In an apparent first for Pennsylvania appellate courts, a Superior Court panel has ruled that a claim for “civil aiding and abetting” should have been applicable in a Delaware County action Sovereign Bank filed against a man accused of helping a bank employee embezzle hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Those involved in Sovereign Bank v. Valentino said that while it is clear that other Pennsylvania courts have handed down decisions that recognize “concerted tortious action” as a viable civil cause of action in the state, no court has yet gone so far as to conclude that that cause of action should have been applicable in a civil matter.