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

June 18, 2018 | Minnesota’s ban on political apparel at polling places violates the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause. Read more here.

June 22, 2018 |The Government’s acquisition of petitioner’s cell-site records was a Fourth Amendment search. Read the opinion here.

The Government’s acquisition of petitioner’s cell-site records was a Fourth Amendment search.

The Government’s acquisition of petitioner’s cell-site records was a Fourth Amendment search. Link to more information here. This information is provided courtesy of the ACBA Court Capsule Service and bit-x-bit.

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

June 4, 2018 | There are numerous changes to the Orphans’ Court rules. Read the order here, the new rules here and the committee report here.

June 5, 2018 | Rules 1901.3, 1901.6, 1905, 1910.4, 1910.7, 1910.11, 1910.27, 1915.3, 1915.4-4, 1915.7, 1915.15, 1915.17, 1920.13, 1920.15, 1920.31, 1920.33, 1920.75, 1930.1, 1930.6, 1953, and 1959 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure are amended. Read the order here and the new rules here.

June 7, 2018 | There are proposed amendments of Pa. O.C. Rules 1.7, 2.5, 2.7, 3.7, 5.1, and 10.5. Read the proposed amendments here.

June 19, 2018 |Application of the high income child support guidelines found at Pa.R.C.P. 1910.16-3.1 requires discrete consideration of the reasonable needs of the children involved. Read the majority opinion here and the concurring opinion here.

June 21, 2018 |Pa. Supreme Court determines whether and to what extent a hospital and a health care staffing agency have a legal duty to prevent a terminated employee from causing harm to patients at another healthcare facility. Read the majority opinion here and the concurring/dissenting opinion here.

Pennsylvania Superior Court

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court

Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas


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