U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania News

Court finds SciMedica Group, Cephalon did have permission to send faxes

By Charmaine Little | Nov 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled that the defendants in a case over a fax sent to a doctor did in fact have permission to send it and granted their motions for summary judgment.

Labor Department alleges Pennsylvania restaurant failed to pay full minimum wage, overtime

By Marian Johns | Nov 9, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Pennsylvania restaurant in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for allegedly failing to pay servers a full federal minimum wage as well as overtime pay.

Blind man suing Philly restaurant 100 miles from his house loses case over its website

By Charmaine Little | Sep 26, 2018

On Sept.17, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania determined a blind man didn’t provide enough evidence that Sam’s Oyster House discriminated against him through its website.

AbbVie files appeal contesting landmark $448 million antitrust win for Federal Trade Commission

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 23, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — Defendants AbbVie Inc., Abbott Laboratories and Unimed Pharmaceuticals LLC filed an appeal on Aug. 6 in a U.S. District Court in response to the final judgment in an antitrust case that found in favor of the Federal Trade Commission.

Philadelphia judge grants states' motion for separate track in antitrust case over drug-pricing

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 20, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge has granted a motion made by the attorneys general for 44 states, including Pennsylvania, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for a separate government track in a multidistrict antitrust case involving the pricing of generic pharmaceuticals.

Plaintiffs firm represented whistleblower in secret to avoid paying referral fee from multimillion-dollar case, lawsuit claims

By John O'Brien | May 24, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A Texas personal injury law firm claims it is owed part of $16 million awarded to a corporate whistleblower because colleagues effectively poached the client and represented him in secret.

Dispute between former NFL player and concussion-litigation funder might not make it to arbitration

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A ruling from a federal judge in Pennsylvania remains pending on whether or not compulsory arbitration will be permanently prohibited, in the case of a litigation funder that pursued financial recovery against a former National Football League player who allegedly failed to repay it a loan.

Organizations allege USDA hasn't made any regulations regarding birds under Animal Welfare Act

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 3, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – Two animal advocacy organizations are seeking to compel a federal agency to propose rules that govern the handling, care and treatment of birds.

NFL alleges widespread fraud by unnamed plaintiffs lawyers, doctors in concussion settlement; Special investigator appropriate, class counsel says

By Nicholas Malfitano | Apr 30, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – If the National Football League has their way, sanctions will be issued and a special investigator will be appointed to the NFL’s $1 billion Concussion Settlement program, as the league alleges an independent claims administrator determined that 23 percent of the claims submitted to it were fraudulent.

RD Legal Funding asks for oral arguments as it fights lawsuit from CFPB, N.Y. AG

By Chandra Lye | Feb 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The disagreement over funding by third parties continues to play out in an exchange between Pennsylvania and New York federal courts, as one such company defends itself from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

FTC: $1.3 million to be reimbursed to consumers victimized by alleged tech support scam

By Mark Iandolo | Jan 25, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Jan. 10 that the assets of the operators of an alleged tech scam will be used to reimburse consumers victimized by the scheme.

Pfizer sues Johnson & Johnson over alleged anti-competitive practices

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 30, 2017

Pfizer’s lawsuit, filed in a Pennsylvania federal court in September, alleges Johnson & Johnson’s exclusionary contracts and other anti-competitive practices have denied U.S. patients access to therapeutic options and undermined the benefits of “robust” price competition in the “innovative and growing” biologics marketplace for patients.

Pennsylvania lender accused of fraud and misrepresentation

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 24, 2017

Stockholders of a Canadian company are suing operators of a Pennsylvania lending firm, alleging fraud and unjust enrichment involving a real estate loan.

New York court sends question in 9/11 responders, NFL players case to Pennsylvania court

By Angela Underwood | Oct 6, 2017

A question in a lawsuit against a legal funding company that allegedly scammed 9/11 responders and former NFL players has swapped judges’ hands.

Stockholder alleges corporation, board violated law

By Louie Torres | Jan 17, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) -- A public stockholder is suing a a corporation and its board of directors, alleging negligent misrepresentation and violation of federal securities law.

Panel selects Pa. federal court for MDL against generic drug makers

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 17, 2016

The six-member U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation selected the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to handle the lawsuits against defendants Allergan, Impax Laboratories, The Lannett Company, Mylan, Par Pharmaceuticals and West-Ward. Providence's class action against the drug manufacturers are among the cases being consolidated.

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