Punitive damages may be assessed in Risperdal cases

A recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court may substantially change the future of litigation over Risperdal, the anti-psychotic drug linked to gynecomastia, the growth of female-like breasts in boys and male adolescents. A panel of the court decided to allow juries to consider punitive damages in trials over the medication made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The decision will require re-evaluation of cases already tried and could mean potentially larger verdicts in those still coming to trial.

Punitive damages may be assessed in Risperdal cases

A recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court may substantially change the future of litigation over Risperdal, the anti-psychotic drug linked to gynecomastia, the growth of female-like breasts in boys and male adolescents. A panel of the court decided to allow juries to consider punitive damages in trials over the medication made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The decision will require re-evaluation of cases already tried and could mean potentially larger verdicts in those still coming to trial.

Millions of Vehicles on the Road with Unresolved Recall Issues

Millions of Recalls Not CorrectedOf the 109 million vehicles that were subject to recalls from 2013-2015, roughly 45 million have not been fixed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has embarked on a campaign across the south from Miami to Fort Worth, Texas, to encourage vehicle owners to respond to recalls and get vehicle defects fixed.

Top Fatality Risks by Age Group

Top Fatality RisksPreventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease claim more lives than injuries that could have been prevented. Throughout our lives, we are exposed to unnecessary risks. Learn what you are most at risk for.

Millions More Takata Airbag Vehicles Recalled

Takata Airbags RecalledThe recall of Takata Airbags has been expanded to nearly 70 million U.S. vehicles and 100 million vehicles worldwide. In the United States only about eight million airbags have been replaced so far. Officials are prioritizing states with hot and humid climates that make the devices more prone to rupture.

Punitive damages allowed in case against gun manufacturer

A federal judge has allowed punitive damages to go forward in Kline & Specter’s case against Olin Corp., the manufacturer of a rifle the law firm claims is defective and resulted in injuries to a father and daughter while on a hunting trip in rural Pennsylvania. Previously, U.S.

Court ruling allows plaintiffs experts in gun case

Kline & Specter attorneys have won an early round in their case against a gun manufacturer involving injuries to a father and daughter during a hunting trip. A federal judge has allowed two plaintiffs experts to testify in the case not only about a defect in the design of the Winchester Model 94 made by Olin Corp. but also that the gun should have warned about the flaw and that a recall should have been initiated. The incident occurred in 2009 when the rifle fell from a position in a tree where Wayne Trask and his daughter, A.T., then 10 years old, were perched.

Kline & Specter wins second mesh case vs. J&J

Shanin Specter and his team made it 2-0 against Johnson & Johnson in a case against vaginal mesh, a defective product that has caused permanent injury to women across the country. The latest verdict came on Wednesday as a jury in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court handed down a $13.5 million award – including $10 million in punitive damages — to a Toms River, NJ woman who had the plastic-like device surgically implanted in 2005 to relieve urinary incontinence. Instead, Sharon Carlino, now 58, suffered severe pain during sexual intercourse after the mesh eroded in her body.

Safeguard family gatherings by remembering to "Anchor It!"

For many, the sounds of children and loved ones talking, laughing, playing and enjoying togetherness punctuate weekend and family gatherings.

Regardless of whether you're hosting a party or enjoying someone else's hospitality, the Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Kline & Specter, PC, want to remind you of the dangers of furniture tip-over accidents.

Why talk about tip-over accidents?

Consider these statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

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