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Court affirms default judgment against Lit Ultrabar over bar fight

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 30, 2017

HARRISBURG – The state Superior Court has affirmed a lower court decision against the owner of a Philadelphia bar in a lawsuit that was filed by a woman who alleged she suffered injuries during a fight at the establishment.

Appeals court upholds illegality of City of Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance

By Mike Helenthal | May 25, 2017

HARRISBURG — The City of Pittsburgh has lost its appeal of a 2015 verdict striking down a city ordinance requiring employers to offer paid sick leave to employees.

Superior Court holds foreclosure case open until deadline issue is resolved

By Mike Helenthal | May 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A lower court will be asked to decide whether an appeal filed in a mortgage foreclosure case was filed within a court-ordered deadline, according to a Pennsylvania Superior Court decision handed down April 24.

Mifflin County asks judge to dismiss suit by mother accused of child abuse, saying all claims unsubstantiated

By Mike Helenthal | Apr 13, 2017

HARRISBURG — The federal complaint of a mother who is suing Mifflin County for allegedly falsely accusing her of child abuse is being challenged after the county filed a motion on March 21 to dismiss the suit.

Rep. Grove makes push for state commerce court

By Mike Helenthal | Apr 5, 2017

The Pennsylvania lawmaker is hoping a newer, streamlined approach to handling corporate litigation will improve the state’s overall business climate.

'Product hopping' by drug manufacturers at heart of multi-state suit filed in Pennsylvania

By Mike Helenthal | Nov 8, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Companies trying to avoid pharmaceutical patent restrictions are increasingly resorting to a practice called “product hopping,” wherein the dug company makes non-medical changes to stifle competition, though it runs the risk of inviting litigation.

Recovery company cries foul over Farmers' premiums

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 30, 2016

PHILADELPHIA - Insurers and reinsurers are supposed to have each other's backs, but that can change when one's interest runs into the other's bottom line.

Safeguards in place, but risk exists with compounded drugs

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 17, 2016

LEECHBURG – The practice of mixing patient-specific medicines has been around for a long time, but only in recent years has it become big business. The president of the Compounding Pharmacists of Western Pennsylvania warns that the practice is not without risks, however. 

Age limits for judges common throughout country

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 10, 2016

HARRISBURG — Regardless of the politics involved in the Pennsylvania legislature’s legal fight over judges’ age limits, the issues of age discrimination and voter disenfranchisement are front and center, according to a University of Pittsburgh political science professor.

Attorney expects appeal in U.S. Steel decision

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 3, 2016

The attorney for a Pennsylvania man who won a $5.5 million judgment from U.S. Steel in February for workplace discrimination expects the company to appeal the decision.

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