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Venue Shopping in Philadelphia?

/ 20.Feb, 2012

For years people have asserted that Philadelphia tends to be a “plaintiff friendly” venue.  This has led to Philadelphia being labeled as a “Judicial Hellhole.”  The state . . .

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A problem for attorneys, a problem for victims

/ 14.Feb, 2012

We have written here and here about the case of attorney Michael Kwasnik, who is facing charges of having stolen over $1 million from mostly . . .

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Know your professional liablity insurance policy!

/ 07.Feb, 2012

The recent District of Colorado decision, Davis & Associates v. Westchester Fire Insurance, No. 10-cv-03126-REB-CBS, emphasizes the importance of understanding the terms of your professional liability insurance policy.  The . . .

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Recent Pennsylvania Legal Malpractice Opinions

/ 01.Feb, 2012

Although not strictly speaking a “legal malpractice” decision, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s decision in Travelers Indem. Co. v. Stengel, 2011 WL 6739458 (E.D. Pa. . . .

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Sweeten Sentenced

/ 26.Jan, 2012

Bonnie Sweeten, the “hoax mom” paralegal who is a poster child for the axiom that an attorney needs to know what is going on in his or . . .

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Additional Charges Against Attorney Kwasnik

/ 25.Jan, 2012

We have previously written about attorney Michael Kwasnik’s legal troubles.  Mr. Kwasnik is facing charges that he stole over $1 million from clients.  The total amount . . .

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Supreme Court Rules on Law Practice Mistake in Death Penalty Case

/ 18.Jan, 2012

In October, we wrote about the case of Corey R. Maples which was being argued in front of the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court’s opinion . . .

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What is a Lack of Probable Cause for a Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings Claim

/ 18.Jan, 2012

Pennsylvania is unusual with respect to the extent that wrongful use of civil proceedings claims, also known as Dragonetti claims, are used not only as . . .

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2010 Ethics Review

/ 12.Jan, 2012

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has published its year end statistics.  Discipline last year included: 55 Informal Admonitions 16 Private Reprimands . . .

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Bonnie Sweeten Update

/ 06.Jan, 2012

Arguing over whether Bonnie Sweeten stole $900,000 or $1,000,000 took all day, so sentencing will have to wait.  Of particular note to our readers was . . .

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