The court found that genuine issues of material fact and evidence concerning mechanic training and supervision serve to defeat the Motion for Summary Judgment.
The court also ruled that a principal, such as an employer, can be held vicariously liable for punitive damages if the actions of its agent, or employee, in the course of employment were reckless. A ratification or direction of the acts by the principal, or employer, is not required for this finding of vicarious liability.
Here is a LINK to the Court's Order. Here is a LINK to the Court's supporting Opinion.
I send thanks to Attorney James Beck of the Philadelphia law office of Reed Smith for bringing this case to my attention.