News from March 2016

Several preliminary objections filed by defense counsel in car sale fraud lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Counsel for pre-owned vehicle businesses have filed a number of preliminary objections in a case alleging their fraudulent conduct led a customer to purchase a vehicle, which later failed and caused a car accident.

Man claims religious, age discrimination in firing

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 21, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A man is seeking damages, claiming that his employer unlawfully terminated him because of his age.

Woman claims insurance company improperly denied surgical payment

By Kari Valence | Mar 21, 2016

HARRISBURG - A woman is suing an insurer and plan administrator, claiming they did not properly cover her medical expenses as stated in her health insurance policy.

Union says firm has fallen short in pension plan contributions

By Gene Johnson | Mar 21, 2016

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh-based union is suing a construction company over a claim that it is not contributing to an employee pension fund, resulting in an estimated delinquency of more than $70,000.

Altoona-based builder of automatic fire suppression systems faces negligence claim

By Gene Johnson | Mar 22, 2016

ALTOONA – An Altoona-based builder of automatic fire suppression systems is being sued by an insurance company over a claim of negligence and breach of implied warranty.

Woman claims slip-and-fall injuries at Wal-Mart store

By Gene Johnson | Mar 22, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A woman is suing Wal-Mart over an alleged slip and fall at one of the retail giant’s stores in Philadelphia, where she claims she suffered various severe and permanent bodily injuries.

Management, owners of a Newtown Square apartment building sued over slip and fall at the structure’s parking lot

By Gene Johnson | Mar 22, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – An Arizona woman is suing an apartment company, claiming she was hurt in a slip and fall.

Former employee of Wawa seeking benefits after termination

By Travis Zuellig | Mar 22, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A former store employee and stockowner is suing his former employer, Wawa Inc., for alleged violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act

Insurance company sues to try to get out of paying a claim

By Gene Johnson | Mar 22, 2016

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – An insurance company is suing a New Castle furniture company in an effort to not pay out a claim the business has levied against one of its clients.

Employee seeks co-ownership of patents from former employer

By Travis Zuellig | Mar 22, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh resident is suing his former employer, alleging unjust enrichment, conversion and declaration of ownership surrounding the ownership of patent applications during his employment.

Lycoming County court rules in favor of meat company, farms through Right To Farm Act

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 23, 2016

WILLIAMSPORT – A recent ruling in the Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas has resulted in another victory for parties arguing certain agricultural activities are protected under Pennsylvania’s Right To Farm Act (RTFA).

Statute of limitations bars FDCPA-related complaint against N.J. law firms

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has ruled a plaintiff missed the statute of limitations associated with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in filing a lawsuit against Roseland, N.J., law firms and an attorney.

Philly fire captain not retaliated or discriminated against, federal court says

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ruled a city Fire Captain was not denied a promotion to Fire Battalion Chief due to retaliation for filing an earlier lawsuit and grievance, or for racial discrimination.

Summary judgment granted to Harrah's, Pennsylvania state troopers in civil rights case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – On Monday, a Bala Cynwyd man lost a case of alleged civil rights violations he filed against Harrah’s Philadelphia and two Pennsylvania State Police officers in federal court, through a pair of summary judgment orders levied against him.

Globus Medical won't be deposed in Texas-based patent infringement lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – An Audubon-based medical device manufacturer will not be forced to provide documents or give deposition testimony in a patent infringement lawsuit originating in federal court in Texas.

Philadelphia Taxi Association files antitrust lawsuit versus Uber

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The Horsham-based Philadelphia Taxi Association, comprising a number of area cab and limousine companies, has filed an antitrust lawsuit against San Francisco-based Uber Technologies, Inc.

Federal court rejects summary judgment motion in mortgage personal injury case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge ruled that a motion for summary judgment as to a charge of breach of contract/good faith and fair dealing in a personal injury action would not prevail.

Using app to secretly record conversation a violation of wiretapping law, state SC rules

By Rick Carlton | Mar 23, 2016

HARRISBURG - A February ruling from the state Supreme Court confronted how existing laws apply to new technology, as the court ruled that using a cell phone app to secretly record a conversation is a violation of a wiretapping law.

Pa. companies apprehensive about upward pressure on wages

By Michael Carroll | Mar 23, 2016

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision last week to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage for state workers and those who work for state contractors raises expectations for boosting the minimum wage for all workers statewide, but employer representatives fear unintended financial consequences of such a move.

Lawsuit against Bloomsburg not rare, but might include 'novel' issue, attorney says

By Emma Gallimore | Mar 23, 2016

HARRISBURG - Lawsuits filed by professors who allege discrimination on the part of their employer aren't uncommon, as a recent suit against Bloomsburg University shows, the former lawyer for the American Association for University Professor says.

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