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Judge: 'Simple math' keeps insurer's case in federal court

Nicholas Malfitano May 27, 2015, 12:14pm

PHILADELPHIA – A property company’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit it’s facing from an insurance provider on the basis of lack of proper jurisdiction was struck down in federal court on Thursday.

Judge: Insurance company has duty to defend, but not indemnify, firm and former employee

Nicholas Malfitano May 27, 2015, 10:10am

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has partially ruled in favor of an insurance company that sought a declaratory judgment that it had a duty to defend, but not indemnify, a public accounting firm that was once its client and one of their CPAs.

Judge denies company's motion for judgment in case of fired CFO

Nicholas Malfitano May 27, 2015, 9:55am

PHILADELPHIA – On May 20, a federal judge denied a motion for summary judgment made by a property management company that claims it was not in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) when it terminated its chief financial officer in 2009.

Restaurant ordered to repay cost after allegedly pirating Mayweather-Cotto fight

Nicholas Malfitano May 27, 2015, 9:45am

PHILADELPHIA – A federal court ruled a closed-circuit and pay-per-view sports programming provider was entitled to collect a judgment of $2,200 against a restaurant and its owner who allegedly engaged in piracy of one of its events and did not appear or plead to defend themselves from this charge.

Default judgment entered against former Philadelphia market store

Nicholas Malfitano May 22, 2015, 10:46am

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia federal judge has granted the default judgment motion of two California-based produce companies against a former Philadelphia market store and one of its owners who did not respond to the plaintiffs’ claims for outstanding payments due them.

Lawsuit over slip-and-fall at Mexican resort will be heard in federal court

Nicholas Malfitano May 22, 2015, 10:45am

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge ruled a personal injury case will be heard in federal court and denied a Feasterville Trevose man’s motion to have the case remanded to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on May 18.

Car wreck victim loses most of his claims over rejected reimbursement against Progressive

Nicholas Malfitano May 22, 2015, 10:43am

PHILADELPHIA – A Doylestown man’s lawsuit against Progressive Insurance Company has had its claims mostly dismissed, per an edict issued by a federal judge on May 13.

Philadelphia wins judgment in case over death of HIV-positive inmate

Nicholas Malfitano May 22, 2015, 10:41am

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge granted summary judgment to the City of Philadelphia last week in a wrongful death lawsuit that claims the plaintiff’s brother died while in the custody of the Philadelphia prison system due to not receiving proper medical care to treat his HIV.

Judge: Snow an obvious hazard, rules against injured worker who slipped

Nicholas Malfitano May 21, 2015, 4:15pm

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge granted a motion for summary judgment on May 8 to a stone container company that had been accused of negligence and not providing a safe work environment for a yard jockey who had allegedly been injured on the job.

Firefighter pictured in sex scandal article loses libel claims against Daily News, appeals

Nicholas Malfitano May 21, 2015, 4:07pm

PHILADELPHIA – Per the order of a federal judge, the libel lawsuit brought by a Philadelphia firefighter against the New York Daily News earlier this year has been dismissed, though court records indicate he has appealed that verdict.

Judge rules against Philly inmate who fled during strip search; Prisoner was seeking more than $150K

Nicholas Malfitano May 21, 2015, 3:57pm

PHILADELPHIA – On May 4, on their second attempt, the City of Philadelphia and other defendants won a motion for summary judgment against an incarcerated man who claims he was subjected to an unlawful strip search and other civil rights violations.

Woman alleging wrongful termination under False Claims Act settles case against Abington Memorial

Nicholas Malfitano May 21, 2015, 3:38pm

PHILADELPHIA – A Montgomery County woman who said she lost her job at Abington Memorial Hospital as retaliation for her blowing the whistle on the health care center’s alleged practice of submitting false claims to Medicare has settled her lawsuit.

Attorney withdrawing from representation of apparently absentee plaintiff

Nicholas Malfitano May 20, 2015, 1:02pm

PHILADELPHIA – The counsel for a plaintiff who filed a writ of summons in June 2014 for an alleged fall sustained at a Philadelphia Dollar Tree store location is seeking to withdraw their appearance, according to court records.

Plaintiffs attorneys withdrawing from slip-and-fall suit after learning of plaintiff's passing

Nicholas Malfitano May 20, 2015, 12:58pm

PHILADELPHIA – Lawyers for the estate of a woman who filed suit against a grocery store where she suffered a fall in 2013 have petitioned to withdraw their appearance, subsequent to their learning of the plaintiff’s passing last year.

Employee's reception of Workman's Comp benefits at issue in negligence suit

Nicholas Malfitano May 20, 2015, 12:53pm

PHILADELPHIA – A construction firm that is the target of a negligence lawsuit has filed a motion for summary judgment, claiming the reception of Workman’s Compensation funds by one of the suit’s plaintiffs precludes him from making any further claims.

Defendants fighting to transfer slip-and-fall cases out of Philadelphia

Nicholas Malfitano May 20, 2015, 12:50pm

PHILADELPHIA – Hearings to determine proper venue have been set in the case of an East Norriton man suing an apartment complex management company for a fall he allegedly suffered on their property, and for a Philadelphia man who initiated litigation for a fall he supposedly sustained at an office park in Bala Cynwyd.

Car crash plaintiff with small settlement motions to dispense funds

Nicholas Malfitano May 19, 2015, 12:36pm

PHILADELPHIA – The counsel representing a plaintiff awarded a settlement of over $3,000 as a result of a 2010 motor vehicle accident has motioned for their client to sign a Schedule of Release, dictating those funds be dispensed to a number of entities to whom those funds are owed.

Apartment complex fighting $50K arbitration award in trip-and-fall case

Nicholas Malfitano May 19, 2015, 12:31pm

PHILADELPHIA – An apartment complex found through arbitration to owe a $50,000 judgment to a former tenant who alleges he fell on its property has petitioned to vacate that ruling in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Philly firm unsuccessful in keeping NTSB from posting plane crash findings, loses wrongful death suit

Nicholas Malfitano May 19, 2015, 12:19pm

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia law firm seeking injunctive relief and a temporary restraining order against the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has had its requests denied by a Philadelphia federal judge.

Judge transfers defamation suits filed by fired Yellowbook employees over CEO's email

Nicholas Malfitano May 18, 2015, 1:07pm

PHILADELPHIA – Separate defamation lawsuits filed by the former ex-president and head of operations for a struggling publishing company over an email issued to thousands of employees by the CEO which they say falsely accused them of disloyalty have been transferred.