News from November 2011

Report says tort reform savings can stimulate economy

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Nov 1, 2011

By improving its legal environment, Pennsylvania could create between 33,000 and 90,000 new jobs, according to a report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

Former Home Depot manager files wrongful termination claim

By Jon Campisi | Nov 1, 2011

The former manager of a suburban Pennsylvania Home Depot store has filed a federal lawsuit against the retail corporation, alleging she was terminated from her position because of her sex, and not because of the supposed “leadership problems,” as was claimed by higher-ups as the basis for her firing.

Manayunk Brewing Co. hit with racial discrimination complaint

By Jon Campisi | Nov 1, 2011

A black man who alleges he was fired from his job at a Philadelphia restaurant and bar for racial bias reasons has filed a federal job discrimination lawsuit against his former employer.

Philly judge upholds decision allowing venue transfer in tractor-trailer accident case

By Jon Campisi | Nov 1, 2011

A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court judge has upheld a venue transfer requested by the defendants in a civil suit stemming from a summer 2008 a tractor-trailer accident.

Federal jury shoots down claim of Philadelphia man who alleged police overreaching in gun confiscation

By Jon Campisi | Nov 1, 2011

A Philadelphia man who sued city police officers last year for alleged Fourth Amendment violations for confiscating, during a traffic stop, his legally owned firearm, which he was licensed to carry, has lost his battle in federal court.

Medical Malpractice claim filed over bunion surgery

By Jon Campisi | Nov 2, 2011

A Philadelphia woman who alleges a botched bunion removal procedure led her to sustain multiple injuries, including the need to have additional surgeries, has filed a civil complaint against those charged with her medical care.

Suit blames SEPTA for keeping train moving while impaired passenger perished

By Jon Campisi | Nov 2, 2011

A Delaware County, Pa. man has filed a wrongful death claim against SEPTA on behalf of his deceased relative, who passed away while riding a train operated by the public transit agency.

Philly juvenile facility sued over alleged assault perpetrated by security guard

By Jon Campisi | Nov 2, 2011

A Harrisburg woman who was a juvenile when she sustained a facial fracture after allegedly being punched in the face by a security guard at a Philadelphia residential facility for adolescents with special needs has filed a lawsuit against the facility and the employee.

Bike messenger and employer face complaint stemming from pedestrian accident

By Jon Campisi | Nov 2, 2011

A pedestrian who claims she sustained bodily injuries after being struck by a bike messenger while she was crossing a Center City, Philadelphia street has filed a personal injury complaint against the cyclist and the company he was working for at the time of the incident.

Former newspaper employee sues Journal Register Co. for age discrimination

By Jon Campisi | Nov 4, 2011

A 69-year old former newspaper advertising manager, who was fired from her job of four years for reasons she contends were age-related, has filed a federal lawsuit against the newspaper’s parent company.

Marriott Hotel attorneys seek venue transfer in assault lawsuit

By Jon Campisi | Nov 4, 2011

Attorneys for Philadelphia’s Marriott Hotel, which was named as a defendant in an Oct. 4 lawsuit filed at Philadelphia’s Common Pleas Court by an Alabama couple, have filed a Notice of Removal with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, requesting that venue be transferred to federal court.

Pa. Supreme Court rules former CBS 3 news anchor Alycia Lane's civil case can be heard in Philly courts

By Jon Campisi | Nov 4, 2011

The long-awaited civil trial involving former KYW CBS 3 news anchor Alycia Lane can finally move forward after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the litigation against Lane’s former co-anchor Larry Mendte can be played out in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas.

Judge rules defendants in civil priest sex abuse case cannot question accuser until after criminal case wraps up

By Jon Campisi | Nov 4, 2011

A Catholic priest and a religious school teacher accused in a civil suit of molesting a former Philadelphia altar boy cannot question their accuser until after the criminal court proceeding against them is complete, a Philadelphia judge has ruled.

Former Wawa general counsel joins Phila. law firm as partner

By Jon Campisi | Nov 7, 2011

The former general counsel and corporate secretary with Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain Wawa Inc. has joined the ranks of a Philadelphia law firm.

Wrongful death claim filed by mother whose son was killed by cops removed to U.S. District Court

By Jon Campisi | Nov 7, 2011

The mother of a 19-year-old Philadelphia man shot and killed by city police officers, allegedly while he was unarmed, will have her civil case heard in federal, not state, court after city lawyers filed a removal notice Nov. 3 with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of the defendants.

Kohl's hit with wrongful termination claim over firing of minority worker

By Jon Campisi | Nov 7, 2011

A Pottstown, Pa. woman who claims the harassment she endured at her retail job eventually drove her into an “emotionally deteriorated” state requiring hospitalization has filed a federal employment discrimination complaint against her former company.

Judge orders losing plaintiff to pay $6.5 million in fees, costs

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Nov 7, 2011

U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ordered Checkpoint Systems, the losing plaintiff in a patent infringement lawsuit, to pay the two defendants, Sensormatic Electronics Corp. and All-Tag Security, a total of $6.5 million in attorney fees and costs.

First Judicial District of Pa. files suit over botched Family Court deal

By Jon Campisi | Nov 7, 2011

The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the entire First Judicial District of Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit over the botched plan for a new Family Court facility in Philadelphia.

SEPTA faces retaliatory discharge claim over firing of former police officer

By Jon Campisi | Nov 7, 2011

A former transit police officer with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is suing the agency in federal court, alleging she was terminated in retaliation for reporting incidents of pervasive sexual harassment.

City lawyers seek venue transfer in claim against Phila. Police Dept.

By Jon Campisi | Nov 7, 2011

Lawyers for the City of Philadelphia have filed a Notice of Removal with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, seeking to have a civil complaint served last month against the police department in state court transferred to federal court.

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