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 »
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 »
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 »