Pennsylvania Law Weekly News

Attorney General Kathleen Kane

With Kane Out, AG Race Likely to Focus on Office Reform

By Ben Seal |

As the dust settles in the wake of Kathleen Kane's conviction and resignation from office, the race to replace her as Pennsylvania's attorney general is ready to kick into gear, and political observers expect reform and integrity to take a prominent place in the campaign.

Limits on SRC Contract Cancellation May Impact Schools

By Max Mitchell |

The state Supreme Court's decision to side with the Philadelphia teachers' union in holding the Philadelphia School Reform Commission could not cancel an expired collective bargaining agreement may presage the treatment of similar contract disputes in other distressed school districts and municipalities, education and labor attorneys say.

Justices OK Multiple Convictions for Multiple Tries at Crime

By Zack Needles |

While a defendant can be convicted of only one of the three inchoate offenses of criminal attempt, criminal solicitation or criminal conspiracy designed to culminate in a single criminal act, nothing in the law bars convictions on multiple counts of the same inchoate crime, a split state Supreme Court has ruled.

Court: Email Can Cement Contingent Fee Arrangement

By Zack Needles |

An email sent by an attorney to his client memorializing a contingent fee arrangement was enforceable, despite the now-former client's protests that there was never a signed document, the state Superior Court ruled.

Court Tosses Lamb McErlane Case Over Failed Acquisition

By Lizzy McLellan |

A legal malpractice lawsuit against Lamb McErlane has been rejected at the Superior Court level, after being thrown out in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas.

Industrial plant at night

Court Weighs In on the ERA After 'Robinson Township'

By Kaitlyn R. Maxwell |

On July 26, the Commonwealth Court denied a petition seeking declaratory and mandamus relief to require the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and a group of executive government officials to regulate greenhouse gases consistent with Article I, Section 27, of the Pennsylvania Constitution in Funk v. Wolf, No. 467 M.D. 2015 (Pa. Commw. Ct. July 26, 2016). Article I, Section 27, is commonly referred to as the Environmental Rights Amendment (ERA).

How Many Employees Do You Have (for Purposes of the FLSA)?

By Stephen A. Antonelli |

Earlier this summer, our firm reminded you about major changes that take effect on Dec. 1, 2016, when the salary threshold required for employees to qualify for the executive, professional, or administrative exemptions allowed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is doubled. While certainly significant, the updated overtime regulations were not unexpected as the salary threshold has not been increased since 2004.

Samuel Stretton

Judges Should Recuse Themselves in Cases Involving Close Relationships

By Samuel C. Stretton |

One of the judges in my county has a tipstaff whose son was charged in a criminal case. The judge sent the following email.

James M. Beck

Pa. Appellate Rules Change Shortens Amicus Curiae Briefs—Again

By James M. Beck |

Any appellate practitioner with a practice that includes representing amicus curiae parties in the Pennsylvania appellate courts needs to know about the significant amendments to Pa. R.A.P. 531 that will become effective on Oct. 1. Not too long ago—before 1992—amicus curiae briefs in Pennsylvania were essentially unlimited, with a 70-page limit. That year saw the current limits on amicus curiae submissions introduced as part of the court system's overall conversion to a modern (post-word-processing) system of word counts, rather than page limitations.

PLAW People in the News—Aug. 23, 2016—Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin

Lara K. Dellegrotti joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin as an associate in the firm's Camp Hill office.

verdicts and settlements

Family of Man Run Over by Truck Reaches Settlement

By Ben Seal |

The estate of a man run over by a truck has reached a $4.5 million settlement with the truck's driver and its owner. The man allegedly died from causes relating to the accident, according to the plaintiffs' pretrial memorandum in the case.

Capitol Report

By John L. Kennedy |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative activity for the week of Aug. 15. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to return to session on Sept. 19; Senate members on Sept. 26.

Transition of Retirement Commission Nearly Complete

By John L. Kennedy |

Pennsylvania Borrows From Treasury—Again

By John L. Kennedy |

The Treasury Department extended a $2.5 billion line of credit to Pennsylvania. The loan marks the second time in 2016 and the third time in the past 23 months that the state needed to borrow money to meet short-term cash needs.