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Supreme Court says state can't use oil and gas lease funds for non-environmental purposes

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 28, 2017, 9:22am

HARRISBURG – A recent landmark ruling from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania decreed the state government is not permitted to use money from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund towards purposes not related to environmental conservation.

State Gaming Control Board to receive matter of proposed South Philly casino complex

Nicholas Malfitano Jun. 28, 2017, 9:21am

HARRISBURG – The question of whether the Live! Hotel and Casino complex will be constructed in South Philadelphia has once again been thrown to state regulators, per a decision last week from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh police prevail, will not be required to live within city limits

David Hutton Jun. 9, 2017, 11:54am

PITTSBURGH — The state Supreme Court on May 22 ruled that police officers in Pittsburgh must only live within 25 air miles of downtown instead of within city limits, upholding a 2014 decision by an arbitrator.

Supreme Court dismisses suit against Gaming Control Board claiming rules barred attorney from new job

Kacie Whaley Jun. 9, 2017, 11:37am

HARRISBURG — The state Supreme Court has struck down a petition filed by an attorney claiming the state Gaming Control Board was restricting her from taking another job.

Dragonetti slayer rebuked

The Pennsylvania Record Jun. 7, 2017, 12:04pm

There are lots of attorneys in Pennsylvania who would like to slay the Dragonetti Act, and Thomas Schneider is one of them. He almost did it, too.

Appeals court upholds illegality of City of Pittsburgh paid sick leave ordinance

Mike Helenthal May 25, 2017, 9:12am

HARRISBURG — The City of Pittsburgh has lost its appeal of a 2015 verdict striking down a city ordinance requiring employers to offer paid sick leave to employees.

Bill would end elections for statewide judges

Glenn Minnis May 25, 2017, 9:07am

HARRISBURG - The House Judiciary Committee has approved a proposal that would pave the way for voters to decide if the state constitution should be altered to do away with the direct election of statewide judges.

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.

Dissenting justice: Lawmakers overstepped authority with frivolous lawsuit measure

Nicholas Malfitano May 3, 2017, 12:33pm

HARRISBURG – Two members of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, including Justice Christine Donohue, dissented from the majority view in a prominent case which examined the constitutionality of the Dragonetti Act as applied to attorneys in the state.

Supreme Court: State law offering protection from frivolous lawsuits can punish lawyers

Nicholas Malfitano May 3, 2017, 12:16pm

HARRISBURG – After a challenge to its constitutionality in reference to attorneys, a 5-2 ruling from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on April 26 has upheld the Dragonetti Act.

Supreme Court rules 4-3 that SEPTA isn't subject to City of Philadelphia's Fair Practices Ordinance

Nicholas Malfitano May 2, 2017, 2:31pm

HARRISBURG – A recent 4-3 decision from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania over the application of the Fair Practices Ordinance (FPO) to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, said the agency was not subject to the auspices of that anti-discrimination legislation in Philadelphia.

Rep. Grove makes push for state commerce court

Mike Helenthal Apr. 5, 2017, 4:09pm

The Pennsylvania lawmaker is hoping a newer, streamlined approach to handling corporate litigation will improve the state’s overall business climate.

Supreme Court rules public employees' addresses are private

Glenn Minnis Mar. 17, 2017, 9:33am

HARRISBURG — The state Supreme Court has ruled that the addresses of public employees are protected by a right to “informational privacy.

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. 

Attorney resigns, is disbarred after running questionable foreclosure relief practice

Nicholas Gueguen Mar. 10, 2017, 12:31pm

PITTSBURGH — The state Supreme Court decided Feb. 23 to disbar attorney Daniel Domenick, 19 days after he tendered his resignation from practicing law.

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.

Supreme Court to weigh appeal of woman convicted after alleged GM ignition failure

Glenn Minnis Jan. 19, 2017, 10:19am

HARRISBURG – A Pennsylvania woman is set to have her involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving conviction case reheard on the grounds of timeliness requirements after the state Supreme Court granted her Petition for Allowance of Appeal.

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.

Public employees' home addresses protected despite Right To Know Law

Kristin Danley-Greiner Dec. 16, 2016, 9:30am

HARRISBURG – For several years, the privacy of public school employees had been in jeopardy while the Pennsylvania State Education Association fought in court for the principle that individuals have a right to privacy pertaining to their home addresses per the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court, bodies in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh make 'Judicial Hellholes' watch list

Karen Kidd Dec. 15, 2016, 10:08am

WASHINGTON – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas made the watch list of American Tort Reform Association's 2016-17 Judicial Hellholes list, issued earlier today.