What If Everything You Knew about the McDonald’s Hot Coffee Case Was Wrong? Do you remember the McDonald’s Hot Coffee case?  A woman spilled coffee on herself and a Jury gave her One Million Dollars.  How ridiculous is that?!? The McDonald’s Hot Coffee case became the poster child for stupid and frivolous lawsuits. In the…

The world of commerce is changing rapidly.  It’s evermore common for us to buy our products online and receive them from the FedEx or UPS driver rather than actually drive to a store and buy products the old fashioned way. As consumer behavior changes, our laws need to keep pace.  This includes the laws addressing…

A Deposition is part of the Discovery process in a lawsuit.  Discovery occurs after a lawsuit is filed and served on the Defendant.  The purpose of Discovery is for each side to find out information about the other side’s case.  The side that filed the Lawsuit, the Plaintiff, finds out about the defenses that will…

It has become commonplace for defense attorneys and insurance companies to investigate an injured person’s Facebook and other social media sites during Personal Injury Litigation.  The goal, to find posts that are inconsistent with the person’s injury claims to use against them in court. Because of this, it’s important for plaintiffs to be mindful about…

$50 Million IKEA Furniture Tip-Over Settlement IKEA agreed to pay $50 Million to settle lawsuits involving furniture tip-overs of the MALM dresser that killed toddlers in Pennsylvania, Washington and Minnesota. Apart from providing compensation to the families, the settlement called for substantial donations to three children’s hospitals and funding to Shane’s Foundation, a non-profit providing…

One of the most common questions I hear in my practice is How do I know if I have a good Pennsylvania Personal Injury Case?  A good Pennsylvania Personal Injury Case requires solid evidence of three things Fault, Causation and Harm.  But, to have a really good case, you also need the target defendant to…

There is a very strange Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence that can forbid a car accident victim from testifying about how the accident happened. It’s called the Dead Man Rules and the gist of the rule is that when one party to a legal case is dead, the surviving party is incompetent to testify in the…

Medical Malpractice cases resolve one of two ways, through an agreed upon settlement or through a Jury Verdict.  The high profile Medical Malpractice claim resulting from the death of famous comedian and QVC maven Joan Rivers was just resolved by way of a confidential settlement. Rivers died after what should have been a routine out-patient…

As a Pennsylvania Car Accident Lawyer who helps car accident victims receive fair treatment from insurance companies, it’s very common for me to hear potential clients say to me in our first meeting somthing to the effect of “I don’t believe in Personal Injury lawsuits, but…..” or “I don’t believe in suing people, but….” Lately…

The Jury in the Erin Andrews peep hole video case against Michael Barrett and the Nashville Marriott reached an epic Verdict of $55 Million.  Now we’ll have to see if the Verdict withstands possible appeal and how much Andrews can collect. Challenging the Verdict The defendants may choose to challenge the Verdict on appeal.  There…

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