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Attorney says court decision finding Philadelphia soda tax is constitutional was 'well-reasoned'

Kacie Whaley Aug. 22, 2017, 11:56am

HARRISBURG – After the June 14 opinion filed by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania affirming the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas' judgment that the Philadelphia beverage tax is constitutional, one attorney contends that the decision is well-reasoned.

Mark Emmett has a grumbling problem

The Pennsylvania Record Jul. 24, 2017, 12:00pm

If a person refuses to accept responsibility for his own actions, how can he blame someone else for them?

Ruling: Favorable shifts must be offered to senior prison employees

Glenn Minnis Jul. 24, 2017, 8:00am

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a trial court’s decision granting the Allegheny County Prison Employee Union’s right to deny scheduling preferences to an employee over more senior workers.

Philadelphia loses appeal of Workers' Compensation lien ruling

Carrie Salls Jul. 24, 2017, 7:55am

PHILADELPHIA – The Commonwealth Court has affirmed a Workers' Compensation Appeal Board ruling related to the validity of insurer Independence Blue Cross’ subrogation lien against medical benefits provided by the city of Philadelphia to a city firefighter, according to a July 3 order.

Court reverses decision in former Colwyn Borough police officer's defamation case

Glenn Minnis Jul. 21, 2017, 12:09pm

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court has reversed a ruling in a defamation lawsuit that transferred the case from Philadelphia County's to Delaware County's court of common pleas.

Court divvies up contested parcels between couple, city of Chester

Todd Barnett Jul. 20, 2017, 1:57pm

HARRISBURG — A state appeals court has affirmed an earlier ruling splitting the ownership of two contested properties between the city of Chester and a local couple who have been operating a business on the properties for more than 60 years.

Internet delay causes appeal to be filed too late; Man had tried to submit it with 14 seconds to spare

Dee Thompson Jul. 11, 2017, 10:00am

HARRISBURG – A man who waited until 14 seconds before the deadline to file his unemployment appeal has lost that appeal at the Commonwealth Court.

Commonwealth Court affirms permit for fracking underneath active oil refinery in Warren

Dee Thompson Jul. 10, 2017, 3:05pm

HARRISBURG – Driller John D. Branch's permit to drill underneath an active refinery, including a tank holding millions of gallons of gasoline, has been upheld despite concerns the “fracking” could cause a catastrophe.

Upper Merion bus driver reinstated after failing drug test under 'unique circumstances'

Carrie Salls Jul. 10, 2017, 3:02pm

HARRISBURG – An Upper Merion Township School District bus driver who failed a random drug test under what an arbitrator deemed “unique circumstances” will get her job back, according to a June 23 ruling issued by the Commonwealth Court.

Commonwealth Court reinstates Butler County's 911 case

Glenn Minnis Jul. 3, 2017, 9:10am

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court on June 8 reversed a lower court’s decision sustaining CenturyLink Communications' and numerous telephone providers' objections to the County of Butler’s complaints about payments for 911 services.

Commonwealth Court rules against state police in bingo dispute

Dee Thompson Jul. 3, 2017, 9:06am

HARRISBURG — The question of what exactly constitutes a game of bingo is at the heart of the recent ruling by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Court affirms decision of denial of ManorCare's invoice exception request

Sara McCleary Jun. 30, 2017, 5:46am

HARRISBURG – In a decision filed May 26, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a decision denying a health care company an invoice reception request.

Commonwealth Court: Plans to host bridal show don't render woman ineligible for unemployment

Carrie Salls Jun. 29, 2017, 11:59am

HARRISBURG — The state Commonwealth Court has reversed an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review ruling that denied benefits to a claimant based on the board’s assertion that she was self-employed, according to an opinion filed June 14.

Philadelphia School District must adhere to terms of arbitration win for teachers union, court rules

Pam Wright Jun. 15, 2017, 8:33am

HARRISBURG — The state Commonwealth Court has affirmed a trial court’s ruling to uphold an arbitration decision awarded to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.

Default judgment in slip-and-fall case against Philadelphia property owners upheld by Commonwealth Court

Carrie Salls Jun. 12, 2017, 2:34pm

HARRISBURG — Two Philadelphia property owners named as defendants in a slip-and-fall lawsuit were denied a request to strike the default judgment entered against them because they failed to respond to the lawsuit filed by the accident victim.

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.

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.

Pittsburgh loses bid to require emergency preparedness training

Carrie Salls May 23, 2017, 9:54am

PITTSBURGH — The City of Pittsburgh cannot force security officers and building service employees to complete emergency preparedness training as part of its Safe and Secure Building Act, according to a May 17 opinion entered by the Commonwealth Court.

Commonwealth Court upholds firing of Liquor Control Board district manager

Russell Boniface May 22, 2017, 9:42am

HARRISBURG — The state Commonwealth Court on May 10 turned back an argument from a Liquor Control Board district manager who was fired for gambling during work hours and claimed his employer made no accommodation for his gambling addiction.

Lawyer denied fees from settlement after client switched firms

Chandra Lye May 12, 2017, 9:55am

HARRISBURG — The state Commonwealth Court recently upheld a decision by the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board that denied a contingent fee on a settlement that was rejected by a claimant.