Legal Bytes

Civil Procedure

Patrick Doyle appointed to Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Civil Rules Committee Appointment, May 1, 2017

Kristen DelSole reappointed to Civil Procedural Rules Comm, Civil Rules Committee Appointment, May 1, 2017

Transcription fees in Philadelphia & Pittsburgh changed effective July 1, 2017, New Transcription Fees, April 25, 2017

Commercial Litigation

3dCircuit: Whistleblower failed to satisfy False Claims Act’s materiality requirement in pharmaceutical case, Petratos v. Genentech Inc, et al, May 1, 2017

US Supreme Ct ruled May 1 that Miami can sue banks under the Fair Housing Act for predatory lending, Bank of America Corp., v. City of Miami, May 1, 2017

Criminal Law

PaRCrimP 531 & 536 amended, limiting grounds for bail forfeiture by 3rd party, eff. July 1, 2017, Rules of Criminal Procedure, May 2, 2017

Proposed new Pa.R.Crim.P. 490.1 on expungement of summary truancy conviction, comments by May 5, 2017, Criminal Procedural Rules Amendment

Proposed amendment to Pa.R.Crim.P. 522 re reluctant material witness who is under 18, comments by May 5, 2017, Criminal Procedural Rules Amendment

Employment

EEOC just released new digest of EEO law: key decisions & age discrimination article, EEOC Digest, March 1, 2017

Estates

Supreme Ct to decide if liability waiver for triathlon binds heirs, preventing wrongful death action, Valentino v. Philadelphia Triathalon, LLC, May 2, 2017

Family Law

Proposed amendment to Dom Relations Rules for statewide uniformity in support pleadings, comments by August 11, 2017, Domestic Relations Rule Amendments, April 25, 2017

Proposed amendment to Dom Relations Rules precluding unauthorized fees, comments by August 11, 2017, Domestic Relations Rule Amendments, April 25, 2017

Transcription fees in Philadelphia & Pittsburgh changed effective July 1, 2017, New Transcription Fees, April 25, 2017

Parent Coordinator proposed Rules re-published for comments by June 2, 2017, Domestic Relations Rules, April 10, 2017

Juvenile Law

Hon. Alice Dubow appointed to Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Comm, Juvenile Court Rules Committee, April 27, 2017

Personal Injury

Supreme Ct to decide if liability waiver for triathlon binds heirs, preventing wrongful death action, Valentino v. Philadelphia Triathalon, LLC, May 2, 2017

3dCircuit: Carrier not liable as asbestos manufacturer in; case turns on ‘asbestos v asbestos-containing’ products; consequences for contracts with similar ambiguity, General Refractories Company v. First State Insurance Co., Westport Insurance Corp., et al, April 21, 2017

Real Estate

Proposed changes to MDJ Rules giving 30 days to appeal for residential tenant, victim of domestic violence, comments by June 6, 2017, MDJ Rule Amendments, April 25, 2017

School Law

A sharpened pencil is not a “weapon” as that term is defined by school district’s code of conduct  S.A. by her father H.O. v. Pittsburgh Public School District, May 1, 2017

Pmt. of money and atty. fees ordered after SD, and then Dept. of Education, failed to pay money to charter school, Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al, May 1, 2017

Whistleblower Litigation

3dCircuit: Whistleblower failed to satisfy False Claims Act’s materiality requirement in pharmaceutical case, USA ex rel Petratos v. Genentech, Inc, et al, May 1, 2017

General Interest

Former PBI Board member Hon. Maureen Lally-Green has been appointed Dean of Duquesne University, May 1, 2017

Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts will be completely effective 10-26-17, Notarial Acts, April 28, 2017

The legal gods still have a sense of humor; SCOTUS decides tribal sovereign immunity case, Lewis v. Clarke, April 25, 2017

Transcription fees in Philadelphia & Pittsburgh changed effective July 1, 2017, New Transcription Fees, April 25, 2017

PA Supreme Court reduces active attorney registration fees, increases inactive attorney’s fees, both effective for the 2017-18 annual attorney assessment, Rule 219, February 15, 2017

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