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Federal Circuit Court reverses fee collection by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, cites Pa. attorneys' amicus brief

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 21, 2018

LANCASTER – Lawyers from firm Barley Snyder who authored an amicus brief on behalf of the American Bar Association, had that same brief cited when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed a landmark decision allowing for collection of attorney’s fees by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

Third Circuit says it has no jurisdiction over man's arbitration dispute with a Chevy dealership

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A plaintiff who sued a Chevrolet car dealership and its owner over allegedly unfair arbitration and court proceedings, and who had that same complaint dismissed from a federal court for lack of jurisdiction, reached that same result in a federal appellate court.

Woman found not guilty in Lower Merion arson case can continue malicious prosecution lawsuit

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — A U.S. District court judge granted in part a defendant’s motion for summary judgment in a civil rights complaint that stemmed from a 2012 fire that resulted in the arrest of a California woman for arson.

Superior Court vacates appeal of attorney busted for running poker game

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 16, 2018

HARRISBURG – An attorney whose home was once raided by state police authorities for overseeing illegal poker games and then opposed repayment of more than $17,000 in legal fees to his former counsel, finds himself drawing a busted flush after having his appeal declared null and void by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Philly Democratic committeemen lacked standing to challenge election of committee colleagues

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – According to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, a pair of Democratic Committeemen had no legal standing under Philadelphia’s Election Code to challenge the election of 11 of their fellow committeepersons.

'Merely discourteous behavior' not unlawful, court tells man who says he was 'shunned' at work

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 15, 2018

A U.S. District Court dismissed a Civil Rights Act and a Pennsylvania Human Relations Act case, because the plaintiff was unable to point to “any evidence from which a reasonable juror could conclude that this firing was retaliatory.”

Third Circuit panel sends class action suit filed against home security company back to District Court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A class action lawsuit initiated against a Warrendale home security company and which invoked the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, has been remanded to its court of origin by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Tower Access Group may be able to develop Fayette Co. cell phone tower after appeals court rules in its favor

By Charmaine Little | Aug 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Tower Access Group may be able to move forward with its plan to build a Verizon Wireless cell phone tower, now that the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has supported its appeal.

Grane Healthcare to face claims in $2.2M case against Providence Care Center

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 13, 2018

PITTSBURGH — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania partially upheld an order granting a new trial in a negligence case filed against Providence Care Center.

Appellate court refuses to throw out Bishop Tube site petition

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 9, 2018

The legal fight to clean up the contaminated Bishop Tube site will continue, an appellate court ruled on July 25.

Opioid lawyer trying to avoid 'cesspool' asked for by major national firm

By Dan Fisher | Aug 9, 2018

Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."

New trial for med-mal plaintiff suing University of Pennsylvania

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 9, 2018

A former patient of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital will receive a new trail in a medical malpractice case, an appellate court ruled.

Third Circuit: Munhall woman's claims against Cambridge Analytica, Queen Elizabeth II are meritless

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 8, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The panel of a federal appellate court has dismissed as frivolous complaints filed by a woman against U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, Cambridge Analytica and its founder Aleksandr Kogan, noted whistleblower Christopher Wylie and Queen Elizabeth II.

Out-of-staters have lawsuits against CSX tossed from Philadelphia court

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 8, 2018

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled a trial court abused its discretion when it failed to consider that the two CSX railroad workers are not residents of Pennslyvania.

Lawsuit over black ice at Jersey Shore Area High School fails

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 7, 2018

An appellate court dismissed a Lycoming County student's lawsuit over her slip and fall on black ice in a school parking lot.

Ford brake parts not responsible for asbestos-related death, appellate court rules

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 7, 2018

The widow of Pittsburgh resident, who claimed asbestos exposure killed him, lost her appeal in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on July 23.

Superior Court denies former doctor's request for a new trial over employment contract

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 7, 2018

A radiology doctor will not receive a new trial in a dispute over his early termination, an appellate court ruled.

Disability advocates fall short of major hurdle in ADA case against Steak 'n Shake after alleging sloped parking lots

By Sandra Lane | Aug 6, 2018

A federal appellate court will allow an expansive Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit to proceed against Steak 'n Shake restaurants, but ruled the case did not yet achieve class action status.

Third Circuit once again upholds Boyertown school district's transgender student restroom policy

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 31, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – For the second time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled it will not stop a policy allowing transgender students in Boyertown schools to use the restroom facilities corresponding to their gender identity, a decision that could potentially send the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Patient's appeal of malpractice trial result not valid, rules Superior Court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 30, 2018

HARRISBURG – A three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania threw out the post-trial appeal of a plaintiff who filed a medical malpractice complaint against Philadelphia-area doctors for reasons of jurisdiction, due to the trial court not having entered a final judgment on the case’s verdict.

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