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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.

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania remands wrongful death case against nursing care facility to Superior Court

Nicholas Malfitano Dec. 7, 2016, 9:22am

HARRISBURG – The state Supreme Court has granted a petition for allowance to appeal in a negligence and wrongful death action against a Carlisle nursing care facility.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects part of law allowing grandparents to seek custody in separation

Carrie Salls Nov. 17, 2016, 9:04am

HARRISBURG – A Sept. 9 Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that declared a statute allowing grandparents to seek partial custody of the children of separated parents unconstitutional figures to have a significant impact on grandparents’ custody rights.

Certificates of Merit not enough to allege corporate negligence against Bryn Mawr hospital

Nicholas Malfitano Nov. 2, 2016, 11:19am

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia court dismissed a count of corporate negligence against Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital in a medical malpractice action, citing insufficiently-filed Certificates of Merit (COMs).

Jury instructions on product liability unlikely to change; Issues probably to be decided in court

John Breslin Nov. 1, 2016, 12:08pm

HARRISBURG – A subcommittee charged with developing jury instructions following a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on product liability has no plans to change the language of its new instructions, for now.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules that wrongful death suit should go to arbitration

Kate Jacobson Oct. 21, 2016, 11:33am

PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that survival claims brought as part of a wrongful death lawsuit against a nursing facility should be sent to arbitration hearings.

Judges appear to gain autonomy in weighing medical claims in workers' compensation cases

Kristin Danley-Greiner Oct. 6, 2016, 11:03am

A leading labor and employment attorney advises employers to pay closer attention to work-related injuries and be sure to request that impairment rating evaluation physicians appointed by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) defer evaluations of cases to other experts with specialized expertise in each medical situation.

Pastor urges changes to education funding formula

Quinten Plummer Sep. 29, 2016, 12:42pm

BRYN MAWR – Reformers inside and on the outskirts of Pennsylvania's education system are anxiously waiting the results of a recent hearing in which the state Supreme Court heard a petition imploring the judiciary to intervene in public school funding.

Defense bar, product manufacturers oppose suggested jury instructions in product liability litigation

Nicholas Malfitano Sep. 29, 2016, 9:51am

PHILADELPHIA – Are suggested jury instructions in products liability cases now too amenable towards plaintiffs? A sizable group of manufacturers and members of the Pennsylvania defense bar are likely to say, “Yes.”

Ruling adds uncertainty for contractors working for governments

Robert Lawson Aug. 30, 2016, 1:57pm

HARRISBURG — It will be more difficult for contractors in Pennsylvania to collect payments and legal fees from local and state government agencies withholding payment in bad faith after a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision. 

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review franchisor as possible statutory employer

Russell Boniface Aug. 15, 2016, 9:20am

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a workers' compensation case to decide if a franchisor is liable as a statutory employer for injuries sustained by a franchisee employee.

Unknowns surround ballot question on judges' retirement age as deadlines loom

Carrie Salls Aug. 10, 2016, 12:47pm

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider on an emergency basis a lawsuit challenging the language to be used in a ballot question regarding the mandatory retirement age for judges in the state.