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Asplundh to pay $95 million for allegedly hiring undocumented immigrants; Case a cautionary tale for employers

PHILADELPHIA – Asplundh Tree Experts, a private company that trims trees and clears brush from gas and power lines headquartered in Willow Grove, will pay a record-breaking settlement of $95 million after allegedly hiring immigrants who were not permitted to work in the U.S.

Labor secretary claims Talula's Garden failed to pay overtime rate to employees

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia restaurant is alleged to have failed to pay the correct overtime rate to employees for a period of almost two years.

Arkema Inc. claims former employee breached contract, left to work for competitor

PHILADELPHIA – A King of Prussia chemical and advanced materials company alleges that a Wisconsin individual misappropriated trade secrets.

Woman claims Liberty Life Assurance did not provide fair review of benefit claim

HARRISBURG – A Harrisburg woman alleges that she is owed payment of past-due disability benefits that were wrongfully denied.

Penn Warranty Corp. alleges former sales employee misappropriated trade secrets

WILKES-BARRE – A former employee of a Wilkes-Barre company is accused of interfering with the company's client and prospective client relationships at its expense.

Golden Gate National Senior Care LLC seeks to stay Cambria court proceeding

JOHNSTOWN – The operators of a skilled nursing facility in Cambria County are seeking to compel arbitration regarding a suit filed in that county's court.

Life Insurance Co. of North America alleged to have wrongfully denied disability benefit claim

PITTSBURGH – A Virginia woman alleges that she has established her disability but that her claim for benefits was wrongfully denied.

Microtech Knives Inc. alleges trademark is unlawfully used on counterfeit goods

PITTSBURGH – A Bradford knife seller alleges that a Maine business is selling counterfeit products.

Pennsylvania net loss carryover unconstitutional in Nextell case, high state court says

HARRISBURG – The state Supreme Court on Oct. 18 said that taxes figured in the case of Nextel Communications violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Climbing the ladder to $u¢¢e$$

A self-proclaimed ladder liability expert testified on behalf of plaintiff Dennis Mercurio, affirming, among other observations, that the ladder in question in his lawsuit – like all ladders – is potentially dangerous.

Man seeks disability benefits from UPS plan, Aetna

PHILADELPHIA – A West Grove man has filed a lawsuit alleging that he is entitled to disability benefits.

Universal Atlantic Systems alleges Honeywell failed to provide stable platform for system

PHILADELPHIA – A Paoli integrated security systems business alleges that it has been unable to provide certain services to certain customers because of unstable platform provided by the defendant.

Public Health Management Corp., Turning Points for Children alleged to owe overtime pay

PHILADELPHIA – Two Philadelphia residents allege that their employers failed to pay them overtime wages.

Sefac USA's SW2 lifts allegedly infringe on Missouri company's patents

READING – A Warminster corporation is accused of infringing on a Missouri company's patented design for a vehicle lift system.

Nurse alleges Unum Life Insurance wrongfully denied benefit claim

PHILADELPHIA – A Glen Mills woman alleges her claim for disability benefits was unlawfully denied.

Former medical practice employees claim they were fired, assaulted for whistleblowing

PHILADELPHIA – A local medical practice’s former chiropractor and physical therapist allege they were unjustly fired after blowing the whistle on what they believe were improper billing practices on the part of the firm and its management.

Plaintiffs claim insurance company didn't compensate them for plumbing-related damages

PHILADELPHIA – A couple allege they were forced initiate litigation against their insurance company when it failed to cover them damages relating to plumbing discharge - damages they claim were covered under their policy.

Roofing company claims contractor owes it more than $10K for merchandise and services

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia roof supply company has initiated litigation against a local contractor, arguing it was not paid more than $10,000 for merchandise and services it provided to that contractor.

Former Urban Outfitters manager says company avoided paying overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act

PHILADELPHIA – A former Urban Outfitters department manager believes the retail clothing company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), by misclassifying her as exempt from federal overtime laws and not compensating her at a rate of time-and-a-half for any hours worked past 40 in a given workweek.

Homeowner seeking insurance money and damages from contractor for alleged subpar repair work

PHILADELPHIA – A South Philadelphia homeowner allegedly facing severe structural damage to his property from a construction accident and inadequate home repair work has filed legal action against the contractor he feels is responsible and the insurance company that hasn’t compensated him for the initial property damage.