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SCOTUS Halts the COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Test Mandate

On January 13, 2022, in a 6-3 per curiam opinion, the United States Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses with over one hundred employees.  Previously, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration...

Complaint Dismissed in Slip & Fall Case

Judge Joseph Leeson of Eastern District of The US District Court dismissed the plaintiff’s complaint where she alleged she fell while walking in the “water aisle” of the defendant’s supermarket having averred she had no medical condition and believed “…that there must have been a...

2022 Increase in the Pennsylvania Average Weekly Wage

On December 2, 2021, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation announced that based upon the Statewide Average Weekly Wage, as determined by the Department of Labor & Industry for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, the maximum compensation payable under the Workers' Compensation Act...

Employer Liability in PA Asbestos Litigation: Is Tooey about to be Dethroned?

For almost a decade, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision in Tooey v. AK Steel Corp., has permitted former employees to circumvent Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation Act (“WCA”) and bring claims directly against their former employers under certain circumstances....

A Rush to Judgment? PA Superior Court Invalidates “Regular Use” Exclusion

Continuing the trend of rulings in favor of providing UM/UIM coverage to insureds where their policy expressly excludes such coverage, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that the “regular use” exclusion conflicts with the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law...

Forum Non-Conveniens – Superior Court Upholds Transfer

Forum non-conveniens motions are hard for a defendant to win. The issue begins with the proposition that a plaintiff’s choice of forum should rarely be disturbed and is entitled to great weight and deference. To overcome this hurdle, the defendant must show that the chosen forum is...

The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act

On July 14, 2021 Senators Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker and Ron Wyden released draft legislation which proposes reforms to US marijuana policy.  The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act seeks to decriminalize marijuana on a federal level, expunge the records of certain convictions and to fund...

PA Supreme Court Creates Strict Liability for Violation of the UTPCPL

In Gregg v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, upheld the ruling of the Superior Court and decided that the catchall provision of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL) imposes strict liability on businesses, so the...

Philadelphia Passes Temporary Emergency COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

PHILADELPHIA COVID-19 PAID SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE In the wake of the recent spike in COVID-19 exposures throughout the country, the city of Philadelphia has enacted many mitigation measures, including restrictions intending to limit exposures occurring in the workplace. As...

Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Announces Increase in the Average Weekly Wage

On December 16, 2020, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation announced that based upon the Statewide Average Weekly Wage, as determined by the Department of Labor & Industry for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, the maximum compensation payable under the Workers' Compensation Act...

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