Blog Posts in 2013

  • What is My Injury Case Worth?

    || 27-Dec-2013

    After being injured at the fault of another person, you are entitled to compensation for the damages involved. We take into account the financial, emotional and physical hardships that you may be enduring after an accident. Different types of accidents and injuries can warrant different values of compensation. The worth or value of the case will depend on a variety of different factors, including: ...
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  • Can I get a DUI for Smoking Pot?

    || 12-Dec-2013

    YES! Under Pennsylvania law, if you are driving a vehicle and if you get pulled over, then a police officer may request that you submit to a blood or urine test if he reasonably suspects you are impaired or if he has reasonable suspicion that you may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If the blood or urine test comes back positive for marijuana (any amount above 1ng/mL), then you are ...
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  • How Much is a Medical Malpractice Claim Worth in PA?

    || 11-Nov-2013

    Every medical malpractice case is different and the amount settled on varies according to the elements of the unique case. A claim may involve both economic and non-economic damages that play a part in determining how much a case may be worth. When it comes to economic damages, you may pursue compensation for all of the following: Medical expenses (past and future) Therapy costs Surgical costs ...
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  • Toyota Wins Lawsuit Involving Faulty Braking System

    || 11-Oct-2013

    Toyota Wins Major Lawsuit Involving Faulty Brake System According to CNN.com, a California jury sitting in a Superior Court in Los Angeles rejected the claim that Toyota was responsible for the death of a woman who crashed her car after the brake system failed. The wrongful death claim, brought by the family of the deceased driver, alleged that the driver tried to slow the car, but the vehicle ...
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  • A Lack of Government Transparency

    || 11-Oct-2013

    Government Transparency and the Sunshine Act Citizens from across the nation have been calling for more accountability and transparency in the functioning and decision-making process of all forms of governing bodies. As recently as this summer, former NSA employee, Eric Snowden, released a massive wave of information revealing our federal government's involvement in "spying" on ...
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  • Tragedy on Interstate 40

    || 3-Oct-2013

    Tragedy on Interstate 40 A bus full of people coming from a religious event faced the sheer horror of a malfunctioning tire and violent impact. The church group was returning from a religious conference on their way back home to North Carolina when the front tire on the bus "blew-out" and the bus crossed the median and smashed into an SUV and tractor-trailer traveling in the opposite ...
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  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Six months home confinement and eighteen months probation in a federal felony drug case. Our client was in federal court because a federal grand jury sitting in Scranton, PA had returned a two-count Indictment against him and 13 other persons alleging a felony conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute in excess of 5 ...
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  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania One year probation, a $3500.00 fine and no supervised release in a federal felony case. We achieved probation and a fine for our client in federal court after he had faced possible multiple felony charges of money laundering, defrauding the federal government and false sworn statements relating to naturalization, citizenship or registry ...
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  • Mistakes, Tragedy, and Death

    || 13-Sep-2013

    A prank. A gun. A tragedy. These are the sad words that will replay in the minds and hearts of the citizens of Longmont, Colorado. Last Friday, a prank went horribly wrong and left a young woman dead and a family and town in shock. A young woman snuck into a house to scare a friend and the friend reacted by shooting who he thought to be an intruder. The legal consequences of such a tragic event ...
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  • Miranda Rights and the Boston Bomber

    || 23-Apr-2013

    Miranda Rights and the Boston Bombings An event praising the determination, physical prowess, and athleticism of all runners throughout the world turned into a tragic and chaotic episode because of the misguided hatred of two men. The Times Leader reports that the Boston Bomber may face the death penalty for his atrocious acts. The Marathon Bombings which rocked the streets of Boston and shocked ...
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  • Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania: Conclusions

    || 5-Apr-2013

    Advisory Opinions to Municipalities Since the Robinson Township decision, municipal governments are left with countless questions and concerns regarding their local ordinances which may or may not be upheld pending the PA Supreme Court decision. ACT 13 states that a municipality can petition for an advisory opinion from the PUC to determine if their zoning ordinance complies with ACT 13. If the ...
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  • Supreme Court Tightens the Leash on Police Dogs

    || 26-Mar-2013

    The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects our right to be free from "unreasonable searches and seizures" and requires police to obtain a warrant before conducting a search. In recent years, society has watched with tacit compliance as our civil liberties and freedom from government oversight slowly eroded to pave the way for "homeland security." Although the competing ...
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  • Should You Let a Maintenance Worker into your Home?

    || 22-Mar-2013

    Investigators Continue to Search for Home Invader Posing as Gas Worker The Timeleader.com published a photo sketch of the man that entered a woman's home in Forty-Fort posing as gas utility employee and then assaulted her inside of her home. The owner of the home harmlessly let the man into her house and then suffered an attack from the imposter maintenance man. Investigators report that the ...
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  • Legal Challenges to ACT 13 As anticipated, ACT 13 was met with immediate and severe uproar from landowners and municipalities who sought to limit and control natural gas drilling and production within their jurisdiction. Dozens of municipal governments went to the courts soon after ACT 13 was implemented on April 16, 2012. The leading case challenging the constitutionality of the broad use of ...
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  • Oscar Pistorius Saga: Murder or Mistake?

    || 26-Feb-2013

    CNN reports that prosecutors in South Africa are seeking to charge Olympic hero Oscar Pistorius with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day. Pistorius stated that he fired shots into the bathroom believing that there was an intruder inside and adamantly denies any allegation that he intended to shoot Reeva. Although the shocking and ...
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