July 15, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The long-awaited trial to determine whether Pennsylvania's voter identification law violates voters' rights begins Monday. Civil-liberties lawyers representing the plaintiffs, many of them elderly and disabled, said they would argue in Commonwealth Court that the law requiring photo ID cards at the polls violates the state constitution by denying hundreds of thousands of people access to the ballot box. "This lawsuit is about a...
July 11, 2013 |
THE AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union yesterday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of 10 couples and three other people challenging Pennsylvania's ban on gay marriage. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, is the first federal case on the issue since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last month, an attorney in the case said. Pennsylvania is the only state in the Northeast without either a freedom-of-marriage right or a civil-union statute, said the lawyer, Mark Aronchick, who called yesterday's announcement "a major moment of history.
June 29, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal appeals court cleared the way Friday for the State of California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a 41/2-year freeze. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a brief order saying it has dissolved a stay it imposed on gay marriages while a lawsuit challenging the state's voter-approved ban on such unions worked its way through the courts. About an hour after the Ninth Circuit's order, the lead plaintiffs in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage tied the knot at San Francisco City Hall.
June 28, 2013 |
AMID THE celebration of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling, a former Temple Owl flies high. Edith Schlain Windsor, 84, plaintiff in the historic gay-marriage case, grew up in Philadelphia and received her bachelor's degree from Temple University's College of Liberal Arts in 1950. Her father lost his candy-and-ice-cream store in Philly and then his house in the Depression, according to the New York Times . Windsor sued over the federal government's insistence in the Defense of Marriage Act that a marriage can only be defined as a relationship between a man and a woman.
May 16, 2013 |
Twenty-four plaintiffs, including a dozen police officers who rushed to the scene of a November train derailment in Paulsboro, sued on Monday, alleging that the rail company's negligence caused the derailment, and that it downplayed the dangers of a chemical spill and failed to protect responders. As a result, the suit says, the plaintiffs have suffered ailments such as breathing problems, headaches, neurological disorders, and elevated blood pressure since the tanker carrying 23,000 gallons of vinyl chloride derailed Nov. 30. Investigators have determined that the freight train crossed the automated drawbridge over Mantua Creek against a red light after the crew got the go-ahead from a dispatcher.
April 8, 2013 |
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.
March 28, 2013 |
Like many class-action settlements, the $3.5 billion payout announced in 1999 by the makers of the diet drug Fen-Phen unleashed a stampede of claims, including thousands that were bogus. Many came courtesy of Abdur Razzak Tai, a Florida cardiologist who expected more than $1,000 from a plaintiffs' lawyer each time he certified a Fen-Phen patient with heart damage - a marker that often led to a six-figure payout. Tai signed more than 12,000 physician reports over several years.
March 28, 2013 |
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.
March 25, 2013 |
The lawsuit filed by seven Pennsauken police reads like the wild, wild West. There are barroom brawls, allegations of an extramarital affair, and a police chief who allegedly won't speak to his underlings. The May 7, 2011, brawl at the Pinsetter bowling alley on Maple Avenue involved some of the plaintiffs and other off-duty police, with two plaintiffs contending they were sucker-punched. "The whole thing at Pinsetter's becomes a fiasco," said lawyer Katherine Hartman, who filed the suit in Camden federal court Friday.