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Appellate

Ruxandra Laidacker and Neil O’Donnell appointed to Appellate Ct Procedural Rules Comm, Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, May 31, 2017

  1. Andrew Crompton appointed to Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, May 25, 2017

Arbitration

Supreme Ct to decide when UM/UIM cause of action accrues in context of insurance contract with mandatory arbitration clause, Erie Insurance Exchange v. Bristol et al, May 24, 2017

Auto Law

Supreme Ct to decide when UM/UIM cause of action accrues in context of insurance contract with mandatory arbitration clause, Erie Insurance Exchange v. Bristol et al, May 24, 2017

Civil Procedure

Sole heir of owner of corporate entity is not a shareholder for purpose of piercing corporate veil, Mark Hershey Farms, Inc, v. Robinson et al, May 25, 2017

Joseph Podraza reappointed to Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Civil Procedural Rules Committee, May 31, 2017

Kathleen Bruder appointed to Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Civil Procedural Rules Committee, May 31, 2017

Deadline for comments on proposed change in tenant appeal period for domestic 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 August 4, 2017, 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

Constitutional Law

Civil forfeiture limited, requiring proportional comparison of value of property to gravity of offense under 8th Amendment, Comm. v. 1997 Chevrolet et al, May 25, 2017

Consumer Law

Confession of judgment for legal services is not barred as a consumer credit transaction, Lechowicz v. Moser, May 31, 2017

Corporate Law

Sole heir of owner of corporate entity is not a shareholder for purpose of piercing corporate veil, Mark Hershey Farms, Inc, v. Robinson et al, May 25, 2017

Criminal Law

Elliot Howsie appointed to Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, Criminal Rules Committee, May 25, 2017

No separate warrant needed to do DNA test on lawfully seized clothing; no protectable privacy interest, Comm. v. Smith, May 31, 2017

Pre-Act 40, analogue drug statute unconstitutionally vague, Comm. v. Herman, May 25, 2017

Under Act 40, designer drug term “substantially similar” not unconstitutionally vague, Comm. v. Herman, May 25, 2017

Civil forfeiture limited, requiring proportional comparison of value of property to gravity of offense under 8th Amendment, Comm. v. 1997 Chevrolet et al, May 25, 2017

Evidence of family history of abuse, poverty, drug use inadmissible as mitigation w/out evidence it had material effect on defendant, Comm. v. Johnson, May 25, 2017

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

Employment Law

Restaurant chain to pay $1.9 million to settle race suit: EEOC

Environmental Law

Montgomery County Elcon Recylcing application for hazardous waste treatment/storage incomplete – DEP

DEP oks underground injection well permit in Clearfield County

Family Law

Court cannot change custody at end of contempt hearing unless prior notice that custody was at issue, J.M. v. K.W., May 31, 2017

For equitable distribution, court must consider expenses of potential sale of H’s business before valuing it, Carney v. Carney, May 31, 2017

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

Juvenile Law

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

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

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

Personal Injury

Supreme Ct to decide when UM/UIM cause of action accrues in context of insurance contract with mandatory arbitration clause, Erie Insurance Exchange v. Bristol et al, May 24, 2017

Help annihilate Distracted Driving; self-test your knowledge with this fast interactive quiz

Real Estate

Divided Supreme Ct finds homeowners association owns has fee interest in roads; detailed discussion of use and ownership, Starling v. Lake Meade Property Owners Association, Inc., May 25, 2017

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

Taxes

PA Department of Revenue: Time runs out June 19 for PA Tax Amnesty

General Interest

Ruxandra Laidacker and Neil O’Donnell appointed to Appellate Ct Procedural Rules Comm, Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, May 31, 2017

Joseph Podraza reappointed to Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Civil Procedural Rules Committee, May 31, 2017

Kathleen Bruder appointed to Civil Procedural Rules Committee, Civil Procedural Rules Committee, May 31, 2017

  1. Andrew Crompton appointed to Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee, Appellate Court Rules Committee, May 25, 2017

Elliot Howsie appointed to Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, Criminal Rules Committee, May 25, 2017

For your website? Vets & military invited to Financial Ed Conference, June 9 IndiantownGap

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

Help annihilate Distracted Driving; self-test your knowledge with this fast interactive quiz

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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