Arguments before the state Supreme Court in Harrisburg last week in a case over bad-faith penalties for government agencies that fail to pay contractors narrowed in on the legislature's intention in saying a court "may" enter an order for such penalties.
During oral arguments in Harrisburg last week, justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court grilled a lawyer for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection over why the agency would not want a prompt answer to a question of statutory interpretation, in arguments over jurisdiction in a declaratory judgment action dealing with a civil penalty that may be growing daily.
According to recent statistics, there are between 6.4 and 8 million people who entered the country illegally and are a part of the U.S. labor force. The type of work performed by these workers is often very dangerous—they commonly work in the areas of construction, agriculture and manufacturing. Statistically, these workers comprise approximately 6 percent of the civilian workforce while suffering nearly 10 percent of work-related injuries.
A woman whose cancer diagnosis was delayed more than four years by her doctors' failure to report a mass on her lung has been awarded a $3 million verdict by a Jefferson County jury. The verdict is the largest ever reported in Jefferson County, according to a review of The Legal's annual listing of top verdicts and settlements.
For many of us, work can be physically draining, intellectually taxing and just plain drudgery. For others, work can become a traumatizing environment where workers can be hurt in numerous ways that do not result in physical injuries. Over 100 years ago, with the passage of the Workers' Compensation Act, workers conceded the power to sue employers in tort for injuries that occurred on the job in favor of a systematic approach that would compensate them only for medical care and a wage payment without a cost-of-living adjustment. At that time, immediate worries included the horrors of coal mines and factories, and other physical dangers of the Industrial Revolution workplace.
The state House of Representatives and Senate are positioning bills that would be vehicles for the necessary pieces of a state budget, but few details of the budget have been agreed to yet, lawmakers said.