Philly Pops CEO Sues Longtime Conductor Peter Nero for Slander

Philly Pops Music Director Peter Nero, musicians, staff and others march to their new headquarters Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Philadelphia.

Philly Pops Music Director Peter Nero, musicians, staff and others march to their new headquarters Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in Philadelphia.

Peter Nero is scheduled to give his final performance with the Philly Pops on July 3rd at Independence Hall, 35 years after he founded the group, known for bridging classical and popular music. And earlier this month, Allentown’s Morning Call newspaper ran a nice little piece about Nero. Well … everything was nice until about half way through. Read more »

Chester Parking Wars: Company Alleges Conspiracy Between Union, City

A Main Line parking operator filed a federal racketeering lawsuit that claims the city of Chester and the Philadelphia Union conspired to close the parking lots the company owns near the team’s stadium. The team says the suit is without merit.

Filed by T.I.C.B. Partners, the suit (see below) alleges Chester police chief Joseph Bail and other police officers were on the payroll of Global Spectrum, which manages PPL Park. The company says Chester police closed the company’s lots on match day several times in order to divert revenue to lots owned by the Union.

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Delco Lawyer Files That Bonkers “Stairway to Heaven” Lawsuit

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In mid-May, Media-based attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy (pictured, from his website) got his name in print quite a bit when he turned up internationally in the press, threatening a copyright lawsuit against Led Zeppelin over “Stairway to Heaven.” Since then, he’s actually filed the suit, and it’s a doozy, and not just because its claims are totally ridiculous. Read more »

Whole Foods Lawsuit: Muslim Man Sues Over Prayers at Work

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Kensington’s Robert Greene started working in the prepared foods department of the Glen Mills Whole Foods in April 2012. A Muslim man, Greene prays five times each day, including at times that overlapped with his schedule at Whole Foods, something he says was never a problem while working in prepared foods.

But, claims Greene in a new federal lawsuit, that all changed when he was transferred to the meat department in October 2012.

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Philadelphia Cyclist Wins $2.4 Million Judgment After Being Doored, Run Over

In 2011, Ashley McKean was involved a horrific bike crash at Broad and Brandywine streets. McKean, a Temple student, was riding her bicycle when she was doored by a Honda Accord and then struck from behind and then run over by a van. According to a lawsuit she filed, she suffered multiple hip, pelvis and leg fractures, some of which caused permanent damage.

A jury rendered a verdict in that lawsuit very recently, and McKean won a $2.4 million judgment against those involved in the crash. A jury found Marci Shepard (the driver whose door hit McKean), Robert Crawford (the driver of the van) and MCT Transportation (the van’s owner) at fault for the accident. It ruled Shepard 43 percent at fault, Crawford and MCT 36 percent at fault and McKean herself 21 percent at fault.

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Ex-Philly Cop Sues City, Police: I Was Stopped and Frisked Because I’m Black

A former Philadelphia police officer has sued the city and the police department. In his federal civil rights lawsuit, 51-year-old Herbert Spellman says he was stopped and frisked because he’s black. The alleged incident happened in West Oak Lane last Sept. 10th.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Paul Messing, says the City of Philadelphia of “has, with deliberate indifference, failed to properly train, supervise and discipline PPD officers with respect to constitutional standards and limitations in conducting stops, frisks, searches, detentions and the use of unreasonable force under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.”

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Update: Marino Withdrawing from NFL Concussion Lawsuit

Update: The South Florida Sun Sentinel is reporting Dan Marino is acting to withdraw his suit against the NFL:

“It was never Marino’s intention to initiate litigation in this case, but to ensure that in the event he had adverse health consequences down the road, he would be covered with health benefits. They are working to correct the error,” a source said to the Sun-Sentinel.

Earlier:

Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino has joined the federal lawsuit against the NFL filed in Philadelphia. The Dolphins quarterback, a Pittsburgh native who starred in college for Pitt, is one of 41 Hall of Famers (or their estates) among the 5,000 former players suing the league over concussions.

The NFL and the players reached a settlement, but U.S. District Judge Anita Brody rejected the settlement. She wrote there wasn’t enough evidence the $765 million settlement would cover all the medical costs.

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Payouts from Civil Rights Lawsuits Against Philadelphia Cops Soar

Philadelphia paid out $14 million in civil rights lawsuits in 2013, the Daily News’ Dana DiFilippo and David Gambacorta reported Thursday. The figure in 2012 was $8.6 million. Five years ago, it was just $4.2 million.

“Based on my experience, the Police Department fails to follow a strict and non-negotiable discipline process,” Robert Levant, who won a $2.5 million judgement against the city for a client last year, told the paper. “The rank and file have no expectation that their behavior is ever going to be subject to any real, meaningful review.”

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Montgomery County Pays $1.6 Million to Contractor, District Attorney Apologizes

Walter Logan, a Radnor contractor who was arrested on theft charges five years ago, received a $1.6 million settlement from Montgomery County. He also got an apology from Montco district attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

Flash back to 2009, when Logan was charged with defrauding the Salem Baptist Church in Jenkintown out of $300,000. At the time, Furman said the alleged crimes were “particularly despicable” and “really very low.”

Logan’s company had been hired to do work for the Salem church, and told NBC 10 at the time the charges stemmed from a contract dispute. But the charges were dropped a year later — eight months after a civil arbiter ruled the church actually owed Logan money.

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Pennsylvania State Senator’s Former Chief of Staff Suing Her

The Daily News’ Chris Brennan reports today on a lawsuit Pennsylvania State Sen. LeAnna Washington is facing — from her former chief of staff! Sean McCray filed a lawsuit Friday that says he was wrongfully terminated and defamed by Washington.

Washington represents the 4th Senate District, which includes Abington, Cheltenham, Jenkintown, Springfield, Rockledge and eight wards in Philadelphia. McCray alleges in the lawsuit that, when he told Washington to stop using taxpayer money on a birthday party/fundraiser, she responded: “I am the fucking Senator, I do what the fuck I want, how I want, and ain’t nobody going to change me.” To be fair, this is an incredible (alleged) quote.

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