Category: Recent Cases

October 31st, 2023

DMV Obtains Dismissal of Municipality from FHA and ADA Claims

Rufus Jennings recently successfully argued for the dismissal of a claim under the Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of a municipal client.  The claim concerned the installation of a mobile home in a resident’s driveway to be used as an…

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May 15th, 2023


Associate, Daniel Gradwohl obtained summary judgment in favor of the client, City of Reading, in a case involving a fatal motorcycle crash. Plaintiff alleged that a defect in the street caused a speeding motorcycle to crash into a utility pole, killing the 19-year-old female passenger….

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February 2nd, 2023

DMV Secures a Defense Verdict in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Partner, Frank Deasey and associate, Daniel Gradwohl successfully defended NET Treatment Services, Inc. following a seven-day jury trial in Philadelphia County. The case involved the tragic death of a four-month-old baby. NET Treatment Services, Inc. was contracted by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services “DHS”…

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December 1st, 2021

Firm Obtains Dismissal of Insurance Coverage Suit

Attorney Bill Rubert, of counsel with the firm, obtained a dismissal of a declaratory judgment action against Landmark American Insurance Company in Massachusetts federal court.  A company insured by Landmark was sued for abuse of process and sought insurance coverage for that lawsuit.  Based on…

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March 26th, 2021

PA Appellate Courts Uphold JNOV After Trial

On November 18, 2019, DMV Partners, Francis J. Deasey and Matthew J. Junk obtained a rare JNOV (judgment notwithstanding the verdict) in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. The JNOV was obtained after a nearly two-week jury trial centering on allegations that the firm’s client, a company operating a…

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January 7th, 2020

Taylor v. Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority

On January 7, 2020 the Honorable T.J. Bernstein of the Cambria County Court of Common Pleas entered summary judgment in favor of Defendant, Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority. The Authority argued that it is not liable to Plaintiffs because Decedent was intentionally trespassing on…

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December 16th, 2019

Matthews v. Anthony’s Landscaping and Tree Company

On December 16, 2019, the Honorable Messiah Jackson of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas entered summary judgment in favor of Anthony’s Tree and Landscaping Company in a negligence action based upon Anthony’s Tree and Landscaping’s work performed on a tree located on a Prospect…

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October 10th, 2017

DMV Secures Defense Verdict at Trial

On October 5, 2017, DMV Partners Henri Marcel and Rufus A. Jennings obtained a complete defense verdict from a Philadelphia Common Pleas jury in the matter of Boyer v. Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 5.  It took the jury less than three hours to…

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March 11th, 2017

Judgment for the Defense – Rodriguez v. County of Berks

Summary Judgment / Civil Rights / Medical Treatment of Prisoners On March 9, 2017, the Honorable Edward G. Smith of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania entered summary judgment for Berks County, the Warden , a Lieutenant and a Corrections…

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February 28th, 2017

Judgment for the Defense – Giuliani v. Springfield Township

Summary Judgment / Civil Rights / Land Use and Zoning On February 27, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA entered summary judgment in favor of Springfield Township (Montgomery County), its Board of Commissioners and numerous elected and appointed officials in…

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