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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..

Philadelphia court will hear cases against Bayer over Essure birth control device

By Karen Kidd | Aug 6, 2018

More than a dozen lawsuits against Bayer Essure over a contraceptive device will go back to state court after a federal court ruling.

Erie Law ordered to pay former client nearly $657K after presenting 'no meaningful' defense

By Karen Kidd | Aug 6, 2018

A Philadelphia law firm must pay more than $656,000 to a former client in a legal malpractice case, a federal judge ruled on July 19.

Nonprofit loses first round in records battle with Pennsylvania School Board Association

By Karen Kidd | Aug 6, 2018

A federal judge denied a Bucks County man's request for documents in his counter-suit against the Pennsylvania School Board Association (PSBA).

Walgreens defendants get more time to answer shareholders' class action over Rite Aid merger

By Karen Kidd | Jul 30, 2018

The pharmacy chains are granted more time to respond to claims alleging false and misleading statements were made during a failed merger in 2016,

Whiting-Turner Contracting claims no liability in 2016 alleged sexual assault at Philly Navy Yard

By Karen Kidd | Jul 30, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge has not yet ruled whether a Philadelphia woman will be allowed to file a third amended complaint against a contracting company over an alleged nonconsensual sexual incident that occurred at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 2016.

Woman's lawsuit says shirt caught fire when she walked past a propane heater; Companies deny liability

By Karen Kidd | Jul 24, 2018

SCRANTON — A New Jersey-based clothing distributor is defending itself against a counter-claim by JC Penney over who is liable for burns suffered by a Luzerne County woman when the nightshirt she was wearing caught fire in 2015.

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