Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We […]
Every business owner knows they need an accountant. But not all business owners recognize the value of developing an ongoing relationship with a good business law firm. When legal issues arise involving your business you need a lawyer who understands the needs of your business quickly. For that to happen you need a lawyer who: […]
The mere existence of a pay-to-play scheme does not compel the conclusion that a Plaintiff suffered an adverse employment action because of his political affiliation.
In Wallett v. Pa. Tpk. Comm’n, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158215 (M.D. Pa. Nov. 5, 2013) United States District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo concluded “While the evidence submitted by Plaintiff may establish Defendants’ participation in the pay-to-play scheme, it does not establish the missing element of Plaintiff’s claim, the absence of which compelled the court […]
On November 8, 2013, in Kijek v. Gober, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159781 (M.D. Pa. Nov. 8, 2013), United States District Judge MALACHY E. MANNION wrote: “To make out a First Amendment retaliation claim pursuant to §1983, a plaintiff must establish three elements: ‘(1) constitutionally protected conduct, (2) retaliatory action sufficient to deter a person […]
On November 8, 2013, in Young v. Kisenwether, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160045 (M.D. Pa. Nov. 8, 2013), U.S. District Judge Mannion wrote: “Finally, the plaintiff points to the dismissal of the zoning officer, a candidate that opposed both defendants in 2009 and 2011, as evidence of other politically motivated firings. The plaintiff points the […]
In Brown v. Trueblue, Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158476 (M.D. Pa. Nov. 5, 2013), United States District Judge Yvette Kane wrote: The reasonable hourly rate is calculated “according to the prevailing market rates in the community.” Smith v. Phila. Hous. Auth., 107 F.3d 223, 225 (3d Cir. 1997). When determining the proper hourly rate, […]
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Happy 100th anniversary to the Anti-Defamation League: from a little-known reference in a 9/18/1913 New York Times article, to international recognition as a protector of civil rights. http://www.adl.org/
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In United States v. Quinn the Third Circuit has overturned that part of Virgin Islands v Smith that recognized judicial grants of immunity. Some of the key introductory paragraphs from Quinn are quoted below in bold face, followed by a link to a .pdf file copy of the entire opinion. “We recognized a second situation […]