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Phila. Jury Sides With Defense in Broken Needle Case

By Gina Passarella |

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.

FJD, DA's Office, Defenders Ask City for Funding Bump

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Officials of the First Judicial District, the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the District Attorney's Office gathered before Philadelphia City Council on April 16 to request additional funding for their departments.

Federal Judge OKs 'Failure to Screen' Claim

By Zack Needles |

A federal judge has allowed the estate of a woman who died of hemopericardium in Lankenau Medical Center's emergency room to proceed with a claim against the hospital for failure to screen under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, finding that the hospital could not adequately articulate its own screening procedure as a defense.

TSA Officers Can Be Sued Over Baggage Search

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Officers of the Transportation Security Administration aren't immune to Bivens actions, a federal judge has ruled in a case arising from the contentious search of a woman's baggage at the Philadelphia airport.

Is Path to NFL Concussion Accord Growing Murky?

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Three months after the $760 million settlement between the NFL and its former players was denied preliminary approval, the terms of what will ultimately be accepted are still unclear.

Phila. DA Creates Unit to Review Wrongful-Conviction Claims

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has established a new group within his office that will exclusively handle the review of cases with "legitimate" post-conviction claims of innocence.

$19.1 Mil. Verdict Upheld in Auto Accident Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia judge has upheld a $19.1 million verdict awarded to a man who had his right leg amputated above the knee as the result of a car accident.

Pfizer Battles Over Extent of Expert Testimony in Zoloft MDL

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Pfizer has asked the federal judge handling the multidistrict litigation alleging that its antidepressant drug Zoloft causes birth defects to limit a key plaintiffs expert's testimony to the content of her report.

Expert Testimony in Remaining Denture Cream Cases Barred

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A judge has excluded testimony from the plaintiffs' causation experts in the 12 remaining denture adhesive mass tort cases in Philadelphia.

Jury Sides With Doctor in Newspaper Defamation Suit

A Montgomery County jury has awarded an orthopedic surgeon $2 million, including $1 million in punitive damages, in a defamation suit against a local newspaper's former parent company and one of the paper's former reporters.

FJD to Redeploy Judges to Address Family Court Backlog

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Three judges are set to be temporarily reassigned to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas family division from other sections of the First Judicial District in order to deal with a backlog of child custody cases.

Full-Bench Recusal Granted in McCaffery Defamation Case

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia judge has granted the request of several defendants in a defamation suit filed by Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and Lise Rapaport for the entire Philadelphia trial court to recuse and an out-of-county judge to be appointed.

Jury Awards $7.8 Mil. in Death of Jockey

By Zack Needles |

A Philadelphia jury awarded about $7.8 million, including $5 million in punitive damages, to the wife of a jockey who was killed when his horse bucked and trampled him after being spooked by a chicken at Parx Casino and Racetrack.

DLA Piper to Charge Up to $1,120 an Hour in Casino Bankruptcy

By Gina Passarella |

DLA Piper has outlined its fee arrangement with Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners in the firm's application to be approved as bankruptcy counsel to the owners of the once-proposed Foxwoods Casino.

McCaffery, Wife Oppose Recusal of Bench in Defamation Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A lawyer for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery called attorneys at Sprague & Sprague "recusal-happy" in response to a motion to have McCaffery's defamation suit against The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News heard by a judge outside of Philadelphia.

Ex-Delco ADA Suspended for Alcohol-Related Hit-and-Run

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A former Delaware County prosecutor who, while driving after drinking hit a 14-year-old youth and fled the scene, has been suspended from the practice of law for one year after a recommendation from the state Supreme Court's Disciplinary Board.

Merrill Lynch Arbitration Award, Plus Attorney Fees, Stands

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A former employee of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith will have to pay the securities brokerage firm over $200,000, plus interest, now that a federal judge has upheld an arbitration award.

Swim Club Ordered To Pay for Dangerous Tree Near Property

According to the plaintiff's arbitration memorandum, on June 24, 2010, Maryann C. Dunlap, 70, was walking to her car, which was parked in the lower parking lot of the Ridley Park Swim Club, when a tree fell on her.

'Bachelorette' Lawyer Wants Legal Mal Case Out of Bankruptcy Court

By Zack Needles |

A Philadelphia personal injury attorney who has been accused in a legal malpractice suit of neglecting a slip-and-fall case after becoming a contestant on the reality television show "The Bachelorette" is attempting to move the case out of bankruptcy court.

Janssen Settles 76 Topamax Cases in Philadelphia

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals has settled 76 cases in which plaintiffs alleged that the anti-seizure drug Topamax, taken during pregnancy, caused birth defects, according to a Philadelphia court order.

Technical Expert Appointed in Comcast-Sprint Dispute

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Following a five-day Markman hearing in a complex patent dispute between Comcast and Sprint, the federal judge presiding over the case decided to take the uncommon step of appointing a technical adviser.

Montco Jury Awards $2 Mil. to Doctor in Defamation Suit

By Zack Needles |

Sixteen years after the case began, a Montgomery County jury has awarded an orthopedic surgeon $2 million, including $1 million in punitive damages, in a defamation suit against a local newspaper's former parent company and one of the paper's former reporters.

Police Must Pay for Arresting Bystander With Camera Phone

On Sept. 3, 2010, plaintiff Kimla Robinson, who was 47 at the time, was walking in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia when she saw a crowd of people and several police officers involved in a fight with Askia Sabur, according to the plaintiff's settlement memorandum.

Federal Judge OKs Siding MDL Settlement

CertainTeed will pay $104 million to resolve claims that its siding prematurely warped and cracked under a national class settlement agreement granted final approval by a federal judge.

Court Enforces Noncompete Against Independent Contractor

By Max Mitchell |

A noncompete and nonsolicit agreement will be enforceable against three independent contractors who were trained by and worked for a public adjustment company but began operating their own business, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Decades-Old Rebate Regulations Ruled Unconstitutional

By Max mitchell |

The Commonwealth Court has deemed unconstitutional state regulations barring estates from collecting tax rebates under the Senior Citizens Property Tax and Rent Rebate Assistance Act if the senior citizens paid taxes for the year but died before they could collect the rebates.

Suit Against School for Teacher's Sexual Misconduct OK'd

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The Boyertown Area School District could be liable for the 14th Amendment claims brought by a high school student who was sexually assaulted by a teacher who had a history of harassing girls in his classes, a federal judge has ruled.

Claims Against Hospital for Sex Abuse by Doctor Not Covered by MCARE

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Pennsylvania's MCARE Fund does not cover claims against a hospital for sexual abuse at the hands of a physician who practiced medicine there, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Target Gets Patent Infringement Case Stayed by Federal Court

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Claims that Target copied the design for maternity pants made by Destination Maternity are on hold until the patent office rules on its review of the allegedly infringed patents.

Two Judges Join Eastern District in Close Confirmation

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Two nominees for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania were confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday, leaving five empty seats on the bench.

Justice McCaffery, Wife File Complaint in Defamation Suit

By Gina Passarella |

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery and his wife and aide, Lise Rapaport, have laid out their defamation and related claims against The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and certain owners and editorial staff in a 60-page complaint filed late Tuesday.

Dismissal of Capital-Defense Fee Case a 'Big Disappointment'

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Supreme Court's dismissal of a case challenging the constitutionality of flat fees paid to defense counsel in capital cases has been described by several lawyers as a significant disappointment.

Fox Rothschild Adds Ex-U.S. Steel GC in Pittsburgh

By Gina Passarella |

After 34 years with U.S. Steel, former General Counsel James D. Garraux is joining the Pittsburgh office of Fox Rothschild.

General's Lawyers: Sinclair Case Shows 'One-Sided System'

By Gina Passarella |

Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads criminal defense partners Richard Scheff, Ellen Brotman and Lathrop Nelson spent many days in Fort Bragg, N.C., this year with their team and co-JAG counsel Maj. Sean Foster going over trial strategy and sometimes scratching their heads at the oddities, and often the frustration, of the military justice system.

Feud Between Kane, Prosecutors Raises Eyebrows

By Max Mitchell |

The war of words between the state attorney general, former state prosecutors and the Philadelphia district attorney has been escalating over the past few days, and if the public bickering becomes a trend, it won't be good for prosecutors, attorneys who spoke with The Legal said.

Court Tosses $1.4 Mil. Judgment in Lehigh Trade-Secrets Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The state Superior Court has vacated a $1.4 million verdict against a manufacturer of cryogenic research machines because it was unclear whether the trial court incorrectly doubled the damages in the case.

Sheller Key Partner Leaving to Join Ross Feller Casey

By Zack Needles |

Sheller P.C. managing partner Brian J. McCormick Jr., whose practice is heavily focused on pharmaceutical mass torts and whistleblower litigation, is leaving the firm to join Ross Feller Casey, both firms confirmed Friday.

Federal Judge Nails Down $104 Mil. Siding MDL Accord

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

CertainTeed will pay $104 million to resolve claims that its siding prematurely warped and cracked under a national class settlement agreement granted final approval by a federal judge.

Pitt Firm Pushes for Discovery in Case Against Lundy

By Zack Needles |

A month after Philadelphia personal injury firm Lundy Law shot back at competitor Larry Pitt & Associates' second amended complaint by saying the Pitt firm has "stretched the facts as far as truth will allow—and beyond," the Pitt firm has responded that it has sufficiently alleged antitrust claims and that the case must proceed to discovery.

Civil Clergy-Abuse Lawsuits in Phila. See Renewed Activity, Lawyers Say

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The plaintiff in a priest sex-abuse case is petitioning the court to compel information on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's ownership interest, management and funding of the Villa St. John Vianney, a facility used for psychiatric treatment by clergy members.

Automatic Texts From Yahoo Don't Violate 'Do-Not-Call' Protection

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Yahoo's system for automatically texting its users when their email accounts have received a new message doesn't violate the federal law that protects consumers from unsolicited calls, a federal judge has ruled.

Bracewell & Giuliani Arbitration Clause Approved by Judge

By Gina Passarella |

A mandatory arbitration clause in Bracewell & Giuliani's client engagement letter meets the limited criteria in Pennsylvania for such clauses to be enforceable, a federal judge has ruled, declining to step into what he said was the sole purview of the state Supreme Court to expressly outline what steps a law firm must take to make such clauses fair for the client.

Temple Names Interim University Counsel

By Gina Passarella |

Temple University has named an interim university counsel to run the school's legal department in the wake of longtime university counsel George Moore's death earlier this month.

Seven Lavin O'Neil Lawyers Join Dissolving Hollstein Keating

By Zack Needles |

Seven lawyers from Philadelphia litigation defense firm Lavin, O'Neil, Ricci, Cedrone & DiSipio, including name shareholder William J. Ricci and three other shareholders, are leaving to start a new firm with the 11 lawyers who currently make up fellow defense firm Hollstein Keating Cattell Johnson & Goldstein, which is currently in the process of dissolving.

Lawyers Question Decision to Dismiss Case Against Kerns

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Several lawyers have questioned the logic behind the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office's decision to drop rape charges against lawyer and former county GOP Chairman Robert Kerns when there was "sufficient" probable cause that could have been used to carry on the prosecution.

Ex-Spector Gadon Attorney Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

By Gina Passarella |

Former Spector Gadon & Rosen attorney Gomer Thomas Williams III pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud related to his theft of more than $500,000 from some of his former firm's trusts and estates clients.

Judge Awards Builder in Dispute With Township

A Bucks County trial judge awarded a molded jury verdict of $800,341 to plaintiff Klipper Construction Associates after a jury found that defendant Warwick Township Water and Sewer Authority breached its contract by failing to pay Klipper the balance of its contract for improvements it made to the township's wastewater treatment plant.

Jury Finds Doctor Delayed Treating Cancerous Ulcer

According to the pretrial memorandum of plaintiff Margaret Wilson, on Oct. 7, 2007, she presented to the office of Dr. Peter L. King, of Mercy Hospital in Philadelphia, with complaints of a plantar ulcer on her left foot.

Excess Carrier Must Defend Pipe Maker After Gas Leak Settlement

By Max Mitchell |

An excess insurance carrier involved in a multimillion-dollar settlement stemming from a 1998 Montgomery County service station gasoline leak has a duty to defend a pipe manufacturer involved in the settlement on subsequent cross-claims, the state Superior Court has ruled.

Justices Seek Bright-Line Definition for 'Investigative Detention'

By Max Mitchell |

In considering whether or not a police stop where a man was asked for identification was an "investigative detention" or a "mere encounter," the Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices searched for a bright-line rule to distinguish between the two.

Pa. Justices Mull Legislature's Power to Overturn Court Rulings

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments March 12 over whether the General Assembly has the power to overturn a court ruling through retroactive legislation.

Cozen O'Connor Revenue Dips 1.3 Percent, PPP Rises 1.4 Percent

By Gina Passarella |

Cozen O'Connor saw a 1.3 percent decline in gross revenue in 2013 as its headcount dropped nearly 3 percent in a year that saw a number of attorneys leave the firm in places such as Chicago and Philadelphia.

Metals Dispute to Move on Parallel U.S. and English Tracks

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A $70 million case over the lease of precious metals between family-owned companies is going to proceed in federal court in Philadelphia alongside an action in the English courts, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled.

Edward Ohlbaum, Professor and Trial Advocacy 'Giant,' Dies at 64

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Temple University law professor Edward Ohlbaum, known in the legal community as a pioneer in trial advocacy, the author of a treatise on evidence, and for mentoring attorneys of all ages, died of cancer Thursday at age 64.

Justices Mull Whether Railroad Flooding Suits Are Preempted

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments March 12 over whether the Federal Railroad Safety Act preempts common-law negligence claims for property damage allegedly caused by water diverted from poorly maintained railroad tracks.

Philadelphia Jury Awards $7.2 Million in Asbestos Case

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia jury awarded $7.2 million against nine companies whose products were allegedly used by a shipfitter whose estate claimed his exposure to the asbestos-containing products caused the man's mesothelioma and death.

In Topamax Birth-Defect Case, Phila. Jury Awards $3 Million to Parents

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The parents of a child born with a cleft lip and palate linked to the mother's use of the anti-seizure drug Topamax during pregnancy have received a $3 million jury award in a failure-to-warn case in Philadelphia.

Gym Ordered to Pay After Shooting on Basketball Court

According to the plaintiff's pretrial memorandum, on the evening of March 2, 2010, plaintiff Zsaron Simpson, a food services worker, was playing basketball with his cousin on courts in the gym owned and operated by World Fitness & Sports Center Inc.

Owners Must Pay Up After Woman's Fall On Cracked Sidewalk

According to the pretrial memorandum of plaintiff Abbie Butler, on Nov. 12, 2012, she was walking her dog along the sidewalk of Cottman Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia when she tripped on an alleged defect and fell to the ground.

Unemployment Benefits OK'd for Independent Contractor

By Max Mitchell |

A man who worked as an independent contractor for a staffing company may receive unemployment compensation benefits even though he worked there only seven hours a week and held two other jobs, teaching in two school districts, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Ousted Judge's Appeal Highlights Supreme Court Arguments

By Max Mitchell |

The appeal of a former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge who was ousted for allegedly failing to disclose information about cases in which he was a defendant to a bar association committee reviewing his candidacy will headline the state Supreme Court's oral argument session that starts today.

Mildewed Deck Class-Action Settlement Weathers Judge's Review

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A federal judge has given final approval to a class settlement with the maker of a fiber-composite deck material that allegedly fostered mold deposits.

Another Children's Tylenol Death Case Stays in Federal Court

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

McNeil Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, might have manufactured allegedly defective batches of children's Tylenol in Pennsylvania, but it's a New Jersey company, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled, preserving the diversity jurisdiction to keep the case in federal court.

Endo Health Solutions Settles Qui Tam Suit

Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company Endo Health Solutions has agreed to pay $193 million to settle claims that it engaged in illegal off-label marketing of its pain relief medication, Lidoderm.

Donald C. Marino, Philadelphia Lawyer and Former Bar Chancellor, Dies at 74

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Donald C. Marino, known for being involved in several high-profile cases, died March 3 at age 74.

Bill on Oversight Of Conflict Counsel Becomes Law

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A measure to increase Philadelphia City Council's oversight role in implementing a plan to establish a private conflict counsel entity for criminal cases has become law.

Phila. Judge Denies Life Insurance Benefits to Same-Sex Former Partner

By Zack Needles |

A Philadelphia trial judge has ruled that the same-sex former domestic partner of a deceased man is not entitled to life insurance benefits because he was not able to prove he was the designated beneficiary.

Philly.com Ordered to Disclose Identity Of Commenter

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia judge has ordered the owners of Philly.com to disclose the identity of an anonymous poster who allegedly called city International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 98, leader John Dougherty a "pedophile" in the comments section of an online article.

Moore, Longtime General Counsel at Temple University, Dies at 67

By Gina Passarella |

Longtime Temple University General Counsel George E. Moore died Sunday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 67.

Morgan Lewis Hires Chief Operating Officer From Dechert

By Zack Needles |

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has announced Anthony Licata has joined the firm as its first chief operating officer, effective Tuesday. Licata comes to the firm from Dechert, where he also served as COO.

Ballard Spahr Helps to Generate $1.86 Billion Sale of PGW

By Gina Passarella |

When 33 potential bidders expressed interest in August in vying for Philadelphia Gas Works as part of the city's anticipated sale of the largest municipally-owned gas utility in the country, Ballard Spahr's Gregory L. Seltzer knew his client was in good shape.

'Low T' Drug Cases Could Be Next MDL, Mass Tort

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Several products liability attorneys say that the recent appearance of lawsuits nationwide against the manufacturers of testosterone therapy drugs indicates the potential for multidistrict litigation and possibly a new mass tort.

Estate Settles With Driver, Bars After Fatal DUI Crash

On Feb. 25, 2011, plaintiffs decedent Melissa F. Lees, 21, was a passenger in an SUV being driven along Byberry Road in Bensalem by defendant Susan Pond.

Property Damage Claim Viable Under Common-Enemy Rule

By Max Mitchell |

A trial court will need to re-examine a property owner's claim that a school district's construction projects caused damages under the common-enemy rule after the Commonwealth Court determined the district could be considered negligent, despite the local township granting approval of the project.

High Court Remands Robbery Victim's PTSD Claim

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court has asked the Commonwealth Court to reconsider a 2011 decision denying workers' compensation benefits to a state liquor store employee who had been robbed at gunpoint.

Flaster Greenberg Settles Suit With Former Associate

By Zack Needles |

Less than two months after a federal judge allowed a former Flaster Greenberg associate to continue with her claims against the firm for breach of implied contract and promissory estoppel/detrimental reliance, the parties have reached a settlement, according to court documents.

Justices Won't Mull Arb Agreements' Impact on Wrongful-Death Suits

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will not hear arguments over whether wrongful-death suits can be controlled by decedents' arbitration agreements.

FJD to Address Low Juror Turnout With 'Scofflaw Court'

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

In an effort to remedy a steadily decreasing response rate from Philadelphia citizens summoned for jury duty, the First Judicial District is re-implementing a penalty court that it phased out roughly 13 years ago, court officials said.

Objection to K&L Gates, Le-Nature's Accord Withdrawn

By Gina Passarella |

Less than 24 hours after the trustee for Le-Nature's said an accounting firm's objection to his $23.75 million settlement with K&L Gates was unfounded, the objection has been withdrawn.

FJD Leaders Say Reforms Are Moving Criminal Cases Along

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The First Judicial District's criminal justice reform package, four years into its implementation, is speeding the pace of case disposition, reducing the failure-to-appear rate and addressing the root causes of criminal behavior, court officials say.

Plaintiffs and Defense Lawyers Differ on Use of Trial Technology

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

As the use of trial technology continues to advance, several plaintiffs attorneys say they consider tools such as interactive displays, computer animations and multimedia presentations to be essential in keeping the attention of modern jurors and effectively illustrating facts.

In Shooting Case, Insurer Must Defend Temple Law Student

By Gina Passarella |

An insurer has to defend a former Temple Law student in a civil trial against him over his shooting of the son of a Fox Rothschild partner, a federal judge has ruled.

Baylsons' Suit Against Fertility Clinic, Firm Sent to Montco

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Dragonetti action filed by U.S. District Judge Michael M. Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and his wife, Dr. Frances Ruth Batzer Baylson, against a suburban Philadelphia law firm and its fertility clinic client is to be transferred to Montgomery County, a Philadelphia judge has ruled.

Third Circuit Holds Temple University To the FCRA on Loan Debt Reporting

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The Higher Education Act doesn't exempt Temple University from following the terms of the Fair Credit Reporting Act in the way it reports student loan debt information, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled.

Pelvic Mesh Cases Expanding Into Latest Mass Tort

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The increasing volume of pelvic mesh product-liability actions has prompted Philadelphia court officials to create a new mass tort program to coordinate those cases.

Endo Settles Qui Tam Suit for $193 Mil.

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company Endo Health Solutions has agreed to pay $193 million to settle claims that it engaged in illegal off-label marketing of its pain relief medication, Lidoderm.

Firms Settle Fee Dispute After Sex-Bias Class Action Resolves

By Gina Passarella |

Hamburg & Golden has settled its suit against Sanford Heisler over fees the former alleged it was owed after the two firms worked together on behalf of the plaintiffs in a gender-discrimination class action.

Hearing Officers Hired to Handle Phila. Traffic Cases

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Five hearing officers have been hired to adjudicate cases in the traffic division of the Philadelphia Municipal Court and are slated to commence their duties this summer, according to Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer.

Lewis Brisbois Opens in Pa. With 14-Lawyer Nelson Levine Team

By Gina Passarella |

Los Angeles-based Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has opened a Berwyn, Pa., office with the addition of 14 lawyers from insurance law boutique Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton, Lewis Brisbois announced late Wednesday.

City Council Approves Conflict Counsel Bills

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Philadelphia City Council has unanimously approved a legislative package that would affect the city's plan to establish a conflict counsel entity to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases.

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Phila. Court Lacks Jurisdiction Over Del. LLC Dissolutions

By Gina Passarella |

The Delaware Court of Chancery has exclusive jurisdiction to oversee the dissolution of a Delaware LLC, a Philadelphia judge ruled in dismissing a petition by a faction of the feuding owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer to have the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas handle the matter.

Penile Implant Lawsuit Is Thrown Out by Pa. Federal Judge

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Most of the claims brought by a man whose penile implant broke two years after it was put in were preempted by U.S. law governing medical devices, a federal judge has ruled, dismissing those claims with prejudice.

Clogged Machine Led to Finger Amputations

On Oct. 8, 2008, plaintiff Harley Gery, 21, was working as a laborer for a bulk-powders manufacturer in East Greenville, Pa.

Family of Man Killed By Crane Hook Reaches Accord

The family of an electrician who was killed when a crane hook fell on him has reached a $17 million settlement in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas with the owner of the crane, the company contracted to inspect and repair the crane and the contractor of the decedent's employer.

FJD Leader Aims to Increase Accessibility, Transparency

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The early weeks of 2014 have seen measures taken by the First Judicial District to increase accessibility to the resources of Philadelphia's courts and foster the transparency of court operations, according to President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper.

Lawmakers Set to Consider Measure to Curtail SLAPP Lawsuits

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

The Pennsylvania Senate's judiciary committee is set to hold a hearing on proposed legislation that would offer broader protection against SLAPP suits.

Pa. County Officials Certified as Class in Federal Suit

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

Montgomery County's recorder of deeds has won class status for all of the 67 recorders of deeds across Pennsylvania in a suit she filed against Merscorp for its alleged failure to file mortgage assignments with the county offices.

Lynn Files Answer to Phila. District Attorney's Office Appeal

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Monsignor William J. Lynn filed an answer Monday in opposition to a request for allocatur submitted by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office seeking state Supreme Court review of an appeals court's decision to overturn Lynn's conviction.

Pepper Hamilton Disqualified From Defamation Suit

By Gina Passarella |

Pepper Hamilton has been disqualified from representing the owners and publishers of The Philadelphia Inquirer in a suit filed against the paper by union leader John J. Dougherty, a former client of Pepper Hamilton.

$17 Mil. Settlement in Case Of Man Killed by Crane Hook

By Zack Needles |

The family of an electrician who was killed when a crane hook fell on him has reached a $17 million settlement in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas with the owner of the crane, the company contracted to inspect and repair the crane and the contractor of the decedent's employer.