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March 01, 2012

Commonwealth Court Addresses the Suspension of Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Claimants Who Voluntarily Withdraw from the Work Force

Pennsylvania has long recognized an employer’s right to a suspension of benefits where the claimant has voluntarily withdrawn from the labor market. Recently, the Commonwealth Court addressed whether an employer may exercise this right to suspend benefits where a claimant admits that he or she has not sought work in many years. The short answer:...

March 01, 2012

Commonwealth Court Emphasizes Employer’s Burden in Voluntary...

Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and a myriad of case law, several bases exist upon which the indemnity benefits of an employee, who suffers from residual disability, may be...

March 01, 2012

From the Emerald City to the Steel City Rebecca Sember Izsak — an...

THIS C&W JOURNAL PROFILE HIGHLIGHTS CIPRIANI & WERNER’S PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, OFFICE There is no place like home. This is exactly what Rebecca Sember Izsak thought after she was...

March 01, 2012

Event Data Recorders—Past, Present, and Future

It has been well over a decade since the introduction of the event data recorder (EDR) in passenger vehicles and light trucks. General Motors was the first notable manufacturer to publicly...

March 01, 2012

Taking Medicare’s Interests Into Consideration . . . Or Not

“We must take Medicare’s interests into consideration …” This is a constant refrain uttered by settling parties and parties dealing with the payment of jury verdicts. There is ongoing confusion as...

March 01, 2012

The Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act: An Evolving Membership

The Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act provides immunity to certain classes of entities. Certain entities have historically been deemed to be within the class entitled to the immunity afforded by the...

March 01, 2012

Defense Win! Appellate Division Holds That Expert Opinion of...

Davis v. Barkaszi, 2012 N.J. Super. LEXIS 15 (App.Div. Feb. 9, 2012), defendant bar appealed an unfavorable jury verdict claiming that, inter alia, the trial judge excluded important evidence...

March 01, 2012

Pennsylvania Amends Oil & Gas Act Creating a More Favorable...

On February 8, 2012, House Bill 1950 was passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and six days later on Tuesday February 14, 2012, the bill was signed into law by Governor Corbett. This bill...

March 01, 2012

Cipriani & Werner Obtains Dismissal of Personal Injury Claim...

Attorney Adam L. Seiferth, for Cipriani & Werner, PC, successfully defended a convenience mart against a claim that plaintiff was injured due to defective exterior steps. Plaintiff parked her...

January 05, 2012

Cipriani & Werner Wins Appeal Before the Commonwealth Court...

Cipriani & Werner recently represented Allegis Group in Allegis Group v. WCAB (Coughenaur) , Pa. Commw. No. 977 C.D. 2010, filed October 20, 2010, in which the Commonwealth Court outlined the...

January 05, 2012

Jury Confirms No Negligence For C&W Client

On December 13, 2011, following a two day jury trial in York County, Pennsylvania, Adam L. Seiferth of Cipriani & Werner, P.C. obtained a defense verdict for the client. The plaintiff, who was...

January 05, 2012

Medical Provider Applications In New Jersey WC

The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Court recently issued an opinion in the matter of Burn Surgeons of St. Barnabas v. Shop Rite concerning the payment of medical treatment in the context of a...

January 05, 2012

Positively Bullish on Positive Work Order Defense

While we typically think of workers’ compensation as an arena where the fault of the injured worker plays no part, Section 301(a), 77 P.S.§431, of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act (Act)...

January 05, 2012

Switch and Re-Switch: Superior Court Changes Mind Twice and Extends...

On November 23, 2011, an en banc panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court in Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hosp. of the Sisters of Christian Charity, 2011 PA Super 251 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2011), overturned a...

January 05, 2012

Traffic Violation Alone Insufficient to Maintain Punitive Damage...

In Jacoby v. Sims, 101 Luz. Reg Reports 46 (Van Jura, J. ,2011), defendant filed Preliminary Objections to strike any and all claims of recklessness and/or punitive damages from the plaintiff’s...

January 05, 2012

Escape From Philadelphia County: Part II

Proper venue is determined by the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure. For corporations, the rules dictate that litigation can only be commenced in the county where the cause of action arose;...

January 05, 2012

Escape From Philadelphia County: Part I

Litigating in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is seen by defendants as a risky proposition, especially for personal injury claims. The venue is known for having the most...

January 05, 2012

House Bill 1976 Legislature Weighs In On Venue Debate

The Pennsylvania Legislature is currently considering House Bill 1976 (“HB 1976”) which will significantly limit the list of counties where a plaintiff may bring a personal injury action—although...

January 05, 2012

Governor Signs Legislation Banning Text Messaging While Driving in PA

On November 9, 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 314 into law, which will ban text messaging while driving. The new law goes into effect in March 2012. The ban is subject...

July 15, 2011

"Fair Share Act" Signed into Law

As anticipated in our previous C&W Journal (when a new bill had only just been placed on the Pennsylvania House agenda), the “Fair Share Act” is now law in Pennsylvania, having been signed by...

May 21, 2011

Indemnification Agreement Interpretation In New Jersey

On March 15, 2011, the New Jersey Supreme Court decided the case of Tina Kieffer v. Best Buy, 203 N.J. 93 (2011), which will impact parties who enter into indemnification agreements with vendors...

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