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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.

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'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.

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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?"

Traffic Court

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.

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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.

IRS's Jeopardy Tax Assessment Avoided by Ex-Sen. Fumo

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Because the IRS couldn't prove that former state Sen. Vincent J. Fumo had taken concrete steps toward sheltering his wealth with family members, a federal judge has tossed a special assessment that the department had levied on him.

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Small Decrease Anticipated by FJD in New Mass Tort Filings

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The First Judicial District has projected a slight decrease in new mass tort filings in Philadelphia's court system, according to the most recent court statistics.

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Dougherty Wants Federal Judge to Order Affidavit Resealed

By Gina Passarella |

Labor union leader John Dougherty has asked a federal judge to order a state court to reseal an FBI affidavit of probable cause related to a search of Dougherty's home in 2006.

Jury Awards $250K in Largest-Ever UM Post-Koken Verdict

By Zack Needles |

In what several attorneys say is the largest reported verdict in a Pennsylvania uninsured motorist case since the state Supreme Court's game-changing 2005 ruling in Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania v. Koken, a Philadelphia jury has awarded $250,000 to a man who was injured in a car accident while driving a vehicle insured under UM policy with defendant Progressive Advanced Insurance Co.

Traffic Court

Additional Wiretaps, Witness Testimony in Traffic Court Trial

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

More wiretap recordings of phone conversations between Philadelphia Traffic Court judges and an administrator were played for jurors in federal court Thursday.

Francis J. Lawall

Bankruptcy to Remain Open Until Death of Life Estate Beneficiary

By Francis J. Lawall and Justin C. Esposito |

Any time divergent areas of the law intersect within a bankruptcy proceeding, the possibility of an unexpected outcome substantially increases. Such a case was evidenced by an unusual order recently entered in In re Mrozik, No. 08-12533 (Bankr. N.D. Cal. Apr. 18, 2014), which permitted a Chapter 7 trustee to keep open a bankruptcy to await the death of the holder of a life estate so that the creditors of the remainderman could recover from the proceeds of the remainder interest upon termination of the life estate.

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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:

Witnesses Detail Alleged Ticket-Fixing System in Traffic Court

By Max Mitchell |

A Traffic Court officer testified during the trial of several former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges that he would typically see a note attached to a defendant's file and that defendant would be directed to a judge's personal assistant for a conference.

Risperdal Plaintiffs Want Claims for Punitive Damages Revived

By Gina Passarella |

The plaintiffs in the Risperdal mass tort litigation have asked a Philadelphia judge to reconsider his decision last month barring them from seeking punitive damages in any of their cases.

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At Traffic Court Trial, Jurors Hear Wiretap Evidence

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Jurors in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Tuesday listened to recorded phone conversations among a former judge, court administrator and business owner, which prosecutors said provide further evidence of a ticket-fixing scheme.

Anthony S. Volpe

'Points in Time' Next Approach to Willful Infringement Analysis?

By Anthony S. Volpe and Jonathan Lombardo |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in the recent nonprecedential opinion Bose v. SDI Technologies, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 4812 (Fed Cir. 2014), analyzed several different "points in time" to determine whether a defendant, charged with inducement and contributory patent infringement claims, had the requisite level of intent required to support these indirect infringement theories. In Bose, the Federal Circuit reversed a summary judgment holding of no liability based on the conclusion that SDI may have had the requisite level of intent for indirect infringement at "several points in time," and therefore the summary judgment of no liability at those points in time was improper.

Amendment Doesn't Alter Charter School's Enrollment Cap

By Max Mitchell |

Changes to a state law governing enrollment in charter schools did not affect an enrollment cap imposed on a Philadelphia charter school, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Traffic Court

Former Assistant Says Mulgrew Knew About Ticket 'Consideration'

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The former personal assistant to suspended Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew testified in federal court Monday that Mulgrew "knew what he was doing" in considering requests for the downgrading or dismissal of traffic tickets.

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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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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.

Morgan Lewis Shuffles Office and Practice Leadership Roles

By Gina Passarella |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is preparing now for the elevation this October of litigation department head Jami Wintz McKeon to serve as chairwoman of the firm.

insurance policy

Insurer Had No Duty to Warn Bar Owner of Policy Expiration

By Zack Needles |

A Philadelphia judge has ruled that an insurer had no statutory or contractual duty to warn its insureds that their policy was set to expire after they failed to timely respond to a renewal offer a month earlier.

Zane Memeger

Memeger Named Attorney of the Year by The Legal

By Gina Passarella |

U.S. Attorney Zane Memeger of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has been named as The Legal's Attorney of the Year for his many notable efforts throughout 2013, including shepherding a $2.2 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson regarding off-label marketing, filing indictments of nearly the entire Philadelphia Traffic Court and focusing heavily on community outreach.

Local Politicians Asked for Ticket-Fixing, Witness Says

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A witness in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Thursday testified that the court received calls from the offices of several local politicians requesting ticket-fixing.

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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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En Banc Panel of Third Circuit Eyes Warrantless GPS Tracking

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Evidence police collected from a GPS device they attached to a suspect's vehicle without a warrant should be admissable because the officers relied in good faith on legal precedent at the time, the U.S. Attorney's Office argued in front of an en banc panel of the Third Circuit on Wednesday.

$16.3 Mil. Accord Reached in Ironworker's Leg Amputation Case

By Zack Needles |

An ironworker whose right leg was amputated and left foot crushed when a 3,000-pound granite base stone toppled over onto him during the renovation of a 106-year-old Philadelphia building has settled with the work site's general contractor and three other defendants for $16.3 million.

Defense Lawyer Calls Late Traffic Court Evidence an 'Ambush'

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Witness examination restarted in the Philadelphia Traffic Court trial Wednesday after defense attorneys objected to the prosecution's introduction of last-minute traffic ticket evidence.

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Federal Magistrate Judge Tosses Case as Sanction Against Lawyer

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A federal magistrate judge has ordered a Swarthmore, Pa., lawyer to pay the costs associated with seeking sanctions against him.

Gymnast Taxed $104K in Lost Lawsuit Against Cornell University

By Gina Passarella |

A gymnast who was unsuccessful in his attempt to collect upwards of $75 million in damages against Cornell University for an injury on campus has now been taxed more than $100,000 in costs.

Traffic Court

Prosecutors Say Traffic Court Judges Defrauded City, State

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Prosecutors told jurors in federal court Tuesday in the Philadelphia Traffic Court case that the defendants were responsible for creating a culture of favoritism that, through fixing tickets, robbed the city and Pennsylvania of funding.

Hank Grezlak

Jones' Same-Sex Marriage Decision Shows Judges Can Bridge Cultural Divides

By Hank Grezlak |

Some judges have a good sense of history when dealing with big cases. Rather than passing the buck to a higher court, or puffing up and delivering self-indulgent decisions, they write an opinion that not only makes important law, but makes it easier for society to absorb historical shifts.

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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.

Runners take off at the Philadelphia Bar Association 35th annual 5K Charity Run on May 18 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park

Children, New Venue Add to Phila. Bar's 35th Annual 5K Run

By Manny D. Pokotilow |

On May 18, the 35th Philadelphia Bar Association 5K Charity Run took place at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park.

Gay Wedding Exchanging Rings

Corbett's Decision Against Appeal Ushers in Same-Sex Marriage

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday decided not to appeal the decision of a federal judge who struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

City Hall in Philadelphia

Voters OK City Lawmakers' Oversight of Conflict-Counsel Contract

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Voters passed a measure Tuesday geared toward increasing Philadelphia City Council's oversight role in contracts related to establishing a private conflict-counsel organization in criminal cases.

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Fox Rothschild Sees Revenue Grow 8.7 Percent

By Zack Needles |

Philadelphia-based Fox Rothschild saw its gross revenue increase by about 8.7 percent in 2013, a year in which the firm grew by more than 40 attorneys across the country, including a 16-attorney merger in Denver.

medical malpractice

'Any Exposure' Theory Ban Doesn't Apply in Ford Asbestos Case

By P.J. D'Annuznio |

Despite a plaintiffs expert's testimony that minimal exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, the state Superior Court has ruled that prohibition of "any exposure" causation theories did not apply in an asbestos case against Ford Motor Co.

Effect on Clients Key to Differences in Attorney Discipline

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

In the wake of a lawyer's year-and-a-day suspension for neglecting cases after the death of his son—and despite shorter suspensions given to two other lawyers for sexual misconduct—attorneys say the state Supreme Court's disciplinary board's role isn't to police attorneys tarnishing the profession's image as much as it is to protect clients.

Marriage Equality Demonstrators

Pa. Supporters Cautiously Optimistic About Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

By Zack Needles, Max Mitchell and P.J. D'Annunzio |

Immediately following U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III of the Middle District of Pennsylvania's ruling overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage, many Pennsylvania attorneys were exuberant about the decision, but several also wondered with some trepidation what comes next.

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Plaintiffs in Drywall MDL May See Research Company's Records

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Since an industry research organization may have unintentionally been a conduit for communicating information among conspirators in a price-fixing scheme among major manufacturers of drywall, plaintiffs in the related multidistrict litigation can collect some of the organization's confidential information, a federal judge has ruled.