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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...

December 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jan 03, 2021 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 12 precedential opinions and 7 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, perhaps the most widely applicable case is Alexander, which holds that all warrantless automobile searches in Pennsylvania must be supported by both probable cause and exigent circumstances...

November 2020 Docket Review

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

This month, the Court issued 5 precedential opinions and 7 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the Court's difficult and expeditious work to provide clarity to Pennsylvania election law amidst circumstances that might otherwise have sparked a...

October 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Nov 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 13 precedential opinions (linked below) and 2 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the Court's decisions in Small and Chmiel are boons for criminal defense attorneys. In Small, the Court abrogated the presumption that petitioners for relief pursuant to the ...

September 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Sep 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 4 precedential opinions (linked below) and 6 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, two big elections cases this month. In Pennsylvania Democratic Party,the Court faced several questions concerning the Commonwealth's new no-excuse mail-in (or hand-in) voting ...

August 2020 Docket Review

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

This month, the Court issued 5 precedential opinions (linked below) and 9 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, there is nothing particularly earth-shattering, but a special complement of the Court in Reid reiterated that a new judicial decision does not, in and of itself, allow similar...

July 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Aug 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 17 precedential opinions (linked below) and 2 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the most headline-grabbing case is Wolf, in which the Court granted the Governor's request to declare the General Assembly's legislative veto of his coronavirus-related emerg...

June 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Jun 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 11 precedential opinions (linked below) and 10 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the most striking case is Torsilleri, in which the Court appears to be continuing its recent course of holding legislative enactments up to stringent constitutional review. ...

May 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | May 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 7 precedential opinions (linked below) and 2 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, two items of note for the appellate practitioner, and both tend to point toward the Court's increasing comfort with limiting prudential doctrines that, depending on your point...

April 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Apr 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 12 precedential opinions (linked below) and 6 orders granting allocatur. On the opinion side, the most topical decision is Friends of Danny Devito (no, not that Danny Devito; this one is a Republican candidate for state representative in Allegheny County). In that cas...

March 2020 Docket Review

Posted by Corrie Woods | Mar 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

This month, the Court issued 5 precedential opinions (linked below) and 6 orders granting allocatur. Two observations of note this month. First, it is notable that 3 of the 11 items below deal with child sexual abuse, with two opinions coming down on the side of robust investigation and monitorin...

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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