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Judge A. Richard Caputo

Presently before the Court is Defendant’s motion for summary judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56(c). (Doc. 11.) For the reasons set forth below, Defendant’s motion will be granted.

The Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant to Title 28 of the United States Code, section 1332 (“diversity of citizenship”). Because we are sitting in diversity, the substantive law of Pennsylvania shall apply to the instant case. Chamberlain v. Giampapa, 210 F.3d 154, 158 (3d Cir. 2000) (citing Erie R.R. v. Tompkins, 304 U.S. 64, 78 (1938)).

Presently before the Court are three motions to dismiss. The first was filed by Defendant Susan Comerford Wzorek. (Doc. 5.) The second was filed by Defendants Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19, Fred R. Rosetti, Ed.D. and Clarence Lamanna, Ed.D. (Doc. 6.) The third motion was filed by Defendants The School District of Abington Heights, David Arnold, Ed.D., William McNulty, and Mariellen Sluko. (Doc. 7.)

Presently before the Court is Plaintiffs Heather Buck and Jose Guadelupe Arias-Maravilla’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction prohibiting Defendant Dorothy Stankovic, Register of Wills for Luzerne County, her agents and employees, from requiring Plaintiff Arias to prove his lawful presence in the United States as a condition of obtaining a marriage license. (Doc. 3.) A hearing was held on Thursday, April 26, 2007, supplemental briefs were filed and Plaintiffs’ motion is ripe for disposition. For the reasons set forth below, Plaintiffs’ motion will be granted. The Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1343(a), as well as 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Presently before the Court are Defendants Diocese of Scranton (the “Diocese”), Sacred Heart of Jesus Church (“Sacred Heart”), Bishop James C. Timlin (“Bishop Timlin”), Rev. Joseph R. Kopacz (“Father Kopacz”) (collectively the “Diocesan Defendants”) and Brother Antonio F. Antonucci’s (“Brother Antonucci”) (collectively “Defendants”) motions for summary judgment (Docs. 75-1, 76) as to Counts I, III, IV, V, VI, VII and VIII of Plaintiff John Doe’s Complaint (Doc. 1). The Diocesan Defendants also seek summary judgment as to Plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages. For the reasons stated below, the Court will grant in part and deny in part Defendants’ motions. The Court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1367(a).

Presently before the Court is an appeal from an order issued by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in the above-entitled matter. For the reasons stated below, the order of the Bankruptcy Court will be modified and Appellant’s motion requesting relief from the automatic stay will be granted. Appellant will be permitted to setoff the entire amount of the Appellees’ 2003 income tax refund against Appellees’ prior tax liabilities.

Plaintiff John A. Kegolis was hired as a police officer with Defendant Borough of Shenandoah (“the Borough”) in August of 1993. (Doc. 41 ¶ 2.) On or about February 9, 1999, Plaintiff was in pursuit of a fugitive when he slipped on a patch of ice and fell, striking his neck. (Doc. 1 ¶ 15; Doc. 41 ¶ 3.) As a result of this impact, Plaintiff suffered injuries to his cervical spinal column in the region of C5-C7. (Id.) Plaintiff continued to perform his regular duties as a Borough police officer until May 27, 1999, when he was restricted to sedentary duty by Myron D. Haas, D.O., Plaintiff’s treating physician.

Presently before the Court are cross-motions for summary judgment filed by Plaintiff Robert Turinski (“Plaintiff”) and Defendants City of Wilkes-Barre (the “City”), Thomas M. Leighton (“Mayor Leighton”), Jacob Lisman (“Chief Lisman”) (collectively “City Defendants”), and Wilkes-Barre Fire Fighters Local 104, International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO (“Local 104") (collectively “Defendants”). (Docs. 72, 75, 80 and 85.) For the reasons stated below, Plaintiff’s motions will be denied. Defendants' motions will be granted as to Count I of Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint. The Court has jurisdiction over Count I of Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331. The Court will decline to exercise its supplemental jurisdiction, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1367, over Counts II and III of Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint, and will dismiss these claims without prejudice.

Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner

This is a § 1983 civil rights action brought by Robert Lee Allen (“Allen”) against certain state actors arising from their search of his property, seizure of his farm animals, and prosecution of him for purported violations of Pennsylvania’s cruelty-to-animals statute. Presently before the court are motions to dismiss filed by defendants The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc. (“PSPCA”), and Elizabeth Pennell Hopkins (“Hopkins”) (Doc. No. 27), and by the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc. (“HSHA”), Deb Witmer (“Witmer”), and Jill Troutman (“Troutman”) (Doc. No. 28). Also before the Court is a motion for oral argument (Doc. No. 36) filed by defendants HSHA, Witmer, and Troutman. For the reasons that follow, the motions to dismiss will be granted in part and denied in part, and the motion for oral argument will be denied as moot.

Judge John E. Jones III

Two Motions are pending before this Court. First, two of the Defendants (“the County Defendants”) in the above-captioned action, the County of York (“the County”) and Thomas Hogan (“Warden Hogan”), filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on March 1, 2007. (Rec. Doc. 35). Second, the three remaining Defendants (“the PHS Defendants”), Prison Health Services, Inc. (“PHS”), Tamara Krzywulak, and Kimberly Windon, filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on March 1, 2007. (Rec. Doc. 37). For the reasons that follow, the Motions shall be granted in part and denied in part.

Judge Malachy E. Mannion

The plaintiff was an alien detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the York County Correctional Facility pending removal. He filed the instant complaint on January 9, 2006. (Doc. No. 1.) Shortly thereafter, he received an administrative order directing him to pay the filing fee or apply to proceed in forma pauperis and an application and authorization form for use by prisoners to proceed in forma pauperis. (Doc. No. 5.) Upon his returning the application and the authorization form, the court issued an administrative order pursuant to the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b), directing the prison warden to remit each month to the court a percentage of the filing fee from the plaintiff’s prison account. (Doc. No. 11.)

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