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

Dec. 14, 2018 | The term “burglary” in the Armed Career Criminal Act includes burglary of a structure or vehicle that has been adapted or is customarily used for overnight accommodation. Read the opinion here.

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Dec. 7, 2018 | U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit examines application of the evidence tampering sentencing enhancement. Read the opinion here.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Nov. 24, 2018 | Pa. Supreme Court examines whether the criminal offense of interference with custody of children, committed by a biological parent, can serve as a predicate felony giving rise to the crime of kidnapping of a minor. Read the opinion here.

Nov. 23, 2018 | Employer has a legal duty to exercise reasonable care to safeguard its employees’ sensitive personal information stored by the employer on an internet-accessible computer system. Read the opinion here

Nov. 21, 2018 | An objection to a jury’s verdict that is premised on trial errors, correctable before the jury is discharged, must be raised before the jury is discharged. Read the opinion here

Nov. 14, 2018 | Financial institutions approved as depositories for fiduciary accounts. Read more here.

Nov. 15, 2018 | Disciplinary Board adopts schedule of administrative fees to be imposed on attorneys subject to various forms of discipline. Read more here.

Nov. 26, 2018 | Disciplinary Board proposes shortening time periods in which attorneys failing to complete annual registration will be assessed a penalty. Comments due today. Read more here

Nov. 27, 2018 | Unless injured employee assigns cause of action or voluntarily joins the litigation as a party plaintiff, insurer may not enforce its statutory right to subrogation by filing an action directly against the tortfeasor. Read the opinion here.

Nov. 27, 2018 | New Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 556.13 is adopted, Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 556.11 is amended, and the Comments to Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 502, 513, 516, 517 and 518 are revised. Read the new rule here and the final report here.

Nov. 27, 2018 | There are proposed new/amended rules of Pa. R.J.C.P. View the proposal here.

Dec. 6, 2018 | There’s a proposed adoption of Pa.R.C.P. No. 1065.1. Read more here.

Dec. 13, 2018 | Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure 150 and 522 are amended, and the Comment to Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 151 has been revised. Read the order here, the new rules here, and the final report here.

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Dec. 3, 2018 | The Pennsylvania Superior Court upholds enforcement of noncompete agreements. Read the opinion here.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Nov. 15, 2018 | The 11/9 PLJ Opinions is available and contains cases on distribution agreements, personal injury and Doctrine of Consentable Lines. Read it here.

Dec. 4, 2018 | The 12/7 PLJ Opinions is available and contains cases on criminal appeals. Read it here.


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