US Supreme Court
Jan. 18, 2017 | Fannie Mae’s sue-and-be-sued clause does not grant federal courts jurisdiction over all cases involving Fannie Mae. Read the opinion here.
Jan. 10, 2017 | U.S. Supreme Court addresses the situation of an officer who—having arrived late at an ongoing police action—shoots and kills an armed occupant of the house without first giving a warning. Read the opinion here.
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Jan. 20, 2017 | Stolen laptops containing sensitive personal information can lead to a Fair Credit Reporting Act Claim. Even without evidence that the Plaintiffs’ information was in fact used improperly, the alleged disclosure of their personal information creates a de facto injury. Read the opinion here.
Jan. 10, 2017 | A disparate-impact claim is cognizable where a “subgroup” of employees aged 50+ was alleged to have been disfavored relative to younger employees. Read the opinion here.
Jan. 4, 2017 | 28 U.S.C. §2255 is an adequate and effective means to adjudicate sentencing error claim under Alleyne. Read the opinion here.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Jan. 30, 2017 | During a termination of parent rights hearing, when the trial court indicated that a party was excused from the hearing upon party’s assertion that she was ill, the court did not, and could not properly have, placed any constraints on her return to the proceedings. Read the opinion here.
Jan. 23, 2017 | Rule 407 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure (Admissions) has been amended. Read the order here, the new rule here, and the final report here.
Jan. 19, 2017 | Individuals who are not named in an executed testamentary document do not have standing to bring a legal malpractice action against the testator’s attorney, as purported third-party beneficiaries to the contract for legal services between the testator and his attorney. Read the majority opinion here and the concurring opinion here.
Jan. 19, 2017 | Plain language of section 6111.1(g)(2) requires Court of Common Pleas to review only the sufficiency of the evidence to support a 302 commitment. Read the opinion here.
Jan. 10, 2017 | There is a proposed revision to the Comment of Pa.R.Crim.P. 578 (Omnibus Pretrial Motion for Relief). Read the proposed revision here.
Jan. 6, 2017 | PA Supreme Court issues new public access policy for appellate and trial court case records. Link to more information here.
Jan. 4, 2017 | There are proposed amendments to Pa.R.Crim.Pro. 203 (Requirements for Issuance) and 513 (Requirements for Issuance; Dissemination of Arrest Warrant Information). For more information click here.
Jan. 3, 2017 | There is a proposed rescission of Pa.R.Crim.Pro. 107 (Contents of Subpoenas) and proposed adoption of new Rule 107 (Subpoenas). For more information click here.
Jan. 3, 2017 | There are proposed amendments to Pa.R.Crim.Pro. 1006 (Notice of Right to Appeal or to Petition for Certiorari; Guilty Plea Challenge Procedure.) For more information click here.
Jan. 1, 2017 | Rules 410, 430, 1064, and 1065 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure (service by publication/actions to quiet title of oil and natural gas rights) have been amended. Read the order here, the new rule here, and the explanatory comment here.
Pennsylvania Superior Court
Jan. 30, 2017 | A defendant who refuses to provide a blood sample when requested by police is not subject to the enhanced penalties provided in 75 Pa.C.S.A. §§3803-3804. Read the opinion here.
Jan. 26, 2017 | Blood test results are admissible if police had requisite reasonable suspicion/probable cause to request a legal blood draw without a warrant pursuant to implied consent statute. Read the opinion here.
Jan. 17, 2017 | Pa. Superior Court rules on class certification in oil and gas lease case. Read the opinion here.
Jan. 12, 2017 | Testimony can be introduced at trial that describes the content of lost surveillance video footage. Read the opinion here.
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Jan. 30, 2017 | The 2/3 PLJ Opinions is available and contains opinions on landlord/tenant, employment, medical malpractice and more. Read it here.
Jan. 17, 2017 | The 1/20 PLJ Opinions is available and contains opinions on grandparent custody and criminal appeals. Read it here.
Jan. 6, 2017 | The 1/6 PLJ Opinions is available and contains numerous cases on criminal appeals. Read it here.