Rawle’s Reports, May 2017: Snow & Ice Cases; Firm Announcements

NEW YORK: PERSONAL INJURY, Summary Judgment in Snow & Ice Cases, by Robert A. Fitch and Robert F. Fanning. PITTSBURGH PARTNER: William T. “Will” Polaski has joined our Pittsburgh office. David Ira Rosenbaum served as co-chair and co-emcee at Spring 2017 Conference of the Product Liability Advisory Council. John T. Donovan honored as Distinguished Advocate for Philadelphia Support Center for Child Advocates.

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Rawle’s Reports, April 2017: Announcements

John C. McMeekin II speaks at ABA Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Conference; Zach Rubinich selected as member of the ABA TIPS Diversity Committee; Erica M. Wicas selected as Social Media/Technology Vice-Chair of the ABA TIPS Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee; Komen Race for the Cure; Dolan Memorial Fund; PaLaw Survey; In Memoriam: Victor F. Panieczko.

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Rawle’s Reports, March 2017: Rawle & Henderson AV Preeminent Lawyers

Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that 22 attorneys were named 2017 AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent® rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell’s® Peer Review Ratings™ system.

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Rawle’s Reports, February 2017: Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Summary Judgment

Pennsylvania Superior Court Affirms Summary Judgment. By Carl D. Buchholz, III. Announcements: John C. McMeekin II elected Section Secretary of ABA TIPS; Nigel A. Greene to speak at ABA Transportation Megaconference XIII on March 9, 2017; Patrice S. O’Brien was selected to participate as a consumer reviewer for the Breast Cancer Research Program of the U.S. Dept. of Defense in January 2017.

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Rawle’s Reports, Jan. 2017: “Pennsylvania: Distracted Driving”; Firm Announcements

PENNSYLVANIA: DISTRACTED DRIVING. By John J. Heurich, Jr., and Charles A. Buechel, Jr.; Suzanne Curran Murphy and Lisa L. Prince named Of Counsel to the Firm; Kathlyn C. Gorman joins Phila. office as Of Counsel to the Firm; Salvation Army Toy Drive; Support Ctr. for Child Advocates; In Memoriam: Nicholas C. Campellone

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Rawle’s Reports, Dec. 2016: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Refuses to Reinstate Defamation Case

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Refuses to Reinstate Defamation Case. By Angela M. Heim. On September 27, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied the petition filed by plaintiffs seeking further appellate review of Superior Court’s Order and Opinion of February 5, 2016, affirming the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of L.A. Fitness International, LLC (now known as Fitness International, LLC), thus effectively ending a defamation case in which plaintiffs claimed that employees of L.A. Fitness falsely and maliciously reported to the local police and others that they were involved in thefts at one or more L.A. Fitness facilities.

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Rawle’s Reports, November 2016: The Paralegal’s Role in the New World of Cybersecurity

The Paralegal’s Role in the New World of Cybersecurity. By Victor F. Panieczko. Cyberattacks have affected virtually every industry. These include, but are not limited to, health care, education, finance, energy, retail, hospitality and government. Most of us have seen or heard about the security breaches of Home Depot Inc., eBay Inc., Target Corp., Sony Pictures Entertainment, JPMorgan Chase, and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. What is cybersecurity?

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Rawle’s Reports, October 2016: NY Super Lawyers, Conference Speakers, Constitution Program

New York Super Lawyers. New Associate in New York City Office. Gary Stewart to speak at TIDA Annual Seminar in Baltimore in October 2016. John McMeekin and Julie Nord Friedman spoke at Annual National Forum for Environmental & Toxic Tort IssuesConference in Chicago in September 2016.

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Rawle’s Reports: Healthcare Data Breach—Pa. Super. Ct. Affirms Decision to Deny Class Action Status

PENNSYLVANIA: HEALTH CARE DATA BREACH. Superior Court Affirms Decision to Deny Class Action Status. By Charles A. Fitzpatrick, III. On April 26, 2016, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the decision of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to deny class action status in the case of Baum v. AmeriHealth Caritas.

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Rawle’s Reports, Aug. 2016: Pa. Denies Plaintiff’s Petition for Allowance of Appeal in Asbestos Case

Pennsylvania: Toxic Torts. PA Supreme Court Denies Plaintiff’s Petition for Allowance of Appeal in Asbestos Case. On June 21, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an Order denying the Petition for Allowance of Appeal filed by James Herbert, Executor of the Estate of Vincent W. Gatto, Sr., Deceased, which challenged the January 12, 2016 Order of the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirming the trial court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of ten manufacturers and/or distributors of asbestos-containing products.

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Rawle’s Reports, June 2016: Attorneys selected as Pennsylvania Rising Stars

PENNSYLVANIA RISING STARS. Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that Caroline S. Vahey, Kimberly A. House and David R. Chludzinski have been selected as 2016 Pennsylvania Rising Stars by Super Lawyers and Law & Politics Magazine.

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Rawle’s Reports, May 2016: Super Lawyers Issue

2016 PENNSYLVANIA SUPER LAWYERS. Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys have been selected as 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.

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Rawle’s Reports, April 2016: New York: Labor Law Cases

NEW YORK: Labor Law. Summary Judgment for Defendant. NEW YORK: Labor Law. Brooklyn Judge Expands Labor Law §240(1) to Apply to a Tiki Hut. By Robert A. Fitch and Derek E. Barrett.

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Rawle’s Reports, March 2016: R&H ranked among top 30 PA law firms in size & diversity

Rawle & Henderson LLP ranked among top 30 PA law firms in size & diversity. Rawle & Henderson LLP has been ranked 28th among the top 100 firms in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 2015, according to the PaLaw Annual Report on the Legal Profession, a supplement to The Legal Intelligencer.

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Rawle’s Reports, Feb. 2016: Pennsylvania: Personal Injury—Defense Verdict in Philadelphia County

Pennsylvania: Personal Injury—Defense Verdict in Philadelphia County. By Suzanne Curran Murphy. Plaintiffs Bernice Byrd and Barbara Jackson alleged that they were injured while occupying a parked car that was struck by a vehicle operated by an employee of Chestnut Wash and Lube, Inc. Plaintiffs filed suit against Chestnut Wash and Lube, Inc. and its employee, Martin Felix Cabrera. Defendants’ primary defense in the case was that the plaintiffs were not inside the parked vehicle at the time of the collision.

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Rawle’s Reports, January 2016: New Partners, Of Counsel, Announcements

Rawle’s Reports, January 2016: Announcements. New Partners. Attorneys named Of Counsel to the Firm. New Delaware Attorneys. Salvation Army Toy Drive. Philadelphia Bar Association events.

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Rawle’s Reports: Snyder receives Law Alumni Award; WC Alert; Einstein Fundraiser; Quaker Classic

ST. JOSEPH’S UNIVERSITY LAW ALUMNI AWARD. Jack Snyder, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP, received the Honorable Francis X. McClanaghan ’27 Award on November 23, 2015, from St. Joseph’s University at its annual Law Alumni Awards Dinner at the Union League in Philadelphia. WORKERS' COMPENSATION ALERT. By Zach Rubinich.

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Rawle’s Reports, November 2015: NEW JERSEY—Defense Verdict in ATV Case

New Jersey: Defense Verdict in ATV Case. By Caroline S. Vahey. A Burlington County Superior Court jury recently returned a defense verdict after a three-week trial in the matter of Kyle Deitrich v. Ward Sand.

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Rawle’s Reports, Oct. 2015: PENNSYLVANIA—Unique Frye Motion Granted in Allegheny County

PENNSYLVANIA—Toxic Torts - A Long and Winding Road: Unique Frye Motion Granted in Allegheny County. By Eric K. Falk. On July 22, 2015, the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County decided a Frye issue that had been pending for over two years in January v. Koppers, et al.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 19, Number 9

NEW YORK SUPER LAWYERs. Robert A. Fitch has been named a 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics. James Modzelewski, a partner in the Long Island office of Rawle & Henderson LLP, has been selected as a 2015 New York Super Lawyer. NEW YORK RISING STAR. Nicole Del Vecchio has been selected as 2015 New York Metro Rising Star by the publishers of Law & Politics Magazine.

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Rawle’s Reports, August 2015: Employers Beware: Limitations of Immunity Under PA Workers’ Comp Act

Employers Beware: Limitations of Immunity Under Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. By Claudio J. DiPaolo. Prior to the enactment of the Workers’ Compensation Act of Pennsylvania (Act) in 1915, the only recourse workers had to obtain a monetary recovery for workplace injuries was to initiate a negligence lawsuit against employers in civil courts.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 19, Number 7

PENNSYLVANIA RISING STARS: Caroline S. Vahey, David R. Chludzinski and Lane E. Brody. CONSTITUTION PROGRAM: presented to Holy Cross Parish School by Scott Griffith. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE. CHRISTINE HARVAN MEMORIAL LAW LIBRARY. PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION EVENTS.

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Rawle’s Reports, June 2015: Attorneys selected as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

2015 SUPER LAWYERS. Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys have been selected as 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.

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Rawle’s Reports, May 2015: Pennsylvania, Toxic Torts—Application of Statute of Repose

PENNSYLVANIA: Toxic Torts—Reversing Course: Application of the Statute of Repose. By Natalie M. Kreter. Since asbestos litigation began in Cambria County in the late 1980’s, the jurisdiction has been a formidable one for defendants. Most of these lawsuits have involved retired steelworkers who previously worked at the Bethlehem Steel facility in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and who have alleged exposure to asbestos from a variety of suppliers, outside contractors and products allegedly present at that former worksite, including asbestos-containing pipe covering, gaskets, packing, protective clothing, pumps, valves, turbines, motors, and large overhead cranes, among others.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 19, Number 4

NEW PARTNER. Kimberly A. Lapworth, an attorney in the firm’s Philadelphia office, was elected a partner effective January 1, 2015. GO-TO LAW FIRM. For the fourth consecutive year, Rawle & Henderson LLP has been selected as a Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies by American Lawyer Media (ALM). LONG ISLAND OFFICE. Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that three new attorneys have joined our Long Island office. Maryanne Kolenovsky, James Modzelewski, and Rachel Greenberg.

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Rawle’s Reports, March 2015: PA, Casualty Claims Defense Verdict; DE, Appellate, S.J. Affirmed

PENNSYLVANIA: Casualty Claim—Defense Verdict. By Lisa L. Prince. DELAWARE: Appellate—Summary Judgment Affirmed.

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Rawle’s Reports, Feb. 2015: Pennsylvania, Medical Malpractice—$19.5 Million Jury Verdict Vacated

PENNSYLVANIA: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE—$19.5 Million Jury Verdict Vacated. By Patrice O'Brien and Charles A. Fitzpatrick, III. On November 19, 2014, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania reversed a jury’s verdict and entered judgment notwithstanding the verdict in a case in which $19.5 million was awarded to the widow of a woman who died due to complications related to a polyp removal.

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Rawle’s Reports, Jan. 2015: Pennsylvania, Appellate—First Amendment Decision

PENNSYLVANIA: Appellate—First Amendment Decision. By Angela M. Heim and John C. McMeekin II. John C. McMeekin II, a partner in Rawle & Henderson LLP’s Philadelphia office, represented members of Pennsylvania’s Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Board in a case filed in federal court by a remediation contractor and its owner claiming that they lost a government contract in retaliation for constitutionally protected activity in violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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Rawle’s Reports, December 2014: Pennsylvania, Construction—Defense Award

Pennsylvania: Construction—Defense Award. By Daniel J. Rucket. Daniel J. Rucket, a partner in the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP, received a defense award at a binding arbitration in a construction accident case venued in Philadelphia County.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 11

PENNSYLVANIA: CONSTRUCTION — Summary Judgment. By Caroline S. Vahey and John T. Donovan. On January 30, 2014, the Honorable John M. Younge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas granted a Motion for Summary Judgment in favor of Rawle & Henderson’s client, a major national upscale hotel chain, in the matter of Alphonso Jones v. Intech Construction, et al.

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Rawle’s Reports, October 2014: Pennsylvania, Toxic Tort—Howard v. A.W. Chesterton: Causation

PENNSYLVANIA: Toxic Tort—Howard v. A.W. Chesterton: Causation. By Eric K. Falk. In May 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued what should have been a momentous decision in Betz v. Pneumo Abex, et al. 44 A.3d 27 (Pa. 2012).

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Rawle’s Reports, September 2014: New Workers’ Compensation partner Zach Rubinich

NEW PARTNER: WORKERS' COMPENSATION. Zachary M. Rubinich has joined Rawle & Henderson LLP as a partner in the Philadelphia office.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 8

PENNSYLVANIA RISING STARS. Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that Tara Gill Nalencz, David R. Chludzinski and Lane E. Brody have been selected as 2014 Pennsylvania Rising Stars by Super Lawyers and Law & Politics Magazine. Rising Stars are the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in Pennsylvania who are 40 years old and younger or have been in practice for 10 years or less.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 7

NEW YORK SUPER LAWYER. Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that Robert A. Fitch has been named a 2014 New York Metro Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics. LONG ISLAND OFFICE. In addition to our current New York City office at 14 Wall Street, Rawle & Henderson LLP has opened another office in New York, on Long Island at 170 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 6

2014 SUPER LAWYERS. Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys have been selected as 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 5

Looking back at 231 years of legal work: Rawle & Henderson in Phila. is considered the oldest U.S. law firm. By Chris Mondics, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER. So this is what history looks like in real time. For nearly 231 years, lawyers for Rawle & Henderson L.L.P. have been plying courthouses in Philadelphia for clients with urgent legal needs, and that would make it the oldest law firm in the United States.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 4

PENNSYLVANIA: NEGLIGENCE & PUNITIVE DAMAGES - Battlefield Tort Case. By Evan S. Eisner. Rawle & Henderson attorney Evan S. Eisner and his trial team successfully defended a negligence and punitive damages case stemming from a November 2009 crash on a Kuwaiti desert road. The crash resulted in the death of two United States Navy Reservists who were serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 3

NEW YORK: Insurance Coverage. By Robert A. Fitch and Derek E. Barrett. On July 10, 2010, Wieslaw Kantorowicz was injured when he fell from a roof on which he was working at a project in Long Beach New York Middle School. The owner of the property—the Long Beach City School District—had hired our client, an engineering firm, as its construction manager.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 2

PENNSYLVANIA: APPELLATE — Underground Storage Tank Fund, by Carl D. Buchholz, III. NEW YORK: LABOR LAW — Settlement in Burn Case, by Derek E. Barrett.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 18, Number 1

Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that 17 attorneys were named 2014 AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent® rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell’s® Peer Review Ratings™ system.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 11

PENNSYLVANIA: APPELLATE — Affirmed. By Carl D. Buchholz, III. Plaintiff John Keffer was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia on September 24, 2007. Keffer sustained serious injuries when he rear-ended a tow truck being driven by defendant James Gladu and owned by defendant Bob Nolan’s Auto Service, Inc.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 10

PITTSBURGH: Melanoma Litigation, Defense Verdict. By Charles A. Buechel, Jr. A jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, found in favor of Rawle & Henderson’s client, Tropical Illusions Tanning Salon, resulting in a defense verdict that saved Tropical Illusions from substantial monetary exposure.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 9

PENNSYLVANIA: CATASTROPHIC LOSS — Set Aside: $20M Verdict. by John J. Snyder and William J. Carr. On August 5, 2013, in Ruick and Holly Rolland v. Modern, et al., Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, December Term 2009, No. 03110, the Honorable John Milton Younge vacated a $20 million verdict following oral argument on Post-Trial Motions.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 8

NEW YORK SUPER LAWYER. Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that Robert A. Fitch has been named a 2013 New York Metro Super Lawyer by the publishers of Law & Politics.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 7

2013 SUPER LAWYERS. Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that 14 attorneys were named 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 6

PENNSYLVANIA: ASBESTOS LITIGATION - Superior Court Reinstates Jury’s Verdict In Favor of Defendants. by Carl D. Buchholz, III. In Webber v. Honeywell International, Inc., et al., the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently reversed two orders of the trial court which attempted to vacate a jury’s verdict in favor of the three asbestos defendants: Ford Motor Company, Pneumo Abex, and Honeywell International.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 4

NATIONAL JUDICIAL COLLEGE. Peter J. Neeson, Chair of the Environmental Law and Toxic Torts Sections, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College, beginning in June 2014.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 3

Buchholz honored for service on Disciplinary Board of Supreme Ct. of Pennsylvania; McCarthy elected to Board of Directors of West Chester Food Bank; Neeson selected as top environmental lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell; Dorfzaun presents at NBI seminar on asbestos issues and litigation tactics; Nalencz addresses Judicial Fellows of First Judicial District of PA; Marc Sherman sworn in as NY pro bono arbitrator; Mapes speaks at Delaware Valley Environmental American Inn of Court program on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 2

In February 2008, masonry restoration contractor Kevin Waggle began underpinning the basement party wall of a home in historic Old City Philadelphia as part of a basement renovation project. Underpinning is a process of digging and filling pockets underneath the brick wall of the home and filling them with concrete after lowering the floor to provide structural support for the wall.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 17, Number 1

PENNSYLVANIA: MARITIME. The Duck Boat Case. by John J. Snyder and William J. Carr. Jack Snyder, Chair of Rawle & Henderson’s Catastrophic Loss Group, William Carr, partner, and their trial team successfully defended Ride The Ducks International (RTDI) and Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFEC) in the maritime litigation arising out of the allision of a tug-driven barge and a tourist duck boat on the Delaware River on July 7, 2010, which resulted in the deaths of two Hungarian students and numerous injuries to other passengers aboard the amphibious vessel.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 12

PENNSYLVANIA: MARITIME / ASBESTOS - A Ship Is Not a "Product". by Carl D. Buchholz, III. In a case of first impression, Judge Eduardo Robreno, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, ruled in Mack v. General Electric Company, et al. (E.D.Pa 2012) that a Navy ship is not a “product” for purposes of a strict product liability claim and, further, that maritime law recognizes a “sophisticated user” defense to a negligent failure to warn claim, but not “sophisticated purchaser” defense.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 11

PENNSYLVANIA: TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT. by John C. McMeekin II and Meredith A. Mack. Following a recent hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Joel H. Slomsky, John C. McMeekin II and Meredith Mack received a favorable judgment in a trademark infringement case on behalf of their clients, Coach, Inc. and Coach Services, Inc., in the amount of $947,194.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 10

PENNSYLVANIA: "DANGER INVITES RESCUE". by Gary N. Stewart and Michael T. Traxler. It could not have been stated better: “[D]anger invites rescue.” (New York Court of Appeals Justice Benjamin Cardozo’s language in Wagner v. International R. Co., 232 N.Y. 176, 133 N.E. 437 (1921)). In Pennsylvania and most other jurisdictions, a rescuer injured in the course and scope of preventing death or bodily injury to another is given favored status under the law and may recover against the person or entity that caused the need for the rescue.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 9

PENNSYLVANIA: ASBESTOS LITIGATION - “Every Exposure” Theory Rejected. by Peter J. Neeson. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous opinion ruling that an expert’s testimony that “any exposure” or “every exposure” to asbestos substantially contributes to an asbestos-related disease, which in this case was mesothelioma, is in irreparable conflict with the same expert’s testimony that the asbestos-related disease is dose-responsive and, therefore, it was properly excluded under the Frye test.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 8

PITTSBURGH PARTNER. Charles A. Buechel, Jr. has joined the Firm as a partner in our Pittsburgh office. Charlie focuses his practice in the areas of insurance coverage, medical professional liability, construction, casualty and premises liability, product liability, maritime, and environmental torts. He has more than 30 years of courtroom experience.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 7

Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that 15 attorneys were named 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 6

PENNSYLVANIA/ NEW JERSEY: INSURANCE COVERAGE - FAULTY WORKMANSHIP. by James R. Callan. Commercial general liability policies characteristically include exclusions for liability arising out of the insured contractor’s faulty workmanship. The common exclusions for damage to “your work” or “your product” are generally referred to as business risk exclusions.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 5

PENNSYLVANIA: APPELLATE PRACTICE. by Peter J. Neeson and Carl D. Buchholz, III. Being granted oral argument before the highest court in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is no easy task. In fact, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court grants less than 5% of all petitions seeking allowance of appeal in civil cases.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 4

PENNSYLVANIA: ACCESS TO SOCIAL NETWORK INFORMATION. NOTIFICATION: DEFENDANT HAS SENT YOU A “FRIEND” REQUEST. By: David J. Samlin. With the explosion in the popularity and use of social networking sites, it is becoming more and more likely that information relevant to a personal injury suit may be posted by plaintiff on these sites.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 2

PENNSYLVANIA: GENERAL CASUALTY. Contractor Not Responsible. By: Catherine N. Walto. Plaintiff, Gail Holmes, filed suit for personal injuries she sustained after allegedly slipping and falling in her employer's parking lot as she was exiting her car on her way into work.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 16, Number 1

ANNOUNCEMENTS: American College of Trial Lawyers. Fred B. Buck has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. His induction took place before approximately 800 attendees at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the College in LaQuinta, California.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 9

PENNSYLVANIA: PREMISES LIABILITY. DEFENSE VERDICT. By: Daniel J. Rucket. Plaintiff was a 59-year-old wheelchair-bound paraplegic. His legs were not functional, but he claimed to have full feeling in his buttocks and legs. He entered Bowling Green Brandywine, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, on February 6, 2006 for alcohol withdrawal and rehabilitation. Plaintiff alleged in his Complaint that he was placed in a shower on a shower chair by a Bowling Green nurse, and the water was turned on and left running.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 8

PENNSYLVANIA: WORKERS' COMPENSATION. By: Claudio J. DiPaolo. Claudio J. DiPaolo, Chair of the Workers' Compensation Group, recently received a favorable opinion from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in Brignol vs. Workers Compensation Appeal Board (US Airways and AIG Claims Services, Inc.).

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 7

Pennsylvania: 1% Rule Dead! By: Gary N. Stewart. On June 28, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett signed tort reform legislation in Pennsylvania, limiting liability for negligence of defendants in certain civil court cases, such as trucking/motor vehicle actions.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 6

2011 SUPER LAWYERS - Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that 16 attorneys were named 2011 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 5

PENNSYLVANIA - PREMISES LIABILITY - By: Daniel J. Rucket. On January 5, 2007, plaintiff was walking home from making a purchase at a local convenience store. As she walked on the sidewalk, less than one block from her home, she saw a puddle covering a portion of the sidewalk.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 4

PHILADELPHIA - JUDICIAL HELLHOLE - By: Nigel A. Greene. The ninth annual survey conducted by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) ranked Philadelphia first on its list of "judicial hellholes." The ATRA released the list online in December 2010. The full list can be found at www.judicialhellholes.org.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 3

PENNSYLVANIA - PREMISES LIABILITY - Contractor Not Responsible - By: John H. McCarthy and Suzanne Curran Murphy. On January 30, 2009 at approximately 12:00 pm, plaintiff, Nancy McNeely, was picking up her children in the parking lot of St. Albert the Great School in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. There had been a snowfall two days earlier.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 2

TOXIC TORT - IN A CLASS ALL BY THEMSELVES - By: Elizabeth Johns. Are all toxic exposures at any level harmful? Is each and every breath of a toxin potentially a substantial contributing factor to the development or progression of a disease in the future? If so, is a person entitled to medical monitoring for such exposure and can groups of people qualify for class status in state and federal courts?

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 15, Number 1

2011 NEW PARTNERS - Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce Scott F. Griffith and Valerie Kellner have been elected partners in 2011.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 14, Number 10

COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE - CONNECTICUT - IN THE RECORDS - By: Gary N. Stewart. On June 4, 2005 at about 5:00 a.m., Rolando Vega was returning home with his family from a night at a casino. The weather was clear and alcohol was not a factor.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 14, Number 8

2010 Rising Stars - Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that two of its attorneys were named 2010 Pennsylvania Rising Stars by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.

Rawle’s Reports, Volume 14, Number 7

2010 SUPER LAWYERS - Rawle & Henderson LLP is proud to announce that fifteen (15) attorneys were named 2010 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Law & Politics and the publishers of Philadelphia Magazine.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 14, Number 6

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS - DISCIPLINARY BOARD - Carl D. Buchholz, III, Chair of the Firm's Appellate and Maritime sections, has been appointed Chair of the Disciplinary Board of Pennsylvania by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Rawle’s Reports, Volume 14, Number 3

Maritime - Defense Vertict - By: Carl D. Buchholz, III, After a four day jury trial in New Jersey federal court involving a lawsuit filed by longshoreman Raymond Evans and his wife against the owners of the LOMBOK STRAIT for injuries Evans allegedly sustained while loading containers aboard the LOMBOK STRAIT, Carl D. Buchholz, III obtained a defense verdict in favor of the shipowner.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 14, Number 1

2010 NEW PARTNERS - Rawle & Henderson LLP is pleased to announce that Claudio J. DiPaolo and Michael G. Sabo have been elected partners in 2010.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 13, Number 10

PRODUCT LIABILITY: DEFENSE VERDICT. By: John J. Snyder and Tara Gill Nalencz. John J. Snyder and Tara Gill Nalencz, recently obtained a defense verdict in an eleven day product liability trial before the Honorable Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 13, Number 7

On January 17, 2009, significant changes went into effect in New York's Insurance Law that will effectively remove some of these protections and will have a major impact on insurers' ability to disclaim untimely claims.
Barrett, Montgomery join Rawle & Henderson

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 11, Number 7

PUNITIVE DAMAGES. By Fred B. Buck. On February 20, 2007, the United States Supreme Court issued its much awaited decision in the case of Phillip Morris USA v. Williams, ____ U.S. _____, 127 S.Ct. 1057, 166 L.Ed. 2d. 940 (2007)

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Rawle’s Reports, Volume 10, Number 12

Top Ten Mistakes When Drafting and Negotiating Contracts. by David Ira Rosenbaum. Commercial litigation often occurs as a result of common and recurring mistakes that are made during the drafting and negotiation of contracts. As litigators and transactional attorneys, we (and our clients) often wish we could turn back the clock so that a provision or two could be added to an agreement.

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