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Feb 12, 2018

Health Care Providers Beware: Birth Injuries Still Lead to Large Pennsylvania Jury Awards

Among Pennsylvania lawyers, it is well known that juries in Philadelphia County are prone to rendering large awards to personal injury plaintiffs.  On the other hand, however, it is generally assumed that jurors in other areas of the state of Pennsylvania tend to award monetary amounts which are much more reasonable and/or realistic.  » Read More

Aug 28, 2017

Public Access Policy of the Pennsylvania UJS: How will it affect you?

In January 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted a new public access policy which seeks to establish uniform standards for all appellate and trial courts in managing the public’s access to court files and records.  While the intention of the policy is to provide clear guidelines on public access to court records, the policy also aims to unify the process by which the public may access court records statewide.  » Read More

May 15, 2017

Preventing and Mitigating the Nasty Corporate Divorce

Closely-held corporations are like marriages. When personalities mesh and goals are aligned, the family can prosper. When they don’t, you may end up in a nasty divorce.  When beginning a new venture, however, too many clients overlook the possibility of such a divorce.  » Read More

May 15, 2017

Partnership Disputes Can Continue Long After the Buyout

Binge watching HGTV is my guilty pleasure.  Those of you who suffer from the same vice, may have seen HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”  Well, the stars of the show are now defendants in a million-dollar lawsuit.  So what happened?  Allegedly, the star of the show, Chip Gaines, persuaded his two previous partners to sell their 1/3 interest in Magnolia Realty for $2,500 apiece.  » Read More

Jan 19, 2017

Data Breach Negligence Claims and Your Duties

On January 12, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the decision reached in Dittman v. Univ. of Pitts. Med. Ctr. by Judge Wettick of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.  By finding that negligence claims alleging failure to provide reasonable data security for personal health and other information are not actionable, the Superior Court’s affirmation represents a significant step in the development of security and privacy laws. » Read More

Feb 24, 2016

$4.8 Million Verdict Against Business Owners After Failed Attempt to Evade Company Debt

So much for “New Year, New Me.” It turns out the concept of a fresh start isn’t always the answer to moving forward in life. At least not when that entails the creation of a new corporate entity and the fraudulent transfer of assets from an original entity for the purpose of attempting to avoid liability. » Read More

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