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December 03, 2010

High Court Adopts New Statute of Limitations Test for Title VII Claims

Title VII of the Civil Rights of 1964 prohibits an employer from engaging in discriminatory employment practices on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Lewis v. City of Chicago, Illinois, 130 S.Ct. 2191 (2010), which affects the amount of time an employee has to file a...

December 03, 2010

Pre-Trial Negotiations May Be Considered In Awarding Attorney'...

Under 42 U.S.C.§ 1988, a prevailing party in a civil rights lawsuit brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C.§ 1983 may seek a reasonable amount of attorney’s fees, as well as costs of litigation. The Supreme...

December 03, 2010

Employer's Role in Settling Claims

The Employer’s Role in Settling Claims In 1996, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed Act 57. The legislation has had a dramatic effect on how workers’ compensation cases are handled. One of the...

July 04, 2010

RELEASE ME! Cipriani and Lenzi Success in Top Court’s Reinstatement...

Gerard J. Cipriani
Founding Partner and Firm-Wide Litigation Chair at Pittsburgh, PA

C&W is pleased to report a major success in its appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on behalf of its resort client in a personal injury action brought by a skier who fell while boarding a...

March 21, 2010

Hills And Ridges Doctrine And General Icy Conditions

Cipriani & Werner, P.C. successfully defended an appeal to the Commonwealth Court arising out of the trial court’s denial of Plaintiff’s Post-Trial Motion. In the case of Tucker v. Bensalem...

March 03, 2010

Sputum, Specific Loss And Average Weekly Wage

In this case, the Claimant sustained an eye injury sometime in 1979 or 1980. Claimant was a nurse cleaning the tracheotomy of a patient with herpes simplex virus (“HSV”). The patient coughed...

January 03, 2010

Anatomy Of A Job Offer

One of the greatest pitfalls in mitigating indemnity exposure occurs where the employer fails to make a legally sufficient job offer that will hold up in litigation. In the most common real world...

December 03, 2009

Liability For Replacement Of Prosthesis

In Bowlaway Lanes, the Claimant sustained a work-related injury in 1975 while employed by Eleventh Frame Lounge. The injury resulted in the replacement of Claimant’s hip with a prosthesis....

December 03, 2009

Federal Law Creates Private Rights For Nursing Home Residents

In order to obtain a remedy under Title 42 U.S.C.§1983, a plaintiff must assert the violation of a federal right, not merely the violation of a federal law. Whether a federal statute creates such...

December 03, 2009

Carmack Provides Exclusive Cause Of Action For Interstate...

Unless a shipper and carrier have a contract which excludes the Carmack Amendment, the federal statute provides the exclusive remedy for loss or damage to goods arising from the interstate...

December 03, 2009

Court Upholds Venue Clause in Auto Insurance Policy

In the most recent appellate case addressing the new way of litigating UM/UIM matters in Pennsylvania, the Superior Court upheld the venue clause requiring that consumers file suit in the county...

April 03, 2009

DPW Gets Serious On Lien Reimbursement In PA

Gerard J. Cipriani
Founding Partner and Firm-Wide Litigation Chair at Pittsburgh, PA

The Pennsylvania Legislature has significantly changed its rules relating to the reimbursement of Department of Public Welfare (DPW) liens for Medical Assistance (MA) payments from recoveries by...

April 03, 2009

Long Awaited UIM/UM Litigation Takes Form

For as long as most claim professionals have been in practice, all UM/UIM have been subject to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department’s mandatory arbitration requirement, forcing every unsettled...

April 03, 2009

Medicare Reporting Enforcement Begins July 1, 2009

Starting in 2009, carriers with primary responsibility for medical coverage will be required to report any settlement, judgment, award or instances in which such responsibility ceases. The...

April 03, 2009

Cost Of Cervical Surgery Scars On The Rise

The Claimant sustained disfigurement of her neck as is typical of anterior cervical surgeries and was awarded 22 weeks for disfigurement by the Workers' Compensation Judge. On appeal to the...

December 21, 2008

Feds Pass Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act Of 2008

On August 14, 2008, President Bush signed into law The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The bill, which was presented and passed due in large part to the rash of children's toy...

December 21, 2008

Changes To The Americans With Disabilities Act

On September 25, 2008, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments of 2008 (“ADAA”). These new provisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) will take effect...

December 21, 2008

Questions And Answers About PA’s New Medical Assistance Third-Party...

1. When is the new law effective? ANSWER: Act 2008-44 applies to lawsuits filed on or after September 2, 2008. 2. What changes are contained in the new law? ANSWER: There are two major changes....

December 21, 2008

Horseplay in the Workplace

The Claimant filed a Claim Petition alleging he sustained an injury in the course and scope of his employment. In support of his Petition, he testified that while he was walking in the Employer’s...

December 21, 2008

Claimant Must Provide Expert Testimony To Establish Disability

The Commonwealth Court in Albert Einstein Healthcare v. WCAB (Stanford), has addressed the burden of proof required from Claimant to establish disability for periods prior to their medical experts...

December 21, 2008

Receipt of Private Disability Benefits and UIM Benefits does not...

The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL) was enacted to contain the rising costs of automobile insurance. Cases interpreting §1722 of the MVFRL have held that outside of...

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