News from May 2018

Encompass Indemnity Company accused of violating insurance contract by allegedly failing to pay claim in full

By Philip Gonzales | May 11, 2018

An individual is suing Encompass Indemnity Company for allegedly breaching an insurance contract.

Thomas Publishing allegedly fired employee for exercising FMLA-protected rights

By Philip Gonzales | May 11, 2018

An individual is suing his former employer, Thomas Publishing, for alleged disability discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

L.A. Fitness shielded from slip-and-fall lawsuit by customer agreement

By Karen Kidd | May 14, 2018

A woman who claims that she was injured after falling at a L.A. Fitness in Huntingdon Valley in 2013 cannot prevail in her lawsuit because she signed a membership agreement that included a release and waiver and her "issues on appeal lack merit," according to a recent decision filed in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

SCOTUS takes case of Pa. woman forced to make her land open to public because of graveyard

By Elizabeth Alt | May 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a property rights lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania landowner who has a graveyard on her property, and the decision could have far-reaching implications across the country, according to the Pacific Legal Foundation - a group that is representing the landowner.

Judge says Penn State owed $320K for expenses of summer program for high-schoolers

By Elizabeth Alt | May 14, 2018

A federal judge has ruled that Summer Study Programs Inc. must pay Penn State University nearly $320,000 for providing students with “room, board and computer access” during a summer program in 2016, according to a recent decision filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

'We bubble-wrap our lives': Manufacturers group responds to the end of Penn State's outdoors club

By Carrie Bradon | May 14, 2018

STATE COLLEGE — The Penn State University Outing Club, a 169-member club focused on hiking, running and backpacking, will no longer be going out because the university believes it is too risky.

Customer who suffered severe head injuries from hand truck says supermarket's negligence is to blame

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A woman’s head, neck and spinal injuries are the result of a supermarket chain’s negligence in injuring her with a loaded merchandise hand truck, a new lawsuit alleges.

Two-liter of soda the subject of lawsuit against Family Dollar

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Family Dollar has been sued in state court for negligence by a Williamsport couple who claim the discount store chain failed to properly hire and supervise its employees, when one of them dropped a soda bottle on the plaintiff’s foot and broke it.

Buyers looking to recoup $25K down-payment on Kensington home which was sold to someone else

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A pair of prospective homeowners believe they were fleeced out of both buying a residential property in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood and their $25,000 down-payment on that same property, and have filed a state court lawsuit to that effect.

U.S. Postal Service allegedly fired African-American employee for reporting racial discrimination at the workplace

By Philip Gonzales | May 14, 2018

An African-American man is suing his former employer and supervisor, the U.S. Postal Service and Megan J. Brennan, for alleged discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Trans Union LLC, others allegedly included false information on credit report

By Philip Gonzales | May 14, 2018

An individual is suing Trans Union LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc., Equifax Information Services LLC and several other entities for allegedly including false, misleading and/or incomplete information on his credit report.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia allegedly interfered with employee's FMLA rights

By Philip Gonzales | May 14, 2018

An individual is suing her former employers, the Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, for allegedly violating the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Highmark Health Solutions Inc. allegedly fired Ethiopian man after he complained about alleged racial discrimination

By Philip Gonzales | May 14, 2018

An Ethiopian man is suing his former employers, Highmark Health Solutions Inc. and Highmark Health, for alleged racial discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center allegedly failed to provide proper medical care

By Philip Gonzales | May 14, 2018

A patient is suing the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Rite Aid says facility management business and insurance company failed to defend it from injury lawsuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An underlying lawsuit filed against Rite Aid has caused the pharmacy chain to itself litigate against a company charged with its snow and ice removal, in addition to its own insurance company.

Museum and hospital entities facing injury-related lawsuit from estate of now-deceased man

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An estate administrator is suing a number of educational and medical entities in the City of Philadelphia, claiming their collective negligence in improperly maintaining an dangerous loading dock led a now-deceased man to fall and suffer a number of severe injuries.

Plaintiff allegedly burned by space heater on board the Moshulu ship in Philly sues

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A woman claiming to have had her leg scalded and scarred by a space heater on board the Philadelphia ship the Moshulu has filed suit against the venue’s entities for the injuries she received.

Dispute between former NFL player and concussion-litigation funder might not make it to arbitration

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A ruling from a federal judge in Pennsylvania remains pending on whether or not compulsory arbitration will be permanently prohibited, in the case of a litigation funder that pursued financial recovery against a former National Football League player who allegedly failed to repay it a loan.

Judge won't make Hagens Berman pay for discovery as decades-old birth defects are litigated

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge in Philadelphia recently denied an attempt on the part of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to reallocate costs and fees incurred through still-pending investigative discovery, to the plaintiffs’ counsel in a thalidomide products injury action.

City of Johnstown, others accused of wrongfully incarcerating man for 25 years on murder charges

By Philip Gonzales | May 15, 2018

An individual is suing the City of Johnstown, Cambria County, David Tulowitzki, Merrill Brant, Scott Ermlick, Angelo Cancelliere and Lawrence Wagner, citing alleged wrongful conviction and incarceration.

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