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Almost $1 million in sanctions levied against Nancy Raynor, Esq. of Raynor & Associates, P.C. after trial misconduct

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Almost $1 million in sanctions levied against Nancy Raynor, Esq. of Raynor & Associates, P.C. after trial misconduct

PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 13, 2014

Last week, The Honorable Paul P. Panepinto signed an order sanctioning defense attorney Nancy Raynor, Esq., for trial misconduct regarding preclusion of decedent’s smoking history in Sutch v. Roxborough Memorial Hospital, a case that concluded last week with a nearly $2 million verdict.

Prior to the first trial of this matter, a pre-trial order precluded any reference to decedent, Rosalind Wilson’s, smoking history. However, during questioning, defense’s expert, Dr. John J. Kelly, D.O., testified in direct violation of the court order that decedent was a smoker. It became apparent that Mrs. Raynor had not taken steps to assure that the court order was followed and that the witness was informed of the details of the order.

Judge Panepinto’s sanctions order stated that,

“Nancy Raynor, Esq. violated this Court in that she failed to advise Dr. Kelly of this Court’s preclusion Order and/or failed to follow this Court’s clear instructions by failing to remind Dr. Kelly just prior to his taking the stand as to this Court’s Order precluding any reference to decedent’s smoking history.”

Raynor received additional sanctions of $44,693 in the same case for contacting the employer of one of plaintiff’s expert witnesses in an attempt to prevent the expert from giving testimony.

Sutch v. Roxborough concluded last week with a $1.975 million verdict in favor of the plaintiff, Rosalind Sutch, daughter of the decedent.

Joseph L. Messa, Jr., together with co-counsel Matt D’Annunzio and William Hill, represented Rosalind W. Sutch in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The Honorable Fredericka A. Massiah-Jackson presided.

Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is an AV-rated attorney, listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. Mr. Messa is also an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer from 2009 to 2014 and was selected to the Top 100 Pennsylvania and Top 100 Philadelphia lists for 2012 and 2013.

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About Messa & Associates, P.C.
Messa & Associates, P.C. represents individuals and their families in complex personal injury matters, including catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, fires and explosions. Our attorneys serve Pennsylvania clients throughout the state, including in Philadelphia and other surrounding communities in Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Bucks County. Messa & Associates are also proud to serve New Jersey clients throughout that state, and also litigate selected cases throughout the country.

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