October 28, 2015 |
Their number already dwindling due to settlements and dismissals, many of those suing a railroad in federal court in Camden over the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment are now being confronted with an unexpected jurisdictional hurdle. U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler has asked dozens of plaintiffs to demonstrate why their cases should not be dismissed under a requirement that such claims in federal court be valued at more than $75,000. Attorneys for both plaintiffs - including Paulsboro residents who reported medical concerns following the train wreck and chemical spill - and Conrail, which operated the freight train and rail line, have opposed the judge's move.
October 12, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Christian Hackenberg took the snap from the Indiana 5-yard line and dropped back, but instead of hanging in the pocket until he found a receiver, he started to run up the middle. When he got to the 1, he launched himself over a would-be tackler and over the goal line for a Penn State touchdown. "When he dove, I was thinking to myself: 'Is this man crazy?' " said running back Nick Scott, who was on the field for the score. Hackenberg, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound junior, showed Saturday he could produce touchdowns with his legs as well as his right arm. He passed for two touchdowns, ran for two more scores, and carried the Nittany Lions (5-1, 2-0)
September 22, 2015 |
Loyalty is an admirable trait, but blind loyalty is not. Unfortunately, Mayor Nutter's criticism of City Controller Alan Butkovitz's call for the dismissal of Department of Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams appears to be an example of the latter. Rather than address the concerns Butkovitz raised in a report concluding that the department is too slow to demolish dangerous buildings, Nutter got personal, suggesting Butkovitz suffers from a "narcissistic personality disorder that seems to compel the need for constant public attention.
September 21, 2015 |
A FEDERAL JUDGE yesterday formally dismissed charges against a Temple University physics professor who had been accused of sharing sensitive technology with his native China. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick signed the one-page order without elaborating on the case. Xiaoxing Xi, 57, the former chairman of Temple's physics department, had been indicted on four counts of wire fraud in May. A week ago yesterday, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia filed a motion to drop the charges against Xi. Xi's lead attorney, Peter Zeidenberg, of Arent Fox in Washington,has said "the government had made a significant mistake [in indicting Xi]
September 18, 2015 |
City Controller Alan Butkovitz called for the dismissal of Department of Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams, saying Williams has failed to improve the beleaguered department. "It is time to appoint new leadership," Butkovitz said at a news conference Wednesday. The controller said L&I "continues to jeopardize public safety" by allowing uncertified employees to conduct building inspections, relying on an antiquated computer system that is open to tampering, and moving too slow to eliminate unsafe buildings.
August 22, 2015 |
A Chester County Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit the Coatesville Area School District brought against its former solicitor and his former law firm that accused them of overbilling and unsound legal advice. The school district has 20 days from the date of the judge's decision, Monday, to file an amended lawsuit, which the district's solicitor said it would do. Judge Jeffrey Sommer said the school district must show specific instances of overbilling and said some allegations of the suit, filed in April, were too broad.
August 15, 2015 |
With the heated controversy stirred by the firing of a popular teacher over her same-sex marriage still simmering, officials at Waldron Mercy Academy say they are taking extraordinary steps to protect returning students. Administrators at the private Catholic elementary school on the Main Line say a psychologist has been invited to work with faculty and staff on how to handle questions that might arise about the June dismissal of Margie Winters, fired after a parent complained to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office of Catholic Education about Winters' marriage.
August 14, 2015 |
A federal judge in California has dismissed a lawsuit by Entertainment Studios Network Inc. that claimed racial discrimination by Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. by failing to distribute its channels on their cable systems. Entertainment Studios, a California company that calls itself a "100 percent African American-owned media company," filed the lawsuit earlier this year as federal regulators were evaluating Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
August 12, 2015
Waldron Mercy Academy principal Nell Stetser said Monday that the school would hold a special meeting in September for parents to discuss the firing of a religious studies director who was married to another woman. In a statement, Stetser said she understood that the decision to not renew Margie Winters' contract "continues to cause a great deal of pain and heartfelt questioning. " She said she wanted to explain the decision and hear from parents, faculty, and staff. In addition to the September meeting, she said, there will be another meeting in the fall for the Waldron community to talk with the school's leadership.