City of Philadelphia News

Philadelphia Police can't fully escape lawsuit brought by man wrongly accused of being the Kensington Strangler, rape

By Charmaine Little | Aug 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has both granted and denied the city of Philadelphia’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit from a man acquitted on attempted rape charges.

Statute of limitations dismisses City of Philadelphia, police officer from false imprisonment action

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 8, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – One police officer and the City of Philadelphia have been dismissed from a plaintiff’s civil rights infraction and unlawful imprisonment case filed against several fellow Philadelphia police officers, due to the application of state law and a two-year statute of limitations.

Philly cop, alleging retaliation from sexual harassment issue, gets green light for lawsuit

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 8, 2018

A federal judge denied the motion to dismiss the claim under the state Human Relations Act and the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance.

Pa. Supreme Court rules Philadelphia's controversial soda tax is legal, legislators look to continue fight

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 22, 2018

HARRISBURG – A soda and sweetened beverage tax that has divided the City of Philadelphia and been the subject of controversy since its implementation is legal, according to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Bern firm, shut out of opioid litigation spot, says lead lawyers don't represent enough of Pennsylvania

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2018

MEDIA – After not being picked to a coveted leadership role in Pennsylvania’s opioid litigation, a Conshohocken plaintiffs firm is pleading with a Delaware County judge to reconsider.

A dissident emerges in Pennsylvania's opioid litigation: Lehigh Co. claims its case has been highjacked

By John O'Brien | Jun 22, 2018

The fight for control of Pennsylvania’s opioid litigation is not over, as Lehigh County is not happy that its case has been grouped in with more than 30 others and that lawyers it previously rejected have been tasked with overseeing the proceedings.

American Airlines passenger blames airline, other airport operators for injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — An airline passenger is suing American Airlines Group Inc. and other airport operators, alleging that insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries at the American Airlines terminal at Philadelphia International Airport.

Drexel University law professor claims that Philadelphia police officers unlawfully arrested her

By Philip Gonzales | May 16, 2018

A Drexel University law professor is suing the City of Philadelphia, an unknown medic and police officers Kelly Neal and Christopher McCue for alleged unlawful arrest.

City of Philadelphia allegedly failed to prevent supervisor from harassing employee

By Philip Gonzales | Apr 26, 2018

A former employee is suing the City of Philadelphia for allegedly subjecting her to a hostile work environment and sexual and religious harassment.

Former inmate accuses Philadelphia police officers of fabricating evidence against him

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 24, 2018

A former inmate is suing the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Police Officer Christopher Hulmes and three unknown police officers for allegedly fabricating evidence.

City of Philadelphia and police officers accused of fabricating evidence and testimony in narcotics case

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 24, 2018

An individual is suing the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Police Officer Christopher Hulmes and three unknown officers for allegedly fabricating evidence and testimony.

Discrimination not a factor in woman not getting prison nurse job, court rules

By Sandra Lane | Apr 23, 2018

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania appeals court recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to grant separate motions for summary judgment filed by a health care provider and the City of Philadelphia, which had been accused of denying a woman employment because of her race and criminal background.

Federal judge dismisses some claims in wrongful conviction suit; Plaintiff was convicted of murder he didn't commit

By Carrie Salls | Mar 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed parts of a lawsuit filed against the city of Philadelphia, two former police detectives and a former police officer by Shaurn Thomas, a man who “was convicted of a murder he did not commit,” according to an opinion entered Feb. 2 by U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter.

City discontinues litigation against law firm it had alleged owed more than $300K in taxes

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia has recently discontinued litigation against a law firm and two of its members, which claimed it failed to timely pay delinquent taxes in excess of $300,000 over a period spanning from 2007 to 2015.

City of Philadelphia sues opioid manufacturers for alleged role in 'public health crisis'

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia has become the latest government entity in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to sue opioid manufacturers for deceptive marketing practices and creating what it has termed “an unprecedented public health crisis.”

Disability Rights Pennsylvania files suit against Philadelphia over requested documents

By Louie Torres | Dec 18, 2017

READING – A nonprofit alleges the city of Philadelphia failed to timely provide documents it requested.

Hidden City Philadelphia website claims ABC appropriated its name and trademark for video report series

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia-based news website has sued the American Broadcasting Company for trademark infringement and disparagement, claiming the network improperly used the website’s name to produce a series of feature news videos on historic locations in the city.

Philadelphia Lyft injunction vacated after state legislators pass law

By Carrie Salls | Nov 7, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – The Commonwealth Court has vacated an injunction that prohibited transportation network companies (TNCs), including appellant Lyft Inc., from operating in the city of Philadelphia, according to an opinion entered on Oct. 31.

City of Philadelphia sues U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions over grant program restrictions

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 29, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – In response to the Trump Administration imposing new conditions on cities seeking to obtain criminal justice grant funding, the City of Philadelphia has sued U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in federal court.

Philadelphia loses appeal of Workers' Compensation lien ruling

By Carrie Salls | Jul 24, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – The Commonwealth Court has affirmed a Workers' Compensation Appeal Board ruling related to the validity of insurer Independence Blue Cross’ subrogation lien against medical benefits provided by the city of Philadelphia to a city firefighter, according to a July 3 order.

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