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Utility, contractor both liable for electrocution

A jury found that a power utility and a contractor shared blame for his electrocution by a low-hanging power line. In 2012, Steven Mader, 54, was cleaning gutters for a customer in Pittsburgh. While he was carrying a ladder vertically, it touched one of two high-voltage power lines owned by Duquesne Light Co., which ran over the backyard. Mader was shocked by 13,000 volts of electricity. He suffered right-sided paralysis and partial amputation of his feet. Mader alleged the utility placed the lines in a dangerous location. Duquesne claimed Mader negligently carried the ladder vertically by an overhead power line. The jury found Mader 40 percent liable and Duquesne 60 percent liable. Mader was awarded $500,000, which was reduced to $300,000.
Mader v. Duquesne Light Co.
Allegheny County

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Mall at fault for visitor’s trip and fall

A Delaware County jury held a strip mall in Swarthmore accountable for a depression in its property that injured a visitor. In June 2014, Rebecca Haynie, a teacher in her early 30s, was exiting the mall when she inadvertently stepped into the depression, which was full of sand and grass. She fractured her right ankle. Haynie alleged the property-owners, Commonwealth Real Estate Investors, allowed a dangerous condition on the premises. The mall's counsel contended that the depression was open and obvious and that Haynie simply failed to pay attention to where she was walking. The jury determined that the mall was 95 percent liable and Haynie was 5 percent liable. Haynie was awarded $68,000, which was accordingly reduced to $64,600.
Haynie v. Commonwealth Real Estate Investors
Delaware County

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Drugmaker failed to warn of Xarelto's risks

A jury awarded $27,800,000 to a woman who claimed that the makers of the drug Xarelto, an anticoagulant medication, failed to warn of dangerous side effects. In 2013, Lynn Hartman, who was in her 70s, was prescribed Xarelto for an irregular heartbeat. She subsequently suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding which resulted in hospitalization. Hartman sued the drug's manufacturer, Bayer AG, and its seller, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Research & Development, LLC. She alleged the drug's label failed to warn of the risks of bleeding. The companies denied all allegations. The jury found the companies had failed to adequately warn and awarded damages of $1.8 million. Jurors also awarded punitive damages of $26 million.
In Re: Xarelto Products Liability Litigation
Philadelphia County

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Largest Pennsylvania Jury Verdicts

(2017 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$88,000,000 Doe v. Task Dauphin County Jan 10
$57,100,000 Ebaugh v. Ethicon Women's Health and Urology Philadelphia County Sep 7
$27,800,000 In Re: Xarelto® Products Liability Litigation Philadelphia County Dec 5
$20,000,000 Engleman v. Johnson & Johnson Philadelphia County Apr 28
$15,579,429 Espinoza v. J.B. Hunt Transport Inc. Philadelphia County Oct 17
$14,484,490 Welker v. Carnevale Federal Jan 27
$10,000,000 Shimko v. Evans Luzerne County May 22
$8,521,000 Pinnock v. Daylight Transportation Philadelphia County Oct 2
$5,018,770 Estate of Natale v. Piston Mercer County Jul 21
$5,000,000 Estate of Lambert v. Kaplan Philadelphia County Jul 21