October 17, 2015 |
A Pittsburgh-area woman who appeared with Bill Cosby on a 1980s children's show has sued the embattled entertainer, alleging he defamed her after she publicly accused him of sexually assaulting her as a teenager. Renita Hill, 48, of Baldwin, said Cosby gave her alcohol and drugged and assaulted her on several trips the two took to Atlantic City and New York while she starred alongside him on Picture Pages, a show aimed at preschoolers, according to court filings Wednesday in Common Pleas Court in Allegheny County.
October 7, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - A top lawyer who was fired by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane after testifying in the criminal case against her is suing her for defamation. James Barker, the onetime head of the office's appeals division, is alleging Kane acted "maliciously and wantonly," firing him just weeks after learning he had appeared before a grand jury investigating her for allegedly leaking confidential information. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Harrisburg, also contends that Kane gave a series of evolving - and false - explanations for his ouster.
August 2, 2015 |
POLICE OFFICER Linwood Norman, one of the six narcotics officers acquitted of corruption charges, will go after several city officials for allegedly defaming him. Norman will pursue monetary damages in a civil case, according to a legal document filed on Thursday. The suit will be based on comments made following the corruption allegations against him and other narcotics officers. In May, a jury found the narcotics squad not guilty of charges that they robbed and beat drug dealers.
July 29, 2015 |
After winning back their freedom and their jobs, five former members of an elite Philadelphia narcotics squad - acquitted earlier this year on federal corruption charges - have set their sights on new targets: The district attorney, the mayor, and the city's police commissioner. The three city leaders unfairly maligned the officers and made accusations that led to their firings and arrests last year, Officers Thomas Liciardello, Brian Reynolds, Michael Spicer, Perry Betts, and John Speiser alleged in a defamation complaint filed Friday in federal court.
March 20, 2015 |
A former FBI director and Pennsylvania State University used then-president Graham B. Spanier as the scapegoat when the school needed someone to take the fall for Jerry Sandusky's years of child molestation, Spanier contends in a suit filed Wednesday. Spanier's complaint alleged that Louis Freeh defamed him in a 2012 report that asserted that he ignored information that Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, sexually abused children, in some cases on school grounds. Spanier was "never aware of any child abuse accusations," the long-awaited suit, filed in Centre County, states, adding that he hardly knew Sandusky.
December 12, 2014 |
A LOT of industries may be downsizing but if you're looking for areas of employment growth, you need look no further than Bill Cosby 's legal team. If they're not hiring now, they will be. Tamara Green , who accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian, alleging he "publicly branded" her a liar through statements made by his lawyer and publicist when she spoke out about his alleged conduct in 2005. Green said in the suit filed in federal court in Springfield, Mass., that Cosby drugged and assaulted her when she was an aspiring model and singer.
May 30, 2014 |
In winter 2009, Angelique Smith, a hospital worker making $11 an hour, was standing in her mother's living room in Upper Chichester when she learned she'd been targeted in a defamation lawsuit for questioning - online - whether the founder of her daughter's charter school was illegally diverting money. "I dropped to the floor and cried," she said, her voice quavering still as she described a suit that demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. "For the next two weeks, I lived at my mother-in-law's house.
May 1, 2014 |
A defamation lawsuit by union leader John J. Dougherty against The Inquirer's editorial page staff and a former columnist has been dismissed by a Philadelphia judge. In a ruling Monday, Common Pleas Court Judge Lisa M. Rau wrote that the 2008 editorials and an opinion column by Monica Yant Kinney questioning Dougherty's suitability as a Democratic candidate for the state Senate were not defamatory. "Public comment and debate during an election is at the heart of our electoral system; without it, democracy cannot survive," Rau wrote.
March 22, 2014 |
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane has hired one of the most feared litigators in the region, Richard A. Sprague, to represent her in possible defamation suits arising from accounts of her decision to end an undercover investigation that taped at least five Philadelphia Democrats accepting cash or gifts. Sprague said he would launch an investigation into the conduct of the prosecutors who ran that sting operation, which began in 2010 before Kane took office. She has said the case was mismanaged, possibly tainted by racial profiling, and far too weak for any prosecutions.