Superior Court of Pennsylvania News

Superior Court vacates appeal of attorney busted for running poker game

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 16, 2018

HARRISBURG – An attorney whose home was once raided by state police authorities for overseeing illegal poker games and then opposed repayment of more than $17,000 in legal fees to his former counsel, finds himself drawing a busted flush after having his appeal declared null and void by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Grane Healthcare to face claims in $2.2M case against Providence Care Center

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 13, 2018

PITTSBURGH — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania partially upheld an order granting a new trial in a negligence case filed against Providence Care Center.

New trial for med-mal plaintiff suing University of Pennsylvania

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 9, 2018

A former patient of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital will receive a new trail in a medical malpractice case, an appellate court ruled.

Out-of-staters have lawsuits against CSX tossed from Philadelphia court

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 8, 2018

The Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled a trial court abused its discretion when it failed to consider that the two CSX railroad workers are not residents of Pennslyvania.

Ford brake parts not responsible for asbestos-related death, appellate court rules

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 7, 2018

The widow of Pittsburgh resident, who claimed asbestos exposure killed him, lost her appeal in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania on July 23.

Superior Court denies former doctor's request for a new trial over employment contract

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 7, 2018

A radiology doctor will not receive a new trial in a dispute over his early termination, an appellate court ruled.

Patient's appeal of malpractice trial result not valid, rules Superior Court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 30, 2018

HARRISBURG – A three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania threw out the post-trial appeal of a plaintiff who filed a medical malpractice complaint against Philadelphia-area doctors for reasons of jurisdiction, due to the trial court not having entered a final judgment on the case’s verdict.

Federal judge throws out damages motion seeking $1.5 million against Pa. and La. law enforcement and court officials

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 25, 2018

ALLENTOWN – A federal judge has thrown out a motion from a Louisiana man seeking $1.5 million in damages from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the Berks County Court of Common Pleas Clerk, the Bossier City, La. Police Department for allegedly violating his rights U.S. Constitution through incarcerating him based upon forged documents.

Statute of limitations on appeal filing gets negligence suit against storage facility dismissed

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 19, 2018

HARRISBURG – According to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, a trial court was right to approve preliminary objections in a negligence-based property damage action, on the basis that the statute of limitations associated with the charges had expired.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia must turn over PI's witness interviews in sexual assault lawsuit

By Charmaine Little | Jul 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was unsuccessful in an attempt to have witness interviews obtained by a private investigator withheld from a sexual assault case, accoridng to an opinion filed June 7 in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Superior Court affirms ruling for Cephalon and Teva in wrongful death case tied to fentanyl use

By Charmaine Little | Jul 17, 2018

HARRISBURG - The Superior Court of Pennsylvania affirmed an order from the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County that dismissed a wrongful death and survival lawsuit filed against pharmaceuticals companies Cephalon, Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., according to an opinion filed June 8.

Lehigh Valley Hospital cleared of malpractice claim following appeal

By Charmaine Little | Jul 16, 2018

HARRISBURG - A lawsuit filed by the administrator of a woman's estate will not proceed after a jury and appeals court both concluded that Lehigh Valley Hospital and its physicians were not guilty of medical malpractice.

Pa. Supreme Court to consider statute of limitations in Risperdal cases

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 9, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania decided Thursday it would hear an appeal on the statute of limitations connected to two lawsuits filed against the manufacturers of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, a move that could have lasting ramifications for more than 6,000 fellow cases currently pending in Philadelphia.

Suit alleging U-Haul employee's forklift crash caused injury thrown out

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania agreed with a trial court that an employee of McGrath Technical Staffing could not bring a lawsuit against U-Haul for work injuries because of an agreement signed with his employer, according to a June 22 opinion.

Superior Court reinstates cancer case against Bayer; Widow of Pittsburgh-area golf course employee pursuing the case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 5, 2018

HARRISBURG — The Superior Court of Pennsylvania sent a wrongful death case filed by the administrator of the estate of a golf course employee who died in February 2009 back to a trial court for further proceedings, ruling that the trial court made an error in granting summary judgment in favor of the defendants, including Bayer Cropscience.

Superior Court says companies registered to do business in Pennsylvania consent to its jurisdiction

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 3, 2018

HARRISBURG – According to a ruling from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, regardless if a company doesn’t do much business here, a company registered for commercial purposes in the state effectively consents to the jurisdiction of its state and federal courts.

Estate administrator's appeal of GE and CBS asbestos exposure ruling unsuccessful

By Charmaine Little | Jun 28, 2018

HARRISBURG - An estate executor failed to prove that General Electric and CBS Corp. were liable for a former employee’s death after being exposed to asbestos, as the Superior Court of Pennsylvania granted summary judgment in favor of the defendants in a June 12 opinion.

Superior Court approves change of venue in Parx Casino personal injury case

By Sandra Lane | Jun 26, 2018

HARRISBURG – A three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania upheld the decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County to transfer the venue of a personal injury lawsuit to Bucks County from Philadelphia County, according to a June 12 Superior Court ruling.

Dismissal of Philly wrongful death case affirmed; Lawsuit was filed by Illinois woman

By Sandra Lane | Jun 26, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Superior Court on June 12 upheld a Philadelphia County decision that said an estate representative's wrongful death lawsuit could not be tried in Pennsylvania.

Fracking company's loss could have impact; Superior Court split from previous Texas ruling

By John Breslin | Jun 18, 2018

PITTSBURGH - A state appeals court decision is likely to influence development and investment decisions made by companies that use hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas.