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Finally, a government tired of lawyers who waste its resources

By The Pennsylvania Record | Jan 31, 2019

Trump's DOJ says it spent 1,500 hours reviewing lawsuits that have no chance of success

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Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Plaintiffs lawyers in Philly area representing clients that the DOJ says are wasting time filing meritless lawsuits

By John O'Brien | Jan 8, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – Three lawsuits in Philadelphia are part of an effort by plaintiffs lawyers and shell companies to abuse federal law while pursuing millions of dollars for whistleblowers, the U.S. Department of Justice is alleging.

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DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

Pittsburgh lawsuit against Catholic Church doesn't seek money for victims, wants admission of sexual abuse cover-up

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 31, 2018

PITTSBURGH – As the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office’s grand jury report into child sexual abuse committed statewide by members of the Roman Catholic Church continues, alleged victims have taken to suing the Church.

Guest with disability sues Marriott, says bed was too high

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 30, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A guest with a disability is suing Marriott International Inc., citing alleged negligence and premises liability.

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Trump admin makes use of Medicare law in blunt warning to asbestos lawyers

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 19, 2018

In the Trump administration, at least, the government will no longer look the other way as asbestos lawyers negotiate lenient terms that make it easy for their current clients to get money at the expense of future claimants and federal entitlement programs.

Florida resident accuses Marriott International Inc. of ADA violations

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A person with a disability is suing Marriott International Inc., citing alleged disability discrimination.

After failure to follow up filing against Radisson Hotel at Valley Forge, lawsuit may be dismissed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 22, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A lawsuit brought by a Philadelphia woman versus the Radisson Hotel and Valley Forge Convention Center may be dismissed for failure to prosecute.

AARP, United Health accused of fraud

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 21, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Two insurance policyholders have filed a class-action lawsuit against AARP Inc, AARP Services Inc, AARP Insurance Plan, UnitedHealth Group Inc, and UnitedHealth Insurance Co., claiming violations of Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, conversion, unjust enrichment, fraudulent concealment and fraud.

Philly's next mass tort? 17 plaintiffs claim Abilify caused them to compulsively gamble, shop, eat and have sex

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Seventeen Pennsylvania plaintiffs have sued Bristol Myers-Squibb and Otsuka Pharmaceutical over anti-psychotic prescription medication Abilify, claiming that taking the drug caused them to develop compulsive behaviors such as addictions to gambling, shopping, binge eating and sex.

Wal-Mart argues slip-and-fall plaintiff ignored warning cone, has injury-prone past

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A man who sued Wal-Mart for negligence after allegedly falling on a wet bathroom floor in one of the retail giant’s stores, is being labeled by defense counsel as a plaintiff with an extensive injury history and one who both disregarded a warning cone placed by the store and could not show the store had prior notice of the wet floor.

Spouse blames Select Medical, doctors for wife's death

By Philip Gonzales | Jun 21, 2018

HARRISBURG — A surviving spouse is suing Select Medical Corp. and other healthcare providers, claiming that insufficient measures were taken to prevent infection and death.

Man sues Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Fiat Chrysler, alleging Dodge Charger he rented malfunctioned and crashed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 6, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Bensalem man is suing Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, claiming a faulty Dodge Charger he rented malfunctioned on the highway and crashed, causing him a number of serious injuries.

U.S. government accuses Bailey Family Chiropractic P.C. of failing to fully pay federal employment tax

By Philip Gonzales | May 31, 2018

The U.S. government is suing Bailey Family Chiropractic P.C. a/k/a Bailey Chiropractic Inc. and David Bailey for allegedly failing to fully pay their federal employment tax liabilities.

Micro Focus US Inc. accused of breaching agreement after it allegedly imposed new terms and conditions on software

By Philip Gonzales | May 24, 2018

A hospital is suing Micro Focus US Inc., a software developer, for allegedly breaching an agreement.

Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center allegedly failed to provide proper medical care

By Philip Gonzales | May 14, 2018

A patient is suing the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

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New leadership at the CFPB means state AGs will be more active in financial consumer protection

By Karen Kidd | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Some states will be even more active in financial consumer protection enforcement now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new director has made it clear the bureau will stay out of the way, an expert on state attorneys general said during a recent interview.

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Pennsylvania hospital, regional cardiology practice to pay $20 million after alleged kickback scheme

By Mark Iandolo | Mar 12, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced March 7 that UPMC Hamot (Hamot), an Erie, Pennsylvania, hospital that is affiliated with the with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), and Medicor Associates Inc. (Medicor), a regional physician cardiology practice, will pay $20.75 million after allegations of kickbacks and improper financial relationships.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court allows state law to apply in out-of-state dispute

By Carrie Salls | Mar 2, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled in a Feb. 21 opinion that an out-of-state plaintiff can sue a Pennsylvania-based company under Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL).

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