News from November 2015

Ameriprise seeks injunction to prevent former agent from using its clients and secrets

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 11, 2015

A financial company is suing a former employee to prohibit him from contacting former clients after he left to work for another competitor.

Older employee takes Parx Casino to court on multiple counts of unlawful discrimination

By Carol Ostrow | Nov 11, 2015

A New Jersey man is suing a gaming and entertainment corporation on charges of disability and age discrimination, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act in his 2014 job loss.

Superior Court vacates summary judgment in case between construction company, Burlington Coat Factory

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 11, 2015

On Oct. 29, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania vacated a trial court decision that originally granted summary judgment in favor of Grace Construction Management Company in construction contract litigation with Burlington Coat Factory.

Commonwealth Court reverses West Chester's $1.7 million counter-claim

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 11, 2015

On Thursday, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania overturned a prior decision of the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, which first granted $1.7 million to the Borough of West Chester plus interest, in a breach of contract action’s counter-claim against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

Debate over billboard lease agreement marks South Broad Street property sale

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 11, 2015

A property sale and proposed demolition and redevelopment of the property in Center City related to a nine-decade billboard lease is the center of a dispute between a pair of local companies.

Construction litigation defendant may yet pay sanctions in contract case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 11, 2015

After a brief delay, a hearing on whether one of the defendants in a construction contract action will be found in contempt for violating a court order and subsequently be subject to paying sanctions will take place.

Defense: $100K default judgment against entertainment company is improper

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 11, 2015

Defense counsel for a financially-struggling local entertainment group and its CEO asserts a $100,000-plus default judgment levied against it is improper, as the company was allegedly not served the judgment properly and the original lease documentation remains incomplete.

Punitive damages barred in nearly 1,500 Risperdal cases at Philadelphia CLC

By Anna Aguillard | Nov 11, 2015

Last month, Judge Arnold New, Supervising Judge in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division, released an opinion explaining why punitive damages are barred in nearly all of the 1,500 Risperdal mass tort claims filed in the court's Complex Litigation Center, holding that cases must subscribe to the laws of the states in which the alleged punitive conduct actually occurs.

Pa. restaurant association fighting Pittsburgh ordinance requiring 40 hours of paid sick leave

By Hoang Tran | Nov 11, 2015

Pittsburg’s sick leave ordinance is a law that breaks the law, according to Melissa Bova, director of Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association.

Philadelphia judge rules Mich. Risperdal plaintiffs must subscribe to Michigan law

By Anna Aguillard | Nov 12, 2015

A recent decision in a Philadelphia court dismissed the claims of 13 plaintiffs who alleged that they developed gynecomastia after taking the drug Risperdal during adolescence.

Axed receptionist sues UPMC Community Medicine claiming wrongful termination

By Carol Ostrow | Nov 12, 2015

A Mercer woman is suing her former Pittsburgh employer claiming age discrimination and violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act in connection with her job loss.

Employee sues Fayette Parts Service Inc. over right to refuse transfer to attend to disabled wife

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 12, 2015

A Butler man is suing his employer for the right to refuse a transfer to another facility so that he can remain nearby his disabled wife.

National cleaning company sues Waterpro Restoration over alleged non-compete infraction

By Kari Valence | Nov 12, 2015

A national cleaning company is suing a Ridley Park franchise over allegedly breaching a non-compete contract.

Woman sues Progressive Insurance Co. to collect underinsured motorist benefits

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 12, 2015

An Abington woman is suing an insurance company in an attempt to collect her underinsured motorist benefits following a serious motorcycle accident.

Rock Church files lawsuit to waive permit fees, suspend building code enforcement

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 12, 2015

An Easton church filed an emergency motion requesting that building permit fees and building code enforcement be waived and suspended in regards several properties the church has purchased.

Pennsylvania inmate seeks to stop publication of book

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 12, 2015

A Pennsylvania Department of Corrections inmate is suing to stop the publication of a book he claims will hurt his chances for parole.

FEI Cold Storage sues USDA, alleging investigation ruined reputation

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 13, 2015

A Harrisburg cold storage company is suing a governmental agency, claiming an investigation damaged the company's reputation.

Jewish Association on Aging files suit to ensure proper notice of termination of Medicaid benefits

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 13, 2015

A Pittsburgh nursing facility is suing after it claims Medicaid benefits were terminated for two residents before their deaths, leaving the facility with unpaid invoices.

Union Railroad Co. sued over negligence claims after barges damaged

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 13, 2015

The owners of several damaged barges are suing over claims that the damage was the fault of a railroad company.

Woman joins Tylenol litigation alleging acute liver failure

By Angelino Menconi | Nov 13, 2015

An Ohio woman filed suit in a pending Tylenol litigation alleging the drug caused acute liver failure.

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