Appellate Practice

Amendments to Pa.R.A.P. 2572 on timing of movement of record on remand effective April 1, 2017, Appellate Rules Amendment

Civil Procedure

Amendment to Pa.R.C.P. 1033 on amendment of name of party effective April 1, 2017, Civil Procedural Rules Amendment

Quiet title action unrelated to mortgage cannot be raised as counterclaim in mortgage foreclosure, Nicholas and Strothers et al v. Hofmann et al, March 24, 2017

Sharing opinion letter by outside counsel with PR firm waives attorney client privilege & work product, Bousamra v. Exela Health et al, March 13, 2017

For more details, see blog post by Kevin Allen, March 21, 2017

Criminal Law

For jailed pro se petitioner in PCRA, information in public record may be basis for new evidence exception to time bar, Comm. v. Burton, March 28, 2017

Evidence of other crimes by defendant admissible under Pa.R.E. 404(b), generating 5 opinions, Comm. v. Hicks, March 28, 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

Restitution award invalid if not a direct result of criminal conduct, Comm. v. Popawski, March 24, 2017

Discovery

Sharing opinion letter by outside counsel with PR firm waives attorney client privilege & work product, Bousamra v. Exela Health et al, March 13, 2017

For more details, see blog post by Kevin Allen, March 21, 2017

Employment Law

Number of firefighters on duty is mandatory subject of bargaining, may serve as component of interest arbitration award,  City of Allentown v. International Association of Firefighters, March 28, 2017

Evidence

Evidence of other crimes by defendant admissible under Pa.R.E. 404(b), generating 5 opinions, Comm. v. Hicks, March 28, 2017

Turncoat witness amendment to Pa.R.E. 803.1, 613 effective April 1, 2017, Rules of Evidence Amendment

Sharing opinion letter by outside counsel with PR firm waives attorney client privilege & work product, Bousamra v. Exela Health et al, March 13, 2017

For more details, see blog post by Kevin Allen, March 21, 2017

Family Law

 

Failure to appoint attorney for children in contested involuntary Termination of Parental Rights cannot be harmless error, In re Adoption of L.B.M., March 28, 2017

Court must appoint attorney, not GAL (even though attorney) for children in contested involuntary Termination of Parental Rights, In re Adoption of L.B.M., March 28, 2017

Changes to Pa.R.E. 803.1 and others to admit prior statement of “turncoat witness” effective April 1, 2017, Amendments to Pa Rules of Evidence, March 1, 2017

Supreme Court adopts new Support Guidelines, effective May 1, 2017, Support Guidelines, February 10, 2017

Insurance Law

PA Supreme Court to decide if Insurance Department is bound by Investigative Report Order to continue coverage, Skotnicki v. Insurance Department, March 27, 2017

Juvenile Law

Court must appoint attorney, not GAL (even though attorney) for children in contested involuntary TPR, In re Adoption of L.B.M., March 28, 2017

Amendments to Pa.R.J.C.P. 152 & 242 on juvenile right to precede pro se or waive counsel, effective April 1, 2017, Juvenile Court Rules Amendment

Amendments to Pa.R.J.C.P. 407 on admissions in delinquency cases, effective April 1, 2017, Juvenile Court Rules Amendment

Changes to Pa.R.E. 803.1 & others to admit prior statement of “turncoat witness” effective 4-1-17, Amendments to Pa Rules of Evidence, March 1, 2017

Labor Law

Number of firefighters on duty is mandatory subject of bargaining, may serve as component of interest arbitration award,  City of Allentown v. International Association of Firefighters, March 28, 2017

Personal Injury

Changes to Pa.R.E. 803.1 and others to admit prior statement of “turncoat witness” effective April 1, 2017, Amendments to Pa Rules of Evidence, March 1, 2017

Real Estate

Ambiguity in a non-critical detail of mortgage note does not make contract invalid, Nicholas and Strothers et al v. Hofmann et al, March 24, 2017

Quiet title action unrelated to mortgage cannot be raised as counterclaim in mortgage foreclosure, Nicholas and Strothers et al v. Hofmann et al, March 24, 2017

Unemployment Compensation

Suspended attorney cannot represent claimant at UCBR,  Powell v. Unemployment Compensation Review Board, March 28, 2017

General Interest

Suspended attorney cannot represent claimant at UCBR,  Powell v. Unemployment Compensation Review Board, March 28, 2017

PA judges prohibited from bias, harassment based on gender identity or expression, eff. immediately, Rules of Judicial Conduct, March 28, 2017

Sharing opinion letter by outside counsel with PR firm waives attorney client privilege & work product, Bousamra v. Exela Health et al, March 13, 2017

For more details, see blog post by Kevin Allen, March 21, 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

Supreme Ct adopts Public Access Policy for Case Records in Appellate, Trial Courts, local rules vacated unless approved by AOPC on recommendation of President Judge, effective January 6, 2018, AOPC Policy