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PA Supreme Court Recognizes B&L Attorneys as Experts on Dragonetti

On April 26, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Villani v. Seibert, upholding the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Dragonetti Act, which had been struck down as unconstitutional by two lower courts.  In conducting a comprehensive review of the history of the developing common law, the enactment of the Dragonetti Act, and the decisional case law, Justice Donahue cited and relied upon sections of the legal treatise, Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings and Related Torts in Pennsylvania, (1st ed. 2016), authored by B&L Attorneys George Bochetto, David Heim, and John O’Connell, along with Fox Rothschild Attorney Robert Tintner.  See, e.g.,  Villani v. Seibert, — A.3d –, 2017 WL 1489048, at *19 and *20 (Pa. Apr. 26, 2017)(Dissent)(citing G. Bochetto, D. Heim, J. O’Connell & R. Tintner, Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings and Related Torts in Pennsylvania, generally and § 1-1, at 5 (1st ed. 2016)).  This is quite an honor.  B&L congratulates George, David and John for publishing their treatise and for playing a role in the Supreme Court’s decision on this important Constitutional question.

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