50-50 Custody Determination

Venue
Allegheny County

Judge
Eaton

Attorney
Pamela V. Collis

Date
May 2012

Custody

Father filed Petition for shared custody of parties’ child where Mother was claiming she should be full custodian.

After the psychological evaluator testified a 50-50 arrangement would be in the child’s interest at trial, Mother agreed to 50-50 shared custody schedule.


Products Liability

Venue
Washington County

Judge
Gilman

Attorney
Pamela V. Collis

Date
February 2012

Products Liability

Plaintiff claimed an injury to her dominant hand sustained while opening Defendant Manufacturer’s vise grips left her permanently disabled and unable to work or enjoy the ordinary pleasures of life.The jury returned a defense verdict, specifically finding that the product was not defective in response to special interrogatories.


Demand
$100,000 (2 Plaintiffs)

Offer
None

Result
Defense Verdict

Venue
Allegheny County

Judge
Farino

Attorney
Paul J. Walsh III

Date
April 1998

NFL player accused of civil assault and battery

A perennial All-Pro NFL player was accused by two police officers of assault and battery. However, these allegations were not made until the officers discovered the identity of the Defendant.

Thereafter, they sued for both compensatory and punitive damages alleging that the Defendant caused back injuries to both Plaintiffs.

The Defendant adamantly opposed these allegations and refused to settle.

A defense verdict was entered after a five day jury trial.


Demand
$1.2 million

Offer
Mediation

Result
$209,500 ($104,750 from each co-Defendant)

Venue
United States District Court,
Western District of Pennsylvania

Judge
Schwab

Attorney
Paul J. Walsh III and Pamela V. Collis

Date
March 2005

Product liability / lost hand on coil slitter line

The 55 year-old Plaintiff was a laborer in a steel mill assisting on a coil slitter line. We represented a component part manufacturer which made the coil slitter.

The Plaintiff’s hand was pulled into the slitter resulting in an amputation. The Plaintiff claimed combined special damages of $497,000.

The Defendants argued there was no design defect and all line guarding was the responsibility of the employer.


Demand
$1 million (as to all Defendants)

Offer
$250,000

Result
Non-suit for our client $175,000 verdict for Plaintiff as to other Defendants

Venue
Allegheny County

Judge
James

Attorney
Paul J. Walsh III

Date
March 1996

Product liability / malfunctioning power saw causes severe burns

The Plaintiff sued numerous Defendants for injuries sustained on a construction job. He was using a power saw to cut through an underground pipe. It caught on fire and the Plaintiff sustained severe burns.