Settlements And Verdicts

by William Jorden on July 5, 2011

by William T. Jorden, Esquire

A verdict in Court award in the amount of $252,063.24, and full reinstatement of job status was obtained in a Federal Lawsuit filed by Attorney Bill Jorden on behalf of Clifford VanTassel. Clifford VanTassel worked as a maintenance manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The Complaint set forth that VanTassel was fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on a Department of Corrections Superintendent, for exuberant spending, without proper approval on the Superintendent’s state-owned residence. The award included back wages, interest, reimbursement of attorneys’ fees and costs. A jury verdict was returned on St. Patrick’s Day, 2005.

A One Million Dollar ($1,000,000.00) Settlement was reached in the case of a secret service officer who suffered lacerating injuries to his right hand. Angus Beck, originally of Meadville, suffered a severe laceration to his right hand from a falling hotel chandelier. As a result of the nerve damage, Beck was limited in his ability to fire a weapon or use a sidearm. Beck was represented by Attorney William T. Jorden and Joanna Hamill-Flum of the Philadelphia Law Firm of McDade, Flum and Bloom.

A policy limit settlement was obtained from the owners of property where a drinking party took place. After the party, a boy who consumed alcohol at the party lost control of his vehicle, striking a tree. A rear seat passenger in that vehicle suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident. The passenger was represented by Attorney William T. Jorden. A child of the property owner had invited friends to the property, knowing that alcohol would be consumed. The complaint set forth facts that the property owner failed to act to protect the minor plaintiff, and were responsible for the tragic consequences of the drinking party that took place on their property.

An Ohio jury recently awarded 3.6 Million Dollars to a forty-four year old Wisconsin woman who was struck by a stone while riding the Viper Roller coaster at Six Flags Amusement Park in Aurora, Ohio. The Plaintiff contended that her injury was caused by a rock thrown by bystanders and that the amusement park should be liable because it failed to rope off the area to protect customers from such attacks, which had been reported in the past.

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