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March 29, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, INQUIRER CULTURE WRITER
Litigation lives on over whether the Barnes Foundation should be allowed to move its priceless collection of art from Merion to Philadelphia. On Tuesday, a judge directed the state attorney general's office and the Barnes Foundation to explain why the Barnes lawsuit should not be reopened. Judge Stanley R. Ott of Montgomery County Orphans' Court in Norristown ruled in 2004 that the financially strapped foundation should be allowed to move its collection to Philadelphia. In 2008, Ott dismissed another petition by opponents seeking to block the move.
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January 3, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
For nearly two decades, Richard Dow was dismissed as a gadfly when he peppered veteran Mount Holly Council members with questions on how they conducted the township's business. The feisty Brooklyn, N.Y., native, who by day wears a Verizon hard hat and detects leaks in telephone cables, said he believed local officials were mismanaging the affairs of the blue-collar Burlington County community - especially when they took preliminary steps to seize houses by eminent domain in the Gardens section.
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December 23, 2011 | By Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania and developer Brian O'Neill of O'Neill Properties Group have announced a settlement of all litigation between them. The terms and conditions of the settlement are confidential. O'Neill, one of the Philadelphia region's most prolific developers of residential and commercial properties, had filed a lawsuit against Citizens, one of his company's primary lenders, in January 2010, claiming that it breached its financial commitments to him. That action was part of a deteriorating relationship between bank and developer, with Citizens Bank having secured a $61 million judgment against O'Neill in November 2009 for default on an office-construction loan for his still-largely incomplete Uptown Worthington mixed-use project in East Whiteland Township, Chester County.
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July 13, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby replaced one of his defense attorneys Monday with another Los Angeles lawyer whose firm has represented celebrity clients. Angela Agrusa of Liner L.L.P. will replace Christopher Tayback on Cosby's legal team in pending criminal and civil litigation, the entertainer's spokesman said Monday. The reason for the change was unclear, as was whether it was initiated by Tayback or Cosby. Agrusa has experience in civil litigation, according to a biography posted on her firm's website.
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March 30, 2011 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
Litigation lives on over whether the Barnes Foundation should be allowed to move its priceless collection of art from Merion to Philadelphia. On Tuesday, Judge Stanley R. Ott of Montgomery County Orphans' Court in Norristown directed the state Attorney General's Office and the Barnes Foundation to explain why the Barnes lawsuit should not be reopened. Ott ruled in 2004 that the financially strapped foundation should be allowed to move its collection to Philadelphia. In 2008, he dismissed another petition by opponents seeking to block the move.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2015
Helius Medical Technologies Inc. , a Newtown company focused on the treatment of neurological symptoms caused by disease or trauma, has hired surgeon Jonathan Sackier as chief medical officer. Sackier has helped build several companies, including medical technology, research and product-design, and medical contract sales organizations. He served as chairman of Adenosine Therapeutics and founded and funded the Washington Institute of Surgical Endoscopy, a center for education, research, innovation, and technology transfer.
NEWS
April 7, 2011
Dechert LLP, a Philadelphia law firm with offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, announced Thursday that it had opened an office in Los Angeles with four lawyers who had moved from the litigation group of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. They will join the white-collar crime and securities litigation practice at Dechert as partners. Included in the group is Edwin V. Woodsome Jr., who had been national litigation chair at Orrick. "The decision to establish an office in Los Angeles results from our assessment of our clients' current and potential business interests," Dechert chairman and CEO Barton Winokur said.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2016 | Mike Zebe, Staff
Joel L. Frank , managing partner and executive committee chairman of Lamb McErlane P.C., West Chester, has been elected chairman of the board of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation , a national charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting and finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Debbie Carlos has been named to the board of Fare & Square, Philabundance's nonprofit grocery store in Chester. She is head of Sunoco's litigation team and its management of all Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics litigation matters.
NEWS
February 23, 2012
John Patrick Kelley, 74, of Brigantine, N.J., a lawyer in Philadelphia for more than 45 years, died of throat cancer Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Chandler Hall Hospice in Newtown. In 1989, Mr. Kelley helped establish what is now the law firm of Kelley, Jasons, McGowan, Spinelli, Hanna & Reber in Center City, representing defendants in product liability and mass tort litigation. In recent years, he did pro bono work, primarily for the Catholic Church and clergy, and was of counsel to the firm.
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July 13, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Jeremy Roebuck, STAFF WRITERS
Bill Cosby replaced one of his defense attorneys Monday with another Los Angeles lawyer whose firm has represented celebrity clients. Angela Agrusa of Liner L.L.P. will replace Christopher Tayback on Cosby's legal team in pending criminal and civil litigation, the entertainer's spokesman said Monday. The reason for the change was unclear, as was whether it was initiated by Tayback or Cosby. Agrusa has experience in civil litigation, according to a biography posted on her firm's website.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2016 | Mike Zebe, Staff
Joel L. Frank , managing partner and executive committee chairman of Lamb McErlane P.C., West Chester, has been elected chairman of the board of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation , a national charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting and finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Debbie Carlos has been named to the board of Fare & Square, Philabundance's nonprofit grocery store in Chester. She is head of Sunoco's litigation team and its management of all Sunoco and Sunoco Logistics litigation matters.
NEWS
April 3, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge on Friday ordered the District Attorney's Office to let lawyers for the owner of the Center City building in the deadly 2013 collapse examine the cellphone and camera of a city building inspector who killed himself days after the tragedy. Common Pleas Court Judge Mark I. Bernstein gave the prosecutor's office 15 days to deliver the cellphone and a camera that belonged to Ronald Wagenhoffer, the Department of Licenses and Inspections inspector assigned to monitor demolition of several buildings in the 2100 block of Market Street.
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September 18, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai and Amy Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP - Stockton University has agreed to sell its troubled Showboat property, its interim president said Wednesday, after the school's trustees approved the deal. The Inquirer this week reported that Bart Blatstein, the Philadelphia-based developer credited with sparking redevelopment in Northern Liberties and elsewhere, was in talks with the university on buying the Showboat. On Wednesday, Harvey Kesselman, Stockton's interim president, would not reveal the buyer's identity, the selling price, or other details, citing a due-diligence period that is to end Thursday.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
The City of Philadelphia, Delaware County, and that county's Tinicum Township signed a multimillion-dollar financial settlement Wednesday to end long-simmering tensions between the city-owned Philadelphia International Airport and its municipal neighbors over a massive plan to expand the airport. Terms of the agreement, announced in May 2014 and finalized with Wednesday's signing, includes funding to protect tax revenues for Delaware County, Tinicum Township, and the Interboro School District.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
The woman in gold in the true story Woman in Gold was Adele Bloch-Bauer, a patron of the arts in turn-of-the-century Vienna, a regal beauty who posed for Gustav Klimt. Her portrait hung in the family's apartment on the Elisabethstrasse until March 1938, when Hitler's Third Reich annexed Austria. The lives of the city's thriving Jewish community were forever changed, and the Klimt, along with other artwork, jewelry, and valuables belonging to the Bloch-Bauers, was seized by the Nazis.
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March 7, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey's acting attorney general confirmed Thursday that the state had reached a settlement agreement with ExxonMobil Corp. over decades of contamination in North Jersey, but the announcement was overshadowed by allegations that a top aide to Gov. Christie meddled in the litigation and criticism that the deal shortchanged taxpayers and the environment. The proposed $225 million settlement, reached after state prosecutors sought $8.9 billion in damages at trial last year, is expected to be published in the New Jersey Register on April 6. It would then be subject to a 30-day comment period and must be approved by a state judge.
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January 14, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Teddy Pendergrass' widow hopes to make a movie about her husband's life, a musical theater performance about his ladies-only shows, and a product line in his name featuring cologne, perfume, and men's lingerie. Months after winning a contentious legal battle with the late singer's son over control of his legacy, Joan Pendergrass said she was busy making plans, which include republishing Teddy Pendergrass' autobiography and creating a traveling museum exhibit of his belongings. Tuesday marks the five-year anniversary of the singer's death after complications from treatment for colon cancer.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2015
Helius Medical Technologies Inc. , a Newtown company focused on the treatment of neurological symptoms caused by disease or trauma, has hired surgeon Jonathan Sackier as chief medical officer. Sackier has helped build several companies, including medical technology, research and product-design, and medical contract sales organizations. He served as chairman of Adenosine Therapeutics and founded and funded the Washington Institute of Surgical Endoscopy, a center for education, research, innovation, and technology transfer.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2014 | By Erin E. Arvedlund, Inquirer Columnist
If you read the fine print in your mortgage, student-loan documents, or credit-card statements, you may discover you're paying an obscure interest rate on your borrowing. And you may be owed some money. Students, homeowners, mortgagees, and bond investors are accusing a slew of banks of rigging their interest rate, known as the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR. In lawsuits, they allege a global conspiracy to manipulate LIBOR. Some of their cases, and their lawyers, are from the Philadelphia area.
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