After moving to the United States from her native India, Doris Fernandes worked as a pediatrician at Philadelphia’s District Health Center at 4400 Haverford Avenue for 35 years. But now, the Roxborough resident claims that the city fired her in November 2013 because she refused to prescribe contraceptives like Depo-Provera and the morning-after pill to the young women in her care. Read more »
Carole Mallory has led quite the life. Though the 72-year-old woman now lives quietly in Norristown, Pennsylvania, her earlier years were nothing short of exciting.
In addition to being a Pan Am stewardess (back when they were actually called stewardesses), actress (she was in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and The Stepford Wives), scantily clad model (she graced the covers of Newsweek, Cosmopolitan and New York magazine), and, oh, fiancee of Pablo Picasso’s son, she also played the paramour to an impressive roster of famous men.
Mallory’s conquests reportedly included Robert DeNiro, Peter Sellers, Rod Stewart, Warren Beatty, Richard Gere and Norman Mailer, and it is her eight-year affair with Mailer that is the subject of a just-filed lawsuit in Philadelphia’s Federal Court. Read more »
Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the Michael J. Fox Foundation is suing the Coriell Institute in Camden for allegedly ruining valuable tissue samples when a freezer door was accidentally left open.
More than 25,000 specimens were “compromised,” according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey (below).
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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court today will hear a legal challenge to the electronic voting machines used in Philadelphia and 49 other counties across the state.
A transgender woman in Allentown has filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, Tilden Township sporting goods store Cabela’s, saying that the company discriminated against her when she was transitioning, even going so far as to fire her because of her gender identity.
Kate Lynn Blatt’s lawsuit claims that management wouldn’t let her wear a gender-appropriate uniform, they forced her to wear a name tag with her birth name on it, and refused to let her use the women’s restroom.
“I mean it personally tore me down,” she says. “It never let up, they never stopped, and it prevented me from expressing who I was. … [My right to use the women's restroom was] refused and thrown in my face, even after I had provided all the documentation and proved my case.”
The estate of the sixth-grade girl who died after suffering an asthma attack last fall at a Philadelphia school has brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the school district, the city, and the school, saying their policy decisions and in-the-moment negligence were responsible for her death.
Laporshia Massey died in September 2013, in the midst of a budget showdown between the state and the school district — no school nurse was on hand when her attack began during the day at Bryant Elementary School. Her family quickly suggested the death was due to a lack of a nurse at the school (an investigation said the father may have also played a role), and within weeks Gov. Tom Corbett signed over money due to the district. Corbett is not named in the suit. (See the full lawsuit below.)
You know Stephanie Stahl. She’s the medical reporter and sometimes investigative reporter for CBS 3 in Philadelphia, the woman who mongers fear over the perils of buying prescription drugs without a doctor, the potential for an Ebola outbreak in Philadelphia, and doctors who allegedly implant cardiac stents into patients who don’t need them. Well, the last of those stories has her being hauled into Federal Court. Read more »
A Philadelphia court has dismissed a malpractice suit brought by union leader John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty against the law firm that formerly represented him, Pepper Hamilton.
A new lawsuit from the federal Justice Department says the fitness test used to determine entry into the Pennsylvania State Police academy illegally discriminates against women.
City Hall will pay $1.425 million to settle a lawsuit over the city’s release of gun permit information in 20112 — information that publicized the names and addresses of thousands of people who had appealed the denial of permits.