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HTMLContested Divorce Cases and the Psychology Behind Them: Chapter #1: The Damage That A Client's Lawyer Can Do To Your Own Case
Henry Lung;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on December 2014
Contested Divorces and the Psychology Behind Them: Chapter #1: The Damage That A Client's Lawyer Can Do To Your Own Case

 

HTMLStatutory Caps on Damages are Constitutional
Bernard T. Kwitowski, Louis C. Long; Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on November 21, 2014
In one of the most closely watched cases in recent times, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the statutory caps on damages put in place by the legislature over three decades ago to help preserve the financial stability of the Commonwealth and its political...

 

HTMLTrial Court Properly Granted Summary Judgment for Nightclub Defendants Where Plaintiffs Injured in Bar Fight Failed to Prove Applicable Standard of Care by Expert
Colleen K. O'Brien; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on October 2014
In Night and Day Management LLC v. Butler, No. 13-CV-944(District of Columbia Court of Appeals, October 23, 2014), the District of Columbia high court affirmed summary judgment in favor of the Defendants in a case alleging inadequate nightclub security due to the Plaintiffs’ lack of expert...

 

HTMLArbitration Clause Enforceable Despite Inconvenient Forum Argument
Preti Flaherty Beliveau Pachios LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014
The United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, in Weddle Enters. V. Terviicos-Soletanche, J.V., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146812 (WD. Ky. Oct. 15, 2014), recently held that an arbitration clause in a contract between a Massachusetts-based general contractor, and a Kentucky-based...

 

HTMLSuperior Court Affirms Trial Court’s Grant of a Motion to Transfer Venue Under the Bractic Standard
Corey J. Adamson; Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on December 1, 2014
In Lee v. Bower Lewis Thrower Architects, 2014 Pa. Super. 240 (October 22, 2014), the Pennsylvania Superior Court, applying the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s revised forum non conveniens standard for the first time, upheld the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas’ grant of...

 

HTMLFourth Circuit Affirms Judgment of South Carolina District Court in Denying Debtors’ Motion for Reconsideration Arising from Bankruptcy Proceeding
Jhanelle A. Graham; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on October 2014
In Branch Banking and Trust Company v. Cathy Lanier, Randy and Cathy Lanier (collectively, “the Laniers”) appealed the district court’s judgment in favor of Branch Banking & Trust Company (“BB&T Co.”) and its order denying their Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) motion for...

 

HTMLPlaintiff Only Awarded Nominal Damages in Breach of Contract Case
Colleen K. O'Brien; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on November 2014
In Natural Product Solutions, LLC v. Vitaquest International, LLC, No. CCB-13-436 (D. Md., November 13, 2014), Plaintiff Natural Product Solutions, LLC (“NPS”) filed an action against Defendant Vitaquest International, LLC (“Vitaquest”) alleging breach of contract and...

 

HTMLWhen Should An Inferior Court Just Sit Tight?
Ryan G. Koopmans; Nyemaster Goode, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on December 18, 2014
That was the main question yesterday in Deaton v. Arkansas Department of Correction. Arkansas prisoner Christopher Deaton wants to grow a full-length beard for religious reasons, but prison policy doesn’t allow it because of safety concerns. Deaton sued under the Religious Land Use and...

 

HTMLNew Legislation Places Limits on Physician- Dispensed Prescription Drugs
A. Catherine McLaughlin; Thomas, Thomas & Hafer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on December 1, 2014
In the Pennsylvania workers’ compensation system, it has become more and more common for physicians to dispense prescription drugs directly to patients, bypassing pharmacies. This is a profitable enterprise for physicians because the doctors can set their own prices on the prescriptions. New...

 

HTMLEvidence of Lack of Insurance Only Admissible in Negligent Hiring Case if Proximate Cause of Harm Alleged
Gregory S. Emrick; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on October 2014
In April 2012, Morgan Perry was struck by a dump truck being operated by William H. Johnson, II while crossing an intersection, causing significant injuries. At the time of the incident, Johnson was operating a truck owned by Higher Power Trucking, LLC (“Higher Power”), Johnson’s...

 


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