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Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Creates Task Force on Pipeline Infrastructure Development

By Joshua F. Hall On May 27, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the formation of a task force to help the Commonwealth, the natural gas industry and communities partner for the development of new pipeline infrastructure to allow natural gas and related byproducts to more effectively reach...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: May Top 5 Personal Injury Suits

During May, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. Every month, we make a list of the top five cases that captured our attention. Our list normally includes substantial plaintiff’s verdicts as well as impressive...

Pa. Jury Awards $ 1.5 Million In Cook’s Medical Malpractice Action For Loss Of Sense Of Taste Following Tonsillectomy

On Feb. 17, 2012, Antonio Costagliola and Tiffany Costagliola filed a medical malpractice action against defendants, Samuel V. Rizzo, M.D. and his medical practice of Ear, Nose, Throat Surgery, in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for Luzerne County. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants had been negligent...

Natural Gas Well Owner Pays $5 Million To Settle Pennsylvania Suit Filed By Family Of Well Worker Killed In Explosion

Chevron Appalachia, LLC owned and operated natural gas wells near Dunkard, Pennsylvania, including the Lanco #7H well site. On Feb. 11, 2014, Ian R. McKee was hired by Cameron International Corp., a company that was in turn hired by Chevron to perform services at Lanco #7H well site. A violent natural...

Bill Cosby: Pudding Pops and Quaaludes

Almost ten years after a woman filed a civil suit in Pennsylvania against Bill Cosby, alleging, among other things, a sexual assault claim, the Associated Press (AP) requested the release of certain documents that had been sealed following the settlement of that civil suit. United States District Judge...

McNees, Wallace& Nurick: Husband Permitted To Seek Attorney's Fees Against Wife For Her Failure To Comply With Prenuptial Agreement

By Anthony Hoover In the 2015 Pennsylvania Superior Court Non-precedential Decision, De Boer v. Pott, the Court confirmed husband's right to seek attorney's fees against wife due to wife's failure to comply with the parties' prenuptial agreement[ enhanced opinion available to lexis...

Pa. Court Awards Grandparents Partial Custody Of Children Over Mother's Objection, Holds Minor Criminal Convictions Irrelevant In Custody Case

By Anthony Hoover In June 2015, the Pennsylvania Superior Court, in K.T. v. L.S. , provided partial child custody to the children's paternal grandparents over mother's objection[ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers | Lexis Advance ] . The two children in this matter were...

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Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds 1961 Dual Purpose Lease Still In Effect

By Matthew L. Lambach | In the case titled Mason v. Range Res.-Appalachia LLC (2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97471), the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently held that a 1961 oil and gas lease remained in effect pursuant to the terms of the lease [ enhanced opinion...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania DEP Releases Latest Revisions Of Oil And Gas Rulemaking

By Matthew L. Lambach The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced the draft final revisions to the “Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites” rulemaking (Chapters 78 and 78a). Following the most recent round of public...

Pennsylvania Jury Awards Record $12.5 Million In Medical Malpractice Suit Brought By Paralyzed Patient

On the morning of June 17, 2011, Kenneth Del Grosso presented to the emergency room of Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) with left-sided neck pain and tingling down his left arm. Del Grosso was placed under the care of Karl G. Schwabe, M.D. and he was admitted for observation to rule out cardiac...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. DEP’s Latest Revisions to Chapter 78a for Unconventional Wells – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s long, drawn out effort to promulgate new rules for oil and gas activities took another turn on August 12, 2015. On a DEP webinar on that day, the DEP announced several significant changes to its latest edition of proposed rules for regulating...

Babst Calland: Pa. Superior Court Holds ‘Express’ Misrepresentations are not Required in Bilt-Rite Pleadings

By Esther S. Mignanelli, Esq. The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held that a negligent misrepresentation claim may be based on an architect’s faulty design, even absent allegations of an express misrepresentation by the architect. Gongloff Contracting, L.L.C. v. L. Robert Kimball &...

Going to School . . . Divorce Style

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently decided a case involving a very common issue arising in school districts across the country due to the splitting up of families: what are a district’s responsibilities with getting a student to school when the parents have two separate houses and the child...

Babst Calland: Pennsylvania Court Rules That Gas Lease Was Not Forfeited

By Elena L. Rorabaugh The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled on Friday that an oil and gas lease was not forfeited by the failure of the operators to pay delay rentals lexis.com subscribers may view the enhanced opinion | Lexis Advance ] . In Dewing v. Abarta Oil & Gas Co. , the landowners (the...

Babst Calland: Pa. Commonwealth Court Reverses Controversial Lycoming County Decision

By Robert Max Junker Earlier [Sept. 14], the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court issued a unanimous decision in the much-anticipated case of Gorsline v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township , reversing the decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County [ lexis.com subscribers may view...

Pennsylvania Jury Awards Nearly $ 2.8 Million In Medical Malpractice Action Brought By Patient Who Required Permanent Tracheostomy Following Surgery

On March 24, 2011, Bonnie Semple filed a medical malpractice action in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas for Delaware County. Through the complaint, she asserted professional negligence claims against a number of defendants, including Mohammed Budeir, M.D.; Riad Cahecho, M.D.; Janice Silva Sicat...

McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC: Pennsylvanians Penalized As Companies Are Forced To Waste Money Under Guise Of Energy Efficiency

By Pamela C. Polacek Anyone who has paid an electric bill knows the importance of energy efficiency. Turn off the lights when you leave the room, install energy-saving light bulbs, keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature: Every day, energy consumers, both individual and corporate, analyze...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Pennsylvania Data Breach Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss

By Daniel JT McKenna, Philip N. Yannella and Suzanne O. Lufadeju A federal judge in Pennsylvania has allowed a data breach class action against Coca-Cola and several bottling companies to proceed, finding that the plaintiff has Article III standing even though he had left Coca-Cola’s employment...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: West Virginia Governor Signs 3-state Agreement Pledging Support for Ongoing Natural Gas Development in the Appalachian Basin

The Tri-State Shale Summit is a collaborative effort on behalf of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia to bring together industry leaders to facilitate a discussion on the opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region. The Summit features engaging and enlightening panels and keynotes on topics...

Babst Calland: Federal Court Invalidates Portions of a Local Ordinance, Which Banned the Use of Underground Injection Wells

By Alana E. Fortna On October 14, 2015, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania invalidated several provisions of a Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania local ordinance that was intended to prevent an oil and gas operator from operating an injection well that...

Babst Calland: Pa. Court Upholds Zoning Ordinance Permitting Oil and Gas Well Development In Agricultural/Residential Zoning District

By Lawrence H. Baumiller | On October 21, 2015, Judge Richard McCormick, President Judge of the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, issued a decision and order upholding the validity of Allegheny Township’s zoning ordinance, which permits oil and gas well development in the Township’s...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: Pa. Federal Judge Invalidates Ordinance Governing Oil and Gas Waste Disposal

A federal judge invalidated portions of a “Community Bill of Rights Ordinance” that banned the disposal of waste from oil and gas operations and eliminated the legal rights of corporations in Grant Township, Pennsylvania [ lexis.com subscribers can read the enhanced opinion | Lexis Advance...

Can A Gestational Carrier Enforce Child Surrogacy Contract Against A Mother Who Changed Her Mind? Pennsylvania Court Says ‘Yes’

A Pennsylvania appellate court was tasked with determining whether a legal mother breached the terms of her surrogacy contract with her husband, who was the biological father of the child, and the gestational carrier of the child. In re S.S., 2015 Pa. Super. LEXIS 767, 2015 PA Super 244 (Pa. Super. Ct...

$5.5 Million Compensatory Verdict Returned In 1st Pelvic Mesh Trial In Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) A Pennsylvania state court jury on Dec. 21 returned a $5.5 million verdict in the first pelvic mesh case from the state’s complex litigation docket to go to trial, according to one of the plaintiff’s attorneys ( Patricia L. Hammons v. Ethicon Inc. , No...