Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s lawsuit climate currently ranks 40th among the fifty states.  The Keystone State has consistently been in the bottom half for lawsuit fairness, and Philadelphia has been named one of the most unfair legal jurisdictions in America.

Pennsylvania at a Glance

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$1,719 Potential Tort Cost
Reduction ($1,000,000)
0.57% - 1.53% Potential Increase
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Report Spotlights Pennsylvania AG's Relationship with Cohen Milstein; Cites ILR Criticism

September 02, 2015 | Insights

The Pennsylvania Independent spotlights Attorney General Kathleen Kane's close relationship with plaintiffs' firm Cohen Milstein. The report highlights Kane's suit against a chain of nursing homes in which "she had backup" from Cohen Milstein - a deal that allows the firm "to siphon off a large cut of any fines imposed upon the nursing homes." Read More »

Tags: State Attorneys General, Pennsylvania

In the News Today - August 7, 2015

August 07, 2015 | Insights

As expected, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged yesterday with "illegally leaking confidential information, then lying about it under oath and deploying aides as spies to keep a step ahead of the criminal investigation against her." Governor Tom Wolf immediately called for Kane's resignation - but Kane said she would not quit. (Philadelphia Inquirer) Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, State Attorneys General, Pennsylvania

In the News Today - August 6, 2015

August 06, 2015 | Insights

Montgomery County (PA) District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is expected today to announce criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane over allegations that Kane "leaked secret investigative information to a Philadelphia newspaper to embarrass a political foe." (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Read More »

Tags: State Attorneys General, State Tort Reform, Illinois, Pennsylvania

Judge Gives Final OK on $765M NFL Concussion Deal

April 23, 2015 | Insights

Pennsylvania federal judge Anita B. Brody granted final approval of a $765 million settlement between the National Football League and about 5,000 former players for long-term neurologic injuries allegedly initiated during their playing days. Read More »

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In the News Today - April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015 | Insights

An editorial in The Wall Street Journal asks whether there were any actual victims in a "bizarre" Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) case in which an $80 million settlement was reached with Ally Bank in 2013. The CFPB alleged interest rate discrimination against car buyers who were assumed-but never proved-to be minorities. (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Class Actions Around the Globe, Pennsylvania

In the News Today - April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015 | Insights

In an upcoming Columbia Law Review article, two professors show how the current method of awarding fees in securities class actions-which are generally determined based on settlement outcomes and the leanings of certain courts, rather than at the onset of a case-is deeply flawed to the benefit of plaintiffs' lawyers. (Reuters) Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Securities Litigation Reform, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania AG Kane, Cohen Milstein Targeted in Petition Citing Improper Contingency Fee Arrangement

April 06, 2015 | Insights

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has been named as a defendant in a petition filed by an alliance of nursing home firms over the propriety of a contingency fee contract the attorney general's office has with Washington, D.C., law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll to investigate the company. Read More »

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In The News Today - March 2, 2015

March 02, 2015 | Insights

Citing investigations in the U.S. by the Department of Justice, Credit Suisse Group AG announced that it was reducing its fourth quarter profit by 25%. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Louisiana, Pennsylvania

In The News Today - February 6, 2015

February 06, 2015 | Insights

Quoting ILR's recent blog post on the matter, Walter Olson notes the irony of the American Association for Justice being sued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) while it simultaneously encourages similar lawsuits against businesses, and opposes updating of the outdated law. Read More »

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In The News Today - February 5, 2015

February 05, 2015 | Insights

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, called for legal reform in his State of the State Address yesterday, noting that the state's liability costs "rank among the worst in America", adding up to "far more than just numbers on an accountant's balance sheet." Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Illinois, Pennsylvania

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