Pennsylvania Supreme Court:...
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a major decision that may affect recreational activity throughout the state. In Tayar v. Camelback Ski Resort, the Supreme Court held that before a person is injured, a person cannot…more
Supreme Court Justice Orie Melvin To...
Today Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Orie Melvin was relieved of her judicial duties because the Supreme Court was advised that criminal proceedings have been commenced against her. The Supreme Court also issued an order…more
Berg v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance...
Superior Court Issues A Sweeping Insurance Bad Faith Decision
On April 17, 2012, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania handed down a sweeping decision that broadly interprets insurance bad faith under Section 8371. In Berg v…more
Defendants Beware: Superior Court Expands Grounds To Deny A Petition To Open A Default Judgment.
We ought to know that not answering a complaint is playing with fire. A recent decision by the Pennsylvania…more
O'Donnell v. HOVNANIAN ENTERPRISES,...
While we have seen many pro-arbitration rulings in recent years, a recent case in the Pennsylvania Superior Court shows that there are limits. In O'Donnell v. Hovanian Enterprises, Inc. the parties had litigated for three years…more
Change to Pennsylvania Rules of...
Effective today, Pennsylvania has changed Rule 1736 of its Appellate Rules. Now a party that is exempt from providing security while a case is on appeal is exempt if the appeal is taken to the Supreme Court of the United States…more
Two uninsured workers sued the Department of Health and Human Services to declare Obama's health reform law unconstitutional. On September 13, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania agreed. The…more
The latest case involving Marcellus shale may well have huge reverberations in Pennsylvania. The question is this: is Marcellus shale a mineral or not? In Pennsylvania, many property deeds reserve coal and mineral rights. The…more
Rhodes v. USAA Casualty Ins. Co.
The Superior Court recently held that in an insurance bad faith case that an insurance company defendant is not able to obtain the files of the insured's attorney in the underlying action. The Court reasoned that in an insurance…more
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