Changes To Pa. Tort Law Not Coming Fast Enough, Attys Say

By Matt Fair (April 20, 2017, 7:29 PM EDT) -- It's been more than two years since a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision signaled a new era for tort law in the state by redefining a jury's role in determining a product's dangers, and some attorneys have expressed frustration at what they say is the slow pace at which judges have moved to answer some of the ruling's open questions.

The November 2014 ruling in Tincher v. Omega Flex Inc. upended decades-old precedent establishing a clear separation between strict liability and negligence concepts, and was heralded by the defense bar for potentially opening the door to previously forbidden negligence-based defenses — such as a...

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