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This case is being heard in the Commerce Court Case Management Program
The Philadelphia Commerce Court Case Management Program ("Commerce Court") is a specialized civil program of the Trial Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Commercial and business-to-business disputes filed after January 2000, that are not subject to the court's Compulsory Arbitration Program, are assigned to the Commerce Court.
The trial judges assigned to the Commerce Court are all experienced jurists. They routinely hear complex disputes involving, but not limited to: corporate shareholders, company members and partners; sales, mergers and dissolutions of businesses; commercial real estate transactions; construction and other business contracts; commercial insurance policies; legal, accounting and other professional (non-medical) malpractice; unfair competition, corporate fraud and theft of trade secrets; and negotiable instruments.
Cases assigned to the Commerce Court are governed by the same state and local rules of procedure that apply to all other civil cases. Each case in the Commerce Court is assigned to a single judge who is then responsible for handling all aspects of the case, including discovery disputes, preliminary objections, summary judgment and other motions, and trial. At present, there are three judges assigned to the Commerce Court: Judge Patricia A. McInerney, who serves as Supervising Judge of the Commerce Court; Judge Gary S. Glazer; and Judge Ramy I. Djerassi.
A dedicated team of five Court Administrative Officers and law clerks assists the Judges and their chambers staff in the management and resolution of cases assigned to the Commerce Court. In addition, more than 120 qualified members of the commercial bar serve as court appointed settlement judges pro tempore, receivers, and discovery masters in Commerce Court cases.
Lora Jean Williams et. al.
vs City of Philadelphia et.al.
Court of Common Pleas, Trial Division-Civil - Commerce Program
September Term, 2016, Case No. 01452 (Monday, December 19, 2016) (Glazer)