Nicholas Malfitano News

Wrongful death lawsuit connected to fatal 2016 plane crash apparently settled; Plaintiffs were seeking $5 million

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 27, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a deceased airplane pilot, which suggested negligence and technological failure on the part of the defendants caused the fatal crash, was recently dismissed in federal court.

Giant Pharmacy wins arbitration in case of flu shot; Plaintiff appealing

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 27, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – An arbitration award continues in the case of a plaintiff who suffered arm and shoulder injuries as a result of what she says was a pneumococcal vaccination gone awry.

City of Philadelphia sues financial institutions for 'billions' in alleged overcharging on bond interest rates

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 26, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia has filed an antitrust class-action lawsuit in a New York federal court last week, charging seven prominent financial institutions with conspiracy in forcing it and other municipal borrowers to pay steep sums of interest on variable-rate bonds over an eight-year period spanning 2008 to 2016.

Talc defendant had hoped to challenge jurisdictional rules in Pennsylvania, but just went bankrupt

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 25, 2019

PITTSBURGH – The outcome of an appeal questioning Pennsylvania's jurisdictional rules is uncertain, as lawsuits alleging talcum powder causes cancer face question marks after one of the main defendants, Imerys Talc America, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week.

'That can't be right': Group defending disputed insurance law project gets judges involved

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 21, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – It's curious that a group of lawyers and scholars that traditionally sought to help judges by restating existing laws - but has since been accused of trying to create its own - is involving federal judges as it explains itself, attorneys feel.

Injured plaintiff and cyclist seeking to join Conrail to lawsuit filed against SEPTA

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 15, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia plaintiff is looking to levy charges of negligence against not just the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), but also Consolidated Rail Corporation in a lawsuit seeking damages for injuries she sustained in a bicycle accident.

Lawsuit: Hilton Philadelphia Hotel's blinds fell on woman and injured her

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 15, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A New Jersey woman says that she was injured last year when an improperly-installed set of electronic blinds at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing Hotel detached and fell on her, according to a new lawsuit filed in state court.

After dismissal of first negligence and assault suit against prison guard, Delaware County man launches a second

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 15, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A man once incarcerated in a Delaware County jail claims that he was assaulted and severely beaten by a former boxer-turned-corrections officer during his stay, and has launched his second lawsuit after voluntarily dismissing the first one.

American Law Institute hits the road to explain controversial Restatement; It has been called 'litigation fuel'

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – After passing a controversial Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance at its annual convention last May, the American Law Institute is convening events across the country discussing the document in further detail.

Counsel for Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty denies wrongdoing in brother's FBI embezzlement and corruption probe

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The federal indictment and subsequent investigation of local labor union leader John Dougherty has also brought a cloud of suspicion over his brother, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice Kevin Dougherty, who is suspected of receiving benefits courtesy of union funds that his brother embezzled.

Lawsuit: Pittsburgh woman was maimed by exploding turkey burger bought at Aldi

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 11, 2019

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh woman who claims to have been burned and permanently scarred as a result of an exploding turkey burger has sued the supermarket chain that allegedly sold her the meat in question.

No jackpot in first Philadelphia talc trial; Judge rules plaintiff has no evidence

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 9, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Companies facing million-dollar lawsuits in Philadelphia can celebrate today, as what would have been the first talc-related asbestos trial held in the city has seen a judge cut off the plaintiff’s case before it could ever get to a jury.

Chef at Irish pub in Philadelphia says overserved patrons assaulted him and broke his jaw

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 8, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A chef for an Irish-themed restaurant in Philadelphia claims the establishment negligently overserved a number of its patrons one day last August, and was the target of a brutal physical assault by those same patrons.

Christianity club sues Mechanicsburg School District to be allowed to distribute Bibles on school property

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 8, 2019

HARRISBURG – A Christian-centered student organization in Mechanicsburg is suing its school district, superintendent and high school principal, claiming its free speech were violated when it was denied the opportunity to distribute its literature and Bibles in a school building.

Senate responds as Pa. Supreme Court considers annulling a 2002 law, to trial lawyers' benefit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 7, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Senate will study whether forum-shopping by medical malpractice lawyers raises health care costs in the areas they target - a move that comes as the state Supreme Court considers allowing those lawyers to file cases in the courts of their choosing.

Dispute between motorist alleging vehicle impound and Philly police headed to arbitration

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 6, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Arbitration hearings have been slated between a New Jersey motorist who alleged she was unlawfully detained and the Philadelphia Police Department, who was said to have impounded her vehicle in West Philadelphia more than two years ago.

Negligence and wrongful death action against nursing case facility stayed, pending arbitration

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 6, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Per order of a state court, a Philadelphia man’s action alleging negligent care at a local nursing home was the cause of his mother-in-law’s death last year has been stayed, pending ongoing arbitration proceedings.

Plaintiff who alleged assault at Philly gentleman's club settles case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 6, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – The case of a gentleman’s club patron who claimed he was brutally assaulted by the club’s staff without provocation and left bloody and beaten outside with a broken jaw has been settled, according to court records.

Arbitration slated for dismissed church educator's wrongful termination case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 4, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A church educator who believes her pursuit of a Workers' Compensation injury claim led her to be wrongfully terminated will have her case see arbitration in May.

Ex-Olympia Sports saleswoman's sexual harassment suit headed to arbitration in April

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 4, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – A sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former sales associate for Olympia Sports based on threatening physical and verbal behavior she faced from her supervisor is heading to arbitration in April.

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