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The General Litigation Group provides exceptional legal representation to a wide range of business and industry groups, including energy, waste hauling, construction, emergency services, funeral services, restaurants, property management, financial institutions, and colleges and universities that are insured or self-insured.  

Our lawyers provide sophisticated representation during all phases of tort and related business litigation in both federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and in other states pro hac vice. The group has a significant record of demonstrated success in jury and bench trials and on appeal. Clients trust our lawyers with their most complex catastrophic loss and "bet-the-company" cases.   

Our extensive legal and industry experience enables us to provide clients with cost-effective, focused and aggressive representation during the pre-trial phases of litigation, early resolution, alternative dispute resolution, and at trial. This includes counseling on litigation avoidance; preparation for litigation, including e-discovery issues, litigation holds, critical incident response and preservation of evidence; latent and root cause analyses; and advice on best practices in general claims handling procedures. 

Our trial teams handle a diverse range of personal injury, property, and contract claims including: 

      • First and Third Party Auto Defense
      • Over-the-Road Trucking
      • Department of Transportation Compliance
      • Premises Liability
      • Negligent Security
      • Dram Shop Actions
      • Emergency Services
      • Waste Removal and Recycling
      • Plant and Construction Accidents
      • Defamation
      • Contractual Indemnification
      • Bad Faith

Representative Matters

  • Fatal accident between ambulance and motorcyclist due to alleged negligent vehicle operation, training, supervision and entrustment of vehicle to driver by ambulance company; 28 year-old father of 3 year-old and pregnant wife; $15 million demand; negotiated settlement for $5 million after extensive investigation, discovery and expert review (Delaware County Court of Common Pleas)
  • Premises liability case in which custodian at a mall tripped near a commercial trash compactor due to alleged defects in the compactor and the concrete pad on which it was placed; plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury, fractured nose and hip and an inguinal hernia; $2 million demand; obtained the voluntary dismissal of the compactor vendor prior to trial after extensive investigation, discovery and expert review (Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas)
  • Funeral home action involving alleged negligent embalming, mishandling and transport of remains causing advanced decomposition prior to funeral; multiple tort and intentional tort claims with punitive damages demanded; obtained dismissal of case on preliminary objections (Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas)
  • Obtained a unanimous defense jury verdict on behalf of a regional material handling service and supply company after a six-week trial involving wrongful death and survival claims with a demand of $15 million.  Plaintiff alleged damages arising from negligent maintenance of a pallet truck involved in a warehouse accident. (Superior Court of N.J., Camden County)
  • Premises liability case in which off-duty police officer fell into a trash pit at a public trash transfer station; plaintiff sustained fractured cervical and thoracic vertebrae and a torn rotator cuff requiring multiple surgeries and rendering him unable to return to law enforcement work; $2.5 million demand; settled case at mediation for $850,000 (Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas)

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