Pennsylvania Law Weekly News

Dragonetti Act Constitutionality Among High Court Argument Highlights

By Max Mitchell |

In its upcoming oral argument session, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is set to consider cases that could have wide-ranging effects on the viability of the franchise model across the state, as well as on the liability attorneys can face for filing allegedly frivolous lawsuits.

Justices OK FOP Benefits Admin's Use of Funds in Union Election

By Max Mitchell |

A nonprofit corporation's actions are authorized if they are not clearly unrelated to its purpose, or prohibited by law, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said in a decision allowing the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police's benefits administrator to spend money endorsing a candidate for the union's president.

Attorney-Client Privilege Can't Be Waived When Asserted Pretrial

By Max Mitchell |

A litigant who asserts attorney-client privilege in the lead-up to trial may not waive that privilege on the stand, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled in an apparent issue of first impression.

Samuel Stretton

Don't Let Your Law License Lapse

By Samuel C. Stretton |

I inadvertently let my law license go into inactive (administrative suspension) status by not timely paying the annual registration fee. What should I do?

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A Year in Review: The Top Recurring Issues

By Daniel E. Cummins |

A number of recurring issues rose to the top of attention in the past year, many of which are expected to remain on the forefront of civil litigation trends into 2017. Here's a look back at some of the top topics in 2016 in personal injury matters.

Jeff Jubelirer

PR Lessons From the 2016 Presidential Election

By Jeff Jubelirer |

Oh no. Another article about this year's presidential election? Haven't we read enough post-mortems yet? Headlines screaming—among other missives—"How did the pollsters get it so wrong?" and "What do the Democrats do now?" Certainly there's been no shortage of analyses by legitimate and pseudo-legitimate experts claiming to uncover the secret to Donald Trump's magic formula to winning the electoral vote. In addition, however, in what should be in the interest of conservatives and liberals alike, are several valuable public relations lessons for attorneys and other professionals whose responsibilities include communications. Let's take a look at four.

Leonard Deutchman

You Don't Need to Be a Cyber Geek When It Comes to E-Discovery

By Leonard Deutchman |

Over the past year, there have been so many articles that focus upon the proliferation of artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies in e-discovery, and the legal field in general, as well as numerous articles regarding the projected implications of the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure pertaining to e-discovery that took effect on Dec. 1, 2015, that it seems sometimes that a very basic aspect of e-discovery practice and litigation has been overlooked: the skill and understanding of practitioners and courts. In this month's article, I will discuss those qualities, focusing upon the recent opinion in Venturedyne v. Carbonyx, No. 2:14-CV-351-RL-JEM (N.D.Ind. Nov. 15), to illustrate how such skills and understanding are essential to a party's success in prevailing in e-discovery matters, to the court in ruling upon them and, if anyone cares, to uncovering the truth.

PLW People in the News—Dec. 6, 2016—Barley Snyder

Barley Snyder managing partner Jeffrey D. Lobach was named to the board of directors at the York County History Center.

verdicts and settlements

$5 Million Award for McQueary in PSU Whistleblower Suit

A Pennsylvania judge has awarded nearly $5 million to Mike McQueary, a whistleblower and key witness in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The verdict comes about a month after a jury awarded McQueary more than $7 million on related claims.

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Jury Finds Ambulance Driver's Injuries Not Result of Collision

On Feb. 26, 2013, plaintiff Jonathan Henshaw, 43, an ambulance driver, broadsided a car, in Plymouth Meeting. The sedan was turning left onto Germantown Pike when Henshaw's ambulance struck it on the passenger's side. He claimed neck and back injuries.

Capitol Report

By Michael Riccardi |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week beginning Nov. 28. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to begin a new session on Jan. 3, 2017.

Judge Blocks Precinct Recounts in Montgomery County

By Associated Press |

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action for the week beginning Nov. 28. Members of the General Assembly are scheduled to begin a new session on Jan. 3, 2017.