Pennsylvania Supreme Court News

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.

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.

PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT: Pennsylvania Judiciary Releases New and Improved Interactive Caseload Data

By Press release submission | Jun 23, 2018

Pennsylvania’s judiciary today unveiled six new data dashboards, the latest in a series of interactive, web-based data visuals that allow the public, court staff, reporters and researchers to quickly analyze and interpret caseload data.

Sen. Scarnati appeals federal judge's order to pay League of Women Voters for costs of gerrymandering challenge

By Karen Kidd | May 3, 2018

A state senator is appealing a federal judge's order earlier this month to pay more than $29,300 to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania in reimbursement for the fees and costs of its successful gerrymandering challenge.

Pa. Supreme Court rejects DEP’s method for calculating water pollution penalties

By Sandra Lane | May 2, 2018

In a 5-2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently rejected the state Department of Environmental Protection’s method for assessing water contamination fines in a dispute with EQT Production Company over damages caused by water that had leaked from the company's hydraulic fracture gas wells in 2012.

State representative defends legislation to impeach state Supreme Court justices

By Glenn Minnis | Mar 30, 2018

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.

Out-of-state plaintiffs given permission by Pa. Supreme Court; Ruling is part of a trend, lawyer says

By Carrie Salls | Mar 15, 2018

HARRISBURG – A recent state Supreme Court ruling that allowed an out-of-state resident to file a lawsuit in Philadelphia alleging violations of Pennsylvania law is part of a trend, a Philadelphia-area lawyer says.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court allows state law to apply in out-of-state dispute

By Carrie Salls | Mar 2, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled in a Feb. 21 opinion that an out-of-state plaintiff can sue a Pennsylvania-based company under Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL).

Following appellate court rulings, Manor Care able to arbitrate wrongful death lawsuit

By Carrie Salls | Feb 13, 2018

LANCASTER – A Lancaster County judge last year sent a lawsuit over the death of a resident of a Lancaster nursing home to arbitration.

U.S. Supreme Court denies Pennsylvania GOP's request to consider congressional redistricting

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 6, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court has an answer for Pennsylvania Republicans who wanted the judiciary to examine the constitutionality of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision to redraw its congressional districting map: “No.”

Supreme Court declines opinion in plaintiff's objection to exam without counsel

By David Hutton | Feb 5, 2018

HARRISBURG – The state Supreme Court won’t review whether a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit has the right to have counsel present and to record a neuropsychological examination by a defendant’s doctor, remanding the case back to Lebanon County Common Pleas Court.

Supreme Court disbars former Washington County Common Pleas judge over use of seized cocaine

By David Hutton | Feb 1, 2018

HARRISBURG – The state Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to a request from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel to disbar former Washington County Common Pleas Judge Paul Michael Pozonsky.

Pa. Supreme Court orders congressional district map redrawn, as GOP lawmakers protest

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jan 25, 2018

HARRISBURG – In a landmark decision reached Monday, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled the state’s map of 18 congressional districts was unfairly gerrymandered to benefit Republican candidates and must be redrawn in less than a month, a move members of the Pennsylvania GOP are already looking to delay.

Supreme Court won't hear appeal of woman who blamed fatal wreck on GM ignition switch

By Carrie Salls | Jan 23, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will not hear an appeal related to Lakisha Marie Ward-Green’s conviction on charges of manslaughter and reckless driving, according to a Dec. 7 order, allowing a Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruling made in the case to stand.

Pennsylvania net loss carryover unconstitutional in Nextell case, high state court says

By John Sammon | Nov 1, 2017

HARRISBURG – The state Supreme Court on Oct. 18 said that taxes figured in the case of Nextel Communications violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court re-instates police widow's pension, finds arbitration appropriate

By John Revak | Oct 31, 2017

HARRISBURG — The state Supreme Court on Oct. 18 found that arbitration is appropriate in a dispute over a pension paid to the wife of a deceased police officer and the city of Arnold.