Pennsylvania Supreme Court News

This Pennsylvania committee is proposing changes that benefit five of its members' law firms

By John O'Brien | Feb 20, 2019

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court committee is proposing a new rule that will help medical malpractice lawyers, but a look at the makeup of the committee shows five lawyers, including its chair, who work at firms that file medical malpractice cases.

PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT: Public Notice for Reappointment of a Bankruptcy Judge

By Press release submission | Feb 18, 2019

The current term of office of the Honorable Jeffery A. Deller, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is due to expire on October 5, 2019.

PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT: Reappointment of United States Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy

By Press release submission | Feb 18, 2019

The current term of the office of the United States Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is due to expire October 19, 2019.

A world with fewer doctors, more lawyers

By The Pennsylvania Record | Feb 12, 2019

For trial lawyers, the days before a 2002 law addressed health care costs are worth going back to, and the state Supreme Court might be ready to send Pennsylvania back to those dark days.

Supreme Court considers overriding 2002 med-mal reform; Groups warn it could create another health care crisis

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 16, 2019

HARRISBURG – Venue guidelines governing medical malpractice litigation statewide which were brought into law through 2002’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act may be abandoned by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Civil Procedural Rules Committee.

The unruly inner child in an asbestos lawyer

By The Pennsylvania Record | Jan 14, 2019

Attorneys in Pennsylvania are claiming the law doesn't apply to them

State Supreme Court reimposes impact fee on frackers

By Tomas Kassahun | Jan 11, 2019

PITTSBURGH - The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has reversed a Commonwealth Court order, imposing a yearly impact fee on producers of natural gas from certain vertical wells.

Pa. civil litigation reform groups, Philly Bar spar over ATRA's 'Judicial Hellholes' report

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 27, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – With Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania once again being featured on the American Tort Reform Association’s annual “Judicial Hellholes” and “Watch List," reactions among civil litigation reform groups and Philadelphia's Bar remain adversarial.

Who are the Pa. priests accused of sexual abuse? A 'dangerous' court ruling will keep 19 names secret

By Nicholas Malfitano and John O'Brien | Dec 6, 2018

The state Supreme Court's decision this week to keep private the names of 19 Catholic Church clergy members accused of sexual abuse is both “disappointing” and “dangerous," according to a lawyer who has filed a class action lawsuit over the scandal.

Pa. Supreme Court: Names of accused are permanently redacted from Catholic Church sexual abuse grand jury report

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 5, 2018

HARRISBURG – The identities of clergy members accused of committing sexual abuse against children and teenagers in August’s state grand jury report detailing such abuse statewide in the Catholic Church will remain redacted, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has decided.

Supreme Court says jury should determine whether medical malpractice case was filed in timely manner

By Charmaine Little | Nov 2, 2018

HARRISBURG - On Oct. 17, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that a lower court erred when it granted summary judgment to a number of health care providers sued for medical malpractice.

Supreme Court resolves jurisdictional agreement, regulations in Philadelphia taxicab case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 2, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - An ongoing battle between Pennsylvania transportation authorities and taxicabs in the Philadelphia area was settled in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Oct. 17.

Third Circuit panel sends class action suit filed against home security company back to District Court

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 14, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A class action lawsuit initiated against a Warrendale home security company and which invoked the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, has been remanded to its court of origin by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Supreme Court strikes down 2012 law, says lawmakers passed it in unconstitutional fashion

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 14, 2018

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down Act 80, a law giving cash assistance to some of the state's poorest residents, due to constitutional issues on how the law was passed.

OBERMAYER REBMANN MAXWELL & HIPPEL LLP: Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Review Fluctuating Workweek Method for Overtime Compensation

By Press release submission | Aug 3, 2018

The fluctuating workweek (FWW) method is a way for employers to calculate overtime pay for salaried employees who are eligible for overtime pay, but whose working hours fluctuate each week.

PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL: Attorney General Josh Shapiro Statement on PA Supreme Court Order to Release Grand Jury Report on Clergy Sex Abuse

By Press release submission | Aug 3, 2018

Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following statement on an Order and Opinion by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, directing that a Grand Jury report on child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania be released.

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.

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.

Collegeville company says marketing communications firm broke lease terms and didn't vacate premises

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 6, 2018

NORRISTOWN – A Montgomery County property management company alleges that a marketing communications firm has failed to vacate its premises after the termination of a lease agreement, and has subsequently sued for breach of contract.

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