The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania struck down the entire IRE procedure contained in the Workers’ Compensation Act. Protz v. W.C.A.B. (Derry Area School Dist.) declared the IRE measures unconstitutional because the legislature could not delegate to a non-legislative body the authority to promulgate impairment-ratings guidelines.
Appellate Court grants judgment notwithstanding a verdict and overturns a jury award of over $38 million in punitive damages arising out of a workplace shooting at Kraft Foods that killed two co-workers.
Proposed Maryland legislation attempting to further broaden the pre-litigation disclosure of policy limits fails.
During Maryland’s most recent legislative session, which ran from January 11, 2017 to April 10, 2017, legislation was proposed to expand the types of cases in which insurers must disclose policy limits to claimants before a lawsuit is ever filed.
New legislation proposed in Maryland is attempting to broaden the pre-litigation disclosure of policy limits.
Maryland State Senator Robert A. Zirkin has proposed legislation that would expand the types of cases in which insurers must disclose policy limits to claimants before a lawsuit is ever filed.
The jurisdictional limit of D.C.’s Small Claims Court has increased from $5,000 to $10,000.
On October 4, 2016, the District of Columbia’s Mayor, Muriel Bowser, signed into law D.C. Bill B-21.4, which is titled: “The Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016.”
On August 8, 2016, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear the insured’s appeal of Toner v. Travelers, 137 A.3d 583 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2016), which decision was previously summarized in the April 2016 edition of this this firm’s liability eNotes.
Significant amendments to the "Ban the Box" law are signed into law
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce finalized regulations on inquiring into an applicants criminal background during initial application
Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously reverses Superior Court and limits attorneys’ fees recoverable in First Party Auto actions
Doctor’s Choice Physical Med. & Rehab. Ctr., v. Travelers Pers. Ins. Co.