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May 20, 2016
A 61-year-old Montgomery County man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to failing to pay more than $200,000 in income taxes based on his work for a Philadelphia law firm, prosecutors said. Francis J. Bass was a former intake coordinator for Lundy Law, one of the city's most prolific personal-injury firms. Bass referred personal-injury clients to medical providers and private investigators, who in turn paid him approximately $500 for each referral, prosecutors said. Bass failed to report a majority of the income he made from those referrals from 2009 through 2013, prosecutors said.
NEWS
February 5, 1989 | By Will Thompson, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time in its 100-year history, the Delaware County Bar Association has honored a law firm - Richard, DiSanti, Hamilton & Gallagher of Media - with its Paul R. Sand President's Award. The award is given annually "in grateful appreciation for . . . contributions to the county legal profession. " Awards have gone previously to individuals, mostly lawyers and judges. "It came to us as a total surprise," said Howard Richard, senior partner of the firm. Delaware County Bar Association officials were not available for comment.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel L. Thistle, 67, of Washington Square, a trial lawyer, died Friday, July 13, of bladder cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. After graduating from Villanova University Law School in 1970, Mr. Thistle joined the law firm headed by James Beasley, a prominent litigator. He was a partner in the Beasley Law Firm when he left in 1995 to establish the Thistle Law Firm. The Center City firm includes Mr. Thistle's son, Daniel Jr., and nephew Thomas, and represents plaintiffs in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, drug liability, general negligence, and automobile accidents.
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June 11, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty Monday in the Jan. 5 hit-and-run death of a 69-year-old Delaware County man who was walking his dog. Ernest Marks, 58, of the 5800 block of Felton Street, who had a history of driver's-license suspensions and drug abuse, will be sentenced Aug. 8 before County Court Judge George Pagano. Marks surrendered to police three days after the accident, in which Richard Patterson of Upper Darby and his dog, Baby, were killed. Marks told police he was unaware he had hit a person as he drove home along Providence Road in Upper Darby.
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | By Mensah M. Dean, Daily News Staff Writer
Glen McDaniel, the Philadelphia tow-truck driver convicted Wednesday of using his vehicle to murder a rival driver in September 2010, did catch one break: He was found not guilty of causing an accident involving death or personal injury. But that was only because Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Minehart said that what McDaniel did to Ray Santiago, also of Philadelphia, was no accident. Minehart then sentenced McDaniel, 27, to spend the rest of his life in state prison without parole after finding him guilty of first-degree murder for repeatedly running over Santiago.
NEWS
December 2, 1994 | BY MICHAEL BUSLER
My attorney likes to tell me about a joke he once heard. It seems there was a small town which had only one lawyer. Because there were not that many people living in the town and because they seemed to get along well with each other, the sole lawyer barely had enough work to earn a living. Then one day, for some reason, another lawyer moved into the town. Suddenly there was so much work that both lawyers became wealthy. How could this happen? The part of our legal system that is used to resolve disagreements was established by lawyers, is perpetuated by lawyers and is designed (it appears)
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | BY ALI WATKINS, Daily News Staff Writer watkina@phillynews.com, 215-854-5905
BILAH TAYLOR, 22, said he had a rough day three years ago this month: The northbound SEPTA C bus he was riding grazed an abandoned newsstand just north of Susquehanna Avenue. The bus lost a mirror. Taylor said he lost much more - so much more, that he filed an insurance claim against the company to cover his medical bills. There's just one problem: He apparently wasn't on the bus. Taylor, of Glenmore Avenue near 54th Street, Southwest Philadelphia, is one of 10 people who District Attorney Seth Williams announced Monday will be charged with insurance fraud and related crimes after the minor accident April 5, 2010 - four of whom Williams says surveillance video shows were not even on the bus. "I grew up in Philadelphia, and the old joke . . . always was that if a bus has an accident on 60th Street, people on 52nd Street fall down," Williams said.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged in a car crash in Hatfield on Friday that left an 80-year-old woman dead. Officials said Jacquill Maurice Johnson, 22, was speeding, ran a red light and then fled the scene on foot after hitting the victim's car at the intersection of Forty Foot Road and Welsh Road. The victim, Shirley Russell, was pronounced dead at the scene after her car was toppled by the impact of Johnson's vehicle, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The family of a western Pennsylvania woman electrocuted when a powerline came down on its property has settled its lawsuit with the utility for $105 million, the largest personal injury case in state history. Shanin Specter, a Center city attorney who represented the family, said West Penn Power Co. initiated settlement talks in January. Earlier, a common pleas court jury in Pittsburgh had awarded the family $109 million following a three week trial. The victim, Carrie Goretzka, died after she came into contact with a downed, high-voltage line on the family's property.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Sam Wood, BREAKING NEWS DESK
A Conshohocken man today was charged with homicide by vehicle in the October death of a Pennsylvania Turnpike maintenance worker. Benjamin Joseph Kane, driving illegally with a suspended license, was behind the wheel of 31,200 pound truck about 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 21. The vehicle drove onto the right berm between Norristown and Valley Forge and slammed into the rear of a bright orange turnpike truck, said Risa Vetri Ferman, the Montgomery County District...
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May 20, 2016
A 61-year-old Montgomery County man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to failing to pay more than $200,000 in income taxes based on his work for a Philadelphia law firm, prosecutors said. Francis J. Bass was a former intake coordinator for Lundy Law, one of the city's most prolific personal-injury firms. Bass referred personal-injury clients to medical providers and private investigators, who in turn paid him approximately $500 for each referral, prosecutors said. Bass failed to report a majority of the income he made from those referrals from 2009 through 2013, prosecutors said.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged in a car crash in Hatfield on Friday that left an 80-year-old woman dead. Officials said Jacquill Maurice Johnson, 22, was speeding, ran a red light and then fled the scene on foot after hitting the victim's car at the intersection of Forty Foot Road and Welsh Road. The victim, Shirley Russell, was pronounced dead at the scene after her car was toppled by the impact of Johnson's vehicle, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said.
NEWS
April 6, 2016
Bill to limit abortions proceeds HARRISBURG - A Republican-crafted bill that would place new limits on abortion is out of a Pennsylvania legislative committee days after the amendments to the Abortion Control Act were introduced. The House Health committee voted 16 to 10 Monday for the proposal that would prohibit elective abortions after 20 weeks, compared with 24 in current law. It also would criminalize what it terms "dismemberment abortions," or procedures that cause the deaths of fetuses by removing their body parts.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer
THADDEUS JOHN Bartkowski II, a personal-injury lawyer who lived in Villanova, died Feb. 4. He was 67. Bartkowski grew up in Bridesburg and attended St. John Cantius Elementary School and La Salle College High School. After graduating from Villanova University, he received his law degree from the Villanova School of Law in 1973. Although he enjoyed being a lawyer, his family said his true passion was being a devoted husband and father. "My father coached a lot of sports my brother and I were involved in," said son Thaddeus John Bartkowski III. Among those sports were track and ski racing.
NEWS
December 9, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Christie has nominated Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard, a Democrat who ran for a congressional seat last year, for a Superior Court judgeship. Belgard, a trial lawyer for 14 years, served a three-year term on the Freeholder Board and last month lost her bid for reelection in a close race. Last year she ran to represent South Jersey's Third District, a seat that opened up when Republican Jon Runyan retired. Republican Tom MacArthur, a former mayor of Randolph, Morris County, won the seat.
NEWS
October 6, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Superior Court Judge Sandra Lopez more than shattered the glass ceiling when she was appointed to the bench this year. She is the first woman, and the first Hispanic, ever to serve in state Superior Court in Salem County. "I just didn't think it would ever happen," Lopez said in an interview following a busy day on the bench. "It's just a blessing. " Lopez, 49, of Salem, joined an exclusive and male-dominated judicial club in New Jersey where women and minorities are disproportionately underrepresented.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A NORTH PHILADELPHIA woman was held for trial on attempted-murder charges yesterday for allegedly running down a rival and her uncle with a car in April - causing the amputation of the rival's leg. Precious Coleman, 29, of Van Pelt Street near Somerset, will also face trial for aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person in the incident in which she allegedly pinned Beatrice "Dee Dee" Spence and...
NEWS
May 16, 2015 | By Chris Mondics and Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writers
Amtrak likely faces hundreds of millions of dollars in claims from victims of the derailment at Frankford Junction, according to personal-injury lawyers who specialize in transportation accidents. Because Congress capped such payouts for Amtrak in 1997, money to compensate victims probably will fall short of what is needed, these lawyers say. Under the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act, damages paid by the government to people injured in Amtrak derailments and to families of those passengers killed was limited to $200 million per crash.
NEWS
June 11, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty Monday in the Jan. 5 hit-and-run death of a 69-year-old Delaware County man who was walking his dog. Ernest Marks, 58, of the 5800 block of Felton Street, who had a history of driver's-license suspensions and drug abuse, will be sentenced Aug. 8 before County Court Judge George Pagano. Marks surrendered to police three days after the accident, in which Richard Patterson of Upper Darby and his dog, Baby, were killed. Marks told police he was unaware he had hit a person as he drove home along Providence Road in Upper Darby.
NEWS
June 16, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Cherry Hill lawyer suspended from practice was sentenced Friday to time served - five months - and ordered to pay restitution of $1.2 million in funds he misappropriated from clients of his law firm. Michael W. Kwasnik, 44, of Philadelphia, also was sentenced to five months' probation by Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in connection with two counts of money-laundering, to which he pleaded guilty in January, according a spokesman for state acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.
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