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Pending Sexual Abuse Legislation in Pennsylvania

Proposed Legislation in Pennsylvania Would Allow Victims of Child Abuse to Pursue Legal Claims More than 2 Years After the Abuse Has Taken Place. Rep. Ron Marsico (R., Dauphin), Judiciary Committee Chair, has expressed opposition to this important pending legislation, citing constitutional concerns. House Bill 832: Eliminates the statute of limitations for a number of enumerated [...]

Sovereign Immunity Won’t Shield Penn State

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - In the wake of the Pennsylvania State University child sex-abuse scandal, questions loom over whether or not the school, as a state-supported higher learning institution, can face civil litigation. The consensus among attorneys who have worked similar cases involving sexual abuse of minors seems to be that the university is not shielded [...]

Tort Reform: “Loser Pays” Makes You A Loser

Commentary & Opinion on Tort Reform by Paul Lauricella Did you watch the Republican candidates debate healthcare reform?  If you listened to the candidates, you'd think that medical malpractice lawsuits are the biggest contributor to the cost of health care.  Tort reform, they tell you, will solve the problem of health care.  This kind of thinking [...]

There Is Nothing “Fair” About Fair Share Legislation

Courtesy of Governor Corbett, the insurance industry has realized a prize it has sought for decades: the abolition of Pennsylvania’s “joint and several” liability.   Misleadingly titled “Fair Share" liability reform, this new legislation will severely restrict the rights of injured Pennsylvanians. It applies to all manner of personal injury lawsuits.  Medical malpractice actions, products liability [...]