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Lawsuit against district, teachers’ union dismissed

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.

Judge Minora of Lackawanna County Denies Motion for Reconsideration in Medical Malpractice Case

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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

POOR DOGGY: Judge Zulick Reviews Issues in Veterinary Malpractice Case

6 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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

Over Easy: Former PA judge who stole cocaine from evidence will only serve 30 days

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...

Another UIM Case Defeated By Collateral Estoppel Doctrine

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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

Court of Common Pleas Leaves Standing Janssen’s Victory in Second Risperdal Trial

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

Erie County Trial Court Severs and Stays UIM/Bad Faith Counterclaims in a Coverage Declaratory Judgment Action Filed by Carrier

3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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

Pennsylvania Judge Steals Cocaine From Evidence Room and Possibly Compromises Murder Case . . . Given Misdemeanor Deal With No Jail Time

3 weeks agoNews : Jonathan Turley

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 […]

Trial Court Addresses Questionnaires/Pain Diagrams for IMEs

last monthIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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

The 4 main points from the Pope's plea for 'honesty'

Moral duty; human problem; wasteful ways; act now: Pontiff says climate is a 'common good', belonging to all and meant for all.

Standard for Deciding Motion for Remittitur Reviewed

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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

The Cleveland Police Department and the Consent Decree

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

Judge Mark of Monroe County Grants Summary Judgment in Slip and Fall Case

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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 tha…

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.”

Judge bizarrely acquits Cleveland police officer of voluntary manslaughter

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...

Violation of Dangerous Dog Law in Dog Bite Case Equals Negligence Per Se

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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

Woman gets 18 months in 100-year-old mother’s death

3 months agoNews / Crime : True Crime Today

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

Attorney-Client Privilege and Subject Matter Waiver of Privilege Analyzed by Lackawanna County Judge Minora

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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 Judge Refuses To Reverse $1 Million Fine Against Lawyer Despite Supporting Testimony From Multiple Witnesses

3 months agoNews : Jonathan Turley

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 […]

Summary Judgment in Food Fight Slip and Fall Case Upheld on Appeal

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

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

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