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MSZL&M Secures Defense Verdict in Casino Premises Liability Case

Recent Verdicts | 1 Apr 2017 | by

DELAWARE COUNTY, Pennsylvania (April, 2017) – Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers LLP (MSZL&M) recently obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability case involving a casino, the results of which were published in Zarin’s Jury Verdict Review & Analysis. The case was tried by MSZL&M’s civil trial attorney Lawrence M. Kelly in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, PA. The plaintiff, a […]

Arbitration Agreements: Cherry Picking Turned Sour

Client Resources | 1 Feb 2017 | by

Arbitration agreements between medical providers and their patients must include both the pros and the cons of the arbitration provisions under the Chapter 766, Florida’s Medical Malpractice Act. DiLorenzo and DiLorenzo v. Lam and Family Foot and Leg Center, 42 Fla. L. Weekly D286a (Fla. 2d DCA February 1, 2017). In DiLorenzo, the parties entered into an agreement, which included an arbitration clause. However, the defendants cherry-picked only […]

A Failure to Communicate: Ethical Pitfalls in Negotiating Medicare Subrogation Liens

Client Resources | 1 Feb 2017 | by

We “suspend your license to practice law with no possibility of reinstatement for thirty days from the filing of this opinion.”  This is a statement no practicing attorney wants to read or hear.   You may not believe it, but this harsh sanction actually arose as a result of an attorney failing to negotiate a Medicare subrogation lien.  Most, if not all, practicing personal injury […]

Mintzer Sarowitz Secures Dismissal in Salvation Army Building Collapse Case

Press Releases | 1 Feb 2017 | by

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (February, 2017) – After more than three years of litigation and nearly five months in trial, a jury reached a verdict in the controversial Philadelphia Salvation Army building collapse case, finding all but one defendant liable. The exonerated defendant was represented by Pennsylvania civil trial lawyers Daniel J. McCarthy and William M. Brennan, of the civil litigation defense firm Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & […]

Mintzer Sarowitz Secures Dismissal with Prejudice for Fraud Upon the Court

Press Releases | 1 Feb 2017 | by

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 […]

Jury Awards Plaintiff Only Past Medical Expenses in a Stipulated Liability Case

Recent Verdicts | 17 Apr 2016 | by

(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 […]

Does the Act of Repossessing a Debtor’s Vehicle Constitute a Violation of the FDCPA When the Interest Terms are Usurious?

Client Resources | 1 Jan 2016 | by

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 […]

Miami Partner John J. Goran Selected as a “Top Lawyer”

Press Releases | 1 Jan 2016 | by

Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers, LLP is pleased to announce that Miami Partner, John J. Goran, has been selected as a “Top Lawyer,” in 2016, by the South Florida Legal Guide.  Mr. Goran has been recognized, as a “Top Lawyer,” in the practice areas of: Medical Malpractice Defense and General Liability Defense. In selecting South Florida’s “Top Lawyers,” the South Florida Legal Guide […]

Ronald Meltzer and the Continued Use of Perjury in Litigation

Client Resources | 3 Dec 2015 | by

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 […]

Workers’ Compensation Subrogation: Moving Forward in Pennsylvania after The Hartford Insurance Group on Behalf of Chunli Chen v. Kafumba Kamara, Thrifty Car Rental, and Rental Car Finance Group

Recent Verdicts | 1 Jan 2015 | by

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 […]