Superior Court of Pennsylvania News

Groups don't want Pa. Supreme Court to create Fair Share Act exception for asbestos lawsuits

By Nicholas Malfitano | Dec 10, 2018

HARRISBURG – Business and legal reform groups are calling on the state Supreme Court to uphold a specific application of a law that governs how defendants split the check when a plaintiff verdict comes in - opposing a so-called "carve-out" that would keep the law from applying to asbestos cases..

Pa. court determines trial court erred in allowing a witness' testimony, but error was 'harmless'

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 23, 2018

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) – On Aug. 13, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania decided that although a trial court erred in permitting a testimony, the error was “harmless” because the testimony did not prejudice the appellant.

Law school dean, common pleas court judge nominated to Pa. SC

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 6, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week announced his picks for two vacancies on the seven-member state Supreme Court.

Pa. appellate court affirms $1M jury verdict, cites inconsistencies in defense expert opinions

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - Following appeals from both parties, a panel of judges in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a jury's $1 million verdict for a former auto mechanic after detailing expert inconsistencies on behalf of Ford Motor Company.

Summary judgment reversed: '300 week' standard not applicable in asbestos cases

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 15, 2014

HARRISBURG Pa. (Legal Newsline) - A Pennsylvania appeals court has reversed a summary judgment order for an electricity company on the grounds that the Workers' Compensation Act's "300 week" requirement does not apply to mesothelioma cases.

Pa. SC to hear challenge over judges' retirement age next month

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 8, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the state's mandatory retirement age for judges.

Disciplinary panel: Pa. SC justice Melvin shouldn't be paid

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Aug 31, 2012

Melvin HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania's Court of Judicial Discipline ruled Thursday that suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin should not be paid while awaiting trial for criminal charges.

Pa. starting new procedures for 'cy pres' funds

By Michael P. Tremoglie | May 14, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) -- New rules announced May 11 by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania direct unclaimed money from class-action lawsuits be mandated to provide legal services for low-income Pennsylvanians.

Former Pa. Chief Justice negotiated raise with lawmakers, suit claims

By John O'Brien | May 22, 2008

Castille HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) - Pennsylvania's former and current Supreme Court Chief Justices recently decided to fire back against a lawsuit alleging misconduct on the Court.

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