Pennsylvania Legal News

Irate Judge Blasts Typos and Errors in Filing, Slashes Fees by $154K

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on October 21, 2008

A federal judge in Philadelphia blasted a lawyer for his “slip-shod submissions” to the court before slashing his requested attorney fees by about $154,000.

Senior U.S. District Judge J. William Ditter Jr. said a fee petition in a civil rights suit by Brian Puricelli was riddled with typographical and other errors, the Legal Intelligencer reports. Ditter cited these misspellings: “plaintf,” “Philadehia,” “attoreys,” “reasonbale” and “Ubited States.”

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Woman admits theft from relief fund

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on October 16, 2008

WILKES-BARRE — Ms. Healey, 31, of West Wyoming, pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft by failure to make required disposition of funds after stealing more than $5,000 from the Delta Company Family Readiness Group, a fund established to help families of soldiers deployed from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s Scranton-based 109th Infantry Regiment.

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Western PA Cancer Foundation Settles Lawsuit

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on October 4, 2008

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania cancer foundation has agreed to pay nearly $270,000 to more than 2,100 people to settle a lawsuit with the state.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett sued Slippery Rock-based Hope Cancer Treatment Foundation in 2006, claiming it solicited charitable donations for an event in West Virginia without being registered in Pennsylvania. Corbett says the foundation and its president Robert McConnell collected money for a so-called “Black and Gold Bash.” Corbett says the deal calls for the foundation to be dissolved within 120 days. He says McConnell also agreed never to operate a charity or solicit charitable donations in Pennsylvania.

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Pittsburgh Shooting Victim Likely Paralyzed; Teen Charged

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on October 2, 2008

PITTSBURGH – A teenager could face attempted homicide charges in a shooting that may have left another young man paralyzed. Pittsburgh police announced the arrest of a 17-year-old who officers questioned in the shooting of another young man in the city’s Hill District on Wednesday afternoon.

WTAE Channel 4’s Shannon Perrine reported that investigators questioned several people after the shooting of a 23-year-old man on Chauncey Drive.

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Pa. medical malpractice case filings continue to decline

Posted in News by bobloblawsblog on April 16, 2008

The number of cases filed was down significantly from 2002, the year before the state Supreme Court instituted rules to prevent venue shopping for sympathetic juries and required lawyers to secure a certificate of merit for their cases, and the state legislature created a fund to help subsidize malpractice insurance as part of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCare) Act.

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