Pa. Justices issued a 6-to-1 ruling barring suspended attys from unemployment cases

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This story originally appeared on Law360. By Dan Packel

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a 6-to-1 decision on Tuesday finding that suspended attorneys could not represent individuals in matters before the state’s Unemployment Compensation Board of Review despite rules allowing claimants to have a representative of their choice, including non-attorneys.

The court did affirm a lower court’s decision giving plaintiff Gary Powell another hearing before the board to challenge a determination that he was ineligible to receive benefits, but it determined that he is not entitled to be represented by a suspended attorney.


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