Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court News

Commonwealth Court affirms fired worker's eligibility for unemployment compensation

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 23, 2019

HARRISBURG -- A former employee of a drain cleaning company who had his eligibility for unemployment compensation granted by the state had the decision confirmed in court.

West Whiteland sues trash bag company over thickness of product, wins at Commonwealth Court

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 23, 2019

HARRISBURG -- The Commonwealth Court upheld a ruling against a trash bag maker that was found in a breach of contract with a Pennsylvania township.

Commonwealth Court sides with City of Erie in employee's termination

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 22, 2019

HARRISBURG — The case of a former Erie city employee with legal troubles who was terminated from his job and then reinstated through an arbitration award is now a victory for the city.

Commonwealth Court rules key portions of 2017 fireworks law unconstitutional

By Karen Kidd | Dec 17, 2018

HARRISBURG — Key portions of a year-old Pennsylvania fireworks law went up in smoke this month when the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled parts of the legislation are unconstitutional.

Pennsylvania court upholds oil and gas development near agricultural area

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 16, 2018

In a decision made Oct. 26, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld the trial court’s ruling that affirmed the Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board’s decision to allow oil and gas development near an agricultural area.

Court upholds ruling against Colebrookdale residents who received zoning violation

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 16, 2018

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a trial court’s ruling against residents who were issued zoning violations at their property.

Airport Authority's preliminary objections overruled in dispute with Monroe County homeowners

By Charmaine Little | Nov 2, 2018

An airport authority isn’t entitled to its preliminary objections in a lawsuit that sparked after a couple claimed planes flew too close to their property, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania determined on October 15.

Wegmans Food Markets loses appeal of Workers' Compensation judgment

By Carrie Salls | Oct 26, 2018

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania upheld a Workers’ Compensation appeal board's ruling awarding disability benefits and the reimbursement of medical expenses for a Wegmans Food Markets Inc. employee who fell in the store after she was finished working for the day, according to an Oct. 10 opinion.

Couple lose slip-and-fall case against Williamsport, Lycoming County

By Charmaine Little | Oct 10, 2018

On Sept. 21, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a trial court’s ruling that granted the County of Lycoming and the City of Williamsport summary judgments after a husband and wife who sued the city and county failed to prove the local agencies were exempt from governmental immunity.

Former Piedmont Airlines employee wins Workers' Compensation claim after slipping on snow

By Takesha Thomas | Sep 24, 2018

HARRISBURG – A Pennsylvania court has upheld a Workers' Compensation Appeal Board's award to a former Piedmont Airlines employee who was injured in a company parking lot.

Former Philadelphia firefighter loses Workers' Comp claim after cancer diagnosis

By Takesha Thomas | Sep 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA - A veteran Philadelphia firefighter has lost an appeal with the Commonwealth Court in a Workers' Compensation claim that alleges his prostate cancer was a direct result of his occupation.

Pennsylvania security guard who fell out of chair loses Workers' Comp appeal

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 17, 2018

HARRISBURG — Yvette D. Blassingame unsuccessfully petitioned the court to reverse a Worker's Compensation Appeal Board ruling denying her claims for coverage.

Commonwealth Court voids state environmental regulations on fracking near playgrounds

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 28, 2018

HARRISBURG – A recent ruling from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania deemed state rules used to consider the impact of fracking near playgrounds and recreational facilities as “void and unenforceable.”

Tunkhannock elementary school principal, fired after a second DUI, loses appeal

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 22, 2018

HARRISBURG – An appeals court has upheld the firing of a school district employee who served as principal in two elementary schools after his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Appeals court confirms denial of Riverkeeper's challenge to PennEast Project application

By Charmaine Little | Aug 20, 2018

HARRISBURG - The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania decided June 4 that the Delaware Riverkeeper Network waited too long to file an overdue petition.

Philly Democratic committeemen lacked standing to challenge election of committee colleagues

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 15, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – According to the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, a pair of Democratic Committeemen had no legal standing under Philadelphia’s Election Code to challenge the election of 11 of their fellow committeepersons.

Tower Access Group may be able to develop Fayette Co. cell phone tower after appeals court rules in its favor

By Charmaine Little | Aug 13, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Tower Access Group may be able to move forward with its plan to build a Verizon Wireless cell phone tower, now that the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has supported its appeal.

Appellate court refuses to throw out Bishop Tube site petition

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 9, 2018

The legal fight to clean up the contaminated Bishop Tube site will continue, an appellate court ruled on July 25.

Lawsuit over black ice at Jersey Shore Area High School fails

By Takesha Thomas | Aug 7, 2018

An appellate court dismissed a Lycoming County student's lawsuit over her slip and fall on black ice in a school parking lot.

Commonwealth Court says arbitrator overstepped authority in Pittsburgh police officers' case

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 22, 2018

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that an arbitrator exceeded her powers and the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas properly vacated an award involving Pittsburgh police officers.

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