September 16, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge scolded Ikea's attorneys Wednesday for ignoring his order to turn over records to the parents of a child killed by a toppled Ikea dresser that has since been recalled. Judge John Milton Younge said he was likely to impose sanctions on the company but would wait two more weeks to see if Superior Court rules on a request by Ikea to stay or overturn his order. During the brief hearing in a City Hall courtroom, Ikea lawyer Andrew Susko did not offer much explanation, except to say the company is waiting on the appeal.
September 2, 2016 |
A coalition of safety advocates hammered Ikea on Wednesday for what they called a lack of transparency, pointing to the company's refusal to comply with a judge's order to hand over documents related to its June recall of 29 million dressers. "The biggest problem has been Ikea resisting a recall, and doing that for over a year," said Will Wallace of Consumers Union, the policy and action division of Consumer Reports. "And we see moves like this one as indicating that it's still fighting against the kind of transparency that consumers need.
August 17, 2016 |
Keith Zakarin has a tough argument to make, but that is, after all, what lawyers are paid to do. Zakarin is a partner at Center City's Duane Morris, where he chairs a practice group that represents more than a hundred career schools and colleges and industry groups. The firm is one of a handful nationwide that have made the sector a thriving, profitable practice. Its clients are largely vocational and occupational training programs; they teach a variety of trades and skills from cosmetology to nursing to criminal justice, among many others, with degree programs of up to four years.
August 14, 2016 |
Big companies headquartered here? Many people might think the list begins and ends with Comcast Corp., which is now busy broadcasting the Olympics. But in the Philadelphia region, the gold-medal winner, at least by revenue, is a quiet operator in the world of drug distribution. Chief executive Steven Collis, 55, leads AmerisourceBergen Corp. The company, with 18,000 employees worldwide and about 1,000 in the region, ranks 12th on the Fortune 500 list, with $136 billion in annual revenue, compared with Comcast, ranked 37th with $74.5 billion.
August 8, 2016 |
The Consumer Product Safety Commission staff is tackling a very interesting problem. The National Floor Safety Institute has petitioned it to require floor covering manufacturers to label their products to indicate that there is a possibility of slips and falls that could result in injury. "Slips and falls are one of the leading causes of injuries, of which 55 percent are caused by unsafe floors," said the institute president, Russ Kendzior. "However, when it comes to buying a floor, most consumers are in the dark and assume all floors are safe, only to find out that they are not once they are injured," he said.
August 4, 2016
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan Forty-eight percent of millennials believe the American dream is dead, according to a 2015 Harvard University Institute of Policy study. Their pessimism is understandable, especially if we believe the American dream is that one can achieve success through hard work. In 1995, 62 percent of Americans with high school diplomas had jobs. Today, only 54 percent do. That's 5.7 million jobless high school graduates who, 20 years ago, would have had jobs.
July 10, 2016 |
Two administrative law judges have recommended that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission penalize an electric supplier $5 million for charging its variable-rate customers high prices during the 2014 Polar Vortex. The order Thursday by Administrative Law Judges Elizabeth H. Barnes and Joel H. Cheskis against Blue Pilot Energy L.L.C. is the latest punitive action taken against a competitive energy supplier after power markets went haywire during that harsh winter. The judges found that Blue Pilot, based in Las Vegas, failed to provide accurate pricing information, charged prices that did not conform to its disclosure statement, misleadingly and deceptively promised savings, and lacked good faith in its handling of consumer complaints.
June 29, 2016 |
TRENTON - Lawmakers on Monday passed legislation intended to spur sales of so-called smart guns and prevent Gov. Christie's administration from making it easier to get permits to carry guns. A third gun-related vote - to override the Republican governor's veto of a bill that would require domestic violence offenders and subjects of domestic violence restraining orders to surrender firearms - was postponed until Thursday because a Democratic senator was absent. Monday's gun votes were largely along party lines in the Democratic-controlled Legislature, with both houses approving a measure that would require gun retailers to sell at least one type of smart gun in stores.
June 11, 2016 |
A chastened Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday revised its proposed "net-metering" regulations to bring them into alignment with a directive from the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission, which said the PUC had overstepped its bounds. Net-metering is the practice of incentivizing customer generators with the full retail price for any surplus power they generate, rather than the wholesale price given to commercial generators. By a 4-0 vote, the PUC revised the rules that set limits for customers who are paid the retail price of electricity for any surplus power they generate from sources such as solar panels.
June 11, 2016 |
Philadelphia Gas Works will raise rates about 85 cents a month per customer over the next two years for the "limited purpose" of recovering $11.4 million it spent on infrastructure improvements last year. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved the increase to PGW's distribution system improvement charge on Thursday, allowing the city utility to recoup money it spent on pipeline replacements but was unable to collect through its existing improvement surcharge. "While there is no good time to raise rates, PGW has established that the need to do so for a limited purpose is compelling," Commissioners Gladys M. Brown and Robert F. Powelson said in a joint statement.