Case Summaries

Case Notes from Richard E. Freeburn, Esquire, “The Lawyers Lawyer”.

The content on this web page is provided primarily for other lawyers. It is intended to assist other attorneys in keeping current with the latest developments in the law, in regards to personal injury, workers’ compensation and litigation issues. Every week, attorney Dick Freeburn reviews a case summary for his local Bar Association, that you can find here.

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Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits Widows And Widowers Who Were Separated At The Time Of Death Requires A Showing Of Dependency

In Grimm v. WCAB, Pa. Cmwlth. Ct., WL 280380, (1/4/18), claimant separated from his wife 18 months before she suffered a fatal work-related heart attack.  The record showed that decedent provided health insurance for claimant through her employer. 

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The Superior Court Reviews The Standards For Defamation Per Se And Defamation By Implication

In Menkowitz v. Peerless Publ’n, Inc., 2017 WL 6397649, the Superior Court granted a judgment n.o.v. to defendant newspaper with regard to plaintiff’s claims for defamation per se, and defamation by implication. 

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Driving For Uber After Losing One’s Regular Employment Does Not Disqualify Them For UC Benefits

In Lowman v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 2018 WL 521866, (January 24, 2018), the Commonwealth Court held that a person who applied for unemployment compensation, (UC), benefits did not disqualify themselves for UC benefits by becoming an Uber driver while waiting for a determination on his application for UC benefits.

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