Rule Amendments and Court Opinions of Interest to ACBA Members

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US Supreme Court

- Dec. 15, 2015 | U.S. Supreme Court rules on binding arbitration provision in service agreement.  Read more here.

- Dec. 14, 2015 | Fed. law bars fed. court from second guessing state app. court decision in death pen. case if no fed. law violation.  Read more here.

- Dec. 8, 2015 | A single judge district court may not determine that a complaint covered by 28 U.S.C. § 2284 is insubstantial and that three judges therefore are not required. click here.

PA Supreme Court

- Dec. 31, 2015 | Allegheny County’s Hon. Jeffrey Manning has been appointed chair of the SCOPARules Criminal Procedural Rules Committee. Click here for more information.

- Dec. 21, 2015 | Supreme Court examines ongoing controversy over availability of attorneys’ fee awards against insurance companies that have invoked the peer-review provisions of the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. Read more here.

- Dec. 14, 2015 | Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure 311, 341, and 904 have been amended. New rules become effective 4/1/16. Read more here and here.

- Dec. 14, 2015 | The PA Orphans’ Court Rules have been substantially revised. New rules become effective 9/1/16. Click herehere, and here.

- Dec. 10, 2015 | The Criminal Procedural Rules Comm. is planning to propose the revision of the Comment to Rule 523 (Release Criteria). Comments due 1/29. Click here.

- Dec. 9, 2015 | The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has adopted the amendments to Rules 1120 and 1608. The amendments are effective Jan. 1, 2016. Click herehere and here for more information.

- Dec. 9, 2015 | Rule 230.2 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure has been reinstated and amended. Click herehere, and here for more information.

- Dec. 3, 2015 | The Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the amendment of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1910.16-4(d) governing calculation of child support in divided or split custody cases. Comment period ends Feb. 25, 2016. Click herehere and here for more information. 

- Dec. 3, 2015 | The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amendments to Pa.R.C.P. Nos. 1930.2, 1930.4 and 1930.5 governing domestic relations matters. Comment period ends Dec. 22, 2016. Click herehere and here for more information. 

- Dec. 2, 2015 | PA Supreme Court replaces and amends Orphans’ Court rules. New rules to become effective 9/1/16. This is the first substantial revision of those rules since 1975. Read more herehere, and here.

PA Superior Court

- Dec. 29, 2015 | PA Superior Court affirms trial court order granting DNA testing of physical evidence at crime scene. Read the opinion here and the dissenting opinions here and here.

- Dec. 7, 2015 | PA Superior Court rules on defect ive notice to obtain default judgment. Read the opinion here and the concurring and dissenting opinion here.

PA Commonwealth Court

- Dec. 30, 2015 | Court rejects hiring ban for persons with past convictions provision contained in Pa's Older Adults Protective Services Act. Click here to read the opinion. 

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas


PA Supreme Court

- Nov. 30, 2015 | PA Supreme Court rules on vulnerable populations provision in Com. et al v. UPMC. click here to read the court's opinion. Read concurring opinion in Com. et al v. UPMC here and concurring/dissenting opinion here