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Mar
10

WCB Files Brief for Public Health Groups Supporting Philadelphia Soda Tax

Consumer Protection Blog

Williams Cuker Berezofsky has filed a brief for the American Heart Association and 14 other public health groups urging the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to uphold the validity of the City of Philadelphia’s recently-enacted tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, popularly known as the “soda tax.” In the case of Williams et al. v. City of Philadelphia

Feb
24

Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers: Executive Order on Immigration

WCB Blog

Public Interest Groups Fight for Class Action Rights in Case Challenging Executive Order on Immigration Many cases have been filed challenging enforcement of the President’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order that barred admission of all refugees and of persons from seven specified countries with mostly Muslim populations.  The Plaintiffs in these cases have alleged that the

Feb
17

Jury Convicts State Trooper Who Kicked Activist in Face

Civil Rights Blog

The jury convicted the Pennsylvania state trooper who kicked an activist in the face during an arrest. In less than an hour on Friday, the Dauphin County jury convicted the 37-year-old state trooper from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with charges of simple assault and official oppression. During the original May 2016 incident that took place in Harrisburg,

Feb
17

Judge Rules in Favor of Victim in Violent Arrest

Civil Rights Blog

On Wednesday, a judge ruled in favor of a violent arrest victim. In April 2015, a 22-year-old man from the Germantown section of Philadelphia was illegally stopped by undercover police officers after they observed him riding his bicycle in the neighborhood. The officers, who were conducting surveillance in the area, suspected that he was involved

Feb
17

Officer Appalled After State Trooper Kicks Activist in Face

Civil Rights Blog

A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania police officer testified on Wednesday that he was “appalled” after he witnessed a state trooper kick an activist in the face during an arrest. The incident took place on May 16, 2015, when the victim, who is a known community activist, was riding his skateboard down the street after work and heard

Feb
01

Pennsylvania Boarding School Sex Abuse Spanned Decades

Civil Rights Blog

After 50 years of unreported sex abuse transpired at the Solebury School, in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a grand jury released a report on Wednesday about the abuse. Apparently, school administrators knew about the assaults, but the perpetrators, who comprised of nine adults associated with the school, never received punishment, and were not reported to the

Jan
30

Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers: Veterans’ Benefits

WCB Blog

Needed:  Less Talk, More Action on Veterans’ Benefits Every four years, we hear political candidates profess their devotion to our military veterans and their needs.  We’re told that a new administration in Washington will end the callous denial of medical disability and other benefits to vets who have been injured mentally or physically in the

Dec
19

Refreshing Change: A Tax Break for Some Civil Rights Plaintiffs

Civil Rights Blog

It’s a rare thing when politicians, excitedly slashing taxes for the wealthy, manage to confer a financial benefit on ordinary citizens.  It is even more unusual for them to help the victims of civil rights violations. Yet, that’s exactly what Congress did in a little noticed section of 2015’s “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act.” 

Dec
10

Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers: Civil Rights Mistrial

Civil Rights Blog

Walter Scott Mistrial Shows There’s Still a Role for Civil Rights Litigation Many were shocked by the 12/5/16 mistrial in the case against a South Carolina policeman who had been seen on video shooting an unarmed man, Walter Scott, in the back. The result was not surprising, however, to civil rights attorneys and their clients

Dec
06

Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers: Credit Reports in Native Languages

Civil Rights Blog

Consumer and Civil Rights Groups Urge CRAs to Offer Wells Fargo Customers Free Credit Reports in Native Languages Last month, it was widely reported that Wells Fargo Bank has for years been secretly issuing credit cards to and opening deposit accounts for millions of consumers who never requested these services.  This news came to light when

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