Bankruptcy

3d Circuit: Bankruptcy petitioners awarded emotional distress/punitive damages for willful violation of automatic stay of debt collection triggered by bankruptcy petition, In re: Lansaw, April 10, 2017

Civil Procedure

SCOTUS rules in Goodyear: fed court’s authority to sanction litigant for bad-faith by paying other side’s legal fees is limited to fees incurred due to the misconduct, Goodyear Tire & Rubber v. Haeger, April 18, 2017

Criminal Law

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

Discovery

SCOTUS rules in Goodyear: fed court’s authority to sanction litigant for bad-faith by paying other side’s legal fees is limited to fees incurred due to the misconduct, Goodyear Tire & Rubber v. Haeger, April 18, 2017

Employment

Supreme Ct to decide if staffing agency has duty to protect public against intentional acts of former employee, Walters v. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, April 18, 2017

Estate Law

For your law firm website? Pa Banking & Securities Dept issues new one-page guide to help consumers understand fees brokerage firms charge, PA Banking and Securities Dept., April 11, 2017

Family Law

 

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

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

Health Law

Supreme Ct to decide if healthcare providers have liability for failure to report patient’s dangerous condition to gov’t, Walters v. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, April 18, 2017

Intellectual Property

3rd Circuit clarifies common law ownership of unregistered trademark, Covertech Fabricating, Inc. v. TVM Building Products, et al, April 18, 2017

Mergers and Acquisitions

Failure to get tax opinion justifies refusal to go ahead with corporate merger, DE Supreme Ct, Delaware Supreme Court, April 7, 2017

Municipal Law

Supreme Ct to decide if self-insured municipality entitled to subrogation for Article III WC benefits also paid under Heart & Lung Act, Pennsylvania State Police v. WCAB (Bushta), April 18, 2017

Products Liability

Superior Ct discusses risk-utility analysis & evidence of industry safety standards under Tincher, Renninger v. A&R Machine Shop and Cass Hudson Co., April 11, 2017

Taxes

PA Department of Revenue releases info about application of state hotel tax on rental of lodging to same person for less than 30 consecutive days, PA Department of Revenue, April 10, 2017

Tort

Supreme Ct to decide if staffing agency has duty to protect public against intentional acts of former employee, Walters v. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, April 18, 2017

Supreme Ct to decide if healthcare providers have liability for failure to report patient’s dangerous condition to gov’t, Walters v. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, April 18, 2017

3d Circuit: Bankruptcy petitioners awarded emotional distress/punitive damages for willful violation of automatic stay of debt collection triggered by bankruptcy petition, In re: Lansaw, April 10, 2017

Trademark

3rd Circuit clarifies common law ownership of unregistered trademark, Covertech Fabricating, Inc. v. TVM Building Products, et al, April 18, 2017

Workers’ Compensation

Supreme Court to decide if self-insured municipality entitled to subrogation for Article III WC benefits also paid under Heart & Lung Act, Pennsylvania State Police v. WCAB (Bushta), April 18, 2017

General Interest

For your law firm website? Pa Banking&Securities Dept new one-page guide to help consumers understand fees brokerage firms charge, PA Banking and Securities Dept., April 11, 2017

Judge John Cleland appointed to Continuing Judicial Education Board of Judges, CJE Board of Judges, April 18, 2017

Nathan Firestone designated Chair, Barbara Zemlock, Vice Chair, Minor Judiciary Education Board, MJEB, April 18, 2017

Positions available on five Supreme Ct boards and committees; apply by 4-30-17,  Supreme Ct Boards, April 11, 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