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New Jersey using contingency fee lawyers to take lead in PFAS litigation

By Karen Kidd | Apr 9, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country in using private lawyers to sue manufacturing companies over chemicals known as PFAS, whose toxicity levels are still being determined by federal regulators while lawsuits stack up.

Claustrophobia as a disability: Employee sues fireworks company for not providing him an office with a window

By Karen Kidd | Mar 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH — A longtime employee's federal lawsuit against his former employer for allegedly failing to accommodate his condition of claustrophobia follows a series of similar cases introduced since a change in disabilities law in 2008.

Former Women Against Rape director alleges age discrimination, other charges

By Karen Kidd | Feb 28, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — The former executive director of a Delaware County activist group is suing the organization, claiming age discrimination amid other allegations.

Pittsburgh lawsuit joins hundreds of others over failed hip replacements

By Karen Kidd | Feb 27, 2019

PITTSBURGH — A Braddock couple is suing a New Jersey-based orthopedic firm, claiming a man underwent a failed hip replacement following the recall of components used in the surgical procedure.

Federal judge denies Slatington police officer's third try at lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Dec 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Salvatore Taibi, a Slatington police sergeant on total disability leave, will not get a third opportunity to sue the borough following a federal judge's decision issued last month.

Commonwealth Court rules key portions of 2017 fireworks law unconstitutional

By Karen Kidd | Dec 17, 2018

HARRISBURG — Key portions of a year-old Pennsylvania fireworks law went up in smoke this month when the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled parts of the legislation are unconstitutional.

Federal judge troubled by decision to order sexual harassment case into arbitration

By Karen Kidd | Dec 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge who last month ordered a sexual harassment lawsuit against a Maryland-based talent agency into arbitration admitted he was troubled by his seemingly inevitable decision in the case.

Superior Court rules plaintiff doesn't need expert's report in driver's lawsuit against Sunoco

By Karen Kidd | Dec 14, 2018

HARRISBURG — The negligence case of a driver injured at a Texas-based motor fuels company's facility in Chester County is on its way back to a Philadelphia court following a state superior court's ruling last month.

Bristol-Myers Squibb must face whistleblower lawsuit that says it underpaid state Medicaid rebates

By Karen Kidd | Dec 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A New York-based pharmaceutical giant will have to answer allegations that it underpaid rebates for almost a decade to state Medicaid programs following a federal judge's decision last month to not dismiss the case.

Judge rules Dollar General missed deadline in personal injury case

By Karen Kidd | Dec 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A personal injury case against Dolgencorp, parent company of Dollar General retail stores, is on its way back to a Pennsylvania state court after a federal judge ruled last month that the company's attempt to remove the case to U.S. district court took too long.

Class action settlement with Pa. home health care company worth $1.6M, with lawyers taking $600K

By Karen Kidd | Nov 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge has given final approval to a $1.6 million deal to settle a class action against a Pennsylvania-based home health care agency that allegedly used multiple schemes to keep from paying its workers overtime.

Federal judge rules PhilaPort enjoys sovereign immunity in dismissing $45 million lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Nov 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge, sua sponte or on his own, has thrown out a New Jersey contractor's breach-of-contract lawsuit against Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PhilaPort) over a cancelled $45 million contract, saying the port authority enjoys sovereign immunity.

Woman drops some sexual harassment claims against Lancaster company

By Karen Kidd | Nov 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — One of five employees of a Lancaster-based asbestos testing company named in a woman's sexual harassment lawsuit is off the hook -- for now -- after she agreed to drop some of her claims in the case, according to a federal judge's recent opinion.

Judge rules fraud claim cannot be added to Atlantic Holding's lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Nov 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge has ruled a holding company based in India cannot add a fraud claim and name additional defendants in its groundwater contamination dispute against a Bethlehem metal electroplating company expected to go to trial in December.

Federal judge keeps former Bosch electrician's age discrimination case alive

By Karen Kidd | Nov 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge recently tossed part of a lawsuit filed by a former Bosch Security Systems electronic technician who claims he was fired because of his age.

Federal judge considering motion to quash in Pa. AG's 'rent-a-bank' lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Sep 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A tribal lender based in Montana and its former CEO don't want to testify in Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro's litigation over a lending group's alleged "rent-a-bank" scheme.

EPA proposes $365,500 settlement with Pennsylvania manufacturer over alleged violations of Safe Drinking Water Act

By Karen Kidd | Sep 17, 2018

The proposed settlement reached by the EPA and U.S. Justice Department with Malvern-based CertainTeed Corp. represents the largest civil penalty payment required by the Safe Drinking Water Act over alleged safe drinking water violations in Louisiana, the EPA said in a statement.

Federal judge considers Reading bank's motion to dismiss in Auburn couple's breach of contract case

By Karen Kidd | Sep 17, 2018

SCRANTON — A federal judge is mulling a Reading bank's request to dismiss an Auburn couple's lawsuit that claims Santander Bank failed to mark their paid loans as satisfied.

CSX wins lawsuit alleging race discrimination, says employee was fired for insubordination

By Karen Kidd | Aug 7, 2018

A federal judge tossed out a former railroad employee's discrimination lawsuit against CSX Intermodal Terminals on July 18, ruling the man did not provide enough evidence to back up his claims..

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