Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Standing of Zoning Objector Properly Raised for First Time in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court

A developer’s first opportunity to challenge the standing of an objector before Philadelphia’s zoning board was in the objector’s appeal to the trial court, not at the board hearing, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in Scott v. City of Phila., Zoning Bd. of Adjustment

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:26+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|Categories: Municipal Law, Real Property|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Standing of Zoning Objector Properly Raised for First Time in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court

Supreme Court Clarifies Rule on Witnesses in Custody Cases

By order dated October 28, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court amended Pa. R.C.P. 1915.4-4, which governs pre-trial procedures in custody cases.

By | 2015-11-13T12:34:34+00:00 November 16th, 2015|Categories: Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Rule on Witnesses in Custody Cases

Supreme Court Clarifies Procedural Rule Governing Oral Arguments

Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 211 has been amended to reflect appellate court rulings qualifying a party’s right to orally argue a motion before a trial court.

By | 2015-10-28T09:38:59+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Procedural Rule Governing Oral Arguments

Governor Cannot Remove Open Records Director without Cause

The Executive Director of the Office of Open Records (OOR) is not subject to the Governor’s constitutional power to remove his appointees at-will, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Arneson v. Wolf.

Supreme Court Orders Partial Reconsideration of Harley-Davidson Property Tax Assessment

Valuation of Harley-Davidson’s property in York County must account for environmental contamination of the property, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in remanding a tax assessment appeal in Harley-Davidson Motor Co. v. Springettsbury Twp..

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:26+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Categories: Municipal Law, Real Property|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Orders Partial Reconsideration of Harley-Davidson Property Tax Assessment

Mechanics’ Lien and Complaint to Enforce Lien can be Filed at Same Docket Number

A complaint to enforce a mechanics’ lien need not be entered at a separate docket and maintained in a file separate from the underlying mechanics’ lien claim, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Terra Technical Services, LLC v. River Station Land, L.P..

By | 2015-10-08T10:10:56+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Mechanics’ Lien and Complaint to Enforce Lien can be Filed at Same Docket Number

Supreme Court Releases 2016 Schedule of Fees and Costs

Practitioners take note of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s recent order authorizing regulations setting fees and costs for calendar year 2016.

By | 2015-10-08T10:00:54+00:00 October 9th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Judicial Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Releases 2016 Schedule of Fees and Costs

Criminal Rule Amended to Include Requirements for Petition to Resume Use of Indicting Grand Juries

By order dated September 8, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court amended Rule of Criminal Procedure 556 (Indicting Grand Jury) to specify the form and contents of a petition by a court of common pleas to resume the use of indicting grand juries.

By | 2015-09-23T13:14:36+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Criminal Rule Amended to Include Requirements for Petition to Resume Use of Indicting Grand Juries

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Revives Whistleblower Action against Turnpike Commission

A former employee of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission may proceed with his complaint alleging violations of the Whistleblower Law, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in Bailets v. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:27+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Categories: Employment Law, Government Law, Labor Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Pennsylvania Supreme Court Revives Whistleblower Action against Turnpike Commission

School District must Provide Transportation to Pupil with Two Residences due to Shared Custody Arrangement

Where a child has two residences within a school district due to a shared custody arrangement, the district must provide transportation to both residences, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in Watts v. Manheim Twp. Sch. Dist.

By | 2015-09-10T14:23:24+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Law, School Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on School District must Provide Transportation to Pupil with Two Residences due to Shared Custody Arrangement