News from June 2017

New bill would make gun owners protected class under state human rights act

By Tabitha Fleming | Jun 2, 2017

Pennsylvania is considering making gun owners a protected class of citizens with proposed changes to the Pennsylvania Human Rights Act (PHRA).

Default judgments final for Lit Ultrabar operators who repeatedly failed to respond on time

By Shanice Harris | Jun 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Superior Court denied final appeals on May 16 from two bar operators who failed to file timely challenges from default judgments against them stemming from a 2013 fight that allegedly left a patron injured.

Labor department sues PPS Preservation for failing to adequately pay employees

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — The United States Secretary of Labor is bringing suit against PPS Preservation Inc. and owner Nick Potochnick, alleging the defendants underpaid employees.

Aqua Pharmaceuticals says it was grossly overcharged for processing fees by New York pharmacy

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A pharmaceutical company is suing Park Irmat Drug Corp d/b/a Irmat Pharmacy, of New York, alleging it grossly overcharged it for processing and charge-back fees.

Action Pak allegedly fired employee while he sought treatment for torn Achilles

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A Fairless Hills man is suing Action Pak Inc., alleging violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Steamfitters Union says HVAC contractor failed to pay into benefit funds

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A union is suing C & C Campano HVAC Inc. and Campano Mechanical Services Inc., alleging breach of contract.

Laborers' union says R & B Contracting & Excavating neglected to pay into funds

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2017

PITTSBURGH — A labor group is suing R & B Contracting & Excavating Inc. a/k/a R & B Contracting & Excavation Inc., citing alleged breach of contract.

Phoenix Services, subsidiary allegedly refused to provide retirement compensation

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A former executive is suing Phoenix Services International LLC and Metal Services LLC t/d/b/a Phoenix Services, alleging breach of contract.

JD Palatine claims it terminated former executive for just cause

By Glenn Minnis | Jun 2, 2017

PITTSBURGH — Risk mitigation firm JD Palatine LLC and its CEO Chad Killian have filed a series of preliminary objections to former Senior Vice President of Sales Joseph DeSanzo’s wrongful termination suit, where he seeks punitive damages in their ongoing dispute.

Sterling Credit Corporation ordered to settle with debtor over 'convenience fee' complaint

By Zachary Lewis | Jun 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A settlement agreement for an unspecified amount was reached between debt collection agency Sterling Credit Corporation and a debtor who accused them of misrepresentation.

Wilkinsburg says borough code enforcement officer was not fired as whistleblower

By Dee Thompson | Jun 5, 2017

PITTSBURGH — A former employee of the Borough of Wilkinsburg who filed suit in March was not terminated in retaliation for whistleblowing, the borough alleges in a newly filed answer to the complaint, but for misconduct and insubordination.

84 Lumber Company granted default judgment against Energy Tech

By Laura Halleman | Jun 5, 2017

PITTSBURGH — 84 Lumber Company has won a default judgment of $82,307.01 against Energy Tech Inc., of North Carolina, due to a lack of response from the company.

Strip club asks federal court to send former exotic dancer's unpaid-wage claim to arbitration

By Melissa Busch | Jun 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A gentleman’s club is asking a federal court to force one of its former adult entertainers, who claimed she was cheated out of overtime because she was classified as an independent contractor, to submit the dispute to arbitration.

H&R Block files for default judgment against former employee who allegedly used company information to open own tax service

By Russell Boniface | Jun 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — On April 6, H&R Block Eastern Enterprises Inc. filed a motion for default judgement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against a former employee for failing to answer an allegation of breach of contract for operating a similar tax preparation business using H&R information and client lists.

Delaware River Stevedores claim union forced unlawful work stoppage

By Louie Torres | Jun 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A union is suing International Longshoremen's Association Local 1242, and Philip Renzi, alleging breach of contract.

FocusMX says Punch Innovations failed to pay nearly $90,000 for technical services

By Louie Torres | Jun 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A Delaware corporation is suing Punch Innovations LLC, based in Chester, and Thomas Conti, alleging failure to pay for technology services.

Former employee of United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA claims wrongful termination

By Louie Torres | Jun 5, 2017

SCRANTON — A former nonprofit employee is suing United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA, alleging violation of Workers' Compensation acts and wrongful termination.

Connecticut man says home flippers deceived in order to secure loans

By Louie Torres | Jun 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — An individual is suing Amex Card Processing Ireit Inc., GM Realty and GMA Realty Network Inc., alleging breach of contract.

Endo Pharmaceuticals claims former treasury employee embezzled funds

By Louie Torres | Jun 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A pharmaceutical company is suing Cindy Fryer, a former senior treasury officer with the company, alleging embezzlement.

Two railway employees say NJ Transit Rail retaliated for whistleblowing

By Louie Torres | Jun 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — Two railway employees are suing NJ Transit Rail Operations Inc., alleging discrimination, liability and violation of federal law.

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