News from July 2018

Woman sues in Philadelphia over fall in Las Vegas, then the judge sends the case to Nevada

By John Breslin | Jul 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A lawsuit filed against Venetian hotel and casino operator Las Vegas Sands Corp. was transferred to a federal court in Nevada after a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania refused in a Feb. 21 ruling to dismiss the case.

Student expelled for carrying knife can continue lawsuit against Colonial School District

By John Breslin | Jul 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled on May 23 that a lawsuit filed on behalf of a student suspended, then expelled, by Colonial School District after he was found to be carrying a knife can proceed in federal court.

Before landmark U.S. SC ruling, Pa. teachers sued over payment of union fees

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 2, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A trio of retired and current public schoolteachers have initiated potential class action litigation in federal court over the legality of a state law that mandates them to pay “fair-share fees” to the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA), its affiliates or a union-approved charity.

Pennsylvania House votes down bill to limit punitive damages in nursing home litigation

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 2, 2018

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsors viewed as a reform measure that sought to limit punitive damages in verdicts against nursing homes was defeated in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week.

Sister of Philadelphia Phillies owner alleges legal malpractice against firm which represented her in family inheritance battle

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A high-profile family feud has come to Pennsylvania federal court, and a both local law firm and one of its attorneys now find themselves accused of ethical misconduct by one of its participants.

Walmart's dangerous floor condition leads to plaintiff filing suit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 2, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A Walmart shopper allegedly injured by a raised section of floor space has subsequently sued the Arkansas-based retail giant for damages connected to the injuries he is said to have incurred.

Father asks court to keep Philadelphia Medical Examiner from allowing cremation

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 2, 2018

MEDIA — A Chester resident filed a lawsuit June 27 in connection with an alleged dispute over his minor son's funeral services and burial.

U.S. national files suit claiming terrorist group kidnapped his mother

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 2, 2018

HARRISBURG — A U.S. national is suing terrorist group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, also known as Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, claiming that the group intentinally inflicted emotional distress on him.

JMJ Quick Lube blamed for customer's automobile accident

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 2, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A couple is suing JMJ Quick Lube Inc, also known as JMJ Automotive and Express Lube, citing alleged loss of consortium and negligence.

Cheswick police chief files suit in wake of overtime dispute

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 2, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A police chief is suing Cheswick Borough for breach of contract.

Underwriting association claims law passed by Gov. Wolf allows seizure of property

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 2, 2018

SCRANTON — A non-profit organization is suing Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, citing alleged breach of duty, contract clause violation and unconstitutional taking.

LVL claims City of Easton breached billboard site lease agreement

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A leasing company is suing the City of Easton, citing alleged breach of contract.

Insurer asked to provide defense in lawsuit from worker who fell 40 feet onto beam during construction

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An underlying personal injury action has a construction company seeking indemnification and defense from the Penn National and Travelers insurance companies in a separate, federal court lawsuit.

Class action plaintiffs suing Montgomery McCracken for $619M attempting a second bite at the apple, firm argues

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 3, 2018

SCRANTON – A law firm facing a $619 million legal malpractice lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court wants the case dismissed for failure to state a claim and other causes or alternatively, transferred to federal court in New York.

Superior Court says companies registered to do business in Pennsylvania consent to its jurisdiction

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 3, 2018

HARRISBURG – According to a ruling from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, regardless if a company doesn’t do much business here, a company registered for commercial purposes in the state effectively consents to the jurisdiction of its state and federal courts.

Aerotek claims competitor Beacon Hill Staffing tried to steal clients

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A recruitment agency is suing Beacon Hill Staffing Group LLC, citing alleged tortious interference.

Iesi Pa Bethlehem Landfill accused of causing public nuisance

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Two Freemansburg residents filed a class-action lawsuit against Bethlehem Landfill Co., doing business as Iesi Pa Bethlehem Landfill, citing alleged public and private nuisance and negligence.

Patient blames CR Bard, Mercy Hospital for defective vena cava filter

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 3, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania resident is suing CR Bard Inc, Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc., Dr. Samuel Simone and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy Hospital, citing alleged breach of implied warranty of merchantability, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and strict product liability.

Daughter blames doctors, Han Trauma, Crozer Chester for mother's death

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A daughter and estate executrix is suing Dr. Kristina Burns and numerous other medical care providers, including Han Trauma Center and Crozer Chester Medical Center, citing alleged professional liability.

Former employee accuses Turkey Hill of disability discrimination

By Philip Gonzales | Jul 4, 2018

ALLENTOWN — A freezer operator is suing former employer Turkey Hill LP, citing alleged disability discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

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