Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Could Lead to More Class Actions

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February 23, 2018

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this week that out-of-state residents can sue Pennsylvania businesses under the state’s consumer protection statute, Law360 reports. 

The court found that the state’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law has no geographical restrictions. In the case, the plaintiff sued a home security company for breach of contract after he moved to California. The original filing was removed to federal court and then appealed to the Third Circuit, which asked the state’s supreme court to weigh in.

The chair of the litigation department at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP said the ruling will “definitely provide a boon to class action lawyers looking to bring national class actions against Pennsylvania businesses.”