A Monroe County judge has ruled that a driver with an insurance policy covering four cars is entitled to $400,000 in stacked uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits because he did not sign new waivers when he added his most recent vehicles to the policy.
In a ruling that could prove instructive to parties seeking to block construction of natural gas wells in their communities, the Commonwealth Court overruled an Allegheny County borough's denial of a driller's conditional use application, finding that the borough council relied on inadequate testimony by objectors.
The current judicial system created by the 1993 amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution has been working fairly well. The Judicial Conduct Board was created under Article 5, Section 18 of the Pennsylvania Constitution as was the Court of Judicial Discipline. Rules of Procedure for both the Judicial Conduct Board and the Court of Judicial Discipline have been promulgated.
On April 28, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann of the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued the latest opinion in a series of high-profile decisions regarding class arbitrability of oil and gas leases. In Chesapeake Appalachia v. Scout Petroleum, 4:14-CV-0620, (M.D. Pa. April 28), Brann granted Chesapeake's motion for partial summary judgment, and entered a declaratory judgment that the leases at issue do not permit class arbitration, and instead require individual (or bilateral) arbitration. Brann's opinion rejected Scout's novel argument that as a matter of Pennsylvania contract law, class arbitration was impliedly authorized under the leases.
Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Authority (PSA) has completed its annual report to the Legislature, as required by law. When I helped to fashion the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in 2001 as part of the MCARE Act, hardly could it have been imagined that the authority would grow to an entity of national, and even international, recognition.
Over 100 years ago, the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act was introduced to the commonwealth. It was called the "grand bargain." The grand bargain resulted in the loss of the constitutional right of an injured worker to sue their employer in exchange for the certainty and guarantee of workers' compensation benefits consisting of a weekly check and payment of medical treatment.