PaTLA - Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association 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$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 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 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 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 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’_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 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$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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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,_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$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 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 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,_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 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 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;_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 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 Link to Strine v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. (4/10/2006) Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:01:55 EST