Elliott Greenleaf Wins Superior Court Appeal Affirming Denial of Class Certification

Firm News

October 2, 2015

On September 29, 2015, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the decision of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court denying class certification in a nursing home case, which sought to represent a class of all residents during a four year period at the Willowcrest Nursing Home in Philadelphia. Stoner et al. v. Quinlan et al. (Pa. Superior Court No. 3064 EDA 2014; Phila. Common Pleas No: 19 Nov. Term, 2009).

Elliott Greenleaf represented, in both the trial court and the Superior Court, the ultimate parent company whom the plaintiff claimed was liable for alleged corporate negligence. The plaintiff claimed, among other things, that alleged understaffing at the home created common issues appropriate for class treatment. After conducting a hearing on the plaintiff’s motion for class certification, the Honorable John Milton Younge of the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court agreed with Elliott Greenleaf’s arguments and issued an extensive Opinion denying the motion on September 16, 2014. After oral argument on plaintiff’s interlocutory appeal, the Superior Court affirmed Judge Younge’s decision.

Frederick P. Santarelli and Stewart J. Greenleaf, Jr. were counsel for the Firm’s client, Jefferson Health System.