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Court compels arbitration after Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton law firm breaks up

By Tomas Kassahun | Feb 15, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has compelled arbitration in a case involving the dissolution of a law firm.

Philly judge approves class action settlement over Accolade data breach; Company was victim to phishing scheme

By Tomas Kassahun | Feb 14, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has given preliminary approval in a class action lawsuit involving a company-wide data breach.

Court: Being perceived as gay not a claim for sex discrimination

By Tomas Kassahun | Feb 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has dismissed a sexual discrimination lawsuit against the Philadelphia Housing Authority, saying a former employee who filed the lawsuit on the basis of being perceived as gay didn’t make a claim for sex discrimination.

Court dismisses suit filed by former volunteer board member of Agora Cyber Charter School

By Tomas Kassahun | Jan 14, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former volunteer member of the board of trustees of a charter school.

Lawsuit filed by British documentary film producer is dismissed

By Tomas Kassahun | Jan 14, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has dismissed a lawsuit against the director of Mediacast, a film distributing company.

Supreme Court tells Philadelphia school it must face lawsuit after student ran into unpadded gym wall

By Tomas Kassahun | Jan 11, 2019

PHILADELPHIA - The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a Commonwealth Court ruling, saying a Philadelphia elementary school is not exempt from governmental immunity in a lawsuit filed by a student who was allegedly injured due to the faulty condition of a gym wall.

State Supreme Court reimposes impact fee on frackers

By Tomas Kassahun | Jan 11, 2019

PITTSBURGH - The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has reversed a Commonwealth Court order, imposing a yearly impact fee on producers of natural gas from certain vertical wells.

Court removes insurer from case against Berks Co. landlord over carbon monoxide poisoning

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - In a ruling on Nov. 5, the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of Foremost Insurance Co., saying it doesn’t have to defend a landlord who is facing a lawsuit in a carbon monoxide injury.

Pennsylvania court upholds oil and gas development near agricultural area

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 16, 2018

In a decision made Oct. 26, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the trial court’s ruling that affirmed the Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board’s decision to allow oil and gas development near an agricultural area.

Court upholds ruling against Colebrookdale residents who received zoning violation

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 16, 2018

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a trial court’s ruling against residents who were issued zoning violations at their property.

Superior Court reverses ruling in employment discrimination case against Mercer County Community Credit Union

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 16, 2018

​The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has reversed the trial court’s decision to grant summary judgment in an employment discrimination case.

Lawyers predict $1,500 per class member in settlement with Optimum Healthcare IT; Attorneys to get $1.6 million

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has approved a class settlement in a lawsuit against Optimum Healthcare IT LLC, a health care information technology firm.

Court denies care center's motion to dismiss former employee's lawsuit

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 13, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has denied a motion to dismiss filed by The Maternal Child Consortium LLC, and Associates Home Care Inc.

Plaintiff will be required to bring in expert to validate medical malpractice allegations

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 7, 2018

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a trial court’s ruling which required the plaintiff to bring an expert witness in a case of alleged medical negligence.

Pa. judge rules Rite Aid investor who filed suit purchased shares before actionable statements

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 7, 2018

HARRISBURG - The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has ruled against a Rite Aid investor who alleged that he was misled by Rite Aid and Walgreens during their attempt to merge.

Federal judge says health care providers lack standing for claims against insurer

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 7, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has dismissed an amended complaint filed by health care providers, citing lack of standing.

Judge won't dismiss Aetna's lawsuit over NICU insurance claims

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 6, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has denied a motion to dismiss filed by Mednax Inc.

Pa. Superior Court rejects petition to compel arbitration in negligence case against medical facility

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 23, 2018

A Pennsylvania appeals court recently affirmed a trial court’s decision to deny a medical facility’s petition to compel arbitration in dispute with a woman who allegedly fell and broke her leg at the facility, according to a decision filed on March 29 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Right to Farm Act protects Salem family farm from lawsuit over its smell

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 23, 2018

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a trial court’s decision to dismiss a case against a family-owned farm in Luzerne County that was accused of creating a disturbing odor in the neighborhood, according to a decision filed on March 29.

Pa. Superior Court upholds dismissal of defamation suit against law firm and attorney

By Tomas Kassahun | Apr 23, 2018

A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss defamation claims brought by an attorney who said a firm falsely accused him of witness intimidation, according to a decision filed on March 29 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

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