News from November 2015

AT&T wants lawsuit of technician who fell off cell tower thrown out of Pennsylvania courts

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 5, 2015

AT&T says the lawsuit brought by a cell phone tower technician who fell five stories from an allegedly faulty ladder and was critically injured does not belong in Pennsylvania.

Defense: Fatal truck collision complaint lacks proper venue, claim specificity

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 5, 2015

Defense counsel in a fatal pedestrian-truck collision that took place on I-95 believe the plaintiff’s case is now in an improper venue and lacks crucial specificity and seek to have those portions stricken from the complaint.

Pa. Supreme Court race sets spending record; Democrats backed by plaintiffs bar win all three open spots

By John O'Brien | Nov 5, 2015

When all the cash was spent, the victors were Philadelphia judge Kevin Dougherty and Superior Court judges David Wecht and Christine Donohue. Contributions to seven candidates topped $11 million, and even more was spent by political action committees on advertising.

Attorney sues Delta, alleging rough treatment when he tried to board plane

By Carol Ostrow | Nov 5, 2015

A Philadelphia attorney is suing Delta Air Lines, alleging negligence, breach of warranty and additional counts in an airplane boarding procedure fracas.

Fehlinger Construction alleges Tesmec trencher a lemon

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 5, 2015

HARRISBURG — A Mechanicsburg construction company is suing the maker of a trencher alleging that the machine was defective and sold as new when it was not.

Female electrician alleges sexual harassment at Amtrak

By Carol Ostrow | Nov 5, 2015

PITTSBURGH — An Allegheny County woman is suing her former employer, a national railroad provider operating in Pennsylvania, charging gender and retaliatory discrimination along with sexual harassment in the workplace up to and including 2014.

Warehouse worker says Pepsi fired him over FMLA leave

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Nov 5, 2015

PITTSBURGH — A South Heights man alleges his former employer discriminated and retaliated against him for requesting leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as requesting accommodations for a work-related injury.

Pakistani alleges US Air terminated him due to nationality

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA —A Pakistani customer assistance representative alleges he was terminated from his position with a major airline due to his nationality.

Cork Industries accused of interfering in business relationships

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — A former employee countersued a manufacturing company alleging unlawful contract interference and restraint of trade resulting in the loss of business.

Autism support organization wants state contract reinstated

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 6, 2015

PITTSBURGH — An autism support organization is seeking an injunction against several state employees in an attempt to prevent the termination of its provider agreement with the commonwealth. 

Johnny Rockets accuses Johnny Rocks of trademark infringement

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 6, 2015

SCRANTON — A nationwide chain of '50s-style diners filed suit against a Philadelphia restaurant, alleging unlawful infringement of its trademark.

Nurse alleges Pottstown Hospital unlawfully terminated her

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 6, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — A registered nurse alleges that she was unlawfully terminated by a Pottstown hospital because she frequently took time off work because of her Crohn's Disease, fibromyalgia and thyroid cancer.

Philadelphia court hearing request to move slip-and-fall case to Bucks County

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 9, 2015

After a three-week continuance, a motion hearing in a negligence case against a condominium complex, property management and landscaping companies is set to proceed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

Counsel cites attorney-client privilege for not disclosing reasons for withdrawal motion

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 9, 2015

Plaintiff counsel representing a client in a prospective medical malpractice suit pointed to reasons not able to be disclosed to the public as her rationale for withdrawing from the case’s future proceedings.

Unresolved conflicts, legal bills spur withdrawal of defense counsel from property case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 9, 2015

Counsel for defendants involved in property title litigation wishes to be removed from the case due to unresolved conflicts and outstanding costs, according to court records.

Westtown School wants case transferred out of Philadelphia

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 9, 2015

In a case in which a medical resident was allegedly given an incorrect dosage amount of prescription medication and suffered critical injuries, two members of defense counsel have filed objections on the case related to venue and claim specifics.

Coopersburg man claims sewage leaks caused leukemia, prostate cancer

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 9, 2015

A Coopersburg man has filed suit against a township sewage plant and its employees over claims that exposure to raw sewage led to his diagnosis of leukemia and prostate cancer.

Conflict with client leads plaintiff attorney to withdraw from malpractice case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 9, 2015

A plaintiff's attorney in a wrongful death and malpractice case cited procedural conflicts and differences of opinion with her client as her reason for withdrawing from the litigation.

'Mr. Mom' files suit against judge, family in civil rights case

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 9, 2015

A self-proclaimed Mr. Mom has filed suit against a municipal judge, police officer and others alleging that his civil rights were violated by their actions in regards to litigation involving his wife.

Springfield automobile dealership wants negligence case transferred to Delaware County

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 9, 2015

Attorneys for a Springfield automobile dealership allege a negligence suit filed against it has no base in Philadelphia County and want it transferred to Delaware County.

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