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April 20, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the NFL's landmark class-action settlement aimed at compensating its former players for the long-term health effects of repeated concussions. The ruling by the Philadelphia-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit served as an endorsement of a deal worth potentially as much as $1 billion and fashioned to end one of the most protracted and publicly debated fights in the history of the football league. If no further appeals are filed, league retirees could begin receiving benefits within four months, lawyers for the plaintiffs said.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Martha Woodall, Staff Writer
Bill Green, a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, is going to court to try to regain his position as chairman after all. He said he was filing a Commonwealth Court suit that would challenge Gov. Wolf's legal authority to remove him as chair of the five-member SRC in March 2015. Green said he was taking the action "to contribute more effectively to our collective work" and protect "the independence and mission" of the SRC. "Last spring, I indicated that I would fight my illegal removal in court," Green says in an opinion piece published in Tuesday's issue of the Inquirer.
NEWS
April 20, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - With thousands of demonstrators rallying outside, a divided U.S. Supreme Court listened Monday as advocates argued over whether President Obama overstepped his authority when he issued orders to let millions of undocumented immigrants stay in the country. For 90 minutes, the justices pressed the lawyers and considered whether the administration policy amounts to simply "tolerating" the surge of immigrants, or grants them benefits they deserve because of their "legal presence" in the country.
NEWS
April 19, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday restored Joe Vodvarka to the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, one week before the Democratic primary election. That overturned a state Commonwealth Court victory for former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, another candidate for the Democratic nomination, who filed the challenge to have Vodvarka booted from the ballot. Manly Parks, Sestak's lawyer, said Tuesday's ruling "has changed the long-standing law of Pennsylvania regarding what signatures are not valid on a nomination petition.
NEWS
April 18, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in the nation's most closely watched immigration lawsuit, Libia Rodriguez will be among the expected thousands of demonstrators at the court's white marble steps. The case, United States v. Texas , could be a life-changer for Rodriguez, 31, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who lives in Coatesville with her husband, also here illegally, and their three U.S.-born children. Depending on the justices' ruling, the couple could put aside their worries of being sent back to Mexico.
NEWS
April 17, 2016 | Staff
Parquet Courts Human Performance (Rough Trade ***1/2) Texas-born, Brooklyn-based indie foursome Parquet Courts have maintained a busy schedule since debuting with the cassette-only American Specialities in 2011, releasing five studio albums and two EPs (though two were recorded under the band's alter-ego name, Parkay Quarts). The punk spirit that animates the work of songwriters Andrew Savage and Austin Brown (and Sean Yeaton, who steps up with Human Performance 's excellent ode to dislocation "I Was Just Here")
NEWS
April 16, 2016
It was good to see Gov. Christie finally end his six-year attempt to make the New Jersey Supreme Court a partisan minion, but his latest nominee to the court raises questions that deserve thorough scrutiny by the state Senate before he is confirmed. Walter F. Timpone, a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1984 to 1994, raised controversy in 2001 when federal agents investigating U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli feared he had tipped off Torricelli that one of Timpone's legal clients had been asked to wear a hidden microphone in a meeting with the senator.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for the defunct Foxwoods casino project in South Philadelphia lost their bid in bankruptcy court to recoup the $50 million license fee Foxwoods paid in 2007. In a 64-page ruling Friday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Magdeline D. Coleman rejected the Foxwoods group's arguments under bankruptcy code and said she did not have jurisdiction over certain other counts, which belong in state court. A lawyer for the Foxwoods group - formally known as Philadelphia Entertainment & Development Partners L.P. - said he would recommend that his client appeal the bankruptcy issues to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
April 14, 2016
Teen pleads guilty to fatal stabbing A 19-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of another teen during a Hunting Park brawl last year. Keyarra Frisby admitted last week in Common Pleas Court that she stabbed Anita Cotton, 17, in the neck during a melee outside the Walgreens store at 4201 N. Broad St. in the early hours of July 5. Judge Lillian Ransom set sentencing for June 6. Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp said Tuesday that Frisby faced at least five to 10 years in state prison.
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