News from May 2015

Judge dismisses several counts, defendants from inmate's civil rights lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 1, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has largely dismissed a Bucks County Correctional Facility inmate’s civil rights lawsuit against the Central Bucks Regional Police Department and various members of its ranks.

Judge won't dismiss lawsuit filed by former William Allen High student's lawsuit over alleged beating

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 1, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Lehigh man’s lawsuit against four former fellow students he claimed beat him so severely it left him with both physical and mental injuries has survived a motion filed by the Allentown School District to dismiss claims against it of knowing and not reporting or acting on prior assaults made by the individuals who allegedly attacked the plaintiff.

Judge won't give discrimination plaintiff more time to prepare to depose GSK witnesses

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 1, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A woman who claims to have been forced to resign from her job due to both gender and age discrimination had a motion to change a scheduling order denied in federal court last week.

Judge denies Renaissance Hotel's motion for judgment in case of security guard who tripped

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A hotel’s motion for summary judgment against a security guard who was allegedly injured on its premises was recently denied by a federal judge.

George W. Hill corrections officer loses two of four claims in discrimination case

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – On April 20, a federal court judge dismissed allegations of race-based discrimination made by an African-American union leader and corrections guard employed at George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton, but surviving are her claims of a hostile work environment and retaliation .

Former Downingtown High East soccer player's lawsuit against coach over head injury dismissed

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has dismissed an Upper Uwchlan couple’s lawsuit filed against Downingtown High School East and its girls soccer coach Craig Reed over their daughter’s head injury.

Car wreck plaintiff wants second crack at arbitration after missing meeting

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 5, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – All parties involved in a motor vehicle accident case missed a December arbitration meeting intended to finalize a damages amount, which may result in the matter being going from the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas back to arbitration.

Sidewalk trip-and-fall plaintiff doesn't want to give defendants access to medical, psychiatric records

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 5, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A man suing Subway, Comcast, Verizon and the City of Philadelphia over a sidewalk fall in November 2012 has filed a motion for reconsideration of a judge’s ruling that forces him to comply with a defense request for his medical and psychiatric care records.

Notice of $25K arbitration judgment sent to wrong address, defendant claims

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 5, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man who had a $25,000 arbitration judgment entered against him in December claims he wasn’t served with proper notice of the decision and has asked the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas to strike it.

Md. property owners say no one ever told them about eight-year-old arbitration award

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 5, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia property owners who reside in Maryland claim they were never notified of an eight-year old arbitration judgment entered against them for more than $47,000 in a negligence case in which they were the named defendants.

Defense says wrong driver named in car wreck lawsuit, asking court for judgment

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 5, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – The alleged failure of a Philadelphia couple’s attorney to name the correct driver of a vehicle they claim struck them in a July 2012 car crash on I-76 West in Philadelphia has their Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas lawsuit in jeopardy.

Judge gives more time to notice class members of $320K Trumark settlement

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 5, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A motion to amend preliminary approval of a $320,000 class action settlement with Trumark Financial Credit Union was approved by a Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas judge last week.

Land acquisition spurs lawsuit for lien release

By Carol Ostrow | May 7, 2015

A Pennsylvania-based organization has sued the federal government, a Lebanon-based agency and an Orangeville resident, alleging property rights infringement dating to 2012.

Philosophical society alleges advertising inequity

By Carol Ostrow | May 7, 2015

A Wilkes-Barre organization has sued a Scranton-based transit system, alleging ongoing violations of its constitutional rights.

Judge: Lukoil entitled to move on from bankrupt franchisee

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A struggling gas station franchise owner’s application for preliminary injunctive relief under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) was denied in federal court last week.

Judge rules for Philadelphia cop who shot man under influence of PCP

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – On April 30, a federal judge dismissed claims excessive and deadly force, assault and battery, wrongful death and a failure to properly train officers to respond to “mentally disturbed individuals,” against both the City of Philadelphia and Officer Thomas Dempsey.

Land Tycoon sues Agriculture Department, others over Luzerne County property

By John O'Brien | May 7, 2015

HARRISBURG - A Pennsylvania-based organization has sued the federal government, a Lebanon-based agency and an Orangeville resident, alleging property rights infringement dating to 2012.

Dairy worker alleges wrongful discharge

By Carol Ostrow | May 7, 2015

A Halifax dairy worker has sued a Harrisburg dairy, alleging discrimination, retaliation and violation of employment law.

Older worker cites employer for age discrimination

By Carol Ostrow | May 7, 2015

A Columbia County resident has sued her former employer, alleging violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Former parochial school employee cites disability discrimination

By Carol Ostrow | May 7, 2015

A Conshohocken worker has sued a parochial school system and its overseers, alleging unlawful employment practices.

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