March 14, 2019

Medicare and Medicaid account for roughly $1 trillion in federal spending annually. That’s a lot of money. And wherever there is a lot of money, there are those who will try to steal it.

The AARP reports that at about 10 percent of Medicare funding – or some $60 billion, roughly the budgets of the Department of Homeland Security and NASA combined – is stolen or misdirected each year, and some experts believe the total is much more, perhaps as much as 20 or 30 percent annually – or close to $200 billion -- in fraud...

Tags: Medicare Fraud
February 04, 2019

Erb’s palsy is a nerve injury that can occur during birth when the nerves in a baby’s upper arm are stretched, torn or damaged. Many babies with Erb’s palsy cannot move their arms or shoulders and some babies are unable to move their hands or fingers. 

Erb’s palsy is most often a result of shoulder dystocia, a complication in which an infant’s shoulders become stuck in the mother’s pelvis. The size of the baby is a common cause for...

Tags: Erb's Palsy, Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice
January 17, 2019

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease that afflicts people - often athletes - who have suffered severe and repeated head trauma.

Repeated brain trauma triggers progressive degeneration of brain tissue and/or the build-up of Tau protein that can disrupt the brain’s ability to communicate with other cells. These alterations in the brain can begin months, years or even decades after brain trauma or the end of active athletic...

Tags: CTE, Brain Injury, encephalopathy, lawyer, lawsuit
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...

Tags: hazing law
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...

Tags: hazing law
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...

Tags: Risperdal, lawsuits, punitive damages, appeal
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...

Tags: Car Accident, Dangerous Products, Defective Products
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...

Tags: hazing lawsuit
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...

Tags: vaginal mesh