a 37-year-old Pennsylvania resident who worked as a corrections officer but was serving a tour of duty as a reservist for the U.S. Navy, was driving an SUV along a two-lane road in Kuwait with David Morgan, who was also a corrections officer serving a tour of duty, as passenger.

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Jury Sides With Defense in Treatment Center Slip-and-Fall

According to a pretrial memorandum from the plaintiffs, on Aug. 31, 2010, Robert Smith was treated at the renal department of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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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.

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Estate of Man Who Fell 10 Stories to His Death Settles

Representatives of the estate of a cellular infrastructure technician who died after falling 10 stories from a Philadelphia rooftop settled with several defendants for a total of $4.45 million.

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Jury Finds Against UIM Carrier in Rear-End Accident

According to the pretrial memorandum from plaintiff Charles Patterson, on Sept. 4, 2010, Patterson was driving a vehicle, with his wife, Annette Patterson, as a passenger, near Gilbert and Rugby streets in Philadelphia.