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Commonwealth Court sides with amputee making Workers' Comp claim

Carrie Salls Mar. 21, 2017, 11:27am

HARRISBURG — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania recently upheld the granting of a Workers’ Compensation claim to a woman whose leg had to be partially amputated after a luggage transporter she was driving at Pittsburgh International Airport overturned.

Late filings cost Lackawanna Co. plaintiffs in explosion, fire-related wrongful death case

Carrie Salls Mar. 20, 2017, 8:57am

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court on March 1 upheld a trial court order granting summary judgment in a case in which the plaintiffs routinely missed court-set procedural deadlines, resulting in the court’s decision not to recognize an expert report that may have proved their case.  

Court says expert's qualifications don't add up in dismissing lawsuit

Carrie Salls Mar. 17, 2017, 9:32am

PHILADELPHIA – The dismissal of a medical negligence lawsuit that hinged on orders related to the allowance of expert testimony was upheld on March 3 by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Attorney to fight 'bizarre' ruling ordering new trial because judge retired

Carrie Salls Mar. 16, 2017, 9:22am

HARRISBURG – To say attorney Anthony Pinnie is frustrated by a “bizarre” Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruling that vacated a judgment awarded to his client would be an understatement. 

Injured truck driver gets no relief in appeal of 'non-suit' ruling

Carrie Salls Mar. 3, 2017, 12:04pm

HARRISBURG – A trial court order that found an alleged tire malfunction-related injury lawsuit constituted a non-suit was upheld on appeal in a Feb. 28 decision issued by the Superior Court.

Incomplete record, trial judge's retirement costs homeowner victory over allegedly defective windows

Carrie Salls Mar. 2, 2017, 9:31am

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has vacated a judgment awarded in favor of a homeowner whose house was damaged as a result of allegedly faulty windows because a lower court was ultimately unable to explain its ruling and the lower court judge had retired after hearing the case.

Ruling over chemo drug questionable, attorney says

Carrie Salls Feb. 24, 2017, 8:02am

PHILADELPHIA – A Saul Ewing LLP partner believes a ruling made in a 15-year-old False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower lawsuit by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania may not have been entirely fair to the defendants, given the nature of the case.

Attorney: Stuart Weitzman ignored settlement request, leading to lawsuit over sewing needle left in boot

Carrie Salls Feb. 16, 2017, 8:59am

PHILADELPHIA – The attorney for a Newtown Square woman who was allegedly injured when a sewing needle that she claims was left in a pair of Stuart Weitzman boots became lodged in her leg said a lawsuit filed Jan. 27 against the shoe company was filed because “the company’s representative was not responding to our requests to settle the case.”  

Favorable ruling for Prudential in proposed class action won't be appealed

Carrie Salls Feb. 10, 2017, 9:45am

PHILADELPHIA – A proposed class of life insurance beneficiaries have been denied certification in their lawsuit that alleges that Prudential Insurance Co. of America violated Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 regulations based on the method it used to make payments.

Third Circuit ruling in age discrimination case changes game for employers

Carrie Salls Feb. 10, 2017, 9:38am

PHILADELPHIA – A Jan. 10 ruling entered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit may set a precedent that requires employers to do their legal homework before deciding just which employee groups to target during a reduction in force.

Lawsuits against Navient likely to bring changes in student loan servicing

Carrie Salls Feb. 2, 2017, 12:13pm

HARRISBURG – Lawsuits filed by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and two individual states raising allegations tied to student loan servicing will most likely result in a new set of student loan servicing guidelines, regardless of the outcome of the litigation, according to Arant Boult Cummings LLP associate Julie Carter.

Agency might issue penalty to EQT before Supreme Court can hear case

Carrie Salls Jan. 27, 2017, 10:04am

HARRISBURG – A planned state Department of Environmental Protection appeal of a Commonwealth Court ruling related to the continuation of unpermitted discharge penalties under the Clean Streams Law could be potentially rendered moot after the Environmental Hearing Board sets a penalty amount early this year.

Many possible factors led to racial discrimination case against Dept. of Corrections, advocate says

Carrie Salls Jan. 18, 2017, 12:43pm

HARRISBURG – Any number of factors could have played into the alleged racial discrimination that resulted in a former Pennsylvania Department of Corrections director of equal employment opportunity’s decision to file a lawsuit against the department and individual defendants, according to Workplace Fairness senior adviser Paula Brantner.

Pennsylvania franchisors are handed victory in employment status debate

Carrie Salls Jan. 18, 2017, 11:38am

HARRISBURG – Franchisors in Pennsylvania were handed a legal victory in the debate over whether a franchisor can be considered the employer of its individual franchisees. In a case involving a Saladworks franchisee employee's on-the-job injury, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court allowed a Commonwealth Court ruling to stand, which allows the franchisor to avoid liability.

Court finds that accuracy is not part of 'complete and up to date' reporting requirement

Carrie Salls Jan. 18, 2017, 11:33am

PHILADELPHIA – A Dec. 22 opinion issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirement that a credit reporting agency must submit “complete and up to date” information on a job candidate does not refer to accuracy or identifying information on the consumer in question.

Burger King slip-and-fall lawsuit placed in alternative resolution program

Carrie Salls Jan. 17, 2017, 1:18pm

ERIE – A lawsuit filed by a New York woman who alleges she was injured when she fell on ice outside of a Fairview Burger King has been designated for placement in the Alternative Dispute Resolution program. 

Firearm owners group president calls injunction against Lower Merion 'long overdue'

Carrie Salls Jan. 17, 2017, 1:10pm

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed a ruling in December in which the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery Count denied a motion for a preliminary injunction against an ordinance that prohibits the carrying or discharging of firearms in a park without a special permit.  

School district loses appeal after changing sick-leave policy

Carrie Salls Jan. 9, 2017, 12:35pm

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in November sent a message to public employers in the commonwealth when it ruled that the Chester Upland School District was guilty of unfair labor practices because it adopted a punctuality and attendance policy for employees without first engaging in collective bargaining.

NFL concussion settlement nears payout with Supreme Court rejection of challenge

Carrie Salls Dec. 21, 2016, 10:02am

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 12 denied a request by a group of retired National Football League Players to hear their challenge of a concussion lawsuit settlement approved in April 2015 in federal district court in Pennsylvania.

Seventh Circuit rules against Univ. of Penn student athletes seeking pay

Carrie Salls Dec. 16, 2016, 8:56am

CHICAGO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has upheld a district court ruling that found that two former University of Pennsylvania track and field student athletes cannot be classified as employees and entitled to a minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act.