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…