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April 8, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a decade ago, the telecommunications company RCN Corp. viewed itself as a potential competitor to Comcast Corp. One national magazine wrote about it as "The Little Phone Company That Can?" Then, according to a long-running antitrust lawsuit in Philadelphia federal court, Comcast thwarted RCN's expansion into cable-TV business in Philadelphia by lobbying against RCN with government officials, offering customers discounts in areas where RCN would expand, and restricting RCN's access to contractors who would build out its network.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's system of education funding is broken, and the courts must force lawmakers to make it right, attorneys for school districts, parents, and organizations that have sued the commonwealth told a panel of judges here Wednesday. The suit - brought by school systems, including the William Penn district in Delaware County, and parents, including two from the Philadelphia School District - argues that Pennsylvania's education funding system is "irrational and inequitable.
NEWS
December 17, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The builder of two private juvenile-detention centers at the heart of the "kids for cash" corruption case has agreed to pay $17.75 million to settle all civil-rights claims that resulted from the scandal, lawyers said Friday. Robert K. Mericle's construction company built the for-profit detention facilities that replaced the Luzerne County detention center. Mericle and Robert Powell, who co-owned the centers, paid several million dollars to two county judges, one of whom sentenced juveniles to the facilities from 2003 to 2008.
NEWS
January 29, 1997 | SUSAN WINTERS/ DAILY NEWS
Lawyers and plaintiffs are gathered at a press conference yesterday to announce a class-action lawsuit alleging discriminatory practices against female applicants for the SEPTA police. Seated are attorney Heather Bendit (left), plaintiff Altovise Love, and attorney Lisa Rau. Also present were plaintiffs Catherine Lanning and Belinda Kelly Dodson.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The city of Camden wants a judge to bar a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union from making public confidential information he received anonymously about Police Department Internal Affairs investigations. A disc containing the sensitive data was mailed to Alexander Shalom's ACLU office in Newark in May, according to court documents. It is now the focus of a legal dispute in civil litigation brought by nearly 100 low-level drug dealers who claim they were illegally targeted by a group of dishonest Camden officers subsequently convicted on corruption charges.
NEWS
March 28, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a decision released Wednesday, voted 5-4 along ideological lines in favor of Comcast Corp. in a consumer class-action lawsuit that has been grinding its way through the Philadelphia federal courts since December 2003. The suit claims to represent two million Philadelphia-area Comcast TV customers who it says were harmed by anticompetitive business practices, and seeks $875 million in damages. The courts in Philadelphia certified the consumers as a class to collectively sue, but the Supreme Court overturned their rulings.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
LAWYERS representing six Pennsylvania school districts, parents and education advocates argued yesterday that state courts must hold the Legislature accountable for providing adequate funding for public education. The arguments before a panel of Commonwealth Court judges in Harrisburg were to determine whether the lawsuit should move forward. The plaintiffs, which also include seven parents from Philadelphia and the NAACP, claim the state has not provided sufficient funding for most students to pass mandatory graduation exams.
NEWS
May 7, 2000 | By Susan Q. Stranahan and Larry King, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
On Feb. 2, 1978, a spectacular fire erupted at an illegal chemical dump in Chester. More than 200 emergency workers were unwittingly exposed to toxic industrial wastes. High rates of cancer and other serious illnesses have beset the group ever since. Today, in the conclusion of an eight-day series, the legacy - and the unfinished business - of the Wade dump fire. Lillian Cornish could not stop trembling. Maria Boyle felt cowed and alone. Judy McLaughlin was upset, yet relieved to have it over with.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plaintiffs' lawyers and Howmedica Osteonics Corp., a medical-device maker, have reached a $1 billion-plus settlement over claims that Howmedica hip implants failed in thousands of patients, requiring costly and painful surgery to correct the problem. The settlement involved plaintiffs from around the country, but was fashioned in large measure in Philadelphia by former federal magistrate Diane Welsh, acting as a court-appointed mediator, and members of the plaintiffs' steering committee, including Thomas Anapol and Tobias Millrood, two Philadelphia-based personal-injury lawyers, along with company lawyers.
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
A $3.5 million settlement has been reached in the federal lawsuits of 87 people who had drug convictions tossed out or charges dropped after Camden police involved in their arrests were linked to possible corruption, the lawyer who represented the city said Wednesday. One plaintiff did not agree to the settlement, finalized Tuesday, said John Eastlack Jr., the city's attorney. That litigation may proceed, he said. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office vacated sentences or dropped cases against 200 people - including the plaintiffs - in 2009, when an FBI investigation alleged that members of a Camden antidrug police unit stole cash and drugs from suspected dealers, fabricated arrest reports, faked evidence, and lied while testifying to grand juries.
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