In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled in Keesee v. Dougherty, 2020 Pa. Super. 64 (Pa. Super. March 16, 2020 Bowes, J., Olson, J., Stabile, J.)(Op. by Olson, J.), that a trial court judge must reconsider her refusal to stay a civil lawsuit while a companion criminal case is pending.
3. The Plaintiff’s interests in an expeditious civil proceeding weighed against the prejudice to the Plaintiff caused by the delay
In Keesee v. Dougherty, a three-judge Superior Court panel unanimously reversed a decision by the trial court judge who denied the defendants’ motion to stay the proceedings. The Superior Court remanded the case for further consideration.
The Keesee decision is also notable for the Superior Court’s analysis and application of the collateral order doctrine to allow the review of this appeal in the first place.
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Source: Article: “Judge Ordered to Reconsider Motion to Stay Civil Suit Against ‘Johnny Doc’ Pending Criminal Case” by Zack Needles of The Legal Intelligencer (March 18, 2020).