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Former fire marshal scores victory at Commonwealth Court

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court ruled for a former Towamencin fire marshal Kevin Pezzano suing the township, overruling an earlier decision by the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County.

Fracking counties experience more prosperity and violent crime, study says

MONTOURSVILLE – Pennsylvania counties experiencing a boom in fracking also see increases in employment, salaries and violent crime, a shale networking organization said in a recent newsletter.

Many possible factors led to racial discrimination case against Dept. of Corrections, advocate says

HARRISBURG – Any number of factors could have played into the alleged racial discrimination that resulted in a former Pennsylvania Department of Corrections director of equal employment opportunity’s decision to file a lawsuit against the department and individual defendants, according to Workplace Fairness senior adviser Paula Brantner.

Pennsylvania False Claims Act deemed fiscal risk by opposition

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania's legislature may consider passing a False Claims Act (FCA) aimed at preventing Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Third Circuit grants City of Philadelphia summary judgment in Rehabilitation Act-based lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit stated Friday that a former Philadelphia Police Department officer candidate failed to establish a prima facie case of employment discrimination, and upheld a trial court ruling granting summary judgment to the City of Philadelphia.

Best Western seeking to strike $95K default judgment from premises liability case

PHILADELPHIA – Hotel corporation Best Western International, Inc. is seeking to strike a $95,000 default judgment entered against it in December, due to alleged improper service of the lawsuit connected to the judgment.

Pennsylvania provides steps to report and retrieve unclaimed property, attorneys say

HARRISBURG – Legal and commercial entities that must file a report with the Pennsylvania Treasury if they have reportable unclaimed property can follow certain steps, two attorneys who specialize in unclaimed property issues said in a recent interview.

Attorneys argue plaintiff didn't connect Ruby Tuesday accident to PA for jurisdiction

PHILADELPHIA – A woman filing suit against a Ruby Tuesday location in New Jersey hasn’t alleged minimum contacts with the state of Pennsylvania in her negligence suit, according to defense counsel.

Allegheny County law enforcement did not violate man's rights in denying firearms application

PHILADELPHIA – Law enforcement authorities in Allegheny County did not violate a Swissvale man’s constitutional rights, in denying an application regarding the restoration of his right to own firearms.

Second Circuit affirms dismissal of PSERS from investment fraud lawsuit

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court in New York City affirmed a ruling which denied class certification to a large-scale investment fraud lawsuit, which had included Pennsylvania’s Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) as a plaintiff.

Lancaster County jury reaches $15 million award in lawsuit over fatal DUI crash

One of the largest personal injury verdicts in the history of both Lancaster and York County was secured Wednesday by an attorney representing the estate of a young woman killed in a drunk driving accident in February 2014.

Judge won't transfer lawsuit alleging bottles of vodka leaked

A bottling company’s motion to transfer a lawsuit filed against it by a Pennsylvania vodka manufacturer to federal court in Minnesota has been denied, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said in a decision this week.

Lista’s HD Barber Shop sued over allegedly pirating fight broadcast

A Northern California sports production company is suing a Berks County-based barber for alleging pirating the broadcast of a championship boxing match.

AT&T wants lawsuit of technician who fell off cell tower thrown out of Pennsylvania courts

AT&T says the lawsuit brought by a cell phone tower technician who fell five stories from an allegedly faulty ladder and was critically injured does not belong in Pennsylvania.

First data breach case granted standing in Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Easter District of Pennsylvania found standing in claims of injury as a result of data breach in Enslin v. Coca Cola.

Toyota Motor Corporation, TK Holdings move for default judgment

Toyota Motor Corporation and TK Holdings moved for default judgment on July 6 in a product liability case in which they are named as defendants

Federal judge dismisses false arrest, malicious prosecution claims

Last Wednesday, a federal judge granted a summary judgment motion brought against a Cheltenham woman and former Philadelphia police officer by her resident township and three of its police officers.

Pa. judge upholds state's controversial Voter ID law

A state appellate court judge has refused a petition for a preliminary injunction seeking

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.

$3 million work comp award could be highest in nation

A Philadelphia law firm obtained a record $3 million workers’ compensation settlement last week,  on behalf of a union construction worker injured on a highway construction project.