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Coalition Updates: Health Care

Plaintiffs Firms Spend Over $34 Million on Covid-19 Advertisements

The trial bar clearly plans to profit off the pandemic. The American Tort Reform Association released a report revealing that from March through December of 2020, 176,053 advertisements for legal services and/or soliciting legal claims mentioning COVID-19 or coronavirus aired in the United States at an estimated cost of $34.4 million. Pennsylvania is at the top…

Constitutional Amendments Moving

It takes a lot to amend Pennsylvania’s Constitution. The proposed amendment must pass two subsequent sessions of the General Assembly and then be placed before the voters in a referendum. In 2021, several proposed constitutional amendments are making their way toward the ballot. Last week, the House passed legislation that would amend the state’s Constitution…

Liability Protection for Agriculture Tourism Advances

A bill that could help farmers find much needed additional income to keep their farms going cleared the House Agriculture Committee. H.B. 101 would provide liability protection for Agritourism activities such as corn mazes, petting zoos, and apple picking. Farmers are reluctant to open their properties to the public due to the fear of lawsuits.…

Governor Richard “Dick” Thornburgh Remembered

Former Pennsylvania Governor Richard “Dick” Thornburgh, referred to as a “Legal and Public Service Giant,” has passed away at the age of 88. Thornburgh was elected Governor in 1978 and served for two terms. He later served the nation as Attorney General of the United States from 1988-1991. In 1994, he returned to his previous position as…

Pennsylvania Courts Top ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

No Statute or Precedent Safe in PA! Pennsylvania courts top the list of “Judicial Hellholes” for the second year running. The dubious distinction, compiled annually by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF), points to a string of pro-plaintiff decisions issued by the state Supreme Court and the long-standing reputation for big-city courts to welcome venue shopping…