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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Two Year Statute of Limitations Accrues from Date of Death for Both Survival and Wrongful Death...

On November 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a decision in Dubose v. Quinlan, 2017 WL 5616235 (Pa., Nov. 22, 2017), holding that the two-year statute of limitations for medical professional negligence...more

Public Access Policy Requirements Begin January 6, 2018

Effective on January 6, 2018, the PA Supreme Court’s “Public Access Policy” adds significant new requirements related to information contained in documents filed in Pennsylvania’s courts, including the Orphans’ Court Division...more

RESTARTING THE CLOCK: Court Determines that Prohibition on Competition Under Injunction Commences From Date of Order as Opposed...

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Resolving a nettlesome issue in restrictive covenant litigation, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently held that the amount of time a former employee is prohibited from competing with his former employer under an...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Breathes New Life into Survival Actions

by Barley Snyder on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave new life to otherwise time-barred survival action claims in medical malpractice cases in a significant decision last month – even if one justice was blunt in his disagreement with the...more

Pa. Supreme Court Decision May Materially Shorten Time for Filing Tax Refund Claims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Pennsylvania taxpayers should be aware of the recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Mission Funding Alpha v. Commonwealth, in which the court held that a refund claim is timely only if it is filed within three...more

Tax Appeals Based on Property Type May Violate State Constitution

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Valley Forge Towers Apartments N, L.P. v. Upper Merion Area School Dist., 2017 Pa. LEXIS 1520, 163 A.3d 962 (Pa. July 5, 2017). (The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that school district’s tax assessment appeal policy...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares $3,000,000 Net Loss Carryover Deduction Unconstitutional

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On October 18, 2017 the Pennsylvania Supreme handed down its decision in Nextel Communications of the Mid Atlantic v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania No. 6 EAP 2016. The tax provision at issue gave taxpayers with a net...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares Dollar-Based NOL Cap Unconstitutional

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a unanimous decision in Nextel Communications of the Mid-Atlantic, Inc. v. Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the Commonwealth Court's holding that Pennsylvania's dollar-based cap on corporate net income...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Showing Required For Bad Faith Insurance Claims

by Carlton Fields on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has, for the first time in the 37-year history of Pennsylvania’s bad faith insurance statute, 42 Pa.C.S. § 8371, considered the necessary elements of such a claim, and it has determined that...more

An “Employee’s” Right to Inspect His or Her Personnel File in Pennsylvania

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers commonly find themselves answering the following question: What right does a former employee have to access his or her personnel file? Often, after an employer terminates an employee, that employee and/or the...more

In the End, Pa. Supreme Court Only Clarifies Bad Faith Law

by Zelle LLP on

In its recent decision in Rancosky v. Washington National Insurance Company, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court examined, for the first time, Pennsylvania’s standard for insurance bad faith. The court held that, while an...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Finds Flat-Dollar NOL Cap Unconstitutional, But Upholds Percentage Cap

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the state’s flat $3 million cap on net operating loss (NOL) carryforwards violates the state constitution’s Uniformity Clause. Unlike the lower court, however, the Supreme Court left...more

Informed Consent in Pennsylvania – The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Issues a Wake-Up Call

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

It has been nearly four months since the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued its opinion in the case of Shinal v. Toms. In its opinion, the Court considered the issue of informed consent under Pennsylvania law and issued a...more

Pennsylvania's Highest Court Clarifies The Elements Of A Statutory Bad Faith Cause Of Action

For the first time, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the highest court in the state, enunciated the elements of a bad faith insurance claim brought pursuant to Pennsylvania’s bad faith statute, 42 Pa.C.S. § 8371. The decision...more

Pennsylvania School Funding Question Given Another Chance

by Barley Snyder on

The tricky issue of how the state funds its public schools has new life after a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision late last week. In the latest chapter in the battle over the system of public school funding in...more

PA Supreme Court Addresses Level of Proof Required Under Statutory Bad Faith Claim

by Cozen O'Connor on

In an opinion dated September 28, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Western District, considered as an issue of first impression the level of proof required to prevail in a bad faith claim, examining the elements of a bad...more

PA Supreme Court: Malice Not A Prerequisite to Bad Faith

?In a much anticipated decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court cemented and clarified the test for bad faith set out in the 1994 Superior Court decision Terletsky v. Prudential—that an insurer’s bad faith is established by...more

PA Supreme Court Ruling Makes it Easier for Insured to Prove Insurance Bad Faith

Policyholders asserting an insurance bad faith claim need not show a dishonest purpose or motive of self-interest or ill will to prove their claim against insurers under Pennsylvania’s insurance bad faith statute, 42 Pa....more

Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Trustee Replacement Rules

by Barley Snyder on

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court case clarified the ability of the beneficiaries of a trust to remove a corporate trustee. In a highly anticipated case, the Court unanimously refused to permit the beneficiaries of an...more

Have You Properly Obtained Informed Consent?

by Burr & Forman on

In June, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a controversial opinion holding that a physician had to have face-to-face interaction with the patient to effectively obtain informed consent. This has raised heightened...more

PA Supreme Court Rules On School District Tax Appeals

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent Supreme Court of Pennsylvania case, captioned as Valley Forge Towers, taxpayer brought an action against the school district, as a taxing district, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief claiming that the...more

Making Informed Decisions About Informed Consent

by Snell & Wilmer on

Patients have come to expect that they will be actively involved in making decisions about their health care. Informed consent aids patient involvement and provides a process whereby a health care provider discusses a...more

Win One for the Fiduciary – The PA Supreme Court Clarifies the Interplay of UTA Provisions

As counsel to fiduciaries across our great Commonwealth, I was beginning to despair that changing one’s trustee was becoming as easy as changing the oil in one’s car. In the seminal case of Trust Under Agreement of Edward...more

Pennsylvania Court Provides Commercial Property Owners With Defense to Tax Assessment Appeals

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 5, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision confirming that all real estate in a taxing district is a single class (i.e., not subject to sub-classifications based on property type, such as...more

Former Employees Can’t View Their Personnel Files

by Barley Snyder on

Employers now can be confident in denying requests from former employees to inspect their personnel file after a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court holding. In a recent case, an employer denied a request from a former...more

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