Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Doctrine of Estoppel by Deed does not Require Detrimental Reliance

Detrimental reliance is not a prerequisite for application of the doctrine of estoppel by deed, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided in Shedden v. Anadarko E. & P. Co., L.P..

Legislators Lack Standing to Intervene in Legal Challenge to Executive Order

State legislators lack standing to intervene in a challenge to an executive order concerning workers who provide in-home medical and personal care, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Markham v. Wolf.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Categories: Constitutional Law, Government Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Legislators Lack Standing to Intervene in Legal Challenge to Executive Order

Single Certificate of Merit Sufficient in Professional Malpractice Action Premised on Vicarious Liability

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has amended the Official Note to Rule of Civil Procedure 1042.3 governing certificates of merit.

By | 2016-04-22T13:36:41+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Single Certificate of Merit Sufficient in Professional Malpractice Action Premised on Vicarious Liability

Electronic Registration now Mandatory for Pennsylvania Attorneys

Every attorney admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania will be required to electronically file their annual registration form beginning with the 2016-2017 assessment year.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Ethics, Judicial Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Electronic Registration now Mandatory for Pennsylvania Attorneys

Supreme Court Standardizes Procedures for Sentences of Restitution

Recent amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure aim to standardize the procedures by which restitution is awarded in criminal cases.

By | 2016-04-01T11:35:45+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Standardizes Procedures for Sentences of Restitution

Supreme Court Clarifies Methodology for Reimbursing Providers of Medical Devices to Auto Accident Victims

Automobile insurers liable for reimbursing providers of medical products to accident victims are not restricted to the methodologies identified in the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL) and Department of Insurance regulations, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Freedom Med. Supply, Inc. v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:22+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Categories: General, Health Law, Insurance|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Methodology for Reimbursing Providers of Medical Devices to Auto Accident Victims

Key Provision of Distressed School Law Struck as Unconstitutional Delegation of Legislative Power

A section of the Public School Code authorizing Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission to suspend provisions of the Charter School Law violates the non-delegation rule, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in West Phila. Achievement Charter Elem. Sch. v. Sch. Dist. of Phila.

Prosecutorial Experience now Relevant for Qualification as Defense Counsel in Capital Cases

An attorney’s prior experience as a prosecutor is relevant to his or her qualification to represent a capital case defendant, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced in a recent order amending the official Comment to Rule of Criminal Procedure 801.

By | 2016-01-22T14:25:23+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Prosecutorial Experience now Relevant for Qualification as Defense Counsel in Capital Cases

Motorists have no Statutory Right to Choose Method of Chemical Testing at Time of DUI Arrest

A motorist under arrest for DUI has no statutory right to request alternative testing once confronted with a police officer’s request to submit to a blood test, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in Nardone v. Dept. of Transp., Bureau of Driver Licensing.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:25+00:00 January 14th, 2016|Categories: Administrative Law, Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Motorists have no Statutory Right to Choose Method of Chemical Testing at Time of DUI Arrest