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Magazine non-compete case dismissed after injunction, settlement

Carrie Salls Apr. 24, 2017, 9:51am

SCRANTON — A lawsuit that pitted Our Town Magazine against a husband and wife who allegedly violated a non-compete agreement was dismissed on March 27 by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania after a settlement was reached.

American Honda, other defendants win some, lose some in repossession claim dismissal fight

Carrie Salls Apr. 24, 2017, 9:49am

PHILADELPHIA — A request made by defendants American Honda Finance Corp., Richard and Associates and repossession agent Tyler to dismiss several claims related to an allegedly unlawful repossession, assault, battery and conversion was partially denied and partially granted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Property sellers lose appeal related to deed restrictions lawsuit

Carrie Salls Apr. 12, 2017, 10:11am

HARRISBURG — Two plaintiffs' failure to file a timely objection in connection with their deed restrictions violation lawsuit has cost them a new trial.

UPenn cholesterol treatment patents upheld on challenge by Kyle Bass group

Carrie Salls Apr. 7, 2017, 10:53am

PHILADELPHIA — Patents related to two of the University of Pennsylvania’s Juxtapid high-cholesterol treatment methods were upheld by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board after they were challenged by hedge fund manager Kyle Bass’ Coalition for Affordable Drugs.

Extending Title IX to hospitals 'a surprise to many'

Carrie Salls Mar. 28, 2017, 8:58am

PHILADELPHIA — In a surprising decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has overturned a Philadelphia federal court ruling that dismissed a former medical resident’s Title IX claims against the private Mercy Catholic Medical Center.

Commonwealth Court sides with amputee making Workers' Comp claim

Carrie Salls Mar. 21, 2017, 11:27am

HARRISBURG — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently upheld the granting of a Workers’ Compensation claim to a woman whose leg had to be partially amputated after a luggage transporter she was driving at Pittsburgh International Airport overturned.

Late filings cost Lackawanna Co. plaintiffs in explosion, fire-related wrongful death case

Carrie Salls Mar. 20, 2017, 8:57am

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court on March 1 upheld a trial court order granting summary judgment in a case in which the plaintiffs routinely missed court-set procedural deadlines, resulting in the court’s decision not to recognize an expert report that may have proved their case.  

Court says expert's qualifications don't add up in dismissing lawsuit

Carrie Salls Mar. 17, 2017, 9:32am

PHILADELPHIA – The dismissal of a medical negligence lawsuit that hinged on orders related to the allowance of expert testimony was upheld on March 3 by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Attorney to fight 'bizarre' ruling ordering new trial because judge retired

Carrie Salls Mar. 16, 2017, 9:22am

HARRISBURG – To say attorney Anthony Pinnie is frustrated by a “bizarre” Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruling that vacated a judgment awarded to his client would be an understatement. 

Injured truck driver gets no relief in appeal of 'non-suit' ruling

Carrie Salls Mar. 3, 2017, 12:04pm

HARRISBURG – A trial court order that found an alleged tire malfunction-related injury lawsuit constituted a non-suit was upheld on appeal in a Feb. 28 decision issued by the Superior Court.

Incomplete record, trial judge's retirement costs homeowner victory over allegedly defective windows

Carrie Salls Mar. 2, 2017, 9:31am

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has vacated a judgment awarded in favor of a homeowner whose house was damaged as a result of allegedly faulty windows because a lower court was ultimately unable to explain its ruling and the lower court judge had retired after hearing the case.

Ruling over chemo drug questionable, attorney says

Carrie Salls Feb. 24, 2017, 8:02am

PHILADELPHIA – A Saul Ewing LLP partner believes a ruling made in a 15-year-old False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower lawsuit by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania may not have been entirely fair to the defendants, given the nature of the case.

Attorney: Stuart Weitzman ignored settlement request, leading to lawsuit over sewing needle left in boot

Carrie Salls Feb. 16, 2017, 8:59am

PHILADELPHIA – The attorney for a Newtown Square woman who was allegedly injured when a sewing needle that she claims was left in a pair of Stuart Weitzman boots became lodged in her leg said a lawsuit filed Jan. 27 against the shoe company was filed because “the company’s representative was not responding to our requests to settle the case.”  

Favorable ruling for Prudential in proposed class action won't be appealed

Carrie Salls Feb. 10, 2017, 9:45am

PHILADELPHIA – A proposed class of life insurance beneficiaries have been denied certification in their lawsuit that alleges that Prudential Insurance Co. of America violated Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 regulations based on the method it used to make payments.

Third Circuit ruling in age discrimination case changes game for employers

Carrie Salls Feb. 10, 2017, 9:38am

PHILADELPHIA – A Jan. 10 ruling entered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit may set a precedent that requires employers to do their legal homework before deciding just which employee groups to target during a reduction in force.

Lawsuits against Navient likely to bring changes in student loan servicing

Carrie Salls Feb. 2, 2017, 12:13pm

HARRISBURG – Lawsuits filed by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two individual states raising allegations tied to student loan servicing will most likely result in a new set of student loan servicing guidelines, regardless of the outcome of the litigation, according to Arant Boult Cummings LLP associate Julie Carter.

Agency might issue penalty to EQT before Supreme Court can hear case

Carrie Salls Jan. 27, 2017, 10:04am

HARRISBURG – A planned state Department of Environmental Protection appeal of a Commonwealth Court ruling related to the continuation of unpermitted discharge penalties under the Clean Streams Law could be potentially rendered moot after the Environmental Hearing Board sets a penalty amount early this year.

Many possible factors led to racial discrimination case against Dept. of Corrections, advocate says

Carrie Salls Jan. 18, 2017, 12:43pm

HARRISBURG – Any number of factors could have played into the alleged racial discrimination that resulted in a former Pennsylvania Department of Corrections director of equal employment opportunity’s decision to file a lawsuit against the department and individual defendants, according to Workplace Fairness senior adviser Paula Brantner.

Pennsylvania franchisors are handed victory in employment status debate

Carrie Salls Jan. 18, 2017, 11:38am

HARRISBURG – Franchisors in Pennsylvania were handed a legal victory in the debate over whether a franchisor can be considered the employer of its individual franchisees. In a case involving a Saladworks franchisee employee's on-the-job injury, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court allowed a Commonwealth Court ruling to stand, which allows the franchisor to avoid liability.

Court finds that accuracy is not part of 'complete and up to date' reporting requirement

Carrie Salls Jan. 18, 2017, 11:33am

PHILADELPHIA – A Dec. 22 opinion issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirement that a credit reporting agency must submit “complete and up to date” information on a job candidate does not refer to accuracy or identifying information on the consumer in question.