News from June 2016

Woman says employer violated overtime wage law

By Louie Torres | Jun 27, 2016

HARRISBURG — A woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against SMG Group LLC, an employer, claiming that as a store manager she was not properly paid for overtime, in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Woman says employer failed to pay overtime

By Louie Torres | Jun 27, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Childfirst Services Inc., an employer, claiming the company failed to properly pay overtime wages.

Woman says employer denied accommodation

By Louie Torres | Jun 27, 2016

HARRISBURG — A woman is suing PNC Bank NA, a subsidiary of The PNC Financial Services Group Inc., an employer, citing alleged disability discrimination and retaliation.

Woman sues over husband's death in truck-train collision

By Louie Torres | Jun 27, 2016

HARRISBURG — A widow is suing Norfolk Southern Railway Company, Clinton Township, Griffith Company and the estate of Howard E. Martin Jr., deceased, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Attorney withdrawal approved, proceedings in daycare injury case to resume in August

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Defense counsel representing a day care facility embroiled in a premises liability lawsuit has been permitted to withdraw from that case, citing a conflict with his client, and activity in the litigation will resume in August.

Third Circuit: Lehigh County Housing Authority did not discriminate against tenant

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit believed, as did a trial court, that the Lehigh County Housing Authority (LCHA) did not violate the Fair Housing Act (FHA) or Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) when it sent a Bethlehem man notice to leave the premises.

Federal court strikes down motion in limine in life insurance case's beneficiary determination

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge denied a man’s motion to preclude a witness from providing testimony in a trial to determine the rightful beneficiary of life insurance, which commenced this week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Judgment of Non Pros rescinded in car crash case, proceedings continue

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia judge rescinded a Judgment of Non Pros ruling he previously issued in a motor vehicle accident case last month, after learning the reason for plaintiff counsel's absence at a pre-trial conference.

Court rejects physician's claims that Pottstown Memorial violated Anti-Kickback and False Claims Act

By Robert Lawson | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected surgeon Alan Cooper's claim that his on-call contract termination by Pottstown Memorial Medical Center (PMMC) violated the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act.

Sugar Grove Amish couple win appeal in religious freedom dispute with sewer authority

By Dawn Geske | Jun 28, 2016

HARRISBURG – An Amish couple have won an appeal against the Sugar Grove Sewer Authority that will allow them to connect to the township’s sewer system in the way that is least restrictive to their religious beliefs.

Appeals court overturns Kingston union election results based on threats made by employees

By Dawn Geske | Jun 28, 2016

WASHINGTON – Threats made by a nurse in Pennsylvania during a union election recently resulted in a court overturning the election results and providing a stern warning to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Woman says employer violated wage law

By Louie Torres | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A home health aide has filed a class-action lawsuit against Around the Clock Home Health Care Services, an employer, claiming the company improperly failed to pay her for overtime hours and travel time.

Former housekeeper alleges discrimination

By Louie Torres | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A former housekeeper is suing Traditions of Hanover and Cathy Heimsoth, employer and company executive director, citing alleged discrimination, failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Woman claims injuries from defective airbag

By Louie Torres | Jun 28, 2016

HARRISBURG — A woman is suing General Motors LLC, Takata Corporation, TK Holdings Inc. and Highland Industries Inc., citing alleged design defect, insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries, liability, negligence and product liability.

Auto body prepper says he's owed overtime pay

By The Penn Record | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — An auto body prepper is suing Marquis Auto Restorations LLC, Jim Klotz and Alan Lewenthal, employers, claiming violation of wage laws.

Woman claims debt collection agency violated law

By The Penn Record | Jun 28, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A woman is suing Midland Credit Management, a debt collection agency, claiming violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

W.Va. firm blames almost 300 companies in each asbestos lawsuit

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 29, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The average number of companies targeted by some of the biggest asbestos firms in their lawsuits is in the triple-figures, according to recent statistics, leading some, especially those in claims management, to question the strategy of plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Multi-vehicle accident case officially transferred to Berks County Court of Common Pleas

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – One of three preliminary objection motions in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas has been decided, sending a case revolving around an injurious multi-vehicle collision to the Berks County Court of Common Pleas.

Harrisburg hearing set to determine validity of DPW medical lien levied on sidewalk fall case plaintiff

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – An official hearing has been scheduled to determine the outcome of a petition to set aside a state-based medical lien placed on a plaintiff in a Philadelphia sidewalk fall lawsuit.

Defense motion to withdraw appearance in crash case denied, removed from deferred status

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – While a motion for summary judgment is still in play in a lawsuit revolving around a 2013 car crash, the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas has denied a defense motion to withdraw appearance and removed the case from deferred status.

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