May 18, 2016 |
New consumer-protection rules expected to take effect next year will unleash a flood of suits against banks, credit card firms and others, says a lawyer who has been battling for financial service clients for much of his career. Alan Kaplinsky, head of Ballard Spahr's financial services group, said a proposal by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to drop a prohibition on class-action lawsuits in many credit card and banking contracts would spur plaintiffs lawyers to sue. "We are going to see a huge increase in class actions," he said.
May 11, 2016 |
Bought a show ticket through Ticketmaster in the last decade or two? If so, a newly landing email declaring you are due "benefits" in a class-action lawsuit - Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster - is legit, not some Nigerian get-rich scam. Still, the terms and nature of the win may make you wonder, "Why bother?" Class members will have to buy more tickets to get minimal restitution. Or wait at least a year and hope fellow class members don't follow through with claims. Standing for all consumers who bought tickets on Ticketmaster's website from Oct. 21, 1999, through Feb. 27, 2013, the California-based plaintiffs alleged that the description of Ticketmaster's fees was deceptive and misleading.
November 27, 2015 |
Earlier this year, Kenneth and Lorryn Calicchio bought a 2015 Volkswagen Jetta from Toms River Volkswagen, thinking its diesel engine met federal air quality standards. But the couple learned that VW engineers had installed software that activated pollution controls only during emissions tests. The rest of the time, the car emitted as much as 40 times the pollutants permitted under federal clean air standards. So much for their dream of owning an eco-friendly car. Now the Calicchios have joined thousands of other VW owners in filing about 300 proposed class-action lawsuits nationwide, alleging they were tricked into buying cars the company said were good for the environment but instead spewed pollutants.
September 4, 2015 |
A civil-rights lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court against Philadelphia and two police officers in the death of Brandon Tate-Brown, who was fatally shot by one of the officers during a struggle following a traffic stop in December. The suit, filed on behalf of Tate-Brown's mother, Tanya Brown-Dickerson, seeks to be certified by a judge as a class action, opening the door for other people who were subjected to excessive use of force by Philadelphia police to seek nonmonetary relief.
April 30, 2015 |
THE MOTHER of a man killed by police during a December car stop in Frankford filed a class-action lawsuit today on behalf of all citizens abused by Philadelphia police. The lawsuit, filed by Tanya Brown-Dickerson, mother of Brandon Tate-Brown, asks a judge to order the reforms recommended in a recent federal Justice Department report and appoint an administrator to ensure compliance. The Justice Department report, released last month, found that police had shot, on average, 49 people a year since 2007.
December 14, 2014 |
A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday approved a $50 million settlement that brings a decadelong consumer class-action lawsuit against Comcast Corp. closer to closure. Judge John R. Padova's preliminary decision entitles about 800,000 current and former Comcast cable-TV subscribers in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties and Philadelphia to $15 in credits, or Comcast services valued at $30 to $43.90, according to court documents. Those services include temporary Internet upgrades, six free pay-per-view movies, or two free months of the Movie Channel.
November 21, 2014 |
A lawsuit filed this week in federal court in Philadelphia joins a series of class actions seeking to hold Japan's Takata Corp. and major automakers financially responsible for defective air-bag inflators that can send shrapnel flying with explosive force. Filed Tuesday by the Philadelphia from Anapol Schwartz, the suit says the threat of injury continues to jeopardize millions of people who own or lease cars equipped with the air bags. Five U.S. deaths have now been linked to the defect, and the suit says it has been blamed in at least 139 injuries.
October 31, 2014 |
Comcast Corp. has agreed to pay $50 million in cash and services to settle a 10-year-old class-action lawsuit that alleged the cable operator overcharged customers in the Philadelphia region, according to court documents. In a filing in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, Comcast said it did not agree with the plaintiffs' assertions of fact and law but would agree to the proposed payments, pending approval by U.S. Judge John R. Padova. Reuters first reported the settlement. The first version of the suit was filed in 2003 by a group of Comcast customers who thought the cable giant was misusing its dominant position in the Philadelphia area and other markets.
August 24, 2014 |
While the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment and chemical spill - which forced hundreds from their homes and businesses - may have appeared ripe for a mass lawsuit, a federal judge has ruled against certifying a case as a class action. The decision this week by U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler not only reflects the fragmented legal approach by those affected by the accident, but also the increasingly stringent standards to achieve class status. The Nov. 30, 2012, derailment occurred over the Mantua Creek when an 82-car freight train crossed the East Jefferson Street Bridge, despite a warning light.
November 7, 2013 |
Ten minutes elapsed before Downingtown East's Linnea Faccenda scored her first goal. The senior finished a hat trick by the 23d minute on her way to five goals that sent the Cougars to a 5-1 win over Dover in a PIAA state Class AAA first-round girls' soccer game Tuesday night. Faccenda tallied four scores in the first half, and Downingtown East coach Craig Reed praised his star striker. "At the point she had her hat trick, she had only taken four shots," Reed said. "She has had an excellent season.