October 5, 2013 |
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.
October 29, 2013 |
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.
May 13, 2011 |
TWENTY-SIX YEARS ago today, Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on what had once been a quiet leafy neighborhood on Osage Avenue, near Cobbs Creek Park. But Milton Williams is tired of talking about the bomb that started a fire that killed 11 people in the MOVE house and destroyed 61 homes. "I want to know what the city is going to do now," said Williams, 62. "What are they going to do with all of these empty houses?" Williams' community is still home to people who once worked as teachers, nurses, clerical workers, carpenters, police officers, roofers and truck drivers.
January 29, 1997 |
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.
May 7, 2000 |
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.
October 22, 2011 |
A federal judge has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit by some Lower Merion School District parents, students, and former students who claimed the district discriminated against them and other African American students by disproportionately and inappropriately placing them in special-education programs and in the lowest-level classes. The ruling in Amber Blunt et al v. Lower Merion School District et al was handed down Thursday by U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle 3d, who wrote that there was "no direct or circumstantial evidence of racial discrimination.
June 17, 1998 |
A group of Liberian immigrants has sued five present and former Darby Borough police officers, alleging that they broke up a children's birthday party without cause, then assaulted and arrested at least six adults. The suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, says the plaintiffs - seven adults and seven children - were "subjected to an extreme and outrageous invasion of privacy" and in some instances suffered serious bodily harm on June 29, 1996. The suit charges that the officers, all of whom are white, acted out of racial and ethnic bias against the plaintiffs, all of whom are black.
July 11, 2012
Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, and seven other local plaintiffs filed an appeal Monday opposing the state's latest Republican-drawn redistricting plan. The most recent maps - released June 8 - would divide Montgomery County into eight Senate and 19 House districts, none of which lies entirely within the county, and cut district lines through several townships and boroughs. The plaintiffs called the plan "overtly political" and argued that it violates a state constitutional mandate to keep counties and cities together in one representative district "unless absolutely necessary.
March 16, 2011 |
Throughout the bitterly fought legal battle over allegations that Chevron despoiled hundreds of square miles of once-pristine Amazon jungle in eastern Ecuador, rife as it is with charges of fraud and corruption, the plaintiffs consistently have argued their science is sound and the Ecuadoran judicial system is well-equipped to evaluate it. But on March 7, their case was dealt a severe setback. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, ruling in Manhattan, unleashed a withering broadside barring the plaintiffs, at least for the moment, from seeking to enforce an $18 billion judgment handed down by an Ecuadoran judge against Chevron.
January 12, 2013 |
Taxpayers are going to pick up more than half of the $3.5 million payout to 88 people whose drug convictions were thrown out after investigators determined they had been arrested by a group of rogue Camden police officers. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider, who oversaw the consolidated cases, ordered the city to pay the settlement by Feb. 15. Jason Williamson, a New Jersey ACLU lawyer, whose office represented one of the plaintiffs, said Thursday that lawyers were still working out how much each client would receive.