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New Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas Local Rule of Note

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

It appears that the days of having to drive to Montrose, PA to file a discovery motion in the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas are a thing of the past.Click HERE to view the new local rules issued by the court effective March 16, 2016 in this regard.

Could Desperate Parents' Pleas Sway The FDA To Approve A Drug Even If Evidence It Works Is Lacking?

Advocates for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most severe and most common type of muscular dystrophy, are fighting for the Food and Drug Administration to approve what would be the first drug prescribed to slow the course of the disease.

PA: Man Sentenced in Racially Motivated T Station Attack

April 20--Six people pleaded for leniency on Ryan Kyle's behalf Wednesday and swore that he isn't a racist. But Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning sentenced him to prison for throwing a black man from

Cooper Interrogatories Addressed to Plaintiff's Treating Physician Reconsidered By Judge Mazzoni of Lackawanna County

last weekIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Tort Talkers may recall that I recently posted on the case of Mina v. Hua Mei, Inc., 2012-CV-7781 (C.P. Lacka. Co. 2016 Mazzoni, J.) HERE in which Judge Robert A. Mazzoni of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas ruled that a Plaintiff's...Show More Summary

The Carla Hague Poisoning Case

In 2013, Judge Charles Hague lived with his wife of 45 years outside of Jefferson, Ohio in the northeastern part of the state. Since 1993, he had been an Ashtabula County common pleas juvenile/probate judge. Carla, his 70-year-old wife, had retired years ago as a nurse. Show More Summary

Philadelphia Police Officers: Trial Begins In Brutal Beating Of Unarmed Man

The trial of two former Philadelphia police officers, Kevin Robinson and Sean McKnight, who are accused of brutally beating an unarmed man in 2013, began this week in a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. According to reports, Najee Rivera was stopped for running through a stop sign on his scooter and refusing to comply with the... Show More Summary

Claims Reps Mental Impressions, Conclusions and Opinions Protected from Discovery in Dauphin County Post-Koken Decision

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

The Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas recently handed down a discovery decision in the Post-Koken case of Castellano v. Erie Insurance Exchange, No. 2014-CV-9647 (C.P. Dauph. Co. March 23, 2016, Bratton, J.). In this case, the Plaintiff...Show More Summary

Deposition of a UIM Claims Rep in a Luzerne County Post-Koken Case Allowed

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

The Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas In his recent March 9, 2016 Order without opinion in the case of Cairl v. Chiogna and Nationwide, No. 2015-CV-08159 (C.P. Luz. Co. March 9, 2016 Burke, J.), Judge Thomas F. Burke, Jr. of the Luzerne...Show More Summary

Crawford County Post-Koken Decision In Favor of Consolidaton of Negligence/UIM Claims, But Severance and Stay of Bad Faith Claim

last monthIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the case of Lamagna v. Keffer, No. A.D. 2015-630 (C.P. Crawford Co. March 1, 2016 Stevens, J.), Judge Mark D. Stevens of the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas addressed Preliminary Objections filed by all Defendants to a Plaintiff’s...Show More Summary

“Judge rules against Husted in teen voting case”

NBC4: FRANKLIN CO., Ohio (WCMH)–Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Frye ruled against the Secretary of State in the case of a lawsuit filed by a national voting rights organization on behalf of nine 17-year-old plaintiffs. This is a … Continue reading ?

Punitive Damages Claim Allowed to Proceed in DUI and Dram Shop Civil Actions

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

A punitive damages claims were allowed to proceed in a Dram Shop Act action in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas case of Robertson v. Valley Forge Beef & Ale, Inc., PICS Case No. 16-0225 (C.P. Montg. Co. Jan. 19, 2016 Smith, J.). Show More Summary

Liability of Employer for Negligent Supervision of Employee Who Engaged in Criminal Conduct Off Employer Premises

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent February 19, 2016 decision in the case of Doe v. Cruciani, No. 2012-CV-5920 (C.P. Lacka. Co. Feb. 19, 2016 Nealon, J.), Terrence R. Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas addressed a Motion for Summary Judgment...Show More Summary

The new College Football Playoff schedule only brings confusion and contradictions

2 months agoSports : Awful Announcing

Instead of listening to pleas for common sense to change last year’s College Football Playoff schedule that centered the semifinal games on New Year’s Eve, execs buried their heads in the sand and refused to listen. The result?  One of the sharpest ratings decline for a sporting event ever seen. Show More Summary

Judge Nealon Tackles Assertion of Privilege Against Self-incrimination at Depositions

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In a decision handed down a few months back in the case of Rogers v. Thomas, No. 2012-CV1464 (C.P. Lacka. Co. Nov. 25, 2015 Nealon, J.), Judge Terrence R. Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas addressed the right of a...Show More Summary

Judge Agrees To Hear Resentencing Motion In Gay-Bashing Case

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

A Philadelphia judge Tuesday agreed to hear a resentencing motion in the case of Kathryn Knott, the Bucks County woman jailed for her participation in an attack on a gay couple in Center City in 2014. Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington set a 9 a.m. Show More Summary

Objection to IME Doctor's Reliance Upon Vehicle Damage Photos in Opinion Overruled

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent Opinion in the case of Rodriguez v. Broad, No. 7250-CV-2012 (C.P. Monroe Co. Feb. 5, 2016 Zulick, J.), Judge Arthur L. Zulick of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas denied a Plaintiff’s Motion In Limine seeking to preclude the testimony of the Defendant’s independent medical examination (IME) expert. Show More Summary

Judge Nealon Addresses Vicarious Liability Based Upon Ostensible Agency Claim In Med Mal Case

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent decision in the case of Oscarson v. Moses Taylor Hospital, No. 2013-CV-1523 (C.P. Lacka. Co. Feb. 3, 2016 Nealon, J.), Judge Terrence R. Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas denied a Defendant hospital’s...Show More Summary

Judge Nealon Explains Difference Between Preliminary Objections for Improper Venue and Petition for Transfer Under Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens Where Venue is Proper

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the case of Baltzley v. Bronson, No. 14-CV-5500 (C.P. Lacka. Co. Feb. 4, 2016 Nealon, J.), Judge Terrence R. Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas addressed a Defendant's Preliminary Objections to a Complaint pursuant to Pa. Show More Summary

Judge Gray of Lycoming County Addresses Proper Allegations for Dog Bite Complaint

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent decision in the dog bite case of Wagner v. Teneyck, No. 15-01783 (C.P. Lycoming Co. Jan. 5, 2016 Gray, J.), Judge Richard A. Gray of the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas denied in part and sustained in part a Defendant’s various demurrers to a Plaintiff’s Complaint in a dog bite personal injury matter. Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Defendant's Signing of Green Card Receipt of Complaint By Mail Does Not Negate Improper Service of Original Process

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas In his recent decision in the case of Brown v. Vito, No. 2014-CV-5768 (C.P. Lacka. Co. Jan. 26, 2016 Minora, J.), Judge Carmen D. Minora of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas granted a Petition to Strike a Default Judgment in a civil litigation matter. Show More Summary

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