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State Office Rejected Lawyer for Job Due to Age, Suit Alleged

In January 2009, a claimant (whose suit was brought by plaintiff Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) was rejected for a position as a lawyer with the state of Pennsylvania, in Harrisburg.

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Family Business Founder Suspected Embezzlement

In 2008, Michael R. Kaplan was the executive vice president of T. Levy Associates Inc., a beauty-products corporation based in Philadelphia.

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Lawyer Wins $180K Over Withheld Origination Fee

By Lizzy McLellan |
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Hospital Claimed Stairs Defect Was Too Minor for Liability

On March 6, 2013, plaintiff Kevin Ward, 58, a lab technician, was at Riddle Memorial Hospital, in Media, attending a smoke-cessation program, when he fell down a flight of stairs. He asserted that he tripped over a slightly raised threshold at the top of the stairs, injuring his back and left leg and knee.

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Jury Awards $5M in Suit Over Premature Hospital Discharge

By Max Mitchell |

A Philadelphia jury has handed up an award of $5 million to the family of a woman who died after she was allegedly prematurely discharged from the Albert Einstein Medical Center following a gallbladder removal surgery.

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Woman Wins $150K Over Inadequate Easement Payment

In 2010, plaintiff Nancy Brown, a veterinarian, had a portion of her land, in Plymouth Meeting, taken by the state.

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Family Wins $5M After Man Dies Following Surgery

By Max Mitchell |

A Mercer County jury has awarded more than $5 million to the family of man who died following a hip replacement surgery.

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Female Staffer Fired for Poor Work, Not From Bias, Retaliation

In December 2006, plaintiff Viji Naidu was hired as a database administrator at Teva Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. Inc., in North Wales. She was later promoted to senior database administrator, and then to senior manager. In August 2013, she was promoted to associate director of database and applications.

Will Texas Ruling Impact Pa.'s Oil and Gas Jurisprudence?

By Matthew G. Brouse and Phillip T. Glyptis |

Anyone associated with oil and gas development has probably had a conversation about what constitutes a trespass, and whether there is an improper taking associated with drilling activities.

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Employee: Unsafe Factory Practice Led To Arm Amputation

On Nov. 11, 2011, plaintiff Daniel Albarracin, 46, a machine operator, had his right hand and lower forearm severed while working at a candy and nut processing plant, in Allentown. He worked on a conveyor belt, known as an E2 line, on which liquid chocolate pours onto toffees and nuts. The nuts, however, release a natural oil, which causes the conveyor belt to slip: the drive roller continues to spin but fails to move the belt. Meanwhile, the product sits on the stationary belt.

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Therapists Settle Class Action Claims On Overtime Pay

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has given final approval to an $865,000 settlement that resolved claims from 55 behavioral health professionals alleging they were denied overtime pay by the clinic where they worked.

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Landlords Rejected Tenant's Assertion He Slipped on Icy Steps

On Feb. 1, 2014, plaintiff Jacek Dmochowski, 58, left his residence, at 5441 Baywood St., in Pittsburgh and started down the steps. He claimed that as he did so, he slipped and fell on ice and struck his left knee, tearing his quadriceps muscle.

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Patient Alleged Doctor Removed Wrong Testicle

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A man who entered surgery thinking one testicle was going to be removed only to find afterward that the wrong one was missing has been awarded $870,000, including $250,000 in punitive damages, by a Huntingdon County jury.

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Jury Finds Shopper Failed to Prove Water Leak Led to Slip

On Oct. 27, 2012, plaintiff Jesse Bowman, 36, a financial adviser, was at a Giant Eagle grocery store in Pittsburgh. He claimed that, while walking to the men's room, he slipped near the door. He attributed his fall to an accumulation of liquid on the floor near a water fountain by the men's room entrance. He claimed right-leg fractures.

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Allergan Agrees to Pay $13 Million in Whistleblower Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Drugmaker Allergan has agreed to pay the federal government and several states $13 million to settle whistleblower claims that it provided business consulting and services to doctors as a way of encouraging them to prescribe the company's eye care products.

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Path Where Woman Fell Wasn't for Public Use, Landlord Said

On the evening of March 27, 2011, plaintiff Jennifer Brown, 30, was walking on a brick path along the side of an apartment building, at 1013 DeKalb St., in Norristown. While she was walking, she tripped and fell. She claimed that she rolled her left ankle on the uneven surface and fell on her buttocks. She suffered an ankle fracture.

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Woman Awarded $2M for Botched Gallbladder Surgery

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Pittsburgh jury has awarded $2 million to a woman claiming she suffered ongoing internal injuries resulting from a botched gallbladder removal surgery.