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State representative defends legislation to impeach state Supreme Court justices

HARRISBURG — State Rep. Chris Dush, R-Jefferson/Indiana, is defending legislation he filed to impeach four Democratic Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices following their unfavorable congressional map ruling by arguing that the move is not about gerrymandering at all.

Pa. hat maker settles with FTC over made in U.S. claims

ADAMSTOWN – Bollman Hat Co. seems intent on charting a business-as-usual plan of operations for the 150-year-old Pennsylvania company after it recently settled with the Federal Trade Commission, over making claims about all or virtually all of its products being made in the U.S.

Lawyer: Spokeo ruling not turning out like defendants hoped

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Despite optimism from the defense side, a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to again consider a high-profile class action lawsuit is a boost to plaintiffs lawyer, a Philadelphia attorney says.

Appeals court affirms dismissal of nuclear plant guard after declared not fit for job

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that a Pennsylvania power plant was justified in terminating an armed security guard with alcohol and mental health issues.

Safe Auto policy doesn't cover girlfriend; Dissenting judge takes issue with majority's interpretation

HARRISBURG – The state Superior Court has affirmed a Lehigh County verdict stipulating that auto insurers are not obligated to provide coverage to non-family members who live with policy-holders under the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law.

Nursing home's parent company might face vicarious liability after appeals court decision

HARRISBURG – A Pennsylvania man is set to get a new trial after a three-judge Superior Court panel unanimously overturned a lower court’s decision that dismissed his lawsuit against a nursing home's parent company.

AG's new agency will target for-profit schools, mortgage lenders; Attorney says it's part of 'proactive' agenda

HARRISBURG – State Attorney General Josh Shapiro is turning up the heat in his crusade against wrongdoers in the lending industry, recently launching the Consumer Financial Protection Unit and hiring a former member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help run it.

Ruling: Favorable shifts must be offered to senior prison employees

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.

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

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.

Lawmaker thinks his bill protecting landowners from lawsuits will be passed

HARRISBURG – Rep. Dan Moul, R- Adams, thinks he can finally see the finish line in his fight to protect landowners from liability for the recreational use of their lands.

Northwest Savings Bank found not liable in restaurant embezzlement scheme

HARRISBURG – A Superior Court panel has ruled that a Clearfield County restaurant owner can’t hold a local bank liable for cashing embezzled checks from her former accounting bookkeeper.

School police officer's defamation lawsuit can go on; TV station reported he was fired over child sex abuse allegations

HARRISBURG — The state Superior Court has determined that a former school police supervisor should be able to continue with his defamation suit against a CBS-owned station that reported he was terminated over child sex abuse allegations.

Commonwealth Court reinstates Butler County's 911 case

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.

Third Circuit to decide J.Crew case over receipts; Pittsburgh attorney says these lawsuits not going away

CAMDEN, N.J. - A man who had his proposed class action lawsuit over the digits of his credit card that were included on a receipt from J.Crew dismissed has appealed that decision.

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

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.

JD Palatine claims it terminated former executive for just cause

PITTSBURGH — Risk mitigation firm JD Palatine LLC and its CEO Chad Killian have filed a series of preliminary objections to former Senior Vice President of Sales Joseph DeSanzo’s wrongful termination suit, where he seeks punitive damages in their ongoing dispute.

Bill would end elections for statewide judges

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 upholds judgment to dismiss pharmaceutical patent suit

PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania Superior Court on April 3 upheld a lower court’s judgment in a licensing agreement dispute between a pharmaceutical company and the creators of a drug technology.

Supreme Court rules public employees' addresses are private

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

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

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.