In what is shaping up to be the most expensive Pennsylvania Supreme Court race in history, the largest donations have come from lawyers, unions and lawyer-funded political action committees.
In what is shaping up to be the most expensive Pennsylvania Supreme Court race in history, the largest donations have come from lawyers, unions and lawyer-funded political action committees.
A homeowner's insurance carrier was within its rights to deny coverage to a man who provided the use of a dirt bike—and, allegedly, alcohol—to a 19-year-old who was fatally injured when he crashed the vehicle, the Superior Court has ruled.
The Commonwealth Court has upheld an arbitrator's "narrow" awards for SEPTA police officers who challenged their sick leave amounts.
Counsel for a disabled woman who won a $3 million verdict against the group home that was caring for her has filed a motion to "enforce stare decisis" in an effort to get the common pleas judge to proceed with a new trial on punitive damages.
An order over the application of an alternative dispute resolution provision is not immediately appealable as of right, the Superior Court has ruled.
Neil A. Morris of Offit Kurman was appointed as labor counsel for Plainfield Township in Northampton County.
An American drone maker has won $7.8 million in damages from a French competitor that infringed on its patents.
An oil-and-gas drilling support services company has settled for $1.25 million a class action suit alleging that it failed to pay overtime.
A bicyclist has recovered $2.6 million in a settlement with various defendants following a 2012 crash with a mattress store truck.
Following is a listing of legislative action for the week of May 11. Members of the General Assebmly are set to return to session June 1.
Last week, the state Senate approved public pension reform legislation, SB 1, with a 28-19 vote, setting the stage for what is virtually unanimously expected to be a contentious budget battle between the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf.
Legislation that would legalize the use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions cleared the state Senate last week and is now before the state House of Representatives. A spokesman for the House Republican Caucus said there is no timetable for considering the bill.
I often take my computer or tablet to a seminar or court. I get the password for the Internet. I obviously take notes, but I also check email during the seminar. Should I be doing this?
The most important tool provided to a litigant to test the credibility of parties, witnesses and expert witnesses at trial, and thereby challenge the truth of the adversary's claims, is the right to conduct a thorough and cutting cross-examination.
U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently decided motions in a case among successive owners of a property with an environmental problem. Her opinion in CSX Transportation v. 2712 Investors, Civil Action No. 14-7148 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 29, 2015), provides some useful reminders of very basic propositions about environmental due diligence in real estate transactions and the litigation that follows when things go wrong.
The language of an insurance policy must be clear and specific in order to effectuate the intent of the insurer and insured. Failure to sufficiently define key terms and conditions of a policy in a plain and unambiguous way can have the effect of broadening the scope of coverage of the insurance policy. For best practices, insurers should be advised to specifically define each term that may have an impact on the scope of coverage of their policies.
As Pennsylvania's Supreme Court justices took up an issue on health care rates and the Right-to-Know Law during oral arguments in Harrisburg last week, they eyed the use of "middlemen" for government functions, specifically the extent to which records of contracts and subcontracts should be publicly available.
A lawyer representing a Luzerne County attorney who declined chemical testing for allegedly driving under the influence argued before the state Supreme Court that motorists suspected of DUI should be given a choice of being tested for blood alcohol content.
Attorneys for a newspaper publisher and a pair of plaintiffs alleging defamation were at odds before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in Harrisburg last week over the constitutional requirements to make a defamation case.
In its first bout with the Right to Farm Act, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments May 5 over the use of biosolids as a normal farming practice.
A 19-year-old man who had been the foster child of an insured family should be considered a ward of that family for the purposes of insurance coverage, the Superior Court has ruled.
April Mendel, a former school-bus driver, was awarded roughly $4.9 million by a Philadelphia jury after becoming a paraplegic from a post-spinal surgery infection.
Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of May 4. Members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session May 11.
Julie I. Kline joined Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky as counsel in the firm's Pittsburgh office.
Legislation is before the full state Senate that would expand immunity from strategic lawsuits against public participation, known as SLAPP suits, after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill with a 13-0 vote.
The state Senate is expected to vote, possibly as early as this week, on a medical marijuana bill, after its approval by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
I am assigned to try a capital murder trial. May I voir dire the jury on the moratorium issued by Gov. Tom Wolf on all capital cases?
In 1968, the U.S. Supreme Court carved out a new legal standard of proof. "Reasonable suspicion" is a product of the landmark decision in Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1 (1968). Reasonable suspicion is less than probable cause—the standard for arrest and obtaining a search warrant—but more than a seasoned police officer's "hunch," according to the opinion.
Every attorney who regularly handles appeals will encounter this question sooner or later: What is the effect of a legally or factually unsupportable theory, when that theory was submitted to a jury along with one or more other, valid liability theories, and the jury returns a general verdict finding liability?
Pennsylvania passed payment statutes governing construction on private and public projects in the 1990s with the goal of protecting contractors and subcontractors against not being paid promptly for labor and materials.
A range of hot-button issues are scheduled to take center stage at Pennsylvania Supreme Court arguments in Harrisburg beginning May 5, including two questions in asbestos litigation, the legality of wrongful-birth lawsuits and the disclosure of health care rates.
The state Supreme Court has declined to allow an insurance company to sue a third-party tortfeasor when the injured party did not commence an action.
A sentence of house arrest is not incarceration for purposes of unemployment compensation qualification, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over a firefighters union's direction to volunteer firefighters to refrain from responding to fires in Chambersburg Borough.
The Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement should not have terminated a former police officer's pension without providing an explanation of his malfeasance leading to that decision, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
Zachary J. Cohen, partner at Lesavoy Butz & Seitz, was elected president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County at the association's annual meeting.
A federal jury in Pittsburgh awarded $12.5 million in punitive damages to a woman who was routinely called a "bitch" by her male colleagues at an insulation manufacturing plant in southwest Pennsylvania.
A federal judge awarded $4.5 million to a family injured in Costa Rica when a resort-owned shuttle bus crashed and partially flipped over.
Following is a listing of legislative, executive and judicial branch action for the week of April 27. Members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session May 4.
Pennsylvania's Independent Fiscal Office released a report that broke down Gov. Tom Wolf's tax proposals along six income groups. The net result, the IFO said, is that everyone would pay more.
The Wolf administration announced the transition of 121,234 people from Healthy PA, established by Gov. Tom Corbett, to a Medicaid expansion plan called HealthChoices.
Can a lawyer who has a criminal defense practice serve as an assistant district attorney in a county?
Our profession is quite different from how it was just a few years ago, and far different from how it was decades ago, when lawyers and those who regulate the legal profession claimed—or, rather, dreamed—that the law was a profession but not necessarily a business.
Franklin High Yield Tax-Free Income Fund and Franklin California High Yield Municipal Fund recently filed a brief in their appeal of the approval of the Chapter 9 bankruptcy plan of Stockton, California, in In re City of Stockton, California, Case No. EC-14-1550. Franklin didn't hold back any punches and seeks to overturn the plan as a result of gerrymandering.
In Crews v. Avco, No. 70756-6-I (Wash. Ct. App. April 6, 2015), the Washington Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's finding of spoliation by defendant Avco Corp. and, more importantly, its imposition of devastating sanctions, including the deeming of all of plaintiff Paul Thomas Crews' allegations admitted and the striking of all of the defendant's affirmative defenses.
A few behind-the-scenes changes in the criminal cases against the three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up the crimes of convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky will not likely disrupt the prosecution or delay the cases, several court watchers told the Law Weekly.
The adult daughter of two insureds was entitled to her own notice of the insurer's reservation of the right to disclaim liability, the Superior Court has ruled.
A plaintiff's contested residency claims regarding an underinsured motorist coverage policy will be tried separately from the plaintiff's action regarding a motor vehicle collision, a court of common pleas judge has ruled.
The Commonwealth Court has ruled that applicants who are denied public housing have the right to have their appeals heard in court. In making its decision, the court overturned a nearly 30-year-old precedential opinion.
An oncologist's expert testimony in a medical malpractice case against a podiatrist did not compromise the validity of the plaintiff's verdict, the state Superior Court has ruled, upholding a $750,000 award.
Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel added partner Cara A. Boyanowski to the firm's family law practice group.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court seems to be making marginal improvements in productivity, a comparison of 2014 statistics on the court's rulings to the past several years shows.
A man who claimed his stroke was the result of a doctor's failure to treat his high blood pressure has been awarded a verdict of roughly $7.4 million by a Delaware County jury.
Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of April 20. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to session May 4.
Negotiations between government and school district officials and public-sector unions would be open to the public and would face more scrutiny under three bills approved along party lines by the Senate State Government Committee.
The carve-out in the Crimes Code that allows stalking, harassment and even threats with weapons of mass destruction during labor disputes would be eliminated under legislation that has cleared the state House of Representatives.
When should I stand in a courtroom?
In today's world of high-paced technology, companies face greater challenges than ever in protecting their confidential and proprietary information. Employees are more mobile than ever—and so is every employer's sensitive information.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently rendered a decision in Reading Area Water Authority v. Schuylkill River Greenway Association, 100 A.3d 572 (Pa. 2014), further narrowing the definition of what constitutes a "public purpose" for a taking by eminent domain in Pennsylvania.
As practitioners of matrimonial and family law, we all have seen firsthand, especially within the last eight years, the impact of different forms of social media on divorce and our practices. Facebook posts can greatly impact custody, support and divorce matters, especially in litigation.
State rules aimed at reducing the chances defendants will be incarcerated for failure to post collateral for minor offenses are set to go into effect this summer.
A police officer who was allegedly assaulted by a patron while responding to a call at a drinking establishment may not sue the business for negligence and Dram Shop Act liability, the state Superior Court has ruled.
The employer of a workers' compensation claimant whose work injury occurred after he became eligible to receive Social Security benefits is not entitled to a credit or offset for those benefits, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
A party that went to court to enforce an arbitration agreement did not waive its right to arbitration by bringing that claim, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
Family law attorney David S. Pollock was the recipient of the Years of Service Award, presented by the Washington County Bar Association.
The estate of a 23-year-old man beaten to death after a night out in the Old City section of Philadelphia has settled for $7 million with the bars that served the man's attackers, according to lawyers in the case.
A Lackawanna County jury has decided in favor of the defendant in a 2009 motor vehicle case.
Following is a listing of legislative action for the week of April 13. Members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session April 20.
Last week, the state Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation that the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, said would "strengthen and modernize" the state's use of DNA technology to fight violent crime.
I have been reading articles about referral fees in Pennsylvania and how they should be abolished or severely restricted. Do you agree?
Can a written marital settlement agreement be modified orally? What if the agreement requires that all future modifications must be in writing?
Environmental matters typically involve adverse organizations—government agencies, business entities or NGOs—not just two individuals. Moreover, they quite typically involve more than one party on each "side," and sometimes have more than two sides. That situation poses some tactical issues for environmental lawyers.
In the fall of 2007, I met "Kacie" at the York County Prison, where she had been detained for illegally crossing the border into the United States. Kacie and I were from two vastly different walks of life.
In Centre County, a spate of lawsuits involving jurists, attorneys and county officials has created a contentious atmosphere, after several controversial open records requests opened a can of worms.
In an apparent case of first impression in Pennsylvania, a Lackawanna County judge has decided that a sentinel event report prepared for a private accreditation commission is subject to discovery in a psychiatric malpractice action.
A plaintiff's wrongful-death and survival actions do not need to be bifurcated so that one claim can be arbitrated while the other goes to a jury trial, the state Superior Court has ruled.
A former township treasurer has standing to appeal the township's annual audit and financial report for part of her term, even after leaving the treasurer position, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
A couple who participated in a Native American wedding ceremony prior to the 2005 abolition of common-law marriage may be recognized as legally married for the purposes of a workers' compensation fatal claim, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
Grace M. Deon of Eastburn and Gray was elected as the president elect of the Bucks County Bar Association.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of a former employee of Virtual Officeware LLC, after a new sales strategy resulted in a breach of contract.
Plaintiff Michael Spadine claimed injuries from a Nov. 3, 2009, motor vehicle accident in which defendant Richard Kemmerer collided with Spadine's car and fled the scene.
Following is a listing of legislative and executive action for the week of April 6. Members of the General Assembly were scheduled to return to session April 13.
The state House of Representatives plans to take up a state pension reform bill in May, Republican Caucus sources said.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced that his department will conduct a comprehensive performance audit to evaluate the Department of Community and Economic Development's administration of federally funded homelessness prevention and rehousing programs.
I have a case where the opposing lawyer is acting unprofessionally. The lawyer does not pass on any settlement offers or resolutions to the client, filing incorrect pleadings and incorrectly citing cases. It appears he has also not been truthful. What can I do?
Survivors of childhood sexual abuse often lead lives in silence, secrecy and shame. Not only do they suffer from the traumatic effects of sexual abuse, which often causes depression, post-traumatic stress and addiction issues, but the fear of exposing that secret creates its own hosts of problems.
Two class action lawsuits are winding their way through the courts in Pennsylvania. Both involve county clerks as plaintiffs, and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., or MERS, either as a defendant or a participant in allegedly fraudulent practices. They both point to larger problems within the residential mortgage sector.
As is implicit in this ongoing column on attorney liability, the law of lawyering is nuanced. Indeed, dabblers may find themselves on the wrong side of the "v"—imperfectly pleading an action sounding in legal malpractice.
With the state Supreme Court approving the investigation into state Attorney General Kathleen Kane's alleged leak of grand jury secrets and the Montgomery County district attorney taking up the potential prosecution, the questions about what comes next for Kane are mounting.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to hear a short list of diverse cases at oral arguments in Pittsburgh beginning today, including an admissibility of evidence question arising from a news story published more than a decade ago.
A local workforce investment board created under state and federal law was not required to bargain with a union when it sought bids for provision of services previously provided by union members, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.
A common pleas judge who awarded $25,000 in attorney fees for a case with $10,000 in damages has said the amount was reasonable, despite opposite appeals from both parties to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Without guidance on allowing telephonic testimony, the State Board of Podiatry was correct in its decision to preclude telephonic testimony from character witnesses during a reinstatement hearing, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
Penny E. Zacharias joined McGuireWoods as a partner in Pittsburgh.
A Philadelphia jury awarded more than $38.5 million in punitive damages to the estates of two Kraft employees who were fatally gunned down by a disgruntled co-worker.
A 76-year-old woman in Montgomery County alleging her doctor ignored the signs of an impending stroke was awarded $6.3 million in her medical malpractice case.
Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of March 30. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to session April 13.
Legislation that would strike a provision in the Crimes Code permitting stalking, harassment and even threats regarding the use of weapons of mass destruction during labor disputes has been reintroduced in the state House of Representatives.
As a judicial officer, can I work as the leader for my son's Boy Scouts troop?
Have you ever left a deposition and felt like you nailed it? Not because you asked every possible question (we all know that never happens, as there is always that one question everyone remembers only after adjournment), but because the look on the deponent's face after your thorough inquisition was priceless. You wished you had a video of it, right? But you don't. Why?
Clamoring voices are contending for the right to protect your personally identifiable information.
In Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., 14 Civ. 3042 (S.D.N.Y. March 2, 2015), U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck of the Southern District of New York, one of brightest and most informed jurists writing about e-discovery, summarized how, in the past three years, "the case law has developed to the point that it is now black-letter law" that courts will permit producing parties in e-discovery matters to use technology-assisted review and, in particular, predictive coding to review documents for production.
Despite the wide field of candidates running for the state Supreme Court, some common themes have emerged, including wanting the court to hear more cases and issue more opinions, a campaign promise observers said could be hard to deliver.
Although some large firms have reported a lag in litigation, and even some talk of layoffs, several midsize and smaller Pennsylvania firms are seeing an uptick.
A plaintiff's attorney is not allowed to be present during neuropsychological testing of his or her client, a Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas judge has ruled.
A grievance arbitrator acted outside his jurisdiction and authority when he crafted an award requiring higher pay for on-duty police officers working large-scale events, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
Getting a tax exemption for property improvements under the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act does not render moot any previous appeals to tax assessments of that property following those upgrades, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
James Sargent of Lamb McErlane was appointed to the Chester County Historical Society's (CCHS) board of trustees.
The jury in the second Risperdal mass-tort case in Philadelphia, while finding that Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn about the risk of male breast growth from the drug, determined that the drug did not cause the plaintiff's gynecomastia.
A union carpenter who was injured on the job reached settlement with the heating and air conditioning subcontractor whose employee allegedly struck the plaintiff with a forklift.
Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of March 23. Members of the state House of Representatives were set to return to session March 30; Senate members are set to return April 13.
Marcus Brown, Gov. Tom Wolf's nominee for Pennsylvania State Police commissioner, might wish by now he had stayed in Maryland. The latest in Brown's controversial nomination is a letter he reportedly received that read: "No [racial epithet] lover will wear my uniform."
The city of York's accumulated $10 million pension payments, added on to this year's obligation, would take a 25 percent bite out of the city's entire budget, according to Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.
Is it ethical for a lawyer to take a share of stock in a corporation he is forming for his client, in lieu of a fee, if the client is cash poor, assuming the lawyer gives proper warning to the client to get independent counsel?
It has been two years this month since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Comcast v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013), reversing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit's class certification of antitrust claims brought by more than 2 million cable subscribers.
The first 10 days of March were interesting for those who attempt to divine regulatory priorities or enforcement strategies from environmental policy pronouncements.
What if I told you that you have a disability fund you have been paying for since the day you started working and paying taxes?
In his first two months as Pennsylvania's chief executive, Gov. Tom Wolf has seemed unafraid to make waves, and the resulting legal battles may dramatically affect the power of the governor's office.
Not allowing mechanic's liens and actions to compel judgment on those liens to be filed under the same case caption and number is a trap for the unwary, an attorney representing a demolition company argued before the state Supreme Court.
A parent bringing a wrongful-death and survival action over a child's death may not recover nonpecuniary damages because of the Sovereign Immunity Act, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to take up an issue of first impression over the amendment of a case caption, substituting a bankruptcy trustee as the plaintiff in an action brought by the entity in bankruptcy.
After an allocatur denial by the state Supreme Court, a suit against a car dealership involving a vehicle rollover will be reinstated.
Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby attorney Dan Clifford was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee.
A federal judge ordered a suspended Bridgeport attorney and his law firm to pay $18.4 million in restitution for his alleged misuse of millions of dollars in funds from several employee-benefit plans.
A Philadelphia jury has awarded more than $6 million to a heroin addict who was paralyzed from the chest down due to alleged negligent medical treatment.
Following is a listing of executive, legislative and judiciary action for the week of March 16. Members of the state House of Representatives are scheduled to return to voting session March 30; Senate members are scheduled to return April 13.
Republican lawmakers called Gov. Tom Wolf out on a letter from his acting secretary of Education, sent to the state's school districts, asking how they would spend money they haven't yet received.
Legislation introduced simultaneously in the state House of Representatives and Senate would end the practice of teacher layoffs based on seniority.
What are some tips for representing judges before the Judicial Conduct Board?
In a perfect world, divorce, custody and support proceedings would wrap up at the trial court level, and the parties involved could move on to the next chapter of their lives.
On Oct. 31, 2014, then-Gov. Tom Corbett signed HB 1773 into law, as Act 199. Act 199 represents the most significant reform in decades of Pennsylvania's financial recovery program, commonly known as the Act 47 program.
Just over two decades ago, if you wanted to raise awareness of your firm or organization, you would have to either pay for an ad or pitch your story to a journalist at a newspaper, radio or television station and hope they would cover it.
In a medical malpractice case before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, appellate counsel argued over the circumstances necessary for a reasonable patient to think the treating doctor is an agent of a hospital under the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act, as well as that law's limits on nonphysician testimony.
With a new pro bono appointment system in place, the Pennsylvania courts are working to lower the number of pro se litigants at the high court level.
A county employee fired for emailing his wife while at work will not be able to recover unemployment benefits, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
In arguing before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court how a nonprofit corporation can use money provided by the government, both sides offered the question, "Where does it stop?"
The judge who tossed a whistleblower suit against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for insufficient evidence failed to consider a grand jury presentment and a key affidavit, the attorney representing the plaintiff argued before the state Supreme Court last week in Philadelphia.
According to the plaintiff's mediation memorandum, on Oct. 5, 2011, plaintiff Jessica M. Ng, a scientific researcher, was standing in an aisle and talking to a co-worker at the Colket Translational Research Center in Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, when a 32-pound wood panel fell from a tech desk and struck her on the head.
A judge in Lackawanna County has decided in favor of the defense in a case involving sewer fees for an uninhabited house.
Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of March 9. Members of the state House of Representatives are scheduled to return to voting session on March 30; Senate members are scheduled to return April 13.
The Wolf administration and the Independent Fiscal Office differ in their estimates of the looming budget deficit by at least half a billion dollars.
I am doing a prisoner's excessive force case. From an ethics standpoint, how much can a defense lawyer bring in about a police officer's background? Is it unethical for a defense lawyer to question a plaintiff in a civil rights case about the details of a prior conviction?
On Nov. 20, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its decision in Commonwealth v. Moran, 2014 Pa.LEXIS 3044 (Pa. 2014), affirming Haverford Township Commissioner Fred Moran's bribery conviction in connection with a sale of township-owned real estate. This case is of importance and interest to municipal officials who negotiate with developers over conditions of approval for land developments or when considering zoning amendments.
The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority is in the process of preparing its 2014 annual report to the legislature, as required by law. The PSA was created when Gov. Mark Schweiker signed HB 1802, regarding medical malpractice reform, on March 20, 2002.
A common oil and gas lease dispute in the Appalachian region involves challenges by lessors to a lessee's extension of the primary term of oil and gas leases pursuant to an express extension provision in the leases.
Adam L. Fernandez was elected a partner with Wisler Pearlstine.
Ethical issues in the public sector are set to take the stage this week as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is scheduled to hear several cases dealing with state officials—including an important one for Attorney General Kathleen Kane—as well as government agencies and funds.
Constables no longer have to demonstrate an unusual necessity when appointing deputy constables, the Commonwealth Court has ruled in an en banc decision. But the panel was divided on whether district attorneys should be involved at all in those appointments.
A court of common pleas judge has said a judicial conduct rule that requires him to resign from two financial boards in June violates his constitutional rights, and the state Supreme Court, while rejecting his initial application for relief, has not entirely disposed of the challenge.
The plaintiff in a motor vehicle accident will not need to undergo additional medical testing that the defendants' expert claimed is necessary to render a more accurate examination of the plaintiff's claimed post-traumatic stress disorder, a Lackawanna County judge has ruled.
A state agency cannot prevent the designation of a new franchisee because of the possibility that competition with an existing dealer would cause one or both to close, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.
Gretchen E. Moore of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky was elected to the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce.
The family members of two Kraft factory workers who were fatally gunned down by a disgruntled employee have received an award of more than $8 million from a Philadelphia jury.
The family of a woman killed in a multiple-vehicle collision has received an award of nearly $1.5 million from a Monroe County jury.
Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week of March 2. Members of the state House of Representatives are set to return to voting session March 30; members of the state Senate are set to return April 13.
Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his first budget address on March 3, and the Republicans controlling the state House of Representatives and Senate quickly dismissed nearly his entire plan.
The state's two largest public pensions systems, the State Employees' Retirement System, covering state workers, and the Public School Employees' Retirement System, covering public school teachers, will cost the general fund $2.4 billion next year, according to the Independent Fiscal Office.
I am a young lawyer and want to open my own office. What are some of the most important aspects of beginning a law practice?
Most people have no idea how to hack a website in order to locate confidential information such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and birth dates. But when it comes to court websites, in many cases you don't need to be a geek or a hacker to access this information.
The battle in Pennsylvania over the death penalty, although well intended on both sides of the issue, is misguided and will do nothing to advance the fundamental question: Is the death penalty an appropriate punishment in 21st century Pennsylvania?
There is a good chance the General Assembly will pass legislation legalizing medical marijuana in 2015.
A store manager who experienced an armed robbery may be able to receive workers' compensation for her mental injuries, an en banc Commonwealth Court panel has ruled, but a portion of the panel raised the question of whether such events at work could ever be considered normal.
With Gov. Tom Wolf proposing and implementing changes for the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, several legal industry insiders are predicting increased regulations for oil and natural gas development over the next few years.
Direct-recording electronic voting systems that do not produce a contemporaneous paper record of each vote cast comply with state requirements and do not violate citizens' right to vote, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.
Even though a sedan containing several plaintiffs recklessly attempted to pass a tractor-trailer from a right-turn-only lane, the case against the truck driver involved in the collision will be allowed to proceed, the state Superior Court has ruled.
The absence of some monitoring records and potential for spoliation of evidence by defendants should have precluded summary judgment in a slip-and-fall case against the Lehigh Valley Mall, the Superior Court has ruled.
Kellie A. McGowan, a shareholder at Eastburn and Gray, was elected to serve as a member of the board of directors for the Lenape Valley Foundation.
A Philadelphia jury awarded $2.5 million to the plaintiff in the first of roughly 1,250 Risperdal mass-tort cases in the city's courts.