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Supreme Court Clarifies Methodology for Reimbursing Providers of Medical Devices to Auto Accident Victims

Automobile insurers liable for reimbursing providers of medical products to accident victims are not restricted to the methodologies identified in the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL) and Department of Insurance regulations, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Freedom Med. Supply, Inc. v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:22+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Categories: General, Health Law, Insurance|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Methodology for Reimbursing Providers of Medical Devices to Auto Accident Victims

Key Provision of Distressed School Law Struck as Unconstitutional Delegation of Legislative Power

A section of the Public School Code authorizing Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission to suspend provisions of the Charter School Law violates the non-delegation rule, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in West Phila. Achievement Charter Elem. Sch. v. Sch. Dist. of Phila.

Trial Court Erred in Failing to Excuse Juror who Exhibited Bias in Favor of Police

Despite her assurance that she could be fair and impartial, a prospective juror who admitted her bias in favor of police should have been excused for cause, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in Com. v. Penn.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:22+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Trial Court Erred in Failing to Excuse Juror who Exhibited Bias in Favor of Police

Alumnae Lack Standing to Challenge College’s Move to Fully Coeducational Program

Four alumnae of Wilson College lacked standing to challenge the college’s adoption of a fully coeducational program, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decided in Tishok v. Dept. of Education.

By | 2016-02-17T12:20:45+00:00 February 18th, 2016|Categories: Administrative Law, School Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Alumnae Lack Standing to Challenge College’s Move to Fully Coeducational Program

PennDOT can Proceed with Condemnation under Reauthorized Acquisition Plan

The Eminent Domain Code does not prohibit PennDOT from revising or reauthorizing a land acquisition plan in order to extend the time for filing its declaration of taking, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court held in In Re: Condemnation by Com., Dept. of Transp. .

By | 2016-02-10T10:03:31+00:00 February 10th, 2016|Categories: Administrative Law, Real Property|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on PennDOT can Proceed with Condemnation under Reauthorized Acquisition Plan

No Fraud Exception to Confidential Spousal Communication Privilege

There is no fraud exception to Pennsylvania’s civil spousal communication privilege, the Superior Court held in CAP Glass, Inc. v. Coffman.

Slayer Act Bars Defendant found Guilty but Mentally Ill from Inheriting Victim’s Estate

A verdict of guilty but mentally ill for first-degree murder bars a killer from inheriting from the decedent’s estate, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in In re Estate of McAndrew.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:25+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law, Estate Planning and Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Slayer Act Bars Defendant found Guilty but Mentally Ill from Inheriting Victim’s Estate

Prosecutorial Experience now Relevant for Qualification as Defense Counsel in Capital Cases

An attorney’s prior experience as a prosecutor is relevant to his or her qualification to represent a capital case defendant, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced in a recent order amending the official Comment to Rule of Criminal Procedure 801.

By | 2016-01-22T14:25:23+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Prosecutorial Experience now Relevant for Qualification as Defense Counsel in Capital Cases

Motorists have no Statutory Right to Choose Method of Chemical Testing at Time of DUI Arrest

A motorist under arrest for DUI has no statutory right to request alternative testing once confronted with a police officer’s request to submit to a blood test, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in Nardone v. Dept. of Transp., Bureau of Driver Licensing.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:25+00:00 January 14th, 2016|Categories: Administrative Law, Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Motorists have no Statutory Right to Choose Method of Chemical Testing at Time of DUI Arrest