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Commonwealth Court dismisses third complaint in whistleblower suit against AG's office

Elizabeth Alt Nov. 14, 2017, 9:59am

HARRISBURG – A former solicitor for the attorney general of Pennsylvania who claimed she was fired for making whistleblower reports on her bosses’ allegedly illicit activities has lost her third, and likely final, complaint in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Lyft injunction vacated after state legislators pass law

Carrie Salls Nov. 7, 2017, 10:01am

PHILADELPHIA – The Commonwealth Court has vacated an injunction that prohibited transportation network companies (TNCs), including appellant Lyft Inc., from operating in the city of Philadelphia, according to an opinion entered on Oct. 31.

Court denies Patriot News' request for info from AG's office

Sara McCleary Oct. 31, 2017, 9:05am

HARRISBURG – An Oct. 13 decision filed by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has denied a Pennsylvania news group’s request for access to records held by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

Doctor again dealt dismissal of lawsuit against Abington School District over speaking time at meeting

John Sammon Oct. 26, 2017, 10:09am

HARRISBURG – The state Commonwealth Court recently affirmed dismissal of a complaint filed by a doctor against the Abington School District after its school board limited his time to speak at a school board meeting.

Only spouse able to recover certain damages from PennDOT under Wrongful Death Act

John Severance Oct. 11, 2017, 12:41pm

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court has ruled that some family members can't seek pecuniary damages from the state Department of Transportation under the Wrongful Death Act.

Court upholds order vacating arbitration agreement with Neshaminy School District teacher

Angela Underwood Oct. 5, 2017, 10:35am

The Commonwealth Court of The Pennsylvania has upheld a common pleas court's order that vacated a grievance arbitration award reinstating a teacher to his position following sexual harassment allegations.

Commonwealth Court upholds dismissal of former PLCB employee's discrimination claim

Carrie Salls Oct. 5, 2017, 10:24am

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld a Dec. 8, 2016 State Civil Service Commission order dismissing a discrimination and retaliation claim filed by a former probationary seasonal liquor store clerk against the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, according to an opinion entered Sept. 25.

Attorney says court decision finding Philadelphia soda tax is constitutional was 'well-reasoned'

Kacie Whaley Aug. 22, 2017, 11:56am

HARRISBURG – After the June 14 opinion filed by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania affirming the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas' judgment that the Philadelphia beverage tax is constitutional, one attorney contends that the decision is well-reasoned.

Mark Emmett has a grumbling problem

The Pennsylvania Record Jul. 24, 2017, 12:00pm

If a person refuses to accept responsibility for his own actions, how can he blame someone else for them?

Ruling: Favorable shifts must be offered to senior prison employees

Glenn Minnis Jul. 24, 2017, 8:00am

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.

Philadelphia loses appeal of Workers' Compensation lien ruling

Carrie Salls Jul. 24, 2017, 7:55am

PHILADELPHIA – The Commonwealth Court has affirmed a Workers' Compensation Appeal Board ruling related to the validity of insurer Independence Blue Cross’ subrogation lien against medical benefits provided by the city of Philadelphia to a city firefighter, according to a July 3 order.

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

Glenn Minnis Jul. 21, 2017, 12:09pm

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.

Court divvies up contested parcels between couple, city of Chester

Todd Barnett Jul. 20, 2017, 1:57pm

HARRISBURG — A state appeals court has affirmed an earlier ruling splitting the ownership of two contested properties between the city of Chester and a local couple who have been operating a business on the properties for more than 60 years.

Internet delay causes appeal to be filed too late; Man had tried to submit it with 14 seconds to spare

Dee Thompson Jul. 11, 2017, 10:00am

HARRISBURG – A man who waited until 14 seconds before the deadline to file his unemployment appeal has lost that appeal at the Commonwealth Court.

Commonwealth Court affirms permit for fracking underneath active oil refinery in Warren

Dee Thompson Jul. 10, 2017, 3:05pm

HARRISBURG – Driller John D. Branch's permit to drill underneath an active refinery, including a tank holding millions of gallons of gasoline, has been upheld despite concerns the “fracking” could cause a catastrophe.

Upper Merion bus driver reinstated after failing drug test under 'unique circumstances'

Carrie Salls Jul. 10, 2017, 3:02pm

HARRISBURG – An Upper Merion Township School District bus driver who failed a random drug test under what an arbitrator deemed “unique circumstances” will get her job back, according to a June 23 ruling issued by the Commonwealth Court.

Commonwealth Court reinstates Butler County's 911 case

Glenn Minnis Jul. 3, 2017, 9:10am

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.

Commonwealth Court rules against state police in bingo dispute

Dee Thompson Jul. 3, 2017, 9:06am

HARRISBURG — The question of what exactly constitutes a game of bingo is at the heart of the recent ruling by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Court affirms decision of denial of ManorCare's invoice exception request

Sara McCleary Jun. 30, 2017, 5:46am

HARRISBURG – In a decision filed May 26, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a decision denying a health care company an invoice reception request.

Commonwealth Court: Plans to host bridal show don't render woman ineligible for unemployment

Carrie Salls Jun. 29, 2017, 11:59am

HARRISBURG — The state Commonwealth Court has reversed an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review ruling that denied benefits to a claimant based on the board’s assertion that she was self-employed, according to an opinion filed June 14.