March 26, 1992 |
A federal judge will not reconsider his decision limiting the scope of the American Civil Liberties Union's child-welfare suit in U.S. District Court. In a suit filed in April 1990 against Philadelphia and Pennsylvania officials, the ACLU and its New York-based Children's Rights Project sought to overhaul Philadelphia's child-welfare system. The ACLU had hoped for a class action. But in January, Judge Robert F. Kelly said the suit could apply only to the 16 children named as plaintiffs.
July 11, 2003
IN THE real world, Pennsylvania has a huge budget deficit. In the real world, Harrisburg has shown little appetite for school funding. In the real world, the status quo needs to change in Philadelphia schools. State Rep. Jewell Williams is not living in this real world. We don't know what Matrix-inspired dream the representative is in, but he should snap out of it. He and supporters may believe that protesting against school CEO Paul Vallas' plan to consolidate 10 Comprehensive Early Learning Centers will help protect the education of roughly 400 children.
March 2, 2010 |
A group of Lower Merion and Harriton High School parents will meet tonight to discuss ways to derail the possibility that a federal lawsuit over laptop spying could lead to a lengthy and expensive class-action case against their district. Bryn Mawr resident Michael Boni, one of the organizers, said yesterday: "We have spoken to our neighbors and friends, and it seemed that there was a groundswell of opposition to one family with one lawyer bringing this action on behalf of the community.
August 26, 1997 |
A federal judge ruled yesterday that six Philadelphia-area cigarette smokers could sue tobacco companies to force them to provide costly medical monitoring for some 2 million smokers in Pennsylvania. Reversing a decision he made in June, U.S. District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer certified the case, Barnes vs. American Tobacco Co., as a class action and set a trial date for the fall - the nation's next major tobacco showdown. The class includes "all current residents of Pennsylvania who are cigarette smokers as of Dec. 1, 1996, and who began smoking before age 19, while they were residents of Pennsylvania," the judge said.
May 10, 2000 |
An appellate court panel has denied the request of defense lawyers in the Lipari Landfill case to appeal the class-action status of the lawsuit. The decision, made Tuesday by Judges Michael P. King and Jack L. Lintner, came three months after a Gloucester County Superior Court judge agreed with plaintiffs' lawyers that two classes of people could have been exposed to emissions from the Mantua Township landfill, which once topped the national Superfund list. If the case is successful, the two groups, totaling at least 1,600 people, would be eligible for medical monitoring to identify any harm from the exposure.
April 17, 1986 |
Federal lawsuits filed by 71 people whose houses were destroyed or damaged in the May 13 MOVE fire have been joined into a class action by U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak, despite the objections of the city and more than three-fourths of the plaintiffs. In an opinion filed yesterday, Pollak ruled that the class will include the owners and residents of the 26 houses who have filed suit seeking civil damages for their losses in federal court and of the 34 houses who have not filed suit.
November 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Two class-action disputes divided the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday as companies looked to build on the victory won last year when the justices threw out a nationwide sex-bias suit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The court's Republican-appointed majority questioned separate efforts to press an antitrust suit against Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable-television company, and a securities-fraud case targeting Amgen Inc., the world's...
July 17, 2003 |
A federal judge has approved as a class action a civil-rights lawsuit filed two years ago against Sunoco Inc. by African American professional employees in the region who contend that the company has blocked avenues to promotion. While not commenting on the lawsuit's merits, U.S. District Judge Clifford Scott Green wrote that the plaintiffs' analysis of Sunoco's regional employment statistics is sufficient to approve the case as a class action and let it move toward trial. Sunoco spokesman Gerald Davis said company officials would meet with lawyers representing the firm to discuss how to respond to the ruling.
June 22, 2011
By Walter Olson In the run-up to the Supreme Court's opinion this week in Wal-Mart v. Dukes , the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals had given the go-ahead to a lawsuit on behalf of a vast number of female Wal-Mart employees, each of whom had supposedly suffered harm as a result of the giant retailer's way of doing business. In the minds of some advocates, the only question remaining was whether the Supreme Court would stand in the way of justice. Prejudging Wal-Mart's guilt without so much as a trial, the left-leaning Alliance for Justice asked: "Will the Supreme Court Protect Wal-Mart's Discrimination Against Women?"