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Anna Z. Skipper and Blaine Lucas, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir (Photo: Courtesy Photo) Anna Z. Skipper and Blaine Lucas, Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

Most lawsuits settle before disposition by the courts. Any settlement agreement is just that, an agreement between the parties, which to be enforceable must possess all the elements of a valid contract—offer, acceptance, and consideration or a meeting of the minds. In Pennsylvania, when one of the parties to a settlement agreement is a public entity, additional considerations come into play, most notably the Sunshine Act, 65 Pa. C.S. Sections 701-716.

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