News from May 2018

Instagram star, ATown, accuses Kicktronics of unfair competition

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | May 3, 2018

An individual is suing Dream Kicks LLC d/b/a Kicktronics, citing alleged unfair competition.

Superior Court rules that attorney-client privilege applies to emails about deadly wreck in Cumberland County

By Amanda Thomas | May 4, 2018

A Pennsylvania appellate court has ruled that a transportation company doesn’t have to release documents it says are privileged in a case stemming from a deadly, multi-vehicle accident in Cumberland County, according to a decision filed on April 20 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Arbitration hearing slated in recovery of funds matter featuring Allstate Insurance Company

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An arbitration hearing is set for this summer in a case featuring Allstate Insurance Company attempting to recover funds it says it expended on behalf of one of its policyholders, when that same policyholder was involved in a serious car crash nearly two years ago.

Ardmore man settles with State Farm Insurance over payments connected to his accident-related pelvic injuries

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An Ardmore man who suffered pelvic fractures in a serious bicycle-automobile crash almost two years ago and who believed State Farm Insurance didn’t properly compensate him with uninsured motorist (UIM) benefits, has settled his litigation.

Lawsuit: Property rehabilitation group sold plaintiffs a totally defective home

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia couple have initiated litigation against a property rehabilitation firm which they claim they were sold a residence laden with material defects and code violations.

Jury rules for Xarelto manufacturer in second Philly trial; More than 1,700 cases remain

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The second Xarelto state court trial in Philadelphia connected to product liability claims for blood thinner Xarelto was recently resolved with a jury verdict for the drug’s manufacturers – their fifth total victory in such litigations between state and federal courts.

Court: Expert used made-up term 'spillover electricity' during SEPTA trial

By Amanda Thomas | May 4, 2018

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has been granted a new trial in a case involving an employee who claims that he suffered injuries after receiving an electrical shock by a railcar, according to a decision filed on April 5 in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

Venture Engineering & Construction Inc. and Fairmont Brine Processing allegedly failed to pay for services

By Philip Gonzales | May 4, 2018

company is suing Venture Engineering & Construction Inc. and Fairmont Brine Processing for alleged breach of contract.

Haute Restaurant & Lounge Inc. allegedly failed to pay employee minimum wage

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | May 4, 2018

A bartender has filed a class action lawsuit against Haute Restaurant & Lounge Inc. for allegedly failing to pay him and other employees minimum wage.

Former employee of Philadelphia Department of License and Inspections claims that he was fired because of his race

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | May 4, 2018

An individual is suing Ela Fernandez and Bernice Johnson for allegedly violating his civil rights.

Carbon County Correctional Facility accused of cruel and unusual punishment after inmate allegedly attacked

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | May 4, 2018

An inmate is suing the Carbon County Correctional Facility; Timothy Fritz, the facility's warden; officers Albaro Castro, Steven Ringby and C.O. Tye; and 10 unidentified individuals for alleged cruel and unusual punishment.

Focus Optimization Solutions Inc. accused of failing to pay overtime wages to employees

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | May 4, 2018

An individual has filed a class action lawsuit against Focus Optimization Solutions Inc. for allegedly failing to pay overtime wages.

Lawmakers group discusses controversial liability insurance restatement; Parts of project called 'litigation fuel'

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 7, 2018

MANASQUAN, N.J. – Mere weeks away from the American Law Institute’s Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., where the group’s proposed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance will once again be up for approval, speakers invited by the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) voiced their thoughts on the proposal in a recent teleconference call.

Settlement reached among parties involved in Oct. 2016 Northeast Philly fatal accident

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 7, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Per court records, a settlement has been reached between an Oklahoma insurance provider and the victims and lone survivor of a fatal automobile accident which took place in Northeast Philadelphia approximately a year-and-a-half ago.

$20K credit contract case between manufacturer and construction firm set for arbitration hearing in July

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 7, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An arbitration hearing has been slated for July in an action pitting a manufacturer and distributor of sediment control products against a construction materials firm and its owner, where the plaintiff claims the defendants owe more than $20,000 from a credit contract entered into almost five years ago.

Philly woman settles negligence lawsuit with church, SEPTA and City of Philadelphia

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 7, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia woman who alleged that a local church, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and the City of Philadelphia collectively committed negligence which led to injuries she sustained in an accident a year-and-a-half ago, has settled her lawsuit with those entities.

Court: Labor Relations board erred in background checks decision

By Karen Kidd | May 7, 2018

A Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board final order over whether the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education should have to bargain over university employee background checks was affirmed in a recent court order.

Court sides with constable in Westmoreland Co. slip-and-fall case

By Amanda Thomas | May 7, 2018

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has reversed a lower court's order in a constable's slip and fall case in Westmoreland County.

Superior Court partly reverses dismissal of $8M defamation suit; Plaintiff allegedly accused of using executive bathroom for prostitution

By Amanda Thomas | May 7, 2018

A Pennsylvania appellate court has partly reversed the dismissal of an $8 million lawsuit that claimed a Blue Cross Blue Shield contractor failed to stop accusations that a former employee was sneaking into a company bathroom to engage in homosexual prostitution, according to a ruling filed on April 4 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Commonwealth Court: State inmate has no constitutional right to possess pornography

By Amanda Thomas | May 7, 2018

A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a state inmate has no constitutional right to have mail-order pornography delivered to his prison cell, according to a decision filed on April 10 in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

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