• U.S.A. v. Bey

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law
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    Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    Judge: Circuit Judge McKee
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    Case Number: 19-0032

    District court erred in denying appellant's motion to suppress the gun found on him because, while the officers had reasonable suspicion to seize him, the seizure should have terminated as soon as appellant turned around and officers could see the clear differences between appellant's age and appearance and that of the suspect they were seeking. Reversed.

  • Commonwealth v. Shreffler

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Criminal Law | Privacy
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Nichols
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    Case Number: 19-0023

    Commonwealth bore burden to unseal supporting documents for wiretap intercept demonstrating consent to be recorded and an affidavit of probable cause, and to disclose such documents to defendant before trial; the failure to comply with this statutory requirement warranted reversal of denial of suppression motion. Judgment of sentence vacated, case remanded.

  • Mazur v. City of Pittsburgh

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Civil Rights
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: U.S. District Court for Pennsylvania - Western
    Judge: District Judge Conti
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    Case Number: 19-0026

    Defendants removed plaintiff's claims, over the action of a police detective, to federal court and sought leave to file a motion to dismiss and the court found plaintiff's pro se complaint did not suggest a §1983 complaint and gave her leave to amend her complaint. Motion denied.

  • Snyder Bros. Inc. v. PUC

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Energy and Natural Resources | Fee Disputes
    Industry: Energy | State and Local Government
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Todd
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    Case Number: 19-0001

    The commonwealth court erred in its interpretation of "vertical gas well" under act 13 and the court held that an unconventional well was a vertical gas well subject to assessment of an impact fee whenever that well's production exceeded 90,000 cubic feet per day in at least one calendar month of the year. Reversed.

  • Delgado v. Whitestone Care Ctr.

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Personal Injury
    Industry: Health Care
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Monroe County
    Judge: Judge Zulick
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-1609

    The court sustained defendants' preliminary objection regarding vague catchall language in plaintiff's negligence claim. However, plaintiff's inability to specifically name individual employees was not fatal to her vicarious liability claim, so the court overruled that objection.

  • S.B. v. S.S.

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Family Law | Privacy
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Murray
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    Case Number: 19-0031

    Trial court's gag order preventing second wife and her attorneys from publicly discussing anything that might identify or harm the child in a child custody case was constitutionally permissible since it was narrowly-tailored to advance the substantial governmental interest of safeguarding the child from physical and emotional harm. Affirmed.

  • In re Pedersen

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
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    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Monroe County
    Judge: Judge Williamson
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    Case Number: 18-1607

    A holographic will was not invalid because it was signed with only the testator's initials. Removal of personal representative was not appropriate, because she appeared to be performing her fiduciary duties and no conflict of interest was evident.

  • Stillwater Lakes Civic Ass'n v. Gottlieb

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Discovery | Law Firm Client Relationships | Real Estate
    Industry: Legal Services | Real Estate
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Monroe County
    Judge: Judge Williamson
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    Case Number: 18-1608

    In this case involving an alleged fraudulent conveyance, the court granted plaintiff's motion to compel the production of an attorney's files regarding the sale of real property, but the order excluded the attorney's legal advice and mental impressions.

  • In the Interest of L.J.B., a minor

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Family Law
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Donohue
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    Case Number: 19-0002

    Because the Child Protective Services Law's definition of "child" did not include a fetus or unborn child, a pregnant woman's drug abuse causing injury to the child upon birth did not render her a "perpetrator" of child abuse because there was no "child" at the time of mother's alleged acts of abuse. Order of the superior court reversed.

  • Ghergo v. Pennsylvania Am. Water Co.

    Publication Date: 2019-01-15
    Practice Area: Government | Public Utilities
    Industry: Real Estate | State and Local Government
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Lackawanna County
    Judge: Judge Nealon
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    for defendant:

    Case Number: 18-1604

    Petitioners failed to satisfy their heavy burden of demonstrating a de facto taking of their residential property by the respondent water company during a construction project where they admitted residing in their home throughout all of respondent's construction activities. The court sustained defendant's preliminary objections.