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July 2011 Archives

Sav Rocca Kicks It, Eagles Fan Injured, Lawsuit Filed

It happened on Flight Night. The Philadelphia Eagles were holding a light scrimmage at Lincoln Financial Field when Australian punter Sav Rocca kicked a ball into the stands. An Eagles fan was injured and that fan has now sued the team.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Debra Campana, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, attended the scrimmage with friends and family and had seats only three yards from the field. Rocca was on the field and was playing a game of catch with some fans in the stands. One fan deep within the stands asked Rocca to boot one into the crowd. Rocca complied.

Damon Feldman Brings Defamation Charges Over On-Air Insults

C-list celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman has filed a lawsuit bringing defamation charges against John McNesby over comments McNesby made on a Fox 29 television interview.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Feldman was promoting a boxing event last year featuring "celebrities" like Lindsay Lohan's dad, Michael Lohan. Feldman initially promoted the event as honoring fallen Philadelphia police officer John Pawlowski, who was killed in the line of duty in 2009.

Target Recall: Children's Task Lamp Recall

Target and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced a voluntary recall of the Circo Children’s Task Lamp citing laceration and fire hazards.

According to the announcement, consumers are urged to stop using the products immediately. They can return the lamps at any Target store and receive a full refund. Approximately, 13,000 customers bought the lamps at Target stores across the country.

So far, six people have reported incidents relating to the lamps, says the CPSC. Apparently, the lamps can overheat causing the adhesive glue inside the lamp socket to melt. The CPSC says that the melted glue can lead to broken bulbs which can cause lacerations. In addition, the flammable glue poses a fire risk.

Venue Sports Bar Liable for Bar Shooting?

Over the weekend, 23-year old Randy Campbell was the victim of a fatal bar shooting at Venue Sports Bar & Grill in Upper Darby Township.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Campbell and the alleged assailant got into an argument in the bar’s bathroom. After the argument, the assailant was thrown out the bar, but apparently waited for Campbell outside the bar to finish the argument. Police say the assailant was armed with a “high powered weapon.”

A 10-year old girl was attacked by a pit bull in Philadelphia. She remains hospitalized and is in stable condition after receiving several stitches. As the girl recovers, this latest attack involving pit bulls and children brings to mind dog bite liability should the parents of the girl sue.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the dog belonged to a neighbor of the victim. The neighbor is reportedly a good family friend and surrendered the dog to authorities. It's unclear if the dog will be euthanized. And while it has been reported that no criminal charges have been filed, it is also unclear whether the girl's family will sue their neighbor for medical expenses and other damages.

Woods Services, Stacey Strauss Sued by Family of Bryan Nevins

The family of Bryan Nevins has sued Langhorne special-care facility Woods Services and caregiver Stacey Strauss in a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the lawsuit seeks more than $5 million in damages stemming from the death of Nevins, a 20-year old autistic man and resident at the facility.

Last summer, Nevins and several other residents were taken on a group trip to Sesame Place. As the group returned to Woods Services, Strauss was in charge of unloading Nevins and another resident from the van, reports the Daily News.

The parents of the 11-year old girl who died last month in a Ferris wheel accident have sued Morey's Piers, the operators of the ride.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Abiah Jones was on a field trip to Morey's Piers in Wildwood with her fifth-grade class. During the trip, the girl boarded the Big Wheel, a 156-foot high Ferris wheel, by herself. As the Ferris wheel reached its apex, Jones somehow fell out of her carriage and plummeted to her death.

Bucks County Man Killed by Fireworks on July 4th

A Bucks County man was killed by fireworks after lighting a mortar in his Levittown neighborhood on July 4th.

Ray Criblear, 51, was known as the cool guy in his neighborhood that would set off fireworks every Fourth of July, reports

On Monday, things went terribly wrong when Criblear attempted to set off an illegal three-inch mortar.

According to phillyBurbs, Criblear ignited the firework, which had a short fuse, using a plastic bucket and a piece of PVC pipe. But instead of shooting off shells into the air, the mortar shot off straight into Criblear's head.