• Commonwealth v. UPMC

    Publication Date: 2019-06-24
    Practice Area: Contracts
    Industry: Health Care | State and Local Government
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 19-0662

    The commonwealth court erred in sustaining defendant's demurrer to the attorney general's request to extend indefinitely consent decrees governing the relationship between the two rival health care providers where the modification provision the AG relied upon was ambiguous, necessitating a remand for evidentiary development of the parties' intent. The high court reversed and remanded.

  • Commonwealth v. Hicks

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 19-0690

    The lower court erred in holding that possession of a concealed firearm in public is sufficient to create a reasonable suspicion that the individual may be dangerous such that police can approach and briefly detain the individual in order to stop and frisk, i.e., investigate whether the person is properly licensed, the state high court said in a decision announcing the majority's opinion.

  • Germantown Cab Co. v. Philadelphia Parking Auth.

    Publication Date: 2019-05-13
    Practice Area: Transportation
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 19-0556

    Equal assessment of regulatory costs of taxicab oversight on medallion and partial rights taxicabs did not constitute deprivation of substantive due process where it furthered legitimate governmental objective of ensuring safety of taxicab industry. Order of the commonwealth court reversed, case remanded.

  • Reuther v. Delaware County Bureau of Elections

    Publication Date: 2019-04-15
    Practice Area: Election and Political Law
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 19-0415

    Write-in candidate's failure to timely file statement of financial interest did not require striking of candidate's name from general election ballot where the failure to file was only a fatal defect for a petitioning candidate. Order of the commonwealth court affirmed.

  • J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A. v. Taggart

    Publication Date: 2019-03-04
    Practice Area: Creditors' and Debtors' Rights
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking | Real Estate
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 19-0213

    Mortgagor was required by Act 6 to send a pre-foreclosure notice to the borrower prior to filing a foreclosure complaint, even if the mortgagor had sent notice before a prior complaint that was withdrawn. Order of the superior court reversed, case remanded.

  • Commonwealth v. Clemons

    Publication Date: 2019-02-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 19-0121

    The high court conducted an independent evaluation of the record in this capital murder case and found the evidence sufficient to prove defendant guilty of first-degree murder beyond a reasonable doubt, including specific intent, which could be inferred from his use of a deadly weapon upon a vital part of a victim's body. The high court affirmed defendant's judgment of sentence.

  • Commonwealth v. Crispell

    Publication Date: 2018-10-09
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals | Evidence
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 18-1194

    While trial counsel failed to use evidence establishing that defendant's accomplice had scratches on his body, which evidence corroborated defendant's version of events leading to the criminal charges, defendant failed to demonstrate that he would have been convicted of something less than first-degree murder if only the jury had considered this evidence. The appellate court affirmed in part.

  • Jones v. Ott

    Publication Date: 2018-09-11
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure | Motor Vehicle Torts
    Industry: Automotive
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 18-1057

    Challenge to jury charge waived where litigant failed to obtain record ruling on proposed charge and explicitly advised trial court that litigant had no objection to jury charge given by the trial court. Order of the superior court affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Clancy

    Publication Date: 2018-09-04
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 18-1056

    The prosecutor's characterization of defendant as a "dangerous man" and a "cold blooded killer" constituted permissible, if aggressive, oratorical flair in the context of this case: therefore, defense counsel was not ineffective for failing to object to the remarks. The high court affirmed an order denying defendant post-conviction relief.

  • Commonwealth v. Barbour

    Publication Date: 2018-07-31
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Wecht
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    Case Number: 18-0880

    The appellate court erred in finding that defendant waived his rights under rule 600 since the waiver rule set forth in Commonwealth v. Steltz is narrow in scope.. The high court reversed the appellate court's decision.