News from 2015

Nurse sues Wilkes Barre General Hospital, claims she was forced to admit herself to psychiatric hospital to keep job

By Carrie Bradon | Dec 30, 2015

SCRANTON – A Dallas, Pennsylvania woman is suing her employer after she claims she was forced to admit herself into a psychiatric hospital in order to keep her job.

Claim against HP for $700K in sales commissions rejected by Third Circuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A federal appeals court has thrown out a breach of contract claim for over $700,000 in alleged unpaid sales commissions from a former Hewlett-Packard (HP) sales operative.

Discrimination and retaliation claims against IBEW will not receive new trial

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – On Dec. 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled to deny a new trial to a woman who filed both federal and state race and gender discrimination claims, plus retaliation claims against her former employer.

Third Circuit Appeals Court cites "gist of the action" doctrine in barring case's tort claims

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – Per the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, a communications firm’s bid to overturn a trial court’s dismissal of fraud, misrepresentation and civil conspiracy claims against an employee group of its former client has failed.

Third Circuit: Attorney didn't mislead Asian man into racial discrimination settlement

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – On Dec. 1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a trial court ruling to enforce a settlement between a former Asian employee of Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith and the company, in a civil rights discrimination case.

Race discrimination, retaliation claims from former Philly cop proceed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

Per a federal court, a former Philadelphia police officer’s claims of libel and slander against the City, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and former colleagues have been dismissed, but his other claims of race discrimination and retaliation remain.

Third Circuit denies appeal of Indian couple claiming discrimination by East Pennsboro Township

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit have upheld a trial court ruling against a Camp Hill couple, who claim the municipality of East Pennsboro discriminated against them based on their ethnicity and religious beliefs.

Commonwealth Court rules former Tullytown council candidates can depose borough employees

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

Tullytown Borough’s attempt to obtain a protective order to prevent deposition of borough employees has been turned back at both the trial court and appellate levels.

Third Circuit Court rules Philly woman ineligible for deceased son's life insurance benefits

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – On Dec. 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld a trial court ruling both denying life insurance benefits to the mother of a deceased Philadelphia man, and the ability to further amend her claim.

Former rehab facility nurse's discrimination claims dismissed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has dismissed civil rights claims made by a licensed practical nurse against the hospital where he was formerly employed, as both precluded and time-barred.

$500K Allstate indemnification case headed to compulsory arbitration

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

A complaint brought against Allstate Insurance Company for alleged lack of indemnification for $500,000 in damages is headed to arbitration instead of back to state court, per the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Federal court says former Jefferson Hospital nurse not terminated by discrimination

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

A former emergency room nurse at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital who alleged she was fired due to her age, has had those same allegations refuted in federal court.

Fired Pizza Hut servers awarded nearly $200K in federal court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 31, 2015

PHILADELPHIA – A pair of former Pizza Hut employees who claim they were fired due to their age have been awarded damages totaling nearly $200,000 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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