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What Is Sexual Assault In Pennsylvania?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A controversial 1990s rockstar has been the subject of a sexual harassment investigation since earlier in the year when alleged victims came forward with their accusations. The most recent update on the investigation is that the signer’s home in Hollywood has been searched with many items being seized during that search. While that story… Read More »

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FAQs About Premises Liability Claims

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A toddler was recently injured at a popular houseware store after she hit her head on a sink in the public washroom and cut her head. The father is now pursuing a premises liability claim against the company. Within the lawsuit, he alleges that the sink had sharp angled corners, and that it stood… Read More »

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Things You Need To Know If Charged With A Drug DUI

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A Pennsylvania driver is currently facing charges for a drug DUI. His neighbor had pulled him out of a burning car early in the morning. Police were called and they found the driver in an abandoned building. He did not know where he was or what had happened. Driving under the influence of drugs… Read More »

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A Landmark Case Provides Greater Protection From Vehicle Searches

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

It was once generally known that a police officer could search a vehicle on the roadside if they had probable cause that a crime was being committed, or was about to be committed. The probable cause requirement is a protection provided by the Fourth Amendment, preventing police from simply searching any vehicle they wish…. Read More »

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Four Signs Of A Distracted Driver

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Any type of distracted driving is dangerous, and considered an act of negligence if the distracted motorist causes an accident. When drivers divert their attention from the road even just for a few seconds, it can cause a very serious crash that can result in severe injuries. It is important to know how to… Read More »

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How Are Car Accident Claims Different When Minors Are Involved?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

September 25, 2021 marked the end of Child Passenger Safety Week in Pennsylvania and as part of the campaign, one mother is sharing her story. One year ago, a mother lost her two-year-old daughter in a car accident. The young girl was a passenger in a relative’s vehicle when the driver was involved in… Read More »

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FAQs About Pennsylvania’s Gun Laws

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, a man was arrested after police searched his home and found thousands of dollars in cash, different drugs, and several types of firearms. The man is now facing several felony charges, including illegal possession of a firearm. The man’s arrest came after many weeks of investigation, and the story is not unique in… Read More »

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What Is The Difference Between A Survival Action And A Wrongful Death Claim?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Recently, the Pennsylvania Superior Court overturned a lower court verdict that stated a $10 million award in a wrongful death case was disproportionately large compared to other cases in which a plaintiff had lost a loved one. The case involved a woman who lost her life after having surgery. The doctors at the spine… Read More »

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Why Were There More Murders In Pennsylvania In 2020?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Pennsylvania usually has a slightly higher murder rate than anywhere else in the country. It comes as no surprise then that when the number of murders climbed around the country in 2020, the murder rate in Pennsylvania increased, as well. What is not entirely clear is why the murder rate spiked so drastically. Law… Read More »

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Is Self-Defense A Defense To Murder?

By van der Veen, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A man was recently charged with murder after an altercation outside of sports bar in which he shot a man. The prosecution argued that the shooting was gang-related, but the defense argued that the man was acting in self-defense. The story is an interesting one. While self-defense is often used in assault and battery… Read More »

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