Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas News

Sunoco accused of unsafe drilling practices in class-action suit

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 16, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Three West Chester residents filed a class-action lawsuit against Sunoco Pipeline LP and Sunoco Logistics Partners LP, alleging negligence and creating a public nuisance.

Woman accuses Scranton School District of negligence after fall

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A woman is suing Scranton School District, citing alleged negligence in connection with a slip-and-fall accident on school property.

Pa. Supreme Court to consider statute of limitations in Risperdal cases

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 9, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania decided Thursday it would hear an appeal on the statute of limitations connected to two lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, a move that could have lasting ramifications for more than 6,000 fellow cases currently pending in Philadelphia.

Guest blames Kimpton Hotel employee for injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A guest is suing Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group LLC, doing business as Kimpton Hotel Monaco Alexandria, citing alleged negligence.

Philadelphia federal court now hearing case of Va. airplane crash that claimed life of student pilot

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A strict liability lawsuit connected to a fatal airplane crash which claimed the life a student pilot in Virginia will now be heard in a Pennsylvania federal court, per a recent removal.

Daughter blames doctors, Han Trauma, Crozer Chester for mother's death

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A daughter and estate executrix is suing Dr. Kristina Burns and numerous other medical care providers, including Han Trauma Center and Crozer Chester Medical Center, citing alleged professional liability.

Insurer asked to provide defense in lawsuit from worker who fell 40 feet onto beam during construction

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An underlying personal injury action has a construction company seeking indemnification and defense from the Penn National and Travelers insurance companies in a separate, federal court lawsuit.

Couple claims Hair Cuttery highlight work caused rash

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 28, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A Clinton Heights couple is suing Creative Hairdressers Inc., which does business as Hair Cuttery, claiming that the defendant did not take sufficient measures to prevent injuries at its salon.

Estate administrator's appeal of GE and CBS asbestos exposure ruling unsuccessful

By Charmaine Little | Jun 28, 2018

HARRISBURG - An estate executor failed to prove that General Electric and CBS Corp. were liable for a former employee’s death after being exposed to asbestos, as the Superior Court of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants in a June 12 opinion.

Commuter blames SEPTA, Amtrak and City of Chester for injuries from fall

By Bree Gonzales | Jun 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A commuter is suing The National Railroad Passenger Corp., which does business as Amtrak, The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the City of Chester, citing alleged negligence.

$160 million settlement secured in food truck explosion case, said to be largest in Pa. state court history

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Four victims of a fatal food truck explosion in Philadelphia’s Feltonville neighborhood in 2014 will receive a record-setting $160 million through pre-verdict settlements secured in Pennsylvania state court.

Man whose right hand was mangled by supposedly faulty log-splitter sues for damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2018

A man whose right hand was mutilated as a result of an allegedly-faulty log splitting machine has sued the manufacturer of the device, in addition to the property owners who provided him with the equipment when the accident occurred.

Firefighters owe $127K to siren companies they sued over hearing loss; For 20 years, they'd had their hearing screened

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 26, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Due to a perceived pattern of improper investigation and dismissals, a federal appeals court has upheld the payment of more than $127,000 in legal fees from Washington, D.C., firefighters who claimed hearing loss from exposure to the sirens on their fire trucks, to the manufacturers of those same devices.

Spinal injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder plague McDonald's fall victim, she says

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A woman alleges she slipped and fell outside a South Philadelphia McDonald’s and has now sued the fast food titan, saying she suffered injuries to her limbs, spine and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lawsuit: Negligence leads to "horror movie-like" pit bull attack on plaintiff's dog

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A new lawsuit in state court says a plaintiff is reeling psychologically after witnessing the “horror movie-like incident” of his dog allegedly being attacked by two out-of-control pit bulls.

Philly food company claims it was burned by BBQ restaurant's breach of contract

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia food services company says it has been left feeling burned by a barbecue restaurant which formerly operated in Honey Brook, charging it with breach of contract.

Man claims Chevy Camaro's engine defects caused fatal accident that sent him to prison for 20 years

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Bellefonte man alleges in a civil lawsuit that manufacturing defects in a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro automobile he rented from Hertz led to a tragic accident which claimed the lives of two motorists in April 2012, and further led him to receive an erroneous 20-year criminal conviction for vehicular homicide.

Lawsuit: Neighbors' negligence led to elderly woman being savagely attacked by German Shepherd

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An elderly Philadelphia woman claiming to have been savagely attacked by a neighbor’s German Shepherd dog has sued the dog’s owners, alleging their negligence directly led to the mauling.

SEPTA carpenter alleges faulty fence-installing tool gave him serious hernia injury

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) carpenter has initiated litigation against the entity for violation of the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), claiming a machine it gave him to operate caused him to suffer an inguinal hernia last year.

Man says he suffered severe electric shock injuries from operating Toastmaster coffee maker

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff who suffered severe electric shock from operating a Toastmaster coffee pot is suing the manufacturers of the appliance and the store from where he purchased it, among other defendants.

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