News from June 2015

Sanctions may be levied against defendant for non-cooperation

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2015

A defendant in a May 2011 slip-and-fall negligence lawsuit filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas may be subject to sanctions for alleged failure to cooperate with discovery requests.

Attorney can't find client, asks court to approve $13K settlement

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 25, 2015

A motion to accept settlement proceeds on behalf of an apparently absent defendant will be the subject of a hearing Thursday in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Former engineer alleges age discrimination led to termination

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jun 25, 2015

A Warminster resident claims he was fired from his employment with a machine parts manufacturer based on his age.

Former school employee alleges sexual harassment, retaliation

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jun 25, 2015

An education professional is suing her former employer alleging a violation of civil rights. Vanessa Royce filed a lawsuit June 8 in the U.S.

Customer alleges negligence in slip-and-fall accident at Big Lots

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jun 26, 2015

A retail patron and her husband are suing a store, alleging claims she suffered injuries after falling on a wet floor.

Fired worker's wrongful termination claims dismissed, defamation claim going back to state court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2015

A federal judge has dismissed wrongful termination claims against a recycling plant, while the plaintiff’s motion to remand the case’s remaining defamation claim to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas will also be granted.

Photograph copyright infringement case headed to New York federal court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2015

A motion from one of the world’s top textbook publishers to transfer a copyright infringement case against it to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has been granted.

Montreal Convention keeps lawsuit against American Airlines in federal court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2015

A federal court decided on June 18 that a contractual lawsuit against American Airlines will not be returning to its point of origin in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Federal judge dismisses Monell, conspiracy violations against law enforcement

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2015

On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled claims of a Monell violation and conspiracy to obstruct an investigation into civil rights violations against Delaware County and several of its law enforcement officials would be dismissed.

Teen who worked at Deer Park as cashier files sexual harassment lawsuit

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jun 27, 2015

Months after one of the defendants was sentenced to 10-20 years in prison, a young female has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former employer.

Former railway engineer alleges gender discrimination

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jun 27, 2015

A Beaver County woman is suing a transportation company, alleging she was terminated from her job as engineer because of her gender.

Harrisburg man files TCPA suit against Verde Energy

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jun 27, 2015

A Harrisburg man is suing an electric utility company, alleging he has been receiving unwanted phone calls.

Untimely removal sends liability case against Chrysler, Enterprise back to state court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2015

A personal injury and product liability action against a major automobile manufacturer and rental service will be headed back to a state court due to untimely removal by the defendants, per an order from a federal judge.

Insurance case will stay in Philadelphia federal court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2015

A federal judge has decreed a lawsuit against a home and auto insurance company will not be transferred elsewhere in the state, and remain in his district.

Asbestos lawsuit to stay in federal court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2015

An asbestos lawsuit will not be returning to the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, according to a recent order from a federal judge.

Motion to dismiss claims against Philadelphia police officers partially granted

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 27, 2015

A motion to dismiss claims against the City Of Philadelphia and two of its police officers was partially granted in federal court on June 4.

Worker alleges termination during medical leave

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Jun 27, 2015

A Pottstown woman is suing a global biotechnology company, alleging violation of employment law after she said she was terminated for taking time off to recover from surgery.

Sears requests change of venue for Pennsylvania individual’s lawsuit

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 30, 2015

A major American retail company filed a petition seeking to remove a lawsuit against it from the Court of Common Pleas of Monroe County to the U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania on June 25.

Judgment in car wreck case vacated

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 30, 2015

Per a state court judge, a previous motor vehicle accident case judgment has been vacated and a hearing will be held on a motion for partial summary judgment filed by the defendants.

Lawyer cites conflicts of interest in withdrawing from case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 30, 2015

Due to “irreconcilable differences," counsel for a plaintiff has motioned to be relieved of the duty to represent his client in a pending motor vehicle accident action.

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