PRACTICE AREASWe Specialize in 14 service areas
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McCormick & Priore has extensive experience in all aspects of automobile insurance litigation: third-party liability actions, uninsured motorist claims (“UM”), underinsured motorist claims (“UIM”), first-party benefits (“PIP”) actions, bad faith claims, and coverage disputes. The claims in these actions can range from the “typical” soft-tissue injury, to paralysis, to wrongful death, with issues regarding both liability and medical causation. The attorneys at McCormick & Priore have not only litigated hundreds of such cases; they also routinely serve as defense arbitrators in UM/UIM cases, and lecture extensively regarding automobile insurance actions. In addition, Mr. McCormick is also the author of UM/UIM Digest of Reported Cases in Pennsylvania (1989, and Updates 1991 through 2016).
Bad Faith Actions and Claims
Civil Rights Litigation and Constitutional Law
Construction Accidents and Defects
Environmental Clean-up and Damages
Insurance Coverage and Insurance Law
Mass Tort and Complex Litigation
Class actions, federal court MDL proceedings, state-wide consolidation of lawsuits, and single actions involving hundreds of plaintiffs all present unusual challenges to both the courts and the attorneys involved in the cases. Often, these lawsuits involve products liability and/or toxic tort actions in which the plaintiffs claim injuries from the use of, or exposure to, a product or waste material. However, the use of “mass tort” claims is also growing in various other areas, such as insurance coverage disputes. McCormick & Priore’s experience in these areas of litigation is very extensive and includes: acting as National Counsel for a phentermine manufacturer in the fen-phen litigation; co-lead defense counsel for several manufacturing defendants in the latex glove litigation; defending claims by 300 plaintiffs asserting injuries from PCB exposure; defending against claims by residents living in the area of landfills; and defending class action claims for insurance coverage and payments.
Police Liability-Public Official Professional Liability-Municipal Liability-Security Company Liability
In conjunction with its Civil Rights Litigation and Constitutional Law practice, McCormick & Priore also has experience defending police departments and other public officials, as well as civilian entities such as private security guards, security companies and private detectives, in state law claims alleging assault and battery, false arrest, and other intentional torts. McCormick & Priore’s attorneys have very specialized experience used to successfully defend such claims. In addition, our attorneys possess the background and knowledge needed to handle a vast array of public entity liability matters, including highway design and traffic control issues, property maintenance, and improper governmental actions.
The area of “premises liability” is quite extensive and varied: it encompasses “slip and fall”, wrongful serving of alcohol, wrongful detention by store security, assault and battery, and dangerous conditions on property. At McCormick & Priore our clients in this area range from shopping centers, retail stores and restaurants, to small businesses and national fraternities. Our attorneys are uniquely qualified to defend such cases, especially when they involve underlying criminal offenses with contemporaneous criminal proceedings, and accompanying civil rights claims.
McCormick & Priore’s experience in handling the complex field of products liability law extends back many years. In representing manufacturers and other suppliers of products, the firm brings to bear this extensive experience in navigating through the intricate, complex and often conflicting case law and statutory law governing this field in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. Employing innovative and aggressive defense strategies, McCormick & Priore has successfully represented large and small manufacturers and other suppliers against multiple theories of liability in this area of the law.
Subrogation and Collections
The attorneys at McCormick & Priore are also experienced in the pursuit of both large and small subrogation and collection matters, including contractual indemnity claims and issues associated with the representation of clients in a number of areas of the law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Travel Law and Litigation Involving Incidents in Foreign Countries
With international travel steadily increasing, many lawsuits are brought in the United States by individuals claiming to have been injured in a foreign jurisdiction. Simply put, vacations can be hazardous for numerous reasons. Typical causes of actions brought by vacationers, or other travelers, may include slip and fall accidents, assaults (sexual or otherwise), and accidents resulting from “extreme” activities like rock climbing, jet-skiing, etc. Issues such as sufficiency of service, jurisdiction, choice of law, determination of foreign law, choice of forum, and location of discovery and depositions, not typically at issue in standard cases, become of paramount importance. At McCormick & Priore, attorneys experienced in such matters bring their specialized knowledge to the table to properly represent the client’s best interests.
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