SEPTA's Sovereign Immunity Backed By Appeals Court

Law360, Philadelphia (February 26, 2014, 5:42 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday reaffirmed principles of sovereign immunity protecting the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority from a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed she suffered serious injuries after falling down the steps of a bus.

In a precedential ruling, the Commonwealth Court rejected arguments that it should extend a holding by the state’s Supreme Court in 2012 finding that the Philadelphia-area SEPTA was not entitled to protection under the state’s Sovereign Immunity Act to dodge lawsuits under the 11th Amendment.

Lauren Muldrow, who...
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