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Philadelphia Court Backs City Hall in Dispute Over Rescinded Fire Promotions

The fourteen firefighters were promoted this past spring, under an order from Common Pleas Court judge Leon Tucker, but last week a Commonwealth court tossed out that ruling and ordered Tucker to dismiss the case.

09/27/2013

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Number of Plaintiffs Suing Conrail Over Paulsboro, NJ Derailment Nears 100

As the cleanup from the Conrail freight train derailment in Paulsboro, NJ continues, people are lining up to sue the rail carrier over the leak of vinyl chloride.

12/13/2012

(Montgomery County commissioners Bruce Castor, left, Josh Shapiro, center, and Leslie Richards, right, announce the schedule for a mobile van to issue voter IDs for qualified county residents.  Credit: Brad Segall)

Montco’s Voter Photo ID Van Will Traverse County Until Election Day

The picture identification cards will be issued through Parkhouse, the county’s senior care facility, but you don’t have to live or work there — or even go there.

10/01/2012

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Commonwealth Court Hears Closing Arguments In Voter ID Case

The parties in the voter ID case presented closing arguments yesterday, closing two full days of testimony before the Commonwealth Court on the accessibility of voter IDs, after the state Supreme Court asked the judge to reconsider his decision not to block the law.

09/28/2012

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As Courts Reevaluate Voter ID Law, Pa. Eases Procedure For Obtaining a Card

As of Tuesday morning, voters can get a voting-only ID without first trying to get a Penndot ID and without showing two proofs of residence.

09/25/2012

(The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard the Voter ID appeal in its Philadelphia courtroom, in a proceeding that was televised -- a rare occurrence for the state's high court.  File photo)

Legal Expert: ‘Unlikely Court Could Do Anything But Issue An Injunction’ In Voter ID Case

The Commonwealth Court is set to hear more evidence on the voter ID law next week. A legal expert explains why the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided to punt the ball back to the lower court.

09/21/2012

(The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard the Voter ID appeal in its Philadelphia courtroom, in a proceeding that was televised -- a rare occurrence for the state's high court.  File photo)

Pa. Supreme Court Sends Voter ID Ruling Back To Lower Court For Review

Opponents of Pennsylvania’s recently enacted voter ID law have notched a preliminary victory in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

09/18/2012

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Pa. Court Rejects Foxwoods Appeal On Loss of Gambling License

Commonwealth Court on Thursday upheld the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s decision of last December revoking Foxwoods’ license.

11/10/2011

(The site of the proposed Foxwoods casino, on Delaware Avenue, in South Philadelphia, which remains vacant after the group's casino license was yanked for non-performance.  File photo)

Ousted Foxwoods Group Makes Oral Plea In Pa. Court To Get Back Casino License

“We feel very confident that we did exercise the proper discretion and did the right thing,” an attorney representing the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said afterward.

09/14/2011

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DROP Challenges In Philadelphia Elections Shifted To Pennsylvania High Court

A panel of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judges says it is the state Supreme Court that should have jurisdiction over the challenges to the candidacies of City Council members Frank Rizzo and Marian Tasco, and city commissioner Marge Tartaglione.

04/08/2011

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Appeals Expected After Philadelphia Judge OKs Candidates Who Took Pensions

Opponents say they are not dropping the “DROP” issue — the controversial city pension plan that’s created a large measure of debate in and around Philadelphia.

03/24/2011

(Mayoral candidate Milton Street outside the Philadelphia Board of Elections office on Friday.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Candidates Fight To Remain On Philadelphia Primary Election Ballots

There were oral arguments held before a Philadelphia judge on whether two City Council members, a city commissioner, and a mayoral candidate were eligible to remain on their respective ballots.

03/18/2011

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Local Casino Investors File Appeal Over Decision To Revoke Lincense in Philadelphia

Local investors in the long-delayed Foxwoods casino have now gone to court in an effort to overturn the Gaming Control Board’s decision to revoke the project’s license.

01/22/2011

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