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December 2012 Archives

Toyota 'Moving Forward' With $1.1 Billion Settlement

Looks like Toyota is finally moving forward.

A settlement was filed on behalf of the class action lawsuit on Wednesday. The settlement calls for a $1.1 billion payout from Toyota, putting the brakes on the unintended acceleration lawsuit once and for all.

The case never made it to trial, interestingly enough. Toyota settled prior to the case going to trial, probably because of the negative impact that a trial could have on the automaker. That includes bad publicity for Toyota.

Mistaken Identity Leads to Lawsuit Against Seaford Police

A case of mistaken identity is now leading to a lawsuit against the Seaford Police Department, reports NBC Philadelphia.

A man in Dagsboro has filed suit alleging that two police officers violated his rights in a traffic stop in 2011, when they thought he was someone else. Reginald Johnson claims that he was shocked with an electric stun gun.

The entire incident was caught on Dash Cam. The officers are seen stopping Johnson and asking him to exit the vehicle. They are then seen threatening him with tazing: "We'll taze you!"

Ex-CBS3 Anchor Alycia Lane's Defamation Lawsuit Thrown Out

Last week, a Philadelphia judge ruled against former CBS3 news anchor Alycia Lane in her defamation lawsuit against her former employer, CBS.

The lawsuit alleged that Lane's one-time co-anchor hacked into her email account and leaked private information. The former colleague is identified as Larry Mendte, who claims to have had an affair with Lane.

Lane was fired from the CBS affiliate after she was arrested in New York City following an altercation with a New York City police officer, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Fake Dentists Rooted Out: 2 Bryn Mawr Women Arrested

With medical and dental costs rising, many patients seek alternatives. Sometimes, we hear of stories where people seeking plastic surgery go to unauthorized dealers, thinking that something as simple as a Botox injection can be performed by anyone.

But that's not true. Medical and dental work requires a professional, and it involves state licensing. This is for safety reasons. When patients suffer serious medical conditions or even death as a result of this reckless practice of medicine or dentistry, there's not only potential civil liability but also possible criminal liability.

A team of imposter dentists have been arrested for running a sham operation where they performed dental work after-hours at a local dentist's clinic, reports The Philadelphia Daily News.

Court Awards $4.7M From Cop for Wrongful Death, City Not Liable

The family of William Panas Jr. was awarded $4.7 million in damages in a wrongful death verdict against a former policeman.

But the same jury didn’t find the Police Department liable for the death and let them, and incidentally the City of Philadelphia, off the hook on the civil liability surrounding Panas’ death, reports CBS.

Panas was shot to death by off-duty police officer Frank Tepper, back in 2009. The two were reportedly neighbors.

Chester County Man Sues Boy Scouts for Sex Abuse

The Boy Scouts perversion files are finally giving way to lawsuits. One of these lawsuits are coming from the Philadelphia area, reports NBC Philadelphia.

Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America were ordered to release their “perversion files,” a database of names and files listing the names of Scouts leaders who were reported to the organization for suspected sexual abuse.

The release of these 1,200 names caused a huge uproar as many of the files showed reported cases of child sex abuse that were never followed up on. Many felt that these so-called perversion files were symbolic of a cover-up, with Boy Scouts trying to salvage its good name.

NJ Woman Sues for $10M in Train Derailment

Almost two weeks ago, a freight train derailed in Paulsboro, New Jersey. Now, a lawsuit is being brought in that accident.

The train derailment sent hazardous chemicals into the air, writes CBS Philadelphia. Now, a mother of three is claiming that she is suffering breathing problems as a result of the spill.

The woman, Alice Breeman, cites negligence as the crux of the lawsuit. In her lawsuit, she says that Conrail, Northern Suffolk Railway Company and CSX Transportation were negligent, essentially that they had a duty to inspect the bridge and that they failed to perform the duty.

Man Hit By Subway in NYC, SEPTA Raises Rider Awareness

On Monday, many New Yorkers at Times Square had to endure the unthinkable. They had to watch a man get pushed onto the subway tracks, watching in horror as the man stared at the train that would inevitably crush him to death.

Millions of Americans use the subway system. Philadelphia's subway system is praised as one of the simplest and easiest subways in America. But that doesn't necessarily make SEPTA the safest transit system.

Not by a longshot. Nine people have died from being struck by SEPTA trains in 2012, writes Philly Magazine.

University of Pennsylvania Fraternity Pays $3M In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A University of Pennsylvania fraternity will have to pay $3 million to the family of a man who fell to his death at a New Year's Eve party in 2011, reports The Philadelphia Daily News.

Matthew Crozier died when he fell from the second floor to the first floor at a Phi Kappa Sigma party. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, the staircase railing was weak and resulted in the fall.

Crozier was following a girl up the stairs at the party at 3 a.m. when he tripped and fell approximately 30 feet, writes Philly Burbs. He landed on his head and was rushed to the hospital with brain injuries, dying five days later.