Amazon, Inc. v. Amazon, Inc. (In re Amazon, Inc.)

This case arose out of a class-action suit for unpaid wages brought by employees at an Amazon warehouse. The employees claimed they were entitled to compensation under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (“PMWA”) for their unpaid time spent in a security screening process. After Amazon removed the case to the United States District Court for … Read more

Dondero v. Lower Milford Twp.

Dondero, the chief of police, sued after the Township closed the police department he worked for. He alleged retaliation in violation of the First Amendment and violations of substantive and procedural due process. The District Court granted summary judgment for the Township. On appeal, Dondero contended he was entitled to a hearing before the Township … Read more

Zilberberg v. Bd. of Tr.

A teacher took out a loan against her pension. The pension fund was directed to withdraw payments from her paycheck to satisfy the loan automatically. The teacher resigned months later, and the regulations required the pension fund to automatically withdraw payments from her pension payouts to satisfy the loan. But through a glitch, the pension … Read more

Rios v. Pharm., Inc.

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that a former employee could pass the summary judgment stage of a suit brought under the Law Against Discrimination by alleging that his supervisor twice called him a “Spick.” The Court reversed the trial court and Appellate Division, each of which had held that no rational factfinder could conclude … Read more

Cty. of Allegheny v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Butkus)

In Cty. of Allegheny v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Butkus), the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court reviewed an order of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, which granted Butkus’s Petition to Modify Compensation Benefits (Modification Petition) in which he sought to change his partial disability status to total disability. The Court first held that the legislature intended to … Read more

Pittsburgh Logistics Sys., Inc. v. Beemac Trucking, LLC

In Pittsburgh Logistics Sys., Inc. v. Beemac Trucking, LLC, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court confronted an issue of first impression: whether “no-hire” provisions in contracts are enforceable. Here, a transportation logistics company hired a shipping company to transport freight. The parties’ contract contained a clause that prohibited the shipping company from hiring any of the logistics … Read more

Beaver Valley Slag, Inc. v. Marchionda (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board)

In Beaver Valley Slag, Inc. v. Marchionda (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board), Employer, Guardian, and Claimant cross-petitioned the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to review the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board’s order. Therein, the Board affirmed the Workers’ Compensation Judge’s (WCJ) decision granting Claimant’s Petition to Review Compensation BeneOffset Petition. The Court affirmed. The primary issue involved the applicability … Read more

Borough of Franklin v. Smith

In Borough of Franklin v. Smith, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that a township may subpoena a police officer and compel him to testify in the municipality’s case-in-chief in that officer’s own disciplinary proceeding. Here, the officer had a positive random drug screen and was thus put into a disciplinary process. He was subpoenaed … Read more

Ciripompa v. Bd. of Educ.

In Ciripompa v. Bd. of Educ., the New Jersey Appellate Division heard a plaintiff teacher’s appeal from the Commissioner of Education’s final order that permitted a school board to deduct unemployment payments from back-pay owed. The teacher was suspended without pay during termination proceedings from his tenured position. When the proceedings ended in the teacher’s favor, … Read more

Goldfarb v. Solimine

Plaintiff Goldfarb claimed that Defendant Solimine reneged on a promise of employment after Plaintiff quit his job to accept a promised position managing the Defendant’s family’s sizeable investment portfolio. After Goldfarb sued, the trial court submitted the case to the jury on a theory of promissory estoppel. But the court limited Plaintiff’s potential damages. The … Read more