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McCutcheon v. FEC: The Effect on Campaign Finance

By Lane Schiff, Esq. on 04/16/2014

Article Image Individual donors are still limited in the amount of money they can donate to a specific candidate or committee. However, the Supreme Court recently ruled they can now contribute to as many candidates and committees as they choose. Read Full Story »

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FAMILY LAW

Gifts, Loans, and Child Support

By James W. Cushing, Esq. on 04/16/2014

Child support is typically based on the respective incomes of the parents of the children for whom support is sought; but what counts as income? Some people are fortunate enough to be the beneficiary of sizable gifts or loans from family and friends which help pay one’s bills and financial obligations. Should such loans and gifts be considered in developing a child support order? Read Full Story »

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Superior Court Grants New Trial on Weight of Evidence Challenge to DUI Conviction

By Burton A. Rose, Esq. on 04/16/2014

The Appellant appealed from a judgment of sentence entered in the Juniata County Court of Common Pleas after a jury found him guilty of, inter alia, DUI-highest rate of alcohol. Appellant claimed that he was entitled to a new trial because the finding that his blood-alcohol level was over .16% within two hours of driving was against the weight of the evidence. Read Full Story »

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Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer at the April 3 meeting of the Appellate Courts Committee.

 

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

The Month in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation: March 2014 At-A-Glance

By Mitchell I. Golding, Esq. on 04/16/2014

Workers' Comp – A brief overview of Subrogation and IRE. Read Full Story »

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

SCOTUS to Hear Companion Cases Involving Cell Phone Searches Incident to Arrest

By Brad V. Shuttleworth, Esq. on 03/18/2014

Article Image The law has always trailed technology. As in the case of the search of cell phone incident to arrest, the trail has been a long one, which may end by the end of this court term. Criminal lawyers on both sides of the table await certainty. Read Full Story »

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DISCOVERY

Court Does Not "Like" Discoverability of Facebook Accounts

By James W. Cushing, Esq. on 02/18/2014

Article Image Sometimes it seems that, in modern 21st Century America, privacy is a thing of the past. The National Security Agency scandals aside, many of us lay out our lives for all to see anyway voluntarily through various social media, especially Facebook. As a result, many lawyers and litigants, knowing that Facebook could be a treasure trove of revealing information, have taken more and more frequently to trying to secure that information through discovery. Read Full Story »

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LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Video Interviewing - Pros and Cons

By Jared Jacobson, Esq. on 08/19/2013

What are the risks to a company and a candidate that may be faced as a result of this new world of "on-line job dating"? With Skype and similar services out there, video interviewing has and will continue to change the landscape of interviews. Technology has fundamentally changed many aspects of the way we work. Skype, Facetime, GoToMeeting, and YouTube are some examples. Individuals of all ages are becoming more familiar and comfortable with the technology, as video cameras are in computers and even many of the phones that we carry around. Read Full Story »

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Alcohol Putting Unemployment Compensation to the Test

By James W. Cushing, Esq. on 08/19/2013

In the matter of Dillon v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, 2013 WL 2991042, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania interpreted Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law to include alcohol consumption within the meaning of 43 P.S. Section 802(e.1). Read Full Story »

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