Former String Theory Charter Schools Superintendent Sues for Discrimination

Photo by Gregory Bezanis, courtesy South Philly Review

Photo by Gregory Bezanis, courtesy South Philly Review

In 2012, the readers of the South Philly Review chose Gail Avicolli from the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School (PPACS) as the “Best Principal in South Philly” in the newspaper’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards. Three years later, after a short stint as the superintendent of the school’s corporate parent, String Theory Schools, the beloved 69-year-old administrator has filed a lawsuit against the schools, alleging that she was discriminated against and harassed. Read more »

Wawa Lawsuit May Lead to Prison for “Wawa Curry” Owner

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Wawa Curry Taste of India’s home page. The convenience store chain Wawa Inc., of Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit against owner Yogi Patel.

Updated on Wednesday, December 2nd: Owner Yogi Patel says he received an extension on the contempt order, and will have the changes made by next week.

Original: A Wawa lawsuit may end up sending a man to prison.

No, the company has not grown so powerful that it has prosecutorial powers. But it did sue Yogi Patel, a restaurant owner in Kissimmee, Florida, over his restaurant: Wawa Curry Taste of India.

Wawa, which owns a trademark on the term — a Lenni Lenape word for goose — sued Patel to get him to change the name of his restaurant. Patel told the Orlando Sentinel that “wawa” means good job or congratulations in Gujarati Indian, his native language.

“Defendant’s use of the name and mark WAWA CURRY, as set forth above, is likely to damage and materially diminish the value of the name and mark WAWA and result in Defendant unfairly benefiting and profiting from the reputation and goodwill that is represented by the name and mark WAWA,” the lawsuit read. Read more »

Porn Star Sues Josh Duggar for Alleged Assault in Philadelphia

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In a lawsuit filed today in Philadelphia, adult actress Danica Dillon alleges that she “felt as if she were being raped” by Josh Duggar after a March appearance at a Center City strip club.

Philly attorney Marc J. Frumer filed suit today on behalf of Dillon, who has starred in such films as This Ain’t Avatar XXX, among many other titles. Dillion first told her story to In Touch Weekly in August.

Josh, the oldest of the Duggar children, starred with his parents and siblings on the TLC TV show 19 Kids and Counting from its debut in 2008. The show was canceled this May after In Touch obtained a police report in which Josh’s father, Jim Bob Duggar, said Josh had confessed to molesting five underage girls when he was a young teenager. He later said he “acted inexcusably, for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret.”

He was later revealed to have a paid Ashley Madison account after that website’s database was breached, and subsequently went to rehab.

The lawsuit alleges that Duggar first met Dillon during one of her performances at The Gold Club, off 15th Street in Center City, in early March. “He walked into the Gold Club like a normal patron and said he’d been a fan for a long time and has watched my career grow — he even said from before my boob job until recently — and that he loved watching my very first scene on [an adult website],” Dillon told In Touch earlier this year. “Then it got creepy.” The suit says Duggar paid $600 for lap dances at the Gold Club. Read more »

Massive Lawsuit Filed Against AG Kathleen Kane, Daily News

Kathleen Kane and Frank Fina. (Kane: Matt Rourke/Associated Press; Fina: Jason Minick/Associated Press)

Kathleen Kane and Frank Fina. (Kane: Matt Rourke/Associated Press; Fina: Jason Minick/Associated Press)

A group of former prosecutors involved in the Pennsylvania porngate scandal have sued Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, Philadelphia Media Network — as well as one of its newspapers, the Daily News — and Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Chris Brennan in federal court.

The prosecutors, who include Frank Fina, say Kane retaliated against them for “exposing” her alleged lawbreaking. They accuse her of leaking grand jury information and defaming several of the plaintiffs by accusing them on CNN of viewing child pornography, among other things.

“Upon assuming office,” the lawsuit reads, “Defendant Kane has misused the power of her office, and its publicly funded resources, for the purpose of silencing her critics through a pattern of intimidation, attempted blackmail, and vindictive retaliation against those persons who have lawfully exposed Defendant Kane’s falsehoods, unlawful activities, and violations of her oath of office.”

The plaintiffs are Frank Noonan, Rick Sheetz, Randy Feathers, Fina and Marc Costanzo. Noonan was the Pennsylvania AG’s chief of criminal investigations and, later, state police commissioner. Sheetz was a career prosecutor who worked under Tom Corbett. Feathers was a longtime narcotics investigator who most recently was a member of the state’s parole board. Read more »

Former SEPTA Deputy Police Chief Sues Secretary of State John Kerry, Others

Former SEPTA Deputy Police Chief David Scott (top center), pictured with City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, City Councilman David Oh, and SEPTA police officers in a 2012 SEPTA photo.

Former SEPTA Deputy Police Chief David Scott (top center), pictured with City Councilwoman Cindy Bass, City Councilman David Oh, and SEPTA police officers in a 2012 SEPTA photo.

David Scott was a SEPTA transit police officer for over 30 years and served as deputy SEPTA police chief for over 18 years. After retiring a few years ago, he consulted with the United States government on anti-terrorism, and now he is suing Secretary of State John Kerry and others, claiming he is the victim of racial discrimination. Read more »

Oregon’s Naked Wines Tells Local Brewer It Can’t Sell “Naked” Beer

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Naked Wines is an Oregon winery with an unfortunate series of suggestive wine names, such as Penetration Cabernet Sauvignon, Oh! Orgasmic Barbera, Cougar Semi-Sparkling White, and Bareback Sweet White. Their unfortunate marketing campaign consists of slogans like “I Get Naked Regularly” and “We Just Got Naked.” And now Naked Wines is suing Prism Brewing Company in Bucks County over Prism’s “Naked” beers. Read more »

Muslim Man Sues Tastykake, Says Former Boss Called Him a Terrorist

Tasty Baking Company headquarters in Southwest Philadelphia (image via Google Maps)

Tasty Baking Company headquarters in Southwest Philadelphia (image via Google Maps)

Usually, the biggest controversy to come up surrounding Philadelphia’s Tasty Baking Company (aka Tastykake) is whether Krimpets are really better than Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes. But now a former Tastykake employees has filed a federal lawsuit against the century old manufacturer, claiming he was discriminated against because he is a black Muslim. Read more »

Philly Journalist Dustin Slaughter Sues NSA, CIA Over Occupy Philly Surveillance

Journalist Dustin Slaughter (left via LinkedIn)

Journalist Dustin Slaughter (left via LinkedIn)

These days, Dustin Slaughter is best known as the co-editor of alternative news website The Philly Declaration as well as a self-described “public records zealot.” But a few years back, he was a prominent associate of Occupy Philly. (Remember them?) And now he is suing the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency in connection with that movement. Read more »

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