Pa. High Court Says SEPTA Can't Get Sovereign Immunity

Law360, New York (December 20, 2012, 3:52 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is not an “arm of the state” and is therefore not immune from suits under federal law under the 11th Amendment, reversing a ruling for the agency in a workplace injury suit.

The six justices who heard the case unanimously determined that SEPTA does not qualify for sovereign immunity under the 11th Amendment because litigation against the agency does not obligate the state to take part in the case and judgments create no legal...
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