April 19, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Hundreds of cheering families, legislators and patients watched Gov. Wolf sign a medical marijuana bill into law Sunday afternoon, many hopeful at last for relief from debilitating pain, seizures and other medical conditions. Allie Delp watched from her mother's lap, purple sunglasses strapped around her wide blue eyes to protect them from the light. Large crowds are tough for Allie. The 4-year-old suffers from Dravet syndrome, a severe seizure disorder, and most days she stays in the dimly lit, cool comforts of her home to avoid triggers.
March 31, 2016 |
The death of Philadelphia building inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer has become a forgotten chapter in a story already teeming with tragedy: the deadly 2013 collapse that buried a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City. Wagenhoffer was the Department of Licenses and Inspections inspector assigned to the demolition of several buildings in the 2100 block of Market Street. On June 12, 2013 - one week after the collapse that killed six and injured 13 - Wagenhoffer killed himself. Now, the contents of Wagenhoffer's cellphone are the subject of a brewing legal fight between the District Attorney's Office and lawyers for STB Investments Corp., the company of multimillionaire real estate investor Richard Basciano that owned the properties being razed.
March 17, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - The House voted Wednesday to legalize medical marijuana, ending a debate that languished for years and all but ensuring that Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to pass such a law. The measure will allow people suffering from cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, intractable seizures, and other conditions to access medical marijuana in pill, oil, or ointment form at dispensaries statewide. It would not be able to be smoked. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it has had support and leaders say it will pass.
March 12, 2016 |
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's new lawyers come from a Center City firm with past ties to the congressman's family, considerable experience handling high-profile cases, and an apparent lack of concern over whether it gets paid any time soon. A team of three attorneys from Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis L.L.P. will make its courtroom debut Friday at a hearing in which the lawyers hope to persuade a federal judge to toss Fattah's racketeering conspiracy charges. Their attachment to the case comes amid a flap between the Philadelphia Democrat and his previous lawyers, who say they have not been fully paid and have pushed for the court's permission to drop the congressman as a client.
March 1, 2016 |
The U.S. Supreme Court recently took the unprecedented step of issuing a stay of President Obama's massive Clean Power Plan. The court ruled that states should not be compelled to assume the exorbitant costs imposed by the plan until a federal court determines its legality. The ruling produced a huge sigh of relief from the 27 states currently suing to halt a large-scale transformation of their energy grid through one of the most far-reaching regulations ever imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
February 28, 2016 |
The American Bar Association has backed off a plan to offer lower-cost legal services to small businesses and individuals after pushback from bar leaders in Pennsylvania and Illinois. The ABA launched the pilot project last October with Rocket Lawyer, a Web-based lawyer referral service, in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California. The goal was to make legal services available to individuals and small businesses who typically cannot afford them and do not qualify for legal aid. Bar leaders in Pennsylvania and Illinois bitterly opposed the program, however.
February 25, 2016 |
Former Eagles player LeSean McCoy, his attorney, and members of the District Attorney's Office and the Philadelphia Police Department met at a Center City law office Tuesday, more than two weeks after McCoy allegedly was involved in a bar brawl that injured two off-duty police officers. It was not immediately clear what was discussed at the meeting at 20th and Market Streets. At least six participants declined to comment as they left the building after sunset. Dennis Cogan, McCoy's attorney, whose law office is in the high-rise office building, was among those exiting.
February 23, 2016
There's some advice on doing battle, often attributed to Napoleon, that says: Don't interfere if your enemy is making a mistake. That wisdom seems to be in use now in the Second Congressional District, where three Democrats are challenging U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's bid for a 12th term. Fattah, as you may have heard, is scheduled to start a federal trial on racketeering charges on May 2 - six days after the April 26 primary. His primary opponents sure hope you've heard about it. Because they are loathe to speak a word about Fattah's legal woes.
February 20, 2016 |
Before he died early last year of pancreatic cancer, Stephen T. Johnson filed a lawsuit against Merck for not telling him his disease might be a side effect of taking Januvia, the company's blockbuster diabetes drug. The 63-year-old Philadelphia police officer knew his life was at an end, but he wanted the product labeling changed to warn other diabetics. "He worked his whole life. He didn't need the money," said his son, Stephen T. Johnson Jr., also a Philadelphia police officer.