Among Pennsylvania lawyers, it is well known that juries in Philadelphia County are prone to rendering large awards to personal injury plaintiffs. On the other hand, however, it is generally assumed that jurors in other areas of the state of Pennsylvania tend to award monetary amounts which are much more reasonable and/or realistic. » Read More
A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to the company’s practice of hiring and rehiring undocumented immigrants. » Read More
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently published its first set of proposed regulations for physicians and health care practitioners in connection with Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law. The regulations cover topics such as the required physician-registry, conflict of interest restrictions on physician ownership of medical marijuana businesses, and guidelines for issuing medical marijuana certifications to qualified patients. » Read More
On January 12, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the decision reached in Dittman v. Univ. of Pitts. Med. Ctr. by Judge Wettick of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County. By finding that negligence claims alleging failure to provide reasonable data security for personal health and other information are not actionable, the Superior Court’s affirmation represents a significant step in the development of security and privacy laws. » Read More
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation. For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2017, the maximum compensation rate is $995.00 per week, which represents a 1.7% increase.
On March 11, 2015, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued Advisory Notice No. 22, which further detailed the Board’s position on the permissibility of delivery of malt or brewed beverages directly to customers from licensees holding Transporter-for-Hire licenses. » Read More
Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that increasing the state’s minimum wage ranks among his top priorities for the current legislative session. Governor Wolf stated that he supports a bill recently introduced in the General Assembly that would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the course of two years. » Read More
Pennsylvania recently enacted new legislation regarding Powers of Attorney that became effective on January 1, 2015. These new laws do not invalidate any currently existing Powers of Attorney, but they might change the way that the documents are interpreted. These new laws also affect commercial lending transactions, commercial leases, and other documents such as motor vehicle transfers. » Read More