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

5 days agoIndustries / 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)

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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

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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)

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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

3 weeks 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

last monthIndustries / 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

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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

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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

Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Claim Allowed in Med Mal Context

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent Opinion in the case of Young v. Jameson Memorial Hospital, PICS Case No. 15-0049 (C.P. Lawrence Co. Nov. 19, 2014 Cox, J.), Judge J. Craig Cox of the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas ruled that the Plaintiff was not precluded from asserting a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress in a medical malpractice claim. Show More Summary

Judge Zulick of Monroe County Reaffirms Pennsylvania Social Host Liability

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent decision in the case of Cicardo v. Mangual, No. 7668-CV-2010 (C.P. Monroe Co. Jan. 22, 2015 Zulick, J.), Judge Arthur L. Zulick of the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas reaffirmed the law in Pennsylvania that one minor...Show More Summary

“Lawyer’s personal assets, bank accounts at risk as opponents seek to collect $1M sanction”

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Debra Cassens Weiss at the ABA Journal has more on that curious sanctions order out of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court in which attorney Nancy Raynor of Malvern, Pennsylvania, could lose everything because a judge found that sheShow More Summary

Corporate Defendant Protected By Good Samaritan Civil Immunity Law

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the recent Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas decision in the case of Kromferd v. Sugarhouse HSP Gaming LP, PICS Case No. 14-2015 (C.P. Phila. Co. Dec. 9, 2014 Massiah – Jackson, J.), the court ruled that a Defendant casino’s duty of care to a customer who fell ill was solely to provide first aid and summon medical assistance. Show More Summary

Summary Judgment Entered in Carbon County Trip and Fall Case

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In his recent September 30, 2014 decision in the case of Rochow v. Neast, No. 12-CV-0737 (C.P. Carbon Co. Sept. 20, 2014 Serfass, J.), Judge Steven R. Serfass, of the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas, granted summary judgment to a Defendant property owner in a trip and fall case involving a hole in steps on the premises. Show More Summary

Not Guilty Plea

The practice of accused criminals pleading 'not guilty', when the facts of their alleged crimes appear perfectly plain to anyone with an ounce of common sense, seems to be reaching epidemic proportions, if this recent report in The Telegraph is anything to go by. Show More Summary

Lackawanna County Judge James A. Gibbons May Be First Trial Court Judge to Apply Revised Pennsylvania Products Liability Law

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In what may be one of the first trial court opinions to apply the new products liability analysis enunciated in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recent decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex, Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas Judge James A. Show More Summary

My Member of Congress Resigned, Now What? (Part II)

In the wake of a guilty plea on felony tax charges, New York GOP Rep. Michael Grimm resigned from Congress effective Jan. 5 -- the day before the 114th Congress began. Vacancies are common. Though it is somewhat rare for a member to resign before his or her term even begins, resignations are not uncommon -- especially in New York, it seems. Show More Summary

"Did Your Attorney Refer You to that Doctor?"

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

A Dynamic Duo(Could be on either side of the bar) In a recent Delaware County Court of Common Pleas decision in the case of English v. Stepchin, No. CP-23-CV-786-2014, 101 Del. 424 (C.P. Del. Co. Nov. 12, 2014 Kenney, P.J.), President Judge Chad F. Show More Summary

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