• Commonwealth v. Jordan

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 19-0701

    Trial court violated right to public trial after excluding defendant's family members without justification when they were not part of public disturbance that caused trial court to close courtroom to the public. Judgment of sentence vacated, case remanded for new trial.

  • Ratner v. Iron Stone Real Estate Fund I, L.P.

    Publication Date: 2019-06-17
    Practice Area: Corporate Entities
    Industry: Investments and Investment Advisory | Real Estate
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 19-0687

    Trial court correctly dismissed limited partners' claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of implied duty of good faith and conversion as derivative but erred in dismissing their breach of contract, dissolution of partnership and accounting claims because the vote to retroactively extend the duration of the partnership was ineffective. Affirmed in part, reversed in part and remanded.

  • Fox v. Smith

    Publication Date: 2019-06-10
    Practice Area: Personal Injury
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 19-0661

    Defamation plaintiff could file suit in any county where a third-party who personally knew the plaintiff read an allegedly defamatory internet posting and understood such posting to be detrimental to the plaintiff's reputation. Order of the trial court affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Taylor

    Publication Date: 2019-05-27
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Expert Witnesses
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 19-0621

    Trial court erred in precluding expert from testifying that there was no scientific validation that field sobriety tests could indicate drug impairment, based on the expert's lack of practical experience with administering field sobriety tests. Judgment of sentence vacated, case remanded.

  • Commonwealth v. Eldred

    Publication Date: 2019-04-22
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 19-0453

    Defendant did not have the right to cross-examine victim about her impact statement during sentence modification motion hearing, particularly where defendant was afforded opportunity to present other evidence to undermine the credibility of victim's assertions in her impact statement. Judgment of sentence affirmed.

  • Carletti v. Commonwealth, Dept. of Transportation

    Publication Date: 2018-07-31
    Practice Area: Evidence | Personal Injury
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    Court: Commonwealth Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 18-0868

    Defendant was entitled to a new trial in this personal injury action where the trial court erred in failing to give the jury proper limiting instructions regarding an expert's use of hearsay evidence from a non-testifying witness's deposition in forming his opinion. The appellate court reversed and remanded for a new trial.

  • City of Pittsburgh v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Bd.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-19
    Practice Area: Employment Litigation
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Commonwealth Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 18-0717

    A firefighter who suffered from cancer was entitled to receive retroactive workers' compensation benefits where she acted promptly in ascertaining whether her condition was related to her job.

  • Becker v. Commonwealth, Dept. of Transportation

    Publication Date: 2018-05-29
    Practice Area: Administrative Law
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    Court: Commonwealth Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 18-0623

    The Department of Transportation, Bureau of Licensing did not err in applying §3806(b) of the Vehicle Code retroactively to impose a one-year suspension of licensee's operating privileges for a second DUI offense since the triggering date for suspension was the date licensee was sentenced, not the date he committed the underlying offense. The appellate court affirmed a trial court order upholding the suspension of licensee's driving privileges.

  • Narducci v. Unemployment Compensation Bd. of Review

    Publication Date: 2018-04-17
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Employment Litigation
    Industry: Energy
    Court: Commonwealth Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 18-0457

    Unemployment compensation board of review properly found that claimant was not entitled to benefits, had received an overpayment of $14,700 and issued a penalty because the department did not have a specific time limit during which it had to issue notices of determination and a finding of fault overpayment was proper when a claimant failed to disclose material facts. Affirmed.

  • In Re: Appeal of Springfield Hosp.

    Publication Date: 2018-02-27
    Practice Area: Tax
    Industry: Health Care | Real Estate
    Court: Commonwealth Court
    Judge: Judge Pellegrini
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    Case Number: 18-0184

    For-profit purchaser of tax exempt property obligated to pay property taxes from date of purchase pursuant to PILOT agreement with taxing authority. Order of the trial court affirmed.