Judge Robert A. Freedberg Nominated To Fill Pa. Superior Court Vacancy

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Edward G. Rendell on April 1 nominated the Judge Robert A. Freedberg of Easton to fill a vacancy on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. If confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate, Freedberg would serve the remainder of former Superior Court Judge Joan Orie Melvin's unexpired...

Pa. High Court: Drug Company Lacks Standing To Challenge State’s Outside Counsel

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) Janssen Pharmaceutica Inc. lacks standing under Pennsylvania law to challenge the hiring of outside counsel to represent the state in a Risperdal off-label marketing lawsuit, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Aug. 17 ( Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al. v. Janssen Pharmaceutica...

$22 Million Settlement Of Royalty Class Action Litigation Approved By U.S. Judge

On March 17, 2011, United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin approved a settlement that could be worth more than $22 Million between Range Resources and a class of over 25,000 landowners/lessors. Judge McLaughlin then issued an Order of Court amending the impacted leases in accordance with the...

Duane Morris Alerts and Updates. 2-Disease Rule No More: Pennsylvania Allows Multiple Malignancy Claims

In a decision that impacts all asbestos defendants, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the so-called "two-disease" rule allows plaintiffs in asbestos cases to file multiple malignancy claims. The state Supreme Court affirmed the Pennsylvania Superior Court's decision in Daley v. A...

Pennsylvania High Court Rejects 'Any Exposure' To Asbestos Causation Theory

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (Mealey's) An expert's testimony that "any exposure" to asbestos substantially contributes to mesothelioma irreparably conflicts with his testimony that mesothelioma is a dose-response disease, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held May 23 in finding that a judge properly...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Class Certification In Consumer Financial Services Case

By Consumer Financial Services Group The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unanimously reaffirmed the principle that consumer claims requiring fact-intensive, individualized inquiries are not amenable to class certification. In Basile v. H&R Block, Inc. [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers...

Pa. High Court Reconsiders, Won’t Disturb $8.6M Prempro Punitive Damages Award

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Dec. 16 let stand an $8.6 million punitive damages verdict in a Prempro hormone replacement therapy case after dismissing the appeal as improvidently granted ( Mary Daniel, et al. v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., et al. , Nos. 63...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Common Law Claims Against Employers Allowed For Latent Occupational Diseases

By Richard I. Nemeroff and R. Scott Marshall [Editor's Note: Mr. Nemeroff is the principal of The Nemeroff Law Firm, P.C., with offices in Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Pittsburgh, PA, and New Orleans, LA and focuses his firm's practice on asbestos, pharmaceutical and catastrophic personal injury...

Pa. Supreme Court Says Drug Companies Can Be Sued For Marketing Dangerous Drugs

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) Pennsylvania law allows drug companies to be sued if they fail to stop marketing drugs known to be unreasonably harmful, and the manufacturers are not immune from being sued for damages for lack of due care, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Jan. 22 in an eight...

Pa. Supreme Court Vacates $27.7M Drug Pricing Judgment Against Bristol-Myers

HARRISBURG, Pa. — (Mealey’s) The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on June 16 vacated a $27.7 million drug pricing judgment against drug maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS) because a trial court failed to account for billions of dollars in drug rebates paid to the state government ( Commonwealth...