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Steps to Protect Your Product Liability Claim

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Consumers use a number of products every day and never expect those products to cause them injury. When a product is defective and causes an accident that results in injury, you can file a claim against the manufacturer to recover any damages you incurred. Manufacturers, as well as their insurance company and lawyers, will… Read More »

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Hate Crimes and COVID-19

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

COVID-19 has forced everyone to shelter in place, stay at home, and avoid interaction with others. While this has helped to slow the spread, it has also resulted in a reduction of some crimes. State police have reported a drop in certain offenses, such as property crimes and break-ins. Although this is good news,… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice and COVID-19

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the country have been overwhelmed in their attempt to treat so many patients while trying to stop the spread. Most of these healthcare facilities, and the medical staff within them, deserve to be applauded for the excellent care they provide… Read More »

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How to Prove a Confession was Coerced

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A troubling story has come out of Williamsport after law enforcement officers suspected a man of killing a convenience store customer and injuring the clerk. According to the story, the police officers were trying to coerce a confession out of the suspect, even leaving him to urinate in a bottle after they ignored his… Read More »

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Can You Sue if You Contract COVID-19 at Work?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In early May, the family of a worker at a meat processing plant filed a lawsuit against the company in Philadelphia. The suit alleges that the company was negligent in their safety practices and that their negligence resulted in the death of the worker. As an essential service, the plant has been open throughout… Read More »

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Lawsuits Involving Nursing Homes Spike During COVID-19

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought public health issues, economic issues, and even legal trouble for many. Lawsuits involving PPP loans have emerged and workers have sought to sue their employers for unsafe work conditions. Now, many nursing homes are also facing lawsuits, and so is the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Today, anyone with… Read More »

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What is the Penalty for Not Wearing a Face Mask in Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

It was at the end of April that Governor Tom Wolf enacted a mandatory face mask law that required anyone entering a store to wear a mask while they shopped. Masks have been said to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 infection by covering the mouth and nose of those that wore them…. Read More »

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Can Parents be Held Liable for Their Children’s Actions?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

When pondering the question of whether parents can be held liable for the actions of their children, the offense in question is typically a minor one, such as bullying or shoplifting. Now, a couple in Philadelphia is seeking to hold the parents of a young man liable for the wrongful death of their son…. Read More »

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What is the Definition of Robbery in Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In late May, Pennsylvania State Police were called to a general store in Porter Township. After hearing the security alarm, a tenant claims that a man stole several firearms from the store. The tenant and store owner approached the man, at which time the suspect pointed a firearm at both of them while uttering… Read More »

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