News from 2016

3 workers allege Executive Cellular Phones did not pay overtime

By Robbie Hargett | Jan 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA -- Three Pennsylvania residents are suing the owner of several T-Mobile retail stores, alleging they were not paid overtime.

Commonwealth Court won't award more damages to Capitol Police officer

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A decision to deny delay damages in a Capitol Police Department officer’s Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) suit has been upheld by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Philly man's claims of unlawful property seizure by police officers will proceed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

A federal judge ruled a Philadelphia man who charged police officers with unlawful seizure of property will have those claims proceed.

Past allegations against SEPTA legal supervisor ruled as time-barred

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) trial preparation specialist suing her employer for claims of hostile work environment and retaliation may not introduce evidence predating the suit’s statute of limitations, a federal judge ruled.

Case against company will go on because it never signed employee's arbitration agreement

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

A financial services firm that filed to dismiss a pending discrimination suit against it and compel arbitration with the plaintiff has had that filing rejected in federal court.

Third Circuit says city, law and justice officials did not abuse discretion

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the City of Philadelphia and various judicial and law enforcement officials did not act improperly during a Philadelphia man’s 2005 state court criminal case.

Couple's suit against tax accountant dismissed by federal appeals court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

A married couple who felt their accountant was negligent for not informing them of improper accounting practices conducted by relatives and business associates has had their case dismissed by a federal appeals court.

Reading Hospital compelled to produce documents in FLSA class action

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

A local hospital has been compelled to provide documents on the procedures associated with compensating its employees for meal breaks, in a prospective class action suit brought by those same employees.

New counsel needed for plaintiff suing City of Philadelphia, local hospital network

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – If a plaintiff in a pending negligence action wishes to pursue legal action against a local hospital system, he will need to do so with new representation.

Injured pedestrian suing SEPTA, City of Philadelphia needs to seek new counsel

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – An injured pedestrian who filed suit against the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), PECO Energy Company and the City of Philadelphia will be required to seek new counsel.

Beer distributor will be liable for damages if it fails to appear at February hearing

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

A beer distribution business named in a slip-and-fall action may be liable for damages if it fails to appear at a related hearing in February.

Plaintiff suing Philly liquor store, state liquor control board will need new counsel

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 19, 2016

A plaintiff originally looking to file suit against a Philadelphia liquor establishment and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is required to seek new legal representation.

Class action against marketing research firm transferred to Florida federal court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – Citing the time of legal action being filed and consideration of multiple interest factors, a federal judge has transferred a class-action lawsuit against a marketing research firm from Pennsylvania to Florida.

Assaulted plaintiff not deprived of constitutional rights, Third Circuit says

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The case of a Sterling Township man who claims he was assaulted by a defendant and later deprived of his constitutional rights by a separate defendant, a Pennsylvania State Trooper remains dismissed, says a federal appeals court.

Federal court relieves itself of claim jurisdiction in mistaken identity arrest case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A federal court has dismissed its claims on a law enforcement civil rights case, thereby leaving them with no jurisdiction over the remainder of the matter.

Federal appeals court denies new civil trial to South Philly man

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has affirmed a trial court ruling which granted summary judgment to a group of law enforcement and corrections officials, simultaneously denying a South Philadelphia man a new trial.

Former Pa. congressional candidate allowed to proceed in forma pauperis with civil suit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently affirmed a pair of trial court decisions, in the case of a former Pennsylvania congressional candidate suing a local newspaper organization and political group members.

Third Circuit Court admits 'frustration' in denying appeal of wrongly arrested man

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A federal appeals court upheld a trial court decision which granted summary judgment to a Philadelphia police officer, against a man who felt he had been wrongly arrested and imprisoned.

Third Circuit says District Court judge does not need to recuse himself

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 21, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – On Tuesday, a federal appeals court denied an emergency application for a writ of mandamus to a pair of civil case defendants, who were seeking the writ to ensure the recusal of the judge assigned to their case.

Shipping company sued after grape shipment allegedly damaged

By Robbie Hargett | Jan 22, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A Peruvian fruit shipping company is suing a New Jersey-based shipping company over claims it damaged a shipment of grapes.

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