Pennsylvania Law Weekly News

4 Ways Kraft Shooting Case Could Reshape Punitive Damages Litigation

By Max Mitchell |

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has tossed out a $38.5 million punitive damages award in a case involving a fatal shooting at a Kraft factory, but according to several plaintiffs attorneys, the ruling tossed out much more than money.

Fate of Common-Law Forfeiture in Pa. Now Rests With Justices

By Zack Needles |

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether common-law forfeiture exists in the state, after the Commonwealth Court en banc ruled earlier this year that it does not.

Court: Liquor License Transfer Denials Immediately Appealable

By Zack Needles |

A business can still appeal directly from a local government's denial of an intermunicipal liquor license transfer, despite the Pennsylvania Liquor Code's prohibition on appeals, a sharply divided Commonwealth Court en banc has ruled in a published opinion.

Blood-Transfusion Refusal Dooms Jehovah's Witness' Med Mal Suit

By Ben Seal |

A Jehovah's Witness' repeated written and verbal refusal to allow doctors to perform a blood transfusion prior to her death prevents her estate from proceeding with a medical malpractice lawsuit, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled.

Teacher Deserved Hearing Over Alleged Demotion, Court Rules

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A Philadelphia School District teacher should have had a district hearing before his transfer from a high school to middle school science teaching position, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

Samuel Stretton

Referral Mills Are Not Allowed

By Samuel C. Stretton |

I am a relatively young lawyer, but I have many contacts and am able to get a number of different types of cases. I, myself, am not interested in trying cases or handling them. What I want to do is advertise and then when the cases come in, I will refer these cases to other competent lawyers and receive referral fees. Can I do that?


The 'Protz' Redemption: 2 Huge Breaks for Injured Workers

By Samuel H. Pond 
and Susan Nanes |

In everyone's favorite weekend afternoon movie on TNT, "The Shawshank Redemption," Morgan Freeman's character, Red, describes Tim Robbins' character Andy's love of geology: "Geology is the study of pressure and time. That's all it takes really. Pressure and time."

Growth of HDHPs Could Result in Child Support Litigation

By Hugh J. Algeo IV |

There is a growing trend in health insurance that will have an impact on family law, child support and spousal support. To reduce costs and increase preventative care, the health insurance industry is shifting focus toward high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). An increasing number of employers are eliminating traditional health insurance plans as they currently exist entirely in favor of HDHPs.


An Update on Pennsylvania's Local Employment Laws

By Ethan M. Dennis |

Over the past few years, Congress has operated at a deadlock, preventing major new federal workplace legislation from being adopted. Although in its infancy, it seems increasingly unlikely that this congressional term will see a wave of new workplace legislation. Despite this congressional deadlock, federal workplace law continues to evolve as the courts and agencies interpret, and sometimes make, policy.

PLW People in the News—July 25, 2017—Meyer, Unkovic & Scott

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott partner Ron Hicks was elected to serve on the board of directors of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.

verdicts and settlements

Employee: Unsafe Factory Practice Led To Arm Amputation

On Nov. 11, 2011, plaintiff Daniel Albarracin, 46, a machine operator, had his right hand and lower forearm severed while working at a candy and nut processing plant, in Allentown. He worked on a conveyor belt, known as an E2 line, on which liquid chocolate pours onto toffees and nuts. The nuts, however, release a natural oil, which causes the conveyor belt to slip: the drive roller continues to spin but fails to move the belt. Meanwhile, the product sits on the stationary belt.

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Therapists Settle Class Action Claims On Overtime Pay

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

A federal judge has given final approval to an $865,000 settlement that resolved claims from 55 behavioral health professionals alleging they were denied overtime pay by the clinic where they worked.

Capitol Report

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for July 14 and the week of July 17. Both houses of the General Assembly are in recess, subject to the call of the president of the Senate and speaker of the State House of Representatives. House leaders issued a call to reconvene beginning July 22.

General Assembly Sends ‘Planned Subsidence’ Bill to Wolf

By Victoria Hudgins |

The General Assembly approved SB 624, a bill that would prohibit "planned subsidence" in bituminous coal mining from being considered presumptive evidence that the mining has the potential to cause pollution as defined by the state's Clean Streams Law.

State Senate Slashes $1M From PPA Funding

By Victoria Hudgins |