News from March 2016

'Gasland' verdict, $4.2M, extremely disappointing for defendants, attorney says

By Jacob Bielanski | Mar 23, 2016

SCRANTON - A federal jury's decision to award $4.2 million to two families featured in the Emmy Award-winning documentary "Gasland" was fueled by publicity, a New York City attorney says.

Metro PCS sued by Philadelphia wireless retailer on claim of racketeering

By Gene Johnson | Mar 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Metro PCS is being sued by a wireless retailer in Philadelphia over an alleged conspiracy by the retail giant to obstruct or delay interstate commerce by extortion to obtain its assets.

Suit targets health system, seminary over alleged secret agreement

By Travis Zuellig | Mar 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A New Jersey resident is suing not-for-profit health system and a not-for-profit seminary for alleged breach of fiduciary duties through a joint venture relationship.

Man claims former employer didn't pay overtime as required

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 23, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A man has filed a class-action suit against his former employer, claiming he and his colleagues were denied overtime pay.

Man sues hospice in age discrimination claim

By Annie Hunt | Mar 24, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A former employee of Bridges Hospice Inc. is suing the company, alleging that he was denied medical leave and wrongfully terminated in an act of discrimination against his age.

Oil-gas worker claims overtime pay violation

By Annie Hunt | Mar 24, 2016

HARRISBURG — An oil and gas rig worker has filed a class-action suit against former employers over allegations of unpaid overtime compensation.

Woman sues trucking firm for alleged harassment and wrongful termination

By Annie Hunt | Mar 24, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A woman who worked as a truck driver is suing a former employer over claims of gender discrimination that allegedly culminated in harassment and wrongful termination.

Former traffic flagger accuses company of harassment, discrimination

By Annie Hunt | Mar 24, 2016

PITTSBURGH— A woman who worked as a traffic flagger has sued her former employer over allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination concerning pre-existing mental disorders.

Woman's suit alleges injury at ropes course

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 24, 2016

HARRISBURG — A New York woman is suing the owners of a Pennsylvania ropes course, alleging she was injured on the course.

Man claims he was fired for taking medical leave

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 24, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A Greensburg man is suing a healthcare solutions company over claims it unlawfully terminated his employment for taking medical leave.

Florida man alleges property in Wayne violates ADA

By Robbie Hargett | Mar 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A Florida man is suing the property owners of Eagle Village Shops in Wayne over claims the property is not wheelchair-compliant.

Woman accuses engineering firm of gender bias

By Robert Hadley | Mar 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A Downington woman claims her ex-employer underpaid her relative to male co-workers and alleges she was terminated after complaining of the disparity.

Woman accuses comapny in Reading of retaliatory discharge

By Robert Hadley | Mar 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A Mohnton woman says her former employer terminated her over her disability and in retaliation for her husband’s complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Winery accuses rival firms of trademark infringement

By Robert Hadley | Mar 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A California winery is suing two Pennsylvania companies for the alleged unauthorized use of its federally trademarked name on their own products.

Lessors accuse Chesapeake Appalachia of royalty fraud

By Robert Hadley | Mar 25, 2016

HARRISBURG – A group of Pennsylvania landowners have filed a class action lawsuit against Chesapeake Appalachia and its related businesses in a dispute over oil and gas leases.

Terminated Philadelphia city employee claims discrimination, retaliation

By Molly English-Bowers | Mar 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A former employee is suing the city of Philadelphia over her alleged termination, claiming discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Attorney: Insurers denying coverage on labelling class actions

By Jacob Bielanski | Mar 25, 2016

Defendants in class actions like a recent lawsuit against Tyson over its pet treats might first have to fight to have their insurance company to cover their legal costs, a Philadelphia attorney says.

Court approves defense's settlement enforcement motion in car crash case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A motion to enforce settlement has been approved by the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, while a motion to preclude financial medical evidence in a motor vehicle accident case is still under review.

Irreconcilable differences lead counsel to exit market fall negligence action

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Plaintiff counsel in a premises liability suit has filed to exit the litigation, citing irreconcilable differences from evidence garnered through the discovery process.

Court considering appearance withdrawal and alternative service motions in grocery fall lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Mar 25, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Motions for withdrawal of appearance and alternative service are being considered in a slip-and-fall case connected with the sidewalk outside a Philadelphia grocery market.

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