News from April 2015

Companies' fight over Steelers WR Antonio Brown's endorsement results in lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Apr 1, 2015

PITTSBURGH – A nutritional supplement company is suing the agency that represents Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown and a competing company that it says has stolen him as a spokesman.

Woman says she found maggots in mother's wound while at nursing home

By John O'Brien | Apr 2, 2015

PITTSBURGH - A Westmoreland County woman recently sued a skilled nursing facility on behalf of her deceased parent for damages allegedly caused by negligent care.

Alzheimer's Institute of America brought infringement suit over Swedish mutation in bad faith, judge rules

By John O'Brien | Apr 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Ruling that the Alzheimer’s Institute of America is not the patent-holder for a specific genetic mutation, a federal judge has decided it should have to pay the attorneys fees Avid Radiopharmaceuticals incurred in an infringement lawsuit between the two.

Woman, fired for arguing about bringing dog to work at hotel's banquet room, loses lawsuit

By John O'Brien | Apr 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A former Bucks County banquet manager who was fired partly over an argument over whether she could bring her dog to work has lost her age discrimination lawsuit.

Couple sues Lumber Liquidators over formaldehyde-laced flooring

By Dan Harkins | Apr 8, 2015

A Freeland couple is suing Lumber Liquidators over flooring laced with toxic levels of formaldehyde that exceed California Air Resources Board standards.

Couple sues bank, Philadelphia and its sheriff's office for unlawful retention of foreclosure funds

By Dan Harkins | Apr 8, 2015

A Levittown couple is suing the Bank of New York Trust Co., the city of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office for allegedly retaining foreclosure funds unlawfully.

Providence sues Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals, citing product monopoly

By Carol Ostrow | Apr 9, 2015

A Northeastern United States city brought a class action complaint against a large British pharmaceutical manufacturer, alleging violation of the Sherman Act beginning in 2012. The City of Providence, Rhode Island filed a civil antitrust action March 26 against Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceutical Inc., Reckitt Benckiser Group plc and Individior plc, all of London, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming unfair competition.

Philly firm calls N.C. lawyer 'incompetent' in defamation lawsuit over loss of client

By John O'Brien | Apr 9, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia corporate law firm called a North Carolina lawyer “incompetent” in a recently filed defamation lawsuit and is seeking more than $75,000 from her.

NYC asbestos firm fighting subpoenas in RICO case; Philly firm has motion to transfer its case denied

By John O'Brien | Apr 9, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The New York City asbestos firm Belluck & Fox is fighting to keep the company that has accused it of racketeering from gathering more information.

Daughter sues nursing home for mother’s decline

By Carol Ostrow | Apr 11, 2015

A Westmoreland County woman sued a skilled nursing facility on behalf of her deceased parent for damages allegedly caused by negligent care.

Landscaper says he fell through manhole at Marine training site

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 13, 2015

PHILADELPHIA - A Chester man is suing the United States Marine Corps and Ridley Township for negligence after a fall sustained at a Marine Corps Training Center allegedly left him with permanent leg, knee and spinal injuries.

Lawsuit filed over child's alleged fall from rock wall at Get Air King of Prussia

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 13, 2015

PHILADELPHIA - A Haverford woman has filed a lawsuit against a Utah-based recreation/party company she claims negligently operated its “Ninja Course” activity at its King of Prussia location, resulting in a minor under her guardianship suffering a broken leg.

Appeals court rules State can keep $130M in tobacco settlement payments

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 14, 2015

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania can keep nearly $130 million in annual payments from a 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with various tobacco companies, a state appeals court ruled Friday.

Wells Fargo granted dismissal of most claims in lawsuit blaming it for $400K in forged checks

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 14, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – The estate of a woman who blamed Wells Fargo for nearly $400,000 in forged checks that were drawn through an account in her name in the four years preceding her death has had those claims partially dismissed in federal court.

Man's estate cites UPS in tractor-trailer crash

By Dan Harkins | Apr 15, 2015

The estate of a man seriously injured in a crash with a U.S. tractor-trailer has sued the agency and the driver.

Couple cites government over Legionnaire's disease

By Dan Harkins | Apr 15, 2015

A Pittsburgh couple has sued the U.S. government after the husband contracted Legionnaire's disease at a VA Hospital.

Couple cites BMW over fire damage

By Dan Harkins | Apr 16, 2015

A Mechanicsburg couple has sued BMW for fire damage allegedly caused by a faulty BMW motorcycle sold to the couple.

Rite Aid files antitrust claim against maker of acne drug

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 16, 2015

SCRANTON – Rite Aid Corp. is claiming Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp., the manufacturer of acne treatment drug Solodyn, filed improper petitions and arranged unlawful agreements with their competitors to keep generic versions of Solodyn from reaching the market.

Former Nelson Brown attorney alleges wrongful termination

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia attorney is alleging her former employer discriminated against her based on gender and fired her over complaints of a hostile work environment and gender harassment that she levied against the company.

Third Circuit won't apply Dodd-Frank retroactively, dismisses whistleblower's FCA suit against J&J subsidiary

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA –  A federal appeals court has affirmed a prior decision that dismissed the retaliation claim made by a former employee against Animas Corporation and Johnson & Johnson.

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