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November 19, 1987 | By Henry Goldman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the first case of its kind to be decided in Pennsylvania, a Common Pleas Court jury yesterday awarded $674,000 to a Cherry Hill couple who had sued three obstetricians for negligence in the stillbirth eight years ago of a full-term baby. The case broke new legal ground in that $647,000 of the award came as compensation for wrongful death and for lost earnings over the child's lifetime. The verdict came in a suit brought by Joseph and Regina Amadio, whose 7- pound, 8-ounce daughter was stillborn at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia in October 1979.
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June 3, 2003 | By Jillian McKoy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The wrongful death suit filed against the University of Pennsylvania by the parents of Michael Tobin, a former Penn student, ended yesterday morning after both sides reached a settlement at City Hall. The lawsuit, which sought $5 million in damages, was brought in the death of Tobin, 26, who fell down an outside balcony staircase at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house, 3619 Locust Walk, at 4 a.m. on March 21, 1999. The balcony was missing a handrail, and Jon and Jean Tobin sued the university, claiming it neglected to maintain the fraternity house, which it owned.
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January 27, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for Tyreke Evans say their client had no knowledge his cousin, a passenger in the car he was driving, was carrying a gun or intended to shoot it the day a Chester Township man was killed. Lawyers for the family of Marcus Reason, the man killed by Jamar Evans in November 2007, say that is not believable. Tyreke Evans, a Sacramento Kings rookie point guard, and his cousin are among four men named in a wrongful-death civil suit filed in December in Delaware County. The family of Marcus Reason is asking for a judgment in excess of $50,000.
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August 10, 2012
The parents of a man killed while riding in a Porsche driven by Jackass star Ryan Dunn last year are suing Dunn's estate and a local bar that served him alcohol. Dunn, 34, and Zachary Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, died in the crash just before 3 a.m. June 20, 2011, when the Porsche 911 GT3 veered off the westbound lanes of the Route 322 bypass in West Goshen Township, Chester County. Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, was a recently married Iraq War veteran. His parents, George and Arma Hartwell of Melbourne, Fla., are suing Dunn's estate and the tavern owner, Barnaby's West Chester Inc. The wrongful-death suit, first reported by Courthouse News, was filed in Common Pleas Court.
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August 10, 2012
The parents of a man killed while riding in a Porsche driven by Jackass star Ryan Dunn last year are suing Dunn's estate and a local bar that served him alcohol. Dunn, 34, and Zachary Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, died in the crash just before 3 a.m. June 20, 2011, when the Porsche 911 GT3 veered off the westbound lanes of the Route 322 bypass in West Goshen Township, Chester County. The sports car smashed through a guardrail, flipped over into a wooded ravine, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames.
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March 8, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
For the first time, a lawsuit alleges that the derailment of a freight train and subsequent chemical leak Nov. 30 in Paulsboro claimed the life of a resident of the waterfront industrial town. The children of Wessie L. Hardy, 77, who had an underlying cardiovascular condition, charge that she died in a hospital three days after she was enveloped in a cloud of vinyl chloride gas from the derailment. Their lawsuit, filed Feb. 25 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, names as defendants Conrail, its joint owners CSX Corp.
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August 11, 1988 | By Daniel LeDuc, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The New Jersey Supreme Court, relying on a long-established legal definition that a fetus is not a person, ruled yesterday that parents of a full-term stillborn infant may not sue under the state's wrongful-death law. However, the court's decision broadened the rights of parents to sue for their own emotional pain and suffering when their infant is stillborn. "In a case such as this, the injury suffered by the mother and father on the stillbirth of their eagerly expected first child is palpable and predictable," Justice Alan B. Handler wrote for the court.
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March 18, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
The family of the late radio legend and civic leader E. Steven Collins has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Chestnut Hill Hospital, saying staff there failed to immediately diagnose and treat the heart attack that killed him last fall. Collins, 58, arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m. Sept. 8 with the classic symptoms of a heart attack - pressure and pain in his chest, high blood pressure, labored breathing, clammy skin and related complaints, said attorneys Tom Kline and Dean Weitzman, who filed the complaint in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court this morning.
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March 3, 1990 | By Joseph P. Blake, Daily News Staff Writer
The parents of a 17-year-old Edison High School student shot to death last week by a plainclothes police officer yesterday filed a $45 million wrongful death lawsuit in federal court. Michael Floyd, an attorney representing the parents of Damon Dawson, said he has talked to several witnesses who contradict the police version of how Dawson died. Police said Dawson, of 8th Street near Huntingdon, died from a bullet wound to the left side of his back in the Feb. 22 incident. Homicide Capt.
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April 12, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The horse, startled by a chicken roaming on the track, partially bucked off the jockey, dragged him for about 40 seconds as one foot remained in a stirrup, kicked him repeatedly, and killed him, according to a lawsuit. On Wednesday, a Philadelphia jury found Parx Casino & Racetrack liable for nearly $8 million for the 2010 incident that claimed the life of Mario Calderon, 55, of Croydon. Calderon suffered 11 broken ribs and bleeding in the brain, according to his attorney, Michael A. Trunk, and died shortly after being taken to a nearby hospital.
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March 19, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE FAMILY of the late radio legend and civic leader E. Steven Collins has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Chestnut Hill Hospital, saying its staff failed to immediately diagnose and treat the heart attack that killed him last fall. Collins, 58, arrived at the hospital at 9 p.m. Sept. 8, with the classic symptoms of a heart attack - pressure and pain in his chest, high blood pressure, labored breathing, clammy skin and related complaints, said attorneys Tom Kline and Dean Weitzman, who filed the complaint in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court yesterday morning.
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January 25, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
EGG HARBOR TWP., N.J. The daughter of local radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman, who was killed in her Linwood home in May 2012, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday under the "slayer statute" to block her stepfather from collecting on $600,000 in life insurance. The lawsuit by Kim Pack, 31, of Linwood, against James Kauffman is based on a legal doctrine that prohibits those who have caused the death of another to benefit monetarily, said lawyer Patrick D'Arcy, who is representing Pack.
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November 15, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A month ago, Deborah McIlmail learned that her troubled 26-year-old son, Sean, had died of an accidental drug overdose. On Wednesday, McIlmail took an unusual first step to memorialize her son's passing - by filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, contending that church officials ignored years of complaints against the Rev. Robert L. Brennan while he molested Sean and more than 20 other boys. "This is his [Sean's] legacy," McIlmail, 57, told reporters at a Center City news conference.
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August 23, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE FAMILY of a Temple University graduate who was beaten to death in Old City filed a wrongful-death lawsuit yesterday against two bars that served alcohol to his attackers hours before the murder. Kevin Kless, 23, was hailing a cab with his girlfriend in the early-morning hours of Jan. 12, 2012, when three men got out of a car and severely beat him. Kenneth Enriquiz-Santiago, Steven Ferguson and Felix Carrillo each pleaded guilty in the beating and are serving sentences for their roles.
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August 22, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
The parents of a 30-year-old Burlington City man who was killed in a New York City crane collapse last year have settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $1 million. The Liberty Mutual insurance company will pay the sum as part of the settlement between crane owner Yonkers Contracting and the parents of Michael J. Simermeyer. The settlement concludes the suit brought by Colleen and Michael Simermeyer alleging wrongful death of their son, who was killed April 3, 2012, when the crane collapsed in Manhattan during a subway construction project.
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July 23, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peg Keeley last saw her son alive 916 days ago - she keeps count - when Mark Keeley walked out the door of the family's Fox Chase home to work the evening shift at Philadelphia Gas Works. It was Jan. 18, 2011. That cold winter's night, the 19-year-old gas worker was killed when natural gas from a cracked high-pressure main exploded, unleashing a fireball so powerful it destroyed two rowhouses on Torresdale Avenue in Tacony. Mark Keeley was just outside the chiropractor's office that blew up, drilling holes in the street to let gas trapped below the pavement escape.
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June 20, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
That's a LOT of handbags!! Wednesday, a Milan court convicted designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana (but not the ampersand) of kind of, like, well, hiding $1.3 billion in income from tax authorities. There was sweaty/shady stuff with this Luxembourg holding company, Gado. D&G got 20 months suspended sentence and have to cough up 500,000 euros (about $670,000) to authorities. They also, by law, have to be crime-free for five years, or they could do jail time. D&G's lawyer says they'll appeal.
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March 8, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello and Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writers
For the first time, a lawsuit alleges that the derailment of a freight train and subsequent chemical leak Nov. 30 in Paulsboro claimed the life of a resident of the waterfront industrial town. The children of Wessie L. Hardy, 77, who had an underlying cardiovascular condition, charge that she died in a hospital three days after she was enveloped in a cloud of vinyl chloride gas from the derailment. Their lawsuit, filed Feb. 25 in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, names as defendants Conrail, its joint owners CSX Corp.
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