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van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin has been selected as a finalist for Philadelphia’s VIP’s Trailblazing Partner Award

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

We are proud to share that our firm has been selected as a finalist for Philadelphia’s VIP’s Trailblazing Partner Award – an award that recognizes a law firm or corporation that meaningfully deepened its engagement with VIP over the past several years! Founded in 1981, Philadelphia VIP provides legal services for low-income residents and families facing civil legal… Read More »

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Historic Pennsylvania Law Automatically Seals Criminal Records

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

At the end of June, the second phase of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate law went into effect. That’s good news for those that have faced criminal charges in the past. Now, those records will no longer be available to employers, and others such as landlords that could keep those accused in the past from certain… Read More »

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Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents in Pennsylvania

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

Last month, a man from Philadelphia was walking through an intersection when he was hit by a car traveling at a high speed. The man was thrown into the wall of an apartment building, yet survived the crash. It was one of the most gruesome accident scenes Philly residents had seen in some time…. Read More »

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What is Institutional Sexual Assault?

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

Recently, two married teachers were convicted of having a sexual relationship with a girl that is now 19, but was just 16 at the time. The abusive relationship lasted for over two years, with the group sometimes having as many as 80 interactions in a day that included text messages. Now, the teachers have… Read More »

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Can You Sue Your Landlord in Philadelphia?

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

According to data from the U.S. Census, Philadelphia has an owner-occupied housing rate of 52 percent. That means there are a lot of rentals in the city, and a lot of tenants using them. When those tenants become hurt on their rental property, are they to blame, or their landlord? If the accident resulting… Read More »

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Do You Have to Report Minor Car Accidents in Pennsylvania?

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

It’s common knowledge that after a major car accident that involved serious injury or death, you must phone the police and report it. However, many of the car accidents that happen every day on Pennsylvania roads are only minor. Do you have an obligation to report these accidents? When reporting any car accident, you… Read More »

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What is the Crime of Burglary in Pennsylvania?

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

In early June two Pennsylvania men were arrested for stealing a golf cart from a Poconos resort. In addition to the golf cart, the pair also stole several electronics, clothing, and DVDs. They are now facing charges of burglary. The crime of burglary is often misunderstood in Pennsylvania, and many mistake it for the… Read More »

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Wrongful Death FAQs

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

In early May, U-Haul of Pennsylvania was found guilty of causing a propane gas explosion in a food truck in 2014. During the incident, a woman died, along with her daughter that was in the truck with her. Before the guilty verdict was handed down, U-Haul had already settled a wrongful death lawsuit out… Read More »

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What’s the Law on Shoplifting in Pennsylvania?

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

In the middle of March this year, the Delaware Police were looking for a Philadelphia woman suspected of shoplifting across a number of states. She was one of three suspects the police were looking for in relation to theft of over $4,000 in goods from a Nordstrom store. If caught, she will likely face… Read More »

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Tricks the Insurance Company Uses Against You

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

If you have to file a personal injury claim, there is a good chance you’ll have to deal with an insurance company. Whether it’s the insurance company of a negligent store owner,, or someone’s homeowners’ insurance after you’ve been hurt by a dog bite, these companies often get involved when a personal injury occurs…. Read More »

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