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January 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Feb 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 8 precedential opinions (linked below) and 7 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the most newsworthy case is probably Briggs. In Briggs, the Court rejected an attempt by an fracking company (and an onslaught of fracking industry amici) to transform the co...

February 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Feb 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 4 precedential opinions (linked below) and 5 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, although Baldwin will likely be the most media-covered case issued this month (because it is tangentially related to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal), this auth...

December 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jan 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 2 precedential opinions (linked below) and 5 orders granting allocatur (or its equivalent). On the opinion side, the more salient of the two is clearly Weeks, which held that the Commonwealth Court did not abuse its discretion in failing to preliminarily enjoin the e...

November 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Dec 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 12 precedential opinions (linked below) and 7 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the court is continuing its course of protecting (or arguably expanding) the rights of civil plaintiffs and criminal defendants against corporate and governmental institution...

October 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Nov 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 9 precedential opinions (linked below) and 4 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, it is a good month to be a plaintiff's medical malpractice attorney, as the Court's decision in Yanakos has opened up a whole new population of potential clients by declaring ...

September 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Oct 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 10 precedential opinions (linked below) and 16 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, it is a tale of two cities: while the Court's criminal opinions address some interesting issues — individual privacy rights in Turpin and the criminal justice system's econ...

August 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Sep 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 7 precedential opinions (linked below) and 2 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the Court continues on its course of striking a more balanced approach to criminal procedural rights and tort liability than its earlier, more conservative iterations. An int...

Feature: Free and Equal Elections, Deferred

Posted by Corrie Woods | Aug 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

This June, the Court issued its decision in Working Families Party v. Commonwealth, 34 EAP 2017 (“WFP”), rejecting a claim by a Democratic and would-be-also-WFP candidate, the WFP, and several WFP-aligned voters that the “anti-fusion” provisions of Pennsylvania's Election Code, which prohibit a ...

July 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jul 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 15 precedential opinions (linked below) and 6 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, although, as I mentioned last month, the “new” Court has been somewhat ambivalent in its attitudes toward the judicial role, with some Justices preferring the prudence (or, d...

June 2019 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jul 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 7 precedential opinions (linked below) and 8 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, a few insights. Now two years into its current composition, the Court is somewhat ambivalent in its orientation toward precedent. A narrow, but fairly consistent majority of t...

Welcome to SCOPABlog

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jul 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Hi, everyone! Corrie here. Some of you know that I spent roughly six years of my career as an attorney for a Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. It was an honor, not only because I came to love the Court's history and to admire the Court at its best (during my time there, the Court issued ...

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