News from June 2015

Passenger cites Amtrak for multiple injuries in derailment

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 1, 2015

A Pennsylvania passenger has sued a national transit carrier, alleging negligence in a fatal train deramilment.

Property manager sues employer alleging willful wage evasion

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 1, 2015

A woman brought allegations against a property management firm and three of its officers alleging labor law violations from 2011 to 2015. Tammy Fogarty of Macungie sued Hereford Homes Greater Reading Management Corp.; David Rittenhouse, Emily D’Orsogna, and Scott Darrenkamp, all of Audubon, in the U.S.

Worker alleges age discrimination at Starbucks

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 1, 2015

A Bensalem woman has sued Starbucks, alleging employment law violation.

Waitress sues Pittsburgh restaurant alleging wrongful termination

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 1, 2015

A Pittsburgh resident brought allegations against her employer alleging discrimination in 2012. Lucy Dufala of city brought a complaint against Primanti Brothers and Primanti Bros. Restaurant Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, in the U.S.

Hair salon owner loses case against Philadelphia over settlement of slip-and-fall lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge dismissed all claims from a Philadelphia hair salon owner who claimed the City of Philadelphia violated her constitutional rights when it settled a slip-and-fall lawsuit without including her in the proceedings.

Man, allegedly injured by defective resistance band, can't seek punitive damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Richboro couple who filed suit against multiple manufacturers and retailers of sports equipment alleging a faulty resistance band caused a serious eye injury have been given leave by a federal judge to file a second amended complaint, albeit without a call for punitive damages against the defendants on a presumed breach of warranty claim.

Judge tosses beaten customer's claims against Family Dollar

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed Family Dollar from a Chicago couple’s lawsuit against it and officers of the Philadelphia Police Department for allegedly assaulting the husband and covering it up through filing a false report.

Older worker cites age discrimination

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 2, 2015

An elderly Lycoming County woman has sued her employer, alleging age discrimination.

Prisoner cites deliberate indifference to medical needs

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 3, 2015

An Allegheny County man brought allegations against a prison warden and several staff, alleging civil law infringement in 2013. Michael K.

Defendants in slip-and-falls suits say they weren't properly noticed, object to 'recklessness' charge

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 3, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Separate negligence lawsuits filed against Philadelphia condominium management companies will be the subject of a hearing to ascertain whether the defendants were improperly served, according to court records.

Cleaning company sued over slip, says plaintiff filed it in the wrong court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 3, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Reading couple have sued a pair of commercial cleaning and sanitation companies for negligence after the wife allegedly slipped on a wet floor in the course of her work duties.

Trucker who fell on ice at plant asked to prove why case should be heard in Philadelphia

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 3, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A trucker allegedly injured in a fall at an energy plant will have to show why his case should be heard in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Defendants want slip-and-fall case heard in Delaware County

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 3, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Defendants accused of negligence in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas have requested an evidentiary hearing to determine if that court is the proper venue to hear their case.

Attorney withdrawing from case against strip club, cites disagreement over case strategy with plaintiff

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 3, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A man who claims he was injured in a fall in a local gentleman’s club may need to seek new representation, after his attorney motioned to withdraw his appearance from the litigation.

Longtime hospital worker cites discrimination in lack of promotion

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 3, 2015

A Warrington woman has sued her former employer, alleging violation of employment law.

Prisoner alleges damages from transport treatment

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 3, 2015

A Florida man has sued a Tennessee transport firm, a correctional facility, six officials and a municipal entity, alleging multiple counts of negligence and civil rights violations.

Partner's exit from NFL concussion plaintiffs firm leads to lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 4, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On May 26, a former partner in a law firm that played a key role in the NFL concussion lawsuit in Philadelphia federal court has sued his former firm, alleging it owes him millions of dollars in compensation.

Judge limits recovery in class action against Rite Aid to actual damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia federal judge has dismissed a portion of a class action lawsuit filed against Rite Aid over its practice of conducting background screenings on new hires.

Roman Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh, Erie petition U.S. SC over contraception mandate

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 4, 2015

WASHINGTON - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Diocese of Erie have filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court over the contraception requirement of President Barack Obama’s federal health care law.

Judge finds no reason slip-and-fall suit against NYC McDonald's should be heard in Philly

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Because of a lack of personal jurisdiction, a lawsuit brought by a Pennsylvania couple against a McDonald’s location in New York City has been dismissed by a Philadelphia federal judge.

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