Forget the Mercer Cafe Lawsuit: It’s All Out War in the Tacconelli’s Pizza Family

Left: The neon sign at the original Tacconelli's Pizzeria in Philadelphia. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons) Right: Vincent Tacconelli, who stands accused of fraudulently obtaining the trademark for the brand. (Photo via HughE Dillon)

Left: The neon sign at the original Tacconelli’s Pizzeria in Philadelphia. (Photo via Flickr Creative Commons) Right: Vincent Tacconelli, who stands accused of fraudulently obtaining the trademark for the brand. (Photo via HughE Dillon)

Not long ago, we told you about a bona fide family feud that had erupted between the folks behind the Tony Luke’s cheesesteak empire. Well, it seems that the world of iconic Philly pizzerias is not immune to such infighting. Read more »

Worker Who Fell Through Glass Floor at Rodin Museum Gets $7.25M Settlement

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This story has been updated with a statement from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Phani Guthula had been inspecting light fixtures at the Rodin Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway, on November 26, 2012, when the glass attic floor cracked, sending him on a 38-foot fall that nearly killed him, according to a statement from his lawyers this morning.  Read more »

Kathryn Knott, Dad, Bucks County Sued for $5 Million for “Retaliation” Over Anonymous Internet Comments

Kathryn Knott in an AP photo. Inset: Her father, former Chalfont, PA police chief Karl Knott.

Kathryn Knott in an AP photo. Inset: Her father, former Chalfont, PA police chief Karl Knott.

Bucks County’s Kathryn Knott will likely soon see the light of day after a judge sentenced her in February to five to 10 months in jail for her role in the September 2014 Center City gay bashing. But her legal troubles aren’t over. A Norristown woman has sued Knott and others for what she says is retaliation over what she thought were anonymous Internet comments she made about Knott and the case. Read more »

That Delco Lawyer’s Case Against Led Zeppelin Might Not Be So Bonkers

Media lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy in a publicity photo.

Media lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy in a publicity photo.

When Media-based lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy went to federal court in 2014 to file a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin claiming that the group stole parts of “Stairway to Heaven” from some long-gone group named Spirit, we had a good laugh, not only because the allegation seemed dubious to us but also because Malofiy wrote the complaint using Led Zeppelin-inspired fonts. We called the lawsuit “bonkers.” But now a judge in California has declared that there is enough evidence for the suit to move forward, and a prominent Philadelphia intellectual property attorney says that the jury probably won’t find the claims quite so hard to believe. Read more »

Philly Politicians to Battle It Out in Rare Libel Suit Brought Over Campaign Flyer

This is the Jared Solomon campaign flyer that State Rep. Mark Cohen finds libelous.

This is the Jared Solomon campaign flyer that State Rep. Mark Cohen finds libelous.

[Updated, 3:55 p.m.] State Rep. Mark Cohen has been in Harrisburg a very, very long time. Originally elected in 1974, the Democratic legislator from the 202nd District in Northeast Philadelphia is the most senior member of the Capitol’s two lawmaking bodies, but now he faces a formidable challenge from 37-year-old Jared Solomon, who has recently picked up some impressive endorsements. This is actually Solomon’s second attempt to take Cohen’s seat — Cohen bested him by just 158 votes in 2014 — and this race is more contentious than the last. But we were still surprised to see Cohen file a lawsuit against Solomon after this political flyer showed up in his mailbox on Brighton Street. Read more »

Most — but Not All — of Cabbies’ Uber Suit Thrown Out

An UberX car getting impounded by the PPA in 2015.

An UberX car getting impounded by the PPA in 2015.

A federal judge has dismissed most of the claims brought by a coalition of Philly taxi companies against Uber, the popular app-centric “ride share” service.

The portions of the lawsuit dismissed included claims that Uber provides unfair competition by providing ride services without complying with taxi cab licensing and regulatory requirements, as well as allegations of racketeering and false advertising. Read more »

Cole Hamels Sues After Being Denied Entrance to Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

MLB pitcher Cole Hamels attends the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show After Party at Tao on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York.

MLB pitcher Cole Hamels attends the 2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show After Party at Tao on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New York.

In November, Cole Hamels went to New York City. Accompanied by two guests, he attempted to gain entrance to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at the 69th Regiment Armory. He was denied. And now he and his wife, Heidi, are suing over it.

Hamels seems to have a good reason for suing, though: According to his lawsuit, he paid a U.K. company £49,382 (currently $68,730.36) for three VIP packages that included tickets to the fashion show. He and his wife have sued Cornucopia Entertainment, LLC, and related defendants for a sum “in an amount in excess of $50,000.”

The lawsuit says Cornucopia told Hamels it could provide him with a VIP package that included tickets to the show and afterparty, accommodations at the Kensington Hotel in London, a limo to and from the event and other related perks for £15,995 a person. At the time, the lawsuit alleges, Cornucopia said the show would not be returning to New York — where it has always been held — and would be in London instead. Read more »

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