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Superior Court upholds $132,935 judgment in favor of King Investment Group

Carrie Salls Jul. 24, 2017, 8:15am

HARRISBURG – A $132,935 judgment entered in a real estate agreement breach-of-contract case was upheld in a July 6 in a Superior Court of Pennsylvania appeal ruling.

Court tosses preliminary injunction against former Letterle & Associates employee

Carrie Salls Jul. 24, 2017, 8:00am

HARRISBURG – The state Superior Court has overturned a preliminary injunction granted in 2016 that prohibited P. Joseph Lehman Inc. employee Steven J. Treschow from sharing confidential information related to the clients of former employer Letterle & Associates Inc., according to a July 6 ruling.

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.

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.

Optum, Optuminsight ask court to dismiss TCPA lawsuit brought by doctor over fax

Carrie Salls Jul. 3, 2017, 9:50am

PHILADELPHIA — Optum Inc. and Optuminsight Inc. are asking the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed against them by a doctor who claims that the Optum entities illegally sent unsolicited faxes to him and other potential class members, according to a motion filed on June 15.

Superior Court affirms dismissal of discrimination case against Drexel University

Carrie Salls Jul. 3, 2017, 9:04am

HARRISBURG – A former Drexel University medical student lost the latest round of a legal battle in which he claimed that several medical school officials breached the student handbook when they allegedly dismissed him from the university because of his race.

Developer, facing $20M jury verdict, loses appeal

Carrie Salls Jul. 3, 2017, 8:49am

HARRISBURG — Real estate developer Pulte Homes of PA LP will be required to pay $20 million awarded to Applecross Club Operations LLC and will not be granted a new trial, according to a ruling issued June 13 by the state Superior Court.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Testimony of plaintiff's expert not enough, Superior Court rules in med-mal case

Carrie Salls May 3, 2017, 10:26am

PHILADELPHIA – The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently upheld a lower court ruling that granted a request for compulsory non-suit in a lawsuit filed against Dr. David A. Vaughn and Surgical Specialists of Lancaster.

Magazine non-compete case dismissed after injunction, settlement

Carrie Salls Apr. 24, 2017, 9:51am

SCRANTON — A lawsuit that pitted Our Town Magazine against a husband and wife who allegedly violated a non-compete agreement was dismissed on March 27 by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania after a settlement was reached.

American Honda, other defendants win some, lose some in repossession claim dismissal fight

Carrie Salls Apr. 24, 2017, 9:49am

PHILADELPHIA — A request made by defendants American Honda Finance Corp., Richard and Associates and repossession agent Tyler to dismiss several claims related to an allegedly unlawful repossession, assault, battery and conversion was partially denied and partially granted by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Property sellers lose appeal related to deed restrictions lawsuit

Carrie Salls Apr. 12, 2017, 10:11am

HARRISBURG — Two plaintiffs' failure to file a timely objection in connection with their deed restrictions violation lawsuit has cost them a new trial.

UPenn cholesterol treatment patents upheld on challenge by Kyle Bass group

Carrie Salls Apr. 7, 2017, 10:53am

PHILADELPHIA — Patents related to two of the University of Pennsylvania’s Juxtapid high-cholesterol treatment methods were upheld by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board after they were challenged by hedge fund manager Kyle Bass’ Coalition for Affordable Drugs.

Extending Title IX to hospitals 'a surprise to many'

Carrie Salls Mar. 28, 2017, 8:58am

PHILADELPHIA — In a surprising decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has overturned a Philadelphia federal court ruling that dismissed a former medical resident’s Title IX claims against the private Mercy Catholic Medical Center.