Appellate practice co-leader Alicia Hickok was quoted in Law360's report on 2020's top cases in Pennsylvania. In the article, Hickok provides commentary on two cases: Trigg v. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and CLL Academy v. Academy House.
Hickok told the legal industry publication that the ruling in Trigg v. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh puts an added onus on attorneys to ensure they were challenging court procedures they did not agree with, even if they were not arising as part of normal motion practice.
"This really put an added responsibility on litigants," Hickok said. "It's important that litigants are looking at how practices are working and challenging them when they're not, even though I think it's something we don't tend to keep on our radar."
The decision in CLL Academy v. Academy House out of the state's Superior Court in April did away with the practice of allowing opposing counsel to view potentially privileged documents when participating in hearings to determine if those materials should be released when sought in discovery.
"Producing attorneys' eyes only information still gives people knowledge and the ways to act with knowledge," Hickok said. "So clamping down on that is consistent with the protection of the attorney/client privilege."