Retroactive application of the MCARE Act’s provisions as to expert witnesses is permissible where a matter’s parties were well aware of the legislation’s impending enactment, a three-member Superior Court panel has unanimously ruled.

Trial proceedings in the underlying medical malpractice action in George v. Ellis had taken place in a central Pennsylvania common pleas courtroom roughly two weeks before the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act went into effect in May 2002.