Pennsylvania House of Representatives News

Lobbying groups financed by Pond Lehocky to oppose Workers' Comp bills fined for ethics violations

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 13, 2018

HARRISBURG – A pair of lobbyist organizations connected to plaintiffs law firm Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano and which sought to defeat Workers' Compensation reform bills were recently found to have violated the state’s Lobbying Disclosure Law and fined by the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.

Employers would be granted some relief from asbestos lawsuits under proposed Pa. law

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 23, 2018

HARRISBURG – Pending legislation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would essentially overrule a 2014 state Supreme Court decision and change asbestos litigation statewide, to plaintiff lawyers' dismay, if it were to pass.

Pa. Supreme Court rules Philadelphia's controversial soda tax is legal, legislators look to continue fight

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 22, 2018

HARRISBURG – A soda and sweetened beverage tax that has divided the City of Philadelphia and been the subject of controversy since its implementation is legal, according to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

House action possible on bill limiting punitive damages against nursing homes to 2.5 times compensatory award

By John O'Brien | Jun 12, 2018

Legislation that limits punitive damages in verdicts against nursing homes could soon be discussed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Bill banning non-compete agreements sits in Pa. House; Passage looks unlikely, attorney says

By Carrie Salls | Feb 1, 2018

HARRISBURG – The proposed Freedom to Work Act, which proposes a ban on non-compete agreements by Pennsylvania employers, could cause a great deal of concern but faces a long road to passage, a Fisher & Phillips attorney says.

Rep. Kampf says HB1037 would 'reduce frivolous litigation' against nursing facilities

By Olivia Olsen | Jul 31, 2017

HARRISBURG – Fearing the outcome of continued excessive litigation against Pennsylvania nursing home facilities, House Representative Warren Kampf (R) has sponsored HB1037 with hopes of protecting those who care for the state’s elderly population.

House panel OKs bill to raise the stakes on consumer protection; Civil justice group says it most benefits lawyers

By S. Laney Griffo | Jul 20, 2017

HARRISBURG – Rep. Anthony DeLuca’s bill to raise minimum damages awarded for violations of the Unfair Trade Practices and​​​​​ Consumer Protection law passed a House committee in late June with almost no opposition.

House Judiciary Committee puts off vote on asbestos transparency legislation

By W.J. Kennedy | Jun 8, 2017

HARRISBURG - The state House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed over a scheduled vote on legislation that would require plaintiffs’ attorneys to reveal to a court any claims they intend to make to an asbestos bankruptcy trust involving the same case.

Controversial Philly wage equity bill caught up in court battle

By John Revak | May 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia city ordinance designed to rectify pay gaps between men and women won’t take effect as planned this month.

Pension de-risking bill seeks to provide ERISA protections to pension funds

By Chandra Lye | Apr 24, 2017

PENNSYLVANIA — A proposed bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would offer protections to some retirement plans similar to those offered by the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Sen. Farnese reintroduces bill fighting free speech-limiting lawsuits

By Nicholas Gueguen | Apr 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Sen. Lawrence Farnese, a Democrat who represents the state's First District, hopes the second introduction of Senate Bill 95 bodes better than the bill's first introduction.

Rep. Grove makes push for state commerce court

By Mike Helenthal | Apr 5, 2017

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

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