From left: Elizabeth Ortiz, German Parobi, Cheri Honkla, Galen Tyler and Mary Catherine Roper. The ACLU and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign gathered on Thursday morning to announce a lawsuit against the City.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia today over the denial of a protest march permit on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, founded in 1998 by Cheri Honkala.
“This city closes down streets for block parties, for Cinco de Mayo, for food festivals — including during rush hour — but they will not give the protesters permission to use the streets during rush hour,” ACLU of Pennsylvania Deputy Legal Director Mary Catherine Roper said.
At a press conference today in South Philadelphia, Roper and Honkala outlined their grievance: The city, they say, has forbidden protest marches in Center City between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. during this summer’s DNC. Honkala’s group wants to march down Broad Street from City Hall to the Wells Fargo Center at 3 p.m. on the opening day of the convention, July 25th.
“We’re the only folks so far that I know of that have been told we cannot march,” Honkala said. Read more »
Valley Forge Casino in a photo by the Montgomery County Planning Commission. (Wikimedia Commons)
Valley Forge Casino finds itself at the wrong end of a lawsuit filed by a Main Line man who claims that casino security, including one state trooper, physically assaulted him after he was caught counting cards at the blackjack table. Read more »
Joseph Neal Carter Jr. (right) with his children. Carter was killed in an April Amtrak crash when a train struck the equipment he and another victim were using to perform work on the tracks.
On April 3, 2016, Amtrak train an struck and killed 40-year Amtrak veteran Joseph Neal Carter, Jr., who was working on the tracks. In a press conference this morning, attorneys Tom Kline from Kline & Specter, P.C. and Robert Mongeluzzi from Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, P.C. announced that they have filed a civil action in Philadelphia’s Common Pleas court on behalf of Carter’s family.
Train 89, which was traveling from New York to Savannah, Georgia, crashed in Chester when, at around 8 a.m., it ran into the backhoe that Carter was operating. A number of passengers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. In addition to Carter, another worker, Peter John Adamovich, was killed. His family has obtained legal representation elsewhere, according to Kline. Read more »
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 »
Less than one year since popular Port Richmond eatery Mercer Cafe debuted its outpost at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia in partnership with Vincent Tacconelli of the famed Philadelphia pizza family, that business arrangement seems to be having some trouble. Read more »
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 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 »
Usually, when the United States Attorney in Philadelphia makes a statement about a case, it’s over murderers, drug traffickers, and multi-million dollar embezzlers. But on Tuesday morning, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger spoke out about ADA-compliance issues at South Philadelphia Tap Room on Mifflin Street. Read more »
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 »
An old screenshot showing one of the Urban Outfitters “Navajo” items in question. The site no longer sells anything bearing the name “Navajo.”
Urban Outfitters has been trying its darnedest to get a Navajo Nation lawsuit against the company tossed out of court, but a judge just ruled that the case can move forward. Read more »