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DRI report: Judicial Funding Cuts Result in Economic Harm to Communities

“Economics of Justice” Cites Impacts of Unemployment, Loss of Tax Revenue, and Business Uncertainty

CHICAGO - (July 17, 2014)—In a report released today entitled “The Economics of Justice,” DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar details the adverse economic impacts on communities when court

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PDI Announces New Officers

The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is proud to announce the election of Scranton lawyer Matthew P. Keris, Esquire as 2014-2015 President at its recent Annual Conference at Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Mr. Keris is a shareholder in the law firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin.

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PDI Welcomes Large Group of New Members

Membership applications for the following persons were approved by PDI's Board of Directors at its May 2 meeting:

North Region:
Mary Walsh Dempsey: Ufberg & Associates (Scranton)

South Region:
Darlene King: Barley, Snyder (Lancaster)
Thomas Lee

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PDI Adds Another New Sponsor

PDI is pleased to announce RecordTrak as another new sponsor/partner. With their corporate headquarters in King of Prussia, PA, RecordTrak's business is the retrieval of records, including medical, insurance, employment, pharmacy, government, military and WC records.

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PDI Adds Two New Sponsor/Partners

PDI is pleased to announce the recent addition of two new sponsor/partners. They are Bit x Bit, a computer forensics, data loss prevention and e-discovery consulting firm located in Pittsburgh, but servicing throughout Pennsylvania, and Finley Consulting & Investigations, a full service investigative services firm with offices in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

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Jury Instruction in Med Mal Cases

In Passarello v. Grumbine, No. 15 WAP 2012, 2014 Pa. LEXIS 373 (Pa. Feb. 7, 2014), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the Superior Court's holding that the "error in judgment" jury charge should not be used in medical malpractice cases because the instruction imposes "palpable and substantial risks of confusing juries with respect to the standard of care".

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Consider Policyholder Ability to Settle Claim on Behalf of Insurer

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider whether a policyholder forfeits its right to insurance coverage by settling a covered claim without the insurer's consent where the settlement is fair and reasonable and the insurer has failed to offer anu amount in settlement. Babcock & Wilcox v.

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Split Supreme Court Affirms Lower Court in Emotional Distress Claim Case

An evenly split Pennsylvania Supreme Court has let stand a Superior Court decision in an emotional distress claim case. The Superior Court held 2-1 in the case of Lipsky v.

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Important New Bad Faith Decision

According to a December 2, 2013 article in The Legal Intelligencer by Zack Needles entitled "Judge Allows Insurer's 'Bad-Faith Setup' Defense," Federal Middle District Judge Richard P. Conaboy issued a ruling in the case of Shannon v. New York Central Mut. Ins. Co., No. 3:13-CV-1432 (M.D.Pa. Nov.

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Punitive Damages for Driving While Distracted by GPS? Punitive Damages for Driving While Distracted by GPS? Maybe. read more

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