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
In a somewhat unusual personal injury case in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, nine Pennsylvania Turnpike workers who saw their co-worker killed by a tractor trailer have obtained a $2 million dollar settlement in a case where the vast majority of damages were sought for emotional distress. Only one of the nine witnesses had any physical injuries as a result of the crash.» Read More
On November 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision in the area of products liability in the case of Tincher v. Omega Flex. The Court’s opinion was so far reaching that both plaintiffs’ attorneys and defense counsel are calling it a victory for their side of the products liability bar.» Read More
As technology continues to advance and improve, it also assumes an increasingly prominent role in our lives. For many, the rise of technology translates to more frequent and pervasive use of social media. When we want to tell others what we’re doing, we update our Facebook status. When we want to comment on politics or current events, we Tweet about it. » Read More
We are pleased to welcome Jacqueline K. Holmes, Esq., as an associate with the firm. She joins the litigation practice group and will devote her practice to commercial and civil litigation matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Jackie served as law clerk to the Honorable Stephen G. Baratta, President Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County. During her clerkship, she served the county in litigation matters and gained experience in drafting judicial opinions and orders and conducting legal research. » Read More
As companies are generating more and more documents electronically, some going completely electronic for the future and transferring old paper documents to an electronic format, e-discovery is taking priority in litigation, and it will continue to do so. Please click here to read an article I authored for The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, where I discuss the importance of e-discovery, retention policies, and how it is changing litigation.» Read More
One day, people will look at you quizzically when you reference Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Much like eight-tracks, VHS tapes, and Vanilla Ice, these social and technological advances (the use of “advances” is arguable in the case with Mr. Ice) will one day be surpassed by new and improved methods of communication. Until that time comes, however, issues pertaining to social-networking sites are causing employers to suffer from headaches generally caused only by listening to a Rex Ryan press conference.» Read More