Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court News

Aetna claims Mednax and Pediatrix falsely inflated claims

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 14, 2018

HARRISBURG — Four Aetna health insurance companies are suing a group of medical facilities, citing alleged fraud and unjust enrichment.

Workers' Comp denied to man injured driving to work

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 12, 2018

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an order May 17 affirming a workers’ compensation judge's finding that a man injured in a car accident driving to work was not eligible for benefits.

Some of Huntington inmate's civil rights violations claims allowed to proceed

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 7, 2018

HARRISBURG - The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania reversed part of an inmate’s claims against the State Correctional Institution in Huntingdon for denying the man dental surgery with “deliberate indifference.”

Commonwealth Court upholds denial of unemployment benefits, disputes claimant's rationale for quitting

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 7, 2018

HARRISBURG - The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion affirming the Erie Unemployment Compensation Board of Review's decision to deny a woman benefits after she voluntarily left her job to relocate, noting that the woman had failed to show a compelling reason for quitting.

Dispute over gun license settlement sent back to lower court

By Sandra Lane | May 7, 2018

A class action lawsuit filed by a John Doe against the city of Philadelphia for alleged privacy violations of the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act of 1995 was remanded by Judge P. Kevin Brobson back to the trial court for further consideration on April 4.

Fired over not using Baden school radios, janitor can't collect unemployment

By Elizabeth Alt | May 7, 2018

A woman fired from her job as a janitor for a Pennsylvania school lost her appeal of a decision to deny her unemployment claim due to willful misconduct.

Commonwealth Court: State inmate has no constitutional right to possess pornography

By Amanda Thomas | May 7, 2018

A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a state inmate has no constitutional right to have mail-order pornography delivered to his prison cell, according to a decision filed on April 10 in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Court: Labor Relations board erred in background checks decision

By Karen Kidd | May 7, 2018

A Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board final order over whether the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education should have to bargain over university employee background checks was affirmed in a recent court order.

Court: Expert used made-up term 'spillover electricity' during SEPTA trial

By Amanda Thomas | May 4, 2018

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has been granted a new trial in a case involving an employee who claims that he suffered injuries after receiving an electrical shock by a railcar, according to a decision filed on April 5 in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court.

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.

Commonwealth Court overturns decision to strike winning horse from race

By Sandra Lane | Apr 27, 2018

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania appellate court has reversed a decision by the State Horse Racing Commission to disqualify the winning horse in a race held at Philadelphia PARX in 2016, according to a decision filed on April 9 in the Commonwealth Court.

Commonwealth Court rules that marijuana company is ‘premature’ in appealing denial of permit; Ruling issued on 4/20

By Karen Kidd | Apr 27, 2018

HARRISBURG — A company that challenged Pennsylvania’s marijuana permitting process after losing its bid for a permit last year was too quick to seek remedy through the state's courts, according to a recent ruling filed on April 20 in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Court upholds decision to award unemployment compensation to woman who feared for safety at work

By Sandra Lane | Apr 25, 2018

A Pennsylvania appellate court has upheld a decision by the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review to award unemployment compensation to a woman who quit her job because she feared for her personal safety, according to a ruling filed on April 5 in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.

Discrimination not a factor in woman not getting prison nurse job, court rules

By Sandra Lane | Apr 23, 2018

HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania appeals court recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to grant separate motions for summary judgment filed by a health care provider and the City of Philadelphia, which had been accused of denying a woman employment because of her race and criminal background.

Stop! You're going the long way!

By The Pennsylvania Record | Apr 16, 2018

After four years on the job, counselor Dana Crall was terminated for allegedly falsifying her mileage reimbursement requests. She was subsequently denied unemployment benefits, too.

Woman who left IRS for month-long trip to China won't receive unemployment benefits

By Robert Davis | Apr 9, 2018

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a decision by the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review (UCBR) to deny unemployment benefits for a former Internal Revenue Service employee after she voluntarily left her position to participate in a religious convocation in China, according to a decision filed on March 13.

Narcoleptic loses case for unemployment compensation

By Carrie Salls | Mar 28, 2018

HARRISBURG – The state Commonwealth Court has upheld an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review order that denied unemployment compensation to a former Arro Consulting employee who quit her job as a result of issues related to breaks and leave that allegedly were needed to cope with narcolepsy and migraines, according to a March 9 opinion written by Judge Anne E. Covey.

Commonwealth Court upholds panel ruling in American Electric tax exemption case

By Carrie Salls | Mar 26, 2018

HARRISBURG — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a previous ruling from a three-judge panel of the same court that found American Electric Power Service Corp.’s sale of electricity to the Letterkenny Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) is not tax-exempt, according to an opinion authored by President Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt on March 15.

No unemployment for church worker fired for allegedly falsifying mileage reports

By Carrie Salls | Mar 26, 2018

HARRISBURG — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review decision that denied a former Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries employee’s request for payment of unemployment benefits after she was fired for allegedly falsifying mileage reimbursement requests, according to an opinion filed on March 13.

Commonwealth Court overturns EHB order over oil and gas wells in Erie, Crawford counties

By Carrie Salls | Mar 26, 2018

HARRISBURG — The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has overturned an Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) administrative order that required B&R Resources LLC and managing member Richard F. Campola “to plug 47 abandoned oil and gas wells in Erie County and Crawford County,” according to an opinion filed on March 15.

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