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Jun
19

Philadelphia’s Emerging Lead-Contamination Crisis

Environmental Tort Law Blog

This weekend, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran the most recent installment of its series “Toxic City,” written by Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker, and Dylan Purcell.  The series examines environmental risks to the City’s residents, especially those who are poor, minorities, and children. The first installment exposed the harm lead paint in old homes to primarily poor

May
31

Philadelphia Railroad Accident Lawyers: Rail Safety 

WCB Blog

An Increasing Concern for Workers and Communities In a recent article regarding the tragic deaths of two AMTRAK workers the Philadelphia Inquirer described numerous lapses in safety precautions that had become the “norm” at railroad sites. The concern regarding railroad safety extends to a broad array of potential problems and victims.  Railroad workers are, of

May
25

Propane Leak Causes Evacuations in Gloucester County

Environmental Tort Law Blog

A propane leak in Logan Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey caused evacuations on Thursday afternoon. Apparently, a 30,000-gallon railroad tank car was parked at the Pureland Industrial Park and started to leak propane from a valve. One individual was taken to the Crozer Chester Medical Center for a medical evaluation, and mass evacuations within a half-mile

May
25

Philadelphia Civil Rights Lawyers Report on Stop and Frisk

WCB Blog

Stop and Frisk Progress Continues to Elude Philadelphia In 2011, the City of Philadelphia entered into a Consent Decree to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the Philadelphia Police Department was conducting pedestrian stops (known as Terry stops) based on race.  Pursuant to the Consent Decree, the City shares with the ACLU of Pennsylvania and its

May
20

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

WCB Blog

American Motorcycle Association president Rob Dingman is alerting motorists to be aware of their driving environments, “With its warmer weather and increased riding, May is an opportune time to educate the non-riding public about the safety issues that motorcyclists face on every outing.” According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation motorcycle fatalities have been on the

May
19

Philadelphia Consumer Protection Lawyers: Dismantling Student Loan Protections

WCB Blog

Tough Times Ahead for Student Loan Borrowers Student loan debt in the United States totals over one trillion dollars.  Tens of millions of Americans owe payments on loans they took out to pursue a higher education.  These borrowers and the general public have a strong interest in there being a fair and manageable system for

May
18

Philadelphia Elder Abuse Lawyers: Testimony about Elder Abuse

WCB Blog

Finally, Finality on Issue of Testimony about Elder Abuse I have written numerous blogs on the attempt by the nursing home industry to foist arbitration agreements on unsuspecting potential residents and their families.  The fact that the United States Constitution provides for a right to trial by jury has been seen by the nursing home

May
16

Philadelphia Sues Wells Fargo for Discrimination Against African-Americans

Civil Rights Blog

The city of Philadelphia filed a claim in federal District Court against Wells Fargo on Monday. The claim alleges that the bank discriminated against African-American and Latino homebuyers by overcharging over 1000 borrowers for loans to purchase Philadelphia homes since 2004. Although Wells Fargo denies the allegations, six informants who formerly worked for the bank provided

May
16

Woman Leaves Job After Congressman Challenges Her Critique

Civil Rights Blog

A woman left her job after New Jersey Republican representative, Rodney Frelinghuysen, challenged her public critique of him. The woman was a bank executive, and one of the co-founders of the group, NJ 11th for Change, which critiqued Frelinghuysen for supporting Donald Trump, and pressured the congressman to meet with his constituents at town hall meetings.

May
10

Chemicals Found in Chincoteague Drinking Water Supply

Environmental Tort Law Blog

After water testing was conducted, chemicals used in firefighting foam were discovered in the Chincoteague, Virginia water supply. Both NASA and the town are monitoring the wells to determine if the chemicals, notably poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs), found in water samples taken from the wells near the former fire training center at the NASA

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