Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Consumer Protection - "person" does not include political subdivision agencies

Meyer v. Community College of Beaver County – Pa. SCt – June 16, 2014

In this appeal, we consider whether the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (“UTPCPL”), 73 P.S. §§ 201-1 et seq., defines a “person”subject to liability as including both private entities and political subdivision agencies.

After careful review, we hold that the UTPCPL defines a “person” as including private entities, but not political subdivision agencies. Accordingly, we reverse the Commonwealth Court’s order affirming the trial court’s denial of partial summary judgment on this issue and remand to the Commonwealth Court for further proceedings.