This lawsuit addresses the liability of a Pennsylvania County Sheriff’s office for hiring an extradition company whose employees harmed an extradited prisoner. Police stopped Darren Richardson for rolling through a stop sign in Hernando County, Florida. They took Richardson into custody after discovering there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Pike County, Pennsylvania….

Today, I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new mediation center at the federal courthouse in Scranton. The guest list included all of the Middle District judges and the panel of certified mediators. It’s really a beautiful facility and will include video conferencing capability. Chief Judge Conner and mediation coordinator, Joe Barrett, spoke briefly…

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…

Although there are a few exceptions, Pennsylvania law requires that legal process be served by the County Sheriff’s Office. But what is a sheriff’s deputy to do when the defendant he is supposed to serve has posted her property with “No Trespassing” signs and has a locked gate across her driveway? Does the deputy infringe…

MCCF Suicide Mumun Barbaros committed suicide at the Monroe County Correctional Facility on March 22, 2009 while awaiting trial for criminal trespass. Barbaros choked to death from the remnants of a t-shirt lodged in his throat. Federal Lawsuit Barbaros’ estate sued in federal District Court in Scranton. The claim was that Barbaros committed suicide because he was…

Our law firm is seeking to hire an experienced paralegal to join our busy litigation team in a full-time role. We handle a broad variety of litigation but the focus will be on personal injury, federal civil rights litigation, worker’s compensation, and social security. As paralegal, you will be required to assist lawyers throughout the…

John Daubert went to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for treatment of lower back pain and was billed $46 by a radiologist for X-rays. Daubert’s insurer contributed $21, so Daubert was responsible for the remaining $25. He failed to pay the small bill so his account was transferred to NRA, a debt collector. NRA was also given…

Attorney Jerry Geiger is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and a rider. For over 30 years, he has been a trial attorney who has tried cases throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Jerry understands the physics and dynamics of riding a motorcycle, is quite aware of the dangers facing riders in the Poconos and understands motorcycle injury law. He also…

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…

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that only a physician, not a member of his staff, must obtain “informed consent” from a patient before performing medical procedures. Brain Surgery In Shinal v. Toms, Dr. Steven Toms, the chief of neurosurgery at Geisinger in Danville performed surgery to remove a tumor in Megan Shinal’s brain. During…