2017 Pro Bono Award Recipients Announced

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. has awarded its annual David B. Fawcett Pro Bono honor to two deserving recipients – Jason L. Ott and Genevieve A. Pecharka. The award is presented annually to the firm's associate who has given their time to help those in need – a trademark of the award’s namesake, David B. Fawcett.

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Pa. Supreme Court Watch:
Is Ill Will Required to Establish Bad Faith?


This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral argument on whether intentional ill will or malice was a required element to make out a claim for insurance bad faith in Pennsylvania, exposing insurers to punitive damages.

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Reservation of Rights Letters:
Lack of Specificity Proves Fatal
To CGL Insurer In South Carolina

The Opening Statement For the Defense

Law360.com recently featured the South Carolina Supreme Court ruling in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., No. 2013-001291 (South Carolina 2017), as one of the five most important but potentially overlooked insurance rulings in the first quarter of this year. The Harleysville case points out the peril insurers face for issuing general, non-specific reservations of rights letter.

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John C. Conti
jconti@dmclaw.com

As a trial lawyer whose practice has spanned over 35 years, John Conti has come to recognize that a well-crafted opening statement is the cornerstone of success in a courtroom.

Drawing upon lessons from over 175 jury trials, Mr. Conti has written an article describing the development of an opening statement from the unique perspective of the Defendant.

That article, “The Opening Statement for the Defense,” was recently published in California Litigation, the Journal of the Litigation Section for The State Bar of California.

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