September 18, 2015 |
A PHILADELPHIA judge has awarded nearly $4 million to the daughter of a woman who died while under the care of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. Karnamaya Mongar, 41, of Virginia, died in 2009 at Gosnell's clinic, the Women's Medical Society, on Lancaster Avenue near 38th Street in Powelton Village. Her daughter, Yashoda Devi Gurung, also of Virginia, as the administrator of her mother's estate, filed a lawsuit against Gosnell and his clinic in 2011. Following an assessment-of-damages hearing last month, Common Pleas Judge Jacqueline Allen earlier this week awarded Gurung $3.9 million.
April 1, 2015 |
A PHILADELPHIA JURY yesterday awarded more than $38.5 million in punitive damages to the families of two women shot dead in 2010 by a suspended co-worker at the Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia. Last month, another jury delivered a verdict against Georgia-based U.S. Security Associates Inc., which provided security at the plant, for compensatory damages in excess of $8 million. That earlier jury, however, deadlocked on the punitive damages. The combined Common Pleas Court verdicts now set the total award for the victims' families at more than $46.5 million.
April 1, 2015 |
A Common Pleas Court jury on Monday awarded more than $38.5 million in punitive damages against a security-guard firm for the families of two women killed by a coworker at the Kraft-Nabisco cookie plant in Northeast Philadelphia in 2010. The decision follows another jury's decision to award $8.02 million in compensatory damages to the families of LaTonya Brown, 36, and Tanya Wilson, 47. Brown and Wilson were fatally shot by Yvonne Hiller, whom a judge said suffered from mental illness and believed her coworkers were poisoning her. Hiller, who also wounded a third coworker, was sentenced in 2012 to two consecutive terms of life in prison without parole.
July 22, 2014 |
A Superior Court jury in California has awarded $16.2 million in damages to a Sacramento-area homeowner who said that PHH Mortgage Solutions, based in Mount Laurel, botched his loan modification and nearly cost him his house. Lawyers for Phillip Linza said the award included $514,000 in compensatory damages and $15.7 million in punitive damages. PHH is the sixth-largest originator of residential mortgages and the eighth-largest mortgage servicer, as well as South Jersey's fifth-largest employer.
May 31, 2014 |
A New Jersey Superior Court judge has ordered the multiple owners of a building that had housed a contaminated thermometer factory and then was converted into a day-care center known as Kiddie Kollege to pay a total of $6.13 million for the cleanup they failed to do and for punitive damages. More than 100 infants and children were exposed to mercury vapors in the day-care center for up to 18 months after it opened in Franklin Township, Gloucester County, in 2004. After the story grabbed national attention, changes were made in New Jersey and elsewhere and day-care facilities were subject to more thorough inspections.
July 20, 2013 |
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury has awarded $5.05 million, including $900,000 in punitive damages, to the Belgravia Condominium Association, which sued the Center City building's developers and engineers over alleged structural issues and violations of disclosure provisions of the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act. Lawyers for the defendants - developer 1811 Belgravia Associates and PMC/Belgravia Associates L.P. of Philadelphia, and...
March 2, 2013 |
A jury in Atlantic City ordered Johnson & Johnson on Thursday to pay $7.8 million in punitive damages to a former hospice nurse for the pain and suffering she endured after using a vaginal mesh implant sold by J&J's Ethicon subsidiary. The verdict follows a $3.35 million award for compensatory damages, delivered Monday. The Gynecare Prolift implant was supposed to help support muscles and sagging internal organs near the pelvis, a condition, referred to as prolapse, that affects some women in years after giving birth.
February 17, 2013
A young man who says he was sexually abused at a Boy Scout camp in the Poconos by a supervisor who later committed suicide as he was about to go on trial filed a lawsuit against the national scouting organization and its local affiliate on Friday. The plaintiff, now 18, says that he was sexually assaulted by Gregory Ritter, 44, a first-aid supervisor at Camp Trexler, and that the Boy Scouts' negligence allowed it to happen. The abuse took place in the fall of 2008, when the plaintiff was 14, and followed months of "grooming" by Ritter, the lawsuit said.
December 7, 2012
The family of a Western Pennsylvania woman killed by a fallen power line was awarded $109 million by a Pittsburgh jury Thursday. Carrie Goretzka, 39, of Irwin, died three days after being struck by the power line in 2009. The family filed suit against West Penn Power Co. and was represented by Philadelphia lawyer Shanin Specter. The jury awarded $48 million in compensatory damages and $61 million in punitive damages to the family. Jurors also awarded $1 million to Joanne Goretzka, who burned her hands trying to help her daughter-in-law.
September 29, 2012 |
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. is retiring, leaving the bench on the same day he was ordered to pay $180,000 in punitive damages in a civil fraud case. Berry had reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, said Pamela Pryor Dembe, president judge of Common Pleas Court. He could have served through the end of the year, but decided to leave now. He did not apply to be retained as a senior judge. "He likes to do outdoorsy things," she said. Berry had rebuffed calls for his resignation since 2009, when he was suspended for ethics violations arising from an Inquirer investigation into his real estate dealings.