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Single Certificate of Merit Sufficient in Professional Malpractice Action Premised on Vicarious Liability

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has amended the Official Note to Rule of Civil Procedure 1042.3 governing certificates of merit.

By | 2016-04-22T13:36:41+00:00 April 25th, 2016|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Single Certificate of Merit Sufficient in Professional Malpractice Action Premised on Vicarious Liability

Electronic Registration now Mandatory for Pennsylvania Attorneys

Every attorney admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania will be required to electronically file their annual registration form beginning with the 2016-2017 assessment year.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Categories: Ethics, Judicial Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Electronic Registration now Mandatory for Pennsylvania Attorneys

Evidence of Decedent Pedestrian’s Intoxication Admissible in Negligence Action against Motorist

In a negligence action against a motorist who struck and killed a pedestrian, evidence of the decedent’s intoxication was admissible where corroborated by the defendant’s toxicology expert’s testimony, the Pennsylvania Superior Court decided in Coughlin v. Massaquoi.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Evidence of Decedent Pedestrian’s Intoxication Admissible in Negligence Action against Motorist

Civil Forfeiture Claimants Entitled to Notice of Right to Counsel

Although civil forfeiture claimants are not entitled to court-appointed counsel, they must be notified of their right to obtain counsel, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held in Com. v. Real Property and Improvements at 2338 N. Beechwood St.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:21+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Categories: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Civil Forfeiture Claimants Entitled to Notice of Right to Counsel

Supreme Court Standardizes Procedures for Sentences of Restitution

Recent amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure aim to standardize the procedures by which restitution is awarded in criminal cases.

By | 2016-04-01T11:35:45+00:00 April 5th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Standardizes Procedures for Sentences of Restitution

School Police Officer Barred from Obtaining Private Detective License

A school police officer who exercises law enforcement powers cannot possess a private detective license, the Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled in In re Clader.

Civil Service Applicant’s Attendance at West Point Constituted “Active Duty” Service for Veteran’s Preference

An applicant for civil service employment who attended but did not graduate from a military academy still qualified for a veteran’s preference, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held in Blake v. State Civil Service Commission.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:22+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Categories: Employment Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Civil Service Applicant’s Attendance at West Point Constituted “Active Duty” Service for Veteran’s Preference

Surreptitious Recording of Conversation Using Voice Memo App Violates Wiretap Act

An employee who secretly recorded a conversation with his boss using his smartphone’s voice memo app violated the Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act (Wiretap Act), the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Smith.

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