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Leadbetter vs. Keystone Anestesia Consultants

This case presents two questions. Does the Superior Court’s holding directly conflict with the Pennsylvania Peer Review Protection Act, by ordering the production of acknowledged “peer review documents” solely because they were maintained in a physician’s credentialing file? Does the Superior Court’s holding directly conflict with the Federal Healthcare Quality Improvement Act and federal regulations which protect from disclosure, responses to statutorily-required inquiries of the national practitioner data bank, by ordering the production of such documents?

Status: Briefs filed

Sector: Health Care

Kirksey vs. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC, Univ. of Pittsburgh Physicians, and Satyanarayana Gedela, MD

At issue: Must a limiting jury instruction be given when evidence of general risks and complications are admitted in a medical negligence case?

Status: Supreme Court dismissed the appeal as improvidently granted. Justice Wecht wrote a concurring statement

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Sectors: Business, Health Care

Mortimer v. McCool

Whether, in this matter of first impression, the Supreme Court should adopt the "enterprise theory" or "single entity" theory of piercing the corporate veil when two or more sister companies operate as a single corporate combine?

Status: Briefs Filed

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Sectors: Business, Health Care

Dockery v. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

At issue is the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Medical Liability Venue Statute and Medical Liability Venue Rule.

Status: Oral Arguments held on October 7, 2020

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Sectors: Business, Health Care

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation

(1) Are claims by the commonwealth, brought on behalf of private landowners against natural gas extractors alleging that the extractors used deceptive, misleading, and unfair tactics in securing natural gas leases from landowners, cognizable under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law? (2) May the commonwealth pursue antitrust remedies under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law?

Status: Oral argument held May 27, 2020

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Sectors: Business, Health Care

Gregg v. Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Whether the Superior Court improperly held that a strict liability standard applies to a claim under the “catch-all” provision of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, 73 P.S. §§ 201-1, et seq., as amended in 1996, even though the provision expressly requires proof of “fraudulent or deceptive conduct.”

Status: Oral argument held May 21, 2020