December 28, 2018

The Timothy Piazza Anti-Hazing Act has been selected as one of the five “most impactful” laws enacted in Pennsylvania in 2018 by the online publication BillyPenn ( “Moved by the death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza, who suffered fatal injuries during fraternity initiation rituals, the legislature passed a...

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November 20, 2018

Tougher penalties. Possible prison terms. Forfeiture of property.

All are contained in Pennsylvania’s Act 80 of 2018, also known as the Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law, the measure enacted in an effort to deter similar future tragedies as that which claimed the life of the 19-year-old Penn State fraternity pledge for whom the law is named.

"I am proud to sign this new law that will make our colleges and universities safer,” said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf at a...

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November 02, 2018

Latest Risperdal ruling an important one

The long and wide-ranging legal battle against the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal and its manufacturer, Janssen Pharmaceuticals advanced with Pennsylvania Superior Court’s decision to uphold the verdict in the bellwether trial from Philadelphia’s Risperdal mass tort program. In that case, the plaintiff’s side, led by Tom Kline, won a hard-fought, month-long trial that...

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October 16, 2018

Drivers across the country have been reporting more and more incidents of Hyundai and Kia cars and SUVs spontaneously bursting into flames, enough to prompt the Center for Auto Safety to demand a recall of millions of vehicles.

One Los Angeles man related an incident in which his 2012 Hyundai Sonata caught fire while his young daughters were in the back seat. "My girls were, you know, hysterical. They were terrified," Jason Tellefsen...

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September 13, 2018

Tom Kline (far left) with Evelyn and Jim Piazza

“Something good came of something bad.” Those words were uttered in the aftermath of the famous Hall v. SEPTA case in which an injury to a little boy led Philadelphia’s mass transit agency to revamp not only its escalators but also its inspections program. Now, nearly two decades later, another tragic incident has resulted in a societal benefit that will make fraternity life safer for young college...

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August 30, 2018

A grand jury report exposed more than 1,000 victims of child sexual abuse allegedly by some 300 Catholic priests across Pennsylvania, sending tremors not only in the state but across the country and beyond, even to the Vatican. But the report may never have seen the light of day without the effort of Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and a host of others that filed briefs seeking to make the document public. And the legal fight isn’t over yet.

Although the report is quite detailed, covering 884 pages, many entries were redacted, including dozens of pages pertaining to priests accused of abusing children that were kept from...

Tags: Sexual Abuse, child abuse lawsuits, child sexual abuse
August 30, 2018

Having verdicts upheld by appellate courts is just as important as winning them.  Take, for instance, the $12.5 million jury award in 2015 to an Indiana woman in the first trial held in the vaginal mesh mass tort program in Philadelphia. The verdict -- $5.5 million in compensatory damages and $7 million in punitive damages -- against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon came for Patricia Hammons, an Indiana woman who suffered permanent injury due to the medical device. As was to be expected, J&J...

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August 23, 2018

Child abuse comes in all different forms and places. Often it occurs where one would expect that children are sheltered and safe from harm. But abuse occurs in homes, foster care, school and even at church. Currently, an estimated 1,000 children are experiencing abuse in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Nadeem Bezar, a Kline & Specter attorney who litigates child abuse cases, calls the problem “an epidemic that has spread not just across our Philadelphia area but across the country, across the world” and one that victimizes...

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August 15, 2018

 A recently released Pennsylvania grand jury report detais decades of sexual assaults upon children by Catholic priests in the commonwealth -- more than 1,000 victims assaulted by some 300 “predator priests” – and an alleged cover-ups by church hierarchy.

 News of the report, released Tuesday, reverberated across the country, with accounts carried in newspapers and television news not only in the United States but in other countries as well. The report may also result in a wave of lawsuits by victims named in the report and those yet to come forward. (...

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July 19, 2018

Explosion Injury Lawyer | New Jersey | Kline & SpecterOn Saturday, July 7th, a couple in Newfield, NJ was killed following a natural gas explosion in their home. The victims of this tragic accident had installed a stove the day before the explosion, but there is no evidence as of yet to tie that installation to the explosion. In fact, according to...

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