News from October 2018

Arbitration hearing slated in case of outstanding funds involving shipping and juice companies for $11K

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – An arbitration hearing has been scheduled in the matter of a Georgia shipping company alleging a local organic juice company is in debt to it for outstanding shipping costs in excess of $11,000.

Philadelphia lawyer says fired associate is harassing him, posting defamatory online reviews that say he can't speak English

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia attorney claims a former associate of his law firm later took revenge for his own firing by posting defamatory statements online about the plaintiff and his former place of business.

La. woman says IUD broke off inside her uterus, sues manufacturer for damages

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – In new litigation, a Louisiana woman implanted with an intrauterine device (IUD) manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals says her reproductive organs were permanently damaged when a piece of the device broke off inside her uterus.

Federal court says $125 million antitrust settlement is valid and dismisses outside counsel's objections

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge in Philadelphia recently ruled that a $125 million antitrust settlement concerning sleep disorder drug Provigil is valid, dismissing some lawyers' claims to the contrary.

Dissenting judge says out-of-state firefighters' hearing loss lawsuits do not belong in Philadelphia court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 2, 2018

HARRISBURG – In continuing litigation involving firefighters suing siren manufacturers for hearing loss, a panel from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that jurisdiction in the Commonwealth extends to all businesses registered here, no matter if the corporation is listed as foreign or domestic.

Death at Steelers-Cowboys game leads to lawsuit; Heinz Field blamed for lack of security

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 3, 2018

PITTSBURGH – The widow of a man killed after an altercation at a Pittsburgh Steelers game in November 2016 is seeking to hold the assailants, the stadium and its security team legally responsible for his death.

Allegheny County jail guard on duty during inmate's suicide fighting suspension

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 3, 2018

PITTSBURGH – A former Allegheny County Jail corrections guard claims an arbitrator overstepped the authority of her role in punishing her for alleged dereliction of her duty in failing to notice the death of a jail inmate.

Case of boy's broken ankle at 'Boo At The Zoo' going to trial next summer

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The case of a Philadelphia couple whose son was allegedly injured on playground equipment at the Philadelphia Zoo will proceed to trial next summer, according to an order from a state court judge.

Former machine operator and trackman says CSX Transportation's unsafe work environment led to his spinal injuries

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A former machine operator and trackman for CSX Transportation has initiated legal action against his ex-employer, claiming it violated the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) by not providing him with a safe work environment.

Woman sues Family Dollar, alleges soda bottle was dropped on her foot, breaking it

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The case of a Williamsport couple who charged Family Dollar with negligence and failing to properly hire and supervise its employees for dropping a large soda bottle on one of the plaintiff’s feet and broke it, will be heard in a Philadelphia courtroom next year.

Johnson & Johnson exec sues over infamous Southwest flight; He'd sent a goodbye text to his children during catastrophe

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A fellow passenger on board the infamous Southwest Airlines flight last spring during which one passenger was partially sucked out of the plane and later died, is seeking damages from the airline and the airplane’s manufacturers.

Table games dealer alleges constructive termination after pregnancy

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A table games dealer is suing Sugarhouse HSO Gaming, citing alleged discrimination, retaliation and constructive termination.

Daycare worker says she slipped and fell on Southeast Delco School District property

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 4, 2018

MEDIA — A woman is suing Southeast Delco School District, citing alleged negligence.

Stylists sue Alison Park salon for unpaid wages

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 4, 2018

PITTSBURGH — Two stylists are suing Alison Park's Laurie's Total Salon LLC and Laurie Tommarello, their former employer, citing alleged violation of a wage payment act.

High school teacher who alleged corruption files lawsuit against Scranton School District

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 4, 2018

SCRANTON — A high school teacher is suing Scranton School District and Alexis Kirijan, a school administrator, citing an alleged violation of civil rights.

Applicants file Fair Credit Reporting Act class action against PNC Financial Services

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 4, 2018

PITTSBURGH — Two unsuccessful employment applicants have filed a class action lawsuit against PNC Financial Services Inc. and PNC Bank NA, citing alleged failure to make stand-alone disclosures.

Mobility-impaired person claims Aloft Philadelphia Downtown Hotel violated ADA

By Philip Gonzales | Oct 4, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A mobility-impaired person has filed a class action lawsuit against Urban Philadelphia Liberty Building LLC, a public accommodation operator, citing alleged failure to adhere to Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

Philadelphia organic restaurant says scaffolding on neighboring property damaged roof

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A case management conference has been slated in a lawsuit that alleges a construction company’s negligence caused damage to be sustained to the roof of the adjacent building, an all-organic restaurant.

Sidewalk shelters and scaffolding at the center of lawsuit between adjacent property owners in Philly

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Adjacent property owners in Center City, Philadelphia are in legal conflict over the existence and placement of scaffolding and sidewalk shelters, with each side opposed as to the structures’ legality or lack thereof.

Dispute continues over the disclosure of medical records to law firm in pre-complaint discovery

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 5, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A company seeking to protect medical records from disclosure to pre-complaint discovery from a local law firm has earned a split decision on a judicial order, where any records concerning the plaintiffs themselves will be provided and the remainder which are not will remain shielded.

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