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What Will Huge Contingency Fees at the Expense of Health Care Get you? Your Name on Two Law Schools if You are Tom Kline!

One of Pennsylvania’s most notable personal injury lawyers is making sure his name leaves a lasting imprint on the Commonwealth’s legal landscape. Thomas Kline – a founding partner of Kline & Specter P.C. – has donated $50 million to two law schools at Drexel University and Duquesne University. As a result of these generous gifts (which are made…

Healthcare Will Suffer as Result of Venue Rule Rescission, PA House Panel Told

Earlier this week, a House Republican Policy Committee hearing delved into the negative impacts that could result from the Supreme Court’s recent decision to again allow forum shopping in medical liability cases in the Commonwealth. Testimony was provided by Dr. Michael R. Ripchinski, Chief Physician Executive, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, for the Hospital and Healthsystem…

PA Supreme Court Rescinds Twenty Year Old Venue Rule!

All it took was a one page order to rip the medical liability venue rule right out of the procedural rule book! Nearly twenty years of successfully preventing venue shopping has been assigned to the dust bin of history. Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced it was rescinding the state’s medical liability venue rule. Pennsylvania…

PCCJR Venue Opinion Piece Published in Scranton Times-Tribune

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR) continues to warn Pennsylvanians of the impact on health care should our Supreme Court allow venue shopping to return to medical liability cases. The following opinion piece ran in the Scranton Times-Tribune on July 28. It was written in response to an editorial filled with inaccuracies and misunderstandings of why medical…

PCCJR Amicus Briefs: Protecting Defendants from Liability Expansion in the Courts

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR) recently filed three amicus curiae briefs to cases pending before the state Supreme Court. An amicus brief is a “friend of the court” brief which allows PCCJR to argue on behalf of important legal and public policy matters before Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. Below are the issues involved in our recent…

U.S. Supreme Court to Take Up False Claims Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will be taking a closer look at the federal False Claims Act in the near future. The nation’s high court recently agreed to consider Polansky v. Executive Health Resources, Inc. – with the court’s decision helping to define the scope and extent to which the government can dismiss a FCA lawsuit. Under the…