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Insurance case will stay in Philadelphia federal court

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 27, 2015, 1:16pm

A federal judge has decreed a lawsuit against a home and auto insurance company will not be transferred elsewhere in the state, and remain in his district.

Untimely removal sends liability case against Chrysler, Enterprise back to state court

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 27, 2015, 1:14pm

A personal injury and product liability action against a major automobile manufacturer and rental service will be headed back to a state court due to untimely removal by the defendants, per an order from a federal judge.

Federal judge dismisses Monell, conspiracy violations against law enforcement

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 27, 2015, 12:04pm

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled claims of a Monell violation and conspiracy to obstruct an investigation into civil rights violations against Delaware County and several of its law enforcement officials would be dismissed.

Montreal Convention keeps lawsuit against American Airlines in federal court

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 27, 2015, 11:58am

A federal court decided on June 18 that a contractual lawsuit against American Airlines will not be returning to its point of origin in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Photograph copyright infringement case headed to New York federal court

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 27, 2015, 11:54am

A motion from one of the world’s top textbook publishers to transfer a copyright infringement case against it to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has been granted.

Fired worker's wrongful termination claims dismissed, defamation claim going back to state court

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 27, 2015, 11:49am

A federal judge has dismissed wrongful termination claims against a recycling plant, while the plaintiff’s motion to remand the case’s remaining defamation claim to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas will also be granted.

Attorney can't find client, asks court to approve $13K settlement

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 25, 2015, 1:11pm

A motion to accept settlement proceeds on behalf of an apparently absent defendant will be the subject of a hearing Thursday in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Sanctions may be levied against defendant for non-cooperation

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 25, 2015, 1:04pm

A defendant in a May 2011 slip-and-fall negligence lawsuit filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas may be subject to sanctions for alleged failure to cooperate with discovery requests.

Lawyer: Client in car wreck suit stopped cooperating with me

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 25, 2015, 12:52pm

The plaintiff in a motor vehicle negligence action has allegedly stopped cooperating with his counsel, leading said counsel to petition the court to be released from representing him.

Court could sanction witness for missing depositions

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 25, 2015, 12:45pm

A hearing taking place on Thursday may result in sanctions for a witness in a motor vehicle accident lawsuit who missed three deposition appearances over a five-month span.

Defendant in $50K assault lawsuit decides to select new counsel

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 24, 2015, 2:03pm

The defendant in a pending civil lawsuit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas resulting from a 2009 assault has requested the opportunity to select new legal counsel.

Lawyer must explain why he shouldn't face sanctions for missing conference

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 24, 2015, 1:54pm

Counsel for the plaintiff in a motor vehicle accident lawsuit needed to appear at a hearing this week to determine why he should not face sanctions, according to Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas records.

Hearing concerns $1.45M settlement with deceased Philadelphia inmate's family

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 24, 2015, 1:38pm

A hearing held in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday will assist in determining the proper distribution of $1.45 million in survival action proceeds to the family of a deceased city prisoner.

Venue dispute heard in motor vehicle accident suit

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 24, 2015, 1:31pm

A negligence lawsuit related to a 2013 motor vehicle accident had a hearing in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas this week on discovery motions related to venue.

Federal judge grants TRO and injunctive relief to Citigroup

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 22, 2015, 12:39pm

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) and preliminary injunction to Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets against Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, pending the outcome of an arbitration hearing from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Senior Judge Robert F.

Lead plaintiff, counsel selected for class action over Pfizer stock options

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 22, 2015, 12:35pm

PHILADELPHIA – A federal court judge approved both a lead plaintiff and his selection of lead counsel in a class action lawsuit alleging stock options for a large pharmaceutical company were manipulated illegally. On Tuesday, Judge Gerald S.

Federal judge uses same reasoning to deny a second motion to dismiss

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 22, 2015, 12:14pm

PHILADELPHIA – For the second time, a federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction made on behalf of defendants in the case of an insurance provider against a construction company and a property company. Senior Judge Robert F.

Monell claim against Philadelphia Police Department dismissed

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 19, 2015, 11:56am

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man alleging false arrest and lack of probable cause against the city police department had his Monell claim against those officers involved dismissed on June 12.

Monell claim against Philadelphia Police Department dismissed

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 19, 2015, 11:55am

A Philadelphia man alleging false arrest and lack of probable cause against the city police department had his Monell claim against those officers involved dismissed on June 12.

Federal judge: Tinicum Township police officer used excessive force

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 19, 2015, 11:51am

A federal judge has ruled a Tinicum Township police officer used excessive force when arresting a fleeing motorcyclist in 2012 and is not entitled to qualified immunity.