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Dennis v. City of Philadelphia

The Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s denial of a motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s Section 1983 claims. Defendant-appellants are police detectives who investigated Plaintiff for charges relating to the murder of a high-school student, a crime for which a jury convicted Plaintiff. In 2013, the District Court granted Plaintiff’s habeas…

Dennis v. City of Philadelphia
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit affirmed the District Court’s denial of a motion to dismiss Plaintiff’s Section 1983 claims. Defendant-appellants are police detectives who investigated Plaintiff for charges relating to the murder of a high-school student, a crime for which a jury convicted Plaintiff. In 2013, the District Court granted Plaintiff’s habeas petition and vacated his murder… Continue reading Dennis v. City of Philadelphia

Commonwealth v. Sanchez
Pennsylvania Superior Court

The defendant filed a motion to dismiss on double jeopardy grounds, relying on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Commonwealth v. Johnson, 231 A.3d 807 (Pa. 2020). The trial court denied the motion, and the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed. The Court held that “notwithstanding the Commonwealth’s unfortunate errors in this case, they do not rise… Continue reading Commonwealth v. Sanchez

Appellants were injured at work and received temporary disability benefits through workers’ compensation. They filed a complaint against the State for a judgment declaring that their contributions towards healthcare premium costs should be based not on salary but “on the rate of Temporary Disability Benefits being paid.” Appellants sought declaratory relief permitting temporary disability benefits… Continue reading Grillo v. State

Ellison v. Am. Bd. of Orthopaedic Surgery
3rd Circuit

The Third Circuit didn’t buy a “damned if I do; damned if I don’t” argument. Ellison is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in California. He wanted to move to northern New Jersey and practice at one of the hospitals there. Those hospitals generally grant medical staff privileges to physicians only if they have been certified by… Continue reading Ellison v. Am. Bd. of Orthopaedic Surgery

Lyndes v. Penn Central Corp.
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Lyndes v. Penn Central Corp., the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the trial court’s order, which granted Penn Central’s motion to dismiss based on the doctrine of forum non conveniens. The Court ruled that the trial court properly weighed the private and public factors using the correct evidentiary burden.

Burnet v. Penn Central Corp.
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Burnet v. Penn Central Corp., Appellant, who is the personal representative for the estate of the decedent, appealed from an order granting Penn Central Corp.’s motion to dismiss the complaint filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia Co. based on the doctrine of forum non conveniens, for re-filing in a more appropriate… Continue reading Burnet v. Penn Central Corp.

Hurt v. Penn Central Corp.
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Hurt  v. Penn Central Corp., Appellant, who is the personal representative for the estate of the decedent, appealed from an order granting Penn Central Corp.’s motion to dismiss the complaint filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia Co. based on the doctrine of forum non conveniens, for re-filing in a more appropriate… Continue reading Hurt v. Penn Central Corp.

Stevens v. Penn Central Corp.
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In Stevens v. Penn Central Corp., Appellant, who is the personal representative for the estate of the decedent, appealed from an order granting Penn Central Corp.’s motion to dismiss the complaint filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia Co. based on the doctrine of forum non conveniens, for re-filing in a more appropriate… Continue reading Stevens v. Penn Central Corp.

DeAngelis v. Penn Central Corp.
Pennsylvania Superior Court

In DeAngelis v. Penn Central Corp., Appellant, who is the personal representative for the estate of the decedent, appealed from an order granting Penn Central Corp.’s motion to dismiss the complaint filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia based on the doctrine of forum non conveniens, for re-filing in a more appropriate forum.… Continue reading DeAngelis v. Penn Central Corp.

Hopkins v. Collecto, Inc.
3rd Circuit

In the first paragraph of the opinion in Hopkins v. Collecto, Inc., the Third Circuit noted that the hypothetical least sophisticated consumer “is not a litigious claim-seeker who hunts, Lagotto-like, for truffles in dunning letters.” (I’m not sure what that means, but it seems snarky.) Here, Collecto sent a letter to Hopkins to collect on a… Continue reading Hopkins v. Collecto, Inc.