Cult Leaders and Ballet Dancers: The Strange Rock School Lawsuit

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Each year, many up-and-coming ballet dancers from around the world audition for the “summer intensives” at Philadelphia’s Rock School for Dance Education, the prestigious 51-year-old ballet school on South Broad Street that claims “alumni in every major ballet company in the United States, on Broadway and in Europe.” In fact, this year’s summer intensives have just begun. And according to a new federal lawsuit, there’s one parent particularly upset with how things went last year. Read more »

Lawyers Identify Johnny Doc’s “Anonymous” Philly.com Commenter

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Screen shot of Stephen Montemuro’s Twitter page taken at 3:30  on April 19th, 2014

Electrical union boss John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty is suing “anonymous” Philly.com commenter “FBPDPLT” for calling him a “pedophile” in a 2012 comment, and back in March, Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Jacqueline Allen ordered Philly.com to turn over any identifying information it had on the commenter. Philly.com gave Dougherty’s attorney an IP address, and now the previously anonymous commenter has been named in a court filing as Stephen J. Montemuro.

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Lawsuit over Fake Chips at Borgata Poker Tournament Thrown Out

A lawsuit over fake poker chips at a Borgata poker tournament in Atlantic City has been dismissed by a state court. Lawyers say they’ll appeal.

The lawsuit stems from an odd incident surrounding the Borgata Winter Poker Open tournament earlier this year. A gambler staying at nearby Harrah’s had snuck counterfeit chips into the tournament, and thought Borgata officials were on to him. So, police say, he flushed them down the toilet. His scam was discovered when pipes in Harrah’s began to leak from being clogged with $2.7 million in fake poker chips. (In a subplot to this already-weird tale, alleged chip counterfeiter Christian Lusardi has is also accused of possessing 37,000 bootleg DVDs.)

The tournament was canceled, and earlier this year gamblers sued. Yesterday, a judge dismissed it.

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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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