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New Jersey man files asbestos mass tort claim in Phila. courts

Jon Campisi Dec. 14, 2011, 3:56pm

A New Jersey man has filed an asbestos mass tort claim in Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court, alleging his exposure to the fiber during his working career caused him to develop lung cancer.

Cheerleading instruction business files trademark infringement complaint against competitor

Jon Campisi Dec. 13, 2011, 1:57pm

A Pennsylvania company that offers cheerleading training services and tumble instruction to youngsters in the region has filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against another business that offers the same.

First Judicial District of Pa. offers electronic filing class

Jon Campisi Dec. 13, 2011, 1:55pm

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania has announced it will host a one-day class on the electronic filing system next week, a lesson that will enable private attorneys to brush up on the city’s mandatory system for filing civil complaints.

Federal judge in Phila. grants motion to suppress gun charge against city man

Jon Campisi Dec. 13, 2011, 1:53pm

A federal judge in Philadelphia has upheld a motion to suppress an illegal gun charge that had been lodged against a city resident by police during a traffic stop earlier this year.

Accused pedophile Jerry Sandusky waives preliminary hearing; sets stage for 2012 trial

Jon Campisi Dec. 13, 2011, 1:49pm

The much-anticipated preliminary hearing for accused pedophile Jerry Sandusky, set to be the biggest thing to occur in the tiny central Pennsylvania town of Bellefonte, population 6,000, in quite some time, ended almost as quickly as it started.

Philadelphia woman files job discrimination complaint against former employer

Jon Campisi Dec. 13, 2011, 1:46pm

A native Liberian woman who alleges her termination last year from her job as a direct caregiver for an Arizona-based retirement community has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the company.

Pa. man sentenced in mortgage fraud scheme

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 12, 2011, 2:22pm

Richard Woods, age 54, of Nanticoke, Pa. was sentenced Dec. 8 to spend 20 months in federal prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme.

Federal judge denies state prison inmate's petition for writ of habeas corpus

Jon Campisi Dec. 12, 2011, 9:10am

A federal judge has denied a pro se petition filed by a man serving a Pennsylvania state prison sentence for drug violations who had sought a writ of habeas corpus.

Pfizer abruptly settles with plaintiffs in Phila. HRT drug case that earlier ended with $72 million jury verdict

Jon Campisi Dec. 12, 2011, 9:06am

Drug manufacturer Pfizer announced it has agreed to settle a consolidated civil case involving three women, two from Pennsylvania and one former Keystone State resident, who allege they developed breast cancer after taking medication designed to control menopause symptoms.

Sister of boy who sued Lower Merion School District in 2010 over webcam scandal files her own suit

Jon Campisi Dec. 12, 2011, 9:01am

Call it legal déjà vu.

Bernie Fine accuser files suit against former coach in western Pa. court

Jon Campisi Dec. 9, 2011, 1:18pm

A 23-year-old Maine man who alleges he was sexually abused by fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has filed a lawsuit against the accused molester in a Pennsylvania court.

Pa. Supreme Court upholds certification, but rules against fees in Kia Motors case

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 9, 2011, 12:31pm

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Dec. 2 in the case of Samuel-Bassett v. Kia Motors America, Inc. that the class action certification would remain but that $4.1 million in attorneys’ fees were inappropriate.

Milton Hershey School sued over rejection of HIV-positive student

Jon Campisi Dec. 9, 2011, 12:07pm

The mother of a young teenager from Delaware County, Pa. who alleges his HIV-positive status prevented him from being accepted into a Pennsylvania boarding school, filed a federal lawsuit against the institution last week, contending her son's civil rights were violated in his application denial.

Reverse bifurcation suspended in Philly mass torts

Michael P. Tremoglie and Jon Campisi Dec. 9, 2011, 12:02pm

Mass tort cases originating from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Complex Litigation Center will be tried individually and without reverse bifurcation beginning in January, the court announced this week.

Phila. District Attorney opts not to seek new sentencing hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal

Jon Campisi Dec. 8, 2011, 11:52am

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams has opted not to seek a new death sentencing hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the man convicted in the Dec. 9, 1981, murder of city police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

Phila. judge denies defendant's post-trial relief motion; Upholds $10 million-plus med mal verdict

Jon Campisi Dec. 8, 2011, 11:47am

A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge last week upheld a $10 million-plus jury verdict in the case of a wheelchair-bound man who had sued the University of Pennsylvania Health System and related entities over what he contended was a misdiagnosis that ultimately led to his paralyzed condition.

New Phila. Bar Association chancellor outlines plans for upcoming term

Jon Campisi Dec. 8, 2011, 11:39am

John E. Savoth officially took over as the newest chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association Tuesday, and outlined his upcoming plans for what is recognized as the oldest association of lawyers in America.

Pa. DEP urges EPA to revise electric grid rules

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 7, 2011, 4:43pm

The Pa. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to further revise its interstate “Transport Rule," involving cross state air pollution.

Sandusky faces two new charges in the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal

Jon Campisi Dec. 7, 2011, 4:27pm

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the state police have lodged additional charges against Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach who stands accused of sexually abusing young boys over the period of a decade.

Pittsburgh man indicted for computer hacking

The Penn Record Dec. 7, 2011, 4:18pm

Robert S. Toski, 47, of Pittsburgh has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on two counts of unauthorized computer access to a protected computer and computer damage.