Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Stepparent who Pursues Parental Rights may Assume Liability for Child Support

A stepparent who takes affirmative legal steps to assume the same parental rights as a biological parent may be liable for child support, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in A.S. v. I.S..

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:25+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Categories: Family Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Stepparent who Pursues Parental Rights may Assume Liability for Child Support

Supreme Court Amends Rule on Reimbursement of Counsel Fees Incurred by Judicial Officers

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has announced new standards and procedures for determining whether a judge may be reimbursed for attorney’s fees incurred in connection with a criminal or disciplinary matter.

By | 2016-01-12T10:06:19+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Categories: Ethics, Judicial Administration|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Amends Rule on Reimbursement of Counsel Fees Incurred by Judicial Officers

Supreme Court Affirms Legislature’s Limitation on Nuisance Actions against Farmers

Landowners complaining about odors emanating from biosolid fertilizers on a York County farm were barred from bringing a nuisance action by a one-year statute of repose in the Right to Farm Act, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Gilbert v. Synagro Central, LLC, __ A.3d __ (No. 121 MAP 2014, filed Dec. 21, 2015).

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:25+00:00 December 29th, 2015|Categories: Agricultural Law, Environmental Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Affirms Legislature’s Limitation on Nuisance Actions against Farmers

Offense of Third-Degree Murder is Complete at Time of Assault, not Victim’s Death

A defendant convicted of murder must be sentenced under the statute in effect at the time of the assault rather than the death of the victim, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Com. v. Rose

By | 2016-01-12T10:02:42+00:00 December 18th, 2015|Categories: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Offense of Third-Degree Murder is Complete at Time of Assault, not Victim’s Death

Supreme Court Reinstates Civil Rule Governing Termination of Inactive Cases

By order dated December 9, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reinstated Rule of Civil Procedure 230.2, which allowed courts to terminate cases that have been inactive for two or more years.

By | 2015-12-14T10:47:53+00:00 December 17th, 2015|Categories: Civil Litigation, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Reinstates Civil Rule Governing Termination of Inactive Cases

Juvenile Court Rule on Permanency Hearings Amended to Comply with Federal Law

Rules 1120 and 1608 of the Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure will be modified next year to ensure Pennsylvania’s compliance with the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (PSTSFA).

By | 2015-12-14T10:42:23+00:00 December 16th, 2015|Categories: Family Law, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Juvenile Court Rule on Permanency Hearings Amended to Comply with Federal Law

Supreme Court Announces Major Overhaul of Orphans’ Court Rules

The Commonwealth’s patchwork of local orphans’ court rules will be replaced next year by statewide rules, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced in an order issued December 1, 2015.

By | 2015-12-16T15:01:04+00:00 December 15th, 2015|Categories: Estate Planning and Administration|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Announces Major Overhaul of Orphans’ Court Rules

Supreme Court Continues to Disfavor Non-Compete Covenants Unsupported by Consideration

An agreement containing a non-compete covenant executed during employment can be challenged for lack of consideration even though the parties intended to be legally bound pursuant to the Uniform Written Obligations Act (UWOA), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc.

By | 2017-05-19T22:51:25+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Categories: Employment Law, Labor Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Continues to Disfavor Non-Compete Covenants Unsupported by Consideration

Supreme Court Rejects Stale Constitutional Process Challenge to Wrongful Birth Statute

The passage of 22 years precluded a process challenge to an act containing provisions that barred causes of action for wrongful birth, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Sernovitz v. Dershaw

By | 2015-12-01T13:23:41+00:00 December 8th, 2015|Categories: Constitutional Law, Government Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Rejects Stale Constitutional Process Challenge to Wrongful Birth Statute

Supreme Court Authorizes Electronic Filing and Transmission of Records

By order dated November 13, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has authorized the electronic filing, transmission and remand of records on appeal through the PACFile appellate court electronic filing system.

By | 2015-12-01T13:15:09+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Categories: Appellate Practice, Civil Litigation, General|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Supreme Court Authorizes Electronic Filing and Transmission of Records