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Number of DUIs Down this New Year’s, but Some Drivers Still Need a Defense

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

It was not long in the days following New Year’s Eve that Pennsylvania State Police released data regarding the amount of drivers arrested for driving under the influence over the holiday. The data showed that between December 31, 2019, and January 2, 2020, the State Police arrested 279 people for driving under the influence…. Read More »

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What Does the Law Say About Animal Cruelty in Pennsylvania?

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

Animal cruelty is now a federal offense, but two teenagers in Pennsylvania are facing state charges after they posted a video depicting them injuring a deer they had shot, but not killed. One of the defendants named in the case was age 18, and another was an unidentified 17-year-old boy. It was the 17-year-old… Read More »

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Does a Recall Protect Manufacturers from Product Liability Claims?

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

Recently Almark Foods issued a recall for its hard-boiled egg products that were sold by major food retailers, including Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, ShopRite, and Costco. The eggs in these products were contaminated with listeria, and have already made people in several states ill, including right here in Pennsylvania. Although listeria infections typically do… Read More »

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What are Third Party Claims for Workplace Injuries?

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

In early November, a federal court dismissed a case against a lift manufacturer. The lawsuit was filed by family members of a worker who claimed that he died on the job due to defective equipment. He had been using the lift to replace light bulbs in a parking garage when he became crushed between… Read More »

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The Problem with Treating Opioid Overdoses as Homicides

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

There is a troubling trend in Pennsylvania. The opioid epidemic has spiraled out of control in the commonwealth, as it has all over the country. Furthermore, the state prosecution is using the high number of deaths to prosecute these deaths as homicides when someone distributes the drugs and another person dies as a result…. Read More »

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Who can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

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

A 56-year-old man was working on his front-loader at his home when the hydraulic unit at the front of the machine became dislodged and pinned him against the equipment. He died at the scene. How the front of the machine became dislodged is unknown at this time. However, if it’s found that the equipment… Read More »

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What is Considered Endangering the Welfare of Children?

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

A 39-year-old mother has been charged with endangering the welfare of children after co-sleeping with her child. The mom smoked marijuana and then went to bed with her two-month-old daughter. The bed they slept in was eight inches higher on one side than the other. Mom allegedly slept on the higher side, with her… Read More »

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Tips for Dealing with the Insurance Company After a Crash

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

After a car accident, you will likely have to deal with an insurance company. It’s important to remember that the negligent driver’s insurance company does not have your best interests in mind and they’ll use many tactics to reduce, deny, or delay your claim. For this reason, it’s important to follow the below tips… Read More »

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Need a Pardon? They’re Easier to Get From Governor Tom Wolf

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

Before Governor Tom Wolf took office, it was very difficult to get a pardon in Pennsylvania. The process took four years, and few pardons were granted. After entering the office, the Governor faced an immense backlog of pardon applications. So, he initiated a new system in which more pardons would be granted, and the… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Determine if Megan’s Law is Constitutional

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

Pennsylvania, along with all other states comply with Megan’s Law, a federal law. Recently however, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has started hearing cases arguing that Megan’s Law is unconstitutional. The court has heard five cases in total arguing this point. Although the Justices are currently considering all arguments, it’s likely going to be a… Read More »

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