HARRISBURG – Business and legal reform groups are calling on the state Supreme Court to uphold a specific application of a law that governs how defendants split the check when a plaintiff verdict comes in - opposing a so-called "carve-out" that would keep the law from applying to asbestos cases..
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Pittsburgh lawsuit against Catholic Church doesn't seek money for victims, wants admission of sexual abuse cover-up
PITTSBURGH – As the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office’s grand jury report into child sexual abuse committed statewide by members of the Roman Catholic Church continues, alleged victims have taken to suing the Church.
TOPEKA, Kansas – A recent decision reached in a federal court pertaining to breach of contract and bad faith claims in a fatal auto accident case rejects a theory from the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, and its recommendations for insurer liability for defense counsel conduct as “premature.”
PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia judge’s decree has paved the way for new trials in two Risperdal cases, in order to determine the applicability of punitive damages in those same actions.
PHILADELPHIA – Americans from all over the country have traditionally flocked to Philadelphia courts, to the point their plaintiff-friendly reputation has resulted in a “Judicial Hellhole" designation, and now plaintiffs are coming from other countries to seek their day in court.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Through a bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday, the State of Ohio has legislatively opposed the American Law Institute’s long-debated and recently-passed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance wholesale, an unprecedented development in the 95-year history of the ALI.
PHILADELPHIA – A notable 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision intended to limit the practice of forum-shopping has not deterred thousands of plaintiffs from filing pharmaceutical litigation in Philadelphia courts, recently-released statistics show.
WASHINGTON – Not everyone is as excited as those who drafted new guidance for judges about its passage.
WASHINGTON – New guidance for judges handling insurance issues finally passes after resistance
PHILADELPHIA – A ruling from a federal judge in Pennsylvania remains pending on whether or not compulsory arbitration will be permanently prohibited, in the case of a litigation funder that pursued financial recovery against a former National Football League player who allegedly failed to repay it a loan.
Lawmakers group discusses controversial liability insurance restatement; Parts of project called 'litigation fuel'
MANASQUAN, N.J. – Mere weeks away from the American Law Institute’s Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., where the group’s proposed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance will once again be up for approval, speakers invited by the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) voiced their thoughts on the proposal in a recent teleconference call.
NFL alleges widespread fraud by unnamed plaintiffs lawyers, doctors in concussion settlement; Special investigator appropriate, class counsel says
PHILADELPHIA – If the National Football League has their way, sanctions will be issued and a special investigator will be appointed to the NFL’s $1 billion Concussion Settlement program, as the league alleges an independent claims administrator determined that 23 percent of the claims submitted to it were fraudulent.
WASHINGTON – According to a report compiled by a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that covers mass tort and product liability litigation, Pennsylvania ranks a stark second nationwide in asbestos lawsuits filed by plaintiffs allegedly suffering from mesothelioma.
CAMDEN, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – Representatives for the Department of Justice and a group of state attorneys general showed up to a New Jersey courtroom March 19 to voice concerns with a controversial class action settlement that initially paid plaintiffs attorneys $1.7 million while providing $2 per bottle-sold coupons to class members.
Federal judge rules 1,200 Xarelto lawsuits will be removed from MDL for disposition in separate trials
NEW ORLEANS – A federal judge has ruled that 1,200 product liability lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of anti-coagulant drug Xarelto will soon be removed from their multi-district litigation (MDL) status, for resolution in separate jury trials.
NYU Law sending free help to 10 Dem AGs for environmental causes; Marcellus Shale group 'alarmed' at message
NEW YORK – Democratic state attorneys general, like Pennsylvania's Josh Shapiro, are getting free help from New York University School of Law to bolster their environmental causes, though a Commonwealth business advocacy group worries this results in important work being outsourced to an out-of-state entity.
PHILADELPHIA – The parents of an avid 12-year-old supporter of President Donald Trump have launched a defamation lawsuit against Newsweek Magazine, for labeling him as a “Trump Mini-Me” and as part of a sinister plot by the political alt-right in “defending raw racism and sexual abuse.”
PHILADELPHIA – Though a recent Superior Court ruling has livened plaintiff attorneys as to the potential of winning punitive damages in Philadelphia's packed Risperdal program, one lawyer is cautioning against “banking” on such a possibility.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has an answer for Pennsylvania Republicans who wanted the judiciary to examine the constitutionality of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision to redraw its congressional districting map: “No.”
On day Philadelphia's 'Hellhole' status debated, jury hands first win to a Xarelto plaintiff - a whopping $28M
PHILADELPHIA – The very day that a national report is issued naming the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas as a “Judicial Hellhole” where civil lawsuits are handled unfairly against businesses, the first win for plaintiffs in Xarelto litigation is secured with a near-$28 million verdict.