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Is It Illegal to Knowingly Give Police False Information?

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

In the beginning of April, a woman in Pennsylvania was convicted of falsely accusing two state troopers of raping her. She stated one trooper raped her in his police cruiser, and she filed a protection-from-abuse application that stated another trooper had also raped her. The prosecution argued that the statements were false. They also… Read More »

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Can Postal Workers Sue for Dog Bites?

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

It’s a known fact that dogs and postal workers don’t often get along. Dogs become territorial and bark madly as the postal worker approaches. The worker on the other hand, is simply trying to avoid getting bitten so they can continue on with their work. The struggle between the two is a classic, and… Read More »

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What Duty do Store Owners Owe Customers?

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

In early April, a case about a man slipping on a wet floor in a pet store made news. The man was inside PetSmart and Banfield Pet Hospital for an appointment to get his Bullmastiff’s ears cleaned. As he held his dog’s head for examination, the man slipped and fell and hit his head…. Read More »

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What is Reckless Endangerment?

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

In mid-April, Derry Borough Mayor Kevin Gross was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and harassment. The charges came after the mayor pointed a gun at two boys in a neighborhood park, and prevented two girls that were present from calling their parents. No one was hurt during the incident,… Read More »

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Understanding Robbery in Pennsylvania

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

A Jamestown, Pennyslvania man was arrested at the end of April on robbery charges. He drove his friend to the park before ordering him to strip naked at gunpoint. After allegedly firing a single shot around the victim, the man then took all his friend’s belongings and drove off. The man now faces several… Read More »

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Can You Really Sue Over Hot Coffee?

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

Recently, a story of hot coffee made news once again as a Philadelphia man has dropped a lawsuit alleging that Wawa’s coffee is too hot. The man did not spill the coffee on himself but a faulty dispenser in the Wawa store caused his injuries. The man has decided to not pursue his lawsuit…. Read More »

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Kidnapping is an Extremely Serious Crime in Pennsylvania

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

In late April, neighbors were shocked to hear the story of a man that kidnapped a four-year-old girl and kept her in a wooden trunk in his grandparents’ home. The girl managed to escape and was okay, but the man now faces several charges, including kidnapping. In Pennsylvania, kidnapping is considered one of the… Read More »

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What are the Laws on Product Liability in Pennsylvania?

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

In the middle of April, a woman filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleges that she was injured by the blender, SharkNinja. As the woman’s fiancé was assembling the appliance, a blade came loose. Unaware of what it was, the woman reached out to… Read More »

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Aggravated Assault vs. Attempted Murder Charges in Pennsylvania

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

In early March, a Pennsylvania woman was charged with attempted murder after throwing a knife at her boyfriend. The knife struck the man in the chest, perilously close to his heart. The man survived the incident, but the woman now faces serious consequences if she’s convicted. It’s unknown whether the woman was trying to… Read More »

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How do Damages for Loss of Enjoyment of Life Work in Pennsylvania?

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

In early March, a Pennsylvania appeals court upheld a man’s personal injury award for injuries he sustained in a car crash. However, that same court denied the man’s damages he was seeking for loss of enjoyment of life. The accident occurred in 2014. A government-operated bus rear-ended the vehicle the man was driving, causing… Read More »

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