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Shkedy/Smolen

Components to Launching and Establishing a Law Firm

By Rebecca Rosenberger Smolen and Amy Neifeld Shkedy |

As we marked the two-year anniversary of our fledgling two-attorney law firm May 15, we thought it would be helpful to reflect and share our gleanings on the key components for launching and sustaining a law firm, based on our experience to date:

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Novak Druce Opens Philadelphia Office

By Jeff Mordock and Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Intellectual property boutique Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg has expanded into Philadelphia, opening the Houston-based firm's ninth office.

Carl W. Hittinger

Antitrust Lawyer Hittinger Joins Baker & Hostetler

By Gina Passarella |

Baker & Hostetler has for the first time expanded its Philadelphia office beyond an intellectual property focus with the addition of DLA Piper antitrust practice co-chairman Carl Hittinger.

Nursing Home Fights Grant of New Trial in Negligence Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The grant of a new trial in a nursing-home negligence case must stand because the plaintiffs should not have been barred from pursuing claims of corporate negligence against the facility, according to a Philadelphia judge.

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Pelvic Mesh Mass Tort Filings Continue to Rise

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The number of filings in the pelvic mesh litigation in Philadelphia has increased since the mass tort's creation in February, court officials said.

Phila. Ban on Cops' Political Donations Tossed

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Philadelphia's rule banning police officers from donating to their union's political action committee is unconstitutional, the Third Circuit has ruled.

Lawyer Disbarred for Accepting 243 Pounds of Marijuana

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia attorney who was convicted on charges related to receiving a 243-pound shipment of marijuana has been disbarred by the state Supreme Court.

verdicts and settlements

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

Cohen Seglias Petition to Collect $200K Dismissed

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A federal district judge has upheld a bankruptcy court's finding that a creditor with whom Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman filed an involuntary petition in order to collect debts from a defunct business acted in bad faith, resulting in dismissal of the petition, including the firm's claim.

Dougherty Video Deposition Compelled in Defamation Suit

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Despite his claims a videotaped deposition containing potentially embarrassing information could be disseminated by the media, the state Superior Court has ruled that union leader John J. Dougherty's deposition will not be sealed.

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Newspapers Make Bid to Subpoena Firms in McCaffery Case

By Gina Passarella |

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News have argued in court papers that they have a right to subpoena law firms to determine whether Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery's claims that he and his wife always acted ethically in regard to his wife's acceptance of referral fees are accurate.

More Expert Testimony Barred in Zoloft MDL

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

In another blow to the plaintiffs alleging that Pfizer's antidepressant, Zoloft, causes birth defects, the federal judge handling the case rejected the testimony of three of their expert witnesses.

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McCaffery Seeks to Enjoin Papers' Publication of Personal Info

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife and chief judicial aide, Lise Rapaport, have filed a motion for a mandatory injunction seeking to prohibit Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers from publishing any personal information about the couple.

Foreign Judgments Invalid Until Parties Invoke Recognition Act

By Max Mitchell |

Following federal case law interpreting two statutes on the enforcement of foreign and out-of-state judgments, the state Superior Court has ruled that a foreign judgment cannot be valid without first being recognized by state courts.

Harrisburg Capitol Building

Funding Vote for Philadelphia School District Called Off

By John L. Kennedy |

State House of Representatives leadership decided not to call members back to Harrisburg for a scheduled Aug. 4 session day to vote on legislation allowing Philadelphia to impose a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to raise money for the school district.

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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.

Wolf Block

Judge Denies Insurer's Objections in Wolf Block Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia judge has denied preliminary objections of the insurance company for defunct Wolf Block in a coverage suit involving the firm's decision not to make severance payments to a former partner after the firm dissolved.

Suit Over Disparaging Website Survives in Federal Court

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A website allegedly used by one Philadelphia-area financial planner and insurance provider to disparage a competitor is the center of a Lanham Act suit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Judge Disagrees With Colleague's Dismissal of Legal Mal Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

In response to an appeal of the dismissal of a legal malpractice suit, a Philadelphia judge said her former colleague's decision to toss the case was "inappropriate."

Traffic Court

Legal Battles Continue for Traffic Court Judges

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

While some former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges are moving on with their lives in the weeks after the two-month corruption trial ended, others still have legal battles to fight.

Federal Judge Lets Investment Researcher Off the Hook, Reluctantly

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Because Congress has left the courts unarmed, a federal judge said, he wasn't able to find an investment research firm liable for listing a Ponzi scheme in its hedge fund database used by investors.

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Mulgrew Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Fraud

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Ex-Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for a scheme to defraud the state Department of Community and Economic Development out of state grant funds awarded to nonprofits.

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Newspapers Seek Supreme Court's Intervention in McCaffery Suit

By Gina Passarella |

The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are asking the Supreme Court to decide the state of the law on false-light invasion of privacy in Pennsylvania before discovery or a trial begins in a defamation suit brought against the papers by one of the court's own justices.

Voting

Election Worker Class Action Against City Dismissed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A class action composed of Philadelphia election workers claiming they were covered by the city's minimum-wage ordinance has been thrown out by a common pleas court judge.

Greene's Suit Against Newspapers Tossed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia judge has dismissed former Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl R. Greene's defamation suit against two newspapers.

Justices Won't Consider Oil and Gas Royalty Minimums

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear arguments in a case that dealt with the interpretation of oil and gas royalties under the Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act.

NLRB's McDonald's Decision Has Local GCs Concerned

By Gina Passarella |

A one-line email last week from the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel to McDonald's has brought to the fore an issue that local GCs and labor lawyers say has been bubbling up for nearly a year.

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$400K Attorney Fee Award for Ballard Spahr Representation

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A commercial landlord won more than $400,000 in attorney fees from a former tenant after it prevailed on its breach of contract claim with representation from Ballard Spahr.

Class Status Denial Upheld in Phila. Sheriff's Office Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Plaintiffs claiming that homeowners were owed $53 million in surplus money from sheriff's sales cannot initiate a class action against the state's Treasury Department, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Brain Injury Case Against Verizon Settles for $3 Mil.

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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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Pa.'s Strict Liability Bar Strips Two Claims From Mesh Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Pennsylvania's bar on strict liability claims for prescription drugs shaved two claims from a woman's case against a mesh manufacturer in federal court.

Pepper Hamilton

Dougherty's Malpractice Suit Against Pepper Hamilton Is Tossed

By Gina Passarella |

After two other courts found an FBI affidavit of probable cause to search union leader John J. Dougherty's home was appropriately in the public domain, a Philadelphia judge has thrown out Dougherty's legal malpractice suit against Pepper Hamilton for using the affidavit in a separate defamation action.

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Cephalon Can't Rely on Patent in Reverse-Payment Antitrust Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Cephalon can't rely on the strength of its patent for a narcolepsy drug in a reverse-payment antitrust suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission because the judge found in a related case that the patent is invalid.

Football

Restlessness in NFL Concussion Settlement

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Discord among the dozens of lawyers representing thousands of former NFL players in a suit against the league for head injuries was illustrated in the motion filed Tuesday seeking the data that underpins the recently reached settlement.

Fed. Judge Applies Ban on Juvenile Life Sentences Retroactively

By Gina Passarella |

A Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama, deeming mandatory life sentences without parole for juvenile homicide defendants unconstitutional, applies retroactively.

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Union Leader Dougherty Loses Bid to Reseal FBI Affidavit

By Gina Passarella |

Labor union leader John J. Dougherty has lost an attempt in federal court to reseal a years-old FBI affidavit of probable cause to search his home that was made public through litigation in state court.

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Nelson Levine Looks to Client to Fill COO Role

By Max Mitchell |

As part of an effort to add muscle to the firm, Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton has hired a longtime Harleysville Insurance senior official as the new executive vice president and chief operations and strategic officer.

Traffic Court

Traffic Ct. Defendants Not Guilty on Fraud, Conspiracy Charges

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The Philadelphia Traffic Court trial, which endured for nearly two months, concluded with jurors finding four of the traffic court judges guilty of perjury and giving false statements, but not guilty of charges related to ticket-fixing.

Football

Appeal Sought From NFL Concussion Settlement

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The seven former football players who objected to the settlement with the NFL in the case over concussions are now seeking appellate review from the Third Circuit.

Phila. Bar Association Issues Guidelines on Social Media Use

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A recent Philadelphia Bar Association ethics opinion detailing how lawyers may instruct their clients on the use of social media provides greater clarity to lawyers caught in the middle of a constantly "evolving" digital landscape, some attorneys said.

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Phila. Settles Gun Application Data-Breach Case for $1.43 Mil.

By Gina Passarella |

The city of Philadelphia has agreed to a $1.43 million settlement in a class action brought by unsuccessful applicants to carry firearms who alleged the city disclosed confidential information about the applicants on a website database, the plaintiffs' attorneys said Tuesday.

Court Upholds $10 Mil. Children's Motrin Verdict Against McNeil

By Gina Passarella |

The state Superior Court has upheld a $10 million verdict against McNeil-PPC in a case in which a 3-year-old girl was left blind in one eye and suffered damage to her reproductive system and permanent disfigurement of much of her skin after taking several doses of Children's Motrin.

Risperdal Judge Won't Reconsider Punitive Damages Ruling

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia judge has declined to reconsider his decision denying hundreds of plaintiffs in the Risperdal mass tort litigation the ability to seek punitive damages.

Teacher's Race Discrimination Claim Survives

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Claims of racial discrimination brought by one of two black teachers in the Boyertown Area School District have survived a motion to dismiss in federal court.

Traffic Court

Prosecutor: 'No Apology' for Case Against Traffic Ct. Defendants

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

During the final day of arguments in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek made clear that federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials stood by their case against the defendants, despite claims from a defense attorney that the investigation went too far.

Traffic Court

'Little People' Not 'Screwed' in Traffic Court, Lawyer Says

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

In response to the prosecution's argument that ordinary people couldn't get special treatment for their tickets from traffic court judges, a defense attorney in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Friday said "the little people" never "got screwed."

Doctor Not Shielded by Co-defendants' Settlements in RICO Suit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

One of the doctors who was allegedly part of a scheme to inflate the cost of medical care for car accident victims can't use his fellow doctors' settlement agreements with State Farm to dodge his part of a $12 million judgment, a federal judge has ruled.

Pa. Justices to Hear Informed-Consent Med Mal Case

By Gina Passarella |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has granted the appeal of a doctor who was denied the ability to use a patient's informed consent as his main defense at trial.

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Malpractice Suit Against Gross McGinley Revived

By Gina Passarella |

A legal malpractice suit against Gross McGinley has been reinstated after the state Superior Court found there was a question of fact as to whether the plaintiff and primary shareholder of the law firm's client had standing to sue on behalf of his company.

Off-Label Marketing Suit Against Cephalon Tossed

By Gina Passarella |

A group of workers' compensation insurers who alleged Cephalon took advantage of the laws providing for full prescription coverage to those injured on the job had their claims dismissed Monday.

Judge Awards $50 Mil. to Attorneys in Truck Stop Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A Pennsylvania federal judge has 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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Evidence Closes in Philadelphia Traffic Court Trial

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

In the eighth week of trial for Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused of ticket-fixing, both the defense and the prosecution finished presenting their evidence. Closing arguments are scheduled to start Thursday morning.

Traffic Court

Traffic Court Defendant Denies Knowledge of 'Consideration'

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Chester County Magisterial District Judge Mark Bruno testified in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial that he had never heard of the term "consideration" as it relates to the alleged ticket-fixing scheme.

Girl Wrestles Attorney Fees From School District

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The rural Pennsylvania school district that had to allow a girl to wrestle on a boys' team after she brought a suit in federal court now has to pay more than $70,000 in attorney fees to cover the cost of the girl's legal representation in the case.

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Pa. Adopts Rule Banning Attorney-Expert Discovery

By Gina Passarella |

Over the objection of one of its members, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made official through a rule change what a divided court was forced to do when it couldn't reach a majority decision on the discoverability of attorney-expert communications: It made the communications off-limits in discovery.

Case Over Electric Shock to Carpenter Settles for $2.5 Mil.

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The case of a carpenter who was injured after sustaining an electric shock on the job—and who was also alleged to have developed ALS as a result of the shock—has been settled with property owners and electricians for $2.5 million.

Colombian Soccer Hopeful Gets $3.34 Mil. Med Mal Verdict

By Gina Passarella |

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.


Defense Witnesses Call Traffic Ct. Judges' Reputations 'Impeccable'

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Witnesses testified in federal court Thursday that defendants in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial were of high moral standing and had "impeccable" reputations for honesty.

Cozen O'Connor Picks Up Jefferson Health Deputy GC

By Gina Passarella |

A restructuring of Jefferson Health System that did away with the need for the 40-person staff working for the system's parent entity meant Deputy General Counsel R. Christopher Raphaely was back on the market for a private-practice gig.

Traffic Court

Prosecution Rests in Traffic Court Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

After more than a month of witness testimony, the prosecution in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial has rested its case.

Immunity Offers Scrutinized by Defense in Traffic Court Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A defense attorney in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Tuesday scrutinized how prosecutors offered immunity to witnesses in the case.

Football

Judge OKs NFL Concussion Settlement

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Removing the $675 million limit on the amount that the NFL would have to pay to former players suffering from head injuries satisfied the federal judge overseeing the massive case, as she granted preliminary approval today to the parties' second attempt at settlement.

Maker of Restasis Responds to Whistleblower Claims

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The pharmaceutical company Allergan said that qui tam claims against it are "defective" and "baseless," and should be dismissed, according to a response filed in federal court.

Developer Challenges $375K Legal Fee Award to Firm

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A developer and property owner, sued by the firm that represented him in two real estate cases for not paying $375,000 in legal bills, has challenged a Philadelphia judge's ruling in favor of the firm.

Traffic Court

'Hookup,' Motorcycle Blessings Detailed in Traffic Ct. Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Prosecutors in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial today played a video of a motorcycle rally in which defendant Willie Singletary blessed motorcycles and asked attendees to contribute to his campaign, claiming they would need his "hookup" in traffic court.

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Marshall Dennehey Makes Several Leadership Changes

By Gina Passarella |

With five people stepping in to take over the roles of one of its retiring executive committee members, Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is continuing its leadership transition with the goal of better aligning its management with the needs of a firm that has grown significantly in the past decade.

Blank Rome

Blank Rome Hit With Jury Verdict, but No Damages

By Gina Passarella |

Blank Rome and longtime client St. Luke's University Health Network were each found by a jury Tuesday of improperly suing 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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Strippers Win Round in FLSA Legal Dance With Club

By Gina Passarella |

Exotic dancers who worked at a Philadelphia strip club that substantially controlled the work environment and took cuts of tips and lap dance proceeds are employees and can bring an FLSA collective action, a federal judge has ruled.

In Mortgage Case, County Officials' Claims Set for Trial

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The recorders of deeds in Pennsylvania's 67 counties won declaratory judgment from a federal judge who ruled that Merscorp must create and record property transfers with the county offices.

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Key Expert Tossed From Zoloft MDL

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The road to victory for plaintiffs alleging that Pfizer's antidepressant, Zoloft, causes birth defects has gotten steeper since a federal judge barred the testimony of one of their key expert witnesses.

Chinatown Business Again Scrutinized in Traffic Ct. Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A significant portion of day 16 in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial was devoted to the role of businessman Robert Moy's translation service in an alleged scheme to fix tickets.

Phila. Archdiocese Denied Contraceptive Mandate Injunction

By Gina Passarella |

Less than a week after a federal judge granted a Pittsburgh-area Catholic diocese a preliminary injunction from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate, a different federal judge in Philadelphia has denied such an injunction to the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

McCaffery's Suit Against Newspapers Survives Objections

By Gina Passarella |

The judge presiding over state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery's defamation lawsuit against The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and several of their reporters and editors has denied all of the defendants' preliminary objections.

Francis Ballard, Longtime Attorney at Ballard Spahr, Dies at Age 88

Francis Ballard, an attorney at Ballard Spahr for 41 years, died June 20 at age 88.

Suit Over Law Firm's Debt Collection Practices Is Revived

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A suit over debt collection practices brought against a Philadelphia law firm has been revived by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Traffic Court

Traffic Court Trial Shifts Focus to Chinatown Business

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Robert Moy's Chinatown office that advertised "guaranteed absolution" of traffic tickets was the focus of the federal trial over alleged ticket-fixing in the Philadelphia Traffic Court on Wednesday.

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Cephalon Defeats Conspiracy Claim in Pay-for-Delay Agreements

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Four "pay-for-delay" agreements that Cephalon entered into with separate generic drug manufacturers eight years ago don't establish a conspiracy among the companies, a federal judge has ruled.
In the agreements, Cephalon paid a "substantial amount of money" to the generic companies, U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said, and the companies agreed to enter the market for a lucrative narcolepsy drug in April 2012.

Prosecutors Say South Phila. Tavern Was Base for Ticket-Fixing

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Witnesses in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Tuesday testified as to the role of a South Philadelphia tavern in relaying alleged ticket-fixing requests to defendant Michael J. Sullivan.

Have Med Mal Filings Stabilized 10 Years After Tort Reform?

By Zack Needles |

After a decade of mostly steady decline, punctuated by a few fleeting spikes, Pennsylvania medical malpractice filings saw a marginal uptick in 2013, which some lawyers said could be indicative of a leveling off as more time passes since the shock to the system from the Supreme Court's tort reform measures.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane

Kane: Moulton Report Finds Delays in Sandusky Probe

By Max Mitchell |

Senior leadership at the Office of Attorney General under Gov. Tom Corbett failed to promptly investigate and charge serial child molester Jerry Sandusky in 2010, a report issued Monday by Attorney General Kathleen Kane said.

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Ex-Spector Gadon Attorney Sentenced to 24 Months

By Gina Passarella |

On Oct. 1, 2012, former Spector Gadon & Rosen attorney Gomer "Tom" Williams III was sitting in his car with a shotgun, he recounted to a federal judge today, about to end his life over what he said was overwhelming guilt for stealing more than $500,000 from clients.

Traffic Court

Tense Exchanges Between Attorneys and Witnesses in Traffic Ct. Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The Philadelphia Traffic Court trial began its fourth week on a contentious note as witnesses seemed to become short-tempered with attorneys during questioning.

Wolf Block

Wolf Block Gets Insurance Dispute Remanded to State Court

By Gina Passarella |

A federal judge has granted Wolf Block's request to remand a case against the defunct firm's insurer to state court, finding the citizenship of the firm's partners at the time of dissolution is a genuine issue in determining whether there is diversity of citizenship for federal jurisdiction.

Corbett Names 11 to Common Pleas Court Judgeships Statewide

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Gov. Tom Corbett on Friday announced 11 nominees for vacant seats on common pleas courts across Pennsylvania.

Impact of Lost Ticket Revenue Detailed in Traffic Ct. Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Witnesses from several agencies testified Thursday in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial how funding from traffic fines—or lack thereof—has affected the public.

Robert Kerns

Rape Charges Against Kerns Dismissed

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Rape and sexual-assault charges against lawyer Robert Kerns have been dropped for the second time. However, the former Montgomery County Republican Party leader is still set to return to court on other charges.

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Williams Takes Over Shuttered Corruption Probe

By Max Mitchell |

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has announced his office will be taking over a political corruption investigation of public officials that was dropped by Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office earlier this year.

At Phila. Traffic Court Trial, Strip Club, Pronoun Get Center Stage

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The logistics of getting a strip club's bus out of a Philadelphia Parking Authority lot in 2010 was the primary topic of conversation on tapes played to the jury in the trial of several Philadelphia Traffic Court judges accused of ticket-fixing Wednesday.

Federal Judge Weighs Ordering State Judge What to Do

By Gina Passarella |

A federal judge faced with determining whether to order a state court to reseal a mistakenly revealed FBI affidavit of probable cause to search labor union leader John Dougherty's house asked both sides Tuesday, "Why do you care what I do?"

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Judge Calls Out Lawyers for Remarks in Traffic Court Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The tension in the courtroom seemed to elevate in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Tuesday as a prosecutor and defense lawyer sparred over burden of proof issues during the questioning of a witness.

Nevada's Discovery Rule Saves Tylenol Suit Against J&J

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Nevada law applied to a case in federal court in Philadelphia has preserved the wrongful-death claim made by the parents of an infant who died after taking Tylenol.

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FBI's Investigation Scrutinized in Phila. Traffic Court Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Lawyers for the defendants in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Monday zeroed in on the FBI's investigation into the alleged ticket-fixing scheme for being too narrowly focused.

City Hall in Philadelphia

Woman Disabled by Slip-and-Fall Settles for $6.5 Mil.

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Defendants Should Step Up Fight in Data Breach Cases, Lawyers Say

By Gina Passarella |

Plaintiffs are increasingly winning in the earlier stages of data breach litigation and defendants may be helping set unrealistic settlement figures out of a fear of going through discovery, attorneys on both sides of the issue said Thursday.

Judge OKs Punitives Claim for Cellphone Use in Crash Case

By Zack Needles |

A Philadelphia trial judge has allowed three plaintiffs in a personal injury case to seek punitive damages against a truck driver they claim was talking on his cellphone when he collided with their vehicle.

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$2.4 Mil. Awarded to Cyclist Hit by Van

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

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.

Court Remands International Venue Dispute in Plane Crash Case

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ordered a trial judge to make a more thorough analysis of whether a products liability case involving a plane crash in Portugal should stay in Philadelphia trial court or be sent to a Portuguese court.

Janssen Says Risperdal Plaintiffs Too Late on Punitives Argument

By Gina Passarella |

The plaintiffs in Philadelphia's Risperdal mass tort are belatedly changing their legal argument in an effort to sway a judge to reconsider his ruling denying the plaintiffs a chance at punitive damages, Risperdal maker Janssen Pharmaceuticals argued in a court filing this week.

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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.