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Man Awarded $8.5M After Being Crushed by 2,800-Pound Transformer

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A man crushed and seriously injured by an electrical transformer weighing nearly a ton-and-a-half has been awarded $8.5 million by a Philadelphia jury.

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Hospital Denied Curb, Ramp Were Dangerous Condition

On Oct. 13, 2014, plaintiff Barbara Ladyansky, 53, was exiting a hospital in Philadelphia after an eye exam and dilation. A car which she had ordered to pick her up was waiting at the curb. When she went outside, she thought she was stepping onto the handicapped ramp but in fact had confused it with the curb, causing her to trip and fall, resulting in a fracture of her left ankle.

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FLSA Overtime Class Action Settles for $4.8M

A group of landscapers suing their employer for overtime pay have settled their class action lawsuit for roughly $4.8 million, with their lawyers netting $1.5 million in fees.

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Family Business Founder Suspected Embezzlement

In 2008, Michael R. Kaplan was the executive vice president of T. Levy Associates Inc., a beauty-products corporation based in Philadelphia.

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Man Paralyzed by Falling Machinery Reaches Settlement

A man who was hit in the head by a falling trolley boom lift—a type of crane attached to a truck—has settled his personal injury case for $17 million.

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State Office Rejected Lawyer for Job Due to Age, Suit Alleged

In January 2009, a claimant (whose suit was brought by plaintiff Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) was rejected for a position as a lawyer with the state of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg.

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Undiagnosed Abscess Resulted in Multiple Surgeries: Patient

On June 17, 2013, plaintiff Joseph Michael Shimko, 17, was diagnosed with hemorrhoids at Geisinger-Kistler Clinic, in Wilkes-Barre. He had presented to the facility with bilateral knee pain and what he believed to be hemorrhoids-related symptoms. He was seen by a second-year resident, who, upon diagnosing him with hemorrhoids, prescribed a suppository (he was also diagnosed with bilateral patellar tendonitis). The physician told him to return for follow-up care if his symptoms did not improve.

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Woman Wins $150K Over Inadequate Easement Payment

In 2010, plaintiff Nancy Brown, a veterinarian, had a portion of her land, in Plymouth Meeting, taken by the state.

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Jury Awards $5M in Suit Over Premature Hospital Discharge

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury has handed up an award of $5 million to the family of a woman who died after she was allegedly prematurely discharged from the Albert Einstein Medical Center following a gallbladder removal surgery.

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Poor Loading-Dock Procedures Cause Of Man's Accident

On May 28, 2015, Paul Michalec, 47, a chief engineer for a hotel, drove with a co-worker to American Supply Co. Inc., in Philadelphia. They were picking up materials to bring back to the hotel.

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Defense: Motorcyclist Caused Fatal Crash, Not Other Drivers

On May 5, 2014, plaintiff's decedent, Lawrence Paden Jr., 26, unemployed, was riding a motorcycle west on Manley Road in West Chester. At the same time, ahead of him, Kathryn Kelleher was stopped on the road, waiting to complete a left turn onto eastbound Marley Road from a driveway on Paden's left side.

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Employee: Unsafe Factory Practice Led To Arm Amputation

On Nov. 11, 2011, plaintiff Daniel Albarracin, 46, a machine operator, had his right hand and lower forearm severed while working at a candy and nut processing plant, in Allentown. He worked on a conveyor belt, known as an E2 line, on which liquid chocolate pours onto toffees and nuts. The nuts, however, release a natural oil, which causes the conveyor belt to slip: the drive roller continues to spin but fails to move the belt. Meanwhile, the product sits on the stationary belt.

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Police Fired Him for Criticizing Care of Horses, Plaintiff Said

In December 2015, plaintiff Joel Allen, a hostler in his mid-50s, was terminated from his job with the Philadelphia Police. He had worked for the mounted police department for about 12 years. His duties consisted of caring for the horses used by police officers.

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Trooper Contended Force Was Necessary at DUI Checkpoint

On July 6, 2014, plaintiff Zionna Adamolekun, 38, was driving home from a wedding with her husband, who was at the wheel, when they were stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Lancaster.

Will Texas Ruling Impact Pa.'s Oil and Gas Jurisprudence?

By Matthew G. Brouse and Phillip T. Glyptis |

Anyone associated with oil and gas development has probably had a conversation about what constitutes a trespass, and whether there is an improper taking associated with drilling activities.

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Corporate Veil Pierced in Real Estate Partners' Dispute

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia judge has held a businessman liable for more than $782,000 after determining that the corporate veil should be pierced in a business dispute involving one of his companies.

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Lawyer Wins $180K Over Withheld Origination Fee

By Lizzy McLellan |
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Hospital Claimed Stairs Defect Was Too Minor for Liability

On March 6, 2013, plaintiff Kevin Ward, 58, a lab technician, was at Riddle Memorial Hospital, in Media, attending a smoke-cessation program, when he fell down a flight of stairs. He asserted that he tripped over a slightly raised threshold at the top of the stairs, injuring his back and left leg and knee.

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Family Wins $5M After Man Dies Following Surgery

By Max Mitchell |

A Mercer County jury has awarded more than $5 million to the family of man who died following a hip replacement surgery.

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Woman Wins $9M Accord Over Crash With Sleepy Driver

A trucking company has agreed to pay $9 million to settle claims that its driver was using his cellphone before falling asleep at the wheel and colliding with another vehicle.

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Female Staffer Fired for Poor Work, Not From Bias, Retaliation

In December 2006, plaintiff Viji Naidu was hired as a database administrator at Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc., in North Wales. She was later promoted to senior database administrator, and then to senior manager. In August 2013, she was promoted to associate director of database and applications.

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Philadelphia Jury Hits J&J With $57.1M Verdict

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury handed up a $57.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon after a trial over allegations that its transvaginal mesh product was defective.

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Student Assumed Risk in High School Game, Defense Maintained

On April 19, 2013, plaintiff Cody Gross, 17, was participating in a "spirit event," in which students competed in various games, at his high school in Bensalem.

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Bar Patron Insisted Gunshot Resulted in Permanent Injuries

On Aug. 16, 2015, at about 10 p.m., plaintiff Gary Hudson, 52, an airport manager, was with a female friend at Carlette's Hideaway, a tavern in Lansdowne. While they were there, his friend's ex-husband, Eugene Reagan, approached and started asking who Hudson was, and whether he was her boyfriend. She told him they were just friends. Reagan then asked Hudson the same question, and he also answered that they were friends. During the interaction, Reagan allegedly told Hudson, "Well, I just want you to know I have a gun." After his continued attempts to talk to them, Reagan was escorted from the bar.

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Delco Jury Awards $1.125M Over Med Mal Claims

By Max Mitchell |

A Delaware County jury has awarded $1.125 million to a woman who had an extra bone removed during a foot surgery.

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Shopper Alleged Slip On Gravel in Lot Fractured Shoulder

On April 10, 2014, plaintiff Mary Kleinz, 85, was walking in the parking lot of the Blue Bell Shopping Center, in southwest Philadelphia. She was returning to her car when she slipped on some loose gravel and fell, landing on her right shoulder and fracturing it.