Meyer Darragh Welcomes Attorney Alex K. Yoder to the Pittsburgh office.
Attorney Gary M. Scoulos recently authored an article entitled Compensating Police Officers for Mental Injuries Under the Workers' Compensation Act. The article appears in the current issue of PRIMEWatch, The PennPRIME Liability and Workers' Compensation Trust Newsletter. Read the article here.
With great sorrow, we announce the recent passing of our esteemed colleague, George I. Buckler. Mr. Buckler is remembered with fondness as a man of great intellect whose genuine kindheartedness led so many of his colleagues to his always-open door seeking both his vast legal knowledge and his friendship. Mr. Buckler will be sadly missed, and we offer our deepest condolences to his loving family. Read the official notice of Mr. Bucklerís passing here.
Eric Anderson, head of our Aviation Litigation Department, recently obtained summary judgment for three clients in a case arising out of a mid-air collision in Ohio involving two general aviation aircraft and resulting in the death of four individuals. The pivotal issue in the cases against the clients was whether the co-pilot in one of the airplanes was acting in the course and scope of his employment with one of the other clients. After years of discovery, and numerous depositions and production of documents, the court ruled that there was insufficient evidence that the co-pilot was acting within the course and scope of his employment and, therefore, the court could rule as a matter of law that the case could not proceed against Mr. Andersonís client. What is significant about the decision is that the law in the State of Ohio is that the issue concerning scope of employment is one that should be decided by the jury, except in the rare instances where reasonable minds could not differ as to the issue concerning scope of employment. What was also unusual is that the court reviewed and weighed expert reports in reaching its decision which, again, is usually something that is left to the jury.
Congratulations to Alex Yoder on his successful Pennsylvania Bar Exam results!
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the recent passing of our colleague, Carl A. Eck, one of the founding Partners of Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck. Mr. Eck was greatly respected, as much for his character as for his legal skills, and will be sadly missed. The entire Meyer Darragh family expresses its deepest sympathies to his loving family. Read the official notice of Mr. Eckís passing here.
Pittsburgh was home to the recent ALFA (American Law Firm Association) Eastern Great Lakes Regional Conference, which was held on June 13-14. Meyer Darragh hosted the event entitled Managing Critical Legal Issues and Decisions. Attorneys Mark A. Eck and Lexington V. Wolff both actively involved in the program -- Mark as a program chair and as a moderator on a panel covering "The Latest on Social Media Strategies for Business and Litigation," and Lexi as chair of the ALFA Women's Initiative Cocktail Reception. To view the full program brochure, click here.
Recent Defense Verdict - Eric Anderson finished a trial in federal court last month where a jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Andersonís client. The case involved a claim against Mr. Andersonís client, a company that manufactures sheet metal roofing and siding materials. The plaintiff was injured by a piece of the material which he was handling. The plaintiff sustained a severe laceration of his arm severing multiple tendons. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant provided a defective product, it was improperly packaged, improperly shipped and was not secured in a manner so as to avoid the accident described by the plaintiff. In defense, a complete history of the company and a detailed description of the manufacturing process supplemented with photographs, actual materials and a video was sufficient to convince the jury that there was nothing improper in the manufacturing, packaging, shipping or storing of the material prior to the plaintiffís injury. No post trial motions were filed following the verdict entered in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
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