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Condoms as Instruments of Crime

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

Under the touted banner of fighting human trafficking, Pennsylvania law enforcement is cracking down on sex workers, and in an unusual way.  Pittsburgh police are making arrests for sex workers who carry condoms on their person or in their vehicles, citing these condoms as “instruments of crime.” This not only jeopardizes the safety and… Read More »

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Holding Drivers Responsible

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

Unfortunately, drivers who strike and kill pedestrians and cyclists rarely face any criminal charges, according to newspaper investigative reports around the country.  Whether in the D.C. area, Georgia, the Midwest, Florida, or California, drivers get let off the hook if they give a good enough excuse as to why they “accidentally” killed a pedestrian… Read More »

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Lawyer Confidentiality

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

Lawyer confidentiality is one of the most sacred aspects of the lawyer-client relationship. According to the American Bar Association, attorneys are bound to keep written and oral information shared with them by their client confidential unless their client gives them permission to share it with others specified. This means that this confidential information cannot… Read More »

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Recent Salmonella Outbreaks

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

Outbreak of Salmonella in Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal A salmonella outbreak has caused dozens of people to get violently ill in the past week, according to The New York Times. The outbreak has been expanded to more than dozen states, including Pennsylvania. While no deaths have yet been reported, 73 people have become sick… Read More »

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Fighting Back Against False Arrest

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

Two African American Starbucks customers were arrested for nothing more than being in the store and being black. According to the New York Times, the video footage of their unlawful arrest went viral with more than 10 million youtube views. The manager of the store called the police, who quickly showed up at store,… Read More »

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Filing a Toxic Tort Against Your Landlord

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

Were you informed of lead-based paint, asbestos, or other toxic substances when you began renting your apartment or home? Landlords are required by Pennsylvania law to disclose this information, and if they kept it a secret, they may be held liable for your damages. Asbestos and lead are two lethal substances that can cause… Read More »

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Kellogg’s Recalls Cereal after Dozens Sickened Across the Country

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

On June 14th, food manufacturing giant Kellogg’s announced a voluntary recall of certain boxes of its Honey Smacks cereal. Kellogg’s initiated the recall after being informed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the cereal has apparently sickened 73 people in 31… Read More »

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Unlawful Restraint

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

A Pennsylvania man was recently charged with a laundry list of serious criminal offenses when he stabbed and shot to death his 14-year-old cousin. The 20-year-old defendant allegedly stabbed his cousin over 80 times and shot her in the temple with a firearm. She died days after the brutal attack, and forensic evidence shows… Read More »

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Did the Dog Have a Bad History of Aggression?

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

Dog bites are quite common in Pennsylvania and throughout the country. Millions of dog bites are treated in hospitals and at home every year, and while most only require some neosporin and a bandage, some are more serious. A dog’s saliva, like our own, is packed full of bacteria that can lead to dangerous… Read More »

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Proving Nursing Home Abuse

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

Tragically, nursing home abuse seems to be on the rise in the last few years. Just recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health revoked licensing from St. Francis Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare nursing home care after an inspection found a serious lack in patient care. One patient had even developed “wounds that went down… Read More »

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