• Commonwealth v. Spanier

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stabile
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-0803

    Commonwealth not required to advise defendant of statutory exception to EWOC offense permitting conviction by victim's 50th birthday, which rendered defendant's prosecution timely. Judgment of sentence affirmed.

  • In Re Estate of Walter

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Stevens
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-0834

    Orphans' court properly imposed a surcharge on appellant former executrix for her failure to administer decedent's estate with reasonableness and prudence where estate attorney embezzled estate funds. Affirmed.

  • Stewart v. Progressive Bus. Publications, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Civil Rights | Employment Litigation
    Industry: Technology Media and Telecom
    Court: U.S. District Court for Pennsylvania - Eastern
    Judge: District Judge Joyner
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-0838

    Defendant was entitled to summary judgment in plaintiff's gender and pregnancy discrimination action because plaintiff presented no evi-dence to rebut the legitimate reason for her termination articulated by defendant, i.e. that plaintiff failed to meet the required sales per hour benchmark. Motion granted.

  • Commonwealth v. Currie

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Monroe County
    Judge: Judge Higgins
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-0742

    A criminal defendant was not entitled to post-conviction relief for ineffective assistance of counsel, but the court fashioned a remedy to allow defendant to have the benefit of his plea bargain, which included registering as a sex offender for a shorter period of time.

  • Walsh v. Isabella et al

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Real Estate
    Industry: Real Estate
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County
    Judge: Judge Padilla
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-0729

    The court opined that it did not err in granting a petition for the appointment of a conservator for a Philadelphia property pursuant to the Abandoned and Blighted Conservatorship Act despite non-compliance with the 60-day hearing provision in the Act since the provision was directory, not mandatory, in nature. The court recommended affirmance of its order denying respondent's motion to strike.

  • Germantown Cab Co. v. Philadelphia Parking Auth.

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Civil Rights | Regulations
    Industry: State and Local Government | Transportation
    Court: U.S. District Court for Pennsylvania - Eastern
    Judge: District Judge Padova
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-0828

    Imposition of new regulations and allegedly inconsistent and selective enforcement of registrations and assessments in temporal proximity to constitutionally-protected litigation activity created genuine issue of material fact on First Amendment retaliation claim. Motion for summary judgment denied in part and granted in part.

  • In re Escheatment of Matured, Unredeemed, and Unclaimed U.S. Savings Bonds

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Civil Procedure
    Industry:
    Court: Commonwealth Court
    Judge: Judge Covey
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    Case Number: 18-0835

    The notice proposed by treasurer as part of an escheatment proceeding pursuant to §1301.10(b) of the fiscal code to reunite matured, unredeemed and unclaimed U.S savings bonds with their owners was defective because the treasurer needed to modify the notice to correct the internal inconsistencies created by rule 430(b)(1)'s application in these particular circumstances. Application denied.

  • Commonwealth v. Hemingway

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Evidence
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Ransom
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-0823

    The trial court properly found that defendant was subjected to an investigative detention and that his actions in speaking to a woman on a street in a high crime area with his hand in his pocket did not provide the required reasonable suspicion to support such a detention. The appellate court affirmed the trial court's suppression order.

  • Commonwealth v. Thorne

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
    Industry:
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Lazarus
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-0830

    Trial court erred in granting suppression motion where officers had reasonable suspicion their safety had been compromised to conduct protective sweep of passenger area, including storage compartments therein, for vehicles. Order of the trial court reversed, case remanded.

  • Support Center for Child Advocates v. DHS

    Publication Date: 2018-07-17
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Commonwealth Court
    Judge: Judge Covey
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-0832

    Bureau of hearings and appeals properly held that child's guardian ad litem was not entitled to intervene in child's father's appeal from the expungement hearing because GAL had no right to intervene under SPO rule1 or §35.28 of GRAPP since GAL stated no interest such that his participation was in the "public interest" and child's interest in the expungement hearing was the same as that of DHS and was protected by DHS. Affirmed.