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Goddard School wins defamation case on appeal brought by former teachers

Laura Halleman Jun. 23, 2017, 11:19am

HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court has ruled in favor of Goddard Systems in a defamation lawsuit brought by two former teachers who alleged its Harrisburg school wrongfully discharged them when they reported a case of possible child abuse regarding one of their students.

State Rep. Jesse White loses appeal against CBS Pittsburgh, radio host in defamation case

Kacie Whaley Jun. 23, 2017, 10:02am

HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court has affirmed the objections of a radio station sued by a member of the General Assembly who accused it of defamation.

Heritage customers' remediation work dooms water-damage case

Carrie Salls Jun. 20, 2017, 12:01pm

HARRISBURG — A pair of homeowners lost their bid for reconsideration of a ruling granting summary judgment against them in a water-damage lawsuit because they began fixing the issue before a contractor could determine who was at fault, according to an opinion filed May 30 by the state Superior Court.

Superior Court upholds decision in favor of Conrail in case of foreman who suffered heart attack

Glenn Minnis Jun. 20, 2017, 11:56am

PHILADELPHIA — The state Superior Court earlier this year affirmed a lower court’s decision in a lawsuit in which a former Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) employee claimed negligence by the company after he suffered a heart attack on the job.

Altman Law Firm's appeal of attorney fees award upheld as late

Christopher Mobley Jun. 20, 2017, 11:14am

HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court recently denied The Altman Law Firm's appeal of the amount of legal fees it was awarded from a client, claiming that the appeal was untimely.

Superior Court upholds decision granting BMW's motion for change of venue in car-crash case

Chandra Lye Jun. 12, 2017, 2:35pm

\PHILADELPHIA — The state Superior Court upheld on May 24 a venue decision in favor of BMW in a case stemming from a car crash.

Superior Court rules for doctors in appeal of wrongful death decision

Carrie Salls Jun. 12, 2017, 2:33pm

PITTSBURGH — The state Superior Court has upheld a 2015 finding that two doctors who treated a woman who died from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm did not hide a diagnosis or misstate the cause of death.

Superior Court upholds dismissal of medical malpractice suit against Mount Nittany

John Sammon Jun. 9, 2017, 11:41am

HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court has affirmed the dismissal of a medical malpractice lawsuit from a woman who, after undergoing a cesarean section and successful deliverance of a baby in March 2013, alleged that the hospital botched a treatment to stop internal bleeding.

Default judgments final for Lit Ultrabar operators who repeatedly failed to respond on time

Shanice Harris Jun. 2, 2017, 8:59am

PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Superior Court denied final appeals on May 16 from two bar operators who failed to file timely challenges from default judgments against them stemming from a 2013 fight that allegedly left a patron injured.

'Procedural misstep' costs tenant in appeal of arbitration award

Carrie Salls May 30, 2017, 11:36am

HARRISBURG — A “procedural misstep” thwarted the efforts of a tenant in his appeal of a ruling denying his request to vacate an arbitration award in a lawsuit filed against his landlord, according to an opinion entered April 28 by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

South Avis Realty loses appeal, must pay half of railroad crossing restoration cost

Carrie Salls May 25, 2017, 9:09am

&&&HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania upheld a ruling denying South Avis Realty Inc.’s request for reimbursement of the $14,470 it paid to cover its half of the cost of restoring a railroad crossing, according to May 12 documents.

Superior Court upholds exclusion of expert testimony in Zoloft birth-defect lawsuit

Pam Wright May 22, 2017, 9:57am

PHILADELPHIA — The state Superior Court upheld a lower court's decision to exclude expert testimony in a lawsuit filed by a Philadelphia couple against pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline who claimed that the anti-depressant drug Zoloft led to their son's birth defect.

Superior Court reverses ruling, says six-figure sum in Wells Fargo account not exempt from garnishment

Shanice Harris May 18, 2017, 11:39am

PHILADELPHIA — The state Superior Court has reversed a Bucks County judgment, with the appeals court holding that nearly $200,000 in a Wells Fargo bank account wasn't exempt from garnishment by Bollard & Associates.

Superior Court reinstates wrongful death lawsuit against hospital

Laura Halleman May 18, 2017, 11:36am

HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania on May 8 reversed a lower court’s decision that granted judgment to a hospital where a woman died in an emergency room based on the timeliness of the plaintiff's filing.

Woman whose bowel was cut nearly in half during hysterectomy to get new trial, appeals court rules

Melissa Busch May 15, 2017, 9:58am

PITTSBURGH — An appeals court granted a new trial to a woman who lost her medical malpractice suit against a surgeon who severed her bowel while performing her hysterectomy.

Former USAir flight attendant loses appeal in legal malpractice case

Dee Thompson May 12, 2017, 10:07am

A former flight attendant for USAir, after years of battling in court to receive disability benefits, has lost her legal malpractice case against the attorneys who formerly represented her.

New trial ordered after jurors googled litigant's past

Chandra Lye May 12, 2017, 8:54am

HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court recently affirmed a decision by a trial court to allow a new trial to proceed in a dispute that involves jurors accessing information that was not permitted by the court.

Superior Court affirms dismissal of wrongful termination case against Nova Chemicals

Sara McCleary May 11, 2017, 10:52am

PITTSBURGH — The state Superior Court has found that the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County was correct in dismissing Joseph Gross’s wrongful termination case against Nova Chemicals Services.

Couple's appeal against Deutsche Bank thrown out because of late response

Tabitha Fleming May 11, 2017, 10:23am

PHILADELPHIA — Timely appeals are still necessary regardless of the underlying facts, according to a non-precedential ruling from the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Superior Court rejects Honda’s call for new trial in $55M case

David Hutton May 11, 2017, 9:50am

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania appeals court has rejected American Honda Motor Co.’s motion for a new trial after a lower court’s jury awarded $55.3 million in damages to Carlos Martinez, who was paralyzed in an accident in a Honda vehicle.