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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.

Federal judge mulling former Nelson Levine chair's renewed attempt to force arbitration on ex-colleagues

By Karen Kidd | Jul 24, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge is again considering whether the case of a former partner of Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton LLC, who wants mediation over money he claims the dissolved firm owes him, should continue or go into arbitration, according to recent court documents.

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District says it did not violate student's 1st Amendment rights over 'concerning' Tweet

By Karen Kidd | Jul 22, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Unionville-Chadds Ford School District denies most allegations by parents of a former Unionville High School special education student who allegedly engaged in "concerning behavior" over the internet in 2016, which ultimately involved West Coast law enforcement.

Federal magistrate judge orders failed bidder on Westmoreland County hotel into arbitration

By Karen Kidd | Jun 18, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A federal magistrate judge has ordered the failed high-bidder for a hotel in Westmoreland County into arbitration earlier to resolve differences over that failed bid.

U.S. district judge rules Pennsylvania cannot take $200 million from underwriting association

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2018

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's attempt to balance a budget under last fall's Act 44 by taking $200 million from a state-created entity that provides malpractice insurance is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on May 17.

Judge given Sierra Club's settlement with Talen over Brunner Island power plant

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2018

A federal judge is considering a settlement between environmental advocate Sierra Club and Talen Energy over the company's Brunner Island power plant in York County at which it has agreed to end coal burning.

Upper Perkiomen School District awaits ruling on case of concussed football player

By Karen Kidd | Jun 12, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A federal court has not yet ruled on an Upper Perkiomen School District request for reversal of a state special education hearing officer's finding in the case of a high school senior who sustained a concussion during sports practice in 2016.

Judge dismisses weight-loss company's complaint against HighYa and BrightReviews

By Karen Kidd | May 21, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a weight-loss company's lawsuit against two online review sites for allegedly violating a federal trademark statute, ruling that the statute doesn't apply in this case.

Judge refuses to grant injunction in breach of confidentiality suit involving Razor Technology

By Karen Kidd | May 17, 2018

A West Conshohocken tech company has failed to prove that it can succeed in a breach of confidentiality lawsuit that it had filed earlier this year against a former employee and his company, a federal judge ruled on May 3.

Federal judge boots attorneys from copyright infringement case against McGraw-Hill

By Karen Kidd | May 16, 2018

Attorneys representing a Lititz-based photography company in a copyright infringement case have been disqualified following a federal judge's ruling earlier this month over the law firm's hiring of a consultant who previously had worked for the defendants in the case.

L.A. Fitness shielded from slip-and-fall lawsuit by customer agreement

By Karen Kidd | May 14, 2018

A woman who claims that she was injured after falling at a L.A. Fitness in Huntingdon Valley in 2013 cannot prevail in her lawsuit because she signed a membership agreement that included a release and waiver and her "issues on appeal lack merit," according to a recent decision filed in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Superior Court says ATV trenches an 'inherent risk' of downhill skiing

By Karen Kidd | May 9, 2018

A skier who fractured his leg at Blue Knob Ski Resort cannot recover damages from the resort for negligence because his injury was an “inherent risk” of downhill skiing and because such suits are barred under a clause in his season pass agreement, according to a decision filed on April 19 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Man loses suit against LA Fitness after allegedly tripping over yoga mat

By Karen Kidd | May 8, 2018

A federal judge has granted summary judgment in favor of LA Fitness in a personal injury suit brought against the chain of fitness centers by a man who claimed he was injured at one of its Philadelphia locations, according to a decision filed on April 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Court: Labor Relations board erred in background checks decision

By Karen Kidd | May 7, 2018

A Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board final order over whether the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education should have to bargain over university employee background checks was affirmed in a recent court order.

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