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Phoney Lawsuits: A federal law is giving litigious people a new income stream

John O'Brien Mar. 16, 2017, 11:34am

In June 2014, Melody Stoops began a business venture that would lead to the collection of at least 35 cell phones that she stored in a shoebox. Though she lived in a small town in central Pennsylvania, she used Florida area codes when she registered for a new phone number for each.

Fla. advocacy group filing majority of lawsuits in Pittsburgh

John O'Brien Mar. 7, 2017, 2:35pm

PITTSBURGH – A Miami advocacy group for the disabled is increasingly focusing its efforts in a Pennsylvania courthouse.

Despite Garlock settlement, Philly asbestos firm can't shake racketeering claims yet

John O'Brien Jun. 8, 2016, 8:17am

CHICAGO - A company that frequently finds itself targeted by asbestos attorneys is taking the reins on racketeering claims that allege those lawyers manipulated the system to unfairly drive up the costs of settlements and verdicts.

Pa. Supreme Court race sets spending record; Democrats backed by plaintiffs bar win all three open spots

John O'Brien Nov. 5, 2015, 10:29am

When all the cash was spent, the victors were Philadelphia judge Kevin Dougherty and Superior Court judges David Wecht and Christine Donohue. Contributions to seven candidates topped $11 million, and even more was spent by political action committees on advertising.

Survey: Pennsylvania's legal climate ranks 37th for business

John O'Brien Sep. 10, 2015, 9:05am

The result is an improvement from the last version of the survey, though Philadelphia is singled out as one of the worst local jurisdictions for businesses.

Judge denies asbestos firms' motions to dismiss racketeering cases against them

John O'Brien Sep. 9, 2015, 10:11am

Judge Graham Mullen said Garlock Sealing Technologies has adequately stated its RICO claims, but he did not rule on whether they were filed too late. The company is accusing asbestos firms of manipulating a compensation system that includes civil lawsuits and submissions to bankruptcy trusts established by companies.

Philadelphia was especially tough place to fight asbestos claims, bankrupt company's attorney testified

John O'Brien Jun. 8, 2015, 3:42pm

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series examining evidence submitted in Garlock Sealing Technologies’ bankruptcy proceeding that was recently unsealed as a result of Legal Newsline’s legal challenge.

Worker claims Flint Energy owes him overtime pay

John O'Brien May 22, 2015, 9:49am

HARRISBURG - A Montoursville resident is bringing allegations against an Oklahoma-based corporation, alleging violation of employment law from 2012 to 2014.

Land Tycoon sues Agriculture Department, others over Luzerne County property

John O'Brien May 7, 2015, 1:39pm

HARRISBURG - A Pennsylvania-based organization has sued the federal government, a Lebanon-based agency and an Orangeville resident, alleging property rights infringement dating to 2012.

NYC asbestos firm fighting subpoenas in RICO case; Philly firm has motion to transfer its case denied

John O'Brien Apr. 9, 2015, 3:41pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The New York City asbestos firm Belluck & Fox is fighting to keep the company that has accused it of racketeering from gathering more information.

Philly firm calls N.C. lawyer 'incompetent' in defamation lawsuit over loss of client

John O'Brien Apr. 9, 2015, 12:17pm

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia corporate law firm called a North Carolina lawyer “incompetent” in a recently filed defamation lawsuit and is seeking more than $75,000 from her.

Woman, fired for arguing about bringing dog to work at hotel's banquet room, loses lawsuit

John O'Brien Apr. 6, 2015, 3:48pm

PHILADELPHIA – A former Bucks County banquet manager who was fired partly over an argument over whether she could bring her dog to work has lost her age discrimination lawsuit.

Alzheimer's Institute of America brought infringement suit over Swedish mutation in bad faith, judge rules

John O'Brien Apr. 6, 2015, 2:26pm

PHILADELPHIA – Ruling that the Alzheimer’s Institute of America is not the patent-holder for a specific genetic mutation, a federal judge has decided it should have to pay the attorneys fees Avid Radiopharmaceuticals incurred in an infringement lawsuit between the two.

Woman says she found maggots in mother's wound while at nursing home

John O'Brien Apr. 2, 2015, 1:09pm

PITTSBURGH - A Westmoreland County woman recently sued a skilled nursing facility on behalf of her deceased parent for damages allegedly caused by negligent care.

Companies' fight over Steelers WR Antonio Brown's endorsement results in lawsuit

John O'Brien Apr. 1, 2015, 2:41pm

PITTSBURGH – A nutritional supplement company is suing the agency that represents Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown and a competing company that it says has stolen him as a spokesman.

Insurer asks for relief in Pittsburgh Corning bankruptcy, cites evidence against asbestos lawyers

John O'Brien Mar. 30, 2015, 2:13pm

PITTSBURGH – Fallout from a 2014 landmark ruling has led to Pittsburgh Corning’s insurer asking a bankruptcy court for relief from an earlier decision because, it claims, asbestos plaintiffs attorneys have been engaging in fraud.

State SC: Consent forms not relevant to negligence claim in case over toe-shortening procedure

John O'Brien Mar. 26, 2015, 1:23pm

HARRISBURG – Consent forms should not have been entered as evidence in a woman’s medical negligence case against her podiatrist, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Jurors rule for police officers in civil rights case but also impose $10K in punitive damages

John O'Brien Mar. 26, 2015, 12:35pm

PHILADELPHIA – Confusion hit a Philadelphia federal courtroom last week when jurors ruled both for and against two police officers accused of civil rights violations.

Philly firm files class action against, says lowball offer is impossible to reject

John O'Brien Mar. 26, 2015, 10:22am

LOS ANGELES – A Philadelphia law firm has filed a class action lawsuit in California federal court that alleges a website that offers cash for old iPhones is running a bait-and-switch scam.

Philly asbestos lawyer: Pre-trial focus only on solvent companies

John O'Brien Mar. 24, 2015, 1:12pm

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series examining evidence submitted in Garlock Sealing Technologies’ bankruptcy proceeding that was recently unsealed as a result of Legal Newsline’s legal challenge.