News from November 2016

'Product hopping' by drug manufacturers at heart of multi-state suit filed in Pennsylvania

By Mike Helenthal | Nov 8, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Companies trying to avoid pharmaceutical patent restrictions are increasingly resorting to a practice called “product hopping,” wherein the dug company makes non-medical changes to stifle competition, though it runs the risk of inviting litigation.

Pa. McDonald's franchises facing possibly more than $1M after paying employees with debit cards

By Carrie Salls | Nov 8, 2016

WILKES-BARRE – A recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling related to the practice of paying employees with debit cards by 16 McDonald’s franchisees in the Commonwealth could mean a payday of more than $1 million for thousands of current and former employees at those restaurants.   

Attorney: Bill increasing police body cams shouldn't limit access to records

By Karen Kidd | Nov 9, 2016

HARRISBURG – The state Legislature will need to walk a fine line in a controversial measure that would have more police officers wear body cams but would sharply reduce public access to the resulting video, a government transparency expert says. 

TransUnion, Experian, Bank of America accused of misrepresentation

By Louie Torres | Nov 9, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A man is suing TransUnion LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc. and Bank of America Corporation, citing alleged defamation and negligent misrepresentation in consumer credit reporting.

PPL Services Corporation accused of violating worker's right to medical leave

By Louie Torres | Nov 9, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — An employee has filed a class action lawsuit against PPL Services Corporation, her employer, citing alleged violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Delaware City Refinery accused of not paying for work

By Louie Torres | Nov 9, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania corporation is suing Delaware City Refinery LLC, a Delaware business, citing alleged breach of contract.

Accutech Testing & Balancing accused of not making labor contributions

By Louie Torres | Nov 9, 2016

HARRISBURG — Labor funds are suing Accutech Testing & Balancing LLC, citing alleged breach of contract.

Devereux Pocono Center accused of negligence in death of resident

By Louie Torres | Nov 9, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A mother of a disabled child is suing The Devereux Foundation, d/b/a Devereux Pocono Center, alleging negligence in residential care.

Art Institute of Pittsburgh employees' discrimination claims allowed to go to court

By Carrie Salls | Nov 10, 2016

PITTSBURGH – Two Education Management Corp. employees have been given the green light to sue their employer in court because they opposed a policy requiring that disputes be sent to binding arbitration.

Attorney: Merck win over 'whistleblower' a sensible ruling and valuable precedent

By Carrie Salls | Nov 10, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of Merck & Co. on Oct. 18 in a lawsuit alleging the company violated securities laws and retaliated against a whistleblower.  

Whistleblower to get $124,000 in Lehigh Valley health care fraud case

By Michelle de Leon | Nov 10, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The whistleblower in a health care fraud case against some doctors and medical facilities in Lehigh Valley is set to receive approximately $124,000, following a settlement agreement reached with the federal government worth almost $700,000.

Lisnr CEO says class action over Indianapolis Colts app 'just a really bad lawsuit'

By Carrie Salls | Nov 10, 2016

PITTSBURGH – The chief executive officer of Lisnr Inc., one of three parties along with Indianapolis Colts Inc. and Yinzcam Inc. named as defendants in a class-action lawsuit claiming that a mobile app can listen in on the user’s conversations without consent, said the lawsuit contains a lot of false information.

Jones Consulting & Construction Group accused of not performing proper restoration

By Louie Torres | Nov 11, 2016

PITTSBURGH — Property owners are suing Jones Consulting & Construction Group LLC, d/b/a GS Jones, a citing alleged breach of contract by the construction company.

Man says Turflux LLC owes him compensation

By Louie Torres | Nov 11, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A man is suing Turflux LLC and Timothy Fitzgerald, individually and in his capacity as president of Turflux LLC, citing alleged breach of contract regarding compensation.

Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch accused of breaching pay contract

By Louie Torres | Nov 11, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A lawyer is suing former employer Keevican Weiss Bauerle & Hirsch LLC, a law firm, citing alleged breach of contract, unpaid wages and wrongly claiming payments that have kept him from receiving unemployment compensation.

Aetna Life Insurance Company accused of wrongly denying benefits for disability

By Louie Torres | Nov 11, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A man is suing Aetna Life Insurance Company, citing alleged breach of contract.

Man claims Vendomatic is liable for changing his compensation package

By Louie Torres | Nov 11, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A man is suing Vendomatic Inc., Barry John, Donald Goletz and Kenneth Recker, citing alleged breach of contract and violation of wage laws.

State Farm Fire and Casualty Company blames roofer for rain damage inside home

By Louie Torres | Nov 11, 2016

PITTSBURGH — An insurance firm is suing 1HBG Contracting LLC, a roofing contractor, alleging breach of contract.

Wyndham Hotel Management accused of breaching collective bargaining agreement

By Louie Torres | Nov 11, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A labor group is suing Wyndham Hotel Management Inc., as agent for Pittsburgh Grand Hotel LLC, alleging breach of contract.

Ma'at Construction Group accused of not paying contributions

By Louie Torres | Nov 11, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A labor organization is suing Ma'at Construction Group Inc., a/k/a Ma'at Construction Group LLC; T. Rashad Byrdsong; Daytona Gordon; and Johnnie Comer, alleging breach of contract.

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