GM Bankruptcy Amended to Address Some Concerns

Since the announcement of Chrysler’s bankruptcy plan nearly a month ago, opponents have gathered to express outrage at the injustice of this plan. As we discussed previously, the Chrysler bankruptcy plan leaves people who are injured as the result of defective Chrysler vehicles without legal claims against the “new” emerging company. This outrage did little to alter the fate of Chrysler; the bankruptcy was approved with minimal interruptions. Chrysler has emerged from bankruptcy without liability...

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Breathalyzer Source Code as an Issue in DUI Defense

For years, DUI defense attorneys have questioned the reliability of breath test results used as evidence of alcohol intoxication in DUI cases. Criminal defense attorneys across the nation have suggested that the source code used to program alcohol breath test machines have errors that make the machines render unreliable results in certain circumstances. Reliability of the results is important because in a criminal prosecution, defendants have a right to cross-examine witnesses against them. But for...

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Philly Hospital Errors Demonstrate Need for Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Last Saturday, the New York Times published an article about rampant medical negligence in a Philadelphia hospital, drawing national attention to a terrible local problem. According to the article, with broken equipment and minimal oversight, a "rogue cancer unit" at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center botched 92 of 116 procedures intended to help prostate cancer patients. The article cites many problems, from a regulatory system that allowed the doctor to revise his surgical plan after...

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Video Blog: What Makes a Good Case?

If you have been injured in a car accident, a work-related injury or other personal injury accident or hurt by medical malpractice, you may be wondering how you will pay your medical expenses, keep up with your own bills and heal from your injury. For information on personal injury matters, what makes a good case, how to retain an attorney without fronting the costs, and other common client questions, you can watch and listen to...

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Luzerne County Travesty

What a racket. Private companies come in to operate two juvenile detention facilities in Luzerne County and Butler County. Then two Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judges allegedly accept kickbacks from the juvenile detention facilities to send juveniles for lengthy, profitable stays, regardless of the facts of the legal cases against the kids. It’s like a bad made-for-TV movie script. But the worst part of it is, that’s exactly what federal prosecutors say actually...

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Philadelphia Police Chase or Not? Tragedy beyond belief regardless.

A careening car, four young victims – was it a police chase? Even as the police investigation continues, questions persist in the deaths of three young children and a 22-year-old woman in Philadelphia’s Feltonville neighborhood on June 10, where an attempted vehicle stop by police resulted in a vehicle chase, a fleeing car and a tragedy that has rocked the city. According to an account of the crash in The Philadelphia Inquirer, officers were responding...

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Medical Amnesty Legislation in New Jersey

The recent tragic deaths of two young people from excessive drinking at New Jersey colleges have prompted action in the New Jersey Legislature. Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini introduced a bill known as the 911 Legislation or Lifeline Legislation, which provides amnesty for minors who seek medical attention for themselves or friends who have become dangerously intoxicated. Statistics from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - New Jersey (NCADD-NJ) reveal the dangerous risks that...

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The Effects of Automaker Bankruptcy on Injured People

Earlier this week, President Obama announced news that has been expected for months — General Motors has filed for bankruptcy, with plans to emerge as a stronger, more viable “new” corporation. This announcement came just one day after Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez approved the sale of most of Chrysler’s assets to a new company, run by Fiat. Neither event came as a great surprise; the financial troubles of both companies are well-known. However, in both...

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Philly Steps Into The Cell Phone Void

A person talking (and especially texting) on his cell phone is as impaired as one who drives while intoxicated. Both impairments are equally dangerous for others on the road and can, and often do, result in catastrophic injuries. We have handled many cases where subpoenaed cell phone records demonstrate that the at-fault drivers were using their phones during the accident. In one such case, we even proved that a local clergy person was using his...

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