ACBA Court Capsules
Rule Amendments and Court Opinions of Interest to ACBA Members

As a member benefit, the ACBA gathers information regarding court rule amendments and important court opinions, then publishes this information and relevant links on this web page, under the appropriate court heading. When new information is added, the ACBA will share this news on Twitter and Facebook. Also look for summaries every Tuesday in the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. ACBA Court Capsules are presented by bit-x-bit.

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US Supreme Court


Jan. 15, 2019 | A court should determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act’s exclusion for disputes involving the “contracts of employment” of certain transportation workers applies before ordering arbitration. Read the opinion here.


Jan. 14, 2019 | The Social Security Act’s fee cap of 25% of past-due benefits imposed on attorneys who successfully represent Title II benefit claimants in court proceedings applies only to fees for court representation and not to aggregate fees for both court and agency representation. Read the opinion here.

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Jan. 10, 2019 | The Prime Rate for delay damages has been updated. Read more here.

Jan. 8, 2019 |There’s a proposed adoption of new evidence rules. Read more here.

Jan. 7, 2019 |There’s a proposed amendment of Rule 237.3 (Relief from Judgment of Non Pros or by Default). Read more here.

Jan. 3, 2019 | A mother cannot be found to be a perpetrator of child abuse against her newly born child for drug use while pregnant. Read the opinion here.

Jan. 2, 2019 | Impact fee will be assessed whenever a vertical well’s production exceeds an average of 90,000 cubic feet of natural gas per day for even one month of the year. Read the opinion here.

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas