Nicholas Malfitano News

Pa. civil litigation reform groups, Philly Bar spar over ATRA's 'Judicial Hellholes' report

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – With Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania once again being featured on the American Tort Reform Association’s annual “Judicial Hellholes” and “Watch List," reactions among civil litigation reform groups and Philadelphia's Bar remain adversarial.

XFinity Live, Citizens Bank Park deny responsibility for alleged sexual assault of woman at NFC Championship

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A lawsuit in which a woman claims to have been sexually assaulted in a parking lot next to the XFinity Live entertainment complex and Citizens Bank Park has been met with denials of liability from the locations’ management entities.

Lawsuit: Trackman and machine operator's bladder cancer the result of rail companies' negligence under FELA

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A man who worked for two major rail transport companies claims they violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) by placing him in a work environment which exposed him to carcinogens and later led him to contract bladder cancer, claims the companies categorically deny.

Heinz Field denies responsibility in fight that killed fan at Steelers-Cowboys in 2016

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 19, 2018

PITTSBURGH – One of the assailants accused of killing a man in an altercation at a Pittsburgh Steelers game in November 2016 and Heinz Field itself all deny involvement and responsibility for his death, per recent filings in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

Settlement conference slated for case involving injury-causing soda bottle at Family Dollar

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The case of a Williamsport couple who charged Family Dollar with negligence and failing to properly hire and supervise its employees for dropping a soda bottle on the wife’s foot has been scheduled for a settlement conference next winter.

Houston men sue in Philly as J&J faces more claims from Invokana users who say they were at higher risk for amputations

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – More lawsuits are alleging that Johnson & Johnson’s diabetes medication, Invokana, gave them an increased risk of suffering amputations – and that the company failed to warn them of that same risk.

Lawsuit: Pittsburgh priest Richard Lelonis is one of the redacted names in sexual abuse grand jury report

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 18, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A new sexual abuse lawsuit in Pittsburgh says Reverend Richard Lelonis, a suspended priest, is one of the 19 accused predators whose names were redacted in a grand jury report that alleges decades of protection for pedophiles working for the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Former federal judge Lawrence Stengel chosen to look for fraud in NFL concussion litigation

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 17, 2018

LANCASTER – It was announced Monday that a former U.S. District Court judge has been appointed to oversee the National Football League’s $1 billion Concussion Settlement program as its Special Investigator.

Man's chemical exposure injury lawsuit sent to Berks County court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A lawsuit filed by a man who suffered blisters and rashes allegedly as a result of chemical exposure at a manufacturing plant has been transferred to the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

Norfolk Southern Railway argues lack of jurisdiction in Georgia man's lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Norfolk Southern Railway Company’s alleged negligence under the Federal Employers Liability Act in providing an unsafe work environment and causing one of its former employees to contract lung cancer is at the center of a recent lawsuit in Philadelphia court, one which it says lacks proper jurisdiction.

Venue arguments ensue in lawsuit against Fox & Hound Bar over woman's fall

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Conshohocken woman allegedly injured outside a pub in King of Prussia is filing suit to recover costs for her injuries, though debate has ensued about the propriety of the case’s choice of venue.

Lobbying groups financed by Pond Lehocky to oppose Workers' Comp bills fined for ethics violations

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 13, 2018

HARRISBURG – A pair of lobbyist organizations connected to plaintiffs law firm Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano and which sought to defeat Workers' Compensation reform bills were recently found to have violated the state’s Lobbying Disclosure Law and fined by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

Lawsuit: Amtrak's unsafe work environment led to husband dying from colon cancer

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 12, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The spouse of a former electrician for Amtrak argues his death from colon cancer was the result of completing his work duties for Amtrak in an unsafe environment.

Case management conference this week in case of Starbucks that allegedly leaked water into law firm's basement

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 12, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A case management conference has been rescheduled for litigation involving a law firm that claimed the Starbucks coffee shop located in its building was responsible for a flood of water that damaged its basement storage room.

Glen Mills student claims he was beaten by school staff and supervisor didn't intervene

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A student at a residential and educational facility in Glen Mills claims he was viciously beaten by two of its employees, at the behest and with the approval of the assailants’ supervisor.

Lawsuit: Former call agent violated NDA, retained company laptop and proprietary information after his exit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An ex-calling agent at a payment processing center is alleged to have taken a laptop computer containing confidential and proprietary business information after his release from the company, a recent lawsuit states.

Wrongful death settlement with Broomall nursing home worth $90K

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 11, 2018

MEDIA – A filing in a wrongful death and survival proceeding subsequent to a fatal fall in a Broomall nursing facility asks that a settlement of $90,000 be approved by a Delaware County court.

Three more plaintiffs allege Invokana makers failed to warn them of increased risk for amputations

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 10, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A trio of new lawsuits joins others recently filed taking aim at Johnson & Johnson’s Invokana medication for Type 2 diabetes, claiming the company failed to warn its users that the medicine put them at increased risk for amputations they suffered as a result of taking the drug.

Injury lawsuit of man whose leg was mutilated in winding machine sent to Lancaster County court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 10, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A lawsuit filed by a man whose leg allegedly was struck by and ripped into the rotating blades of a package winding machine on the job has been transferred to the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.

Groups don't want Pa. Supreme Court to create Fair Share Act exception for asbestos lawsuits

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 10, 2018

HARRISBURG – Business and legal reform groups are calling on the state Supreme Court to uphold a specific application of a law that governs how defendants split the check when a plaintiff verdict comes in - opposing a so-called "carve-out" that would keep the law from applying to asbestos cases..

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