Civil Litigation

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.

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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

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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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.

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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.

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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.