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TAMPA, Florida (February 2017) – In a Florida case, a plaintiff brought an automobile negligence suit against our clients—a driver and her employer—arising from a rear-end collision, which occurred in August of 2011. The plaintiff claimed he was permanently injured as a result of the accident, after which there was minimal property damage and both vehicles were fully operable. His alleged injuries included permanent sprain/strain […]
(MEDIA, PA. February 17, 2016) MSZL&M Partner Larry Kelly successfully convinced a Delaware County, PA jury that the plaintiff was not entitled to any award for pain and suffering or future medical expenses in the case of Christopher Kerns v. Chester Downs. Surveillance video confirmed plaintiff slipped, but did not fall, exiting defendant’s casino. The investigation revealed that the plaintiff had just stepped off a […]
This discreet issue was recently ruled upon by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Goldenstein v. Repossessors Inc., 815 F.3d 142 (3d Cir. 2016). By way of background, Mr. Goldenstein obtained a $1,000 loan from Sovereign Lending Solutions, LLC.  The terms of the loan required Goldenstein to place his car for collateral and agree to a 250% interest rate on the […]
Unfortunately, the use of perjured or false testimony continues to be practiced to this very day, be it through deposition testimony, affidavits, or even testimony at trial.  A careful practitioner must be aware of his or her clients’ proclivity for falsehoods and take steps to avoid suborning perjury.  Moreover, attorneys should take steps to even avoid the acquiescence of perjured testimony. In the recent […]
In The Hartford Ins. Grp. on Behalf of Chen v. Kamara, 155 A.3d 1108 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2017) (“Hartford”),the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a ruling that caused a monumental shift in workers’ compensation subrogation litigation.  The court ruled that a subrogated workers’ compensation insurance carrier is entitled to bring suit against a third-party tortfeasor on its own initiative when the carrier conforms to the guidelines set […]
(Pittsburgh, PA – September 24, 2014) MSZLM Partner Stephen Ledva, Jr., received a defense verdict after a 3 ½ day Trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, PA.  The case was a combination of a products liability case failure to properly instruct in the use of two wheeled personal transportation device.  Plaintiffs were husband and wife in the mid 50’s who […]
(TRENTON, September 15, 2014) , the New Jersey Supreme Court came to a unanimous decision in a case concerning the issue of whether expert testimony must be offered to establish the standard of care applicable to fire sprinkler contractors who perform inspections pursuant to the relevant provisions of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code. The case is Davis v. Brickman Landscaping, Ltd., et al. and the […]
In a controversial decision favoring the plaintiff’s bar, United States Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio denied a defendant’s Protective Order and directed that surveillance video captured of the plaintiff be produced prior to his deposition.  To be clear, in Gardner v. Norfolk Southern Corporation, 2014 WL1515525 (D.N.J. April 17, 2014), the court addressed surveillance of the plaintiff taken after the accident and not contemporaneous footage of the […]
(Philadelphia, PA – April 10, 2014)  A unanimous decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court makes clear that the traditional ‘statutory employer’ doctrine remains alive and well in Pennsylvania, while clarifying the analysis and limiting its use. According to the Court, the statutory employer analysis should remain a simple one: employees of subcontractors (an employer with a direct contractual relationship with the general contractor) are limited […]
(Trenton, NJ April 1, 2014)-  The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that whether workers compensation benefits are payable depends upon an detailed analysis of the location of the accident and the degree of control by the employer, and not just simply whether the claimant was “coming or going” to work.    In Hersh v. County of Morris, the Supreme Court found since there was […]