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Anthony Baratta – Recipient of the First Judicial District Pro Bono Award for Court of Common Pleas Civil Trial Division

November 15th, 2018

The First Judicial District hosted its annual Pro Bono Award Ceremony on Oct 24 recognizing the importance of lawyers from around the city who provide pro bono legal services and the role those services play in ensuring access and justice for the citizens of Philadelphia.

Anthony J. Baratta, Court of Common Pleas – Trial Division, Civil

 

The Legal Intelligencer, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

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Andrew DiPiero, Esquire – National Board of Trial Advocacy Member for 20 years

November 15th, 2018

The National Board of Trial Advocacy announced that Andrew DiPiero Jr. of Baratta, Russell & Baratta achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate.

DiPiero has been an NBTA member for 20 years.

He has represented hundreds of injured victims over the past 36 years.  He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations.

DiPiero is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He volunteers as a judge pro tempore for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and is the co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s fee dispute committee.

 

Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Tuesday November 13, 2018

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Sands Casino Denied Access To Social Media Accounts in Slip & Fall Case

September 24th, 2018

The Sands Bethlehem Casino is out of luck in its bid to access a woman’s social media accounts to seek evidence that she was not as badly hurt from a slip-and-fall in the casino as she claimed.

Northampton Court of Common Pleas Judge Craig Dally denied Sands’ motion to compel plaintiff Catrina Allen’s username and password information for her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Allen claimed that a right shoulder injury sustained in the casino fall impaired her ability to do multiple activities. Sands sought to refute her story by getting hold of social media posts showing Allen engaged in the activities she said she couldn’t perform.

Sands claimed the evidence was relevant for damages purposes and for impeaching Allen’s credibility. Allen—who testified that, since the accident, she has not visited family, gone to the movies, bowled, or gone to the park with her children—said the posts at issue were consistent with her claims.

Ultimately, Dally said Sands was off point; a photo of Allen attending a baseball game or visiting family doesn’t mean she was performing strenuous activity she claimed she was unable to do.

“It is not Mrs. Allen’s contention that she has been rendered unable to engage in all the activities of daily living,” Dally said. “Rather, she claims that her activities of daily living have been limited by a right shoulder injury.”

The judge continued, “In the Facebook posts and in the portion of Mrs. Allen’s deposition relied upon by defendant in support of their motion, there is nothing to suggest the unreliability of Mrs. Allen’s claims with respect to the nature and scope of her injury, as none of the activities referenced show or suggest the strenuous use of her right shoulder.”

Dally acknowledged a difference between Allen’s deposition testimony and what was on Facebook, but said her legal claims held firm.

“While Mrs. Allen’s public Facebook posts controvert her deposition testimony, it cannot be said that they controvert her legal claims,” Dally said. “Accordingly, the court finds that defendant has failed to establish the relevancy prong of the portion of their request addressed to discovery of Mrs. Allen’s Facebook account.”

“Moreover,” he added, “defendant has made absolutely no attempt to establish a factual predicate in support of their request for access to her Twitter and Instagram accounts. Accordingly their discovery request is denied in its entirety.”

Robert J. Balch of Post & Schell represents Sands and declined to comment.

Anthony Baratta of Baratta, Russell & Baratta represents Allen and did not respond to a request for comment.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Wills, Trusts & Nursing Home Asset Protection

Speaker: Ken Russell
Date: Sept 25th @ 6:30 - dinner served
Location: Maggiano's 205 Mall Blvd. King Of Prussia, PA 19406

Discover Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Please call 1-800-898-3572 if you are interested in attending. RSVP Code # 383709

or Register Online

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Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Wills, Trusts & Nursing Home Asset Protection

Speaker: Ken Russell
Date: Sept 26th @ 11:30 - lunch served
Location: Seasons 52, 160 Gulph Road, Suite 101,  King Of Prussia, PA 19406

Discover Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Please call 1-800-898-3572 if you are interested in attending. RSVP Code # 383709

or Register Online

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Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Wills, Trusts & Nursing Home Asset Protection

Speaker: Ken Russell
Date: Sept 27th @ 6:30 - dinner served
Location: Maggiano's 205 Mall Blvd. King Of Prussia, PA 19406

Discover Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Please call 1-800-898-3572 if you are interested in attending. RSVP Code # 383709

or Register Online

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Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Life, Love, Money and Curveballs

Speaker: Kenneth Russell
Date: Tuesday, May 15th @ 6:00 - dinner served (see other dates below)
Location: Broad Axe Tavern, 901 Butler Pike, Ambler, PA

Discover Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Please call 1-800-898-3572 if you are interested in attending. RSVP Code # 380306

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Estate Planning Seminar – Life, Love, Money and Curveballs

Speaker: Kenneth Russell
Date: Wednesday, May 16th @ 12:30 - lunch served
Location: William Penn Inn - 1017 Dekalb Pike, Gwynedd, PA

Discover Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Please call 1-800-898-3572 if you are interested in attending. RSVP Code # 380306

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Estate Planning Seminar – Life, Love, Money and Curveballs

Speaker: Kenneth Russell
Date: Thursday, May 17th @ 6:00 - dinner served
Location: Broad Axe Tavern, 901 Butler Pike, Ambler, PA

Discover Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Please call 1-800-898-3572 if you are interested in attending. RSVP Code # 380306

or Register Online

www.seminar.rsvpyes.com/380306

Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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CLE Presentation

Speaker: Anthony J. Baratta
Date: March 29, 2018
Location: Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia PA

Effective Ethical Negotiation Techniques

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Baratta, Russell & Baratta is Expanding Our Expertise and Adding an Office in Media, PA

February 2nd, 2018

Baratta, Russell & Baratta (“BRB”) is proud to announce that David T. Videon, Esquire, has joined the firm, Of Counsel.

BRB has also expanded into Media with a new office location at 1000 North Providence Road, Media.  This office will permit BRB to service our expanding client base.

Dave Videon brings with him more than thirty years of experience serving clients in the areas of Estate Planning and Administration as well as general Business law.   Dave has had a stellar legalcareer and he is known for his sincere commitment to his clients.  Joining BRB will permit Dave to continue serving his clients in the Media and Delaware County areas as well as adding depth to BRB’s Estate Planning and Administration practice.

We are honored to have such an esteemed attorney as Dave join our firm.  His impeccable reputation as Judge, Attorney, and Business Owner as well as his involvement and commitment to the Delaware County community are the values we admire at BRB.

Dave’s roots run deep in Delaware County. He has volunteered, been elected, held, and worked in numerous positions of ultimate trust, including:

  • Attack Helicopter Pilot R Vietnam ’69-’74 (and later in the US Army National Guard and Reserve).  Retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel
  • Elected District Justice for thirty years for Newtown Edgemont Township (’76-’06)
  • Funeral Home Director for the Frank C. Videon Funeral Home (’90-present)
  • Attorney at law at the David T. Videon Law Offices
  • Serving as a member of his church, the Wayne United Methodist Church.

Dave has been married for 49 years to his wife Lynn and has four daughters.

With Dave and the new Media office, BRB continues to move into the future with expanded resources and expertise.

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Featured in Plexus – A Chiropractic Publication – “The Fraud Next Door…. Is You”

January 5th, 2018

Do you bill insurance companies for the treatment of patients injured in auto accidents?  Did you know you are a fraud?

Inventing Fraud for Profit

In the 1990’s, global consulting giant McKinsey & Company revolutionized the way auto insurance companies handled bodily injury claims by showing them how they could use their claims operations as profit generators.

McKinsey identified that of the tens of thousands of bodily injury claims being made daily across the country as the result of auto accidents, the largest majority could be classified as “Minor Accident Soft Tissue Injury” (MIST) claims.  Because these claims involve relatively minor property damage and mostly subjective injuries, McKinsey advised that insurers could dramatically drive down the costs of these claims simply by handling them all as fraudulent.

Over the past two decades, the entire insurance industry has adopted varying versions of McKinsey’s “fraud funnel” to reduce claims payments by billions of dollars every year.  The idea is simple: Invent a new definition of fraud which enables the accusation to be made in virtually any claim.  This was accomplished with the invention of “fraud indicators”.

There are now hundreds and hundreds of “fraud indicators” which insurers apply to every kind of claim in order to feed the fraud funnel.  Most relevant and alarming to chiropractors, though, should be the fact that treatment with a chiropractor is a fraud indicator in any bodily injury claim.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Life, Love, Money and Curveballs

Speaker: Kenneth Russell
Date: September 19th @ 1:00 - Lunch Served
Location: Teca Restaurant - Newtown Square, PA

Discover Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Call the office at 215-914-2222 if you are interested in attending. Please ask for Angela.

Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Life, Love, Money and Curveballs

Speaker: Kenneth Russell
Date: September 20th @ 6:00 - Dinner Served
Location: Teca Restaurant - Newtown Square, PA

Discover Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Call the office at 215-914-2222 if you are interested in attending. Please ask for Angela.

Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Life, Love, Money and Curveballs

Speaker: Kenneth Russell
Date: September 21st @ 6:00 - Dinner Served
Location: Teca Restaurant - Newtown Square, PA

Discover Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Call the office at 215-914-2222 if you are interested in attending. Please ask for Angela.

Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Life, Love, Money and Curveballs

Speaker: Kenneth Russell
Date: June 22nd @ 6:00 p.m.
Location: Piero's Restaurant - Huntingdon Valley, PA

Discover the Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Call the office at 215-914-2222 if you are interested in attending. Please ask for Angela.

Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Life, Love, Money and Curveballs

Speaker: Kenneth Russell
Date: June 21st @ 12:00 p.m.
Location: Piero's Restaurant - Huntingdon Valley, PA

Discover the Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Call the office at 215-914-2222 if you are interested in attending. Please ask for Angela.

Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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Estate Planning Seminar – Life, Love, Money and Curveballs

Speaker: Kenneth Russell
Date: June 20th @ 6:00
Location: Bryn Athyn College - President's Board Room

Discover the Strategies to Protect Yourself, Your Assets and Provide for Your Loved Ones

Call the office at 215-914-2222 if you are interested in attending. Please ask for Angela.

Reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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Judge OKs Stacked UM/UIM Benefits Absent New Waiver

May 26th, 2017

 

The Legal Intelligencer

May 26, 2017

A Monroe County judge has ruled that a driver with an insuanrace policy covering four cars is intitled to $400,000 in stacked uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits because he did not sign new waivers when he added his most recent vehicles to the policy.

 

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How To Help Your Med Mal Verdict Survive on Appeal

May 16th, 2017

By Y. Peter Kang
Law360, Los Angeles (May 16, 2017, 9:28 PM EDT)

 

Attorneys for medical malpractice plaintiffs who win a jury or bench verdict can steel themselves for a likely appeal by being acutely aware of disputes over evidence and jury instructions and laying the groundwork before, during and after the trial to ward off those challenges. (more…)

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Pa. Judge Backs $625K Jury Award In Needless Surgery Case

May 9th, 2017

Law360, Los Angeles (May 9, 2017, 8:39 PM EDT) A
Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday declined to disturb a $625,000 jury award in a suit accusing a doctor of performing an unnecessary surgery to remove a noncancerous mass that turned out to be nonexistent, saying the award was reasonable. (more…)

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Philadelphia VIP

May 3rd, 2017

Tony Baratta is a Volunteer and Board Member of the Philadelphia VIP, a non-profit that offers pro-bono legal services for residents of Philadelphia. Here is a story that was recently published in the Philadelphia VIP newsletter.

Tonia’s Story – Preventing Homelessness

Tonia, a teacher and long-time Philly resident, inherited her family home and has fixed it up piece-by-piece over the years. “I do what I can,” she says. “I don’t have much, but with every income tax, I try to find something new to fix.” (more…)

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Covenant House Pennsylvania hosted the first annual Sleep Out

April 29th, 2017

Fox News

April 29, 2017

Baratta, Russell & Baratta’s Courtney Zeuner participated in Covenant House Pennsylvania’s 1st Annual Sleep Out : Women Unite.

On April 28, 2017, Covenant House Pennsylvania hosted the first annual Sleep Out: Women Unite. At this inaugural event, 45 women slept on the street and raised over $50,000 for homeless, runaway, and trafficked girls throughout the Philadelphia region.

In an inspirational evening held at the shelter, the participants met our staff and kids, heard their stories, gained a deeper understanding of the issues they face, and learned all about Covenant House’s programs and services. At around 11:00 p.m., the ladies were handed a sleeping bag, a garbage bag, and a cardboard box and headed outside of the shelter to sleep on the street in an act of solidarity with our homeless young people.

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Pa. Fed Jury Awards Couple $625K Over Needless Surgery

March 22nd, 2017

Pa. Fed. Jury Awards Couple $625K Over Needless Surgery
By Y. Peter Kang

Law360, Los Angeles (March 21, 2017, 6:15 PM EDT) A
Pennsylvania federal jury awarded a New Jersey couple $625,000 in a medical malpractice suit accusing a doctor of performing an
unnecessary surgery but cleared two other doctors of liability, according to documents filed in federal court Monday. (more…)

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$625,000 Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

March 21st, 2017

On Friday March 17th, a Jury returned a verdict for our client vs. Tuan Le, M.D. et al., awarding $625,000 in damages. (more…)

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Federal court dismisses State Farm’s medical fraud action against chiropractic firms

February 24th, 2016

A fraud action brought by State Farm Mutual Insurance Company against a pair of medical providers and their employees has been dismissed in federal court, with the plaintiffs given leave to amend their complaint.

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CLE Presentation

Speaker: Andrew Baratta
Date: January 28th, 2016, 4:00-7:00 PM
Location: Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia, PA

Various ways insurance companies attack treating doctors to devalue personal injury claims and the simple steps you can take to protect your injured clients.

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Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania Annual Conference

Speaker: Anthony J. Baratta with Dr. Madeline DiPasquale
Date: June 29, 2015, 10:45 – 12:00
Location: Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center

The Assessment of Decision-making Capacity after Acquired Brain Injury: Legal and Neuropsychological Perspectives – Determining decision-making capacity after acquired brain injury is a challenging task even for the most experienced clinician. In this presentation, we present the medico-legal issues and process related to determining capacity, the research and recommendations regarding the components of a capacity evaluation, and clinical case examples outlining the process of assessment.

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