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Mistakes To Avoid When Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a federal judge dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a Native American Tribe. Within the lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that a section of roadway on the Native American reservation washed away and that a man and a woman unknowingly drove their vehicle into a deep culvert and… Read More »

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Making Bomb Threats Is Not A Prank, It Is A Serious Crime

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The police in West Lampeter Township are looking for a man who robbed a local bank in mid-March. The man visited the bank and pulled up to the drive-thru window. Once facing a teller, he handed them a note that stated he had a bomb and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount… Read More »

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Michael T. van der Veen 2022 Finalist for Attorney of the Year at the Pennsylvania Legal Awards

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The Legal Intelligencer announced their 2022 Professional Excellence Award winners and Michael T. van der Veen is a 2022 Finalist for  Attorney of the Year. The winners will be honored at an awards dinner set for June 29, 2022, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Read more below about why the founder of van der… Read More »

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What Does The Prosecution Have To Prove For Drug Distribution Resulting In Death?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The opioid epidemic continues to rage throughout Pennsylvania, and across the entire country. According to the CDC, fatal overdoses due to opioids are happening at a rate of six time more than they have since 1999. These deaths are tragic and for some, they can even result in criminal charges. That was the case… Read More »

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Claiming Compensation After A Hit And Run Accident

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Hit-and-run accidents are some of the worst seen on the road. A 23-year-old man was recently killed by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his non-motorized scooter along State Route 45. Another man recently pleaded guilty to the felony offense of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. For victims and their… Read More »

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Carjacking Can Result In Decades In Prison

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A Philadelphia man was recently convicted to 11 years in prison for carjacking and armed robbery in the city. The sentence may seem harsh, but it is actually fairly light considering it is for two charges with carjacking being just one. In Pennsylvania, a conviction for carjacking alone can means decades spent in prison… Read More »

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Can You Recover Compensation When Another Dog Attacks Your Dog?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Dog bites are very common in Pennsylvania, but it is not always humans who are the victim. Perhaps even more common than dog attacks on people are dog attacks on other dogs. This can result in serious injuries to the pet, as one woman recently learned. The woman was outside of her own home… Read More »

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Who Is Liable when Poor Vehicle Maintenance Causes An Accident?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man was killed in South Philadelphia when a pick-up truck’s tire became unfastened and flew off the vehicle. The tire then flew over a median and struck another vehicle’s windshield, killing the 37-year-old driver within. The story is a tragic but interesting one. Local authorities have not yet said whether the pickup… Read More »

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Four Things To Know About Statutory Sexual Assault In Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man from Nanticoke was arrested for several child sex crimes, including multiple felony counts of statutory sexual assault. Of all the child sex crimes, this is one of the most serious, even though people may not realize it. Charges of statutory sexual assault are also largely misunderstood. If you are facing charges,… Read More »

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Stealing A Pet: Kidnapping Or Theft?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A couple were recently the victim of two separate thefts that occurred on consecutive days. The first theft occurred on January 18, when they allege someone broke into their home and stole approximately $20,000 in cash, which was stored under their mattress. The next evening, the thief returned and stole their three-month-old puppy that… Read More »

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