Pennsylvania Civil Rights Law

United States of America v. Anthony Diaz

Scranton, PA - The United States of America charged Anthony Diaz with wire and mail fraud.

Anthony Diaz, age 52, formerly of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was convicted on January 30, 2020 following a jury trial, of wire fraud and mail fraud offenses. The 12-day trial was held before United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion in Scranton.

According to United States ... More...
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United States of America v. Timothy Shawl, M.D.

Philadelphia, PA - The United States of America charged Timothy Shawl, M.D. with distribution of controlled substances (drugs).

Timothy Shawl, M.D., 60, of Garnet Valley, PA entered a plea of guilty on five counts of unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

The defendant was charged by Indictment in September 2019 as part of a coordinated healthcare fraud enforcement actio... More...
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United States of America v. Jesse Carey

Wilkes-Barre, PA - The United States of America chrged Jesse Carey with drug possession with intent to distribute.

Jesse Carey, age 33, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, entered guilty pleas on January 6, 2019, before U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin stemming from separate incidents in Monroe and... More...
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Tammy Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District

On October 18, 2004, the Defendant Dover Area School Board of Directors passed by a 6-3 vote the following resolution:

Students will be made aware of gaps/problems in Darwin's theory and of other theories of evolution including, but not limited to, intelligent design. Note: Origins of Life is not taught.

On November 19, 2004, the Defendant Dover Area School District announced by ... More...
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William R. Jones v. Unknown D.O.C. Bus Driver and Transportation Crew

If a prisoner wants to file a §1983 suit, he must exhaust the prison’s internal administrative remedies first. Because he must clear this hurdle before suing, we wait to start the limita-tions clock until after he has exhausted them (or after his re-lease, whichever comes first). This is true whether he sues from prison or sues after his release. Either way, the plaintiff had to delay filing while... More...   $0 (12-13-2019 - PA)

United States of America v. Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Philadelphia, PA - The United States of America charged Rising Pharmaceuticals, Inc. with engaging in a criminal conspiracy to fix prices and allocate customers for a generic drug.

Rising Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Rising), a generic pharmaceutical company headquartered in New Jersey, was criminally charged for conspiring to fix prices and allocate customers for a generic hypertension drug, an... More...
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Briaheen Thomas v. Deputy Superintendent Tice

Briaheen Thomas appeals from the District Court’s order granting summary judgment to Deputy Superintendent Eric Tice, Deputy Mark Garman, Correction Classification and Program Manager Timothy Miller, and Major Heather Halderman. For the reasons discussed below, we will affirm in part and reverse in part the District Court’s order.
At all relevant times for this appeal, Thomas was an inma... More...
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Alson Alston v. The National Conference of Bar Examiners, et al.

Pro se appellant Alson Alston appeals from the District Court’s order denying his motion to reopen the time to file a notice of appeal. For the reasons discussed below, we will affirm.
Because we write primarily for the parties, we will recite only the facts necessary for o... More...
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United States of America ex rel. Strunck et al. v. Mallinckrodt ARD, Inc. and United States of America ex rel. Clark v. Questor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,

Philadelphia, PA - Drug Maker Mallinckrodt Agrees to Pay Over $15 Million to Resolve Alleged False Claims Act Liability for “Wining and Dining” Doctors

Pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt ARD LLC (formerly known as Mallinckrodt ARD Inc. and previously Questcor Pharmaceuticals... More...
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Donna Dinaples v. MRS BPO, LLC

Five years ago, in Douglass v. Convergent Outsourcing, 765 F.3d 299 (3d Cir. 2014), we held that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692–16... More...
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United States of America v. Eagleville Hospital

Philadelphia, PA - Eagleville Hospital Pays $2.85 Million to Resolve Allegations of Improper Billing for Detox Treatment

Eagleville Hospital, which provides substance use disorder treatment in Eagleville, Pennsylvania, has agreed to pay $2.85 million to the federal government... More...
   $2850000 (07-26-2019 - PA)

United States of America v. Gary E. Mills

Pittsburgh, PA - Federal Jury Finds Dubois Man Guilty of Filing False Joint Tax Returns by Intentionally Under-Reporting His and His Wife’s Income

A federal jury of nine men and three women found Gary E. Mills guilty of thre... More...
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Anthony Hildebrand v. Allegheny County

In 2013, Anthony Hildebrand sued his former employer for age discrimination in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. When jurisdiction was returned to the District Court in 2015 after an appe... More...
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Brian D. Tanner (Appellant) appeals from the order denying his petition
filed pursuant to the Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA), 42 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 9541- 9546. After careful review, we affirm in part, and rev... More...
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United States of America v. Harrisburg Millworks, L.L.C.

Harrisburg, PA - United States Reaches Settlement With Harrisburg Millworks Llc Regarding Compliance With ADA

Harrisburg Millworks LLC, the owner of The Millworks, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The agreement was reached under Title III of the American... More...
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United States of America v. Matthew Handy

Appellant Matthew Handy challenges the District Court’s application of two sentencing enhancements: the obstruction-of-justice enhancement, U.S.S.G. § 3C1.1, and the vulnerable-victim enhancement, id. § 3A1.1(b)(1). Because we agree that the District Court plainly erred in applyi... More...
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Jozef R. Madar v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Our immigration laws have long required foreign-born
children of citizens to reside or be physically present in the
United States for some amount of time to retain citizenship. In
extraordinary cases, these retention... More...
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United States of America v. Kevin L. Reese

This is one of the rare cases in which the Speedy Trial Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 3161–3174, requires that we vacate a conviction and remand for dismissal of the indictment.
Kevin L. Reese was convicted in the District Court of six counts each of wire fraud and aggravated i... More...
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Thomas Sköld v. Galderma Laboratories L.P.; Galderma Laboratories, Inc.; Galderma S.A.; Nestle Skin Health S.A.

This case proves once again that people will fight for a catchy name. Thomas Sköld sued his former business partner, Galderma Laboratories L.P. (“Galderma”), alleging that its use of the trademark “Restoraderm” constitutes trademark infringement, false advertising, unfair competi... More...
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Mary Barbato v. Greystone Alliance, LLC

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) protects consumers from abusive, deceptive, or otherwise unfair debt collection practices. 15 U.S.C. § 1692(a). It applies to “debt collectors,” defined alternatively as those engaged “in any business the principal purpose of which ... More...
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Jerome McKinney v. University of Pittsburgh

Jerome McKinney, a longtime, tenured professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, challenges the University’s decision to reduce his salary as a violation of the Due Process Cl... More...
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Earl Patterson v. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

Earl Patterson was employed as a maintenance person
for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (“PLCB”) when he
reported for duty at a PLCB-operated liquor store in
Eddystone, Pennsylvania. Shortly after his arrival, the
location’s assistant manager accused him of attem... More...
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For several years, Chapman engaged in the selling of narcotics in Williamsport and Harris... More...
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United States of America v. Maliki Hassan Chapman, a/k/a Terrence Wallace

In June of 2016, Maliki Hassan Chapman pled guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. After several continuances, the District Court set a date for Chapman’s sentencing hearing in March of 2017. On the scheduled date, Chapman immediately informed ... More...
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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Nicoli A. Santana

Reading, PA - The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charged Nicoli A. Santana, age 38, first-degree murder for shooting and killing Ian Moore, age 32, outside a bar in March 2017.

Defendant was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, possession ... More...
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Dieuland Jean Louis v. Attorney General of the United States

A non-lawyer “immigration expert” advised Dieuland Jean Louis that he could miss his asylum hearing without conse-quence. I App. A6-7. So he did. But the “immigration expert” was wrong—and an immigration judge relied on Jean Louis’s absence to order his removal in absentia. Id.
Je... More...
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G.S., a minor, by his parents, J.S. and E.S. v. Rose Tree Media School District

Appellant Rose Tree Media School District (“Rose Tree”) appeals the District Court’s grant of summary judgment concluding that Rose Tree was obligated to enroll Appellee G.S. under Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (“McKinney-Vento” or the “Act”), 42 U.... More...
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In December 2014, Wright was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1). He pleade... More...
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United States of America v. Raymont Wright

The District Court barred a retrial of and dismissed the indictment against Defendant Raymont Wright with prejudice after two juries failed to reach a verdict. The Court did so relying on its inherent authority, but without find... More...
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Ari Weitzner v. Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.

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Plaintiffs Dr. Ari Weitzner and his professional
corporation, Ari Weitzner M.D. P.C., challenge the
Di... More...
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These consolidated mandamus petitions require us to decide whether two professional photographers bringing separate copyright infringement actions are bound by a forum selection clause in contracts they did not
sign. We conclude that the photographers are not bound because t... More...
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Linwood Brant v. Michael Knarr and Dale Williamson

Scranton, PA - Linwood Brant sued Corrections Office Michael Knarr and Lt. Dale Williams on prisoner civil rights violation theories claiming that he was retaliated against by Lt. Dale Williams and Corrections officer Michael Knarr by destroying his legal papers.

Brant is... More...
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Jill Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive Corporation, et al.

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David Sikkelee died in a plane crash, and his wife, Plaintiff Jill Sikkelee, brought state-law stric... More...
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Tam Thanh Nguyen v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Jared Bromberg

A claim that a search was unconstitutional accrues when the
officer conducts the search, not when a court later declares it
unconstitutional. So the statute of limitations runs from the
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Peter Humphrey v. Glaxosmithkline, PLC

Section 1964(c) of the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961–
1968, creates a private right of action for a plaintiff that “is
injured in his [or her] business or property” as a result ... More...
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Melvin Keith Richardson v. Superintendent Coal Township SCI

Melvin Richardson was denied counsel for part of his state-court sentencing. But neither his post-sentencing lawyer nor his state-habeas lawyer challenged that denial of counsel. Now,
on federal habeas, he seeks to cha... More...
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