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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.

Commonwealth Court says arbitrator overstepped authority in Pittsburgh police officers' case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 22, 2018

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that an arbitrator exceeded her powers and the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas properly vacated an award involving Pittsburgh police officers.

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.

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.

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.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia must turn over PI's witness interviews in sexual assault lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jul 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was unsuccessful in an attempt to have witness interviews obtained by a private investigator withheld from a sexual assault case, accoridng to an opinion filed June 7 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Superior Court affirms ruling for Cephalon and Teva in wrongful death case tied to fentanyl use

By Charmaine Little | Jul 17, 2018

HARRISBURG - The Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed an order from the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County that dismissed a wrongful death and survival lawsuit filed against pharmaceuticals companies Cephalon, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., according to an opinion filed June 8.

Court: TSA agents are not law enforcement officers and are shielded from civil tort claims

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 16, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Air travelers who feel Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers conduct screenings a bit too close for comfort and pursue lawsuits in response might now find those agents are immune from such claims, given the first ruling from a federal appellate court on the matter.

Yahoo wins TCPA case after plaintiff's expert reports 'offer nothing'; Attorneys sought recovery for 27K texts

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 16, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – In a long-litigated Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) case filed, Yahoo has had its verdict of summary judgment upheld by a federal appellate court for a second time, and had the plaintiff’s expert reports excluded.

Lehigh Valley Hospital cleared of malpractice claim following appeal

By Charmaine Little | Jul 16, 2018

HARRISBURG - A lawsuit filed by the administrator of a woman's estate will not proceed after a jury and appeals court both concluded that Lehigh Valley Hospital and its physicians were not guilty of medical malpractice.

Former Luzerne County HR Director's state law charges being heard in Lackawanna County court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 11, 2018

SCRANTON – The wrongful termination case of Luzerne County’s former Human Resources Director, whose federal causes of action were dismissed by a federal judge in March and failed to be reconsidered in May, will now have its state law-based charges heard in a Lackawanna County court.

Autistic student, parents take fight with Colonial School District to Third Circuit

By Glenn Minnis | Jul 11, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A 12-year-old special needs student and his parents have filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit Court in a case where they allege the autistic child did not receive a free and appropriate public education.

Dismissal status of Pittsburgh financial mismanagement lawsuit against Morgan Stanley amended by Third Circuit

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 10, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit modified the dismissal status of a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed finance giant Morgan Stanley mismanaged her accounts and withheld information from her as to same based on its absence of prejudice.

Former NFL player's son who brought post-mortem CTE claim denied portion of concussion settlement

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 10, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The son of a former NFL player who applied for a monetary award in the NFL Concussion Litigation’s settlement award program due to his late father’s “Death with CTE” diagnosis has had that claim rejected by a federal court in Philadelphia.

Pa. Supreme Court to consider statute of limitations in Risperdal cases

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 9, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania decided Thursday it would hear an appeal on the statute of limitations connected to two lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, a move that could have lasting ramifications for more than 6,000 fellow cases currently pending in Philadelphia.

Plaintiff's near two-year delay in pursuing complaint against Aqua Pennsylvania leads to denial of its amendment

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 6, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A federal appellate court upheld the denial of amendment to a plaintiff’s complaint against the Aqua Pennsylvania water company, charging the lack of specificity in his allegations and undue delay of nearly two years in filing for said amendment, led to that very same denial.

Former research analyst didn't prove Merck engaged in fraud, Third Circuit rules

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 6, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A federal appellate court upheld a summary judgment ruling for the Merck pharmaceutical company in opposition to the claims of one of its former research analysts, who claims she was unlawfully terminated after alleging the company engaged in fraud.

Suit alleging U-Haul employee's forklift crash caused injury thrown out

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania agreed with a trial court that an employee of McGrath Technical Staffing could not bring a lawsuit against U-Haul for work injuries because of an agreement signed with his employer, according to a June 22 opinion.

Superior Court reinstates cancer case against Bayer; Widow of Pittsburgh-area golf course employee pursuing the case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania sent a wrongful death case filed by the administrator of the estate of a golf course employee who died in February 2009 back to a trial court for further proceedings, ruling that the trial court made an error in granting summary judgment in favor of the defendants, including Bayer Cropscience.

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