AWARDS: $2,350,000 award to automobile accident wrongful death plaintiffs • jury acquittal – double criminal homicide • $1,000,000 award to motorcycle accident wrongful death plaintiffs • jury acquittal – criminal homicide • $465,000 award to medical malpractice plaintiff • jury acquittal – criminal homicide, recklessly endangering another person, neglect of a care dependent person • $325,000 federal jury verdict, UIM and insurance bad faith award to automobile accident plaintiffs • jury acquittal – attempted criminal homicide • $300,000 award to medical malpractice plaintiff • jury acquittal- attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon • $300,000 award to automobile accident/ products liability plaintiffs • jury acquittal – homicide by vehicle while DUI, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle DUI, aggravate assault by vehicle • $115,000 award to truck accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – murder, rape • $100,000 non-jury trial verdict to facial laceration plaintiff • jury acquittal – 1st degree Murder (capital case) • $90,000 award to premises liability/slip-and-fall plaintiff • jury acquittal – DUI, terroristic threats, carrying firearms without a license • $440,000 award to civil rights violation plaintiff • jury acquittal – theft, receiving stolen property • $135,000 award to civil rights violation plaintiff • jury acquittal – possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (PWI) • $636,000 jury verdict in plaintiffs’ medical malpractice case • jury acquittal – indecent assault, indecent exposure • $550,000 award in plaintiffs’ personal injury case • juvenile case acquittal- solicitation to commit aggravated assault, aggravated assault of unborn child • $250,000 award to mass transit accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy • $130,000 award to premises liability/slip-and-fall plaintiffs • court-appointed appellate counsel – Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversal of rape conviction • $465,000 award to automobile accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – aggravated assault • $125,000 award to automobile accident plaintiff • jury acquittal – DUI • non-jury acquittal – dismissal of armed robbery charges • $170,000 award to automobile accident plaintiffs • successful jury verdict in defense of attorney charged with legal malpractice in professional liability case • $140,000 award to injured bicyclist plaintiff • non-jury acquittal – dismissal of 2 counts of criminal homicide • $180,000 award to employment discrimination plaintiff • jury acquittal – indecent exposure • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to paternal grandparents over natural mother • juvenile decertification petition granted to criminal homicide charges – release at age 21 • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to father • jury acquittal – DUI • $90,000 award to automobile accident plaintiffs • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to mother • $50,000 jury verdict for plaintiff- passenger in automobile accident case • non-jury custody trial – award of primary physical and legal custody of minor to father • hung jury – Arson trial (no criminal punishment imposed) • $265,000 award to premises liability plaintiff • jury acquittal – delivery of a controlled substance • $125,000 award to premises liability plaintiff • jury acquittal – DUI • $190,000 award to products liability plaintiff • $150,000 award to premises liability/construction accident plaintiff • $750,000 award to prison medical malpractice and civil rights violation plaintiff • $90,000 award to automobile accident plaintiffs • $108,500 award to automobile accident plaintiff • $80,000 award to automobile accident plaintiff • $150,000 award to truck accident plaintiffs.
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Searches and Seizures: How Far Can Police Go During A Routine Traffic Stop?

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement, but the right to go about your daily activities without interference from police is not without its limits. One common situation in which where your rights under the Constitution and the ability of the police to carry out their duty to enforce the laws come into focus is during routine traffic stops.
Common situations in which police stop vehicles

Protecting the Unmarried Father in Child Custody Disputes

Protecting the rights of an unmarried father when disputes arise about child custody is more important now than ever before. According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 41.2 percent of births in Pennsylvania are to unmarried mothers. The law recognizes the parental rights of the mother and father when a child is born to a married couple. If the parents are not married, the first step to protecting the father’s rights is to establish paternity.

Protecting Employees Who Cry “Foul” – The Role of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act

Discrimination in the workplace is against public policy and violates the law in Pennsylvania. However, individuals might understandably be reluctant to voice their objections to discriminatory practices engaged in by their employers. Fortunately, employees willing to stand up and cry “foul,” can look to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act to protect them against retaliation.

Establishing Probable Cause for a DUI Arrest

Police enforcement of Pennsylvania laws prohibiting driving while under the influence of alcohol has resulted in a record number of arrests. The Pennsylvania State Police reported 19,518 DUI arrests by their officers last year. Stopping a vehicle and arresting its driver for DUI cannot be done unless the police officer has probable cause to believe the motorist has violated the law. An arrest made without probable cause violates the U.S. Constitution and Pennsylvania laws.

The Importance of Noncompetition Clauses in Employment Contracts

Noncompetition or noncompete clauses are common additions to most Pennsylvania employment contracts. They restrict the ability of workers from using the training or proprietary information acquired at their jobs to unfairly compete against their former employers. The U.S. Treasury reports that approximately 30 million American workers, representing 18 percent of the total workforce, are covered by noncompetition clauses.

Owner Liability For Injuries Caused by Drones

The popularity of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones as they are commonly called, has exploded in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in recent years. The Federal Aviation Administration has registered 670,000 of them so far and expects up to 7 million of them to be sold for recreational and commercial uses by 2020. As the number of drones being flown increases, the injuries caused by them crashing into people or coming into contact with the blades that propel them raises legal issues about the liability of drone owners.

Distracted Driving Can Kill You

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8 people die and almost 1,200 are injured every day due to distracted driving. Laws restricting the use of cellphones for making calls and prohibiting their use for texting have focused attention on those activities, but the causes of distracted driving are not limited to cellphone use.