• In re: 2014 Allegheny County Investigating Grand Jury

    Publication Date: 2019-11-18
    Practice Area: Discovery
    Industry: State and Local Government | Technology Media and Telecom
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-1349

    In this case of first impression, the high court considered whether either the common law or first amendment confers a qualified right of access to the press to inspect search warrant materials issued in connection with a grand jury investigation and found that no such right exists where the request is made while the grand jury investigation is ongoing. The high court affirmed an order denying access to such materials.

  • Gamesa Energy USA, LLC v. Ten Penn Ctr. Assoc., L.P.

    Publication Date: 2019-10-07
    Practice Area: Landlord Tenant Law
    Industry: Energy
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-1167

    Non-breaching lessee not entitled to rescission and return of rent payments following landlord's breach when lessee continued to perform under and accept benefits of lease, including accepting rent from sublessee. Order of the superior court affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Turpin

    Publication Date: 2019-10-07
    Practice Area: Constitutional Law | Criminal Law
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-1174

    Roommate not named in search warrant for entire residence could have private bedroom subjected to search under warrant, despite expectation of privacy, so long as police reasonably believed items to be seized would be found in bedroom. Order of the superior court affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Thomas

    Publication Date: 2019-09-02
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-1025

    First-degree murder conviction and death sentence affirmed where trial court properly assessed competency of physically- and intellectually-disabled witness to testify at trial and where any errors by the trial court were harmless in light of overwhelming amount of competent evidence of defendant's guilt. Judgment of sentence affirmed.

  • Feleccia v. Lackawanna Coll.

    Publication Date: 2019-09-02
    Practice Area: Personal Injury
    Industry: Education | Entertainment and Leisure
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-1027

    Athletic activity waiver did not immunize school that had undertaken duty to provide athletic trainers and where liable party could not seek waiver of gross negligence or reckless conduct. Order of the superior court affirmed in part and reversed in part, case remanded.

  • Navarro v. Pennsylvania State Police

    Publication Date: 2019-08-05
    Practice Area: Regulation
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-0910

    PSP was required to establish the interstate or foreign commerce element in 18 U.S.C. §922(g) to establish that a firearm owner was disqualified from the return of his or her firearm pursuant that federal statute. Order of the commonwealth court affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Bell

    Publication Date: 2019-08-05
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-0904

    Admission of evidence of a driver's refusal to submit to blood chemical testing in DUI case did not violate constitutional prohibition on criminal penalties for a refusal to submit to warrantless blood testing. Order of the superior court affirmed.

  • In re: Return of Seized Prop. of Lackawanna County

    Publication Date: 2019-08-05
    Practice Area: Government
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-0908

    Supervising judge of statewide investigating grand jury had authority to issue search warrants in any judicial district relating to an investigation of the grand jury, and any motion for return of property seized pursuant to those warrants had to be presented to the supervising judge. Order of the trial court vacated.

  • Harmon v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Labor Law
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-0573

    Inmate serving only weekend incarceration was not ineligible for unemployment compensation where the eligibility statute required incarceration for the full week to disqualify from benefits. Order of the commonwealth court reversed.

  • Merscorp Inc. v. Delaware County

    Publication Date: 2019-05-13
    Practice Area: Real Estate
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking | State and Local Government
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-0532

    County recorders appealed the commonwealth court's reversal of the trial court's decision to overrule appellees' preliminary objections in recorders' action asserting 21 P.S. §351 mandated the recording of all conveyances, including mortgage assignments, and the court found the commonwealth court correctly held that §351 did not impose a mandatory duty to record. Affirmed.