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Businesses and individuals pay a price for frivolous and unnecessary lawsuits. In Pennsylvania the total cost of the civil tort system is $18.4 billion dollars or 2.5% of the state’s gross domestic product. That amounts to a cost of $3,721.00 per household!* Our expensive and inefficient civil litigation system impacts every employers’ ability to grow jobs and our economy.

*U.S. Chamber Institute for Litigation Reform

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State of Play — Spring 2021

Pennsylvania voters have spoken. Voters approved all four statewide ballot questions and we now know what the Republican and Democrat fields will look like in the appellate court races this fall. Also decided were four special elections, two in the House and two in the Senate. Here is a full accounting of the unofficial election results:

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Amicus Briefs

Spencer vs. Johnson

The brief requests a reargument before an en banc panel of the Superior Court to overturn a decision of a Superior Court panel. The Court’s opinion in Spencer v Johnson concluded that the Fair Share Act’s provision apportioning damages based on the percentage of a defendant’s fault does not apply unless the plaintiff in the case is contributorily negligent. The court wrongly concluded that the Fair Share Act does not apply if the plaintiff has zero negligence.

Status: PCCJR’s application for leave to file an amicus brief requesting an en banc rehearing by the Superior Court was denied

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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? Update: The court agreed with PCCJR's position that the UTPA and CPL does not protect sellers

Status: Opinion issued on March 24, 2021

Featured Legislation

Pandemic Liability Protections — House Version

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Pandemic Liability Protections — Senate Version

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Limited Liability Protection for Agritourism

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Joint resolution amending Article I, Section 11 of the PA Constitution-Senate Version

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