Rivera v. Pa. State Police

In Rivera v. Pa. State Police, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court acted in its original jurisdiction to address the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act. The petitioner claimed that Subchapter I’s registration requirements should not be imposed on him, that Subchapter I is punitive, and that imposition of the requirements constitutes an ex post facto violation. … Read more

In re Johnson

In re Johnson involved an appeal of an order that denied the records request related to a police welfare check on the requestor’s mother. The trial court determined that the requested documents were exempt from disclosure under Section 708(b)(17) of the Right-to-Know. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed, holding that a report generated in response to … Read more

Weeks v. Dep’t of Human Servs.

In Weeks v. Dep’t of Human Servs., the petitioners filed a class action to have Act 12 of 2019 declared unconstitutional, and its enforcement enjoined. Act 12 eliminated the General Assistance cash benefit program. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court sustained the Department’s preliminary objections and ruled that the petition for review failed to state a claim … Read more

Woodward Twp. Mun. Corp. v. Dunnstable Twp. Mun. Corp.

In Woodward Twp. Mun. Corp. v. Dunnstable Twp. Mun. Corp., the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court addressed a boundary-line dispute between two municipalities. The Court held that the board of boundary commissioners’ assessment of the weight of the evidence and the credibility of witnesses could not be disturbed on appeal. Furthermore, the Court found no evidence that a … Read more

Gillen v. Workers’ Comp. Appeal Bd. (Pa. Turnpike Comm’n)

In Gillen v. Workers’ Comp. Appeal Bd. (Pa. Turnpike  Comm’n), Claimant sought review of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board’s (Board) denial of his petition to review compensation benefit offset and petition for penalties filed against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. Sitting en banc, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed the Workers’ Compensation Judge’s ruling that Section 204(a) … Read more

Commonwealth of Pa. Dep’t of Transp. v. Bennett Family Prop., LLC

In Commonwealth of Pa. Dep’t of Transp. v. Bennett Family Prop., LLC (In re Condemnation by the Commonwealth of Pa. Dep’t of Transp. of Right-of-Way of State Route 0443, Section 02S, in the Twp. of Mahoning), the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed an order that overruled preliminary objections in a condemnation action. The property owners claimed … Read more

Berkebile Towing and Recovery v. Workers’ Comp. Appeal Bd.

In Berkebile Towing and Recovery v. Workers’ Comp. Appeal Bd., a towing company appealed from the order that found Mr. Harr was an employee rather than an independent contractor and, therefore, awarded fatal claim benefits. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court affirmed and held that, under the facts as found by the Workers’ Compensation Judge, the company’s … Read more

Pa. Pub. Util. Comm’n v. De. Valley Reg’l Econ. Dev. Fund

Pa. Pub. Util. Comm’n v. De. Valley Reg’l Econ. Dev. Fund involved an Application for Summary Relief, which requested dismissal of an action filed in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court’s original jurisdiction by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC). The Court denied the Application, holding that the PUC was a Commonwealth party permitted to assert the … Read more