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Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba Is Sad To Announce The Passing Of Willian D. Hague, Esquire.

Bill passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, June 17, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Bill was a valuable attorney at our firm for 17 years. Our thoughts and Prayers are with Bill's family and friends and he will be deeply missed at our firm.


Jennifer Watson Elected President Of Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba

The shareholders of Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba recently elected Jennifer Watson as president of the firm. In addition to her duties as president, Jen will continue in her role as managing partner of the Pittsburgh office. She has been a partner with the firm since 2006. Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba is among only a few of insurance defense firms in Pennsylvania that is headed by a female partner.


Ed Wilbraham Named To Notre Dame Law School Advisory Board

Founding partner Ed Wilbraham was recently appointed by The University of Notre Dame's President, the Reverent John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to his second 3-year term to the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Board. This Board serves to advise the Notre Dame Law School Dean, Nell Newton, on matters such as recruitment, curriculum, satellite campuses and job placement.


Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba Have Summary Judgment Affirmed In Pennsylvania Superior Court

Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba client Advance Stores Company, Inc obtained an affirmation of summary judgment on plaintiff's appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court. At the trial level, the Honorable Arnold J. New of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas had granted summary judgment finding the product identification and product nexus was insufficient as to Advance Stores.

In a 28 page memorandum opinion, the Pennsylvania Superior Court extensively cited the Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba's attorney's cross-examination of plaintiff's product identification witness and affirmed the grant of summary judgment. Attorneys Doug Eisler and James Horning were on the appellate briefing for Advance Stores.

The case is Gilbert v. Advance Auto Parts, 2018 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2635 (July 23, 2018).


Wilbraham, Lawyer & Buba Sponsors 2018 National Kidney Foundation Walk

Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba is again a VIP Premier Sponsor for the National Kidney Foundations annual kidney walk in Pittsburgh. This year, the walk is being held on November 4, 2018, and we are honoring the memory of one of our recently departed attorneys, Bill Hague. Bill recently passed away after a long, courageous battle, with cancer. In addition to being a sponsor, our law firm president, Jen Watson, is serving on the NKF's Leadership Committee.


Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba Attorneys Speak At Perrin Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Conference

Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba partners Doug Eisler and Bern Kueny were speakers at the Perrin Mid-Atlantic Asbestos Conference recently held in Wilmington, Delaware. Doug participated in a panel discussion that included the Honorable Arnold J. New of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, on the topic of recent updates in the Philadelphia asbestos litigation. Bern participated on a panel which discussed updates in the New Jersey asbestos litigation.


Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba Obtains Defense Verdicts For Two Defendants in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania

Wilbraham, Lawler and Buba successfully tried to verdict the Robert Horst case in Lackawanna County, PA after a three week trial. M. Douglas Eisler and James Tate of WLB Philadelphia office tried the case for a major manufacturer of boilers and John Fitzpatrick of WLB Philadelphia/New Jersey and Vincent Errante of Darger, Errante, Yavitz & Blau tried the case for a major national manufacturer of furnaces and other HVAC equipment.

The decedent, Mr. Robert Horst, was a 63 year old man who Plaintiffs alleged passed away from mesothelioma caused by alleged exposure to asbestos during his career as a residential HVAC contractor in Lancaster, PA. The three week trial started with eleven defendants in the courtroom, six of which settled during the course of the trial. Plaintiff's offered testimony from three experts, industrial hygienist Mr. Steven Paskal, epidemiologist Dr. Richard Lemen , and pathologist Dr. Richard Kradin. Lennox and Burnham offered testimony from three experts, pulmonologist Dr. James Crapo, industrial hygienist Dr. James Poole, and industrial hygienist Ms. Patricia Hall.

The jury trial was held in Scranton, PA, the county seat of Lackawanna County. It is in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania and was a coal and industrial community. Plaintiffs assumed it would be a more favorable venue for them. Kathryn Pryor and Chad Cotton, of Baron & Budd, tried the case for the Plaintiffs. The jury deliberated for two hours before returning a defense verdict for all remaining defendants.

Horst, et al. v. Union Carbide Corp., et al., Case No. 15 CV 1903 (Pa. Ct. Comm. Pls., Lackawanna Cty.)