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US Supreme Court
April 20, 2017 | A defendant wishing to appeal an order imposing restitution in a deferred restitution case must file a notice of appeal from that order. If he/she fails to do so and the Government objects, he/she may not challenge the restitution order on appeal. Read the opinion here.
April 20, 2017 | Because contractual subrogation and reimbursement prescriptions plainly “relate to . . . payments with respect to benefits,”§8902(m)(1), they override state laws barring subrogation and reimbursement. Read the opinion here.
April 19, 2017 | When a federal court exercises its inherent authority to sanction bad-faith conduct by ordering a litigant to pay the other side’s legal fees, the award is limited to the fees the innocent party incurred solely because of the misconduct—or put another way, to the fees that party would not have incurred but for the bad faith. Read the opinion here.
April 4, 2017 | Section 924(c) does not prevent a sentencing court from considering a mandatory minimum imposed under that provision when calculating an appropriate sentence for the predicate offense. Read the opinion here.
April 4, 2017 | A district court’s decision whether to enforce or quash an EEOC subpoena should be reviewed for abuse of discretion, not de novo. Read the opinion here.
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
April 11, 2017 | 11 U.S.C. §362(k)(1) authorizes the award of emotional-distress damages when willful violations of the automatic stay arising from bankruptcy petition are committed. Read the opinion here.
April 3, 2017 | Survival of claims under the Fair Housing Act is not governed by Section 1988(a), but rather by federal common law, under which a Fair Housing Act claim survives the death of a party. Read the opinion here.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
April 24, 2017 | Rules 208, 215 and 219 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement are amended. Read the order here.
April 18, 2017 | The Minor Court Rules Committee is planning to propose to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania the adoption of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. No. 514.1, as well as the amendment of Pa.R.C.P.M.D.J. Nos. 501, 514-515, 1001-1002 and 1005, providing for a 30-day appeal period for tenants who are victims of domestic violence in actions involving residential leases. Read the notice of proposed rulemaking here and the new rule here.
April 4, 2017 | Numerous Pennsylvania Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure have been amended. Read the order here, the new rule here, and the final report here.
Pennsylvania Superior Court
April 17, 2017 | FAA doesn’t preempt claims of negligence relating to boarding an aircraft. Read the opinion here.
April 11, 2017 | Trial court abused its discretion in changing the dependent child’s permanency goal from reunification to adoption following a status review hearing where the record did not support such a goal change. Read the opinion here.
April 10, 2017 | A search warrant in which the reliability of a confidential informant (“CI”) and the facts of criminal conduct that the CI provided the police have not been adequately corroborated cannot supply the basis for either a search or an arrest. Read the opinion here, and the dissenting opinion here.
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court
April 11, 2017 | Declaration of taking that misidentifies property does not give adequate notice of the extent or effect of the taking. Read the opinion here.
Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
April 21, 2017 | The latest PLJ Opinions is available and contains opinions on criminal appeals. Read it here.