News from December 2018

EPA settles with West Chester home improvement company for alleged lead paint violations for $17.5K

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A West Chester-based home improvement company has been ordered to pay a $17,500 penalty in order to resolve alleged violations of the lead-based paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Germantown fitness center claimed drowned man died as a result of his own negligence, opposes wrongful death lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The mother of a young man who drowned in a fitness center swimming pool in the Germantown section of Philadelphia last summer is now suing the center for charges of survival and wrongful death, though it claims the man’s death was the result of his own negligence.

Japanese chemical company says jurisdiction over it doesn't exist in wrongful death case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The spouse of a Berks County woman who died from complications related to beryllium disease is suing the manufacturing entities supposedly responsible for her chemical exposure, while one of them, a Japanese corporation, maintains it is not subject to legal jurisdiction in Pennsylvania.

Action against Radisson Hotel and Valley Forge Convention Center dismissed through Judgment of Non Pros

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – According to Court records, a lawsuit initiated by a Philadelphia woman versus the Radisson Hotel and Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia was dismissed for a failure to prosecute.

Philadelphia lands at No. 6 on American Tort Reform Association's annual “Judicial Hellholes” report

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The City of Brotherly Love may have added its first Super Bowl trophy to its list of accolades this year, but a second distinction Philadelphia received in 2018 was another prominent placement on the American Tort Reform Association’s annual list of “Judicial Hellholes.”

Federal judge says Philadelphia's retention of car-charging stations may be unjust

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Dec 4, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has ruled that the City of Philadelphia may have been unjustly enriched by resident’s installation of curbside EV chargers.

Superior Court concurs with trial court’s judgment in breach of contract case

By Kasey Schefflin-Emrich | Dec 4, 2018

HARRISBURG -- The Superior Court of Pennsylvania agrees with a trial court’s judgment on the pleadings in an alleged breach of contract case.

Student's mother sues Mount Carmel schools after daughter allegedly burned in chemistry class

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 4, 2018

SCRANTON — A mother is suing a school district and its officers, citing alleged failure to protect and negligence.

Construction company says Philadelphia Municipal Authority owes it more than $2.5 million

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A construction company is suing Philadelphia city officials, citing breach of contract.

High Performance Tennis Academy sues former coach for alleged breach of contract

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A tennis academy is suing a tennis coach, citing alleged breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.

Fired Allegheny Co. worker accuses GNC Holdings of age discrimination

By Bree Gonzales | Dec 4, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A 54-year-old Allegheny County resident is suing GNC Holdings Inc., a health and wellness product company, citing alleged age discrimination and violation of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.

Man claims the City of Pittsburgh declined to hire him due to his ADHD condition

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 4, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A person with a disability is suing the City of Pittsburgh, a city, citing alleged disability discrimination and failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

Tenant sues property owner following bathroom floor's collapse

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 5, 2018

MEDIA — A tenant is suing Michael Esterlis and Glenn Blessing, premises controllers, citing alleged negligence.

Former Community College of Allegheny County worker claims she was victim of discrimination

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 5, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania resident is suing the Community College of Allegheny County, her former employer, citing age discrimination, gender discrimination, hostile work environment, racial discrimination and wrongful or constructive eviction.

Ohio couple sue Pittsburgh following fall on a sidewalk

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 5, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A Steubenville, Ohio, couple are suing the City of Pittsburgh, citing alleged negligence.

Judge: Woman suing Family Dollar for fall should have watched where she was going

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A woman’s slip-and-fall case against a Family Dollar didn’t hold up in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as the court granted the store its motion for summary judgment on Nov. 19.

Independent contractor sues tank transport company for alleged negligence

By Philip Gonzales | Dec 5, 2018

PITTSBURGH — An independent contractor is suing M C Tank Transport Inc. and Lanxess Corp., worksite controllers, citing alleged unsafe work environment.

Former employee claims she was sexually harassed by Citizens Bank supervisor

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A banker is suing her former employer, citing alleged hostile work environment and sexual harassment.

Girl sues staff of Lancaster Co. shelter following alleged sexual assault

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A minor is suing employees of a shelter care facility, citing alleged failure to protect and sexual abuse.

Judge keeps alive case against Lancaster company using 'credit bureau' in its name despite not being a credit bureau

By Charmaine Little | Dec 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - On Nov. 20, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a motion for summary judgment for a company accused of falsifying itself as a credit bureau and sending misleading material.

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