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February 2014 Archives

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Addresses Subsurface Mining Rights

In Commonwealth v. Seneca Resources Corporation, 2014 Pa. Commw. LEXIS 76 (January 27, 2014), the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania held that language in a deed from 1928 may restrict the owner of oil and gas rights to oil and gas extraction methods that were in existence at the time of the deed.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Pharmaceutical Company Not Immune to Products Liability Claims for Defective Drugs

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling on January 21, 2014 in the case of Lance v. Wyeth, 2014 Pa. LEXIS 205 (Pa. 2014), where a split Court found that drug companies are not immune to product liability claims in Pennsylvania for defective drugs. In a 56 page opinion that was upheld in a 4-2 ruling, the Court decided Lance some three years after oral argument and added to the uncertain future landscape of products liability law in Pennsylvania.