Update: FCC rules that Comcast can’t keep SportsNet to itself, but it’s not over yet — an appeal is likely

Hold on to your Phillies, Flyers and Sixers hats, Philadelphia sports fans -- the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ruled last week that Comcast Corp. now has to start making its Comcast-only SportsNet programming available to satellite TV providers. The FCC ruling came in a 4-1 decision to close a "terrestrial loophole" that had allowed Comcast to keep SportsNet all to itself and its customers for years, according to a story in The Philadelphia Inquirer. In...

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‘Sexting’ prosecution of three teens in Pennsylvania goes way over the line

What do you get when you mix an overzealous county prosecutor, cellphone pranks and a group of teen-aged girls and boys together? Well, in Wyoming County, Pa., in the Tunkhannock School District, you apparently get a huge controversy that brings in the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania to take on a county prosecutor who wants to try to set an example and prosecute the teens on trumped up child pornography charges involving "sexting." What...

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Video Blog: Work Injuries

Were you or a loved one injured at work? You may be able to file a third-party claim for pain and suffering in addition to collecting workers' compensation from your employer. In this video blog, attorney Dean Weitzman of MyPhillyLawyer, discusses third-party injury claims. He stresses the importance of hiring a personal injury lawyer who understands the intricacies of workers' compensation law and knows how to maximize the compensation you receive.

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UPDATE: Another recall for Toyota owners — be informed about recent ‘sudden acceleration’ cases

Jan. 26, 2010 UPDATE:  Toyota announced that it will immediately suspend production and sales of eight vehicle models bound for the U.S. market to further investigate and repair the cause of sudden acceleration that has been plaguing some Toyota vehicles since last year, according to The New York Times. For the second time in less than four months, Toyota is recalling millions of their cars and trucks in response to incidents of sudden acceleration being...

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Graco recalls 1.5 million baby strollers due to finger injuries – what you need to know to protect your children

Some 1.5 million Graco brand baby strollers are being recalled due to design defects that allow children's fingers to be caught in the sunshade hinges. Five children have already suffered fingertip amputations and two others have suffered fingertip cuts due to the design, according to the voluntary product recall announced yesterday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. For parents and their children, this means that if you own a Graco stroller, you need to...

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Is plastic food packaging safe or dangerous? Will the federal government ever decide and act to protect us properly?

It's not enough that we have to worry about the safety of the vehicles we drive in, the airplanes we fly in and even the toys our children play with. Now, in a story in The New York Times last week, we are reminded to always be concerned about the packaging used for the food and drinks that we consume each day. Less than two years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared that...

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Court rules that hormone replacement therapy plaintiff should not suffer due to statute of limitations

Patients who have sued in connection with serious injuries from hormone replacement therapies in the last decade just received a potentially promising ruling from the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In a decision handed down on Dec. 31, 2009 in the case Simon v. Wyeth, the court said that a two-year  statute of limitations that forced the reversal of an earlier $1.5 million damage award for the injured plaintiff should not have been applied, according to a...

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Video Blog: Slip and Fall Accidents

Can you explain what caused your slip and fall accident? If not, you may not be able to recover compensation for your injuries. In this video blog from MyPhillyLawyer.com, Attorney Dean Weitzman explains the importance of identifying the cause and responsible party for your trip, slip and fall accident. He assures that the attorneys of Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman will help you with the discovery process and with filing a successful claim.

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Freed from prison after 35 years following DNA testing, James Bain to receive award at Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

It took 35 long years for justice to prevail, but James Bain's release from a Florida prison in December for a crime he didn't commit will be celebrated this weekend at several events here in Philadelphia. Mr.  Bain, who was freed on Dec. 17, will receive the 2010 Drum Major Award for Criminal Justice from the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Non-Violence in ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Monday, Jan. 18.  The...

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