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Carefully Guard the Confidentiality of Privileged Communications

A recent decision from the Pennsylvania Superior Court serves as a reminder that lawyers and clients must guard carefully the confidentiality of privileged communications.

By | March 21st, 2017|Categories: Civil Litigation, Ethics, Young Attorneys|Tags: |0 Comments

Legal Bytes

Civil Procedure

Damages limited under Pa.R.C.P. 1311.1 do not include attorney’s fees added after verdict, Grimm v. Universal Medical Services, Inc., et al, March 1, 2017

Criminal Law

Vehicle Code mandatory 5 year sentence for DUI, second offense, not required; Court can use discretion under Sentencing Code, Comm. v. Watson, March 8, 2017

Commonwealth exercised due […]

Legal Bytes

Civil Procedure

Damages limited under Pa.R.C.P. 1311.1 do not include attorney’s fees added after verdict, Grimm v. Universal Medical Services, Inc., et al, March 1, 2017

Criminal Law

Sentence for recidivist retail theft cannot use facts underlying NY conviction for petit larceny to show statutes are similar,  Comm. v. Vandyke, March 1, 2017

Changes to Pa.R.E. […]

Legal Bytes

Lis pendens is not available when complaint is for money damages under Stock Purchase Agreement.

PBI’s Week In Review

New Matter in protracted custody litigation not the type of pleading subject to Dragonetti, P.J.A. v. H.C.N., February 13, 2017

PBI’s Week In Review

Pa.R.C.P. 1033 amended allowing correction of name of party within 90 days of commencement of action, effective 4-1-17, Pa.R.C.P. 1033, February 2, 2017

New Procedure: IRS Discharge of Estate Tax Lien in Anticipation of Estate’s Sale of Real Estate

In mid-2016, the Internal Revenue Service modified the procedure by which an estate may obtain a discharge of an estate tax lien in anticipation of the sale of real estate by an estate. The new procedure, not yet described in any published writing, is, arguably, authorized  by IRC Section 6325(c) which provides for a discharge […]

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Estate Planning and Administration|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on New Procedure: IRS Discharge of Estate Tax Lien in Anticipation of Estate’s Sale of Real Estate

Heroin and prescription opioids, bad batches, an overdose epidemic, and instituting naloxone

Naloxone, otherwise known as Narcan, is the drug that reverses the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan, in a seemingly ironic juxtaposition, is a standard part of a police officer’s tool kit along with a billy club, Taser, hand cuffs and a hand gun. Outside of the emergency department setting, police officers, along with […]

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Medical Marijuana: What Is an Employer to Do?

Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (“Act”), 35 P.S. § 10231.101, et seq., which makes the use, possession, and distribution of medical marijuana lawful in the Commonwealth, went into effect on May 17, 2016.

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Pennsylvania Transgender Employees and the Law

Are transgender Pennsylvanians protected from employment discrimination?

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Employment Law|Tags: , |Comments Off on Pennsylvania Transgender Employees and the Law