Recent Verdicts

Superior Court Affirms Dismissal of Firm's Dragonetti Action

By Lizzy McLellan |

The state Superior Court has upheld the dismissal of a Philadelphia law firm's Dragonetti action that stemmed from a string of settlements and assignments of security interests.

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Injured Landscaper Settles Workers' Compensation Claim

By Max Mitchell |

A man who suffered a traumatic brain injury while working as a landscaper has agreed to a $4.6 million settlement to cover his ongoing care.

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Tyco Electronics Owes Millions in Shareholder Suit

By Gina Passarella |

Tyco Electronics is liable to a group of former Com-Net Critical Communications shareholders for $125.8 million, an Allegheny County judge ruled last week.

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Jury Favors Defense In Dram Shop Action

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Chester County jury has decided in favor of the defendants in a dram shop case where the plaintiff drove drunk and sustained severe brain injuries.

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Allegheny Co. Settles With Estate of Man Who Died in Prison

By Gina Passarella |

Allegheny County and the former company that provided medical services to the county prison have agreed to settle for $2.09 million with the estate of a prisoner who died after weeks of asking for medical treatment to no avail.

Court Nixes Strict Liability Claims For Spinal Implant

By Max Mitchell |

A federal judge has rejected a plaintiff's strict liability claims against the manufacturer of an allegedly defective spinal implant that failed and led to a broken back.

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Amputee Gets Settlement Before Second Trial

By Lizzy McLellan |

An electrical worker who was injured by a track loader with a 10-year-old operator has reached a $12 million settlement with the defendants, after a trial court judge's opinion overturned the original $20 million verdict in the case, but before the Superior Court affirmed that decision granting a new trial.

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Drugmakers Settle With US Over Underpaid Medicaid Rebates

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Cephalon have agreed to pay the U.S. government and several states a combined total of $54 million to settle claims that they underpaid rebates owed under the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Jury Awards Pizzeria Owner For Loss of Taste

On Sept. 1, 2009, plaintiff Antonio Costagliola, 34, a pizzeria owner, presented to otolaryngologist Samuel Rizzo, of Pittston, because of episodes of recurrent tonsillitis for approximately five years.

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Jury Awards Carpenter After Stairway Collapse

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury awarded $3 million to a carpenter who broke his shoulder after the temporary stairway he was walking on collapsed.

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Jury Renders Defense Verdict for Infant Cataract Claims

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury has rendered a defense verdict for a pediatrician over claims that he failed to diagnose an infant's cataract.

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Injured Motorcyclist Settles Claim With Driver

By Max Mitchell |

A motorcyclist who fractured her pelvis after being hit by a sedan in Dauphin County has settled her claim against the defendant driver for $1.2 million.

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Defense Verdict in Case of Anchor Fired for Racial Slur

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal jury unanimously handed up a defense verdict, rejecting allegations of discrimination by Tom Burlington, the white news anchor who was fired by the Fox 29 television station after he used the word "n-----" in an editorial meeting.

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Jury Finds for Pfizer In Zoloft Birth Defect Suit

By Gina Passarella |

A Philadelphia jury handed up a defense win in a suit brought by an Illinois woman who said her use of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy was the cause of her daughter's congenital heart defects.

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Jury Awards Man For Unnecessary Skin Grafts

By Max Mitchell |

A man who burned himself while cooking has been awarded $3 million for undergoing unnecessary skin grafts.

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Parties Reach Settlement in Fatal Truck Crash Case

By Lizzy McLellan |

The wife of a truck driver who was killed in a two-truck accident has reached settlement with the other driver, his employer and the company that leased to the employer.

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Cephalon Agrees to Record Settlement in Pay-for-Delay Case

By Saranac Hale Spencer |

The Federal Trade Commission's biggest settlement to date—$1.2 billion in a pay-for-delay case—came out of federal court in Philadelphia.

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Worker Awarded After Fall Through Scaffolding Hole

By Lizzy McLellan |

A jury in Philadelphia has awarded more than $527,000 to an energy plant worker who fell through scaffolding.