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August 1, 2012 | Associated Press
NEW YORK - Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran should pay $6 billion to relatives of 9/11 victims for aiding in the terrorist attacks, a federal magistrate judge recommended Monday in a largely symbolic decision. Even though it will be nearly impossible to collect damages, plaintiff Ellen Saracini, whose husband, Victor, was the captain of one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center, told the New York Daily News that she was pleased with Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Frank Maas' recommendation.
NEWS
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.
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
July 1, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their superiors took action after they complained about the behavior of the fellow police officer who admitted Tasering a handcuffed teenager. However, instead of disciplining Trevor Parham, the officials acted against the four current and former Colwyn, Delaware County, officers, they allege in a federal lawsuit. In addition, Colwyn resident Maurice J. Clark Sr., 64, claims in the suit, filed Thursday in Philadelphia, that nine months before the Tasering incident, he had been harassed repeatedly by Parham and jailed wrongly.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether two million Comcast Corp. cable-TV customers in the Philadelphia area should be considered a damaged class in a lawsuit that seeks $875 million from the cable giant and has been wending its tortuous way through the federal courts for almost a decade. The antitrust suit, filed in 2003, claims that Comcast clustered cable systems in Philadelphia through a series of swaps with other cable companies in the late 1990s, enabling it to control the market and raise cable prices.
SPORTS
June 4, 2012
More than 2,000 former NFL players have filed lawsuits arguing that the league did not do enough to make players aware of the potential effects of concussions - a charge the NFL has said it would vigorously contest. The suits, more than 70 in all, are being consolidated in Philadelphia under U.S. District Judge Anita Brody. The next steps involve an exchange of filings from the plaintiffs and the league. According to the NFL, Brody has set the following time line for the cases, one that indicates that it will be months, at least, before the substance of the cases can be heard: By June 8, plaintiffs must submit a master administrative complaint.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | Amy Worden
Judge rejects group's bid to join voter-ID suit HARRISBURG — A Commonweath Court judge has thrown out a petition by a bipartisan group seeking to intervene on behalf of the state in a lawsuit over Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law. In his ruling Tuesday, Judge Robert Simpson said the eight petitioners, among them Rep. Thomas Killion (R., Chester), offered "no proof to support their claims of ‘voter dilution' or potential loss of an equal opportunity to participate in the voting process.
NEWS
May 20, 2012
With each passing day, the list of plaintiffs filing concussion lawsuits against the NFL grows. At last check, more than 2,100 former players have filed suit against the league in 74 separate lawsuits, most of which have been consolidated in federal court in Philadelphia. By the end of the summer, the number of plaintiffs could exceed 3,000. The list of plaintiffs includes Hall of Famers like Lem Barney and Joe DeLamielleure and Rickey Jackson and Paul Krause, and Super Bowl MVPs like Mark Rypien and Dexter Jackson.
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