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Court: Waitress showed sexual harassment as co-worker showed cleavage, grabbed butts

HARRISBURG – Per a ruling from the Commonwealth Court on Jan. 5, the judiciary granted a former waitress unemployment benefits eligibility for determining the hostile and sexually harassing environment she faced at the restaurant was a “compelling” reason for cause to leave her job.

Scranton sole practitioner has to pay unemployment taxes, Commonwealth Court decides

HARRISBURG – A self-employed attorney who is the only shareholder of his Scranton law firm is required to pay unemployment compensation taxes, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled on Thursday.

Commonwealth Court remands Albert's Restaurant tax dispute for new trial

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court has ruled on a case that could have ramifications for a when party can be granted a continuance.

Ligonier Law must pay unemployment to disabled ex-legal assistant

HARRISBURG – A disabled legal assistant has been awarded unemployment compensation by the Commonwealth Court, which affirmed the award of the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review after finding her termination was not voluntary.

Commonwealth Court vacates arbitration award over correction officer discipline

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court has vacated an arbitration award regarding the discipline of a corrections officer.

Gun owner's case against Stroud Township remanded back to trial court

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania remanded a case back to trial court involving a Stroud Township gun owner who challenged the constitutionality of not being allowed to discharge firearms on his property due to a local ordinance.

Commonwealth Court upholds denial of former Kinder Morgan worker's benefits claim

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board was right to deny workers’ compensation benefits to a former Kinder Morgan Inc. based on its application of the “mental-mental” standard to the claimant’s mental disability claim, according to an opinion filed Nov. 14 by the Commonwealth Court.

Award of unemployment benefits to terminated Philadelphia Fresh Foods employee upheld by court

HARRISBURG – Philadelphia Fresh Foods LLC’s petition for review of an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review order granting unemployment compensation benefits to a former company employee was unsuccessful, according to a Nov. 14 Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania opinion upholding the board’s decision.

Commonwealth Court upholds denial of unemployment compensation for fired receptionist

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld an Unemployment Compensation Board of Review decision denying Catherine A. Diamond unemployment benefits because of alleged misconduct.

Appellate court upholds ruling in dispute over ownership of Syrian Orthodox Church property

HARRISBURG – The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a lower court's ruling in an ongoing dispute between two warring factions of the Syrian Orthodox Church both seeking to establish who legally owns the St. Mary’s Knanaya church property in Philadelphia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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.