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The state Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case that may provide guidance to Pennsylvania courts struggling with how to apportion liability against defendants in strict liability cases.

The justices last week agreed to hear arguments in Roverano v. John Crane. Specifically, the justices agreed to consider whether the state Superior Court last year misinterpreted the Fair Share Act by holding that judges should not simply divide the damages equally among all the defendants. The justices also agreed to consider whether the act means that juries should consider evidence of settlements between the plaintiff and any bankrupt entities when determining how to apportion the damages.

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Max Mitchell

Max Mitchell is ALM's Pennsylvania Bureau Chief overseeing The Legal Intelligencer, Delaware Law Weekly and Delaware Business Court Insider. Follow him on Twitter @MMitchellTLI. His email is [email protected]

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