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Authored by managing attorney Corrie Woods, SCOPAblog is the only publication providing comprehensive, monthly coverage of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's precedential opinions and allocatur grants. This docket review is an unbiased resource beneficial to litigators and legal professionals across the state.

Occasionally, Corrie discusses pressing decisions at greater length on The Standard of Review podcast, featuring guest attorneys from the Pittsburgh region.

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October 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Nov 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 6 precedential opinions (and 1 non-precedential opinion) and 5 grants of allocatur. On the opinion side, the Court issued two decisions that are sure to multiply litigation.  First, in Firearm Owners Against Crime, it has again seemingly expanded the availability of ...

September 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Sep 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month the Court issued X precedential opinions and Y grants of allocatur. On the opinion side, two cases this month, Reid and Flor, demonstrate an important feature/bug of the Court's jurisprudence.  In Pennsylvania, appeals in criminal cases generally are taken first to the Superior Court,...

August 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Aug 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 10 precedential opinions and 11 grants of allocatur. On the opinion side, I'm most interested in Howard, in which the Court's ostensible question is whether a parent's mere failure to put a child in a car-seat in a car-for-hire constitutes the criminal offense of end...

July 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Aug 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued X precedential opinions and Y grants of allocatur. On the opinion side, . . . On the allocatur side, . . .      Precedential Opinions Commonwealth v. Fitzpatrick, 6 MAP 2020 (Opinion by Wecht, J.) (holding homicide victim's statements as to who would kill her were...

June 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jun 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 4 precedential opinions and 5 grants of allocatur. On the opinion side, the far-and-away headline-grabbing case is Cosby, in which the Court held that convicted sexual offender Bill Cosby was entitled to enforcement of former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce...

May 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | May 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 2 opinions and 5 allocatur grants. On the opinion side, . . .  On the allocatur side . . .  Precedential Opinions In re: B.W., 14 WAP 2020 (Opinion by Mundy, J.) (holding that where an involuntary mental health commitment is predicated on threats of harm and acts ...

April 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | May 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued X precedential opinions and 7 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the Court On the allocatur side, the Court Precedential Opinion In re: Nomination Petitions of Major, 15 EAP 2021 (Opinion by Dougherty, J.) (holding See also Concurring Opinion b...

March 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Apr 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 11 precedential opinions and 7 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the Court had something of a row in Mason, which involved the question of whether an in-house childcare worker had a reasonable expectation of privacy in her charge's bedroom such that the...

February 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Feb 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 2 precedential opinions and 5 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, Gregg is a shockwave in Pennsylvania consumer protection law. For decades, both federal and state courts have struggled with how to properly interpret a 1996 amendment to the “catchall prov...

January 2021 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Feb 01, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 7 precedential opinions and 9 orders granting allocatur. Fresh off a November-December season in which it decided numerous, high-controversy, high-stakes election cases, the Court's January docket appears much more languorous. On the opinion side, the Court's decisio...

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