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No Charitable Immunity for YMCA

Posted in Legal Updates, Personal Injury

On September 18, 2015, the Honorable Stephanie A. Mitterhoff, J.S.C. denied YMCA’s Motion for Reconsideration of the denial of its Motion for Summary Judgment as to whether it is a charitable organization and entitled to immunity pursuant to the Charitable Immunity Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:53-7 (see “CIA”). Judge Mitterhoff found that the core business of the… Continue Reading

An Emergency Medicine Expert Can Be Qualified to Offer Opinions as to Deviations by Emergency Room Nurses

Posted in Legal Updates, Medical Malpractice

By way of a decision by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division in October 2015, a case was remanded for a new trial following the Trial Court’s granting of Motions under N.J.R.E. 702 and determining that the Emergency Medicine expert was “not qualified to render opinions as to the standards of care applicable… Continue Reading

Expungements in Pennsylvania

Posted in Employment, Legal Updates

If you were previously convicted of a crime and served your time, this will show up on your criminal record. Most employers require each job applicant undergo a criminal record check, which can mean the difference between securing a new job and losing the position to a competitor. One way to prevent this issue is… Continue Reading

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to Update Truck & Bus Driver Training

Posted in Legal Updates, Litigation, Personal Injury

An initial meeting was held in late February 2015 to update classroom and behind-the-wheel training requirements for professional truck and bus drivers. The Advisory Committee for this meeting was formed by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In December 2014, the FMCSA initially announced that they would be forming a… Continue Reading

Defendants Not Entitled to “Limitless” Access to Plaintiff’s Facebook Account

Posted in Legal Updates, Personal Injury

In previous posts, I have written about the ever-evolving status of Facebook discovery in Pennsylvania. To briefly summarize, Pennsylvania Courts have generally held that the party seeking discovery of Facebook contents must make a threshold showing of relevance that an individual’s Facebook account is likely to contain relevant information before conducting further discovery. Such a… Continue Reading

Court Rules that Sentinel Event Report to JCHAO is not Privileged

Posted in Legal Updates, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

UPDATE – Since I originally wrote this piece, the defendant in this case filed a motion for reconsideration and, in June, the Court granted that motion, ultimately reversing the previous decision regarding the sentinel event report. Continue to visit our blog for further updates on the developing law regarding the discoverability of JCHAO sentinel event reports, as… Continue Reading

Bottled Water Sold at Pennsylvania Stores Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

Posted in Community, Legal Updates, Personal Injury

As reported by various local and national news outlets, bottled water sold at several local stores under several different brand names has been recalled due to possible E. Coli contamination. The company, Niagara Bottling, has disclosed that it had a positive indication of E. Coli at one of its spring sources. The water was produced… Continue Reading

PA Superior Court Affirms- Jack Frost Ski Area Can’t Be Sued in Philadelphia

Posted in Legal Updates

In a recent non-precedential opinion in the case of Gordon v. JFBB Ski Areas, Inc., No. 1454 EDA 2014 (Pa. Super. April 28, 2014), the Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a Philadelphia County ruling ordering that the case be transferred to Carbon County based upon preliminary objections alleging improper venue. In this case, Plaintiffs had… Continue Reading