CIVIL VERDICTS - PREMISES LIABILITY * Estate of Joan DeMarco v. The Marquis - Decedent business tenant of apartment/office complex owner murdered by former employee of defendant in violent assault during office burglary. Plaintiff's estate alleged negligent security theory of liability against defendant. Settlement negotiated with responsible insurance company in excess of One Million Two Hundred Thousand ($1,200,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. * Khaled Bakar v. Home Properties, Inc. - Plaintiff was standing on third floor balcony of friend's apartment owned by defendant, when the floor suddenly collapsed causing plaintiff to fall to ground. Plaintiff sustained fractured ribs, non-displaced tibia fracture and herniated disc, which was treated with physical therapy and multiple epidural injections. Montgomery County jury returned a verdict in the amount of Seven Hundred and Sixty Nine Thousand ($769,000.00) Dollars. Plaintiff filed Motion for Delay Damages which was granted and case was settled for Nine Hundred Thousand ($900,000.00) Dollars. * CIVIL VERDICTS - AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS * Riccardo v. Kim - Plaintiff sustained fractured cervical vertebrae at C5-6 level which required two surgeries and metal screws, arising from a two vehicle automobile accident. Out-of-court settlement negotiated with responsible insurance carriers in amount of Four Hundred Thousand ($400,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. * Estate of Robert Kane v. Joseph Falco - Decedent killed while passenger in one-car accident where intoxicated driver lost control of vehicle. Wrongful death claim settlement negotiated with responsible insurance company in the amount of Six Hundred and Sixty Thousand ($660,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. * Vinnie Moss v. Baldi Transportation/Erie Insurance Company - Plaintiff awarded Two Hundred Thirty Five Thousand ($235,000.00) Dollars by jury after trial. Defendant trucking company bankrupt and uninsured. Uninsured motorist claim settlement negotiated with plaintiff's insurance company in the amount of Two Hundred Thousand ($200,00.00) Dollars. * CIVIL VERDICTS - LIQUOR LIABILITY * Gerald & Irene Kane v. Dublin Wine and Spirits and Commonwealth of PA - Plaintiff husband and wife sustained multiple injuries in head-on collision with drunk driver. Husband-plaintiff sustained head injury resulting in brain hemorrhage and coma, with substantial recovery. Wife-plaintiff sustained broken ankle. Out-of-court settlement successfully negotiated against defendants prior to trial. Husband's claim - Two Hundred Forty Thousand ($240,000.00) Dollars. Wife's claim - Ninety Thousand ($90,000.00) Dollars. (Bucks County)* Edward Pisarek v. Adriatric Club - Plaintiff police officer assaulted while on duty by intoxicated bar patron skilled in martial arts. Plaintiff sustained permanent partial hearing loss and multiple lacerations. Non-jury trial verdict in favor of plaintiff and against defendant in amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand ($150,000.00) Dollars. (Philadelphia County) CIVIL VERDICTS - PRODUCT LIABILITY* Keith Rosenberger v. Galoob Toys, Inc. - Plaintiff sustained temporary partial loss of vision in one eye with increased risk of future glaucoma, when struck in eye by defendants' children's toy, while plaintiff demonstrated newly purchased toy for child. Out-of-court settlement successfully negotiated against defendants in the amount of One Hundred Fifty Thousand ($150,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. (Montgomery County)* Raymond Cost v. Caterpillar, Inc. - Plaintiff sustained partial amputation of his lower leg, when his foot was crushed in an unguarded pinchpoint of rotating couplings inside engine area, while plaintiff was performing maintenance of defendant's heavy trash compactor/metal shearer. Out-of-court settlement successfully negotiated against defendant in the amount of Four Hundred Seventy Five Thousand ($475,000.00) Dollars prior to trial. (Montgomery County)

Absolutely STUNNING setback today for the defense in the upcoming Bill Cosby sexual assault trial in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania!!! Judge Stephen T. O’Neill issued his long anticipated evidentiary ruling this late this afternoon that FIVE alleged prior sexual assault victims of Cosby going back over twenty years, can testify against him at the April, 2018 jury trial. Talk about bringing in the reinforcements. The upcoming trial landscape has now dramatically changed in favor of the prosecution. This kind of “prior bad act” evidence is very challenging for a defense lawyer to deal with in a jury trial. Luckily for the prosecution, a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision expanded the admissibility of “prior bad act “ evidence, since last year’s Cosby trial. (I’ve always believed that this “prior bad act” evidence had already been ruled admissible too often before the recent decision!) The last Cosby jury trial resulted in a hung jury with only one alleged victim testifying. Don’t expect a hung jury this time. We will see what unfolds. ...

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Attention to all those who believe in justice! Last week the District Attorney dropped all Sexual Assault charges against our client who was facing twenty years imprisonment if convicted, under applicable mandatory minimum sentences. The prosecutor followed up on investigative leads we provided, and to his credit did the right thing in ultimately dropping the charges. Unfortunately, our client was in jail for fourteen months awaiting his trial which would have proceeded last week. The moral of the story? Anyone who believes that innocent people are not sometimes wrongly charged with sexual assault offenses based on uncorroborated allegations which lack medical supportive evidence, is very much mistaken. ...

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Just last week our Motion to Suppress Evidence in a firearms case was GRANTED by Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Street based on an illegal police "frisk" of our client who was one of three passengers in a vehicle pulled over for having tinted windows. The driver and all passengers, including our client were immediately removed from the vehicle and " frisked" by police. There was no evidence that any of the individuals were armed or dangerous and the driver had a valid license and registration. Because the police had no " reasonable suspicion" to conduct the "frisk" the Court found that the handgun found on our client must be suppressed as the fruit of an unconstitutional search and seizure. This ruling was fatal to the prosecution's case against our client. ...

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I am very honored to receive the Montgomery County Bar Association Pro Bono award for 2017 from Michael Kelley from Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania and David Trevaskis from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, for my representation of indigent clients. ...

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