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Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

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AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

Commonwealth Court upholds denial of former Kinder Morgan worker's benefits claim

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board was right to deny workers’ compensation benefits to a former Kinder Morgan Inc. based on its application of the “mental-mental” standard to the claimant’s mental disability claim, according to an opinion filed Nov. 14 by the Commonwealth Court.

Third Circuit to decide J.Crew case over receipts; Pittsburgh attorney says these lawsuits not going away

CAMDEN, N.J. - A man who had his proposed class action lawsuit over the digits of his credit card that were included on a receipt from J.Crew dismissed has appealed that decision.

American Airlines seeks dismissal of suit from woman who claims she was injured during boarding

PHILADELPHIA — US Airways Inc. and American Airlines have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a wheelchair-bound passenger who alleges she was injured while being helped aboard an airplane.

CNX Gas says Noble Energy refuses to pay rig charges

PITTSBURGH — A Western Pennsylvania oil company is suing Noble Energy Inc., based in Houston and holding an office in Canonsburg, alleging breach of contract.

Equitrust sues to restrain potential beneficiaries from making competing claims

PHILADELPHIA — An insurance company is suing several potential beneficiaries alleging that the parties, which are making competing life insurance claims to a payout, are opening it up to liability.

Woman files suit claiming she is sole beneficiary of deceased's retirement plan

PHILADELPHIA — A woman is suing Procter and Gamble Company, Procter and Gamble Retirement Plans and AON Hewitt, citing alleged breach of contract and breach of duty.

Woman holds Bayer, Merck responsible for negative side effects of Avelox

PHILADELPHIA — A Hawaii woman is suing drugmakers Bayer and Merck alleging breach of warranty, fraud, liability, negligence and negligent misrepresentation.

Federal court dismisses Scranton law firm's suit versus JPMorgan Chase Bank, pending final settlement

HARRISBURG – A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled to dismiss a Scranton law firm’s contract litigation against JPMorgan Chase Bank without prejudice, pending the finalization of a settlement which counsel says is already agreed to in principle.

Woman says Unum Life Insurance wrongly cut off disability benefits

PHILADELPHIA — An individual is suing Unum Life Insurance Company of America, citing alleged breach of contract for what she says was wrongful termination of her disability benefits.

Couple sue BOA, Nationstar, alleging they refused to honor mortgage modification agreement

PHILADELPHIA — An Oxford couple are suing Bank of America N.A., Nationstar Mortgage LLC and the Bank of New York Mellon, citing alleged misrepresentation in debt collection.

Land owner alleges energy companies failed to pay full royalties

SCRANTON — A Pennsylvania property owner has filed a class action lawsuit against several energy companies, citing alleged breach of contract for not receiving full royalties for the use of his land.

Verona man says Nationstar failed to correctly adjust mortgage debt

A property owner in Verona is suing Nationstar Mortgage LLC, a Texas company, citing alleged breach of duty.

Rent-A-Center employee claims retailer fired him for missing work due to disability

A Latrobe man is suing Rent-A-Center Inc., a rent-to-own retailer, citing an alleged violation of provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Woman, claiming elevator dropped her, settles lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA — A plaintiff who sued elevator and realty companies for negligence as a result of injuries she suffered in an allegedly violent elevator fall has settled with the defendants of the case.

SCOTUS asked to review whether state laws, not federal, should apply to aviation industry

PHILADELPHIA — An aircraft pilots association is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that allowed states to impose their own safety standards in place of federal law.

Woman claims Unum Life Insurance Company of America owes her disability benefits

PHILADELPHIA — A woman is suing an insurer over an allegedly improper denial of long-term disability benefits.

Former Philly solicitor to grow Chamberlain Hrdlicka's office

PHILADELPHIA – Complex litigation and business attorney Ken Trujillo has moved to Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry from Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. 

Norristown builder's venue objections overruled in Philadelphia court

PHILADELPHIA – A Norristown building company’s preliminary objections as to a possible change of venue in a slip-and-fall case have been overruled in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Injury action against energy, steel companies granted conference continuance

PHILADELPHIA – A continuance has been ordered for a case management conference in a personal injury case against an energy company and a steel company.