News from September 2016

Woman accuses Susquehanna Bancshares of retaliation, discrimination

By Louie Torres | Sep 28, 2016

HARRISBURG — A woman is suing her former employers and former supervisor, alleging violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act, retaliation, discrimination, hostile work environment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Man says Medical Alert telemarketing violated law

By Louie Torres | Sep 28, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A man is suing telemarketers over alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Man accuses Premier Baths of violating telephone law

By Louie Torres | Sep 28, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A man is suing telemarketers over alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes. 

Killion and Sons Well Service accused of not paying proper overtime

By Louie Torres | Sep 28, 2016

PITTSBURGH — An employee of Killion and Sons Well Service Inc. is suing the company, alleging failure to follow wage laws.

Woman says Gemini Bakery Equipment improperly blocked benefits

By The Penn Record | Sep 28, 2016

HARRISBURG — A woman claiming rights as the beneficiary of an insurance plan has filed a class-action lawsuit against Gemini Bakery Equipment Co., an employer, citing alleged breach of fiduciary duty and unlawful denial of benefits.

Man allegedly burned while fixing plumbing, sues

By Louie Torres | Sep 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A married couple from New Castle have filed a lawsuit against Central Heating and Plumbing Co. Inc., A.O. Smith Corporation and Bradford White Corporation, alleging negligence in connection with serious burn injuries.

Stay Safe Alert accused of violating law with monitoring fee

By Louie Torres | Sep 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A man is suing Stay Alert Safety Services, a North Carolina company, citing alleged negligent misrepresentation, unfair competition and violation of state law.

Tracksource Rail Services accused of not shipping product

By Louie Torres | Sep 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH — One Pennsylvania corporation is suing another, alleging breach of contract for failing to ship a product.

City of Pittsburgh, rental owner blamed for hazardous sidewalk condition

By Louie Torres | Sep 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH — A married couple's lawsuit against Michael Episcopo, who owns a rental house, and the City of Pittsburgh alleges negligence in connection with a fall on an uneven sidewalk.

Woman seeks payment from Government Employees Insurance Company

By The Penn Record | Sep 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — A woman is suing Government Employees Insurance Company, her automobile insurer, seeking payment per the underinsured motorist provision of her policy.

Plaintiffs permitted to intervene in subrogation action tied to vehicle, residence fire

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia judge granted a petition from two prospective plaintiffs to intervene in an insurance subrogation action tied to residential damage sustained in an automobile fire.

Superior Court reverses trial court's grant of summary judgment against Nationwide Insurance

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 29, 2016

HARRISBURG – Judges from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently reversed an order granting summary judgment against Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company on breach of contract and negligence claims.

Dismissal of post-trial motion in medical malpractice case upheld by Superior Court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 29, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas was correct in dismissing a medical malpractice plaintiff’s post-trial motion, for not obtaining Notes of Testimony prior to filing that motion.

Bad faith claim against Geico Insurance Company dismissed through motion for judgment

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia federal court has granted a motion for judgment to dismiss a claim of bad faith against Geico Insurance Company, in a lawsuit revolving around underinsured motorist insurance benefits.

Litigation costs relieved for plaintiff in employment discrimination lawsuit versus pharmaceutical company

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A federal appellate court has upheld a trial court verdict which relieved litigation costs for a plaintiff involved in an employment discrimination lawsuit versus an Indiana pharmaceutical company.

Commonwealth Court reverses decision on access to Department of Corrections' outside vendor contract records

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 29, 2016

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has reversed a decision from the Office of Open Records (OOR), which had partially granted and partially denied a request for information made on behalf of a Florida-based magazine which analyzes criminal justice issues.

Defense bar, product manufacturers oppose suggested jury instructions in product liability litigation

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Are suggested jury instructions in products liability cases now too amenable towards plaintiffs? A sizable group of manufacturers and members of the Pennsylvania defense bar are likely to say, “Yes.”

Primanti Bros. could have significant liability for alleged wage law violations, worker advocate says

By Carrie Salls | Sep 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH – If the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed against Primanti Bros. can prove alleged wage law violations, the company will likely face significant liability, according to a senior adviser for the organization Workplace Fairness.  

Lawyer for 3M says class action suit over chemical agent used for firefighting has no merit

By April Bamburg | Sep 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Eight individuals have signed on to a class-action lawsuit alleging that 3M and several other defendants should be held responsible for injuries they sustained from water contaminated when others used the aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF, that 3M has sold in the past.

Third Circuit court makes surprising decision to decertify class action suit

By S. Laney Griffo | Sep 29, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit made a surprising decision to decertify a class action lawsuit regarding the drug Modafinil.

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