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November 15, 1996 | By Julia C. Martinez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has ruled that Ramona Africa and the other plaintiffs in the MOVE civil trial cannot collect interest on top of their jury awards to compensate them for their decade-long wait for the case to reach trial. U.S. District Judge Louis H. Pollak said Ramona Africa and relatives of MOVE founder John Africa were not entitled to interest under federal law because the jury had awarded them damages for noneconomic harm, such as pain and suffering. He rejected a request for interest from another plaintiff - Louise James, mother of Frank James Africa - on the ground that she did not file her motion on time.
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December 17, 2010 | By STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
Several black men who were contracted to work at the Sunoco refinery in Philadelphia were forced to clean up racial slurs written about them on bathroom walls, the men claim in a federal civil rights lawsuit. Along with racial epithets, the men also claim in the suit filed Wednesday that there were nooses left around the workplace on several occasions. The six plaintiffs, led by Kenneth Hall, 40, of Philadelphia, were all employees of Advanced Speciality Contractors, of Aston, which was contracted to work on a project at the Sunoco refinery on Passyunk Avenue near 61st Street in Southwest Philadelphia, the suit said.
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November 1, 1988 | By Nancy Phillips, Special to The Inquirer
Nearly two weeks after Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Bass Levin publicly disclosed a $17 million settlement offer by lawyer Peter J. O'Connor to end a lawsuit over affordable housing, O'Connor and his clients have denounced Levin's account as "a vicious falsehood. " In a written statement, O'Connor said the mayor's description of the settlement offer was "completely inaccurate and misrepresented the position of the plaintiffs. " In an interview yesterday, Levin said she stood by her account and provided notes of the meeting with O'Connor in support of her recollection.
NEWS
January 9, 2006
AS ONE OF THE plaintiffs in the recent successful verdict against the School District of Philadelphia, I take issue with some of the points that Rotan Lee made in his Dec. 28 op-ed, "In Defense of Carl and the Cracker Slur. " I have no problem with Mr. Lee's defense of Carl Singley's outburst as "venting. " What I do resent is his contention that there was "backslapping jocularity between the plaintiffs and the jurors. " First of all, Mr. Lee wasn't there in the courthouse and wouldn't know firsthand what transpired.
NEWS
October 23, 1992 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
For the second time, a federal judge in Philadelphia has dismissed health- damage claims filed by 18 families and individuals who live or lived near the PCB-contaminated Paoli railroad maintenance yard in Chester County. The plaintiffs, 32 people seeking millions of dollars in damages, contend they or their late relatives developed illnesses from exposure to toxic polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, used for decades in railcar transformers. In a series of opinions released yesterday, U.S. District Judge Robert F. Kelly concluded that the families had no "prima facie" case, and entered summary judgment in favor of all defendants.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2011 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
For all the polished rhetoric and decorous argumentation by very pricey lawyers, there was no disguising the bare-knuckle nature of the hearing Dec. 17 before U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois in Philadelphia. On its face, the issue was whether Philadelphia lawyer Joseph Kohn would disclose his most private communications in a lawsuit, filed in Ecuador, against energy giant Chevron. The suit alleges that Chevron bears responsibility for pollution in a wide swath of Amazon rain forest in eastern Ecuador, where Texaco, which merged with Chevron in 2001, had oil-drilling operations.
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May 22, 2006 | By Jeff Shields INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Five African American men who sued Whitemarsh Township and a decorated police sergeant for alleged racial profiling and alleged civil-rights violations will each receive $30,000 as part of a settlement while the two law firms that represented them will get $100,000 each. The case stemmed from allegations brought by fellow officers against former Sgt. Guy Anhorn. In reports to township officials and in depositions in the lawsuit, officers accused Anhorn of targeting blacks, performing illegal searches, and falsifying arrest affidavits.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2001 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Officials at Merck & Co. Inc. called them "records retention guidelines" - routine reminders urging employees to manage and reduce the almost unfathomable amount of paperwork generated by the pharmaceutical giant. African American employees, who have filed class-action discrimination lawsuits against Merck in federal courts in Philadelphia and Albany, Ga., saw the July memo as something more sinister: a thinly veiled nudge to bosses to shred records that could hurt Merck in court.
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July 21, 1986 | By Ellen O'Brien and Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writers
New Jersey Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden came to the state legislature in 1982 already experienced in an aspect of government that most politicians would just as soon avoid: lawsuits. During the three years that she served as mayor of Millburn, Ogden was sued three times by the township's former attorney. Ogden says those cases were without legal merit, and she points out that the judge who heard the cases dismissed the first two in summary judgments - without hearing arguments - and that he dismissed the third lawsuit after hearing the plaintiff's arguments.
NEWS
August 26, 1999 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Twenty-one former students at Neumann College in Aston have filed suit against the school, alleging that it did not clearly tell them that its new three-year master's program in physical therapy lacked accreditation when they enrolled in the fall of 1994. As a result, it took the plaintiffs an additional fourth year to get their degrees, according to Media attorney Jon J. Auritt, who filed the suit Tuesday in Delaware County Court. "We have not seen the [lawsuit]. We can't possibly comment," said Stephen Bell, a Neumann College spokesman, yesterday.
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March 28, 2014
THROUGHOUT history, people have fought the good fight to preserve those things of value and fundamental importance that define the essence of being human. Our Founding Fathers raged against the tyranny of their colonial overlords. African-Americans and their allies rode the freedom train against a virulent tide of bigotry. Women struggled to earn what should have been their birthright - a political voice. Activists like Cesar Chavez labored to bring dignity to the migrant worker. Liberty, equality, respect and a living wage were all things that were won through the sacrifice of people who recognized that certain things in life are neither negotiable, nor free.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a case that has cost tens of millions in legal fees and riveted the attention of legal experts nationwide, a federal judge in New York on Tuesday found that an $18 billion judgment against energy giant Chevron Corp. for polluting a wide swath of the rain forest in Ecuador was procured through fraud, including bribery and doctored experts' reports. In an exhaustive, 485-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan found that lead plaintiffs' lawyer Steven Donziger initiated the fraud in 2006, after it appeared that the case in Ecuador had begun to go against him. Kaplan found that Donziger, who is based in New York, had concealed the fraud from Kohn Swift & Graf, a Philadelphia plaintiffs firm that financed the case until it pulled out in 2009 over concern that Donziger and his team had acted improperly.
NEWS
February 5, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHERRY HILL A Superior Court judge on Monday upheld the Cherry Hill Township zoning board's approval of a 152-unit luxury apartment complex to be built at a site most recently occupied by a building materials supplier. In a case that underscored development tensions in one of the state's most heavily built-out municipalities, Judge Lee A. Solomon accepted the board's conclusion that Buckingham Partners L.L.C. of Cherry Hill had met its burden of proof related to variances. He rejected all arguments by the plaintiffs, a group of residents living nearby, who pledged to appeal.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lawyers representing pharmaceuticals saleswomen employed by Merck & Co. have upped the ante in a sexual discrimination lawsuit, adding plaintiffs and setting damages sought at $250 million. "Merck's glass ceiling and maternal walls are indisputable," lawyers for the women wrote in documents filed in federal court in Trenton late Thursday evening. The pleadings say Merck discriminates against saleswomen who "are or have been pregnant or are caregivers to young children" by denying them promotions and failing to compensate them as they do men. Lawyers for the women are seeking class-action status and say the class could include thousands of women.
NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Accusations are flying in an increasingly acrimonious dispute between attorneys in the federal case over same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. At issue is a request by the state that the plaintiffs divulge what their attorneys are calling "highly private and sensitive information. " In a letter to U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III, the American Civil Liberties Union legal director in Pennsylvania, Witold J. Walczak, said the state's "invasive and overreaching" requests include whether the gay plaintiffs had been involved in opposite-sex relationships and the identity of sperm donors.
NEWS
October 29, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, Chevron Corp. has insisted a sprawling environmental-pollution lawsuit in Ecuador initiated by a Philadelphia law firm that resulted in a $19 billion judgment was riddled with fraud. Now, the company is trying to prove its case in a closely watched civil trial in federal district court in New York that could establish new limits on when and where U.S. companies can be sued over claims they caused environmental harm in foreign jurisdictions. Chevron has sued some of the lawyers and others on the plaintiffs' team, saying they doctored one expert-witness report, surreptitiously authored the findings of a court-appointed expert awarding their clients billions, and bribed a judge, among other improper and illegal acts.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Reuben Kramer, For The Inquirer
Debra Johnson saw it coming. "Dear God. Not here, where everybody could hear," she thought. She was at a packed college basketball game, sitting alongside her great-niece, who had just learned to count. "And she was holding my hand, which we do all the time," Johnson, 54, recalled in a honeyed, Louisiana drawl. "I could see her counting her fingers, and then she would reach over and . . . count mine. " And then it came. "I have five fingers . . . . You have four?" "Yes, I do. " "Why?"
BUSINESS
October 5, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
In late March, the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to have plunged a stake into a long-running class-action lawsuit between Comcast Corp. and plaintiffs' attorneys who claimed the company abused its market power to hike cable bills on Philadelphia-area customers. The high court voted, 5-4, on ideological lines not to certify the case - forcing it back to a lower court. They said the financial damages for two million TV customers could not be fairly measured throughout the expansive Philadelphia region.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
If there ever was an anguish-inducing choice, the options faced by lawyers at Anapol Schwartz in the NFL head-injury lawsuit presented it. The players, many of them, had a claim and a lot of science to back up their belief that years of head-banging in the sometimes exceptionally brutal sport of professional football had left them with horrible neurological damage. But the players also had a contract with the NFL that barred them from suing their employers. They might have been able to litigate that point, arguing that the NFL had concealed the risk.
NEWS
July 27, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Conflicting estimates on the number of people who lack proper identification to vote was the topic of testimony on the ninth day of the trial over Pennsylvania's voter identification law. A statistician hired by the state disputed estimates produced by a plaintiffs' expert, saying it included dead people and inmates, and counted thousands of people twice. William Wecker of the Wyoming-based Wecker Associates attacked the methodology used by Bernard Siskin, a Philadelphia-based statistician working for the plaintiffs, as "error-prone.
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