Pennsylvania Law Weekly News

Justices OK Slight Tweaks to UM, UIM Rejection Forms

By Zack Needles |

A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that insurers do not need to use the exact uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage rejection forms set forth in the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, so long as any changes to the forms' language are "inconsequential."

Commonwealth Court Says Whistleblower Law Doesn't Apply to Judicial Employees

By Max Mitchell |

Even though the code of conduct for Pennsylvania judicial employees once referred to the state Whistleblower Law, the statute does not apply to the judiciary, the Commonwealth Court has ruled in declining to revive a case against the administrator of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.

High Court Won't Decide Case Over Lawyer Firing Penalties After All

By Zack Needles |

In a divided ruling that came about two-and-a-half months after oral arguments in the case, a split Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided not to weigh in on a dispute over a contingency fee agreement that sought to impose a financial penalty on a client for switching lawyers.

Samuel Stretton

There Are Exceptions Under Rule 2.9 Concerning Judges and Ex Parte Communications

By Samuel C. Stretton |

I am a judicial officer. When I am deciding cases, besides my law clerk, sometimes I'll talk to my staff such as my court officer to get his thoughts. Sometimes I'll call another judge to get his input. Is that permissible or would that be ex parte communication?

Daniel J. Siegel

A User-Friendly E-Filing System Is Just a Few Tweaks Away

By Daniel J. Siegel |

Lawyers have been using electronic filing (e-filing) systems in state and federal courts, as well as various other administrative forums, for roughly two decades. Some are better than others, while a few need major overhauls to be even a bit user-friendly.

Combating Blight: New Tools for the Ongoing Municipal Battle

By Jeffrey Esch McCombie |

Blight—or urban decay—reduces property values, has been linked to higher crime rates, and is visible throughout Pennsylvania in the form of deteriorated and abandoned properties.

Eligibility of Beneficiaries of Third-Party Trusts for Public Benefits

By Bradley J. Kitlowski |

The cost of medical care for an individual that is mentally or physically disabled is expensive. Disabled individuals often turn to public benefits (government programs) to fund the costs of their health care, but such benefits are only available to those who are financially needy.

PLW People in the News—Feb. 28, 2017—Wisler Pearlstine

Wisler Pearlstine elected Megan D. Dalton to partnership in the firm.

verdicts and settlements

Turnpike Commission Must Pay $2.3 Million for Would-Be Hotel

By Max Mitchell |

A Bucks County jury determined that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission should pay $2.3 million for a 2.6-acre parcel of land that the owners said they had planned to turn into a hotel.

verdicts and settlements

Tenant Faulted Housing Authority for Stairway Fall

On Nov. 27, 2013, plaintiff Robert Adside, 51, fell through a wooden stair at his apartment building, in North Philadelphia.

Capitol Report

Following is a listing of executive and legislative action from the week of Feb. 20. Members of the state House of Representatives are scheduled to return to session on March 13 and members of the Pennsylvania Senate are scheduled to return to session on March 20.

Legalized Sports Gambling May Be Coming to Pa.

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Rep. Robert Matzie, D-Beaver, presented an amendment to the Pennsylvania consolidated statues that would legalize sports betting in the state.

New Requirements Proposed for Opioid Addiction Treatments

By Victoria Hudgins |

State Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, introduced SB 428, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, that would impose new requirements on opioid addiction treatment providers.