A Clearfield County judge, after previously denying a similar defense request, has granted the motion of a corporate methadone clinic and its doctors to file an interlocutory appeal, stemming from claims by the estate of two third-party women who were killed by one of the clinic’s patients in a car crash.

The later December order from Judge Paul E. Cherry, who had issued an opinion in late October allowing the plaintiffs’ claim to proceed against the clinic and its doctors, allows the defendants leave to take the issue to the state Superior Court, where appellate panels have historically held claims by third-party plaintiffs against physicians to a tight standard.

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