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This Pennsylvania committee is proposing changes that benefit five of its members' law firms

By John O'Brien | Feb 20, 2019

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court committee is proposing a new rule that will help medical malpractice lawyers, but a look at the makeup of the committee shows five lawyers, including its chair, who work at firms that file medical malpractice cases.

U.S. Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP's request to consider congressional redistricting

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 6, 2018

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.”

Skiing, biking lawsuits among closed-door topics at AAJ's annual meeting

By W.J. Kennedy | Jul 7, 2017

The convention is scheduled to take place in Boston from July 22-25 and will feature meetings on several areas of the law, including litigation over skiing and bicycling accidents.

U.S. SC rejects appeals filed by Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo over class action judgments

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 5, 2016

The nation’s high court on Monday declined to review a more than $150 million judgment against Wal-Mart and a $203 million judgment against Wells Fargo. The court waited to make a decision in either case pending its action in Tyson Foods. Last month, the court majority ruled against the meat producer.

Court reform group upset with Democratic group's ads targeting state Supreme Court candidates

By Anna Aguillard | Oct 20, 2015

A committee chaired by the former chair of the state Democratic Party, Pennsylvanians for Judicial Reform (PJR), has recently sponsored ads against the three Republican candidates campaigning for the three open seats in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Additional perjury charge filed against Pa. AG

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 1, 2015

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said the new charge stems from a “secrecy oath” signed by Kathleen Kane that was found during a search of the attorney general’s offices last month.

State SC suspends Pa. AG’s law license

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 22, 2015

The court’s order, issued Monday, is limited to a temporary suspension of Kathleen Kane’s license. It does not remove her from elected office.

Ford to Pa. SC: Unfair consolidation of three cases led to $1M Philadelphia asbestos verdict

By Jon Campisi | Jun 11, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – For years, the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas employed an improper practice of mandatory consolidation in asbestos cases despite restrictions being in place on the process, an asbestos defendant hit with a $1 million verdict is arguing.

Widow sues Pa. nursing home over alleged negligence

By Carol Ostrow | Feb 10, 2015

A Blair County, Pennsylvania, woman sued the owners of a nursing home on Thursday alleging they were responsible for her husband’s death while under their care.

Pa. AG says she did not break secrecy laws

By Jim Boyle | Jan 12, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has maintained her innocence in light of

Pa. Supreme Court agrees to hear Ford’s appeal of $1M asbestos jury verdict

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear Ford Motor Company’s appeal out of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, which affirmed a $1 million jury verdict in favor of a former auto mechanic in an asbestos action.

Asbestos MDL judge rules Boeing owed no duty to spouse for take-home exposure

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 4, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who oversees an asbestos multidistrict litigation in Philadelphia federal court, has ruled that Pennsylvania law does not support imposing a duty to warn of take-home exposure in asbestos litigation.

Pa. appeals court holds statute of repose bars asbestos plaintiffs' claims

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 30, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - A Pennsylvania appeals court has reversed a Philadelphia County jury's judgment against a defendant in an asbestos lawsuit, concluding that the statute of repose bars the plaintiffs' claims.

Asbestos defense attorneys publish article to clear up 'every exposure' confusion

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Apr 3, 2014

PITTSBURGH (Legal Newsline) - The "every exposure" theory used often in asbestos litigation was rejected in Pennsylvania in 2012 and has been the subject of several appeals within the last year. Now, two defense attorneys concerned with the application of opinions rejecting the theory have shed some light on the complicated matter.

Phila. judge affirms $2.3 million plaintiff's verdict in asbestos wrongful death case

By Jon Campisi | Dec 5, 2013

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -- A trial court judge recently upheld a $2.3 million plaintiff's verdict in an asbestos mass tort case out of Philadelphia, disputing defense assertions that the defendants were entitled to a new trial because the plaintiff's case for causation failed as a matter of law.

Report: Court stays apology letter portion of former Pa. SC justice's sentence pending appeal

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 7, 2013

PITTSBURGH (Legal Newsline) -- Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, who was convicted of corruption earlier this year, doesn't have to write letters of apology, a state Superior Court ruled Wednesday.

Report: Former Pa. SC justice refuses to write apology letters

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 17, 2013

PITTSBURGH (Legal Newsline) -- Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, who was convicted of corruption, refuses to write letters of apology to members of her staff and family members.

Former Pa. SC justice not allowed to practice law in federal court

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 4, 2013

PITTSBURGH (Legal Newsline) -- Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin's license to practice law in federal court has been temporarily suspended.

Pa. SC reinstates defense judgment in consolidated asbestos cases

By Jon Campisi | Oct 4, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently overturned a lower appellate court's ruling that allowed three asbestos mass tort claims to proceed, with the high court noting that even the plaintiffs in the consolidated cases admitted that the litigation should be tossed.

Pa. court affirms Sandusky's conviction, sentence

By Jon Campisi | Oct 3, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) -- It appears as though convicted child rapist Jerry Sandusky will be spending the next three to six decades in state prison after all.

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