Gilbert v. Stewart

The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a cautionary tale for attorneys in its review of this professional malpractice action. The plaintiff — a probation officer — and her ex-husband hired the defendant to represent them in several municipal court matters. The municipal court cases resulted from a series of tickets the ex-husband accumulated on the … Read more

In re X.P.

In re X.P. was a mother’s appeal from the Court of Common Pleas’s order finding that her 16-year-old son was dependent and transferring physical and legal custody of the boy to the county’s Children and Youth Services. The Court of Common Pleas found that the mother is a perpetrator of child abuse under 23 Pa.C.S. … Read more

Franco v. Dickinson

If you have a child who will attend or currently goes to college, read Franco v. Dickinson. In this appeal, the New Jersey Appellate Division answered questions concerning the scope of the duty owed to an adult who is not old enough to drink legally but who nonetheless drinks alcohol to excess and injures himself … Read more

State v. Lora

In State v. Lora, the defendant led police on a high-speed chase after he stole a car from a dealership. The chase ended when police got in front of the fleeing car, and the defendant crashed into the police car. Defendant wanted to use the Attorney General’s Guidelines on Vehicular Pursuit of a Fleeing Suspect … Read more

St. Luke’s Health Network, Inc. v. Lancaster General Hospital

The 3rd Circuit reviewed jurisdiction in civil RICO actions in St. Luke’s Health Network, Inc. v. Lancaster General Hospital. The court held that the plaintiffs stated a claim on which relief could be granted because they alleged that the defendants misrepresented the amount of funds they were due under Pennsylvania’s Hospital Extraordinary Expense Program, thereby … Read more

Lageman v. Zepp

In a case that could come straight out of a law school torts exam, a divided Superior Court ruled in Lageman v. Zepp that the trial court erred in denying the plaintiff’s request for a res ipsa loqitur jury charge where the patient suffered a stroke after her anesthesiologist botched a portion of her operation.