News from May 2017

Xarelto manufacturers win jury verdict in first federal bellwether trial on drug's potential risk liability

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 5, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – The manufacturers of blood-thinner drug Xarelto have prevailed in the first federal bellwether trial to determine whether they were responsible for failing to provide a patient's prescribing physician with adequate instructions for the drug's safe use.

Superior Court holds foreclosure case open until deadline issue is resolved

By Mike Helenthal | May 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A lower court will be asked to decide whether an appeal filed in a mortgage foreclosure case was filed within a court-ordered deadline, according to a Pennsylvania Superior Court decision handed down April 24.

Retired railroad worker loses appeal alleging negligence by Norfolk Southern, Consolidated Rail

By Tabitha Fleming | May 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A lifelong railroad worker won’t be able to hold his employer liable for what he claimed were unsafe working conditions that led to long-term injuries.

Woman says she worked over 40 weekly hours for Polk Foundation with no overtime pay

By Louie Torres | May 5, 2017

SCRANTON — An hourly employee has filed a class action lawsuit against the Charles P. and Margaret E. Polk Foundation, citing alleged unpaid wages and violation of Workers' Compensation acts.

Woman sues The Hartford for denying her long-term disability benefits

By Louie Torres | May 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — An Allentown woman is suing The Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, citing alleged breach of contract for denying her benefits claim.

District Court did not err in summary judgment ruling for Philly police officers, Third Circuit says

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A lower court did not err when it approved a declaration of summary judgment to a pair of Philadelphia police officers, in a case initiated by a man who said they lacked probable cause to arrest him, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said.

Superior Court gives new life to decade-old lawsuit

By Shanice Harris | May 5, 2017

PITTSBURGH — The state Superior Court has reversed a Westmoreland County decision that had granted summary judgment to a maker of "belleville washers" in a long-running lawsuit over trade secrets.

Ruling: Court employees not protected by Whistleblower Law

By Tabitha Fleming | May 8, 2017

HARRISBURG - Earlier this year, the state Commonwealth Court ruled that a former juvenile probation officer wasn’t protected by whistleblower laws.

Apple says it's not at fault for iPhone that allegedly exploded in owner's pocket

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 8, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – Counsel for Apple have categorically denied any liability in a product liability lawsuit filed by a minor plaintiff whose iPhone 5 allegedly exploded in his pocket.

Federal judge says ex-managing director alleged plausible defamation claim against former employers

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 8, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss from a series of corporate defendants defending themselves from a count of defamation from its former managing director.

Mother sues real estate firm, agents claiming kids damaged from exposure to lead paint

By Louie Torres | May 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A mother of two minor children is suing Nina J. Goldberg Delia, Bryan Reese and Allegiance Real Estate, alleging violation of federal law for leasing them a home that exposed the minors to lead paint.

Lansdale-area pharmacy says similarly named drugstore infringed trademark

By Louie Torres | May 10, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A pharmacy is suing Shree Navdurga LLC d/b/a Ramsrx Pharmacy and Ramesh Kommineni, citing alleged unfair competition for adopting a similar trade name and failing to change it.

Insurer ordered to pay up in contamination case

By Kacie Whaley | May 10, 2017

&&&HARRISBURG — The cost of contamination damages caused by chemical company Johnson Matthey Inc. will still be paid by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company now that the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has denied the latter the chance to escape responsibility.

Kampf pushes for bill targeting 'fraud' in asbestos system

By John O'Brien | May 10, 2017

HARRISBURG – Hoping to drum up support for a bill that seeks to reform the way asbestos lawsuits proceed, Rep. Warren Kampf spoke May 9 to a crowd of fellow lawmakers about what he feels is an ongoing fraud in the legal system.

Controversial Philly wage equity bill caught up in court battle

By John Revak | May 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia city ordinance designed to rectify pay gaps between men and women won’t take effect as planned this month.

IFS Industries says Minnesota company wrongfully claims patent

By Louie Torres | May 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A Reading corporation is suing H.B. Fuller Company, of Minnesota, citing alleged patent infringement regarding an adhesive product it says it developed.

Unlimited Technology sues former employee for allegedly taking trade secrets

By Louie Torres | May 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A security and technology services firm is suing Richard Leighton, DTS Security Inc. and Secure Vizual LLC, citing breach of contract for allegedly taking and using trade secrets.

Center Valley doctor says Maryland company sent unsolicited faxes

By Louie Torres | May 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A doctor has filed a class action lawsuit against National Imaging Associates Inc., a Maryland corporation, citing alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes for their sending of unwanted faxes.

Employee alleges negligence by Amtrak in accident caused by rail-line vehicle

By Louie Torres | May 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — An employee is suing National Railroad Passenger Corporation, commonly known as Amtrak, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries, liability and negligence for a workplace accident.

Plymouth Meeting eye-care company says Alabama firm infringed patented product

By Louie Torres | May 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — An eye-care products maker is suing Lunovus LLC, based in Alabama, and various individuals with the company alleging patent infringement.

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