Articles by Mark Scolforo

Uber Hit With $11M Fine in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania regulators fined Uber $11.4 million on April 21 — a record for the utility commission — for operating for six months in 2014 without the required approval. The company said it would appeal. The Public Utility Commission, which also …

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Start Debating Medical Marijuana Bill

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives took up a proposal this week to permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes, a potential breakthrough for supporters who have worked for several years to get legalization through the Republican-controlled Legislature. The debate …

Penn. Judges Recommend $50M Fine Against Rideshare Firm Uber

Judges for the Pennsylvania agency that regulates buses and taxis recommended on Tuesday a record $50 million fine against ride-sharing company Uber for operating in the state without approval. Two administrative law judges issued the decision, subject to approval by …

Rock-Throwing Attack in Pennsylvania Shows Cars’ Vulnerability

A rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman with serious injuries is a reminder of how vulnerable motorists are when someone decides to target random victims from a highway bridge or overpass. As 52-year-old middle school language arts teacher Sharon …

Penn. Court: Caregiver Mother Stabbed by Son Deserves Workers’ Comp

A state appeals court ruled on Jan. 8 that a western Pennsylvania woman who was paid to help care for her disabled adult son in her home deserves workers’ compensation after he tried to kill her by slashing her throat …

Pennsylvania Nears Final Vote on Tort Reform Bill

People who are awarded civil judgments against multiple parties would no longer be able to collect all of it from any single defendant under a bill that Pennsylvania Republicans in the state House moved near to a final vote on …

Pennsylvania Ordered to Add Millions to Malpractice Fund

A state court has ruled that Pennsylvania has mishandled a fund to help physicians pay malpractice premiums and ordered the state to transfer hundreds of millions of dollars out of its general fund to resolve a pair of lawsuits. Commonwealth …

Defamation Award Reviewed over Crooked Pennsylvania Judges’ Role

A $3.5 million defamation verdict against The Citizens’ Voice. newspaper will be reviewed because of the role in the case played by two former judges at the center of a juvenile justice scandal, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled. The …

Ex-Pennsylvania Mayor Loses Bid to Have Legal Costs Paid

A divided Pennsylvania state appeals court says the city of Erie and its insurance carriers aren’t obligated to pay the legal bills of the city’s former mayor. Commonwealth Court said the city and insurers don’t have to reimburse Richard Filippi …

Gorton’s Says Pills Found in Pennsylvania Fish Fillets Harmless

Gorton’s Inc. said Monday that the pills a Pennsylvania family reported finding in their fish fillets were harmless over-the-counter herbal supplements. The incident remains an isolated case and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is leading the investigation, Gorton’s spokesman …