News from October 2011

Settlement reached in case of substitute teacher vs. Lower Merion School District

By Jon Campisi | Oct 25, 2011

A federal lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District alleging discrimination on the part of a former long-term substitute teacher has been settled.

Fired paralegal files sexual harassment claim against Philly law firm

By Jon Campisi | Oct 25, 2011

A New Jersey woman who worked as a paralegal for a Philadelphia law firm has filed a federal discrimination complaint against her former employer, alleging she endured frequent incidents of sexual harassment while at the job.

Study: Philly courts courting plaintiffs from outside city

By Jon Campisi | Oct 26, 2011

A newly released academic study by a law school professor asserts that Philadelphia’s civil court system is attractive to plaintiff’s from outside of the city – at the expense of local consumers and businesses.

Police beating victim who sustained fractured ankle sues city and cops

By Jon Campisi | Oct 26, 2011

A Philadelphia man who claims he sustained a fractured ankle and lacerations following an assault perpetrated by city cops has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia and the officers involved in the alleged attack.

Steel products company files breach of contract claim against law firm

By Jon Campisi | Oct 26, 2011

An Ohio steel products company that claims it got stuck with an outstanding bill after a contractor it employed for a job went bankrupt, has filed a federal complaint against a Philadelphia law firm whose services the plaintiff initially retained in order to recoup the money it was owed by the now-defunct company.

Former mental health facility counselor files claim over lost job

By Jon Campisi | Oct 26, 2011

A woman who was fired from her job at an area mental health facility has filed a federal complaint against her former employer, alleging that the company failed to inform her that her medical leave that she had to take was used up by the time she was scheduled to return to work.

Fractured ankle leads to premises liability complaint

By Jon Campisi | Oct 28, 2011

A Philadelphia woman who claims to have sustained a fractured ankle following a slip-and-fall incident on supposedly unprotected marble stairs at a Center City, Philadelphia property has filed a complaint against the property owner in civil court.

Hip replacement surgical implant leads to suit against Johnson & Johnson

By Jon Campisi | Oct 28, 2011

A York, Pa. man who claims that he sustained injuries after having a double hip replacement is suing the manufacturers of the surgically implanted product, alleging that its faulty nature caused him great harm.

Philadelphia Housing Authority resident sues movers for damaged possessions

By Jon Campisi | Oct 28, 2011

A Philadelphia public housing resident who was briefly evicted from her home earlier this year is suing the moving company that was hired by the city to remove her property from her residence.

FedEx worker sues over broken ankle at icy airport terminal

By Jon Campisi | Oct 28, 2011

A FedEx worker who claims his broken ankle requiring the placement of 11 surgical screws and a metal plate was a direct result of his fall at Philadelphia International Airport is suing those responsible for the terminal buildings where the alleged incident occurred two winters ago.

Peco Energy Co. sued over electrical burns caused by exposed power line

By Jon Campisi | Oct 28, 2011

A man who claims he suffered electrical shocks and burns after coming into contact with an exposed power line has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the public utility in charge of overseeing the line.

Fired Philly Police lieutenant files wrongful termination complaint

By Jon Campisi | Oct 28, 2011

A former Philadelphia police lieutenant who claims the city fired him after more than four decades of employment after a doctor determined job-related injuries would be enough to prevent him from carrying out his professional duties has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia.

Pa. couple sues Whirlpool and Daewoo over house fire

By Jon Campisi | Oct 28, 2011

A Sharon Hill, Pa. couple who alleges a residential fire was started by a faulty microwave has filed a federal product liability lawsuit against the maker and distributor of the household appliance.

Philly 'open carry' case ends with not guilty verdict; civil rights claim expected to follow

By Jon Campisi | Oct 28, 2011

A Montgomery County, Pa. man who plans to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against Philadelphia police stemming from an incident that occurred last winter has cleared a major hurdle in his fight against alleged police abuse and ignorance.

Makers of 'Crab Fries' sue for trademark infringement

By Jon Campisi | Oct 31, 2011

A Delaware company that makes and distributes a trademarked brand of seasoned French fries to a popular Philadelphia restaurant and bar has filed a federal infringement claim against a Maryland eatery, claiming the defendant has fraudulently marketed the plaintiff’s product at its own restaurant.

Psychiatrist sues Philadelphia mental health facility over breach of contract

By Jon Campisi | Oct 31, 2011

A New Jersey man who was contracted to provide psychiatric services to a Philadelphia mental health facility, and who claims he was let go in violation of his contract, has filed a federal complaint against the organization and two of its directors.

Parents of prison inmate who hanged himself sue Northampton County, Pa.

By Jon Campisi | Oct 31, 2011

The parents of a prison inmate who committed suicide by hanging himself with a bed sheet has filed a federal civil rights claim against the Pennsylvania county in which the deceased man was incarcerated and various other officials involved with his care.

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