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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

New Guidance on Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents

Obtaining a birth certificate just became a little easier for same-sex female couples.

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Family Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Guidance on Birth Certificates for Same-Sex Parents

Stepparent who Pursues Parental Rights may Assume Liability for Child Support

A stepparent who takes affirmative legal steps to assume the same parental rights as a biological parent may be liable for child support, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in A.S. v. I.S..

By | January 13th, 2016|Categories: Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Stepparent who Pursues Parental Rights may Assume Liability for Child Support

Juvenile Court Rule on Permanency Hearings Amended to Comply with Federal Law

Rules 1120 and 1608 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure will be modified next year to ensure Pennsylvania’s compliance with the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (PSTSFA).

By | December 16th, 2015|Categories: Family Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Juvenile Court Rule on Permanency Hearings Amended to Comply with Federal Law

Superior Court Upholds Legality of Surrogacy Agreements in Pennsylvania

Gestational surrogacy agreements are not void as against public policy in Pennsylvania and can be used to create parentage of a child, the Pennsylvania Superior Court held in In Re: Baby S

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Supreme Court Clarifies Rule on Witnesses in Custody Cases

By order dated October 28, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court amended Pa. R.C.P. 1915.4-4, which governs pre-trial procedures in custody cases.

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