Is Mediation a sign of weakness? I’m a litigator and I’m also a mediator. I get it. Clients who believe in the value of their claim see mediation as a sign of weakness. If you’ve been seriously injured, accepting less than the “full” value of your claim is a concession you don’t want to make….

If you’re an attorney with an office outside Monroe County and trying your first or tenth case here, conforming to local procedural rules may not necessarily be intuitive. Certainly, Monroe County practice has become more user friendly than it used to be but having local counsel on the “ground” to assist, can be beneficial. I…

Suing School Districts and other Pennsylvania municipal bodies has traditionally been very difficult because of an immunity statute called the “Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act.” It’s a long name for a Pennsylvania law that says that government agencies are immune from being sued unless the claim falls within eight very narrow exceptions to immunity. One…

Since 1985, plaintiffs’ win rates in federal district court litigation have plummeted by more than 50%. UConn Law Professors Alexandra D. Lahav and Peter Siegelman describe the statistic as a mystery. They offer a few possibilities about this unusual statistic but no conclusions. Their draft study, is titled “The Curious Incident of the Falling Win…

Rockne Newell killed three people in a shooting at the Ross Township municipal building in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. In a federal lawsuit filed by the families of the victims, the plaintiffs alleged that Newell was unstable and that the County Sheriff, the Township supervisors, and the supervisors’ lawyer were responsible for Newell’s violence and for…