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Philly developer claims intimidation and violence from unions

A Philadelphia developer using non-union labor to build apartment complexes has alleged the city's building trade unions are using violence and intimidation to stop with their business projects.

Charter school teachers vote against unionization

WAYNE - The faculty of a charter school in suburban Philadelphia voted last week against joining the Pennsylvania State Education Association despite an aggressive organizing campaign waged by the union.

Filing fees have spiked at Complex Litigation Center

Filing fees taken in at Philadelphia's Complex Litigation Center increased more than 1,000 percent between 2008 and 2009, from $420,453 to nearly $4.8 million.

Former Penn State professor pleads guilty in $3M grant fraud

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A former Penn State professor has pleaded guilty to the charge of committing a $3 million federal research grant fraud.

Feds close Amish farmer in Kinzers

PHILADELPHIA -- Amish farmer Daniel Allgyer operated a dairy farm located in Kinzers, Pa., but he closed it after a federal court judge said he violated the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Public Health Services Act.

Feds fine Capmark $3.9 million over loan misrepresenations

A Horsham, Pa. real estate finance company, Capmark Finance, will pay the federal government $3.9 million in fines to settle a case involving two out-of-state nursing homes.

Study shows plaintiff bias in Philly courts

For years defendants in tort cases have said that Philadelphia's courts are biased, but little in the way of empirical data was available to substantiate the claims.

Quaker City courts have troubled history; some reject 'plaintiff-friendly' criticism

Pennsylvania is known as the Quaker State and Philadelphia as the Quaker City because both were founded by William Penn, who was a member of the Society of Friends - also called Quakers.

Torts conference set for Feb. 8 in Philly

PHILADELPHIA -- An organization called Mass Torts Made Perfect will conduct a plaintiff's only seminar Feb. 8 in Philadelphia titled“Actos and Pelvic Mesh Litigation Update."

Three sentenced in federal home loan fraud

Three men who pleaded guilty to fraud and kickbacks related to a government home loan program were sentenced in federal court last week.

Pa. man indicted for stealing solar cell trade secrets

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced last week that Zane Tung Pham, 46, formerly of Conshohocken, PA, and now a California resident, was indicted with theft of trade secrets and wire fraud.

Pa. man sentenced in mortgage fraud scheme

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.

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

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.

Pa. DEP urges EPA to revise electric grid rules

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.

Jury awards $14 million in school bus accident; Judge likely to reduce award to $500K cap

A woman who was hit by a school bus in January 2007 when she was a high school student, was awarded $14 million by a Bucks County, Pa. jury Dec. 5 for pain and suffering that was the result of the accident that occurred outside Pennsbury High School. The victim, 21-year-old Ashley Zauflik, lost her leg and was in a medically induced coma for a month.

Decorum order outlining media rules issued for Sandusky hearing

Senior Judge John M. Cleland, the trial judge appointed to handle matters related to the sex abuse case against former Penn State assistant football coach Gerald A. Sandusky, has issued a decorum order outlining the rules of conduct for the media and public during the preliminary hearing.

Plaintiff can't link harmful asbestos exposure to defendant, court rules

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno granted summary judgment Thursday for the defendant in a case transferred from California as part the asbestos multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania's eastern district.

Pa. Supreme Court rules against $4M attorneys fees

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Friday that attorneys fees in a class action lawsuit against Kia Motors America were inappropriate.

Changes happen in archdiocese abuse cases

There have been two new developments in the ongoing litigation of the allegations of sexual abuse involving priests from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries to pay $10.56 million settlement

Allentown's Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, which operates as Diakon Hospice Saint John (Diakon), reached a settlement for violations of the False Claims Act (FCA) by paying the U.S. government $10.56 million, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.