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MINTZER SAROWITZ ZERIS LEDVA & MEYERS LLP LABOR & EMPLOYMENT BULLETIN APRIL 2021 We have all seen the statistics reporting declining membership in unions over the years.  Indeed, at this point, there are more public employer union members than there are private employers. According to the January 22, 2021 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the union membership rate of public-sector workers (34.8 percent) is […]
On February 11, 2017 an employee of our client, a national retailer, was injured when a rug flipper fell off the wall of a newly retrofitted store.  Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP was called in to make a claim for the workers compensation lien against a national vendor of the client under a contractual claim with a strong indemnity provision.  Rather than […]
Senior Associate Lianet Rodriguez, a member of the Premises Liability Practice Group of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP, obtained summary judgment in favor of our residential apartment complex client and its on-site property management company.  Plaintiff claimed that she sustained substantial injuries resulting in surgery when she fell on the common area staircase of her apartment building.  The suit arose from Plaintiff’s […]
After suspending civil and criminal jury trials on March 17, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas resumed in-person civil jury trials on March 4, 2021. This decision was based on public health guidance and the recommendations of the CDC, as well as state and local public health officials. As of April 7, 2021, nearly 400 civil cases […]
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the New Jersey Statewide “shutdown” due to COVID-19, it is worth assessing how the New Jersey Courts adapted. Apart from jury trials, the New Jersey courts barely missed a beat keeping litigation in step. With little lag time required to figure out the technical aspects, the courts promptly switched to virtual hearings on discovery motions, substantive motions, […]
The Supreme Court heard two cases involving Ford Motor Company during its October 2020 term and issued a ruling on these cases on March 25, 2021. Ford Motor Co. v. Mont. Eighth Jud. Dist. Ct., 589 U.S. ____ (2020).  In each, the State’s highest court held that it had personal jurisdiction over Ford Motor Company in a products-liability lawsuit stemming from a car accident. […]
Florida Supreme Court Adopts Federal Summary Judgment Standard On December 31, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court decided to scrap the established state law standard for summary judgment in favor of adopting the more lenient federal standard articulated by the United States Supreme Court in the trilogy of cases of Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986), Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. […]
New Year, New MSZL&M Calendar. To celebrate the new year, MSZL&M attorneys Larry Sarowitz and Alex Krasnitsky have created a 2021 MSZL&M photo Calendar. Larry and Alex have been making a yearly calendar of their photos for more than five years, and nothing makes them happier than to share it with their friends and colleagues. If you would like a copy, please email Kate […]
Jason G. Wehrle
With Profound Sadness We Mourn the Loss of Jason G. Wehrle Our Valued Partner, Dear Friend, and Admired Colleague (1971-2020) Jason Wehrle, the Managing Partner of our firm’s Pittsburgh Office, passed away on December 19, 2020 following a short illness.  Above all else, Jason was the loving and devoted father to his two children, Emma and Brady, and an adoring son to his mother, Cathy […]