• In re: Estate of Stahl

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Trusts and Estates
    Industry:
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Monroe County
    Judge: Judge Williamson
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    Case Number: 19-0499

    In this matter involving objections to the trustees' accountings, the court denied a request for a stay. A related case had already been stayed in another jurisdiction, and the court sought to avoid potentially inconsistent rulings.

  • Shirey v. Berks Area Reading Transp. Auth.

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Personal Injury
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Commonwealth Court
    Judge: Judge Leavitt
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0564

    Trial court properly granted summary judgment to association and transport authority in appellant's slip and fall action because appellant's evidence did not establish a prima facie case of negligence by association and failed to allege authority's actions fell under an enumerated exception to governmental immunity under the TCA. Affirmed.

  • Commonwealth v. Payne

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Dubow
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    Case Number: 19-0575

    PCRA court erred in denying relief from first-degree murder conviction based on after-discovered DNA evidence when that evidence refuted the theory upon which the degree-of-guilt panel placed significant or exclusive evidence to find that defendant committed murder of the first-degree. Order of the PCRA court reversed.

  • Commonwealth v. Byrd

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Civil Rights | Criminal Appeals
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Shogan
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0581

    The commonwealth charged defendant with person not to possess a firearm. While the trial was proceeding, the court received an email message with a voice recording from Brandy Wilson, who was set to testify as a character witness for defendant. Wilson said she had been threatened by assistant district attorney Lawrence Sachs. After a hearing, the trial court declared a mistrial sua sponte based on manifest necessity due to prosecutorial misconduct. The trial court later dismissed the charge with prejudice. On appeal, the commonwealth

  • U-Save Auto Rental of Lansdale, Inc. v. Highline Auto. Group

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Contractual Disputes
    Industry: Automotive | Consulting
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Montgomery County
    Judge: Judge Rogers
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0509

    Defendants waived all issues on appeal, because they did not file post-trial motions and they failed to timely file a concise statement of errors on appeal.

  • Commonwealth v. Griffin

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Criminal Appeals
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    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Baer
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    Case Number: 19-0583

    The superior court did not err in affirming separate consecutive second strike mandatory minimum sentences for each conspiracy conviction and underlying crime conviction since under 42 Pa.C.S. §9714, a second-strike offender such as defendant is to receive separate mandatory minimum sentences for a conspiracy conviction and underlying offense conviction when both are listed as "crimes of violence." The high court affirmed defendant's judgment of sentence.

  • Harmon v. Unemployment Comp. Bd. of Review

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Administrative Law | Labor Law
    Industry: State and Local Government
    Court: Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Dougherty
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    Case Number: 19-0573

    Inmate serving only weekend incarceration was not ineligible for unemployment compensation where the eligibility statute required incarceration for the full week to disqualify from benefits. Order of the commonwealth court reversed.

  • Lozada v. Caraballo

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Family Law
    Industry:
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Berks County
    Judge: Judge Lash
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    Case Number: 19-0501

    In this child custody modification proceeding, the court concluded it was in the child's best interests to award physical custody to mother, because father's current wife unreasonably interfered with mother's parenting role.

  • In re: Nomination Petition of Willie Singletary

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Election and Political Law
    Industry:
    Court: Courts of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County
    Judge: Judge Tsai
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
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    Case Number: 19-0469

    A candidate's prior conviction for making false statements to federal authorities constituted an "infamous crime" which precluded him from running for local office. The court ordered his name removed from the ballot.

  • Livingston v. Greyhound Lines Inc.

    Publication Date: 2019-05-20
    Practice Area: Motor Vehicle Torts | Personal Injury
    Industry: Transportation
    Court: Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Colins
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: 19-0567

    Trial court did not abuse its discretion in excluding certain evidence or in denying a mistrial and the evidence supported the jury's compensatory and punitive damages award in bus accident case in which company was vicariously liable for driver's action. Affirmed.