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Judge Malachy E. Mannion

Before the court are cross-motions for summary judgment filed by the parties in the above-captioned case. The defendant, Gerard Griesbaum, filed a motion for summary judgment on February 14, 2003. (Doc. No. 12). Additionally, he filed a brief in support that same day (Doc. No. 13), as well as a statement of material facts (Doc. No. 14) and exhibits (Doc. No. 16). The plaintiff, Standard Fire Insurance, filed its motion for summary judgment on February 18, 2003 (Doc. No. 17), together with a brief in support (Doc. No. 18) and a statement of material facts (Doc. No. 19).

This action arises out of an incident that occurred on August 27, 1995 when Ralph Sparaney was attending a concert at the Montage Ski Area. (Doc. No. 1, Exh. A, ¶ 7). While attempting to purchase a beverage at the concession stand, it appears that he was stabbed in the back with a knife, sustaining serious injuries. (Id. at ¶ 10). The court further adopts the facts as set forth by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, in their decision on the underlying matter.

Judge Richard P. Conaboy

This action is currently before the Court following an advisory jury verdict regarding Defendant United States of America’s liability in th above-captioned matter. The action arises out of the death of Brenda Testa who died on July 22, 2000, eighteen months after undergoing surgery for a ruptured cerebral aneurysm on January 3, 1999. Plaintiff’s Complaint, filed on June 20, 2001, sets forth counts for Wrongful Death, Survival Action and Punitive Damages, and alleges that Defendants were negligent and showed recklessness and carelessness in the care and treatment of Brenda Testa. (Doc. 1, Compl.)

Before the Court is Magistrate Judge Malachy E. Mannion’s Report and Recommendation, (Doc. 14), regarding Plaintiff Victor C. Telesha’s appeal of the denial of his claim for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) under Title II of the Social Security Act (Act), 42 U.S.C. §§ 401-433. The Magistrate Judge recommends that Plaintiff’s Appeal be denied. (Doc. 16 at 9.) Because Plaintiff has filed objections to the recommended disposition, (Doc. 15), we will make a de novo determination regarding the matters to which Plaintiff has objected. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C).
 
After a thorough examination of the record, we conclude that the ALJ’s failure to address the disability determination of the Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, and his incomplete review of evidence regarding both HIV Wasting Syndrome (Listing 14.08(I)) and Plaintiff’s credibility are cause for remand.

Judge James M. Munley

Harper alleges that the defendants are denying him medical treatment, in violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, by refusing to admit him to a private medical facility. As a result, he initiated the instant action on July 23, 2003, in which he seeks to permanently enjoin defendants from interfering with and/or preventing an independent medical examination at an outside facility.

Plaintiff Kerry Dennison began working at SCI-Mahanoy as a Psychological Services Associate in November of 1 995. Officials at SCI-Mahanoy fired Dennison on June 30, 2 000. At the time of his dismissal, Dennison had reached the level of a Psychological Services Associate 2. Dennison alleges that while he worked at SCI-Mahanoy the individual defendants continually harassed, intimidated, and threatened him in an effort to force him out of his position. Defendants took these actions in retaliation for Dennison’s complaints regarding discrimination in employment practices and parole determinations.

On July 9, 2001, the plaintiffs filed the instant complaint, seeking damages for violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and the common law torts of assault and battery. Oral argument was held on defendants’ ensuing motion for summary judgment on October 28, 2002, bringing the case to its present posture.

Petitioner Medina is a citizen of the Dominican Republic. (Govt. Ex. A, Record of Deportable/Inadmissible Alien, Form I-213). He entered the United States on October 18, 1985 as an imm igrant. Id. On March 12, 1999, petitioner was convicted in the Northampton County Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas of possession w ith intent to deliver a controlled substance, cocaine, a felony in violation of 35 P.S. § 780-113(a)(30). (Govt. Ex. B, Record of Conviction). The court sentenced him to a minimum of one year to a maximum of two years imprisonment, a $200.00 fine and 500 hours of community service. (Govt. Ex. B, Record of Conviction).

On March 23, 1999, the INS filed a Notice To Appear (NTA) thus commencing removal proceedings against Medina. The NTA charges that Medina’s drug conviction renders him removable from the United States pursuant to the following two sections of the immigration law: 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(A)(iii); and 8 U.S.C. § 1227 (a)(2)(B)(i). (Govt. Ex. C, Notice To Appear).

Judge Yvette Kane

Before the Court is Defendant Holy Spirit Hospital’s motion for summary judgment. The motion has been fully briefed and is ripe for disposition. For the reasons that follow, the motion will be granted in part and denied in part.
Plaintiffs’ decedent, Ryan K. Schorr, (“Schorr”), suffered from bipolar disorder. Schorr’s condition deteriorated shortly before November 18, 2000, and his roommate and family applied for his involuntary committal pursuant to § 302 of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act. A crisis intervention worker employed by Holy Spirit Hospital took and evaluated the application, and caused an order for involuntary commitment to be issued. The worker then contacted the Cumberland County Control Unit and arranged for West Shore Regional Police Department officers to detain Schorr pursuant to the commitment order and related warrant.

Judge Sylvia H. Rambo

Before the court are the following motions: (1) Plaintiff’s motion for sanctions for failure of party to attend his own deposition; (2) Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment; and (3) Claimant’s motion to suppress any and all evidence seized as a result of the unlawful stop, detention, arrest and subsequent search of Jose Montelongo on December 29, 2000. The parties have briefed the issues, and the motions are ripe for disposition.

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