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Emotional Distress Damages

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

Being injured in a car collision, as a pedestrian, or walking in a store and slipping on an unmarked puddle can all bring serious physical injuries. We are all aware of this, as everyone has experienced some degree of physical pain before. As such, when most people think about a personal injury lawsuit, they… Read More »

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Does Pennsylvania Have a Stand Your Ground Law?

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

Self Defense and Duty to Retreat Under 18 Pa. C.S.A § 505, it is legal to use physical force, deadly force even, if you reasonably believe that there is an immediate threat against you or someone else, and that force is the only way to stop the perpetrator. In the past, Pennsylvania and most… Read More »

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Trafficking in Minors

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

A New Jersey man has been arrested by Pennsylvania law enforcement for trafficking in minors, unlawful contact with a minor, and child pornography, according to Northjersey.com. The man was arrested in a month-long sting operation, conducted by Pennsylvania authorities, Homeland Security, and other local agencies, for his attempts to lure minors to have sex… Read More »

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Duck Boat Drownings

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

Seventeen people were killed in a tragic drowning incident in Missouri when their “duck boat” was capsized in a sudden storm, as reported by CNN. The storm came on quickly, according to witnesses, and the boat was unable to get to shore in time, battling the waves and wind with its weak motor. DUKW… Read More »

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Theft by Deception, Unsworn Falsifying, and Official Oppression

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

A seven-year veteran of the Philadelphia police force was recently arrested for his alleged part in falsifying arrest paperwork, with a motive of directing credit and overtime pay to a fellow police officer. However, that officer was not even present during that particular arrest. The 29-year-old officer was charged with attempted theft by deception,… Read More »

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NO, you shouldn’t give a statement to police!

By Grant Bloomdahl |

Upon learning of charges, an innocent person accused of a crime probably has a gut reaction to start talking, go in for an interview, write an explanation on social media, start pointing fingers, or relay to police and detectives that this incident or occurrence was all a misunderstanding. “What could go wrong?” they might… Read More »

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Most Common Slip and Fall Injuries

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

Slip, trip, and fall accidents can happen anywhere—in the home, while walking across the parking lot to work, in a grocery aisle, or at a restaurant. Depending on where it happened, and how it happened, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. These damages include your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost… Read More »

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Recent Pennsylvania Train Accidents

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

Two pedestrians were killed in two separate incidents after being struck by trains this summer—both in Jeannette, PA, according to Tribliv.com. Both pedestrians were walking on the train tracks when they were struck, although that alone does not absolve the train operator from liability. Another woman was killed here in Philadelphia this summer after… Read More »

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Offenses Against the American Flag

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

We are living in a time of extreme political tension, where protests and displays of free speech are commonplace. Flags have been used for centuries, as a means for making a political or ideological point. However, the America flag is “protected” under various Pennsylvania statutes, and certain misdemeanors may be charged against offenders who… Read More »

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Defense Against Sexual Intercourse With Animals

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

In Munson, Pennsylvania, three men have been charged with having sexual intercourse with a dozen animals, as reported by WTAJ News. According to police, the men had intercourse with at least 12 domesticated animals, multiple times per week over the last four or five years. The animals include nine female horses, dogs, a cow,… Read More »

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