By Robert Moran, Philly.com A Common Pleas Court judge this week dismissed a lawsuit against the Philadelphia School District and its teachers' union that tried to end a long-held practice of allowing union employees to remain on the public payroll.
In a recent decision in the case of Rarrick v. Silbert, No. 2002-CV-4951 (C.P. Lacka. Co. June 23, 2015 Minora, J.), Judge Carmen D. Minora, of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas, denied a Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration...Show More Summary
In his recent decision in the case of Purpura v. Bartin Heights Veterinary Hospital, _____ (C.P. Monroe April 30, 2015 Zulick, J), Judge Arthur Zulick of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas addressed several issues raised by way of Preliminary Objections against a Plaintiff’s veterinary malpractice action. Show More Summary
Paul Pozonsky is a former judge of the Courts of Common Pleas in Washington County, Pennsylvania. During his tenure as judge, he presided over criminal trials, drug court, summary appeals and juvenile treatment court. He resigned abruptly in 2012 after Washington County’s President Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca suspended his drug treatment court as well as...
Pitfall In a recent Post-Koken collateral estoppel decision of note, Judge David Williamson of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas ruled in the case of DeHoyos v. GEICO, No. _____(C.P. Monroe Co. April 20, 2015 Willamson, J.) that...Show More Summary
The trial judge in the second Risperdal trial denied plaintiff’s post-trial motion for a new trial, upholding the jury’s determination that plaintiffs hadn’t proven that Risperdal caused plaintiffs’ gynecomastia (male breast growth)....Show More Summary
In a recent Erie County Court of Common Pleas decision in the case of Erie Insurance Exchange v. Porter, No. 10327 - 2015 (C.P. Erie. Co. June 11, 2015 Cunningham, J.), Judge William R. Cunningham granted the carrier's request to sever...Show More Summary
There is an interesting criminal appeal filed in Pennsylvania by a convicted murderer Robert Urwin Jr., 58 who has serious reservations about the judge who presided at his trial. He should know. Former Washington County Common Pleas Judge Paul Pozonsky was later sentenced in the same courthouse for stealing cocaine from the evidence room and […]
The Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas recently addressed the issue of whether a Plaintiff is required to fill out a questionnaire and/or a pain diagram relative to an IME in the case of Maguire v. Liberty Mut. Group, No. 2014-CV-1036 (C.P. Show More Summary
Moral duty; human problem; wasteful ways; act now: Pontiff says climate is a 'common good', belonging to all and meant for all.
In the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas case of Carassai v. Echelmeier, No. 2007-CV-04081 (C.P. Mont. Co. Dec. 8, 2014, Rogers, J.), the trial court denied a Defendant’s Motion for a New Trial and For Remittitur in an automobile...Show More Summary
Plain Dealer photo file After two long years, the Cleveland Police Department has a consent decree, and not a moment too soon. The DOJ consent decree, issued this week, comes on the heels of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell...Show More Summary
In a recent Monroe County decision in the case of Smith v. Chelsea Pocono Fin. LLC, PICS Case No. 15-0602 (C.P. Monroe Dec. 29, 2015 Mark, J.), Judge Jonathan Mark of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas granted summary judgment in...Show More Summary
REPORT: Riots In Cleveland. “Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Donnell ruled on Saturday that white Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo is not guilty of two charges of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two black individuals after a police chase in November of 2012.”
In a bizarre miscarriage of justice today, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell acquitted Officer Michael Brelo of two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were chased and gunned down by police after the vehicle in which they were riding accidentally backfired as they were driving...
In the case of Harrison v. Haueisen, PICS Case. No. 15-0607 (C.P. Lycoming Co. April 2, 2015 Gray, J.), Judge Richard Gray of the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas denied a Defendant’s Preliminary Objections to a Plaintiff’s Complaint in a dog bite case. Show More Summary
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – A 77-year-old Ohio woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after admitting she caused her 100-year-old mother’s death by severe neglect.Logan County Common Pleas Judge Mark O’Connor sentenced Mary Strawser...Show More Summary
In his recent decision in the case of One Beacon America Ins. Co. v. Phila. Indem. Ins. Co., et al., No. 2012 -CV-4490 (C.P. Lacka. Co. 2015 Minora, J.), Judge Carmen D. Minora of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas addressed a discovery issue pertaining to the inadvertent disclosure of attorney-client privileged communications. Show More Summary
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto appears immovable on a controversial roughly $1 million sanction imposed on insurance defense lawyer Nancy Raynor after a witness discussed a bar subject in his testimony. Raynor insists that she told the witness not to discuss that a woman in the case was a smoker. Various witnesses have […]
Foooood Fiiiight!!! Tort Talkers may recall the blog post reporting on the granting of Summary Judgment in the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas decision of Rovinsky v. Lourdesmont, No. 2011-CV-2304 (C.P. Lacka. Co. June 19, 2013...Show More Summary