November 30, 1993 |
The pre-trial briefs were full of allegations that Labrum & Doak was a frat-house full of football-watching, beer-swilling good ol' boys who didn't want to let a girl into the tree house. But yesterday's opening statements in the lawsuit against the law firm were dry and technical, with textbook sex discrimination the only allegation made by a female lawyer against the 88-year-old firm's mostly male partnership. "If Ellen Masterson had been a man instead of a woman, she'd be a partner today and not an associate," Masterson's lawyer, Alice Ballard, told the federal jury of six women and two men. Masterson, 35, a Villanova Law School graduate, was passed over for partner in 1991, 1992 and this year despite what she said were "excellent" reviews.
November 26, 2008 |
A public-private partnership is stepping up to save three city skating rinks whose futures were on thin ice. Mayor Nutter and Ed Snider, chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, announced yesterday that the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation would take over operation and programming at three rinks that officials said were targeted for possible closing amid the city's budget troubles. Comcast-Spectacor owns the Flyers. At a news conference at the Rink at Simons Recreation and Teen Access Center at 7200 Woolston Ave. in the West Oak Lane section, Nutter hailed the partnership with the foundation.
September 21, 1989 |
Robert I. Toussie, the New York financier who is wrangling to take over Philadelphia's Lionel Corp., called the company's curt response to his overtures "inappropriate" and said his plans were unchanged. Toussie, whose partners include billionaire Milton Petrie, has accumulated 9.9 percent of the company's stock over the past several months. Last week, his partnership offered to buy out all outstanding shares for $150 million, or $8.25 per share. He gave the company's board of directors a Monday, Sept.
March 24, 1989 |
Safeguard Scientifics Inc. of King of Prussia said it had agreed in principle to sell its PowerTech Systems Division, based in Aberdeen, S.D., to a Jenkintown partnership, Pitcairn Group L.P. PowerTech, which makes gear drives and other power-transmission devices for industrial uses, has about 350 employees and had sales of about $40 million in 1988, Safeguard said. It would not disclose PowerTech's profits. Neither Safeguard nor Pitcairn would disclose the sale price. Safeguard said that specific terms of the transaction are subject to negotiation and that the deal is conditioned upon Pitcairn's financial and legal review of PowerTech Systems.
February 11, 1988 |
The closing on the sale of Woodhaven Gardens to a North Jersey-based partnership has been delayed for 60 days, spokesmen for the partnership, the city and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said this week. Michael Pomeranc of Fort Lee, N.J., said he, his brother Lawrence and their two partners had asked for the postponement to clear up some issues "so the bank feels comfortable closing with us. " The settlement on the deteriorated former low-income complex, at Woodhaven and Thornton Roads, had been scheduled for Monday.
August 1, 2012 |
The U.S. Justice Department's surge of 50 agents, who have been working with Philadelphia police and the District Attorney's Office, is having a welcome payoff. Since early June, they've made 300 arrests on assault, drug, weapons, and other charges, and seized 80 guns. The Violent Crime Reduction Partnership represents an unprecedented level of cooperation, according to Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison. The theory behind the project is that a small number of Philadelphians commit a large number of crimes.
July 11, 2013 |
Between tears and tissues, Vincent J. Fumo's younger daughter said from the witness stand Tuesday that she no longer has faith in him. "I don't trust my father, unfortunately," Allison Fumo, 23, testified. Her brother, Vincent E. Fumo, 44, said much the same. He said his father wanted to win "at all costs" - even if it meant draining every dollar from a $2.5 million trust fund set up for him and his sister. As the former state senator and Democratic powerhouse closes in on release from federal prison, the painful details of a new rift with his children were being laid bare in a fourth-floor courtroom in City Hall.
August 2, 1987 |
The Chester County Partnership for Economic Development has begun a direct- mail survey of county businesses in an effort to learn why businesses locate in Chester County. The 12-page survey, which is targeted at each of the approximately 8,000 businesses in the county, lists 42 questions asking why businesses have located in the county, why they have remained and what they view as the assets and drawbacks of being in the county. The survey was announced Tuesday by the Chester County Commissioners and partnership president Thomas Gallagher.
December 8, 1993 |
One thing you'd better be prepared for if you sue your employer: You're not going to like what you hear in court. Ellen Joyce Masterson is learning that lesson as she sits through her sex discrimination trial in federal court against Labrum & Doak, the Center City law firm for which she has worked as an associate for the past nine years. Although Masterson contends she received glowing reviews during her tenure, she's been damned with faint praise by the firm's male hierarchy as they fight her accusation that she was denied partnership because of her gender.
June 21, 1990 |
Democratic congressional candidate John Innelli waded into the Partnership for Economic Development controversy this week, blaming the Republican-run county government for wasting taxpayers' money. Innelli did not mention opponent U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon, (R., Pa.) in his prepared text, but said the results of a federal Housing and Urban Development audit of the organization Weldon founded showed "the elected officials of Delaware County and their subordinates spent our money to benefit themselves, their relatives and their friends.