His lawsuit didn't fly with judge

NOBODY CALLS David Shulick's wife a "honky" and gets away with it - at least not without having to spend the next year fighting a federal lawsuit.

Shulick, the Center City lawyer who threatened to sue the Daily News for reporting on Wednesday's FBI raid at his office as part of the investigation of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah's son, recently lost a lawsuit accusing airline employees of negligence and racism after the 2010 blizzard disrupted his family's two-part vacation.

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The Shulicks, of Lower Merion, said that they were forced to slum it at Denver's Four Seasons Hotel and Orlando's Ritz-Carlton because the storm made flying into Philadelphia impossible.

"Bad news may travel fast, but it is hardly news that bad weather often stops travel altogether," U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter wrote last month, in dismissing the case against United Airlines and US Airways. "For David and Cherie Shulick, however," Pratter continued, "the worst blizzard of the year was no excuse for impeding their family's slopes and seas vacations."

The Shulicks, who claim that they suffered severe emotional distress, unsuccessfully sought an injunction to force United Airlines to fire the employee who allegedly called Cherie Shulick a "honky." The suit was first reported by the law gossip blog "Above The Law."

Shulick declined to comment on the case yesterday.

"Please respect my privacy," he emailed.

 


Contact William Bender at 215-854-5255 or benderw@phillynews.com,