News from April 2015

Former employee loses class action suit asking for overtime pay against Family Dollar

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 16, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A January 2014 decision by a federal court granting summary judgment for Family Dollar in an ex-employee’s class action lawsuit was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on April 9.

Woman files suit over alleged fall, broken hip at Sheraton Bucks County

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Levittown woman has filed a negligence lawsuit against two major resort companies for an alleged fall suffered at the Sheraton Bucks County hotel in Langhorne last year, which she claims left her with severe and permanent injuries to both her hip and right arm.

Aetna suit against lab, sales company seeks tens of millions of dollars in damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 20, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Aetna is suing both a clinical laboratory and sales company it says led the company to pay out numerous fraudulent health insurance claims and is seeking to recover “tens of millions” in monetary damages in the process.

Homeowners allege leeching of hazardous chemicals into aquifer under home

By Dan Harkins | Apr 20, 2015

A Malvern couple has sued a tire company and subsequent owners, alleging environmental contamination.

Pharmacy cites drugmakers for monopoly control

By Dan Harkins | Apr 20, 2015

Several pharmacy corporations have sued drugmakers, alleging monopoly control in keeping a generic equivalent of niacin off the market for a dozen years.

Third Circuit rules for Philadelphia officers in 'tragic' case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A November 2013 decision granting summary judgment to the City of Philadelphia and two Philadelphia police officers accused of preventing life-saving medical treatment was recently upheld.

Two New Jersey men file class action against humidifier maker

By Dan Harkins | Apr 21, 2015

Two New Jersey men have sued the maker of a brand of humidifiers, citing breach of warranty.

Feds, Virginia allege Worcester contractor contaminated waterways

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – The United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia have filed litigation against a contractor and materials producer they allege contaminated waterways in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia during the course of its construction activities between 2004 and 2006.

Longshoreman files suit over alleged fall from ladder during break

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia couple have filed suit against a Netherlands-based shipping company they say was negligent in securing a steel ladder on one of its vessels, which allegedly caused the husband to fall and suffer permanent injuries to his chest and spine in the course of his work duties.

Chester man imprisoned for crime he didn't commit has several claims dismissed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 22, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Chester man who claims he unjustly spent five weeks in jail and alleged his alibi wasn't investigated properly had many of his claims dismissed in federal court on Friday.

Cohen Milstein law firm strengthening relationships with state AGs, earning millions

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 22, 2015

WASHINGTON - Plaintiffs law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Troll has donated more than $70,000 to various state attorney general campaigns in the last five years.

Couple cites injuries at fast food restaurant

By Dan Harkins | Apr 23, 2015

A man and his wife have sued a Linwood McDonald's, alleging injuries the husband suffered when struck with a door by a worker.

Pa. couple file suit in Philadelphia over slip-and-fall at NYC McDonald's

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Washington Crossing couple have filed a negligence lawsuit against a McDonald’s restaurant in New York City and its operating company in Connecticut for injuries suffered in an alleged fall at the restaurant in November 2012.

Third Circuit: Insurance company didn't prove defamation claim over lowered credit rating

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – On April 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling by finding a Wayne insurance provider did not present necessary evidence warranting a new trial in its defamation claim against a New Jersey-based insurance rating agency.

Superior Court rules for crane company in asbestos case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Friday, the state Superior Court affirmed an earlier ruling from the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, which had granted summary judgment for a former crane operator in a lawsuit brought by a man who claimed he developed lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure at his workplace.

Bank customer takes credit unions to court alleging breach of consumer law

By Carol Ostrow | Apr 23, 2015

A local resident cited seven defendants and 10 John Does in a lawsuit related to alleged bank fraud in 2011.

Broker at Morgan Stanley says she was fired in retaliation

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 24, 2015

HARRISBURG – A Carlisle woman’s lawsuit alleging health-based discrimination and retaliation against her former employer has been removed from state court to federal court.

Pocono school district says it shouldn't have to pay tuition for former student's private education

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 24, 2015

HARRISBURG – The Pocono Mountain School District is seeking to overturn a previous ruling made by a State Special Education Hearing Officer binding it to compensate tuition for a minor student’s private and parochial education after leaving the school district.

Judge denies SEPTA's motion for judgment in discrimination case brought by ex-employee

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has denied the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's motion for summary judgment in a case brought by a former employee who alleged he was subjected to racial discrimination from his supervisor.

More than $75K at stake in car wreck case, federal judge rules

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Merion’s man motion to remand his personal injury lawsuit against an Illinois-based trucking company and related defendants back to state court was officially denied by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

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