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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.

Supreme Court Affirms Legislature’s Limitation on Nuisance Actions against Farmers

Landowners complaining about odors emanating from biosolid fertilizers on a York County farm were barred from bringing a nuisance action by a one-year statute of repose in the Right to Farm Act, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Gilbert v. Synagro Central, LLC, __ A.3d __ (No. 121 MAP 2014, filed Dec. 21, 2015).

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Pipeline Paths Meet Opposition from Native American Nations in Pennsylvania

Pipeline construction in Pennsylvania is facing significant opposition from local municipalities, individual landowners, citizens groups, and Native Americans.

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Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material from Fracking Wastewater

The PA DEP recently released the results of its approximate two-year study on the effects of radiation in produced-fracking wastewater on workers handling the material from creation at the pad to disposal at landfills.

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Severance Taxes, Impact Fees, and Pipelines in Pennsylvania

Gov. Wolf has announced plans to introduce the Education Reinvestment Act, which, if passed, will go into effect on January 1, 2016. The majority of the estimated $1 billion revenue will be reinvested in PA's public school system. The funds will also be used to reinvest in environmental and regulatory programs.

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Pipeline Overview and Jurisdiction

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for natural gas production. All that natural gas production means pipelines will need to be constructed to transport the gas to demanding markets.

By | March 17th, 2015|Categories: Environmental Law, Municipal Law, Oil & Gas Law, Public Utility Law|Tags: |Comments Off on Pipeline Overview and Jurisdiction