Thursday, June 8, 2017

Judge Polachek-Gartley of Luzerne County Sustains Preliminary Objections to Punitive Damages Claims in Trucking Accident Case

In the case of Coleman v. TonyHaas, No. 12529 of 2016 (C.P. Luz. Co. April 28, 2017 Polachek-Gartley, J.), the court sustained the Defendants’ Preliminary Objections to the Plaintiff’s claims for punitive damages in a trucking accident case.  

The accident was alleged to have occurred when a tractor trailer moved from the right lane into the left lane and struck the Plaintiff’s vehicle.  

Reviewing the allegations of the Plaintiff’s Complaint, the court found that, at most, the Plaintiff’s allegations gave rise to a claim for negligence and did not support the claims for punitive damages.  

Anyone wishing to read this Opinion online may click HERE.

I send thanks to Attorney John A. Statler of the Lemoyne, Pennsylvania office of Johnson, Duffie, Stewart & Weidner for bringing this case to my attention.  

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