PA Supreme Court Decisions and Rule Changes Continue to Favor Plaintiff’s Causes

By Daniel E. Cummins

For over the past five years or so, the plaintiffs bar has realized one important victory after another at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court level in terms of plaintiffs-friendly precedent and rule changes.

Like a well-oiled machine, after putting forth a sustained and organized effort to help to secure their favored candidates an election to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the plaintiffs bar has followed up by litigating issues important to plaintiffs up the appellate ladder to what has become the promised land for them in terms of repeated victories on issues important to injured parties.

With the pendulum of judicial thought at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court level having swung so far in the plaintiffs favor, it appears that the sky’s the limit for the plaintiffs bar to continue to alter the legal landscape in Pennsylvania for the benefit of injured parties for the foreseeable future, all of which is much to the dismay and chagrin of members of the defense bar.

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Editors Note: This article is reprinted with permission from the January 19, 2023 issue of Pennsylvania Law Weekly. ©2023 ALM Media Properties, LLC. Further duplication without permission is prohibited. All rights reserved.

Daniel E. Cummins is the managing partner of the Clarks Summit law firm of Cummins Law, a civil litigation practice. He also conducts mediations of civil litigation matters through Cummins Mediation Services. Cummins is also the sole creator and writer of the Tort Talk Blog (, which is designed to provide continuing updates on important cases and trends in Pennsylvania civil litigation law. He can be reached at

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