Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Fees Imposed on Delinquent Taxpayers do not Constitute Taxes

Fees imposed by a municipality to recoup the costs of collecting unpaid taxes are not an additional tax on delinquent taxpayers, the Commonwealth Court held in Iacurci v. County of Allegheny.

By | 2015-05-26T11:14:11+00:00 May 29th, 2015|Categories: Municipal Law, Tax Law|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Fees Imposed on Delinquent Taxpayers do not Constitute Taxes

House Arrest is Not “Incarceration” for Purposes of Unemployment Compensation Law Disqualifier

A claimant on house arrest was not “incarcerated” and therefore not ineligible for unemployment benefits, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Chamberlain v. UCBR.

By | 2015-05-15T11:59:01+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Categories: Employment Law|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on House Arrest is Not “Incarceration” for Purposes of Unemployment Compensation Law Disqualifier

Sample Data Collected by DEP during Study Exempt from Public Disclosure as Record of Non-criminal Investigation

Sample data collected by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in a radiation exposure study is exempt from disclosure under the Right-to-Know Law as a record of a non-criminal investigation, the Commonwealth Court held in Department of Environmental Protection v. Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

By | 2015-04-21T15:03:53+00:00 May 7th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Law|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Sample Data Collected by DEP during Study Exempt from Public Disclosure as Record of Non-criminal Investigation

Township’s Former Treasurer can Appeal Audit

The treasurer of a second class township has standing to file a statutory appeal of an annual audit after she leaves office, the Commonwealth Court held in In re Appeal of 2012 Financial Audit for Greene Township.

By | 2015-04-21T15:04:19+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Categories: Government Law, Municipal Law|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Township’s Former Treasurer can Appeal Audit

WCJ’s Apportionment of Fees between Successive Attorneys Upheld as Fair and Reasonable

A WCJ did not err in resolving a dispute between two attorneys over a fee related to a compromise and release (C&R) agreement, the Commonwealth Court ruled in Bierman v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Philadelphia National Bank).

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:29+00:00 May 5th, 2015|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on WCJ’s Apportionment of Fees between Successive Attorneys Upheld as Fair and Reasonable

Employee Entitled to Disability Benefits for Asthma Caused by Exposure to Chemicals in the Workplace

An employee who could not return to her pre-injury job due to residual pulmonary conditions caused by workplace exposure to chemicals was entitled to ongoing disability benefits, the Commonwealth Court ruled in Little v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Select Specialty Hospital)

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:29+00:00 April 28th, 2015|Categories: Workers' Compensation|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Employee Entitled to Disability Benefits for Asthma Caused by Exposure to Chemicals in the Workplace

Mortgagee Had No Right to Redeem Vacant Property after Tax Sale

A mortgagee could not redeem unoccupied vacated property after the sheriff’s deed was acknowledged in a tax sale, the Commonwealth Court ruled in Brentwood Borough School District v. HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:29+00:00 April 23rd, 2015|Categories: Government Law, Municipal Law, Real Property|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mortgagee Had No Right to Redeem Vacant Property after Tax Sale