Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas News

Injured store manager ties Philly Pretzel Factory in litigation knots

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Philly Pretzel Factory store manager working in its Gilbertsville locations claims the retailer did not remedy defective conditions on its premises, leading her to become injured.

Lawsuit: Warehouse employee suffered traumatic brain injury while unloading delivery truck

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man alleges a trucking service’s failure to maintain and service their delivery trucks led him to be struck in the head with a pipe, causing him to suffer a traumatic brain injury.

'A tipping point:' Punitive damages question to be decided in pair of Philadelphia Risperdal cases

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia judge’s decree has paved the way for new trials in two Risperdal cases, in order to determine the applicability of punitive damages in those same actions.

Philly ambulance companies say New Jersey firm didn't file unemployment compensation documents

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A pair of Philadelphia-based paratransit services say a New Jersey human resources firm failed to file unemployment compensation fund documents, leaving them to be financially penalized by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Essroc worker files lawsuit alleging massive third-degree burns in kiln pipe accident

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A cement worker is seeking negligence-related damages after allegedly being called upon to inspect a kiln pipe and the pipe burst, spewing red-hot kiln dust and covering him with third-degree burns over half of his body.

Man accused of abusing mother says attorney failed to represent him in disciplinary hearing

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff accused of physically abusing his mother and facing disciplinary action from the Department of Education, claims his attorney did not follow through on legally representing him and led his action to be time-barred.

Lawsuit: Train switchman wasn't protected from exposure to toxic substances

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The estate of a deceased train line switchman for Penn Central, Conrail and CSX Transportation alleges those same companies violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA), by failing to protect the decedent from exposure to toxic substances.

Philly woman's car falls in sinkhole; She sues City of Philadelphia, state and other entities

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A motorist who was allegedly severely injured when her car fell into a sinkhole in South Philadelphia has sued the entities she believes are responsible for the negligence of maintaining the street where the accident occurred.

Oil leak the result of company not performing full inspection prior to refilling tank, plaintiffs claim

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A pair of Delaware County property owners claim a heating oil company’s failure to perform a full inspection of their tank prior to installing more oil, later led to a disastrous oil leak in their property’s basement.

Plaintiff shocked by coffee pot has no right to request punitive damages, defense counsel attests

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Defense counsel for manufacturers and retailers of a Toastmaster coffee pot which allegedly gave a case plaintiff an electric shock, say that same plaintiff has no legal right to request punitive damages.

Man says he was too drunk to scale steps to his apartment, sues bar downstairs from it

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A man severely injured after leaving a bar in Northeast Philadelphia and while walking to his apartment, one located directly above the bar, is suing the landlord/bar owners for overserving him prior to this accident.

Lawsuit by seaman: Chemical exposure caused leukemia

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A former seaman is embroiled in a legal battle with a lengthy list of corporate defendants, claiming their collective negligence in exposing him to benzene and other carcinogenic chemicals in the course of his work duties, led him to develop acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

Energy company says defendants' negligence put steel steam pipe apparatus at risk for rupture

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A local energy company is pursuing legal action after it says it learned that a conduit apparatus designed to supply steam beneath Philadelphia’s downtown streets was equipped with insufficient PVC electrical ducts, ducts which put a section of steel pipe at risk for rupture.

Family of cyclist killed in Center City crash settles claims with sanitation company for more than $6 million

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The family of a young woman killed on her bicycle when she was struck by a sanitation truck in Philadelphia last year has reached a settlement of more than $6 million with the sanitation company.

Woman says late husband's chemical exposures working for Rohm & Haas caused his death

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The surviving spouse of a Rohm & Haas machinist is pursuing legal damages against the chemical company, arguing their negligence led her husband to contract cancer before his passing last month.

Lawsuit: Man sustained injurious fall on Samaritans' Jenkintown property

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man has initiated a lawsuit against a real estate management company connected to a Jenkintown non-profit organization, alleging its negligence led to him suffer a fall on the group’s property.

Estate of man killed outside Philadelphia bar files wrongful death litigation

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The estate of a man shot and killed outside a Philadelphia bar by one of its employees who was allegedly intoxicated is accusing the establishment of negligence.

Lawsuit: Rail repairman's safety-violating exposure to toxic substances led to fatal brain cancer

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The surviving spouse of a locomotive repairman for Conrail and CSX Transportation claims those companies did not abide by both the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) and Locomotive Inspection Act (LIA), by not protecting her deceased husband from harmful substances.

Lawsuit: Man's exposure to dangerous substances when working for Conrail led to his death from lung cancer

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 12, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The widow of an inspection and repair employee for Conrail alleges the company violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) by exposing her late husband to several toxic substances and causing him to develop fatal lung cancer, which took his life in just four months.

Home Depot worker 'must think all Asian people look the same,' says lawsuit of man accused of theft

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 12, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A case of mistaken identity allegedly led to an Asian plaintiff being assaulted, falsely detained and arrested during his visit to a Home Depot, though counsel for the major hardware store denies such conduct took place.

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