Legal Bytes

Civil Procedure

SCOTUS states black-letter law on international mail service, Water Splash, Inc., v. Menon, May 22, 2017

Deadline for comments on proposed change in tenant appeal period for DR violence victims coming up fast, June 6, 2017, Pa.RCPMDJ amendments, May 25, 2017

Proposed new PaRCP 2005 to govern procedure for naming unknown defendant in civil case, comments by 8-4-17, PaRCP 2005, May 25, 2017

Owner of incorporated business liable for unjust enrichment/promissory estoppel damages, Gutteridge  et al v. J3 Energy Group, Inc., et al, May 17, 2017

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

Consumer Law

SCOTUS finds bankruptcy proof of claim after S/L expired on debt doesn’t violate FDCPA, Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson, May 15, 2017

Corporate Law

Owner of incorporated business liable for unjust enrichment/promissory estoppel damages, Gutteridge  et al v. J3 Energy Group, Inc., et al, May 17, 2017

Criminal Law

Police officer cannot testify that eyelid tremors are evidence of marijuana use, Comm. v. Gause, May 24, 2017

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

Elder Law

SCOTUS rules that nursing home arbitration clause signed under POA is valid, enforceable, Kindred Nursing Centers LP et al v. Clark et al, May 15, 2017

Family Law

Deadline for comments on proposed Parenting Coordinator Rules coming up fast, June 2, 2017, Parenting Coordinator Rules, May 25, 2017

SCOTUS: AZ can’t order vet to indemnify ex-wife for retirement pay waived for disability, Howell v. Howell, May 15, 2017

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

Intellectual Property Law

SCOTUS: Patent infringement suits only where Def incorporated, or where there was infringement & Def has regular, established business place, TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands LLC, May 22, 2017

International Law

SCOTUS states black-letter law on international mail service, Water Splash, Inc., v. Menon, May 22, 2017

Juvenile Law

PaRJCP 512, 610 & 612 amended requiring counsel to review post-disposition rights with juvenile, eff. 10-1-17,  Juvenile Ct Rules, May 11, 2017

PaRJCP 1320, 1321 amended clarifying private dependency application, eff. 7-1-17, reposted, Juvenile Court Rules, May 17, 2017

PaRJCP 240, 242, 1242 amended precluding waiver of detention or shelter care hearing, eff. 7-1-17, Juvenile Court Rules, May 16, 2017

Pensions

SCOTUS: AZ can’t order vet to indemnify x-wife for retirement pay waived for disability, Howell v. Howell, May 15, 2017

Annuitant who continued to perform same duties did not have break in service and is ineligible for benefits, Robertson v. PA Public School Employees Retirement System, May 18, 2017

Personal Injury

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Real Estate

Deadline for comments on proposed change in tenant appeal period for DR violence victims coming up fast, June 6, 2017, Pa.RCPMDJ amendments, May 25, 2017

Right to Know Law

Supreme Ct to decide if RTKL petition is moot because judicial records available unofficially on internet, In re: Allegheny County Investigating Grand Jury, May 16, 2017

School Law

Charter should be granted when no evidence for-profit provider would exert control over of charter  school, Insight PA Cyber Charter School v. Department of Education, May 18, 2017

Taxes

Giant on-line retailer, Wayfair, agrees to collect Pa. sales tax, PA Dept of Revenue, May 24, 2017

General Interest

Attorney registration for 2017-2018 due July 1, 2017, Annual Registration Tips, May 25, 2017

SCOTUS: NC racial redistricting unconstitutional gerrymandering, Cooper v. Harris, May 22, 2017

Amazon Alexa can now track billable hours, May 15, 2017

Supreme Ct warns attorneys about phone scam using caller ID for Prothonotary’s office, Phone scam, May 11, 2017

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