May 1, 2015 |
For years, the man identified in court documents as John Doe 187 said he harbored thoughts of suicide - crippled by a "dark anger that was suffocating my soul. " The depression eased, he said, after he approached lawyers with allegations that a Philadelphia priest had abused him when he was a child, and he said he was prepared to testify against the priest at trial. That never happened. The man's lawsuit, filed in 2011 against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was settled last month - less than two months after the church settled a suit filed by another man who alleged that he, too, had been sexually abused as a boy by a priest.
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.
April 27, 2015 |
The speedy growth of Nicholas Schorsch 's real estate empire of 4,000 Walmarts, Red Lobsters , and other chain locations stalled last fall, when his publicly traded investment firm, American Realty Capital Properties , admitted falsely inflating profits. Last month, the company restated three years of earnings, acknowledged millions in unreported losses, and replaced top bosses. American Realty's admission - amid what the company said are investigations by federal prosecutors in New York, securities regulators in Massachusetts, and the Securities and Exchange Commission - has given investors ammunition to fix blame for the $3 billion decline in the company's share value since last fall.
April 23, 2015 |
COMMONWEALTH Court yesterday dismissed a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to adequately and equitably fund Pennsylvania public schools. The complaint was filed by six school districts, seven parents, the Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools and the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference, who said they plan to appeal to the state Supreme Court. "This is a question of paramount importance to all Pennsylvanians, and we always knew this would ultimately be decided by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court," Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia executive director Jennifer Clarke, a member of the legal team representing the plaintiffs, said in a statement.
April 8, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University this week is looking to end one of the remaining lawsuits filed by a victim of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, according to sources. The school's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday morning to discuss "potential settlements" and possibly vote, said spokeswoman Lisa Powers. She did not provide details, but sources familiar with the case said Penn State was seeking to settle with a victim of Sandusky, a former assistant football coach convicted in 2012 of 45 counts related to sexual abuse of 10 children.
April 6, 2015 |
The ominous letter from the prosecutor's office was addressed to her grandfather, Albert Lachowicz, but it came to Jennifer Paczan because she was handling his finances. Even five years later, the Pennsylvania woman still recalls her reactions: first worried, then confused, and, finally, outraged on his behalf. The letter was signed by Beaver County District Attorney Anthony J. Berosh, and was on the D.A.'s letterhead. It said Berosh's office had received reports alleging that Lachowicz had engaged in "criminal activity" by "issuing a fraudulent check.
March 27, 2015 |
It was the most effective - and clearly cynical - strategy employed in Philadelphia politics in decades. "Republicans did it," went the claim from Mayor John F. Street's 2003 reelection campaign, suggesting that an FBI listening device discovered in his City Hall office was a GOP political dirty trick. Frank Keel, a political consultant who calls developing that strategy for Street the "defining moment" of his career, sued David Axelrod on Tuesday for taking the credit in his new memoir, Believer, My 40 Years in Politics.
March 14, 2015 |
The head of the Monmouth County, N.J., branch of the SPCA has resigned amid allegations that he sent racist, sexist, and homophobic text messages to employees. Victor "Buddy" Amato is accused of disparaging women, African Americans, Jewish people, and gays in dozens of messages, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Freehold. The lawsuit was filed by Sue DesMarais of Jackson, an animal-cruelty investigator, who says she lost her job when she complained to her superiors about the text messages.
March 14, 2015 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has ended a civil lawsuit that alleged in part that overgrown bushes caused a 2008 fatal collision in Willingboro between a car and a motorcycle. Thursday's ruling reinstated a lower court decision that found fault with an expert opinion that the bushes blocked the driver's view, causing the collision that killed motorcyclist Alvin J. Townsend Jr., 28, of East Windsor, N.J. "No facts in the record support plaintiffs' contention that the shrubbery on the property was a proximate cause of the fatal collision," the Supreme Court ruled in a unanimous decision.
March 13, 2015 |
THREE RETIRED Philadelphia School District teachers have filed a federal lawsuit against the School Reform Commission, former chairman Bill Green, the city and other parties for allegedly violating their constitutional rights during an SRC meeting. The trio - Ilene Poses, Lisa Haver and Barbara Dowdall - say the violations occurred during a Feb. 18 meeting at which commissioners voted on charter-school applications, according to the suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.