Philadelphia Family Court Judge Lyris F. Younge "did everything in her power" to rip an infant away from her parents with almost total disregard for their rights, an appeals court said, adding that the judge was at best negligent or, at worst, intentionally trying to tear a family apart. READ MORE

The state Judicial Conduct Board has launched an investigation into Philadelphia Family Court Judge Lyris F. Younge’s handling of cases, her lawyer confirmed Wednesday, prompted by a series of articles in The Legal Intelligencer exposing due process violations committed by Younge. READ MORE

Pittsburgh-based Eckert Seamans announced late last month that Dorothy Davis would no longer serve as a co-CEO of the firm, leaving Tim Hudak as the sole CEO. Sources say Davis as CEO made changes without communicating to others in the firm, while Hudak took a decidedly hands-off approach to his leadership role. READ MORE

Two child placement agencies agreed to pay a combined $5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit over the death of a 10-year-old boy whose caregivers failed to get him medical attention for an intestinal blockage. The settlement was reached between defendants NorthEast Treatment Centers and NET Treatment Centers and the estate of Ethan Okula, who died in February 2016, a death that his lawyer claims was “entirely preventable.” READ MORE

National plaintiffs firm Morgan & Morgan appears to have settled a lawsuit brought by a smaller Philadelphia rival, Rosenbaum & Associates, over Morgan & Morgan’s advertising practices in the city. In an order filed May 4, U.S. District Judge Mark Kearney of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed the case with prejudice in light of a stipulation by the parties. The stipulation followed news last week that Orlando-based Morgan & Morgan had hired a lawyer in Philadelphia to lead its office there. READ MORE

A Lancaster jury handed a $7.5 million verdict to the family of an elderly woman who was sexually assaulted while a resident at an Akron, Pennsylvania, nursing facility. On May 3, following nearly two weeks of trial and four hours of deliberation, the jury hit Garden Spot Village with the multimillion-dollar award, finding that the facility and its parent company were 85 percent liable for the 2013 sexual assault of 82-year-old Dorothy Brace. The verdict was handed up in the courtroom of Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Judge Leonard Brown III. READ MORE

The owners of a shopping center where a car crashed into a nail salon and killed a 74-year-old woman have settled the wrongful death lawsuit against them for $1.65 million, lawyers announced Monday. Myra Forman was killed March 31, 2015, when a car driven by Jacqueline Gelman smashed through the storefront window of Cindy’s Nails at the Bel Air Shopping Center on Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. READ MORE

After failing to secure a win last month, the plaintiff in the latest Xarelto trial has asked that the defense verdict be vacated, arguing that several court rulings allowed Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals to create a “false narrative” for the jury. Attorneys for plaintiff Daniel Russell filed a post-trial motion earlier this week asking the court to grant a new trial in the case, which ended with a defense win on April 27. The post-trial filing was docketed with the court Tuesday. READ MORE

After recently being released on bail, hip-hop star Meek Mill asked the head of the First Judicial District’s criminal court to appoint a new judge to handle his case. Mill, who was released late last month after spending roughly five months in jail for violating his parole, filed a motion May 4 asking Judge Leon Tucker, the supervising judge of Philadelphia’s criminal division, to administratively transfer or reassign Judge Genece Brinkley from his case. Brinkley, who handled Mill’s 2008 trial and subsequent probation, has denied multiple previous requests that she step down from the case. READ MORE

The Pennsylvania Superior Court tossed a jury award of $32 million to the family of a 6-year-old boy killed in a 2012 car accident in Pittsburgh, including $10 million for a wrongful death claim and $10 million for a survival claim. READ MORE