Verdicts and Settlements

Recent Verdicts

$150 Mil. Whistleblower Settlement Reached in Federal Court

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

A major provider of home hospice and health care services has settled whistleblower claims for $150 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Phila. Jury Awards $133,000 for Rear-End Collision

According to court documents, plaintiff Gary Murray, 57, was rear-ended while driving along 7 Oaks Drive at its intersection with Cheltenham Avenue in Philadelphia. Murray claimed that the accident caused soft-tissue injuries of the back, neck and shoulder.

Jury Finds Loose Lug Nuts and Near-Crash Caused Injuries

According to the plaintiffs' pretrial memorandum, on Dec. 14, 2011, Perseberanda Espinal Santos brought her 2002 Ford Explorer to an Aamco Transmission Center in Easton, Pa., that is owned by defendant Zrams Inc.

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.

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.

In Space-Heater Testing Suit, $6 Mil. Awarded to Company

A jury has awarded $6 million to a Pittsburgh company that claimed the China-based labs of a product-testing firm did not correctly test space heaters to ensure compliance with American safety standards.

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.

Jury Finds Nine Companies Liable in Mesothelioma Case

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.

Phila. Jury Awards Parents in Topamax Birth-Defect Case

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Judge Awards Injured Concertgoer for Stage-Diving Injury

Four years after the lead singer of the band Fishbone cracked the skull of a concertgoer with a stage dive, a federal judge has entered a judgment of $1.4 million against members of the band.

Parties Settle in Fatal DUI Case

On Feb. 25, 2011, plaintiffs decedent Caitlin Hennessey, 22, was a passenger in an SUV being driven along Byberry Road in Bensalem by defendant Susan Pond, according to the plaintiff's pretrial memorandum.