PaTLA - Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association http://www.patla.org/ PaTLA: fostering public awareness and understanding of the role of the trial lawyer in the administration of justice. en-us Jury awards family $5 million for infant’s death as a result of Tylenol overdose http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Jury_awards_family_$5_million_for_infant’s_death_as_a_result_of_Tylenol_overdose.htm Unanimous decision prompted by insufficient warning labels on bottle. (8/3/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:15 EST Defense experts not required to release all plaintiff-requested financial information http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Defense_experts_not_required_to_release_all_plaintiff-requested_financial_information.htm Superior Court utilizes Whetzel to set boundaries for what information is accessible. (7/24/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:14 EST New PPCIGA ruling from the Superior Court http://www.patla.org/Template.cfm?Section=New_PPCIGA_ruling_from_the_Superior_Court&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&ContentID=6841 PPCIGA owes separate $300,000 layer for each liable defendant and each policy. (7/17/200) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:13 EST Honik elected President of PaTLA http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Honik_elected_President_of_PaTLA.htm Ruben Honik, a founding shareholder in the Philadelphia law firm of Golomb & Honik, P.C., addressed more than 200 fellow trial lawyers, judges, and legislators as the newly elected president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association on July 8. Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:13 EST ATLA officially changes its name to American Association for Justice http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/ATLA_officially_changes_its_name_to_American_Association_for_Justice.htm Outgoing President Ken Suggs announced the change at ATLA's convention in Seattle. (7/20/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:12 EST Failure to observe surroundings not business’ fault when patron falls http://www.patla.org/Template.cfm?Section=Failure_to_observe_surroundings_not_business’_fault_when_patron_falls&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&ContentID=7073 An inattentive customer trips on a store’s warning sign, but store gave adequate notice, Monroe Court rules. (8/16/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:11 EST Supreme Court: HMO exempt from anti-subrogation provision of MVFRL http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Supreme_Court__HMO_exempt_from_anti-subrogation_provision_of_MVFRL.htm The Supreme Court in Wirth v. Aetna U.S. Healthcare ruled Tuesday that a health maintenance organization is exempt from complying with the anti-subrogation provision found in section 1720 of the MVFRL. (8/24/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:11 EST Jury verdict of $5 million rendered against hospital for negligent nursing care when patient injured after falling from bed http://www.patla.org/Template.cfm?Section=Jury_verdict_of_$5_million_rendered_against_hospital_for_negligent_nursing_care_when_patient_injured&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&ContentID=7105 Woman was left upright and alone during recovery from surgery. (8/23/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:10 EST Supreme Court to address UIM stacking issue http://www.patla.org/Template.cfm?Section=Supreme_Court_to_address_UIM_stacking_issue&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&ContentID=6706 Case centers on whether policyholders must sign a UIM waiver with each added vehicle. (5/30/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:08 EST Workers' Comp bill approved by PA House of Representatives http://www.patla.org/Template.cfm?Section=Workers_Comp_bill_approved_by_PA_House_of_Representatives&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&ContentID=6783 Bill 2738 next moves to Senate. (6/27/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:05 EST Supreme Court confirms delay damages not applicable to contract actions http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Supreme_Court_confirms_delay_damages_not_applicable_to_contract_actions.htm Trial and Superior Courts were correct: Rule 238 specific to property damage claims. (6/26/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:05 EST State bar issues report on medical malpractice system http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/State_bar_issues_report_on_medical_malpractice_system.htm Pennsylvania Bar Association: Recent legal-system changes to med-mal are working; caps on damages can harm women, children, and the elderly. (6/20/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:04 EST Inquirer: Diet-drug cases in Texas are settled http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Inquirer__Diet-drug_cases_in_Texas_are_settled.htm Wyeth will pay "several hundred million dollars" to resolve about 4,000 "fen-phen" lawsuits. (6/9/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:02 EST Study of closed claims debunks assertions of 'frivolous' suits http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Study_of_closed_claims_debunks_assertions_of_frivolous_suits.htm Review of New England Journal of Medicine Article from May 11. (6/1/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:01 EST New Work Comp Decision http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/New_Work_Comp_Decision.htm Penalties could be awarded against employer for failure to pay benefits following denial of supersedeas, Cmwlth. Ct. rules. (5/23/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:00 EST Patriot-News: Malpractice system flawed, study finds http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Patriot-News__Malpractice_system_flawed,_study_finds.htm A story in Wednesday’s Patriot-News finds some agreement among doctors and lawyers that the present system is not doing enough to help injured victims or promote patient safety. (5/19/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:02:00 EST Supreme Court increases limit of recoverable damages to $25,000 in appeal of arbitration award http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Supreme_Court_increases_limit_of_recoverable_damages_to_$25,000_in_appeal_of_arbitration_award.htm Under the rule change effective July 1, 2006, regarding admission of documentary evidence, a plaintiff may stipulate $25,000 as the maximum amount of damages recoverable upon the trial of an appeal from the award of arbitrators. (5/18/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:59 EST Insurance stacking issue ruled on by Supreme Court http://www.patla.org/Template.cfm?Section=Insurance_stacking_issue_ruled_on_by_Supreme_Court&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&ContentID=6556 Where insured rejected stacking on single car policy, they cannot stack onto second vehicle on separate policy. (4/25/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:58 EST Medical benefits must be picked up by employer even after disability benefits have ceased http://www.patla.org/Template.cfm?Section=Medical_benefits_must_be_picked_up_by_employer_even_after_disability_benefits_have_ceased&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&ContentID=6553 Workers' Comp Act sets no time limit on employer’s liability for medical benefits, Cmwlth. Ct. rules. (4/21/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:58 EST Ex-CEO of Merck testifies in Vioxx trial, Inquirer reports http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Ex-CEO_of_Merck_testifies_in_Vioxx_trial,_Inquirer_reports.htm The Philadelphia Inquirer reports today that Ex-CEO of Merck, Raymond V. Gilmartin, gave testimony that he never knowingly hid safety data. (4/7/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:57 EST Vioxx-case judge won't lift cap on jury award http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Vioxx-case_judge_wont_lift_cap_on_jury_award.htm The Associated Press reports that a state judge in Texas yesterday refused a plaintiff's motion to lift a Texas cap on jury awards for punitive damages in a lawsuit over Merck & Co. Inc.'s once-popular pain-reliever Vioxx. (4/20/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:57 EST Mailbox rule applies in case of overdue premium payment http://www.patla.org/Template.cfm?Section=Mailbox_rule_applies_in_case_of_overdue_premium_payment&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&ContentID=6543 Superior Ct. rules that trial court erred as to timeliness issue with respect to mailbox rule and significance of payment notice language. (4/19/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:57 EST Santorum touts tort reform; High Court to allow citing of unpublished opinions http://www.patla.org/Template.cfm?Section=Santorum_touts_tort_reform;_High_Court_to_allow_citing_of_unpublished_opinions&Template=/MembersOnly.cfm&ContentID=6536 U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum yesterday told members of a physicians’ lobby that he and fellow conservatives "are going to war in Washington, D.C., in about a month" in support of legislation aimed at creating a cap on damages, the Legal Intelligencer reports today. Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:56 EST Apology note in med mal case where jury returns a defense verdict http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Apology_note_in_med_mal_case_where_jury_returns_a_defense_verdict.htm Legal Intelligencer: Defense win in ‘apology note’ med mal case. (4/11/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:56 EST Court: Bath to a nursing home patient constitutes furnishing of medical services http://www.patla.org/Content/NavigationMenu/News_and_Periodicals/Court__Bath_to_a_nursing_home_patient_constitutes_furnishing_of_medical_services.htm Link to Strine v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (4/10/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:55 EST