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FTC wins preliminary injunction against Penn State Hershey/Pinnacle merger

Carrie Salls Oct. 7, 2016, 8:17am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission and the Pennsylvania attorney general a major victory when it overturned a U.S. district court order denying the FTC and AG’s request to stop a merger between the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System.

Website ADA compliance cases spike; ruling seen as 'not a good sign' for defendants

Carrie Salls Oct. 5, 2016, 7:49am

Pennsylvania is one of three states, along with New York and California, where Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits filed in connection with allegedly inaccessible websites have steadily increased.

Primanti Bros. could have significant liability for alleged wage law violations, worker advocate says

Carrie Salls Sep. 29, 2016, 10:13am

PITTSBURGH – If the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed against Primanti Bros. can prove alleged wage law violations, the company will likely face significant liability, according to a senior adviser for the organization Workplace Fairness.  

Attorney says Eastern University knew of alleged overtime pay violations

Carrie Salls Sep. 20, 2016, 10:04am

PHILADELPHIA – An attorney for a former maintenance worker who filed a lawsuit raising allegations of wage law violations against Eastern University, a private Christian school in St. Davids, said the university had been notified that it was not complying with overtime laws.

Urban Outfitters claims commitment to employees in response to medical leave lawsuit

Carrie Salls Sep. 16, 2016, 9:52am

PHILADELPHIA – Urban Outfitters Inc. defended its treatment of employees when asked for a response to a complaint filed by a former employee that raised allegations that the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Lock Haven lawsuit saga seen as reflecting issues unique to academia

Carrie Salls Sep. 14, 2016, 1:06pm

HARRISBURG – A senior adviser for the organization Workplace Fairness believes issues unique to academia likely contributed to multiple lawsuits being filed against Lock Haven University by an employee of the school.

Court finds no religious endorsement by Shickshinny over sign giving directions to church

Carrie Salls Sep. 13, 2016, 9:00am

SHICKSHINNY – A former Shickshinny Borough council member has lost her fight to have a sign that was approved and installed by the town, which gave directions to a church, declared a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Philadelphia teacher's reinstatement serves as reminder for schools to follow termination laws

Carrie Salls Sep. 9, 2016, 8:36am

PHILADELPHIA – A recent Commonwealth Court ruling that reinstated a Philadelphia teacher stands as a clear reminder to school districts of the importance of following the proper employee termination laws and procedures.

Penn among universities targeted by class action lawyers over pension plans

Carrie Salls Sep. 2, 2016, 9:38am

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania is one of several universities being sued by employees amid allegations that the schools’ retirement plans come with excessive fees.

Plaintiffs' attorney says SEPTA hiring decision affects civil and privacy rights, goes against state edict

Carrie Salls Aug. 26, 2016, 11:33am

PHILADELPHIA – The use of background checks in making hiring decisions is facing increased scrutiny, according to the lead plaintiffs’ attorney in Long v. the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

Right-to-Know ruling strikes 'reasonable balance' between requests and response time, says advocate

Carrie Salls Aug. 16, 2016, 11:50am

HARRISBURG – A recent Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruling could have a significant impact on the length of time public entities have to review and respond to requests for large volumes of records under the commonwealth’s Right-to-Know Law (RTKL).

Electric co-op wins fight to keep $53 million patronage capital retirement case in federal court

Carrie Salls Aug. 15, 2016, 9:20am

PITTSBURGH – A class action lawsuit filed against REA Energy Cooperative Inc. by current and former members seeking the retirement of $53 million in allocated patronage capital will remain in federal court after the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed a motion by the plaintiffs to send the matter back to state court.

Unknowns surround ballot question on judges' retirement age as deadlines loom

Carrie Salls Aug. 10, 2016, 12:47pm

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider on an emergency basis a lawsuit challenging the language to be used in a ballot question regarding the mandatory retirement age for judges in the state.

Philadelphia council changes ordinance to address use of credit checks by employers

Carrie Salls Aug. 5, 2016, 9:17am

A recently enacted amendment to the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance makes it illegal for employers in Philadelphia to ask for, obtain or use credit-related information when considering whether to hire an applicant for many non-managerial positions.

Pa. minor league baseball players lose bid for class action certification

Carrie Salls Aug. 4, 2016, 9:44am

Minor league professional baseball players in several states, including Pennsylvania, lost their bid for certification of a class in an attempt to seek compensation for baseball-related activities performed outside of the regular season.

Former Philly solicitor to grow Chamberlain Hrdlicka's office

Carrie Salls Aug. 1, 2016, 3:09pm

PHILADELPHIA – Complex litigation and business attorney Ken Trujillo has moved to Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. 

Class counsel believe Samsung washing machine defect affected hundreds of thousands

Carrie Salls Jul. 20, 2016, 9:51am

PHILADELPHIA – A class-action lawsuit filed June 30 against Samsung Electronics America Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania centers on an alleged defect that attorneys believe has affected hundreds of thousands of people nationwide.

Philadelphia attorney hopes claim justification orders become routine in mass tort cases

Carrie Salls Jul. 12, 2016, 10:16am

PHILADELPHIA – Reed Smith LLP counsel Rachel B. Weil hopes that Lone Pine orders like a recent one requiring plaintiffs in a knee implant multi-district case to submit expert declarations backing up their injury claims become a routine part of the tort litigation process.

Altoona personal care home not liable for resident's off-site death caused by drunk driver

Carrie Salls Jun. 23, 2016, 3:23pm

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently affirmed a Blair County court ruling that an Altoona personal care home was not negligent in allowing a resident of the home to leave the premises of his own free will before he was killed by a drunk driver while walking through an intersection in 2010.

Army vet/business owner taking tax dispute with Philadelphia to U.S. Supreme Court

Carrie Salls Jun. 22, 2016, 8:54am

PHILADELPHIA – The attorney for the owner of a Philadelphia real estate business said he and his client “are very dismayed” by a May ruling issued by a federal appeals court that held the man is not entitled to the tax liability protections afforded by the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to business owners while they are actively serving the U.S.military.