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Leadbitter v. Keystone Anesthesia Consultants, Ltd.

In this medical negligence action, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court addressed whether certain portions of a hospital’s credentialing file for the doctor who performed a patient's surgery are protected from discovery. After the plaintiff suffered injuries related to complications from surgery, he claimed that the hospital's credentialing and privileging process was…

Leadbitter v. Keystone Anesthesia Consultants, Ltd.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court

In this medical negligence action, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court addressed whether certain portions of a hospital’s credentialing file for the doctor who performed a patient’s surgery are protected from discovery. After the plaintiff suffered injuries related to complications from surgery, he claimed that the hospital’s credentialing and privileging process was inadequate and that it knew… Continue reading Leadbitter v. Keystone Anesthesia Consultants, Ltd.

Fisher v. Erie Ins. Exchange
Pennsylvania Superior Court

After a car accident, the Fishers sued Mr. Green and included an underinsured motorists claim against Erie Insurance. The trial court ordered an in camera review of certain documents after Erie objected to a discovery request. Erie filed an interlocutory appeal and argued that the order for an in camera review was immediately appealable under… Continue reading Fisher v. Erie Ins. Exchange

State v. Szemple
New Jersey Supreme Court

In 1991, the defendant was convicted of a murder that occurred in 1975. A major piece of the prosecution’s case was a letter produced by the defendant’s father-in-law that purported to be from the defendant to his wife in which he made an inculpatory statement. Decades later, on collateral attack, the defendant moved to compel… Continue reading State v. Szemple

The New Jersey Appellate Division reversed an order from the Law Division that granted in part the State’s motion to redact the victim’s address from discovery. Defense counsel sought to have the victim’s address made available to his investigators but not the defendant. The Appellate Division held that the order failed to adequately consider the… Continue reading State v. Ramirez

Virnelson v. Johnson Matthey Inc.
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In 2015, Mr. Virnelson fell to his death while working as an employee of Johnson Matthey Inc. (“JMI”) at JMI’s pharmaceutical plant in Conshohocken. Plaintiff Tonia Virnelson sued to recover for the death of her husband. The complaint alleged that JMI’s inadequate safety practices at the plant caused Virnelson’s death and that the pressure filter… Continue reading Virnelson v. Johnson Matthey Inc.

Commonwealth v. Donoughe
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Commonwealth v. Donoughe, the defendant was charged with DUI and accepted into the ARD program. Pursuant to a written policy, ninety days after the defendant was accepted into ARD, the Pennsylvania State Police destroyed the mobile recording video of the arrest. But the defendant got kicked out of ARD and proceeded to trial. He… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Donoughe

Commonwealth v. Alston
Pennsylvania Superior Court

The Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office, on behalf of the defendant, served a subpoena duces tecum on the Medical Examier’s Office seeking the autopsy report related to the defendant’s homicide case. The subpoena was issued prior to the defendant’s preliminary hearing. Without granting a hearing on the matter — and with no response from the Medical… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Alston

Ungurian v. Beyzman
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In this medical malpractice suit, the defendant hospital Wilkes-Barre General Hospital sought to protect certain reports made in the wake of a botched medical procedure. The hospital claimed that the reports were privileged pursuant to the Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act and the Peer Review Protection Act. The trial court disagreed and ordered the materials… Continue reading Ungurian v. Beyzman