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Heartland Campus Solutions ordered to comply with request from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

A recent decision from Pittsburgh federal court shows that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, under new leadership, is continuing to pursue cases involving allegations of deceptive practices by student loan servicers, according to Jenny Lee, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

Narcoleptic loses case for unemployment compensation

HARRISBURG – The state Commonwealth Court has upheld an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review order that denied unemployment compensation to a former Arro Consulting employee who quit her job as a result of issues related to breaks and leave that allegedly were needed to cope with narcolepsy and migraines, according to a March 9 opinion written by Judge Anne E. Covey.

Commonwealth Court upholds panel ruling in American Electric tax exemption case

HARRISBURG — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a previous ruling from a three-judge panel of the same court that found American Electric Power Service Corp.’s sale of electricity to the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) is not tax-exempt, according to an opinion authored by President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt on March 15.

No unemployment for church worker fired for allegedly falsifying mileage reports

HARRISBURG — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review decision that denied a former Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries employee’s request for payment of unemployment benefits after she was fired for allegedly falsifying mileage reimbursement requests, according to an opinion filed on March 13.

Commonwealth Court overturns EHB order over oil and gas wells in Erie, Crawford counties

HARRISBURG — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has overturned an Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) administrative order that required B&R Resources LLC and managing member Richard F. Campola “to plug 47 abandoned oil and gas wells in Erie County and Crawford County,” according to an opinion filed on March 15.

Litigation funder entitled to its share of Pa. settlement, Third Circuit rules

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a Pennsylvania federal court ruling that states litigation funding contracts are enforceable and that the district court awarded the proper amount of damages in the case, according to an opinion filed on Feb. 27.

Plaintiffs seek class certification in LuLaRoe tax payment case

PITTSBURGH – LuLaRoe customers have asked the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania to certify a class as part of their sales tax collection class action lawsuit filed against the company.

Case of 8-year-old transgender suing Minersville school district over bathroom continues

SCRANTON – A Pennsylvania federal judge last year denied Minersville Area School District’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an 8-year-old who was assigned the gender of male at birth but now identifies as a female - and the sides are now arguing over the plaintiff's attorneys' communication with the child's psychologist.

Judge dismisses some of AG Shapiro's 'rent-a-bank' lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has dismissed some claims filed by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro related to a “rent-a-bank scheme” allegedly conducted by a group of lenders.

Out-of-state plaintiffs given permission by Pa. Supreme Court; Ruling is part of a trend, lawyer says

HARRISBURG – A recent state Supreme Court ruling that allowed an out-of-state resident to file a lawsuit in Philadelphia alleging violations of Pennsylvania law is part of a trend, a Philadelphia-area lawyer says.

Federal court declines to dismiss lawsuit against Ventralight mesh manufacturers

PITTSBURGH – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed the defendants used an uncoated lightweight monofilament polypropylene mesh in a hernia operation without first informing him of the potential risks associated with the product.

Federal judge dismisses some claims in wrongful conviction suit; Plaintiff was convicted of murder he didn't commit

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed parts of a lawsuit filed against the city of Philadelphia, two former police detectives and a former police officer by Shaurn Thomas, a man who “was convicted of a murder he did not commit,” according to an opinion entered Feb. 2 by U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter.

District court rules Community Vocational Schools lacks standing in fax case

PITTSBURGH – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has granted Mildon Bus Lines' motion for summary judgment, saying that plaintiff Community Vocational Schools of Pittsburgh failed to provide enough evidence for its Telephone Consumer Protect Act lawsuit.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court allows state law to apply in out-of-state dispute

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled in a Feb. 21 opinion that an out-of-state plaintiff can sue a Pennsylvania-based company under Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL).

Fine & Wyatt files suit for $7,500 in allegedly unpaid fees, seeks court change

HARRISBURG – Law firm Fine & Wyatt PC is seeking payment of $7,500 in legal fees it allegedly negotiated in a payment compromise with clients who elected to switch to a different firm.

Judge allows evidence of past convictions in Keystone Quality Transport hostile workplace case

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. District Judge Gerald J. Pappert allowed admission of evidence related to some prior convictions of the plaintiff and one of the defendants in a hostile work environment, retaliation and aiding and abetting case, according to a Feb. 6 memorandum filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Subclass certified in Prudential payment method case

ALLENTOWN – Despite a third ruling denying certification of a class of insurance beneficiaries in payment method litigation filed against Prudential Insurance Co. of America, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania did certify a subclass in a Jan. 29 opinion after making a partial ruling in favor of the plaintiffs on Dec. 6.

Lawsuit reform group hopes next judiciary chairs are 'open-minded and willing to listen'

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform Executive Director Curt Schroder said his organization looks forward to working with the next chairs of the state's judiciary committees following announcements that both of the current leaders oplan to retire.

Federal judge dismisses RICO claims filed against U.S. Xpress by former drivers

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed a racketeering lawsuit filed against U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc., Pratt (Corrugated Logistics) LLC and certain employees of both companies, according to a memorandum opinion entered on Feb. 5 by Judge Cynthia M. Rufe.

Nurse with hearing loss loses part of lawsuit against Genesis Healthcare

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Genesis Healthcare Corp.’s partial motion to dismiss a Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit filed by a former employee, according to an opinion issued on Feb. 6.