City of Philadelphia News

City of Philadelphia denies liability for damage to Verizon conduits and copper wire in 2015 water main break

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 17, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia denies it is responsible for damage to Verizon Pennsylvania’s telecommunications equipment, damages sustained as a result of the break of a City-owned water main two summers ago.

Commonwealth Court issues rulings in lawsuit over exposed Philadelphia trolley track

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Apr 26, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has reversed some decisions of a trial court regarding the case of a Philadelphia man who sustained injuries when his motor scooter struck an exposed and discontinued trolley track in 2013.

Contractor claims City of Philadelphia wrongly held it responsible for work delays

By Louie Torres | Apr 13, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A New Jersey contractor is suing the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Municipal Authority, citing alleged breach of contract.

Verizon alleges City of Philadelphia's water main break damaged its equipment

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 14, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A telecommunications giant has sued the City of Philadelphia for equipment damages it asserts it sustained during a major water main break two summers ago.

Kunkletown couple says airport and city entities responsible for injury on tarmac

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 31, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A Kunkletown couple have sued American Airlines, the City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia International Airport, alleging all three entities failed to protect one of the plaintiffs from injury on an airport tarmac.

False arrest and malicious prosecution claims against Philly police officers are settled

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 20, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Philadelphia has settled a civil rights complaint which alleged various constitutional and state law violations against the City, the Philadelphia Police Department and several department officers.

Joke GoFundMe page seeks donations for well-heeled city lawyer

By Michelle de Leon | Jan 18, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia lawyer, who is part of the Democratic City Committee and is set to retire soon, sets up a GoFundMe page as a joke.

Statute of limitations makes sheriff's sale property case time-barred from further proceedings

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 12, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – The statute of limitations applied to a complaint regarding outstanding costs related to a Philadelphia property sold at sheriff’s sale more than three years ago, has led that complaint to be dismissed in federal court.

Philadelphia prevailing wage law expanded, impact on employers to be determined

By Carrie Salls | Nov 22, 2016

Although it is too soon to tell whether a prevailing wage ordinance signed by Mayor Jim Kenney on Oct. 27 will force any affected employers in the city to resort to layoffs, Fisher & Phillips LLP associate Gregory D. Hanscom said it's possible.  

Philadelphia settles excessive force lawsuit as citizens await launch of police body cam program

By Kathy Kaye | Nov 15, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Police misconduct continues to be a pressing concern across the U.S., and the City of Philadelphia paid a $35,000 settlement to resolve allegations earlier this year. 

Class action claims Philadelphia Police Department improperly issued speeding tickets since 2012

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia, claiming its police department has issued unauthorized speeding tickets on state highways for more than four years.

Third Circuit Court dismisses search and seizure, other allegations versus Philadelphia police

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 17, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – An appellate court has dismissed charges of unconstitutional search and seizure, violation of equal protection and due process and a fabrication of warrant against the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department.

'Ban the box' regulations unlikely to change in Philadelphia

By Dawn Geske | Oct 12, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A new regulation that has been put into effect in Philadelphia requires employers to provide an offer of employment before digging into a candidate’s criminal background.

Third Circuit upholds dismissal of developer's action against City of Philadelphia, City Council

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 3, 2016

Citing the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s “excellent opinion,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has upheld a ruling dismissing a developer’s lawsuit for failure to state a claim.

Philadelphia council changes ordinance to address use of credit checks by employers

By Carrie Salls | Aug 5, 2016

A recently enacted amendment to the city’s Fair Practices Ordinance makes it illegal for employers in Philadelphia to ask for, obtain or use credit-related information when considering whether to hire an applicant for many non-managerial positions.

Appeals court overturn Philly jury's $27M award over knee injury

By John Severance | Aug 2, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — James Beck, attorney at Reed Smith, has a theory as to why Philadelphia juries have a tendency to dole out eight- and nine-figure awards in personal injury cases.

Attorney: Extra $5M law enforcement policy for DNC could come in handy

By Karen Kidd | Jul 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – City officials took out $250 million in insurance coverage ahead of the 2016 Democratic National Convention currently running in Philadelphia, and an attorney says it is probably a good thing the City took out an extra $5 million for coverage in lawsuits against law enforcement.

Third Circuit sends Philadelphia firefighter's libel case back for reconsideration

By April Bamburg | Jul 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A defamation case against the New York Daily News filed by a Philadelphia firefighter whose photograph was included with a story about an alleged sex scandal involving the city's firefighters should not have been dismissed, according to a panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Army vet/business owner taking tax dispute with Philadelphia to U.S. Supreme Court

By Carrie Salls | Jun 22, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The attorney for the owner of a Philadelphia real estate business said he and his client “are very dismayed” by a May ruling issued by a federal appeals court that held the man is not entitled to the tax liability protections afforded by the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to business owners while they are actively serving the U.S.military.

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