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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

4 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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

last monthIndustries / 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

last monthNews : 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

last monthIndustries / 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

Centre County Court Decisions on Cell Phone Use and Claim for Punitive Damages

last monthIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Multitasking: Better to stick with steering and braking In a recent Centre County Court of Common Pleas decision in the case of Gunsallus v. Smith, No. 2013-3765 (C.P. Centre Co. April 7, 2015 Kistler, J.), Judge Thomas K. Kistler granted...Show More Summary

Judge Nealon Rules in Favor of Consolidation for Post-Koken Trials (And Also Rules on Appropriate Jury Instructions)

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his April 15, 2015 decision in the case of Kujawski v. Fogmeg and Allstate, No. 2012-CV-3395 (C.P. Lacka. Co. April 15, 2015, Nealon, J.), Judge Terrence R. Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas issued another notable...Show More Summary

Public Road Running in Front of Home Not Part of "Insured Location" For Homeowner's Insurance Coverage Purposes

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent decision in the case of O'Brien v. Ohio Casualty, No. 2002 CV 6990 (C.P. Lacka. Co. Minora, J.), Judge Carmen D. Minora of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas ruled that a homeowner's carrier had a duty to defend...Show More Summary

Fishing Allowed With Written Discovery Requests -- But Only With a Hook or Harpoon (Not a Net)

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent Order of March 16, 2015, Judge Terrence R. Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas addressed the common issue of the allowance of liberal discovery efforts as compared to fishing expeditions in the case of Bandru v. Show More Summary

Judges Are Far Less Biased Than Law Students

Dan Kahan (Yale), David Hoffman (Temple), Danieli Evans (Yale), Neal Devins (William & Mary), Eugene Lucci (Judge. Ohio Court of Common Pleas) & Katherine Cheng (Yale), 'Ideology' or 'Situation Sense'? An Experimental Investigation of Motivated Reasoning and Professional Judgment, 163 U. Pa. L. Rev. ___ (2015): This paper reports the...

Parameters for Neuropsychological IME Set in Lebanon County Case

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas case of Shearer v. Hafer, No. 2012-01286 (C.P. Leb. Co. March 17, 2015 Charles, J.), Judge Bradford Charles ruled in response to a defense discovery motion for a protective order that, during...Show More Summary

Nashville Is Using Sterilization As A Bargaining Tool In Plea Deals For The Most Vulnerable

Nashville prosecutors are returning to the dark ages when it was common to use sterilization as a bargaining tool for plea deals for society’s most vulnerable: minorities, the poor and the mentally ill. The most recent case in Nashville is one of four that has occurred over the last five years, and involves a mentally […]

Ohio Mom Deasia Watkins, 20, Pleads Not Guilty On Beheading Charge Of 3-Month-Old Daughter

Deasia Watkins, 20, of College Hill, Cincinnati appeared in court Thursday morning at the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court and pleaded ‘not guilty’ in the death of her 3-month-old daughter Jayniah Watkins in which she is accused of beheading. Show More Summary

Link To Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Sanction Opinion Re: Violation of a Preclusion of Evidence Order for Trial

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Here is a LINK to an Opinion out of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas in the case of Sutch v. Roxborough Mem. Hospital, July Term 2009, No. 00901 (Phila. Co. Feb. 3, 2015) in which the court requests the Superior Court to...Show More Summary

Negligence Per Se Doctrine Applied Relative to Maintenance of Smoke Alarms in Fatal Fire Case

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In a recent Pike County Court of Common Pleas decision in the case of Tooley v. Mill Rift Inn, Inc., No. 2496-2009 Civil (C.P. Pike Co. Feb. 25, 2015 Kameen, P.J.), President Judge Joseph F. Kameen addressed Motion for Summary Judgments...Show More Summary

Lease Terms and Hills and Ridges Addressed in Lycoming County Parking Lot Slip and Fall Case

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Judge Richard Gray of the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas recently addressed the Hills and Ridges Doctrine in the case of Gamble v. Beck, PICS Case No. 15-0269 (C.P. Lycoming Jan. 6, 2015 Gray, J.). After reviewing the case before him, Judge Gray granted summary judgment in favor of a tenant Defendant in a parking lot slip and fall case. Show More Summary

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