Opening arguments in the first trial of Philadelphia's Risperdal mass-tort actions began Jan. 23 with attorneys squaring off over whether the drug's maker failed to warn patients about the risk of male breast growth associated with taking the medication.
The Philadelphia Parking Authority will have to pay over $100,000 to cover the cost of the legal representation for persons who sued a division of the PPA over the number of taxicabs that are inaccessible to people in wheelchairs, under a federal magistrate judge's order.
In the summer of 1989, U.S. senators debating the Americans with Disabilities Act excluded behavior they deemed immoral from the ADA's protections, including "transvestism, transsexualism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, voyeurism, gender identity disorders not resulting from physical impairments, or other sexual behavior disorders," according to the text of the law.
Since late 2012, the Nutter administration has been trying to establish an organization to represent indigent defendants when the Public Defender's Office has a conflict. Now the only candidate for the contract is the defender's office itself.
A gay attorney suing personal injury firms for alleged discrimination is pointing to a confidential settlement to help establish the value of lost compensation he claims to have sustained because of the firms' allegedly scuttling his lateral move.
On June 2, 2013, plaintiff Mahmoud Ahmad, 25, a pizza deliveryman, was driving an Acura TL sedan on Lycoming Street toward the intersection with K Street, in Northeast Philadelphia.On June 2, 2013, plaintiff Mahmoud Ahmad, 25, a pizza deliveryman, was driving an Acura TL sedan on Lycoming Street toward the intersection with K Street, in Northeast Philadelphia. Ahmad claimed that he stopped at a four-way stop sign, then drove into the intersection. As he did so, the driver's side of his car was struck by a Nissan Maxima driven by Mohammed Abuawada, who was traveling on K Street. Ahmad maintained that Abuawada struck his car at 80 to 85 mph. Ahmad suffered a fracture to his left clavicle, which he claimed was a serious impairment of a bodily function.
A Dauphin County judge has denied the bid by three former Penn State administrators charged with covering up the crimes of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky to have the cases against them dropped.
A federal appellate judge with chambers at Sixth and Market could exist in isolation—driving into the parking garage and taking the judges-only elevator up to the top floors of the courthouse where he could read briefs and write his opinions, stopping to take lunch in the judges-only lunch room a few floors below, "where the food was really lousy," said U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.
A federal judge in Philadelphia has decided to develop the record in a case that, according to the judge, "tests the outer bounds of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the context of workplace violence."
The estate of former Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Robert C. Daniels, who died after a fall during a party at Berger & Montague shareholder Sherrie Savett's home in 2011, has settled with Savett and others, but the defense has not been able to execute judgment.
A former Fox 29 anchor who was fired after using a racial epithet will not have to wait for his former employer's interlocutory appeal before his employment discrimination suit can go to trial, a federal judge has ruled.
The Pennsylvania ACLU and several media outlets, including the Philadelphia City Paper, are challenging a state law they claim is aimed at silencing convicted felons and those who publish the words of felons.
While a small-firm lawyer from Philadelphia was not what many may have expected in Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's selection of his general counsel, those who know Denise Smyler say she is the perfect person for the job both for her temperament and her legal and political acumen.
One of the defendants in a cluster of thalidomide lawsuits in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is seeking nearly $177,000 in fees as a sanction against the plaintiffs' counsel, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.
On Oct. 1, 2010, plaintiff Shawn Garnett, 19, a retail employee, was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Explorer traveling on New Falls Road in Middletown Township. The driver, Meagan Peterson, lost control, crossed the center line, and struck two other vehicles head-on. Garnett, who was in the rear seat behind the driver, claimed he suffered a fractured left femur.
A Philadelphia judge has ordered the immediate release on parole of a man who has served more than 40 years of a life sentence, which he claimed was the result of prosecutorial misconduct and false testimony.
Even if Pepper Hamilton violated a former client's confidentiality by disclosing an FBI affidavit of probable cause to search that client's home, the firm can't be sued considering the affidavit was made public prior to the firm's disclosure, a Philadelphia trial judge has ruled.
According to the pretrial memorandum of plaintiff Eunice Rogers, on June 2, 2012, the plaintiff's mother, Mildred D. Rogers, who was 83 at the time, was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital, of the North Philadelphia Health System, for treatment of aspiration pneumonia.
In light of the state Supreme Court's 2013 ruling that a police officer's PTSD stemming from a fatal car collision was a compensable injury, the Commonwealth Court has changed its position on whether an armed robbery at a liquor store constitutes a normal working condition for workers' compensation purposes.
Psychological evaluations for a student who allegedly touched the genitals of another student in their special-needs class are privileged under a combination of state and federal laws, a federal judge has ruled.
Nearly a year-and-a-half after awarding the plaintiff in a nonsolicitation case $6.9 million in compensatory and punitive damages, the Chester County judge overseeing the matter authored an opinion in support of the award, detailing in sharp terms the defendants' alleged misconduct.
The latter part of 2014 brought with it not only the biggest business of law news for Pennsylvania, but perhaps for the country. All eyes watched during the second half of the year as Morgan, Lewis & Bockius entertained merger discussions with struggling Boston-based firm Bingham McCutchen. A full-on acquisition of the more than 700 lawyers at Bingham would have been a big departure for Morgan Lewis' typical growth strategy of acquiring groups of attorneys from firms that are disbanding.
Just after the Obama administration gave final approval to the Corbett administration's health care plan, Healthy PA, Philadelphia-based Community Legal Services filed suit to stop the plan. The group says Healthy PA puts the health care of low-income Pennsylvanians at risk.
Seven dissident ex-pro football players have been denied permission to appeal U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's conditional certification, for the purpose of facilitating settlement, of class plaintiffs in the NFL concussion lawsuit.
After hearing reargument over whether a jury that awarded a $14.5 million asbestos verdict had been told to award a specific number for noneconomic damages in the case, an en banc Superior Court panel threw out the verdict.
In a Philadelphia tax assessment case, the Commonwealth Court has said the city's tax collection tactics may need review, but it was unable to review them because the defendant waived his right to appeal.
A review of roughly 4,000 emails sent between members of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Office of the Attorney General has revealed that no improper communications between members of the two bodies took place, according to a report released by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts on Dec. 19.
After eluding execution on his fourth capital appeal, a convicted murderer has been put back on death row by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, prompting its chief justice to issue criticism of the Philadelphia judge who reversed the death sentence.
The legal expenses racked up in fighting a 2007 mayoral ballot challenge were not incurred to influence the outcome of an election, so forgiving that debt is not bound by campaign finance limits, the state Supreme Court has ruled.
Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced charges against two state representatives from Philadelphia implicated in the corruption probe that state Attorney General Kathleen Kane had called "non-prosecutable."
The attorney-client privilege covering communications made in anticipation of a business merger belong to the company that resulted from the merger, not the executives of the company that was swallowed, a federal judge in Philadelphia has ruled.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court's civil war—and our immediate legal crisis—came to an end when former Justice Seamus McCaffery decided to retire, but the lingering questions about the competency of the Judicial Conduct Board remain.
In a 12-year-old defamation case that has twice been remanded to trial court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to consider whether the latest Superior Court ruling granting a third trial complies with the First Amendment.
The $50 million agreement proposed in October to settle a decade-old case brought by Comcast subscribers who alleged the company had monopolized the local cable market has gotten preliminary approval from the federal judge handling the case.
It's a Friday afternoon in November and Rogers Stevens is in the wrong city. A few hours ago he was in Ballard Spahr's Philadelphia office on Market Street and all was well, but now he's in a car at the airport, rushing to change out of his suit because he's got a plane to catch and a show to play and that show is in Calgary. He's not even in the right country.
The son of a man who collapsed at SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia and died shortly thereafter can proceed with his wrongful-death suit but the judge in the case dismissed most of the plaintiff's negligence claims.
The parties in a class action composed of tenants whose possessions were destroyed during an apartment building fire and subsequent demolition have reached a $4.75 million settlement, attorneys in the case have said, pending approval from the court.
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner of the court's Criminal Division is the newest recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award.
Incoming Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III said getting lawyers more involved with helping the poor and veterans, as well as promoting diversity, will be top priorities during his tenure.
Modern sexual habits—such as sexting, for example—may cause a constitutional problem for broad federal statutes aimed at stopping child pornography, but the group of professional pornography producers who are challenging the laws might not be the right plaintiffs to prove that problem.
The Commonwealth Court has ruled that the validity of the consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State that included a $60 million sanction against the university will remain on the table in the dispute over where the money will eventually end up.
A doctor and hospital sued for medical malpractice were not at fault for allegedly failing to properly follow up on the discovery of brain tumors that led to a woman's death from metastatic melanoma, the state Superior Court has ruled.
Retired Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes will serve two years in federal prison for perjury in front of the grand jury that was investigating ticket-fixing in her court, under a sentence handed down by a federal judge Thursday.
Retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. has decided not to take a plea deal regarding the theft and conflict of interest charges he faces for allegedly using his judicial positions and public money to help run his personal real-estate business.
A federal judge has allowed to survive several of the claims in an antitrust suit against the maker of opioid dependency drug Suboxone over allegations the company engaged in a "product-hopping" scheme.
Former Philadelphia Traffic Court Judge Robert Mulgrew will serve 18 months in prison for perjury in front of the grand jury that was investigating ticket-fixing in his court, under a sentence delivered Wednesday by a federal judge.
The state is responsible for carrying out the terms of a settlement made between a disabled student and the now-defunct charter school that had signed the agreement, a federal judge has ruled in an apparent case of first impression.
A caustic advertising campaign that has won the right to publish on public transportation in New York and D.C. is looking to come to Philadelphia. And the American Freedom Defense Initiative, the organization run by two bloggers who are critical of Islam, has won a round against SEPTA in federal court in Philadelphia.
Duquesne University School of Law and its dean alleged in a response to a discrimination suit by one of its law professors that it wasn't her age, gender or teaching a course in Islamic law that caused her to be denied tenure but her "consistently poor teaching record."
In clarifying a 2011 state Supreme Court decision, the Commonwealth Court has ruled that the city of Philadelphia will not be able to recoup funds from a third-party settlement reached by a police officer who received Heart and Lung Act benefits after his cruiser was rear-ended by a drunk driver.
The parent company of Philadelphia's two major daily newspapers has sued Morgan, Lewis & Bockius over the firm's alleged "disloyalty" in siding with one faction of two feuding ownership groups while the firm was supposed to be acting more neutrally as counsel for the parent entity.
In an underinsured motorist case, a Lackawanna County judge has decided that a jury should be told the plaintiff had UIM coverage, but should not know the insurer has already paid first-party benefits.