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In Philadelphia, only 16% of new pharma cases are from Pennsylvania residents

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A notable 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision intended to limit the practice of forum-shopping has not deterred thousands of plaintiffs from filing pharmaceutical litigation in Philadelphia courts, recently-released statistics show.

Walmart wins request to limit evidence in suit involving child allegedly hit by 'rocket cart'

By Charmaine Little | Jul 27, 2018

PITTSBURGH— The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on March 26 granted Walmart's motion to dismiss certain testimony and evidence in a negligence case after a child was allegedly injured by an employee's cart.

Third Circuit says IRS employee did not prove prima facie discrimination case against Treasury Department

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A federal appellate court ruled that a former employee of the Internal Revenue Service did not set out a prima facie case to support her allegations that she faced racial discrimination and a hostile work environment in her time at the IRS.

Trial pushes settlement of widow's Philadelphia asbestos lawsuit; Husband was a mechanic

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Asbestos litigation brought by the widow of a former auto mechanic for Rohm & Haas, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Company, was settled this week in a Philadelphia court.

Federal judge: Coin collector's criminal record mentions will not be stricken from ownership complaint

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 26, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge has ruled that the mention of a defendant’s prior criminal record will not be stricken from a complaint filed earlier this year, detailing the dispute over ownership and sale of a valuable coin collection.

Reputed Philly crime figure has third defamation suit challenging his alleged past dismissed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 26, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A reputed member of Philadelphia’s organized criminal element who claims that a law enforcement officer-turned-author defamed him in his autobiography, will potentially have a second opportunity to pursue a lawsuit on that charge per the order of a federal judge.

Federal judge throws out damages motion seeking $1.5 million against Pa. and La. law enforcement and court officials

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 25, 2018

ALLENTOWN – A federal judge has thrown out a motion from a Louisiana man seeking $1.5 million in damages from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the Berks County Court of Common Pleas Clerk, the Bossier City, La. Police Department for allegedly violating his rights U.S. Constitution through incarcerating him based upon forged documents.

Newsweek seeks dismissal of 'Trump Mini-Me' defamation case

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Counsel for Newsweek Magazine claim a defamation suit filed against it earlier this year by the parents of a child supporter of President Donald Trump should be dismissed with prejudice, saying the plaintiffs haven’t met the higher standard of defamation associated with a public figure.

Woman's lawsuit says shirt caught fire when she walked past a propane heater; Companies deny liability

By Karen Kidd | Jul 24, 2018

SCRANTON — A New Jersey-based clothing distributor is defending itself against a counter-claim by JC Penney over who is liable for burns suffered by a Luzerne County woman when the nightshirt she was wearing caught fire in 2015.

Federal judge mulling former Nelson Levine chair's renewed attempt to force arbitration on ex-colleagues

By Karen Kidd | Jul 24, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge is again considering whether the case of a former partner of Nelson Levine de Luca & Hamilton LLC, who wants mediation over money he claims the dissolved firm owes him, should continue or go into arbitration, according to recent court documents.

'Probable' fraud by lawyers, docs in NFL concussion settlement, but special investigator not appointed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 24, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Per order of a federal judge released Wednesday, a special investigator will not be appointed to the National Football League’s $1 billion Concussion Settlement program to crack down on supposedly fraudulent claims.

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District says it did not violate student's 1st Amendment rights over 'concerning' Tweet

By Karen Kidd | Jul 22, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Unionville-Chadds Ford School District denies most allegations by parents of a former Unionville High School special education student who allegedly engaged in "concerning behavior" over the internet in 2016, which ultimately involved West Coast law enforcement.

Pa. Supreme Court rules Philadelphia's controversial soda tax is legal, legislators look to continue fight

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 22, 2018

HARRISBURG – A soda and sweetened beverage tax that has divided the City of Philadelphia and been the subject of controversy since its implementation is legal, according to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Allstate doesn't get dismissal of breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit filed against it by apartment landlords

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 19, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – In a Philadelphia federal court, Allstate Insurance Company’s effort to dismiss a breach of contract and bad faith action filed against it by a landlord who suffered water damage to his rental properties has not met success.

Court won't take Big Saver's win in disputed 2017 horse race

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 19, 2018

HARRISBURG – A January 2017 Philadelphia horse race which ended with a narrow victory from the winner did not violate State Horse Race Commission rules, per a recent decision the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Statute of limitations on appeal filing gets negligence suit against storage facility dismissed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 19, 2018

HARRISBURG – According to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, a trial court was right to approve preliminary objections in a negligence-based property damage action, on the basis that the statute of limitations associated with the charges had expired.

U.S. Steel says it owes nothing to Allegheny Co. plaintiffs suing over alleged pollution at Clairton plant

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 18, 2018

PITTSBURGH – U.S. Steel is defending itself against a class action lawsuit alleging pollution from its Clairton Coke Works plant, denying it has made any nearby resident sick or diminished anyone's property value.

Third Circuit tosses vague lawsuit alluding to death threats allegedly made by family of prominent British banker

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Munhall woman’s vague complaint alleging death threats against her appeared on the social media pages of a prominent British banker has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Hershey must face allegations of unsafe stairs in a lawsuit over a wave runner

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 18, 2018

HARRISBURG - The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co.'s motion to exclude some expert testimony related to safety safety codes introduced by a woman who allegedly was the victim of an accident at Hersheypark, according to an order entered June 12 by U.S. District Judge Sylvia Rambo.

AG Shapiro defends Lock Haven University against class action filed by female athletes

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jul 18, 2018

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is seeking a ruling in a Title IX lawsuit filed against Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in which the plaintiffs requested class certification, claiming, on the university's behalf, that the plaintiffs have not proven that their rights have been violated.

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