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Planned Parenthood Botches Abortion So Badly That Mother Delivered Her Dead Baby in Her Bathroom

A lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court in Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 5, 2018, against Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts by a woman who experienced a bungled late-term abortion that resulted in the birth of her presumably dead baby in her bathroom. While the lawsuit names Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, Inc. and the […]

Pennsylvania Superior Court Addresses Standards for Applying Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the case of Moody v. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, No. 3580 EDA 2016 (Pa. Super. Jan. 18, 2018 Bowes, J. Lazarus, J. and Blatt, J.) (Op. by Bowes, J.), the Superior Court found that the trial court applied the wrong legal standard in applying the doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens. Show More Summary

Superior Court Affiims That Discovery Rule Does Not Extend Statute of Limitations in Wrongful Death/Survival Actions (Non-Precedential)

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Tort Talkers may recall the prior Tort Talk post on the decision of Judge Terrence R. Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas in the case of Estate of Marsh v. Lizza, No. 2106-CV-2812 (C.P. Lacka. Co. March 1, 2017 Nealon,...Show More Summary

Pennsylvania Superior Court Rules That Failure to Pretreat a Surface Prior to Winter Storm Is Not a Basis to Impose Liability in a Slip and Fall Case

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A Blizzard in Progress In the case of Collins v. Phila. Sub. Devel., No. 2018 Pa. Super. 17 (Pa. Super. Jan. 31, 2018 Panella, J., Olson, J., Stevens, P.J.E.)(Op. by Stevens, P.J.E.), the court affirmed the entry of summary judgmentShow More Summary

Charles Manson corpse not expected to be on ice much longer

A California court commissioner says she will rule soon on who can collect the remains of murder mastermind Charles Manson. Kern County Deputy Counsel Bryan Walters says county Superior Court Commissioner Alisa Knight said Wednesday that she would rule in a few days on petitions to release Manson's...

Superior Court Finds Trial Court Abused Discretion in Not Granting Continuance To Allow Party To Secure New Expert

3 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the case of Rutyna v. Schweers, No. 895 WDA 2016 (Pa. Super. Jan. 4, 2018 en banc) (Op. by Lazaurs, J.) (Olson, J., concurring), the Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed the entry of summary judgment and ruled that the trial court...Show More Summary

White Supremacist Jared Taylor Sues Twitter For Banning His Accounts

Jared Taylor, the weepy-eyed founder of white supremacist site American Renaissance, is suing Twitter, according to a document filed to the Superior Court of San Francisco. More »      

Accomplice pleads guilty to hiding body in Arizona Realtor murder case

Alfredo Blanco was charged with the murder of Arizona Realtor Sid Cranston, Jr. Now, Blanco's accomplice, William Glenn Sanders, 55, has pleaded guilty before Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert for his role in Cranston's death, which includes tampering with physical evidence and the concealment of a dead body, according to court documents...

Guest Editorial: Seattle’s Lack of Jury Diversity Is an Urgent Problem. We Must Do Something About It Now.

4 weeks agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Seattle's jury diversity problem isn't one that can wait. by Anita Khandelwal From left: Anita Khandelwal, policy director at the King County Department of Public Defense, and King County Superior Court Judge Cathy Moore. Jury service...Show More Summary

Tincher Decision Revisited by Pennsylvania Superior Court

4 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

The courts of Pennsylvania continue attempt to move forward in the post-Tincher world of products liability cases, including in the actual Tincher case. On remand from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the trial judge in the actual Tinchercase denied any relief to the defense. Show More Summary

For the Record

Pitcher charged: In the Feb. 15 Sports section, a brief news item about former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza facing drug charges in San Diego County Superior Court said he had entered a guilty plea. He pleaded not guilty. Florida shooting: In the Feb. 16 Section A, an article on the Florida high...

Superior Court Confirms that Fair Share Act Applies in Products Liability Cases

last monthIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the Asbestos litigation case of Roverano v. John Crane, Inc., et al., No. 2837 EDA 2017 (Pa.Super. Dec. 27, 2017), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court clarified that the Fair Share Act applies to products liability cases.The court rejected...Show More Summary

Does recalling the judge who gave Brock Turner a light sentence for sexual assault imperil judicial independence?

Last month, I dismissed as “hogwash” concerns that the recall of Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky could impair judicial independence. This did not endear me to many attorneys, law professors and retired judges who reached out to accuse me of flippantly dismissing their sincerely held beliefs....

California must consider earlier parole for sex offenders, judge rules

California must consider earlier parole for potentially thousands of sex offenders, maybe even those convicted of pimping children, a state judge said Friday. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner preliminarily ordered prison officials to rewrite part of the regulations for Proposition...

D.C. court says no trials delayed as a result of jury duty computer glitch

D.C. Superior Court emailed more than 2,300 District residents alerting them of jury duty, much later than normal.

ACLU Sues to Force Maine Taxpayers to Fund Abortions

The ACLU continued its legal challenge against Maine this month in an effort to force state taxpayers to fund abortions. The pro-abortion legal group recently filed an appeal after a state superior court ruled against its lawsuit, Maine Public reports. Filed in 2015 on behalf of Planned Parenthood and two other Maine abortion businesses, the […]

4 SF public defender’s lawyers to run against GOP-appointed judges

In an unusual effort to redirect judicial politics in San Francisco, four lawyers from the city public defender’s office announced their candidacies for Superior Court judge on Wednesday, all seeking to unseat appointees of Republican governors. “Conservative judges are out of touch. Show More Summary

CALIFORNIA: Court Rules For Anti-Gay Baker

last monthLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Bakersfield Californian reports: Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe has ruled that owner Cathy Miller can continue to refuse to make wedding cakes for same sex couples. “The State cannot succeed on the facts presented as a matter of law. Show More Summary

Powerball winner of $560m fighting in court to remain anonymous

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The New Hampshire woman, identified as Jane Doe, said she made a “huge mistake” by signing the winning ticket without consulting a lawyer. Last week, the woman filed a complaint in Hillsborough Superior Court in Nashua saying she signed the back of the ticket after the 6 January draw and now wants a court order allowing her to stay anonymous. Show More Summary

Judge Persky needs to answer for more than just his lenient treatment of Brock Turner

To the editor: One letter writer suggests that Stanford law professor Michele Dauber, who is leading a recall campaign against Judge Aaron Persky of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, is unqualified to have so much as an opinion on the jurist. (“We need more jurists like Judge Aaron Persky...

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