Jacqueline Winner loves roller coasters, and she’s ridden dozens. But last June, when the Sicklerville, New Jersey, mother of four visited Six Flags Great Adventure as a chaperone on her daughter’s school trip, a Great Adventure employee told her to get off of the El Toro roller coaster. Why? Because Winner, 51, only has one arm. And now she’s suing. Read more »
If you have kids, you no doubt are familiar with Five Below, the Philadelphia-headquartered chain of strip mall stores selling mostly toys and small household goods for $5 or less. Five Below was started in Wayne, Pennsylvania, in 2002 by Encore Books and Zany Brainy founder David Schlessinger and today boasts some 350 locations in 20 states. The company went public in 2012. And now Five Below and Schlessinger, among others, are named in a federal suit filed in Philadelphia alleging securities fraud. Read more »
The ACLU has filed suit on behalf of a group of Pennsylvania journalists and academics, challenging the new law passed in the wake of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s commencement speech to a Vermont college last year.
The law lets crime victims collect damages from prison inmates whose conduct “causes a temporary or permanent state of mental anguish” in their original crime victim. “The ACLU challenged it in federal court Thursday, saying it stifles advocacy and debate on prison issues,” AP reports.
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Show me the money! That’s the gist of a new lawsuit that Philly-born songwriter extraordinaire Daryl Hall filed in California’s federal court on Tuesday, alleging that Rural Media Group of Omaha, Nebraska, owes him more than $87,000 stemming from a performance last year during Rose Bowl festivities. Read more »
Mentally ill Pennsylvania inmates will be put in special treatment units instead of isolated cells when they misbehave, under the terms of a lawsuit settlement between the Corrections Department and the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania.
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Longtime Walnut Street restaurant Caribou Cafe has been hit with a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia’s federal court. In the filing, five employees claim that the restaurant deducted credit card fees from their tips (a big no-no!) and failed to pay overtime to some of its employees. Read more »
Bensalem has its fair share of churches and other houses of worship. The Bucks County township of 60,000 has Catholic churches, Protestant churches, synagogues, a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, and a Buddhist Temple. And there are two Hindu temples under development. But if you’re a Bensalem Muslim, you’re out of luck, because Bensalem doesn’t have a mosque. Instead, local Muslims meet once a week for Friday prayers inside a rented fire hall. Read more »
From the Dept. of What Could Be a Really Expensive Mistake comes this tale of a lawsuit filed against CBS Broadcasting and CBS3 news anchor Chris May, who has worked at the station since 2007. Read more »
Philabundance has been ordered to pay $500,000 to a former employee who says he was maliciously prosecuted by the non-profit hunger agency.
A Philadelphia jury ordered the award last week after hearing testimony in the case of Manuel Burgos, a former truck driver for Philabundance, who in 2010 was accused of stealing gasoline that had been donated by Sunoco to the agency. Criminal charges were brought against Burgos, who spent three months in jail as his case made its way through the court system. A judge eventually dismissed those criminal charges — and did so again when Burgos was charged with the crime a second time.
James Beasley Jr., Burgos’ lawyer, said Philabundance blamed Burgos in order to avoid blame for its own shoddy record-keeping — and failed to pursue evidence that another employee, who originally accused Burgos of the theft, might be to blame for the stolen gasoline. (That employee was terminated several months after Burgos was arrested.)
“What they did was wrong,” Beasley told Philly Mag. “They caused this guy to be in jail for three-and-a-half months.”
Comcast has settled a lawsuit alleging it overcharged Philly-area customers for cable TV subscribers — and that means current and former subscribers are going to be eligible for some goodies … if the settlement is approved by a judge.
The preliminary settlement, which requires court approval, calls for Comcast to pay $16.67 million in cash to current and former subscribers in Philadelphia and four nearby counties.
Comcast will also offer current subscribers as much as $33.33 million in services via a $15 bill credit or free Internet upgrades or movies worth up to $43.90.