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In the Age of Hand Sanitizer, Many Brands are Found to be Unsafe

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

Cleanliness has been a key term since the coronavirus pandemic broke out earlier this year in the country. Suddenly, people were placing a focus on hygiene like never before. People washed their hands more than ever before, and started carrying hand sanitizer around with them when hand washing was not always possible. It was… Read More »

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Defenses to Shoplifting Charges in Pennsylvania

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

As Pennsylvania begins to reopen after the coronavirus shut most businesses down, it means there is once again plenty of opportunity for crime and shoplifting. Recently, the police have asked for the public’s help in identifying a suspect that is suspected of retail theft after he visited a computer store. The man was wearing… Read More »

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What to Know About Suing the Government in Pennsylvania

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

On June 27, 2018, a one-year-old crawled onto a window ledge in an apartment building and fell 30 feet to the ground below. Now his parents are filing a lawsuit alleging wrongful death. The lawsuit names the local housing authority and other parties who manufactured the windows and locks and managed the property. The… Read More »

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The Degrees of Murder: How Pennsylvania’s Laws are Unique

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

Most states separate murder into a first or second degree offense. Pennsylvania, separates murder into an act that can be considered a first, second, or third degree offense. This is unique because we are one of only three states in the entire country that allow for third degree murder. Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek… Read More »

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Who is Liable for Dog Bites?

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

Pennsylvania’s laws on dog bites are a little more confusing than they are in other states. Although victims of dog bites can hold owners of the animal strictly liable for paying medical expenses, damages for other losses including pain and suffering are only available if injured individuals can prove that the dog owner was… Read More »

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What are the Looting Laws in Pennsylvania?

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

Protests have erupted throughout the country in recent weeks, including right here in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, not everyone that attends these protests only wants to have their voices heard. Some people that engage in these protests want to take it even further by rioting and looting nearby businesses. In Philadelphia on May 31 alone, there… Read More »

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Do You Have to Report All Car Crashes to the Police?

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

It is obvious after certain crashes that you should call the police. These situations include when anyone was injured or killed during the crash. However, not all car crashes in Pennsylvania are so serious. There are many fender benders that happen in the state every day and when these occur, the people involved often… Read More »

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Reducing the Risk of Domestic Violence During COVID-19

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

Of all the many issues associated with COVID-19, it is widely known that some people are at a higher risk for becoming the victim of domestic violence. Those at high risk may include individuals that live with their abuser ordered to remain at home with them for several months. The stress of living together… Read More »

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As DUI Arrests Increase, We Debunk Common Myths Surrounding these Charges

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

According to state police, DUI arrests increased in Pennsylvania by ten percent in 2019. In that year, police made 22,139 DUI arrests, compared with 20,143 in 2018. To combat the rise in drivers under the influence, state police are preparing DUI prevention campaigns at schools, public events, and in businesses. The campaigns are important,… Read More »

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