News and Case Events
On December 19, 2018, a federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania entered a $26.8 million judgment against serial advance-fee fraudster Sandy Hutchens. This is in addition to the $9 million judgment against the front organization obtained in Pennsylvania state court in 2017.
Please follow the link to the announcement from Penn Law that recalls his storied career: https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/news/7720-geoff-hazard
ACLU of Pennsylvania Announces Settlements in Philadelphia Lawsuits That Established a First Amendment Right to Record the Police
PHILADELPHIA (December 5) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania announced today that it has settled two lawsuits against the city of Philadelphia after police unlawfully retaliated against people who recorded them carrying out their duties. The litigation stemmed from two separate incidents in 2012 and 2013 but were argued together in federal court, leading to a landmark ruling in July from the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that there is a First Amendment right to record the police in public.
The Langer Grogan & Diver law firm has won a significant constitutional challenge, brought on behalf of a class of approximately 40,000 Philadelphia landlords. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andrew Maykuth reports on the decision of U.S. District Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner permanently enjoining Philadelphia Gas Works (“PGW”) from filing liens on any landlord-owned residential or commercial property for unpaid gas bills accrued by a tenant, unless and until PGW designs a notification system that passes constitutional muster.
Langer, Grogan & Diver partner Peter Leckman has been elected as one of 45 new members to The American Law Institute (ALI). Peter joins other Langer, Grogan & Diver lawyers who are members of the ALI including Howard Langer, John J. Grogan, and Ned Diver. Peter’s work at Langer, Grogan & Diver focuses on antitrust and consumer class actions, and appellate work.
Langer Grogan & Diver honored with Antitrust Enforcement Award for Landmark Sports Broadcasting Actions against MLB and NHL
The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) announced today that Langer Grogan & Diver partners Edward Diver, Howard Langer and Peter Leckman have been honored for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice for their work on two major sports broadcasting cases: Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and Laumann v. National Hockey League.
Langer Grogan & Diver, P.C. announced today that Magistrate Judge Timothy Rice of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted preliminary approval to a $37.5 million class action settlement with Zions First National Bank and two subsidiaries of claims brought under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (“RICO”) Act.
Law360’s Braden Campbell reports on the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Beverly Reid O’Connell to name Langer Grogan & Diver as co-lead counsel in a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that the NFL’s television broadcasting practices violate federal antitrust laws.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Federal Judge Enjoins Philadelphia Gas Works From Placing Liens on Landlord Properties for Tenants’ Unpaid Gas Bills
The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andrew Maykuth reports on the decision of U.S. District Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner enjoining Philadelphia Gas Works (“PGW”) from filing liens on any residential or commercial property except those where the property owner is the delinquent PGW customer.
Law360’s Pete Brush reports on the $200M MLB Antitrust Deal Cutting Cost of Web Streams OK’d. Manhattan U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin gave final approval Monday for an antitrust class action deal worth $200 million that drops the price Major League Baseball junkies pay to watch online, awarding $16.5 million to plaintiffs’ counsel and turning aside an objector who said the settlement gives no relief for those who have stopped watching.
Law360’s Jeff Zelesin reports that MLB Fans Get Initial OK for TV Antitrust Settlement. Major League Baseball fans who were taking the league to trial over its business model for out-of-market game broadcasts won a New York federal judge’s initial approval Friday to settle the antitrust class action in exchange for some new viewing options and discounts.
Reporting from the Major League Baseball Owners Meetings in Coral Gables, Florida, SportsBusiness Journal reporter Eric Fisher writes that MLB hails compromise on broadcast territories.
“Major League Baseball fans will soon have more options for watching their favorite team. And non-sports fans yearning for a cordless future will have reason to cheer as well,” writes Kavitha Davidson in today’s Bloomberg View.
On the top of page one of the business section in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, staff writer Bob Fernandez reports on MLB agrees to concessions settling TV broadcasts antitrust suit. He has covered this story in Philadelphia since 2013.
On the day trial was set to begin in a class action challenging Major League Baseball’s broadcast practices, the parties submitted a proposed settlement agreement to Judge Shira Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Hours before a class-action lawsuit was set to begin between Major League Baseball and its fans, a settlement was reached Tuesday that will increase viewing options and reduce prices, reports Jacob Emert in today’s The Washington Post.
Law 360’s Benjamin Horney reports in MLB Ripped For Shot At ‘Antitrust Titan’ In Blackout Suit that Pay-TV subscribers suing their providers and the MLB over blackout rules have urged a New York federal Judge to reject an attempt to block testimony from an expert witness hailed by other courts as an “antitrust titan,” claiming he serves to quantify the impact of the allegedly improper conduct.
The 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL) have unlawfully agreed to eliminate competition among themselves in broadcasting NFL games, according to a class action lawsuit filed in federal court. Represented by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, bar owners and football fans from around the country seek an injunction to put an end to this anticompetitive arrangement and damages to compensate for the overcharges they have paid in purchasing access to live NFL broadcasts.
The National Football League’s teams have conspired with DirecTV and television networks to inflate the cost of watching football games by selling broadcast rights collectively instead of on a team-by-team basis, sports bars and fans told a New York federal court Friday.
A New York federal judge on Tuesday approved a nonmonetary settlement in a class action accusing the NHL of conspiring to inflate the price of broadcast rights for games, and awarded plaintiffs’ attorneys $6.5 million in fees and expenses, reports Law 360’s Max Stendahl in NHL Settlement Approved In Broadcast Antitrust Case.
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday refused to grant Apotex Inc. summary judgment that Cephalon Inc. had monopoly power over the market for modafinil, the active ingredient in the narcolepsy drug Provigil, saying that disputed issues exist that should be resolved at trial. Vin Gurrieri reported for Law 360 in Apotex’s Claim Of Provigil Monopoly To Be Decided At Trial.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has given preliminary approval to a $2.38 million settlement in a proposed class action claiming LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc. illegally distributed damaging information about retail workers to current and potential employers. The plaintiffs are represented by Irv Ackelsberg.
With the Stanley Cup Playoffs concluded, all National Hockey League fans can now get excited about viewing next season’s games, thanks especially to a proposed settlement agreement granted preliminary approval by Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin in the United States District Court.
“What we’re talking about here is a basic division of the market horizontally into exclusive territories,” Ned Diver tells Law 360 in MLB, NHL Viewers Press NY Judge To Certify Antitrust Class.
Major League Baseball can’t escape an antitrust class action accusing it, the National Hockey League, Comcast Corp. and others of conspiring to thwart broadcasting competition, following the Second Circuit’s refusal to take up an appeal of an order requiring the league to participate in the suit.
Langer Grogan & Diver are serving as Special Counsel in assisting Deputy Attorney General Saverio P. Mirarchi of the Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection with a lawsuit filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. According to Fox News, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced a consumer protection lawsuit against a Texas-based company for allegedly engineering an illegal payday loan scheme over the Internet. According to the lawsuit, the defendants allegedly targeted Pennsylvania consumers in violation of state law.
It’s been almost three years now since Commissioner Charles Ramsey issued a directive to Philly Police, letting them know that it’s entirely legal for the public to record officers doing their work and making arrests — as long as the photographer doesn’t interfere with that police work.
Major League Baseball on Wednesday said it would appeal a federal judge’s ruling to permit two antitrust class actions brought by viewers who say the league and cable companies use “blackouts” to shut out competition, reported Nick Divito in Courthouse News’ coverage of Baseball Fights Against Federal Judge.
Putative class actions alleging Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and cable providers colluded to thwart competition in television and Internet sports broadcasting will go to trial after a New York federal judge refused to toss them, according to a filing made publicly available Friday. This was reported by Law 360’s Kurt Orzeck in MLB, NHL Fans’ Broadcast Antitrust Actions Headed For Trial.
In the October 19, 2013 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, business reporter Bob Fernandez writes on, Suit alleges illegal cartel on TV, Internet sports, discussing the consumer proposed-class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball, the NHL, and regional sports networks, including those owned by Comcast and DirecTV.
Job applicants to Rite Aid Corp. won a round in their fight over the company’s pre-employment background checks, when a Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday denied the company’s motion to strike the designation of the putative class action as related to a similar case, saying both suits share a central core of common facts.
In the June 10, 2013 edition of The New York Times, business reporter Jessica Silver-Greenberg tells the story of Bruno Koch, 83, in Banks Seen as Aid in Fraud Against Older Consumers. Mr. Kirby told the telemarketer on the line that, yes, of course he would like to update his health insurance card. Then Mr. Koch, of Newport News, Va., slipped up: he divulged his bank account information.
In the April 2, 2013 edition of The New York Times, business reporters Stephanie Clifford and Jessica Silver-Greenberg detail the damage being done to unknowing employees in the article, Retailers Track Employees Thefts in Vast Database.
ACLU-PA and Civil Rights Attorneys File First in Series of Lawsuits over Illegal Arrests for Observing and Recording Philadelphia Police
PHILADELPHIA – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of Christopher Montgomery, a Philadelphia resident who was arrested for using his cellphone to record an arrest.
In today’s Thomson Reuters legal news, Jonathan Stempel covers LGD’s class action lawsuit against Major League Baseball, the NHL and regional sports networks in Sports fans can pursue antitrust case over programs.
A group of disgruntled U.S. hockey fans is going to war against the National Hockey League, accusing the league of conspiring to overcharge customers for its game broadcasts in an antitrust lawsuit.
Shannon Duffy covers LGD’s successful representation in Buck v. Stankovic, in a page one article entitled No Wedding Bell Blues in The Legal Intelligencer. A federal judge ruled that a county official cannot deny a marriage license to a couple simply because an applicant does not have a current visa or green card.
The Legal Intelligencer: Sham Shame? Drug Co. Faces another Antitrust Action Based on Allegedly Bogus Patent Suit
Antitrust claims that have already cost GlaxoSmithKline $175 million to settle are potentially even more expensive now that a federal judge in Philadelphia has green-lighted a second suit that alleges nearly identical claims, reported Shannon Duffy in today’s Legal Intelligencer article, Sham Shame? Drug Co. Faces Another Antitrust Action Based on Allegedly Bogus Patent Suit.