March 03, 2016

The Attorney General of Pennsylvania has released an extensive grand jury report that found at least 50 priests in the Catholic Archdiocese of Altoona-Johnstown sexually abused hundreds of children over the years. The 147-page document cited a cover-up by church superiors, including bishops.

However, the grand jury did not recommend criminal charges for a number of reasons, mainly because the offenses largely occurred many years ago. Some of the offenders are dead and the statute of limitations has run out on pursuing criminal charges.

State officials, though, said the investigation...

Tags: child abuse lawsuits, Sexual Abuse, child sexual abuse
February 11, 2016

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. Two subsequent surgeries did not help. During the nearly three-...

Tags: Transvaginal Mesh, Product Liability
January 25, 2016

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:

  • An American is injured by a piece of tip-over...
Tags: Product Liability
January 22, 2016

It was only a matter of time before a jury in Pennsylvania or another American court heard a medical malpractice case like the one our lawyers successfully litigated on behalf of Bonnie Semple.

In 2015, Kline & Specter medical malpractice attorneys Michael A. Trunk and Gary Zakeosian won a $2.8 million verdict in Ms. Semple's lawsuit, which was initiated after she suffered irreversible damage to her larynx and trachea as the result of an emergency room doctor's error.

Our "MedMal" lawyers established that a surgeon at Crozer-Chester...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
January 21, 2016

In the wake of snowballing defective product lawsuits in Pennsylvania and nationwide against the manufacturers of various transvaginal surgical mesh brands, our defective device attorneys — five of whom also are doctors — want to reiterate the dangers (as stated by the federal government) associated with this particular product.

The Food and Drug Administration released public health notifications about the many serious complications associated with surgical mesh first in 2008 and again 2011. Surgical mesh was developed to address pelvic organ prolapse and...

Tags: Transvaginal Mesh
January 20, 2016

Less than a month after our attorneys won a defective surgical device lawsuit on behalf of our client, Patricia Hammons, lawyers elsewhere also landed a major victory against another transvaginal mesh manufacturer.

For Hammons, transvaginal mesh surgery caused more harm than good. In fact, there have been so many victims of this medical device that defective product lawyers and scholars nationwide are beginning to refer to transvaginal mesh litigation as "one of the biggest U.S. mass...

Tags: Transvaginal Mesh
January 19, 2016

Last month’s $12.5 million verdict for a woman against Johnson & Johnson over its surgically implanted vaginal mesh product has grown by nearly $800,000 following a judge’s recent decision to add delay damages to the result.
The order was handed down by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Mark I. Bernstein, who presided over the trial in which a jury awarded $5.5 million in compensatory damages and $7 million in punitive damages for Patricia Hammons, an Indiana woman who had the device implanted but later suffered...

Tags: Transvaginal Mesh
January 03, 2016

"If you see something, say something."

That's the slogan endorsed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the wake of international terrorist violence.

But it's not just people who have been exposed to bloody public atrocities who can relate to the "see something, say something" philosophy. It's also people like the families of LaTonya Brown and Tanya Wilson, two women who were killed in the workplace after a fired worker at the Kraft...

Tags: Premises Liability
December 28, 2015

You may have seen Pennsylvania native and our law firm's co-founding attorney Tom Kline on World News Tonight, Good Morning America or Nightline.

Those are just a few of the news shows that have called on Kline, an accomplished Philadelphia personal injury and medical malpractice attorney, to share insight and commentary about noteworthy cases.

But the work for which Kline is most proud are cases that resulted in far-...

Tags: Interview
December 22, 2015

The defective product attorneys at Kline & Specter, PC, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania are following with interest the recent class-action news indicating that America's oldest gun maker intentionally concealed widespread trigger mechanism safety problems.

The revelation could affect millions of rifle owners, according to CNBC.

As part of its coverage of a pending Remington Arms Co. class-action settlement offer related to defective triggers in its popular Model 700 rifle,...

Tags: Product Liability