Verdicts

Statute of Limitations Defense Successful in Beaver County Motor Vehicle Case

Plaintiff, operator of motor vehicle involved in a collision with defendants vehicle, sued the defendant vehicle owners, the driver’s parents, but, not the driver, shortly before the statue of limitations expired. After the statute ran, the defendants’ answer was filed, which averred neither...

Defense verdict for General Contractor

Our Philadelphia partner, Fred Lachat, defending the interests of a General Contractor’s employee operating a piece of heavy equipment known as a “track chipper,” who ran over the plaintiff during a pipeline right-of-way maintenance project, resulting in multiple crush injuries and permanent...

Partner Catherine Straggas and Associate Emily Mahler Prevail at Trial in Race/Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Philadelphia Partner Catherine Straggas and Pittsburgh Associate Emily Mahler obtained a defense verdict at trial on an high exposure age and race discrimination lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Plaintiff's former employer, a large...

Pennsylvania Liquor Liability Contribution Action – Defense Wins Dismissal

In a case of first impression in the PA US District Court, Pittsburgh colleagues Miles Kirshner & Kyle McGee successfully argued a contribution action by an insurer of a drunk driver against our restaurant licensee was not actionable. The insurer paid $600,000 on behalf of their vehicle...

Slip and Fall Defense Verdict in Philadelphia

Plaintiff, a dental technician in her mid-fifties, parked her car in our client’s lot and opted to take the shortest route toward her employer’s office by walking over a grassy area, still wet with morning dew, rather than walking around the lot to a paved surface. Plaintiff fell in the area...

Partner Thomas Gebler and Associate Emily Mahler Prevail on Motion to Dismiss Civil Rights Claim in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Partner Thomas Gebler and Associate Emily Mahler successfully obtained dismissal of all claims in a Civil Rights lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against a local municipality and its pension plan. Plaintiff, a retired employee of...

USDC Motion to Dismiss Removes Code Enforcement Official From Civil Rights Case

In a Federal Court matter involving the planning and construction of a residential development, our Scranton, PA, based colleague, Mark Sheridan, argued the two year statute of limitations which governs civil rights suits applied to the allegations in the plaintiff developer’s amended complaint...

Partner Christopher Tinari and Associate Emily Mahler Prevail on Summary Judgment in Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Philadelphia Partner Christopher Tinari and Pittsburgh Associate Emily Mahler obtained summary judgment resulting in the dismissal of an Age Discrimination suit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against a large health care corporation. Plaintiff...

Fred Lachat Secures Recovery for General Contractor – Transfer of Risk/Indemnification

Our Philadelphia based partner, Fred Lachat, defended the interests of a general contractor in a construction loss and in 2009 Fred sought to tender the defense of his client to the subcontractor-employer of the plaintiff, which was then rejected by its insurer, based on a claimed exclusion for...

Defense Verdict Lackawana County – Underground Utility Damage

Our partner, Mike Savitsky, secured a defense verdict for his construction company client who testified the job site was “ ... lit up like a Christmas Tree ...” identifying areas where our client was not permitted to excavate, however, there were no markings in the area where the loss occurred....

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