Civil Litigation

Reference to Benevolent Gesture Statute Added to Rules of Evidence

On July 30, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a revision of the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 409 (Offers to Pay Medical and Similar Expenses).

By | 2015-08-12T12:00:22+00:00 August 14th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, General|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Reference to Benevolent Gesture Statute Added to Rules of Evidence

Insured may Accept “Fair and Reasonable” Settlement without Insurer’s Consent

An insured did not forfeit its insurance coverage when it reasonably settled a lawsuit without the insurer’s consent, where the insurer had defended the suit subject to a reservation of rights, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Babcock & Wilcox Co. v. American Nuclear Insurers.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:27+00:00 August 11th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Insurance|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Insured may Accept “Fair and Reasonable” Settlement without Insurer’s Consent

Supreme Court Clarifies Rule Changes on Qualifications of Masters in Dependency and Delinquency Matters

By order dated July 13, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced that new Rules 182 and 1182 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure, as modified, shall be effective August 1, 2017.

By | 2015-08-05T15:06:00+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Rule Changes on Qualifications of Masters in Dependency and Delinquency Matters

Juvenile Court Rule Changes Aimed at Encouraging Family Finding

By order dated July 13, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court approved modifications to Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure 1120, 1210, 1240, 1242, 1330, 1408, 1409, 1512, 1514, 1515, 1608, 1609, 1610, 1611, and 1635.

By | 2015-08-05T15:05:39+00:00 August 7th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Juvenile Court Rule Changes Aimed at Encouraging Family Finding

Supreme Court Amends Rules Governing Actions for Custody of Minor Children

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has announced amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure governing actions for custody of minor children.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:27+00:00 August 6th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Amends Rules Governing Actions for Custody of Minor Children

Superior Court Defines Statute of Limitations for Declaratory Judgment on Insurer’s Duty to Defend and Indemnify

The statute of limitations for a declaratory judgment action brought by an insurance company regarding its duty to defend and indemnify begins to run when a cause of action for a declaratory judgment arises, an en banc Superior Court panel held in Selective Way Ins. Co. v. Hospitality Group Services, Inc..

By | 2015-07-27T14:40:49+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Insurance|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Superior Court Defines Statute of Limitations for Declaratory Judgment on Insurer’s Duty to Defend and Indemnify

Supreme Court Approves New Rules on Use of Electronic Devices by Jurors

On July 7, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted new Rules of Criminal Procedure, and revised and renumbered other Rules, to provide for instructions to prospective and selected jurors concerning the use of personal electronic devices during their service.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:28+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Approves New Rules on Use of Electronic Devices by Jurors

Civil Rules Amended to Provide Protection for Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation

By order dated June 29, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted Rules 1951-1959 of Civil Procedure to establish procedures for actions brought under the Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation Act, 42 Pa. C.S. §§62A01-62A20.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:28+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Civil Rules Amended to Provide Protection for Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation

Supreme Court Clarifies Procedure for Post-Trial Relief in Matters on Remand

By order dated July 2, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted an amendment to Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 227.1 to address when a motion for post-trial relief is necessary to preserve issues resolved by a trial court in a remanded matter.

By | 2015-07-10T15:15:53+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Clarifies Procedure for Post-Trial Relief in Matters on Remand

Valet Service had no Duty to Withhold Keys to Intoxicated Patron’s Vehicle

Pennsylvania law imposes no duty upon a valet service to withhold the keys to a vehicle if the owner appears visibly intoxicated, an en banc panel of the Superior Court ruled in Moranko v. Downs Racing L.P.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:28+00:00 June 26th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Valet Service had no Duty to Withhold Keys to Intoxicated Patron’s Vehicle